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

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1,653 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,653
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 67
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-25-2013 01:43:39 | More by BeenTired
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
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New York

3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Orange colored wih a thin head that fades part way through. Looks artificial.

Smells warm as though I were smelling the spices themselves. Yet it's subtle. Not bad.

Tastes okay. A little thin up front with a bit of flavor part way through. Some spices in the finish, but that's it. Not bad, it a very average Oktoberfest.

Beer was a little too thin, and the flavors disappear quickly. Not much body. Not a great beer mouthfeel-wise.

Overall, you could do a lot worse for Oktoberfest, but you could also do a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 01:52:54 | More by Kooz
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3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on a recommendation upon asking for a "nice malty lager". This delivers nicely. Appearance is kind of a chill haze golden color with a snow white head. There is a mild dose of biscuity type maltiness and some fresh, somewhat skunky hops in the aroma. Taste is also mild, with the perfect combination of hops & malt to stay clean & refreshing, yet still full & flavorful.Nice full mouthfeel with a good slickness to it, and as for the drinkability -I could drink alot of this but pine for something a bit more complex. A good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 23:08:51 | More by avylover
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a tall goblet.

A. A rich amber colour with an off-white head that gradually subsides to a rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S. Bready malts and Golden Syrup-like sweetness.

T. A really good balance of sweet malts and subtle hops which come together in a taste that's greater than the sum of its parts. The sweetness is not overdone but there's still a good malt flavour to get your tongue around, and the hop character, while subdued, leaves a delicate bitter finish in the back of the throat.

M. Light to medium.

O. While there's nothing outstanding about this beer there's nothing wrong with it either. It's a very good, well made example of the style. Not every beer has to blow my socks off - most of the time I'm looking for something that's just plain good, and this fits the bill perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 23:15:00 | More by omnigrits
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-11-2013 23:53:47 | More by rheimbro
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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass.


a yellowish orange color with a foamy off white head.


Sweet malts. a little caramel and bread in there. very nice smelling beer.


some as nose, but better...caramel tasting malts. a hint of honey. a slight hop bitterness which is great. some of these Oktoberfest are just malty with no bitterness. just perfect. best tasting o-fest I've had so far.


pretty much medium bodied. a nice creamy smooth feel. perfect carbonation.


very high. so far, if i had to pick 1 Oktoberfest brew, it would be this one. Great taste, great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 01:16:04 | More by cetherid
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-02-2013 01:27:25 | More by DeeMalloy
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-20-2013 19:59:05 | More by Lewdd
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-23-2013 00:07:01 | More by PieOhMy
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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Brilliant amber color with foamy white head. Beautiful beer to look at in the glass.

S: Floral notes with some malt characteristics.

T: Butterscotch flavor initially, followed by a bit of peppery spice notes. Finishes with some dry bready malty overtones.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation

D: Nice example of the style. Pretty smooth and easy to drink, yet spicy and flavorful. This would pair nicely with a grilled sausage or braut on a fall day.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 03:16:43 | More by chaz01
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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours an unimpressive golden-brown color with a nice, creamy, white head with excellent retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the sides.

S-Molasses, raisin bread, other dark fruits (cherries), a bit smoky

T-Very well balanced on the palate. The malty sweetness is the most pronounced flavor profile as the molasses, raisins, and cherry blend well with a roasted backbone. Finishes with a well-rounded flavor profile showcasing each flavor.

MF-Creamy, rich, and smooth with a wet finish. Rich and full-bodied. Very nice for a low abv brew

O-I was expecting something a bit more robust since it's a German brewed Oktoberfest, but it is still a delicious brew. One I'll definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:12:34 | More by Jacurdy60
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-05-2012 20:05:59 | More by Johnhaley1989
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-29-2013 18:12:10 | More by tard24
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

11-17-2013 13:53:48 | More by d_brommer_nh
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

12-17-2011 03:19:28 | More by trojankeg
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-24-2013 01:43:39 | More by Lagerquestrian
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-01-2012 23:50:54 | More by Fr0stb1te
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

17oz bottle with a decorative cap, but no freshness date. This is a marzen just before October, so we should be good. Poured into DFH snifter.

A - Deep golden color with an orange hue when held up to the light. Brilliant clarity, lively carbonation forms a nice sandy head that fades fast leaving little lace.

S - Sweet caramel malt with some honey and an herbal tea aroma in the finish. Clean fermentation, with no signs of sulfur.

T - Dark honey and caramel malt backbone. Biscuit, crackers and toffee sweetness are met with a wood and mossy hops herbal flavor. There is a floral hops presence more easily noticed as it begins to warm.

M - Light bodies and crisp, clean and inviting as it clears the palate with plenty of carbonation.

D - Very high for the style and season.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 21:37:51 | More by ectomorph
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right off the bat - this is the best bottlecap ever.

Nose of rosehips, malt, and steel.

Pours a bullish, but active head. Amazing clarity, golden amber color.

Taste is sharp but light. Starts with sweet amber malt, but balances with a bit of bitterness, but doesn't end up dry.. Quite the opposite actually. My mouth is watering like I'm chewing malt Gatorade bubble gum here... Awesome drinkability. A bit of alcohol heat but not much. For 5.8 this is awesomely light..sessionable to the hilt.

Malt profile gets more flavorful and full overall as it warms, and the alcohol does the opposite. I'd recommend letting this get to about 50degrees.. Actually even more amazingly drinkable at this temp.. One of the best lighter octoberfests I've ever had, but encouragingly loses the light tag as it warms, and with the abv..

This is an awesome brew. oh my, I'm in trouble. Wish I'd bought two more.

Amazing, this beer smelled much like nothing at 40 degrees, but the malt is taking over at 50.

The great thing about this beer is that the first sip is kinda meh because everything is a bit muted, but the quality is shown in that way as well as many others. Amazing mouthfeel, Amazing drinkability, great color and clarity, and absolutely mouth-watering. Awesome Oktoberfest!

The most well-balanced marzen on the shelf. Take note America - THIS is how you do it. The closest American version in terms of overall quality is either Great Lakes Okt or Mektoberfest, but personally, I believe this to be the world-wide standard.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 18:40:44 | More by witster18
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-25-2013 02:15:36 | More by dcp27
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

08-17-2013 00:38:22 | More by hemorhoidzz
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New York

2.48/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml German Style Bottle - gotta Love 'em!

App: A luscious strawberry blond color: strong amber with hints of red in the light. 4/5

Smell: Standard euro lager aroma with a light presence of grain and mineral hops. 2/5

Taste: Clean grainy malt with subtle bit firm caramel profile that shows itself in the munich malt mouthfeel. Slightly minty hops add a balancing bitterness that unfortunately fades as it warms. Ends with a fleeting herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Almost feels like the caramel flavor and color is added through sugar. Cloying stickiness throughout.

The Germans make this type of beer to appeal to the American market. I've found German amber fest beers to be lacking. They truly shine with their blond fest biers (see Hofbrau and Traunstein)

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 23:41:14 | More by emsroth
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Crystal-clear copper with a vigorous visible carbonation release and thin white head that quickly falls to a few millimeters.

Ayinger Oktoberfest smells of sweet toasty malts, with a hint of sweet syrup.

The taste is incredibly sweet and malty with a background of toastiness and caramel.

Medium bodied and prickly in texture.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 23:55:05 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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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
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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