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

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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Reviews: 1,044 | Ratings: 2,405
Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev +2%

From 09/16/14 notes. 16oz pour for $9 at The Salty Pig up in Boston, MA...had actually never had this before.

Pours a deep murky bright orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Fruity esters, taste is super fruity. Fruity malts, apples, bready malts, grains, apple juice, and toasted notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation, no alcohol presence.

Overall a very good marzen, one of the better ones I've had. Not my favorite style but if you're going to have it, I say go German and this is one of the better ones.

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Photo of leantom
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this is considered a "true" representation of the Oktoberfest style. Here goes:

A: Quite good, actually. Orange-amber with a large head that leaves some lacing. A ton of carbonation to boot.

S: Very crisp but grainy. Also a lot of wheat. Appears to be a very simple beer, which is the case for most lagers. Has a slight toasty-caramel presence and some Bavarian hops, which make the smell OK.

T: Taste follows the nose. Very crisp and grainy initially, but these are backed up by a slight inkling of caramel and amber malts, and these tastes linger at the back of the tongue after consumption.

F: Very crispy and toasty. Superb. Plenty of carbonation to boot.

O: A solid beer, but Oktoberfest isn't my go-to style. Good for what it is, though.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

500 ml bottle.
pours big pillowy head-about 3 fingers worth. very carbonated, golden amber in color. scent is of big toasted bread maltiness.
big flavor-caramelized malt is pronounced, toasty, warm, creamy mouthfeel. a great fest bier. this has gotta be one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of Italiano86
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Good amount of lacing which disappears quickly. Clean and spicy smell. Caramel and honey taste with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth beer. My first real oktoberfest and I am impressed.

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Photo of beergoot
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour produces a clear, copper-colored body with a plenitude of fine, rapidly rising carbonation bubbles; tall, rocky, fluffy, white head (4.25). Nice malty, fruity aromas; caramel with mild melon and strawberry scents (3.75). Warm grain flavors with a soothing hop bitterness (4.0). Medium-heavy body; smooth and fairly dry finish despite the underlying malt sweetness (4.0).

A deep and satisfying German fest beer. Flavors and aroma are well-rounded and complement each other nicely. Couple that with a dynamite appearance and you have one appealing and satisfying beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Nose: real grainy, smells like fresh baked bread with a faint hint of toast.
Pours crystal clear dark gold under a 2" finely bubbled foam cap, persistent, lacy.
Palate: Malt driven, malt spice and light malt flavors, fresh bread, very faint caramel in the aftertaste. Mild hop bitterness.
Medium body and low medium carbonation, creamy, clean, well balanced.

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Photo of RexBanner
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured from pint bottle into a chilled lager glass.

Appearance: Light amber/dark golden in color, like a 24 karat gold bar. A fluffy, cotton like 2 1/2 finger head that dissipated into a ring which lasted the whole session.
Very bubbly, like champagne. Nice lacing!

Aroma: Yeast, bread, fruits? Can't quite put my finger on it but it has a fruity smell, almost like can peaches or Asian pear. Whatever it is it makes this beer smell inviting.

Taste & mouth feel: Rich and tasty. Bready yeast up front followed by a nice malt sweetness that's subtle. finishes with a nice mellow bitterness that pulls the beer together.
Creamy and smooth but not slick. The carbonation bubbles offer a nice stinging sensation while tasting the beer. The best way to describe the mouth feel of it is "rough silk". Creamy yet prickly at the same time.

Very good Marzen. I would definitely buy this again and recommend it to others. I only wish the ABV was a little higher because one pint bottle isn't enough.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev +1.5%

A- foamy white head with medium lacing. Amber/Honey gold

S- clean, malty, only slightly bready

T- biscuity, toasted malts, easy to drink, not as strong of a bread taste as I would've expected

M- balanced, smooth, lighter than expected

O- Never really got into october fest - marzen beers, so I went down to the local craft beer store for a marzen tasting and was pleasantly surprised. I expected this beer to be heavy, yeasty, very breadlike and it wasn't. I found it to be easy to drink and pleasant. I definitely will start drinking more beers like this.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep straw with a perfect head. The aroma is of country style bread, black pepper, and muted orange tones. The flavor leads with a satisfying malt presence, and finished very dry with a hint of black pepper spice. The mouthfeel is neither thick nor thin. Overall this is an excellent, easy drinking beer that hits the right notes for the style.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

Cold bomber into tulip

Appearance - Clear, orange-amber, big fluffy 2 finger head with excellent retention, epic sticky lacing

Smell - Smell conjuring thoughts of fresh baked yeasty bread, slightly toasted, clean and sweet maltiness. Not detecting much hop presence.

Feel and Taste - Medium body starts crisp and finishes super creamy smooth, carb is gentle but prevalent, awesome. Taste is like nose, very reminiscent of toasty fresh baked bread, a touch of bakers yeast, honey, faintly nutty malt. Hops are finally present in the semi-sweet finish with a little lingering/drying hop grassy/spiciness to balance, but this bad boy is all about the malts.

Overall - Damn, this is a good beer and I really enjoyed it. This is what I imagine when I think "Octoberfest". It's just a wonderfully balanced, super flavorful malt bomb. Maybe it's most impressive quality is it's semi-sweet, bready malt nature that somehow remains very drinkable and non-cloying; delicious, liquid bread.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

Clear light amber pour with a hint of garnet. Massive head with excellent lacing and retention. The nose is sweet biscuit malt with a little caramel over a faint, almost citric, spiciness. Nice light medium body with a slick smooth texture that approaches creamy. Slightly above normal carbonation with a good bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is quite nice, a bit complex, and very well balanced. The sweet malt flavors are there, but not to the extent that they are overpowering. It begins with sweet biscuit, flows to a caramel note and then the effervescence cleans the palate and allows the complexity to escape. The middle presents a multitude of subtle flavors - citric, dark fruit, light bitterness and spicy hops. The smooth finish leaves you with a blend of the aforementioned flavors.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%

Poured into a pint glass, slightly chilled is... my introduction to the style!

It fills up my (imperial!) pint glass to the brim with a foamy two fingers of white froth that lingers long, over a beautifully clear golden amber with lots of carbonation streams throughout. 4.46.

The aroma hits me right away with caramel, honey, and marmalade. It's also quite floral. To quote Rammstein, "Du Riechst So Gut." 4.65.

Flavors here match what's going on in the aroma. More caramel, honey, and marmalade, but also a little nuttiness, and a substantially bready finish. 4.49.

It's full-bodied, and has quite a carbonated bite. 4.33.

A very orderly beer that is uniform in it's particular (and pleasant) qualities.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Draft pour into pint glass, Town Tavern, Duryea

This was excellent, however, I really think the tap handle and the beer were criss crossed.
This beer was orangey in flavor with a bit of biscuit malt and honey. It didn't reveal any traditional Okto traits like bready, toffee, caramel, or sweet malts.
Perplexing. I only had a glass of Great Lakes Okto previous to this, so a mixed up palate doesn't seem likely. It was very enjoyable (I had two), but will have to find a bottle to get to the bottom of this mystery...

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Photo of Reegze79
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

An excellent marten style German lager, very drinkable and true to style. Classic light amber color, generous carbonation and nice lacing. A bready, carmel, malt smell in the glass and translated directly to the palate. Medium body, malty with a very unusual hop spiciness that was almost metallic-like. Nobody makes an Octoberfest like the Barvarian's and Ayinger is right in the mix. Delish...

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Photo of zac16125
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

500mL bottle into a mug
no bottling dates

A: Pours a crystal clear copper/amber color with 2.5 fingers width of slightly off white head that dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves almost no lacing. 3.75

S: Very malty, lots of caramel malt, toasted, nutty, a bit of sugary sweetness, doughy, faint spiciness. Well done. 4

T: Lots of sweet malts, some spicy hop notes, a bit floral, caramel malt. Good amount of spice, with sweet malts to balance it out. Quite nice. 4

M/D: Lighter side of medium bodied, carbonation on the higher end- a touch too much for my liking, drinkability is good. 3.5

O: Nice example of the style. Blanket statements are dangerous, but in general the American breweries tend to do a pretty poor job of emulating this style, and in the rare occurrence that I will go for an Oktoberfest, it will nearly always been one from one of the traditional German powerhouses. 4

Overall: 3.93

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Photo of timontheroad
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

Kicked up a huge head- frothy, thick white foam that laced the glass beautifully. Clear golden color. Smell is bready, malty, with a hint of honey-like sweetness. Tastes just like the smell, although I get some bitterness (the German word is herb) in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light-bodied, that I would be satisfied to roll around on my palate all day long. This one makes me feel like I'm back in Deutschland sitting in Biergarten on a lazy warm herbst (fall) afternoon. Prost BAs!

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Photo of travolta
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Appearance: Super clear, bright amber. Whipped eggwhite head, very dense and foamy. Lacing and retention are excellent.

Nose: Lavender candy, clean malt, yeast, tiny citrus. Great nose!

Taste: Perfect copper, chewy, sweetness. Carmel, honey and maple.

Notes: fantastic! One of the better beers I've ever had. Definitely the best Marzen.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance- Caramel amber with a one finger fizzy head on the pour.

Aroma- Big whiff of sweet nutty malts.

Taste- Nutty, toasted malts dominate the flavor profile with a slight floral hop towards the end. Getting some honey/maple sweetness in this too.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, clean lager characteristics, and a very slightly chewy malt. Can't ask more for this style.

Overall- One of the better oktoberfests I've had for sure. Regardless of style though, this is slightly sweeter than I generally prefer, but for the style its definitely more balanced than some american counterparts and even some german ones. Very good beer all around and one worth making a fall staple brew. (86/100)

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Photo of Premo88
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

16.9 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(no dating on bottle)

L: copper ... very red, the definition of amber; thick 3/4-inch head of off-white foam, not quite tan; not much sticking or lace, but the head off the pour is nice; beautiful clarity, not pilsener-like activity inside the column, but there are definitely some bubbles floating up

S: buttery bread malt ... very English pale ale like with a pronounced malt presence

T: like the nose, very English pale ale like, fruity and malty with a pinch of earth-like bitter hops; everything is subtle here, but it's very tasty; some sour grain; get a bit of alcohol/medicinal taste on bigger swallows

F: quite solid with a nice crispness from the carbonation

O: very good, better than all the American-made oktoberfests I've tried; the malt presence is fantastic, and the pinch of dirt/earth hop bitterness offers good balance

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Photo of Roser
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

A- big foamy ivory white head that lasted a long time and left pretty decent lacing. Clear, amber, honey gold. Most appealing.

S- clean, malty, bready, (slightly) spicy.

T- toasted malts, biscuity, caramel. Very, very pleasant.

M- light, smooth. Excellent balance.

O- very nice. A solid brew. Never used to be a big fan of Marzen/Oktoberfest, but starting to enjoy more and more. Would have again (and again) and definitely recommend.


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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1.5%

500 ml bottle, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold/amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel and bready malt, honey, and light earthy hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of apple and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good Oktoberfest brew, I'd buy this again in the future. $3.49 a bottle.

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Photo of gr0g
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a billowing head. Head retention is good, and some impressive lacing is left behind in its wake. Aroma is classic marzen: toffee and honey notes, plus some floral hop character.

Lots of caramel malt on the palate, but the sweetness is restrained. There's a bit of toasty grain character, and light hop bitterness picks up toward the finish. There's even some light fruit (apple, pear) notes. Having had my fair share of different Marzens, this has the most tasty and complex flavor profile of the lot.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Sampling right now on 8/25/14. Comes in a pretty 500ml (16.9 oz.) bottle that costs around $4.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5 L veissber 'vase' glass.

Pours a pretty golden-amber in color with a good 3-finger foamy head that settles down to a good 2mm layer on top of the brew and more on the sides. A decent amount of lacing was seen with each sip that sticks to the side of the glass. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is mostly of sweet caramel malts for the most part. The taste even has more going on with the sweet caramel malt with some bread (yeast) with very mild hop finish with a hint of spice in the mix as well. VERY easy to drink and smooth. Medium bodied. One of the best 'Marzen / Oktoberfest' brews I have tasted as I am usually not a huge fan of this brew style. A exception here for sure! PROSIT!

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Photo of Myboymi
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

From a 500ml bottle, into pint glass served up at 52F.
Poured a beautiful medium golden amber color, topping itself off with a rich creamy head, which then settled down to a 1/2 finger. Very inviting to the eye, as well to the nose. A Classic Marzen aroma, of sweet caramel malt. The taste, light bready, toasted malt with a nice hop finish. All in all, a nice full body, and the right balance of sweet and bitterness. Very enjoyable. A true Oktoberfest, that is best served in a stein, under a beer garden tent, with your friends. Prost!

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.