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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,828 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,828
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 79
Gots: 92 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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 Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

Sammy, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.98/5  rDev 0%

I've had this beer a few times before and was pleasantly surprised the other night when I opened a 5 month old bottle of this. Theres no telling whats happened to it since then.

It pours a hazy orange/amber color (closer to amber). There is a little white head that dissipates quickly. The smell is fruity and malty. I can see why people describe it as "bready" but I think its more along the lines of thick caramel mixing with other malts. It tastes sweet and smooth with lots of malts making themselves known. Only the slightest hint of alcohol and hop presence. Very much on the maltier side of things.

Its hard to believe that light beer like a festbier would age nicely but I think that sitting a few months may have helped this beer. Could easily drink a few pints of this.

t0rin0, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a clear light copper orange with a huge 3 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a craggy cap. A nice latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt, honey, and some caramel notes. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, caramel, honey, and some mild hop flavors. There is a very mild grainy bitterness on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good easy drinking beer that is probably my favorite of all beers in this style I have tried. I could easily put down lots of this one at an Oktoberfest celebration.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a somewhat dark amber with an off white head. Tiny bits of lacing. Smell is slightly sweet with some caramel and a tiny bit of hoppiness coming through. Taste is similar, and is somewhat buoyed by a fairly thick mouthfeel. Not much alcohol presence on a medium body. Drikability is okay. Nothing is particularly wrong with the beer, but there's nothing to write home about either.

Thorpe429, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

zestar, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.5%

From a bottle, pours a clear dark copper, lots of bubbles and active carbonation. Thin wispy white head that sits on top until it gives way to the beer.

The smell is caramel, malt, bread dough, nutty, with a faint spice. The flavor is more caramel, bread yeast, floral, and honey. Very clean refreshing mouthfeel that is well balanced. It is a more carbonated than I expected or want personally.

Glad I finally got to enjoy this classic.

nmann08, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev 0%

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and poured with a finger high white head that gradually faded away leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell has a moderate amount of sweetness and has aromas of toasted malts and caramel.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has a moderate amount of malty sweetness. There are flavors of caramel and the finish has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and is rather creamy.
D: It's very easy to drink this beer; I could easily drink several of these in a single sitting. I definitely won't pass up the opportunity to have this beer when it is available in the fall.

metter98, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy head; the retention and lacing are both good

Smell: Sweet toffee aroma with a hint of vanilla

Taste: Starts out with a slightly sweet toffee character; by mid-palate, both the cereal graind and an herbal aspect join the profile; after the swallow, a nice balancing hoppy bitterness arises briefly in the mid-section and then fades, as expected, to allow the malty flavors to dominate into the finish; the grainy/herbal element underneath, however, re-emerges toward the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better examples of the style, but just a tad too sweet for my palate

brentk56, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev 0%

Gently hazy apricot capped by a large, somewhat frothy head of beige foam that looks a bit too soft to result in much lace. It holds its own at a tidy two fingers, but ends up disappearing shortly thereafter, leaving nothing more than a short, chunky collar of lace. The nose is earthy, musty and malty with a hint of spice, but all components of the aroma are understated.

Wonderful flavor that is reminiscent of lightly toasted whole grain bread covered in apple-peach jam. The spice is along the lines of mace or nutmeg. There's a nice interplay between the sweet, gently malty bottom and the fruity, gently bitter, tea-like top. Oktober Fest-Marzen is exceptionally clean and well-mannered from the start and achieves a crisp, tangy 'snap' on the finish. It's also impressively drinkable due to the wonderful flavor, the lack of heaviness and the impeccable finish. Well done.

I checked my reviews before popping the cap and was amazed to see that I hadn't rated any beer of this style higher than 4.0. Brauerei Aying's version doesn't quite get there either, but in the only score that really counts (taste), it's the equal of any I've had. These guys are becoming one of my favorite German breweries.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Probably the best Oktoberfest that I've had. No beer can be true-er to style. Smells solidly malty, bready, yeasty, with a hint of caramel and nuttiness. Appears light coper, crystal clear with moderate carbonation. Lays a perfect 1" head and stays firm. Tastes moderately of sweet malt--giving a caramel and nut flavor. Noble hop additions offer nice bitter balance and a good citrus spiciness. Toasty and bready into the body and finish. Body is smooth and nicely creamy. Extremely clean and refreshing in the finish and aftertaste. Citrus notes gives an almost-mint character in the refreshing aftertaste. Dangerously easy to drink. Ideal for almost any occation.

BEERchitect, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

I have come to the last of my Oktoberfest selections that I purchased, tis a sad day and will have to go pick up some more if I can ever seem to get myself out to the store. So this one I saved for last. Poured a nice orange tinted light amber with a good two inches or more of head strewn across the top. A nice slow fade left behind more then an adequate layer of lace across the top and some very nice side glass lace when it was done. Smell was very nice, quite light and refreshing with a good amount of grain backing and a nice light earthy sort of hop tone. Definitely some spices mixed in as there was just that little extra kick to it. The flavor was pretty much on point with the aroma. A tight mix of grain and earthy flavors mixed in with a good amount of spice, maybe cinnamon or nutmeg, something fairly nice and had a good overall fall feel to it. Very nice light body with a huge amount of carbonation made it go down super smooth and kept it from feeling too filling. Overall this was definitely a quality selection and I am glad I picked it up. Superb drinkability and just a great overall profile. I really enjoyed this and will have to pick up some more if I can. One of my favorites of the season.

mikesgroove, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Texasfan549, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

ygtbsm94, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

A: 3 finger head clear amber with gold hues.

S: very aromatous with caramel malt, brown sugar and nuts.

T: More caramel malt with a nice spicey german hop finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one gets better with every sip. May be one of the best Oktoberfests out there.

kylehay2004, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -28.9%

Appearance: Served in an Ayinger glass, this beer pours a deep golden body with a frothy, off-white head. Very active bubbles.

Smell: Light bready, toffee-scented aroma. Maybe some apples, too.

Taste: Whoa, well, the malts are fairly played down flavor-wise. What remains is a restrained doughy flavor with a floral hoppiness. Noticeably more musty than other Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation - nearly flat. Slight alcohol warming comes through in the finish.

Drinkability: Not nearly as moving or stirring as some other Oktoberfests available.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a copper color with a little orange tint to it with a pretty nice head,the aroma is very doughy and and toasted.The taste is pretty sweet at first with some definent bread-like undertones,there is a dryeness in the finish.I like a good marzen to have more sweetness to it this is a little dry but It is pretty well made and drinkable.

oberon, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%

Served in a Paulaner krug.

Damn, this bottle has to have the loveliest cap of all time! Regardless, it pours a clear copper topped by a finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises buttery caramel, light grass, light rye bread, cabbage, light mandarin orange, and a decent amount of straight, bready yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel is slightly sweeter, the rye bread is toastier, and some black pepper and cinnamon find their ways in as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a mostly solid O-Fest, but one that doesn't really stand out from the crowd in any appreciable manner. It rises above the light cabbage character, but it doesn't soar. Still not bad, though, especially for the price...

TMoney2591, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

Somehow I expected more from Ayinger with this one, after experiencing their other quality offerings.

Pours a glowing hazy orange-amber, that is really a pleasure to look at. A half-inch head settles to a ring towards the end of the glass.

Smells doughy, malty, slightly uric. Eh, not good or bad.

Taste is clean, lightly toasty malt with understated hop character. Doughy and slightly sweet in the middle.

Clean and somewhat crisp on the palate, and very easy to drink. The sweetness was low, but it seemed to be a detriment here. I'll admit, I bought it for the cap.

emerge077, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: Apricot skin amber with brilliant clarity and a small off-white head that retains nicely.

Smell: A mild fruity aroma of ripe peach, dates and a bit of caramel. Very clean and pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Incredibly crisp while still maintaining a light malty sweetness - this is what marzens are all about. Peaches and honey come to mind here. Appropriately light bodied and dry in the finish with a hint of flowery hops. I've got nothing bad to say about this one - simply great stuff.

largadeer, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with golden highlights. It had a thick, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel, some grass and subtle spice.

T - It had a toasty maltiness with sweet caramel. There was a nice bitter hop character, not overpowering but just enough to add some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied, easy drinking lager.

D - This is a really solid o-fest. Good price and quite tasty.

zeff80, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

500ml bottle. For October, it's pretty swell outside, and a nice (seasonal at that) lager makes perfect, absolute sense today.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with rising effervescence, and three fingers of puffy, foamy, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice spidery lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of bready, biscuity, and crackery malt, a bit of toffee, mild lemon and spiced orange fruitiness, and soft earthy, floral hops. The taste is moderately edgy, biscuity sourdough malt, fruity orchard pith, a bit of earthy honey, some very subtle, understated warming, and mild floral, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate and even, with a tiny bit of frothiness, the body medium weight, mostly smooth, and just a tad creamy. It finishes fairly dry, and clean, making each subsequent swig that much more desirable.

A very balanced, solid, and tasty ceremonial lager, the kind where just less than a single digit of ABV uptick can make all the difference. Ergo, I can totally see the appeal of downing 1 liter steins of this kind of stuff amongst thousands of like-minded imbibers, especially if they too are choosing this kick-ass Bavarian brewer.

biboergosum, Oct 08, 2010
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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,828 ratings.