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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,142 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,142
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 91
Gots: 167 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the nutty and toffee malts with a little bit of grass thrown in from the hops. The flavor is is full of toffee, caramel and biscuit malts. There are some nice floral hop notes in the flavor as well which really add to the flavor profile. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and one of the best German-brewed märzens out there.

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color. Thick fluffy 3" head. Decent lacing develops through the drink. The aroma is bland, as only some hints of bread and caramel exist. The flavor is a mildly malty, with some caramel and bread tones. A hint of nuttiness and mild bitterness rounds this out.

Mouthfeel is mildly crisp at the start. Finish is smooth. Soft caramel tones linger on the tongue briefly after swallowing. Decent drinkability, not a bad brew to enjoy during a cool October afternoon.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. Euro brown bottle,

A: Pours a light amber, orange, just a shade over golden into a pilsner glass, with a nice white head.

S: Smells very good, some caramel malt, baking bread, apples, and a hint of sourdough.

T: Tastes of Munich malt predominately, with some nice nuttiness, and a snappy, floral hop profile.

M: Bright and snappy, but with a lightness to it that makes it easy to drink, a good fall refresher.

D: A good Oktoberfest beer, Ayinger makes really good stuff, I find all of their beers to be at least above average in the style, one of my favourite German breweries, another good job.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear golden amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thinker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a light hint of earthy hops.

T: The taste of this beer follows the smell, toasted malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness followed by some earthy hops that lend a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink, sessionable, and enjoyable - pairs nicely with a burger and fries. Definitely one of the better German offerings in the style that is easy to find in the US.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of big bready malts, caramel, herbal spiciness, toasted malt, and light apricot fruitiness. Classic Oktoberfest aromas, very nice stuff. Taste of caramel, toffee, biscuit, herbal spiciness, toasted malt, and light fruitiness. No bitterness present; with lingering notes of caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, and herbal spices on the finish for a bit. Great flavor balance and maltiness; with absolutely no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any noticed at all. Extremely drinkable and smooth as expected for the style. Overall this is a great Oktoberfest and one of the best I have had yet. Great balance and great malt flavor.

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for hosting the Oktoberfest party and having this available for us to try. The brew appears orange in color that is quite clear. A creamy froth of white head appears about a finger strong and displays pretty solid retention.

The smell of this brew is quite sweet with a scent of caramel, toffee and some candied orange aspects. Toasty grain is a secondary thought with a bit of spice from the yeast which comes across almost earthy like nutmeg.

The taste is quite sweet with a flavoring between caramel and toasty toffee. Orange rinds as well as candied oranges come to mind with a faint contrast of herbal hops. A faint yeasty spice is noted as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is easy drinking with a crisp finish. However, I found this one to be just a little too sweet to be able to sit down and enjoy more than one. The alcohol is completely hidden under this brews residual sweetness.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big white to slightly off white head rests above a mostly clear honey to honey copper colored beer, the head settles into a pretty decent lacing as one drinks this beer down.

A light to medium light bodied beer that has an aroma of caramel malts with some light corn syrup thickening it up some.

Rich caramel malts with a sweet syrupy taste that leaves a nice light caramel dry aftertaste.

This is a pretty good representative for Oktoberfest beers.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larger bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours a dull light almond shade, white allmost tiny bubble head, and leaves well developed and stringy lacing. cabadgy malt nose. This O' fest brew is slightly hoppier and spicier then others I've tried recently. Slightly dry and peppery finish. Complex for the style, decent quaffer/sessioner

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 but undated 500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours with a clear, medium amber body; plenty of visible carbonation; very durable near-white head. Fine lacing.

Aroma: clean, light smell of bready malts with only a faint touch of hops.

T: Rich; bready malts dominant, as they should in this style. Very lightly sweet, although the finish is balanced out by the bitterness

Feel: Medium but soft carbonation; medium-light body. About perfect for style.

O: Outstanding, although this style lacks the complexity and intensity to achieve a very high rating. As good as any bottled märzen I can remember, and likely the best bottled example of a German Oktoberfest you'll find in the U.S.

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head.  Good retention only slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks and spots of lacing left behind.  

Slightly earthy aroma with a stronger hop presence than expected.  Hints of grassy pine along with subtle spice and some sweet malts.  Hints of caramel toast and biscuit.  

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy hops, sweet malt and mild spiciness.  Grassy, earthy hops up front which are floral and only slightly dry/bitter followed by cinnamon and brown sugar over a prominent malt backbone.  Lots of sweet caramel with hints of pumpkin, toast, nut and biscuit.  Really well balanced and very quaffable.  Nice example of the style.  

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a very large foamy head on top. Decent retention, slowly dissipating a small, but still foamy layer on top. Sporadic, but sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Nice combination of caramel, bread, and nutty aromas. Lightly spiced and a little bit of pale malt as well. Slight oxidized aroma at the end.

T: Nice caramelized malt and nutty flavor combination. Slight spice and hop presence, but just enough to balance the beer. Rather bready with a sweet finish.

M: Crisp and clean, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet finish.

O: Solid beer, like it quite a bit in a style that doesn't often do it for me.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500ml from Byerly's in Maple Grove. Pours a clear amber-gold with a white head. Man I wish Ayinger beer were more readily available/cheaper.

This is a great O-fest, rich with bready caramel malts with a smooth, oh-so drinkable body. It is a touch thicker than other in the style, Spaten comes to mind as a thinner beer, but man it's good. The flavor has subtle layers of malt with a touch of crisp light toffee, with an aroma to match. I'll be looking forward to having this again next fall.

Photo of weeare138
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy, copper toned amber with a small, off-white head that fades into a fizzy collar. Streaks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of malty, sourdough, mild fruit, caramel, raw maple, with a off note that is a bit vegetal.
Taste is of the same aromas. There's the doughy, caramel infused broccoli again that I'm just not digging. What the hell is that? It's like an odd astringency that's in there by accident. The sweet malts seem to be coving up for it's inadequacies, nonetheless.
Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied, and slightly thin. This was one of the few Oktoberfests we found in the store during our weekend at The Jersey Shore. Even the wife was kind of let down with this, as it's one of her favorite styles. Overall, it's just sort of unexciting, and ho-hum.
It's supposed to be a celebration, bitches!

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Radiant orange body with a small white cap. Aromas of lager yeast, subtle spice, fruity malt. Smells true to style. Clean and easy drinking. A good Oktoberfest bier is a thing of beauty. It's that time of year. A solid German brew.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice break from the ales I've been having recently.
Light cloudy pour that cleared up a bit later; golden and a bit pale. big head, died down slowly yet considerably.
Floral nose with slight spices. Hints of citrus but not much. A bit bready and somewhat skunked.
Crisp feeling to it. A bit clingy on the end. Sweet and floral, again citrus is just off the edge. Creaminess is odd, but I'm a hophead.
Refreshing beer, would like to see the creaminess go away.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange colored brew, small wispy head with some staying power.

Smell: Malty, bready, fruity, toffee.

Taste: Toffee and bread notes. Faint herbal hop. Perfectly balanced. Mild roasted flavor pulls through once the beer comes to temp. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied.

Drinkability: Malty but not really sweet. A top notch brew from Ayinger.

Photo of ejimhof
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 2,142 ratings.