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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

986 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 986
Hads: 2,185
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 111
Gots: 188 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (636 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (781 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (302 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2%

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. (443 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (769 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (386 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a wonderful for the price, just under 3 bucks for a 500ml bottle. it has a great nose on it, perfect for the seasonal change now occuring. lots of german malts, caramunich and pale flavors, but it must be more complex than that. there is also the classic marzen yeast aroma that is pungent and strong. the flavor is malt driven, but in reasonable balance for the style. there is some bittering hops throughout, and a very organic feel to this one. wheat malt profile in the flavor, although i doubt its presence. the finish is cleaner than expected as well, and the mouthfeel overall is pleasing. great carbonation and a medium body. it is enough to take the cold edge out of a fall evening. ill buy this again this season, especially for the price. this is a very authentic product, true to style, bold and flavorful. very drinkable. well done. (853 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 (673 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (666 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle: Poured a golden/amber color lager with a huge white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of clean cereal notes with light grainy notes. Taste is dominated by clean cereal notes with a touch of sweetness and some light grainy notes also noticeable. Body is above average for style with good carbonation. Simple and easy to drink with good balance overall. (379 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (500 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (584 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (486 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,218 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (340 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (581 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of off white head with good retention. Orange-brown body with decent clarity.

S - Intense, rich malt character with a mild noble hop aroma that is somewhat reminiscent of a good pilsner.

T - Nice flavor of toasted malt up front followed by herbal hops in the middle. Finished with a dry bitterness that balances the maltiness.

M - Creamy, but only moderately thick body with medium carbonation.

D - Great malt character with just enough hops to balance and give it the high level of drinkability that characterizes a fest bier. An excellent example of the style. (582 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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... (792 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orangish amber body is capped by a foamy off-white head that holds well before dropping to a thin collar but leaves only minimal lace. The aroma displays a straightforward, lightly sweet maltiness. It's medium bodied with a very fine, moderate carbonation that gives it a light caress on the tognue before warming to become more creamy and smooth. The flavor offers a somewhat caramelized, bready maltiness and a mild fruitiness. Hop flavors take a backseat, and it's well-balanced to emphasis its maltiness with a restrained bitterness that's just enough to keep the beer from becoming sweet. It finishes semi-dry with a short flash of alcohol and some delicate, spicy hops that leave it crisp and refreshing. Quite enjoyable. I much prefer it to the bottled version as it seems smoother and a touch more malty; a slight bit less fruity; less tart; and less hazy with a better head. (890 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into an oversized mug.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of foamy white head that has a bit of an off-sheen to it. This retains with roughly a finger of rich froth which leaves back a sudsy looking cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma smells leafy and citric with a light spiciness. A sweet combo of dough and caramel rise up from underneath, mixing with the hops to impart a rich earthy twang in the nose.

The taste has a crisp citric bite to it, which segues into a toasted bready sweetness with a touch of tangier feeling toffee. The hops however take center stage here, with nice firmness to them that leaves this finishing dry, leafy and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and clean feeling throughout that really keeps this easy and smooth despite just a gentle touch of warmth to each sip.

This was good. I liked how it kept the focus here on those crisp hops, yet still left room for plenty of flavor from those malts as well and the overall drinkability of this was top notch. I could knock back bottles of this all during the O-Fest season. (1,095 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Nerax pint glass.

A: Nice 1.5 finger fluffy head that sticks around for a while, nice malty golden straw color with a touch of orange that is very clear

N: Nose starts malty sweetness, toasted malts, cracked straw, Bavarian wheat like aromas, hint of caramel sweetness, and hint of fruity lager yeast aromas, with a hint of grassy noble hops.

T: Taste is very malty, sweet toasty malts, light toasty caramel malt flavors, Munich reddish malts but light, light cracked straw flavors, nice clean crisp lager flavor drives the entire beer with hints of fruity lager flavors. Hints of grassy and almost fruity noble hops come through and spice up the beer a bit. The finish gets just a bit too sweet for this batch, and I remember other years being a lot more crisp on the finish. It's fairly clean and mostly crisp, with a bit of malts and cracked straw lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, lower carbonation, for some reason this batch has lower than usual for carbonation.

Overall great, this is essentially the staple for Oktoberfest beers, delicious malts, nice cracked straw that I wish was a bit more prominent, nice light caramel malts that don't come on strong like most American versions, nice clean crisp lager flavors that really give this beer it's character. The only downfall is the lack of carbonation, and the finish doesn't dry as much as it did on previous batches... and this is as fresh as I've had it before so I think I need to let it condition a bit more in the bottle and maybe that will solve all the issues, or they just released it a bit too early this year. (1,610 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color, with a large foamy yellow head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is bready and spicy, with a heavy scent of caramel and a hint of hops.

T: The flavors of grain and caramelized malt hold dominance throughout each sip. There are faint background flavors of spice and hops, which provide an excellent balance. After-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body but light for the style, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Quite tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, excellent representation of style, I polished off the bottle I had extremely quickly and can see myself drinking several of these over the course of an evening. (808 characters)

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.