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

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1,639 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,639
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 64
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of Billolick

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 23:47:22 | More by Billolick
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a wiezen glass)

A- This beer pours a deep golden brown body that is crystal clear with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thick creamy head that you could write your name in and still read it half way through the beer.

S- This beer has a smooth soft pale malt smell with notes of raw grain and a light sweetness and freshness. There is a light green leaf hint in the finish.

T- This beer has a light pale malt flavor with some light toasted malt with a stronger club soda flavor. The light green hop note is dry and a faint bitterness only comes after the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz at the finish.

D- This beer has light flavor with some depth but not much. The flavor was ok but I just got tired of drinking it about half way through the glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 01:07:44 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of oriolesfan4


4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-22-2014 03:36:29 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of stakem


3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 13:32:16 | More by stakem
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-22-2013 04:21:46 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange or red colored brew.

Smell is heavy grain smells, almost like a complex wheat bread from the oven.

Taste is a tart wheat beer with a big grain backbone. The taste is similar to a slice of pumpernickel bread. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty brew from Germany. I like this but from the flavor I have to wonder if there isn't some Rye used in the malting.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 03:00:45 | More by Zorro
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-01-2013 12:28:21 | More by InspectorBob
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 03:29:44 | More by dbrauneis
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 04:18:17 | More by DoubleJ
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-12-2014 03:39:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-09-2014 20:55:22 | More by DrunkinYogi
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ayinger glass a nice clean/clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, tons of sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, slight hops, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, slightly citrus, slightly yeasty, and a nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Ayinger.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 23:43:18 | More by Wasatch
Photo of duceswild


4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-17-2012 03:34:55 | More by duceswild
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-16-2012 00:18:47 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 16:27:07 | More by Stinkypuss
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-07-2013 16:11:01 | More by BillRoth
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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 John_M
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-30-2011 15:17:00 | More by brandoman63
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 08:36:10 | More by superspak
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-29-2012 01:00:40 | More by rab53
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper and slightly murky hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a sweet doughy malt with a touch of caramel. Noble hop spicing present as well.

The taste consited of a robust sweet maltiness with a drying spicy hop. Strong residual doughiness. Slight medicinal sweetness at finish.

The mouthfeel was full and a bit medicianl at the finish. Good chewiness.

Overall a very tasty and robust beer. The finish was a bit uncomfortable and only hope that it was a slightly old sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 01:52:28 | More by plaid75
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:20:01 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Bighuge


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

Amber colored beer. Good sized ivory white head. It has good retention and lacing ability. Great toasted grain aroma. Bavarian maltiness and subtle herbal hop notes detected on the nose as well. Great toasty quality on the palate. Biscuity and bready as well. Hops only seem to be around to offer a semblence of balance. Maltiness is somewhat grainy as well. Nicely carbonated and about medium-full in body. Nice marzen. I'm glad I revisited it and rerated it.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 02:11:20 | More by Bighuge
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3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice auburn colored pour, minimal head and retention to it. Aroma was standard barely a malt presence noticeable in the nose, and not much else.

Taste was a little better, smooth, big carbonation, a little nutty, not much though, kind of the standard nothing too heavy beer. A slight noble hop presence I would guess. Maybe sterling.

Decent stuff, not mindblowing. Picked it up for only 1.99, at that price, I'd check it out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 14:56:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler.

A gorgeous gold bronze body and crystal clear, and high carbonation with foamy bubbles with little retention. Love the body.

Malt and salt, minor grass sense. Nothing more just really solid.

Taste has a great grassy malt finish, mixing with a little sweet sugars. Large bread finish of brown bread, mixed with a good yeast body. Great finish with a mild sugar.

Overall very impressive would have any time.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 19:55:07 | More by smakawhat
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,639 ratings.