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

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very good

1,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,838
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 79
Gots: 97 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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Photo of silver0rlead
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a brillant copperish amber hue with a thick and frothy beige head that retains extremely well...a beautiful beer. The aroma is just as good with a big caramel malt and toasted bread character followed by an earthy, grassy and floral noble hops character, very authentic and it almost jumps out of the glass. The flavor is more subdued than the nose would let on, with notes of caramel, toasted bread, minerals, grassy and floral hops and a slightly musty hay character. Mouthfeel is rich and full but not overwhelming and drinkability is pretty good. An excellent marzen; authentic, balanced and delicious this is a great example of the style.

silver0rlead, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

A - rich clear golden copper, short white head dissipated to a few random islands
S - notes of caramel and fresh wood, subtle orange citrus, leafy
T - toasty and caramel malt base, leafy and woody with a mineral hint on the finish
M - medium body with a full smoothness, finishes with a light tingle
O - a great example of what beer should be, big on flavour and easy drinking, brings me back to Munich, PROST!

joemcgrath27, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from a .5L bottle to a big .5L glass. Large off white head fades slow leaving small amount of lace. The Liquid is a classic Marzen amber with a good carbonation.

The smell is of fruit and nuts with lots of caramel & some alcohol, quite pleasant.

The taste is a classic marzen. Nice soft medium roasted Malt with a smooth nutty caramel taste and some fruit notes. A little light on the hops.

The mounthfeel is soft, smooth, & slightly creamy. Very nice body, but the carbonation lacks zing, too syrupy as it warms.

The drinkability is Prima! Remember this is a beer brewed for the fest, It is a pure drinking beer. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

A very satisfying malty, slightly citrusy beer. As so many German beers are, the look (head and color) is superb. So easy to drink, so refreshing, and always consistent. This beer could be enjoyed, in the words of Usain Bolt, "all day, every day."

Beer-A-Lot, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of JGlitz87
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

A: Clear amber with a strong head and evident carbonation. Little bit of lacing down the sides.

S: Caramel and roasted malts.

T: My favorite Oktoberfest. Sweet caramel on top of roasted malt. Little hints of pine and hops as it warms.

F: High level of carbonation and a medium body.

O: Great version of the style. Great beer overall and highly drinkable.

JGlitz87, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Hazy amberish bronze color with a huge thick creamy white head. Lots of lacing. Really highly carbonated in appearance. Smells quite bready with those German yeasty phenolics kicking in strong. A slightly cooked hop element is there as well. Taste also gets dominated by the bready flavors. Not really sweet bready but more doughy bread characteristics. Kind of toasty. A bit of banana there as well. Some trace caramel. A much creamier body than I was expecting. Thicker than I was expecting as well. The flavors are long and drawn out. A floral, estery hop flavor rides with the malts. Malty but not sweet and the finish is drying and lingering. Smooth, not as carbonated in mouthfeel as I was expecting. This is certainly a nice easy drinking Oktoberfest.

granger10, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of adam42381
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into an nonic pint glass.

Appearance: This one gushed out of the bottle as soon as it was cracked. Once I cleaned things up, it pours a honey gold with orange highlights and a 1-2 finger foamy off-white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet German malt with sweet grains and a touch of spices. Very sweet aroma.

Taste: Sweet bready grains up front followed by lightly roasted malt in the middle before ending with a touch of earthy hops. The aftertaste is dry, earthy and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. Goes down smooth and easy. I could knock back a few in the right situation.

Overall: Very good beer overall. One of the better Octoberfest beers on the market. Give it a shot.

adam42381, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

500mL bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a weizen glass. Nice amber color, crystal clear, with a rich foamy head that leaves some nice sticky lacing. Carbonation is great.

Aroma is fruity and rich - bread and caramel malt. Smells delicious.

Taste follows nose. Malty but not sweet with a great balance. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, medium body.

I could drink this all day long. This is one of my favorite Märzen/Oktoberfest biers; nothing flashy, just rock-solid good. Really puts me in the mood for fall and I want another one immediately. Prost!

draheim, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

poured into my on .5 liter glass, Aventinus

A: pours a cloudy chill haze amber orange. finger of white head that falls to a thin layer
S: like a sweet roasted barley and sweet bread. a hint a caramel and flowery hops.
T: bready biscuity sweet malt, not much hop more of a sweet flowery flavor.
M: smooth medium carbonation, slighty syrupy.
D: light overall flavor but marzen is made to be very drinkable. wishing this came in liter bottles.

rootbeerman, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of buck1futter
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Pretty good marzen style, probably the best I have had so far but i have many more to try this fall. Nice bready' smell not overwhelming. The color pretty much sets the scene for the fall time. slightly creamy and taste is right on for the style, very slight spice towards the end but nothing to powering it is very light spice, also slightly dry with a hint of caramel throughout. overall very good and will pick up again.

buck1futter, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Tinfang
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

50 cl bottle poured into a small chalice

Appearance - tawny gold verging on orange. Off-white head that dissipated quicky,little lacing.

Taste - an immediate sensation of balance - definite malt, definite hops, neither dominates. Very delicious, but the hop flavor lacks definition for my taste.

Mouth - light to medium. Very drinkable.

Not a great beer, but a very respectable beer. If there are any bottles of this left when I'm next at TJ's I'm going to pick them up.

Tinfang, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a huge, two-finger head that died very slowly with immense lacings on top of an orange body that looked beautiful. Some sweet malts, caramel mostly. OK, a lot of caramel, like a liquid Caramello bar. Some spices also in there. Medium bodied and a little fluffy, this beer is real smooth and has some creamniess to it. Still complemented with a hop bite that is mixed in well, there is a sweet malt taste that pervades in this beer yet has a perfect counterpoint in a dry finish (finish has some nice hops and a little spiciness). I am not an expert in Oktoberfest beers, but this was tasty and not overpowered by spices like other ones I've had. I'd recommend this as a must try for any Oktoberfest beer fan.

clayrock81, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Dools9
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Bottle poured into a dimpled stien.

A: Gorgeous orange amber color, lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising up. Three finger creamy white head leaves webby lacing and retains nicely. Excellent looking beer.

S: Buttery, toasty malt smathered with toffee, honey and caramel sweetness. Lots of yeasty, wheaty baked bread, maybe just a touch of an earthy, noble hop.

T: Sweet, toasty malts. Grainy cereal, sweet honey and a some fruit (apples or, pears?). Bitterness is there enough to balance the caramel malt sweetness. Hops are earthy and herbal.

M: Lighter bodied but not AAL light, its a bit creamy and very smooth. It goes down easily and for almost 6%, drinks like 4.

O: This is good stuff, I could easily knock these back all night to celebrate the season. Of the Okto brews I've had, this is definitely one of the better ones, if not the best.

Dools9, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

OKTOBERFEST! Beer poured from a bottle into a 0.5L glass. Beer is amber to orange and completely clear. High carbonation and a nice white head that leaves lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is soft and sweet. Pilsner mostly, mild caramel.

Beer is sweet and medium bodied and finishes cleanly. Its carbonated on the palate nicely and has this caramelly flavor to it. Very interesting.

Good connectivity and a nice beer overall. One of the best oktoberfests I've had.

drabmuh, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of mentor
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Obtained from Liquor Mart (Boulder) and consumed that same evening. Pours a, whoa, four finger tan-yellow head over a crystal clear light gold rust liquid. The head eventually fell like a crmbling sink-hole. Smells of toasted grains and fresh hops. Tettnanger. Really floral hoppy and enticing. Hints of caramel beneath. Tastes watery malty sweet with noticable tettnanger hop flavor and mild hop bitter. Carb is gentle and mixes well with the sugar sweet. This is a really nice tasting beer. Honey, then burnt (from the tett hops) hang around. Munich malt flavor is very minimal. As the beer warms the toasty and a phenolic come out...not quite cherry sour. The taste hangs like dried twigs. The hop floral gives it a dried forest floor flavor.

mentor, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of colts9016
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A nice one finger creamy off white head with little retention. A medium copper orange with a beautiful reddish hue. There is a nice amount of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and close to brilliant.

Nose: A very nice rich toasted malt aroma with biscuit hints.

Taste: A very rich deep toasted malt with notes of biscuits. There is a subtle sweetness, there is a nice moderate hop flavor with some wood and spicy floral bouquet.

Overall: The mouth feel is has a medium creamy texture and very smooth. The body of the beer is medium to medium thick. The finish is clean. I really enjoyed drinking this beer it is a wonderful Octoberfest.

colts9016, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of mattknueven
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

mattknueven, Saturday at 10:03 PM
Photo of Zundo
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance: Copper/gold, looks carbonated, 2-finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Bright sweet caramel malt. kind of has a banana nut bread smell.

Taste: Yeast grainy caramel malt honey toasty.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, smooth a bit oily at the finish.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking.

Zundo, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +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.

merlin48, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev +3%

On tap at Das Bierhaus soft opening poured into a .5L Oktoberfest glass.

Pours a clear rich golden/amber color with a big fluffy white head. Nose is malty and sweet, nice and mellow.

Taste is sweet and malty with a good toastiness and a slight metallic finish but still very good. Has a crisp light mouthfeel, excellent beer!

kingcrowing, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of soper2000
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Notes from 11/02/03

Pours an appetizing golden amber color with a pretty sizable white foam head. Smell is very malty with some caramel like sweetness. Taste is very pleasant. This is a nice smooth malty beer that balances it's sweetness with loads of earthy malt. Some faint notes of alcohol come through as this beer warms. Drinkability is amazing. I would love to hoist a couple liters of this in Germany someday (2006 anyone?). A very solid brew.

I can't wait to try this again next year and maybe some more marzens as i've only had a couple.

soper2000, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Notes from 10/07/2010:

16.9 oz. bottle at 42* into an Ayinger Weizen glass.

A: It pours a clear light brown color with a fluffy and lively 2 finger head.

S: It's rather mild featuring caramel maltiness, some toasted bread, and a little banana.

T: Semi-sweet caramel malts, very mild breadiness, banana, and a slight bitterness to polish it off.

M: Wow! Incredibly smooth, creamy, and delicious.

D: This is marked by fantastic subtleties. It is light yet flavorful, and is completely unoffensive in every way.

bucklemyshoe, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of vacax
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Pours a light caramel color, generous whitish head. Pretty decent retention on top, lots of carbonation evident inside the glass. A bit lighter than I am used to seeing in an Oktoberfest, but I think I'll trust the Germans here. The nose is lousy with grains, wheaty, biscuity, slightly doughy, a rare scent that is so much more complex than American Oktoberfest versions I have sampled. Some sweet floral elements as well.

Tastes of fresh grains, doughy biscuits, banana, toasted malts. Extremely consistent flavors on the midpalate and finish, very cohesive with a moderately bitter and crisp finish. Really some exceptionally doughy flavors going on here I haven't experienced much. A little different than the styles I have normally had, but some nice stuff here. Medium body with a fine-medium carbonation that is quite likeable, goes down real easy. Real flavorful stuff, I am enjoying this one a lot. Ayinger is a hell of a brewery, pure quality.

vacax, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of neonbrown82
4.1/5  rDev +3%

I was sitting at work in front of a wall of German and Czech lagers all day, so I've been craving a tasty lager. I simply couldn't pass up 4 .5L bottles for $5, so Ayinger Oktoberfest it is. It may be a bit out of season by now, but it is still just as good as I remember it.

The beer pours to a nice deep, coppery amber color. The head is thick and fluffy, but subsides to a thin layer after a few minutes. Carbonation is still decent.

The smell is of caramel and toffee malt aromas. Has a very nice and light spicy hop profile to it. The taste is very similar.

Still quite crisp and refreshing. Very, very slight buttery diacetyl in the finish, but otherwise the perfect refreshing lager that I was looking for tonight. If only my friend had brought back more Prima Pils on his recent beer travels to Illinois/Michigan.

neonbrown82, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of fsvan
4.1/5  rDev +3%

500 ml bottle split with wife, poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Gold, very slight redness. A finger of light whispy head.

S- Bready malts are first and foremost. No hop presence. No alcohol to note, just bready, malty goodness. Very nice marzen.

T- Taste is a little less bready than in the nose, but still dominates the flavor profile as expected. A slight bitterness towards the end, and finishes with sweet malts.

M- Medium bodied. Maybe a bit less. Very good and drinkable.

O- I gave this 4s across the board and a 4.5 overall. This doesn't stand out in any one aspect, but is a very good, widely available, German brewed Oktoberfest. One of the better of the style I've had. It also happens to have one of the cooler caps around for those of us who are into that. Thanks to titosupertramp for nabbing two of these for me.

fsvan, Sep 28, 2011
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,838 ratings.