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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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1,614 Ratings

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Ratings: 1614
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 TeeCee


3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color - very honey brown. Almost the color of good iced tea. The pour had almost no head and left only the smallest traces of foam on the glass.

Smell - (through a congested nose) light malt, fruitiness, a flowery on top of it all.

Taste - light in malt again, just how it smelled, but seemingly defined by the hops. This no IPA or even a bitter, and these aren't hops I recognize, but the bitter and flowery components seem to rule here.

Mouthfeel - the beer seemed not far from flat: perhaps by design, perhaps by bad regulator settings. In any case, not much fizziness in the beer, but still a medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 05:19:14 | More by TeeCee
Photo of jujubeast6000


3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/4/2008 (Draft @ Gingerman, Houston, TX):

Pours an amber color body, some orange. Whitish head, small and diminishing. Malty sweet aroma, fruity, but not very strong. Fruity, flowery, and malty taste. Some light fruity, malty taste. Not too bad, kinda tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2008 14:57:44 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of edbeer

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great octoberfest. the color was a nice caramel and the head was almost pure white. The beer had a clean smooth taste that was a little biscuity. The hops were well stated but not overpowering and the finish left me wanting more*

*More beer and sauerbraten! Prost!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2008 22:07:48 | More by edbeer
Photo of Biggness

New York

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

I had this beer on tap @ Deep Ellum, the night after I tasted 28 Oktoberfests, this one hit the spot, a beautiful Oktoberfest. it pours a dark amber with a 2 fingered white head. the smell is of toasted malts. The taste is big on toasted malts with a wonderful cramy mouthfeel. A highly drinkable beer, and it could be the best Oktoberfest out on the market.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 20:50:40 | More by Biggness
Photo of aquatonex

New York

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

Had on tap at The Gate in Park Slope. Probably one of the best festbiers I have had.

Pours translucent amber, not completely transparent like most festbiers. Head is white and full, good lacing as well. Nose is fruity with roasty malts. Taste is full and rich, good balance of malts, slight hops and spice. Refreshing but not too thin.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2008 01:10:54 | More by aquatonex
Photo of erosier


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

L: Pours a nice ornage-yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white head that laces the glass nicely all the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts, a bit caramely, and then a slight hint of hoppy aromas.
T: Very nice caramel malt taste under a slightly hoppy taste and then a big malty sweet finish.
M: Very sweet, light, and smooth feeling with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer and well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2008 11:30:46 | More by erosier
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_pours a light clear brown. Off white coloured head. That settles into a nice slick.

S_nicely malty with a good crisp floral hop

T_very caramel munich rich malt upon first sip. Followed up by a good kick of floral hops M_slightly creamy with a good carbonation

D_a fine oktoberfest. Well balanced and one of the better ones

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2007 04:39:40 | More by sleazo
Photo of fitzy84


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap it had a dark orange-like color. Hoping for another great seasonal drink, I was surprised by its almost sour taste. It still had the "Oktoberish" spice, and it was actually a pretty light beverage. But the sour after-taste was really off-putting. One could even smell the slight sour scent coming from this beer. However, its crisp, October-spice rescued it from a complete disaster. The sour taste/smell made the drink just a bit off.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2007 14:35:30 | More by fitzy84
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a rich, darkish gold color, with very good head retention and lacing. The beer looks very impressive. I don't get too much on the nose, just some sweet grain and malt. However, it does smell very enticing. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose and the beer has a very nice mouthfeel. Plenty of sweet, malty flavor in this medium bodied beer, with a nice long, persistent finish. This beer is so well balanced, so drinkable, it's a pleasure to find it on tap. One of the better Oktoberfest beers I've come across on tap so far this year.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2007 12:52:38 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/ orange-ish color with an off white head. Aromas of citrus and spice. In the taste, earthy and a spice that is in the end. Not bitter, very smooth and somewhat refreshing. A dry sweet end. This was the beer that made me understand Oktoberfests/ pils/ lagers. A great fall beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2007 13:56:47 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of goschool


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

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. during their Oktoberfest celebration.

Appearance: The pour is on the lighter end of the Oktober Fest spectrum. It's a golden amber with a healthy off-white head.

Smell: The nose is soft with toasted malts and a hint of grassy hops.

Taste: The taste is clean, but it's still lively. Sweet toasted malts are upfront and they become more complex through the middle towards the dry finish. There is a noble hop flavor that remains in the background.

Mouthfeel: This is one of the lighter exported O-fests (There's supposedly a difference), although the mouthfeel is still smooth and creamy without feeling watery.

Drinkability: This isn't the best O-fest I've ever tasted, but it is definitely as quaffable as beers of this style are meant to be.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2006 06:24:48 | More by goschool
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pint at Pizza Plant. No head just microscopic white ring, orange body. Fruity and satisfying malt mix with caramel, and not too sweet,toasted nutty understated in background.higher than desired carbonation.Medium bodied. Good represetation for style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 14:31:52 | More by Sammy
Photo of SudNut


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to an orange-amber with a nice head and some lacing. It smells of a caramel malt banana with a slight whiff of alcohol. Taste starts caramel with fruitiness in the middle with a bit of a hop taste on the end. It has just enough hops at the end to offset the sweetness. Mouth feel is light to medium with lots of creamy suds to explore those taste buds. I could see my self drinking a large quantity of this while scarfing down some brats and kraut, mmm.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2006 21:56:36 | More by SudNut
Photo of teg8612


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cold hazed, orangish amber color. Big frothy head that sticks around.

S- Slight alcohol smell that gives way to sweet caramel malts and bready characteristics.

T&M- On the upper range of being medium bodied, has a good mouthfeel. Nice texture that is smooth and crisp. Bitterness is low which allows the malts to shine. Bready caramel malts are big and sweet. Slight alcohol burn gives a hint of spice to the mix.

D- Ayinger is becoming my German brewer of choice with brews like this. Very nice brew. The bottle version of this seems more raw but just as good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2006 13:03:02 | More by teg8612
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap @ Zum Schneider in New York, NY.

The setting was near perfect, a beautiful Saturday afternoon in New York City marking the beginning of Oktoberfest at NYC's finest German beer garden. The kegs were tapped at noon - in true Oktoberfest fashion - and some friends and I arrived shortly after.

Poured into a 0.5 L mug, the color was a deep reddish-brown with a thin light tan head. Nice aroma with a very slight roasted malt character. The flavor showed great balance between the malt and hops, not to mention a slight caramel sweetness as well. The carbonation was right on and made this both easy on the palate and ridiculously easy to drink. By the end of the afternoon I had drank quite a few of these and probably could have drank it all day long.

A great representation of the Oktoberfest/Marzen style, worth seeking out. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2006 12:44:42 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of TheEclecticGent


3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2006 03:16:55 | More by TheEclecticGent
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2005 01:13:12 | More by merlin48
Photo of hopsaplenty


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

Had this on draft at RFD in Washington, DC. Served in a shaker-style pint glass, a tad too cool.

Appearance: The color of a dark penny, amber, with a minimal off-white head that showed itself only at the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of, probably due to the glassware's treatment.

Smell: A little malty, maybe some light smoke and caramel.

Taste: Slightly sweet and grainy up front with a pleasant caramel sugar in the finish. There were hints of smoked malt as well, but they were oh-so faint.

Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue, with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: I could enjoy several of these without complaint. Smooth and with a nice malty finish. It reminds me of crisp, fall days sitting around a fire. Enjoyable, but not spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2005 19:12:08 | More by hopsaplenty
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New York

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

Had this on-tap at Eulogy. It was served to me in a regular Ayinger weizen glass, which seemed odd, but I'll go with it.

Ruby-red/brown pour with a thin white head of big bubbles and a nice little bit of lace on the way down.

Smell is malty, with toasted grains, dark fruits (plum, maybe?), a little bit of bitter Euro hoppiness, and some light caramel. Nice.

Flavor is a pretty standard O-fest without a lot of bells and whistles. It's a nice little flavor with a big malt presence and a caramel sweetness that is partially offset by a hop bite. A little bit off and metallic on some sips, but not too distracting.

Overall: Eh, kind of bland for an O-fest, but it's not terrible. Off the top of my head I'd recommend a half-dozen others in the style ahead of it, though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2005 22:45:02 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of Shaw


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a half liter of this at my local pub, The Cock & Bull.

It is much more golden in color than other Oktoberfests I've had. Looks more like a Pilsener.

The smell is lightly malty, as expected. The taste is smooth and very well balanced. Hints of grass and malt and a whisper of hops. Just what you'd expect from a German lager.

This is a standard German Marzen. This is a fine example of the style, except for the color.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2005 21:37:08 | More by Shaw
Photo of oracle


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

20 oz imperial pint in a tradtional english pint glass

Beer arrived a clear medium-to-dark redish color. Low amount of head, but good lacing left behind.

Smell was sweet and fruity, lightly spiced.

Taste was pretty darn good. Not quite what I expected but very drinkable. Very mild hops, overridden by sweet fruitness and malt.

Drank very easy, with a small finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2004 14:36:55 | More by oracle
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3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2004 00:33:27 | More by Suds
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3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2004 19:02:04 | More by clvand0
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank a pitcher of this beer tonight. It poured a deep golden amber color with about 3 fingers of head. The nose was full of nice caramel sweetness, enticing me to drink it. The flavor hit me upfront with caramel sweetness, but then came a spiceyness that was a bit too strong for my liking. As far as other O-fest beers goes, this was not my favorite. I liked the Spaten this year a bit more. The mouthfeel was nicely thick and a little creamy. Drinkability was pretty good, hell I drank the whole pitcher didn't I? I had this out of a bottle earlier this year and didn't like it, so I was pleasantly surprised with it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2004 02:05:06 | More by kmpitz2
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4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I, ironically, responded to a thread on the BA forum yesterday from Jason inquiring about this brew's availability in the Boston area, and I go to work after a day off and (queue heavenly music) behold! It pours a clear lighter bronze color or deep orangy golden color with a light beige colored head. Very husky and Vienna malty, biscuity aroma with a small, but not unnoticable floral background. This year's release from the folks at Ayinger has some hops. I'm venturing to guess there's some Hallertauer Hersbrucker in there. The hops meld quite nicely with the astringent huskiness of the malt to produce an Oktoberfest that is thirst-quenching and delicious. Very malty, however, not overly malty sweet, there's a residual flowery esteriness. Proof positive that there's hops. It's exquisitely balanced and wickedly drinkable. Each sip warrants another. Objectively, this year's batch has to be one of the finer Oktoberfests I've ever tried. A straight-up grain masterpiece with ample carbonation that keeps it fresh on the palate and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2004 08:03:40 | More by crookedhalo
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,614 ratings.