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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,148 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,148
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 92
Gots: 172 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Ratings: 2,148 | Reviews: 985
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Photo of jera1350
3.02/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very BMC like look to it. A darker golden color with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. A minute amount of lacing. Hmm, did I accidentally pour a Budweiser?

Lightly sweet biscuity/bready nose with a hint of spice. Pretty average smell.

Light malt sweetness with biscuit and cookie notes. A touch of spicy and earthy hops.

The carbonation is fizzy, the body feels a bit watered down. Finishes dry.

After reading all of the positive things about this beer, I have to wonder what I am missing. This is an average beer overall at best and that's not even to speak for its ranks in the style. Lacks in so many areas that I can't believe the overall rating that it holds. I won't be reaching for this one again.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-copper color. Off-white head is pretty thin.

Smell: Like.... tomato paste? I don't know if it's the spices short-circuiting something in my head or what, but it totally reminds me of tomato paste out of the can. Very weird and disconcerting. There's a sweet-ish malt base to the aroma, though.

Taste: Well, the tomatos are gone and we're left with a flavor of malts, caramel, grains, and a bit of spices and hops, which come out towards the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and generally smooth. Moderate, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: The smell still disconcerts me...

It's an alright Oktoberfest beer, but I probably won't get it again. There's certainly better ones out there.

Photo of Kooz
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Orange colored wih a thin head that fades part way through. Looks artificial.

Smells warm as though I were smelling the spices themselves. Yet it's subtle. Not bad.

Tastes okay. A little thin up front with a bit of flavor part way through. Some spices in the finish, but that's it. Not bad, it a very average Oktoberfest.

Beer was a little too thin, and the flavors disappear quickly. Not much body. Not a great beer mouthfeel-wise.

Overall, you could do a lot worse for Oktoberfest, but you could also do a lot better.

Photo of keysofebony
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this Oktoberfest at the liquor store i work for. I got a single 1-Liter light brown bottle for $3.50..or would have been but i got the employee discount :)

Pouring into a Kronenbourg 16oz pilsner glass

Appearance- Golden, orange/yellow. Transparent with a decent amount of ascending carbonation. Head was killed pretty quickly, but was decently frothy to start. it went down to that flat macro-nothing for a head.

Smell- eh, i was a little disappointing with the smell of this beer. classic lager-defining smell, but with a hearty buttery spiced scent. a bit of breadiness.

Taste- I'm glad this beer tastes better than it smells. It's not a very strong taste at all. I'm tasting biscuit, sweet malts, and a usual german lager style taste. Not very forefront with the hops. Tastes kind of like Sam Adams Octoberfest, but less subdued.

Mouthfeel- fairly thin and a touch dry, but with a malty sweetness to it. Medium carbonation and not much or any hop bite.

Overall- I'll be honest, the style I dislike the most is any kind of lager so don't mind a somewhat poor review. If you enjoy lagers you will probably love this beer. I don't regret trying this beer, it wasn't bad, but I would not buy it again. Ayinger makes some great brews and if you like them, buy if you can find it.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/18/08. Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of stale wheat, some sweet malt. Flavor of lots of that stale wheat yeast, which I'm not really a fan of, and some light fruits (apple, pear). Too bland. Not really my style but in my opinion, this isn't one of the better examples of it.
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Photo of dmarch
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber in appearence with a well retained white head. Light caramel aroma with a very subtle hop character. Very thin mouthfeel with just a hint of caramel in the taste. Not anything to get excited about. Not on the top of my list as far as oktoberfests go. This one seems to be missing the clean sweetness that I have come to expect.

Photo of clvand0
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the majority of a pitcher of this at the local pub. Pours an amber color with a thick, fluffy head. The aroma is caramel-filled and has just a tad of what I like to call "lager stank." The flavor had the caramel maltiness that I expected, but there is a hop and/or spice presence that just doesn't blend. This is one of the few brews I've had where I have drank enough to actually be totally full of beer and unable to drink anymore, without being drunk. Not a favorite beer here.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear light orange brew with loads of white fluffy head. It looks clean and crisp but it's plain and nothing more then average.

The nose is in a similar league with light touches of malt mixed with a corn scent. Soft and without a great character. Not bad but very close to average.

Taste follows the average pattern with a dull metallic malt flavor and not much else. I can't say this is a great flavorful beer because it isn't. There isn't anything bold or memorable about it.

The mouthfeel steps it up slightly with a solid carbonation. The strong fizz brightens the lazy malt bill and keeps it worth drinking. All in all just an average brew.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.09/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ayinger- Oktober Fest- Marzen

Appearance- Caramel orange/ brown with a thick heavy lacing head.
Smell- Light malt with faint hints of leafy/ earthy hops.
Taste- caramel malt and earthy/ mossy hops.
Mouthfeel- consistant flavor throughout but the body of this is watery. Nothing stands out.

Overall- A decent tasting Marzen but very uneventful. Needs to boost the flavor up a notch.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft my favorite watering hole (Summits in Sandy Springs).

Appearance: This beer pours a copper color into my barrel mug. The head quickly faded to a few swirls but this seems to be common with this style. The lacing is minimal.

Smell: The nose is malty, a tad flat, and has a caramel finish.

Taste: The taste is sugary malt with a caramel finish. I can detect the grain flavor a bit but it is well balanced overall. A nice “Octoberfest” beer.

Mouthfeel: A medium mouthfeel with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a good drinkable beer. It reminds me of drinking in a beer garden in Germany. It lacks a little something but whatever it is, its minor. Good beer.

Photo of Suds
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap with friends recently. It seemed to go very well with a thick bisque.
It’s a light amber color, fairly clear, with a moderately-sized white head. Very slight toasted malt and caramel aroma, with a background of hops. Light sweetness, with a mix of malt and graininess. Notable hop presence in the finish. It’s not a bad beer at all, and certainly quite drinkable. Still, I prefer my marzens to have a bit more toasted malt character. This one’s a little weak.

Photo of surcorx
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I want to like the various beer from Ayinger, but time and again they tend to underwhelm. Everything is done right I just don't get excited about it. The exception to the rule is their mighty "Celebrator" which I find to be one of the finest beers ever made, but that is a different entry. which leads me to their Oktober Fest-Marzen. There is nothing special here. It is a less than interesting octoberfest. Yet, it is fairly refreshing and only slightly sweet with mild bitterness. Carbonation is low with virtually no head and has an almost oily finish to the mouth. For that reason alone it is very drinkable, but also lacks any zing. However, it does have a decent fruity malty aroma and appropriate deep golden color for the style. Once again they did what was expected to make this beer properly and that is about it. Would I drink it again? Of course. I just wouldn't be excited about it.

Photo of Eldalonde
3.12/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light clear golden with a full white head that is gone rather quickly leaving behind no lacing to speak of. This has a fairly significant amount of grass and lemon aromas to it fresh after the pour. As it sits for a short spell, it takes on a nice sweet honey aroma and rich caramel malts. Rather mild on the palatte, but yet not short of complexity. Hay and citrus fruits are first noticeable and are quickly followed with honey. the finish is a little short and light.

Photo of RussBecker1
3.12/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours towards the lighter side of the marzen family. Orange and yellow hues swirl together into a clear amber glow that appears to be very drinkable. The head is big and very frothy which does give it a classic beer sense.

S-Interesting scent to this one. Malty as a marzen should be, but given its light nature, many of the other flavors shine through in the nose. The malts give off a patented caramel and maybe hint of coffee smell, but there are touches of bitter melon and maybe a bit of apple that is welcomed.

M-Pretty much what you would want in an oktoberfest beer. Very crisp, very drinkable...the point is to drink a bunch isn't it?

T-Not my favorite marzen. I prefer a darker, deeper brew as opposed to frothy lighter side. To me the flavors did not meld as well as I would have hoped, and although it was smooth, the bitter fruits overpowered the remainder of the flavors.

O-Ayinger does many things well and unique to their brewery...disappointingly so their oktoberfest is not one of them

Photo of armock
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Not much going on here sweet malt is what stands out for me

T - Like the smell very light but theres some sweetness in the malt

M - This beer was a little thin and watery with medium carbonation to it

D - I was a little disappointed with this beer because of the light flavors and thin body overall just an ok Oktoberfest beer

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 2,148 ratings.