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

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1,648 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,648
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 66
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 crossovert


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

Ayinger is one of the few Germans that you can't get in the 12 oz variety of bottle. The cap is gimmicky and one of the coolest ones I have come across. No sign of freshness date, but I am pretty sure it is fresh.

Pours the lighter Oktoberfest style, the festival lager style, with a mix of amber and gold body. Nice 4 finger white head.

The malts smell juicy and roasted. The hops are earthy with a hint of spice, a nice scent to this one.

The mouthfeel is pretty full, a lot of sweetness, mostly malt, one of the heartier tasting Oktoberbests. The hop bitterness sneaks in slighlty at the end but it is well-balanced.

Overall a solid Oktoberfest beer, would like to have it by the 12 oz bottle though rather than the larger bottle. It is a well balanced entry into the field and may be what you want to try first if your pondering on which one to choose.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 18:39:39 | More by crossovert
Photo of littlekidlover


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured my half liter bottle into my quarter liter German mug. The appearance is classic, clear copper with ample fluffy white head. The aroma is not very intense but has a nicely rounded sweetness. The taste is very well rounded. Nice nutty cereal malt and enough hops to finish clean. The mouthfeel is fairly light and clean. This is an amazingly drinkable beer, in my opinion world class for the style, Oktoberfest beer is meant to be drank from 1 liter steins, and this is one I could down all night. There's not a whole lot I can really say to describe the taste, but it is just one of those beers that just begs to be drunk.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 22:26:45 | More by littlekidlover
Photo of jwc215


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

Pours bright orange with a creamy white head that thins and stays leaving lacing.

The smell is of caramel and a grainy maltiness with earthy spicing. Robust and pleasant malty and hoppy aroma.

he taste is of caramel and grainy malty sweetness with an underlying hop spicing.

The body is on the lighter side, but creamy and smooth. A nice lingering aftertaste hangs on.

Certainly one that I could drink plenty of at an O-fest gathering!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 14:50:23 | More by jwc215
Photo of brewcrew76


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear golden amber, honey color with a few fingers of off white head.

S - Light bready and caramel malts with a touch of spicy hops.

T - Toasty and bready malts with some sweet caramel and spicy hops. Slight metallic off taste.

M - Crisp and well carbonated.

D - Not as flavorful as other October fests I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 00:06:32 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of BDLbrewster


3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pumpkin amber color. Autumn leaves come to mind when I think about it. Tons of bubbly visible carbonation and very small quickly fleeting head.

The smell is pretty faint, what I can smell is mildly sweet malt. Being somewhat toasty, the somewhat noticeable alcohol works to crisp up the nose a tinge.

Tastes just like what it is, malt, hops and water. This brew is VERY unoffensive, sweet toasty cracker like malt flavors dance a jig on your tongue. The flavors are very even all the way through the swallows, and it finishes with a minuscule spice that is very welcome.

Mouthfeel is as thin as I anticipated and the finish is very crisp and refreshing.

Fill up Das Boot and let me pound it. I could drink gallons of this stuff. Thin crisp and balanced, in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 01:15:09 | More by BDLbrewster
Photo of popery


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As good a Märzen as I've ever tried. I'm trying this against Spaten's version, and the Ayinger is the clear winner. The beer pours a relatively light amber-golden color with a smallish white head and pretty good retention. The beer smells of peaches, apples and concord grapes. It's very pleasant, even if that description makes it sound oversweet. It's a light but rich malty character that transmits to the flavor quite well. The beer is has a delicate and complex malt character that has fruit and caramel notes. The Germans really know how to tease out delicate malt flavors. The finish is mildly bitter and cuts out much of the lingering sweetness. It's a very drinkable beer, and I'd be quite happy spending a day drinking this beer out of enormous steins.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 05:27:27 | More by popery
Photo of champ103


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A small white head forms, and recedes in a second. No lace to speak of.
S: A wonderful toasted caramel and bread/biscuit aroma. A light fruitiness, spice, and yeast.
T: Again, a great toasted caramel flavor. Bread/biscuit and yeast. A very light fruit flavor, and even some chocolate lingers on.
M/D: A medium body, but a little over carbonated for my tastes. Easy to drink. A very sessionable Marzen.

This is a really good Marzen/O'fest. Something I would recommend. One of my favorites of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 04:51:14 | More by champ103
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale amber/honey color with a nice dense khaki colored head that settled into a nice ring and light cap. The aroma is sweet and doughy; touch of caramel to go with the munich malt. Some light grassy hops to round out the flavor. The taste is quite neutral, the caramel seems to offset the doughy malt characteristics, leaving a somewhat bland yet enjoyable flavor. Any hop presence is minimal. Nice moderate body with tingly carbonation, sweet overall but balanced. A nice marzen style German Oktoberfest. The caramel flavors play nicely with the malt. Very tasty and a good Oktoberfest to celebrate.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 02:49:14 | More by Gmann
Photo of philbe311


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An very active pour with no discernable carbonation once settled... Bright orangish amber resin color... Stellar retention... Three fingers worth of pillowy off white head comprised of varying sized bubbles ultimately settles to a rich froth...

S - Pale malts... Caramel... Toffee... Butter... Kind of musky... A tad on the weakside...

T - Grainy... Lots of bready malt... Not as sweet as I would have expected... Some caramel and diacytel... An ever so slight hop presence at finish...

M - Medium bodied... The texture is slightly creamy and lush... Smooth going down... Slight carbonation... Rich and hearty...

D - Very good Marzen... Easy drinking and quite quaffable... Filling... However, I think it is a step below the top of the class (Hacker-Pschorr) in the category...

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 15:51:30 | More by philbe311
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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
Photo of GordonQuid


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
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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
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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
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.