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

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1,890 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,890
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 83
Gots: 110 | 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 sethmeister:
Photo of sethmeister
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle; no freshness date.

Very slightly hazed effervescent gold with a slightly orange cast.
Tan cap of head fizzes briefly and then departs.

Scent is toasty, fruity and bready with a touch of honey.

Taste is bready malt with a lightly toasted note. Fruity. Honey sweetness. Scent seems a bit better than flavor.

Mouth is effervescent and a bit more highly carbonated than I like. Somewhat thin.

Drinkability is good; a crisp and refreshing beer.

Not a bad beer but not among Ayinger's better efforts in my opinion.

sethmeister, Nov 05, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.5%

500 ml bottle, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold/amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel and bready malt, honey, and light earthy hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of apple and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good Oktoberfest brew, I'd buy this again in the future. $3.49 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of zac16125
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

500mL bottle into a mug
no bottling dates

A: Pours a crystal clear copper/amber color with 2.5 fingers width of slightly off white head that dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves almost no lacing. 3.75

S: Very malty, lots of caramel malt, toasted, nutty, a bit of sugary sweetness, doughy, faint spiciness. Well done. 4

T: Lots of sweet malts, some spicy hop notes, a bit floral, caramel malt. Good amount of spice, with sweet malts to balance it out. Quite nice. 4

M/D: Lighter side of medium bodied, carbonation on the higher end- a touch too much for my liking, drinkability is good. 3.5

O: Nice example of the style. Blanket statements are dangerous, but in general the American breweries tend to do a pretty poor job of emulating this style, and in the rare occurrence that I will go for an Oktoberfest, it will nearly always been one from one of the traditional German powerhouses. 4

Overall: 3.93

zac16125, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Roser
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

A- big foamy ivory white head that lasted a long time and left pretty decent lacing. Clear, amber, honey gold. Most appealing.

S- clean, malty, bready, (slightly) spicy.

T- toasted malts, biscuity, caramel. Very, very pleasant.

M- light, smooth. Excellent balance.

O- very nice. A solid brew. Never used to be a big fan of Marzen/Oktoberfest, but starting to enjoy more and more. Would have again (and again) and definitely recommend.


Roser, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RoyalT, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of Fear4Beer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Fear4Beer, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Tiernan, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +0.5%

tbryan5, May 02, 2014
Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +0.5%

SkiBum22, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of JMD71
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

JMD71, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Dmann
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Dmann, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of SuomiHobbit
4/5  rDev +0.5%

SuomiHobbit, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of nickadams2
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.. .

nickadams2, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of muskiecf
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

muskiecf, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

SD-Alefan, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +0.5%

DaftPatrick, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

generallee, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of imagery
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

imagery, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Doomcifer, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

JakerLou, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BuckeyeSlim, Nov 26, 2010
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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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