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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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very good

1,719 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,719
Reviews: 919
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 68
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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Reviews by JednoPivoProsim:
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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden pale lager colored body with a decent white head. Crystal clear with attractive carbonation.

Smell: Grassy Euro lager aroma. Slightly sweet malt smell.

Taste: Slight caramel taste. All malt flavor with the slightest noble hop bite. Not overpowering, yet flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but not heavy. Very refreshing.

Overall: Very nice. More of a drier strong pale lager/helles bock/dortmunder composition as compared to some of the more commercial Oktoberfest examples, which tend to be much sweeter in my opinion.

08-30-2013 00:13:54 | More by JednoPivoProsim
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a copper color with a little orange tint to it with a pretty nice head,the aroma is very doughy and and toasted.The taste is pretty sweet at first with some definent bread-like undertones,there is a dryeness in the finish.I like a good marzen to have more sweetness to it this is a little dry but It is pretty well made and drinkable.

08-14-2003 13:25:14 | More by oberon
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

Appearance – Very light and clear in the body with a beautiful head that went down slowly, leaving lots of volcanic pits and some sporadic lacing.

Smell – Very light and sugary sweet malt aroma.

Taste – The light malty taste contains a bit of caramel and sugar but has a funny, almost hoppy finish that seems out of place. It’s not big though so things aren’t completely ruined. It’s just a little off.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied and sweet. This one tries to be chewy but can’t quite get there.

Drinkability – This went down nicely and would be well at home at a Bayern Oktoberfest celebration.

12-20-2003 01:51:23 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Fear4Beer


4/5  rDev +0.8%

I don't think I can appreciate this style but I thought it was an ok beer. Very bready and it was smooth. I probably won't revisit the oktoberfest style. I love ayinger but this was not nearly the best that they make. It wasn't unpleasant by any means but I didn't have a "Wow!" moment.

08-20-2014 02:59:31 | More by Fear4Beer
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-03-2013 00:46:45 | More by Tiernan
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-02-2014 01:30:47 | More by tbryan5
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-23-2013 00:22:14 | More by SkiBum22
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3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

Appearance: Pours a depp copper, orange color with 2 fingers of head. Head retention very good. Carbonation looks strong & lasting.

Aroma: Very malty aroma that assaults your nose. Slightly fruity, wheaty smell. Hints of wet grass detected.

Taste: Slightly malty flavor. Almost skunky tasting. Malty flavor predominant with little hop profile detected. Clean finish. Do I taste apricot? Good mild flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied & clean on the palette. Crisp & smooth in the mouth with a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This was an average marzen IMHO. I'm not sure if this was the freshest sample. I easily drank the bottle, but just came off as average.

Comments: I likes this & would drink it again, but don't know if I'd go out of my way to find. Again, maybe the bottle I had wasn't the freshest. I'm sure it would be much better when freshly brewed...

06-03-2006 12:50:52 | More by JMD71
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Ja! There's nothing better than a fresh Bavarian fest lager, and we're not talking about some basic lager or wannabe ale with "Oktoberfest" slapped on the label, but a real lager with some meat on its bones. Something worthy to hoist in the air with friends in celebration!

Pours a rich, golden color. Froth is thick, settling to a worthy lacing. Aroma is soft, with fresh grains in the nose and a faint herbal hop note. Smooth on the palate, creamy, with a light fluffiness. Tight carbonation, but it's held at bay by a base of malty sweetness, drop of caramel, and toasted. This fills out the body a bit, too. Hops? More tea-like, with steeped herbal quality that's tightly wound within the malty showcase, versus having a hoppy bite. Suggestions of banana and vanilla hidden within the sweetness. Pith. A bit drying toward the finish, with a cereal graininess and lingering toasty sweetness.

German lagers like these are often overlooked--yes, we still think the world needs more lagers! This is a classic--an exceptional and flavorful alternative for the ongoing lightening of the celebratory Märzen.

09-13-2010 20:48:40 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

An excelent Oktoberfest. THis one poured a light copper color with a nice head that left fluffy white lace down the glass. The smell was of hops and spice. The taste was great and not overly malty like some Oktoberfests. This one had a nice subtle hop presence that kept everything in check. That, along with a nice smoothe mouthfeel made this one veryt drinkable and dare I say, my new favorite O-Fest beer next to the Lowenbrau.

10-23-2004 09:13:10 | More by Dmann
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-13-2013 00:43:24 | More by SuomiHobbit
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-06-2014 21:03:28 | More by bulldogg915
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

A_Golden amber with a fluffy white head that dissipates into thick ring that lasts all the way down. Spotty lacing.

S_Very grainy with a faint hint of hops. Very mellow aroma.

T_Rich and creamy malty sweetness. Toasted grain,caramel and toffee. Sweet but not overly sweet.

M_Smooth and creamy. Lots of carbonation. Explodes on your tongue

D_Very solid Oktoberfest. Could drink this all night.. .

09-19-2010 01:13:44 | More by nickadams2
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

This is a tastey brew but not my personal fav. I still like Hacker Pschorr Marzen/Oktoberfest the best. This is not too far off. I bit more carmel sweetness to it. Excellent beer nonetheless. Very pricey in my area. 60 case of beer is pushing my pricing point. I love great beer but that's getting crazy for a fest beer. If you get a chance try it. It's a solid offering.

10-28-2010 00:13:16 | More by muskiecf
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

This is the epitome of an Oktoberfest.
In a mug it was a clear copper color with a medium-sized white head.
It had a sweet caramel aroma
Caramel taste, bready. A little bit nutty.
Very smooth, real depth.
Great beer. One that I will be drinking again; I really enjoyed it.

11-03-2010 23:40:40 | More by lordofthewiens
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South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-14-2014 15:12:34 | More by SD-Alefan
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-10-2014 02:41:09 | More by DaftPatrick
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a big mug. There appears to be no freshness date on the label.

Appearance: It has a rich deep golden color with very good clarity and some nice carbonation flowing up to the head. The head has a creamy off white color and rises up tall in the glass before slowly settling down to a nice foamy cap.

Smell: In the nose there are some sweet bready and light toasted notes with light grain and some floral/spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a very enjoyable malty character. There is mild sweetness, bready and light toasted grain notes, pie crust and very light caramel notes. This is balanced by some mild bitterness and notes of spicy/floral hops. The hops turn more leafy and mineral like in the finish which is crisp and refreshing. Its body has a solid medium to full feel with well balanced carbonation.

Notes: This is a very well made Oktoberfest. To me it's like a Munich Helles Lager but a little deeper in color, richer and fuller in flavor and body with the same wonderful drinkability.

10-01-2009 21:44:06 | More by generallee
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-19-2011 20:55:31 | More by imagery
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Rhode Island

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a clear amber color with a small, white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of grains, yeast, slight caramel. Tastes of more german malts, light grains, yeastiness, very light hop bitterness, and a very delicate caramel flavor. Mouthfeel is light yet slightly creamy, good carbonation and crisp finish. Pretty drinkable but not my favorite of the style.

09-11-2008 14:51:31 | More by Doomcifer
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-30-2013 23:12:04 | More by JakerLou
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

500 ml bottle poured into a Stella challis.

A - 3-finger head of off-white dense foam that dissipates begrudgingly. Apricot orange and cloudy.

S - Malty with caramel, honey, and toffee.

T - Lightly toasted malts with caramel and butterscotch. Some hint of maple sugar/syrup. Just enough hops on the finish to balance the sweetness and linger with the caramel a long time.

M - A bit creamy. Good carbonation with nice structure. Finish is surprising clean for this style without wiping out the tastes.

D - Delicious example of this style. Could easily enjoy several of these in an afternoon, especially with grilled brats and sauerkraut.

11-26-2010 07:37:32 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with a big froth white head, damn good head retention with a bubbly rocky formation.

Smell: Whiffs of mild alcohol, caramel to the point of it being a melanoidian-like aroma with undertones of bread and cracker graininess. Sweet to the nose.

Taste: Medium to full in body with a superb texture, smoothness and crispness position for dominance. Hard bread like malt flavours that are almost cracker like. Restrained hop bitterness is slapped around by the malt for a little while and seems to never recover but still have the strength to balance. Malt flavour is big, sweetness wraps around the tongue and leaves a big impression of malt. Alcohol is squashed in the middle of the malt character yet still lends a sweet and spicy ghost like ester. Finally some spiciness comes through from the hops and mellows the malt and drops a trail of leafy herbal hop flavour also. Complex dry grain and husk linger.

Notes: Oktoberfest in the raw, seems a little rushed from years before. Flavours are not well blended and out of whack with a need to mellow out some more. Perhaps the yeast strain is getting a little stir crazy also? Enough of the babble, this is a decent brew and might beer hard to get used to. Some may like it some may not.

09-15-2001 22:59:41 | More by Jason
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Enjoyed a couple pints of this at Pazzo's Pizza in Lexington, Ky, on 10-21/05, while engaging in an impromptu BA gettogether with kmpitz2 and BEERchitect. This Marzen arrived in a warm glass a clear, coppery nectar with a moderate offwhite head. Nice appearnce, with good head retention and some patchy lace. Big malty aromas of caramel and maple syrup were tempered by noble hops that provided an herbal/floral balance. Medium body, medium carbonation, and a mild hop tingle to the tongue. Taste was well balanced, but featured a full, frontal assault of flavorful, sweet maltiness up front. Caramel, toffee, and and a hint of maple syrup were kept in check by its floral, herbal spicy mild bitterness.
So nicely balanced, yet very flavorful. A bready quality of the malt was quite fresh and yummy, yet the finish was clean and even with a mild hoppy note. Very engaging beer that was at its peak. Extremely drinkable. By far, the best Octoberfest bier I've ever sampled.

10-23-2005 01:13:12 | More by merlin48
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Larger bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours a dull light almond shade, white allmost tiny bubble head, and leaves well developed and stringy lacing. cabadgy malt nose. This O' fest brew is slightly hoppier and spicier then others I've tried recently. Slightly dry and peppery finish. Complex for the style, decent quaffer/sessioner

09-24-2004 23:47:22 | More by Billolick
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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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