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

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1,639 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,639
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 64
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of generallee

New York

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 21:44:06 | More by generallee
Photo of vacax


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 07:44:07 | More by vacax
Photo of DoubleJ


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's time to resume the second of four beers here in the German Oktoberfest Inviational. Ayinger, you're up!

Pretty color. It looks like autumn with its clean orange/auburn color. The head retention is quite good on top. Smells....clean malt. Toasty with caramel tones and some herbal hops.

Oh yeah! Malty, but multi-dimensional and not overly malty. A blend of yummy flavors: toasted malt, pumpkin pie, minerals, a brush of spiced hops clinging to the tip of the tongue. A touch of carbonation with a filling medium body gives the beer a superb feel in the mouth, and helps keep the beer going down round.

This is how I think an Oktoberfestbier should taste. Given the gems Ayinger brews, how approapriate is it their version of the beer becomes my favorite to date? Don't pass this beer this October, get it when you see it.

That's two down, and two to go in the German Oktoberfest Inviational. I'll be back tomorrow night to crack open another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 04:18:17 | More by DoubleJ
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500-mL bottle that had no evident date. Lovely golden with an accompanying finger-sized head that stuck around for a short time. Lacing present but wasn't ample. The nose was pretty much the usual Oktoberfest, as was the taste. Pleasant, crisp, malt, medium carbonation. Not the strongest from Brauerei Aying, but a decent representation of the style. I'll certainly have one again next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 01:06:13 | More by Intelligentsia
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Clear golden sun colored with a wispy white quarter inch head and ample lace.

Smells of a floral hop variety and caramel malts. Also detect a bit of sweet corn.

Taste is a well balanced malty biscuit and nobile hops. There is a touch of citrus in the light bodied finish.

Very drinkable and one of the best in class.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 15:02:41 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of augustgarage


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Newport Storm pint glass (a glass boot might be more appropriate).

Orange peel liquid with good clarity; modest ivory head reducing to a light dusting of foam. Weak fleeting lacing.

Lightly toasted malt aroma, with hints of winter fruit and citrus. Simple, clean, and inviting.

A plesant maltiness dominates the palate along with toast and light caramel flavors - a rich sweet lager, but with some bitterness and a slightly drying finish (faint hints of corn and olive oil).

A nice round body with moderate carbonation.

Sophisticated malty lager, though a bit sweet and lacking retention appropriate to the style. A fantastic brewery, but this isn't their shining moment here...

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 04:38:52 | More by augustgarage
Photo of hops4me


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid O-fest. Deep gold to amber in color. Head quickly falls in to glass with some lacing. Floral perfume hops in the nose with some caramel aroma. Toasted malt flavor and again the caramel comes through.Medium bodies and good drinking. Not as robust as some others but true to style.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 03:06:40 | More by hops4me
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a thick pillowy foam with good retention. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is sweeter than I expected..but not in a bad way. Malts, caramel, typical marzen aromas with this really sweet note. I thought it was honey. A lot of reviewers say its apple.

Taste is the malts and caramel..but that sweetness comes in again to balance. This supposed apple everyone is talking about is probably what I'm tasting..but to me, it reminds me more of honey.

Even with the "honey" profile the mouthfeel isn't as syrupy as it should be. Marzens are usually a bit thicker

Drinkability..tastes good, and maybe a little lighter than it should be but I'd have this again

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 06:45:05 | More by kshankar
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright, slightly chill-hazed copper body in appearance, very tall spongy off-white head with excellent retention. Thin sheets of white lacing.

Light toffee and raisin malt on the nose, fig and nutmeg too.

Chewy toffee and fig malt up front in the flavour, sticky dates and a sweet wafery carob on the finish.

The mouthfeel feels a bit on the thin side, especially for how sticky the flavour comes across.

A fairly robust Oktoberfest, a bit too sweet and sticky for my liking, although it still delivers the goods.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 02:28:15 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of hooliganlife


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours deep copper with a nice thick pillow head. light retention and light lacing.

light floral hops with sweet malts blended together

slight bitterness from start to finish with light sweet malts emerging through out. the sweetness is not over dominant like MANY marzens. i pick up a slight copper taste mixed in.

medium carbonation that has the perfect amount of bite. fairly full bodied.

this is hands down my favorite marzen, even if it truly is not an authentic oktoberfest. its very well rounded and very easy to drink without getting boring.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 00:58:59 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of Soneast


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant copper color with a thick, off-white colored head that recedes to a nice creamy layer leaving bits-o-lace all the way down the glass. A vigorous whirlpool of carbonation flows to the surface continuously feeding the head. This beer just looks awesome when poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect pint!

Thanks to the thick, creamy head, this beer lets off a very nice biscuity malt aroma with hints of brown sugar and a very light earthy spiciness.

The flavor consists of breads and sweet grains with a touch of apple, but it also has a nicely balanced spice throughout that helps lead you into a crisp, refreshing finish.

This beer has a very nice body, with a great amount of carbonation to really make it feel alive in your mouth, but not to the point of being soda-like. Very clean flavor profile and a very nice refreshing quality (for a Marzen).

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2009 19:44:26 | More by Soneast
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is in a lot of ways very middle-of-the-road Marzen.. Pour is your typical auburn- good, but nothing unique. Mouthfeel is fairly moderate with a noticeable amount of carbonation. The one thing that really stood out is theres a noticeable apple presence, sort of like a hard cider. Much more present in the flavor than the aroma. The drinkability seemed to suffer a bit.. I wasn't necessarily enthralled with the beer, but it was certainly pretty good and I would gladly take it over many things, many other Marzens even.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 04:09:40 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of morimech


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Has a clear golden color with two inches of head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is weak with light scent of malt and noble hops. The flavor is really surprising with the high amount of noble hop flavor packed into this beer. A little sweetness in the front compliments the hops. The body feels a little thin for the style. Carbonation is good. Different from most German Oktoberfest with the big hop flavor and the malt being secondarty. Could use a little more body to make this one the better fest beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 20:08:42 | More by morimech
Photo of JMD


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Light copper color with frothy white head that slowly fades and leaves some small lacework.

S: Sweet bready malt and carmel. Some spice as well.

T: Carmel malt and some bready flavors. Some nice spice and hints of fresh apple. Very light hops.

M: Medium bodied and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Amazing mouthfeel.

D: This is an excellent OKtoberfest that I could drink all night. This is one of my favorite German Marzens. I had this fresh on tap at a little cafe right outside of the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. This beer is amazing fresh.

**Edited after having this beer fresh on tap in Munich. **

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 21:29:11 | More by JMD
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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a pint bottle into a big mug. Beautiful clear copper body with a white/offwhite sticky, foamy 2-finger head. Head retention is great and subsides to a 1/4-inch lacy cap for the remainder of the beer. Decent lacing on the glass.

S - Big and malty with sweet caramel coming forward. Kind of a barley-like smell in the end.

T&M - Very smooth and light mouthfeel with a giant malt kick to the mouth. Classic Oktoberfest taste going on here. Caramel sweetness as it goes down, becoming more prominent as it warms. The sweetness becomes a little much and tad cloying as I drink.

D - Very easy to drink for the most part but the sweetness kind of got to me. Nice flavors and aromas the whole way but by the end of the glass I needed something to get that malt sweetness out of my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 14:32:05 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of hosehead83


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep orange-amber,with big, pillowy head of foam
Aroma-Spicy malt, some caramel notes
Taste-Big, flavorful malt, some spiciness and subtle hops come through
Fresh tasting and smooth, with some definite substance to it. Very drinkable, went down easy with a couple of landjagers

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 11:39:06 | More by hosehead83
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3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Frankfurter glass.

Appearance: Light orange-copper with moderate white head that disappears leaving no lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruit, caramel, biscuit and metallic bitterness.

Taste: Semi-sweet toasted malt with caramel, biscuit and fruit in the background. Ends on a spicy bitter note, more so than most Marzens.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, only semi-dry.

Drinkability: A solid Marzen overall. A little sweeter than Paulaner and not quite as good. While a decent brew, I honestly expected more.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 02:24:07 | More by bsp77
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App - Rich gold/Pale amber color, brilliant clarity, pours a good-sized creamy white head with great retention.

Aroma - Malty with a bit of fruitcake - a bit of a doppelbock aroma.

Flavor - Nice malt flavor, but not overly sweet. Wonderfully balanced through to a clean, very very slightly bitter finish. Malt dominates the palate

MF - medium body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming.

D'ability - a nice balanced, malty lager. Way too easy to drink!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:45:37 | More by mpyle
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4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amazing orange-yellow almost cloudy honey in appearance.

S: Bits of almond extract and apple crisp.

T: More of that light cinnimon and apple coupled with a short hit of hop on the tongue.

M: light carbonation though even lighter in body

D: I was pleasantly surprised this being my first time with an Ayinger in recent memory. Not in my mind what an Oktoberfest beer is thought of in America but will make a lot of people happy this fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2009 14:54:48 | More by lostwars
Photo of KI9A


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an inviting orange/amber, with a creamy head. Nice lace rings.

S: Nutty. Sweet malts.

T: Sweet malts mix with an earthy nutty taste. Nice shot of light hops at the back end.

M: Medium body, fair carbonation.

D: I love this time of year for beer. I look forward to O-fests alot, and this is always one of my favorites. A sane ABV makes this easy to session.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 01:35:44 | More by KI9A
Photo of animal69


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear light orange-copper color w/ a fluffy white cap which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lace in my glass
S- a very light smell, some bready aromas with a hint of nuts, a faint note of herbal hops barely peeks it's head through but increases a bit as it warms however
T- taste is much fuller than the smell lets on, a nice initial hop bitterness that rolls right into a fresh-baked-bread flavor, turns nutty with some fruits and that classic "cured concrete" undertone that most german marzens have at mid palate, finishes crisp w/0 diacetyl just a touch of alcohol
M- dry with a light-med body, moderately carbonated for the style
D- an extremely drinkable and addictive brew, poss. my new fav. imported o'fest, this is one freeking awesome beer

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 00:53:22 | More by animal69
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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fall is my favorite part of beer season (next to spring, summer and winter), and this year there seem to be more Oktoberfests available than ever before. This one is a classic. Deep amber in color, the off-white head lasts a few bubbly minutes before fading and leaving a somewhat sticky ring around the glass. Caramel, graham crackers and toast are all over the aroma, with hints of apples. The body is very smooth, broken up by a constant churn of teeny-weeny bubbles that fizz from the bottom of the glass in huge columns. It's like drinking a glass of staccato. The taste has more caramel and crackers with a hint of carrots (surprise!), but mostly this just tastes *good*. Ayinger can't do wrong.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 10:39:21 | More by gfreed
Photo of Finn


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16.9 oz. bottle into a 20 oz. nonic. Deep orange, amber with a slight haze to it. aroma is a bit subdued, with hints of apple, sweet bready malts. The flavor starts out with a warm, creamy dose of carame andl bread goodness, which dries out with a crisp finish. a slight memory of the malt lingers on. This beer is delicious, and perhaps a tad on the less malty side than some of it's german counterparts (excluding the largest -selling ones, e.g. Warsteiner, which are less malty). This is a delicious, quite drinkable oktoberfest, in the middle as far as alcohol, maltiness, and sweetness. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 01:02:07 | More by Finn
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3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All together a solid Festbier. Lots of malt flavor matched well with the right amount of hops. Pours brighter and a little cloudier than most Marzens. Great aroma. Complex and deep. Presence of diacetyl mixed in with caramel malts. A great treat to celebrate the arrival of autumn.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 00:26:06 | More by MillySox
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper/amber in color, nice lacing in the glass! Pretty good retention & nice bubbles. White foamy head.

Smell: Nice malts pop out, caramel and nutmeg are layed in the backround, not overly hoppy like alot of other Marzens, nice clean florals.

Taste: Good balance of malts, nice toasty flavor with that great caramel notes. A little plain compared to other Marzens but it's still a great tasting beer with plenty of good qualities.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, creamy to wet but keeps it's body when sitting on the tongue.

Drinkability: An Outstanding Oktoberfest. One of the best served in this area.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 22:12:37 | More by SmithwicksNut
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,639 ratings.