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

Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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1,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 1615
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%

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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Photo of Ryan011235


3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Studio 35 on 9/22/12

A) Sun-faded amber with gold and brown highlights. Thin head to start; just a wisp overall. Clear. No retention or lace.

S) Clean, fairly bright aroma. Smooth bready malts with a dash of dustiness on the back end. Mild overtones of fruit.

T) Huh, it's pretty malty to taste but has a flavor that is right in line with the aftertaste of pumpkin pie (well, at least the first sip). From there it turns to more straightforward bready malts and a hints of fruit juiciness. Hints of earth on the finish.

M) The feel has a kind of medium center and thin edges. Moderate carbonation falls off as the beer opens up.

D) It's nice to have something calm every once and a while.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 22:35:43 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of vette2006c5r


2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Oktober Fest-Marzen pours a golden color with very little head. There is a harsh malty and sour aroma. The taste is the same rather harsh, malty, and almost a bit sour. The body and flavors are light, but that is a good thing. Overall its a below average Marzen.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 22:47:45 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

Served on-tap at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear golden amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thinker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a light hint of earthy hops.

T: The taste of this beer follows the smell, toasted malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness followed by some earthy hops that lend a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink, sessionable, and enjoyable - pairs nicely with a burger and fries. Definitely one of the better German offerings in the style that is easy to find in the US.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 03:29:44 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of BeerCon5


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

Pours a clear, light amber color with a littl more than a finger of fluffy white head, retention is ok.

The scent is of caramel malt and sweet grains, some notes of hops.

The taste is of toasted caramel malts and grains. Hops that bring out a slight tea flavor are also noticeable.

Light body, smooth and clean feel, moderate carbonation.

This was really nice oktoberfest, nice balanced flavor and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 18:51:54 | More by BeerCon5
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North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. FW teku glass.

pours a dark orangeish red with a nice head. smell is real malty and crisp.taste is so refreshing and exactly what I look for in an oktoberfest. crisp malts. lemon zest, some hops. just great. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall possibly the best oktoberfest in existence. lovely.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 22:57:24 | More by Axnjxn
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4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had several of these on tap during Octoberfest event. Out of 10 or so Octoberfest brews this one stood above. The appearance was darker brown but clear with a beautiful head, Smell was of sweet roasted malts and bread, very pleasant. Taste was sweet and roasted not much hops but very very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium to light, you can drink several to many at a time if you are in the mood (and at an octoberfest event you should be in the mood). Fresh on tap was memorable and look forward to it every fall.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 17:35:04 | More by adjunctjonez
Photo of IronLover


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow in color with a heavy orange hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a rocky off-white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Earthy toasted malt aroma with hints sweet biscuit. Smooth, delicate feel with lazy, rich, tight carbonation. Toasted and bready malt flavors throughout. Tangy carbonation through the middle introduces light herbal hop flavors. Finished crisply, with a lingering toasted malt character.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 16:14:23 | More by IronLover
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South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker pint. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, and spices. The flavor was of sweet matl, wheat, grain, biscuit, subtle fruit, floral, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. My impression of this one was the aroma was lacking, but the flavor had potential. There were a lot of flavors I had never picked up on before going on in this one which was a nice change-up from the normal brews from this style. The aroma was just plain and simply lacking in complexity. Worth trying for a fan of the style, but that is about it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 14:30:32 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- The body is golden-orange in color with a thin white film. Only a small amount of soapy lace.

Smell- Lots of biscuit malt and wheat back bone. Slightly notice floral hops and some citrus zest. The scents are very subtle and you have to really stick your nose in it.

Taste- The Ayinger is much better in this department. Absolutely gobsmacked by all spice and clove. There are some really spicy herbs in this one. No bitterness, and slightly sweet from the biscuit malt. It has a very nice finish as well.

Mouth feel- An appropriate medium body and rather creamy.

Overall- It is a good Oktoberfest when you get down to drinking, there was some apprehension when it was first brought to the table, but it drinks well. A nice herbal mix that really works.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 21:26:23 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Teresa's Next Door for Wayne Fall Festival. Poured into a half-litre tumbler-shaped glass. Beer reaches the 0,5L demarcation line on the side of the glass, as fluffy and creamy head stretches the rest of way to the rim of the glass.

The body is crisp and clear, as any lager should be, with an orangey straw colored body. The aforementioned head leaves some sexy lacing on the sides of the glass as I imbibe.

The aroma is of supple breadiness, caramel, toffee, and biscuit malts. There is a light yeasty fruity character, as well as some noble hops. The taste, as awesome as the smell was, manages to outdo it. The toffee, caramel, and bready notes are even more pronounced, and their sweetness does a great job to balance the noble hop characters present throughout the beer. The fruity yeast notes add another dimension.

The feel is creamy, silky, and smooth, with a nice vibrancy to the carbonation. This is clearly fresh, and as a result, the beer displays a remarkable balance. Once of the best of the style that I have enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 23:53:04 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of bump8628


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

Another selection at the 2011 Choctaw Oktoberfest. It went great with the smoked bratwurst and grilled knackwurst. Cleanly malty with the typical bread crust, biscuit, and barley husk character of Munich-type malts. Light on the caramel character, which in my mind is the better way to brew this style. Hops run about even with the malt lending plenty of spiciness to balance. It manages to capture the dry yet malty palate that separates the best of the style. Another well-done beer from Brauerei Aying.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 01:15:37 | More by bump8628
Photo of WhiteOak


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A deep copper color. From the tap, this brew sports a very sticky head which leaves big sheets of lace on the glass.

S- We were surprised by the very pronounced aromas of stone fruits: cherry & peaches are right up front. Caramel, malt, grain aromas.

T- Rich malt & caramel flavors for the type. Toast w/ clover honey.

M, D- Rich medium body with super-easy drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 23:36:23 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of Arbitrator


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Rose & Crown. $7 for a pour (Jesus, $2 more and I could just get a six-pack...)

A: Pours an orange-amber body. Excellent clarity, great head on the beer, solid retention, a touch of lace down the sides.

S: Caramel malt; this makes it heftier than the Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner versions I've been drinking lately. Toasted multi-grain bread, tea, and a touch of nutmeg. Quite nice.

T: A clean flavor with a slightly malty finish that brings out the caramel I noted in the nose. Toasted multi-grain bread defines the character of the beer, with just a touch of tea-like hops (reminiscent of chamomile or jasmine) in the finish. I also detect some nutmeg that reminds me of some pumpkin ales. I thought I detected some kind of dark fruit or berry, but I couldn't put my finger on it.

M: Fine, moderate carbonation with a clean finish. The beer emphasizes malt, with enough residual sugars to add some sweetness. For a beer this low in ABV, it's quite solid.

D: I thought it was upper-tier; I preferred this to the Paulaner version, but it doesn't measure up to New Glarus Staghorn, in my opinion. It's heftier than the Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr interpretations, so I would prefer those on drinkability. For me an Oktoberfest is something I should be able to finish a stein of. I was in Germany last year!! This is what they do!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 04:52:19 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange colored brew, small wispy head with some staying power.

Smell: Malty, bready, fruity, toffee.

Taste: Toffee and bread notes. Faint herbal hop. Perfectly balanced. Mild roasted flavor pulls through once the beer comes to temp. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied.

Drinkability: Malty but not really sweet. A top notch brew from Ayinger.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 16:27:07 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of sphmiel


4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Cicero's, served in typical pint.
Clear orange body, slight effervescence, with thin, quickly disappearing white head.
Sweet bready, caramel aroma, minimal hops, very inviting.
The aroma carries through into the taste, with caramel maltiness, some toast, sweet but no not cloying. Enough carbonation to provide a clean, crisp mouthfeel.
A great example to the style, and especially inviting if you can find it on draught.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 19:10:21 | More by sphmiel
Photo of gopens44


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange (or dark yellow?) with a foamy head that hung around for a little while

S - Sweet, malty, nice aromas escaping from the brew

T - Once again, sweet and malty as the smell implied but more crisp than I had expected.

M - Pretty smooth with low to medium carbonation.

D - When in Rome (or Octoberfest celebrations) this one is just dandy for the evening. I'd probably pass it up on a normal day in favor of a style I like better, but this one does not disappoint.

Since this isn't anywhere near my favorite style, I was careful to grade it based on what makes the representatives of this style really stand out. I've had a few Marzens that I enjoyed more while in Germany, but for what I've had stateside, this one is a can't miss.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 15:10:05 | More by gopens44
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I planned on celebrating Oktoberfest tonight but the forecast called for rain ALL DAY. In lieu of paying to be cold and wet I decided to take the wife and head down to Hessen Haus so we could get a taste of the festival yet stay comfortable. To compliment a hot bowl of goulash was this awesome brew.

It's a medium copper color with low carbonation that produces a surprising amount of head. The aroma is earthy with some malts and caramel coming through. The taste is nicely malted with some nutmeg and floral element coming through. I would say the body is perfect for the style. It isn't chewy and is nowhere watery. The aftertaste is very smooth with the maltiness lingering to preserve the fantastic flavor.


Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 19:50:17 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of Plokhooy


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very sweet and malty for an Octoberfest (which is saying something since -fest beers should be sweet and malty). The mouthfeel is very smooth and this beer is quiet drinkable but do not expect your typical -fest beer. This one is uniquly malty.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 02:37:38 | More by Plokhooy
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy caramel colored body.

Sweet malt, then a spicy (perhaps minty) note with toffee and grass rounding out the bouquet.

On the palate caramel malt is immediatly followed by sweet, nutty toffee, the spicy touch of german hops and then the crisp bite of carbonation.

Not overly complex, pretty much exactly what I was expecting. It may not have any tricks up its sleave, but it is a nearly perfect example of what German Oktoberfests represent.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 03:13:26 | More by BradLikesBrew
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3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber color with a nice head that does not have great retention.
S- Smell is bready, with some light caramel and butterscotch notes.
T- Biscuity, some light hops, and a caramel finish.
M- Clean, but i found it to be undercarbonated.
D- Drinkable to be sure. Very refreshing and not too heavy. That being said, I found this beer, based on the brewery and the style, to be somewhat of a disappointment. Not a bad beer, just underwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 21:16:24 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Docer


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap ate The BeerMongers and bought a bottle... so this is kind of an on-tap/bottle review... all the same right? (lol)

- Copper clear... foamy white head down to some slight lace making material....

- Great spicy and herb-like scent... floral and fruit-cake.... light hop-zest.... bit of walnut...

- Taste is slightly sour and bitter lager, with some fruit-salad... sugars, light grains... bitter punch, and some pine... on-tap was much better than what is in the bottle... the bottle adds a slight creamy layer on top that isn't so pleasant..

- Goesa down well, and doesn't leave any chewy or grinding feeling... overall very decent..

- On-tap this was one of the better Oktoberfest brews I have had the joyful experience of trying (Thanks Sean @TheBeerMongers) but in the bottle it is almost a completely different brew. So save your taste buds, and grab it on tap if you can.

(Score/review based on my on-tap experience)

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2009 03:30:14 | More by Docer
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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a pretty deep gold color with over an inch of just off-white head that dissipated quickly and left scant lacing.

The aroma was slightly sweet, otherwise neutral. The first flavor across the tongue was caramel, followed by a pleasant grain taste. The caramel really clung to the tongue and by the end of the pint was becoming annoying.

The body was perhaps a little thinner than I like for the style. Drinkability was very good, but suffered due to the stickiness of the caramel. Overall, a good beer worth trying and worth having several of.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 21:22:53 | More by beertunes
Photo of drtth


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 0.5L Oktoberfest glass (tall slender nonic style). A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is burnished golden copper color with 1" ivory foamy head that recedes visibly but slowly. At first there are lots of small streams of carbonation and a ring of foam with some modest lacing. Sipping later on still leaves some foam ring and sparse leggy lacing from the ring of foam, but eventually the foam and lacing are gone before the beer.

Smell: The aroma is soft, fresh and clean with faint herbal grassiness and some nice light caramel and bready malt character accompanied by some light herbal grassiness.

Taste: The nose predicts the flavors quite well. The malt dominates the flavor with some caramel and bready character accompanied by some herbal/grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-bodied and smooth with light carbonation that persist for much of the beer. The finish is fairly long, begins in malt but ends with dryness and some faint bitterness that invites the next sip.

Drinkability: I think this a very drinkable beer. It is perfect to go with a meal and an evening's conversation with friends. Just the kind of beer you want to go with a pleasant time. It is tasty, not particularly challenging, but enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2009 20:35:29 | More by drtth
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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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
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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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