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

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2,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,158
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 97
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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 spokeydonkey
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold/light copper with a light white head. Smell is malty, syrupy with a little spice. Taste is spicy and slightly sweet up front. Fills out with toffee and malt, but without becoming too sweet. Spicy hops take over and it finishes with a dry, clean, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium body with a nice smoothness. High carbonation helps keep it crisp.

Overall an easy drinking octoberfest, on the lighter end of the style, but clean and crisp and easy to drink.

Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an amber-colored beer if ever I saw one, and true to style. At first there's what appears to be a thickness or a haze and seems in the end to be chill haze, as it clears up completely. There's a little activity that continues as long as there's beer in the glass. The slightly tinted head starts off big but, for some reason, doesn't quite stick together. There's a little, but not much, stick to the lace too.
The nose seems to have all the elements I hope for: bread that leans toasty, some sweet caramel, and lightly spicy notes with a floral undertone that lets the malts shine while giving balance.
At first I'm a little indifferent, though it's good, but clearly this beer just needs time to warm. It's pretty delicious, ultimately; floral and spicy notes from Noble hops linger gently to offer balance to a wonderfully toasty brew with plenty of carameland a little nut, and all the flavors just mingle together exceptionally well. This is definitely a Marzen to seek out in season, and one of the best I've had to date.
It's not full-bodied, as the label boasts, but it's got a hefty, rich medium body I prefer to the alternative. There's a gentle crispness all the way, as well as being smooth and creamy.

Photo of rx-beer
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a 0.5 L dimpled stein

A - pours an orange copper body with some light carbonation and an inch and a half of off-white head. Head shows decent retention and fades to a nice ribbon. Fine lacing.

S - A clean, light aroma of malts and bread with some caramel.

T - Toasty maltiness balanced out by some bitterness with a touch of alcohol notes. Very well balanced throughout. Finishes off with a semi-sweet dryness.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium-heavy body.

O - A very enjoyable märzen! Very tasty and well-balanced. Definitely looking forward to having this beer again. I agree with those who say that this brew sets the bar for Oktoberfest Märzens, although I personally prefer Samuel Adams' Octoberfest and Victory's Festbier.

Photo of Portertime
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: it pours the rich amber hue true to the style with a large foamy head. I am using my thick bottomed Warsteiner stein.

Smell: brown bread, toffee, caramel, some spicy hops, and lingering malt sweetness.

Taste: very creamy, light caramel notes, tea-like, a great all around lager.

Photo of barnzy78
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - tall, persistent, ivory head tops a light copper colored bier, plenty of carbonation and lacing on tha glass
S - sweet, grassy, toasted grain, caramel
T - toasty grain, spicy yeast, grass, caramel, earth
M - full bodied, smooth, creamy; sharp semi-bitter finish
O - excellent example of the style. Even though it's not a true Munich brewed Oktoberfestbier, it's one of my favorites.

Photo of JGlitz87
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with a strong head and evident carbonation. Little bit of lacing down the sides.

S: Caramel and roasted malts.

T: My favorite Oktoberfest. Sweet caramel on top of roasted malt. Little hints of pine and hops as it warms.

F: High level of carbonation and a medium body.

O: Great version of the style. Great beer overall and highly drinkable.

Photo of hopsputin
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: light golden amber, pretty clear. you can see the bubbles coming up from the bottom. 2.5 finger frothy white rocky head that fades relatively quickly

s: so good. sweet sweet malts, generic berries, rich caramel and toffee, honey. finishes with something slightly earth like

t: follows the nose. right away sweet malts, caramel, honey, generic berry-like flavor. faint grains. finishes with that clean sweetness. not too complex, but very well made and delicious

m: on the lighter side of medium. carbonation is there, but not strong

o: classic. if you're looking for a nice representation of an Oktoberfest this is a must try. easy drinking with great flavor. one of the beers i 'must' drink from a mug. good stuff

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stein from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a nice translucent and bright copper color. There is a nice foamy 1,5 inch off white head that forms with some medium dense bubbles and some bigger bubbles sprinkled around.

Aroma starts off with bready malt notes and some delicious grassy and herbal hops. Sweet caramel and candy like aromas blend in with the grainy and earthy bred notes. Fresh and refreshing.

Flavor starts off with some nice candy-like caramel malt notes. Nice notes of fresh bready grain notes. There is some nice herbal and flowery hop notes mixed in there that give the brew a slight spice as well. Malty notes are delicious andn the hops give a good balance. Yummy Marzen.

Photo of garuda
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden orange, good clarity, white cap is a little thin with decent retention.

S/T/M - Malty, caramel, bready sweetness. Clean tastes, a little candy-like as it warmed a bit, but overall a little too sweet and not quite dry enough for my liking. Minimal noble hop presence, but that's expected. Medium body, finishes mostly clean, but just a touch too much of residual sweetness.

O - Good, drinkable, but I'll probably stick with more local examples of the style to take advantage of freshness.

Photo of dheacck11
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour from the bottle is a lovely copper amber, nice and clear. finger of soft white head.

Nose is really bright and rich, lots of sweet malt and sweet breadiness.

Taste is really refreshing. Solid sweet, bready flavors up front. Just a hint of lemon and orange. Lots of caramel. Finishes with a much more substantial dry and bitter malt.

Feel is medium thin, perfect and sessionable.

Overall, a really great oktoberfest. Maybe a little on the thinner side, but really a great late summer/early fall brew on a sunny afternoon.

Photo of Scrapss
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ayinger October fest 20oz bottle, poured into a turbinator style glass.

A: very nice deep gold, with a hint of red. nice 1 inch head with no legs. reduces to 2-3 mm disk. carbonation is few small bubbles, not very active. could be a little darker.

S: minutely hop bill, slight gentle malts. Correctly balanced nose for the style.

T: smooth malts, very mild caramel and biscuit malt. Little toasty. Minor orchid notes. Sweetness prevails.

M: biscuit and caramel, creamy due to very well formed carbonation. Dry . Unusually dry for what the nose says it should be. Slightly weedy outbreath. Alcohol is muted but present on ultimate out breath.

O: nice festbier. Not anything offensive, but nothing really punches you in the face. The finish dryness is kinda surprising and welcome. I like this quite a bit. Would not turn it down if offered. Would seek it out in September for fest bier choice.

Photo of shand
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Oktoberfest is probably the best bottled example of an Oktoberfest you'll find in the states. The malts are very complex offering many facets of the drink, while still being extremely drinkable due to a spot on carbonation level and lighter body.

Photo of ONUMello
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Celebrator glass
A: Orange-amber color, one-finger of microscopic white bubbles
S: Lots of roasted malt, hints of something sour, maybe some yeast but not that deep
T: Largely matches the nose. Malt-driven, a bit floral & sour
M: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: Enjoyable but far from the best in the Ayinger catalog

Photo of micromaniac129
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

You can't do much better then this festbier from Ayinger.
It pours with a golden orange amber color, just right. The head produced is about medium height, dense and lingers along while, while leaving some fancy lacing around the glass.
Brilliant clarity, a beauty to behold.
The aroma is malty. I can smell perhaps some toasted malts too. Other then that it's very clean.
The taste is rich and malty. The toasted malts are more pronounced then in the nose but by no means overwelm the flavor.
The malts have a fairly sweet flavor going in but finish slightly dry and bitter.
On the palate it drinks almost full bodied with a smooth, soft finish.
I couldn't ask for anything more.

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.77/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Oktober Fest-Marzen pours a golden color with very little head. There is a harsh malty and sour aroma. The taste is the same rather harsh, malty, and almost a bit sour. The body and flavors are light, but that is a good thing. Overall its a below average Marzen.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy amber color with a huge billowy amber tinted head. The head has great retention fading slowly over time to leave some streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some roasted malt and a bit of a biscuit aroma. Some smells of a slightly sour nature as well as some caramel, citrus and a bit of spice round out the aroma nicely.

Taste – The tastes begins with a smooth sweeter caramel and lightly toasted malt flavor. As the flavor moves forward a biscuit and cracker taste as well as some graininess comes to the tongue. The sweetness grows bit stronger to the end, as some lighter flavors of dark fruits and a bit of citrus comes to the tongue. While it sweetens and grows a bit more malty, a light herbal flavor as well as a bit of spice join the flavors at the end, to leave a rather balanced malty and sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is just below average to average. The creamy body is rather nice for the mix of sweeter and malty taste with just enough carbonation to keep it on the easy drinking side.

Overall – A quite nice and tasty Oktoberfest with a great blend of sweet, malty, roast, and some spice. A job well done.

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden apricot with a dense yellowish cream head that lingers.

Sweet, nutty, toasted caramel malt, and a hint of metal character form the initial aroma. Very malt forward, and packed full of melanoidin goodness.

Flavor follows suit, but with less sweetness than anticipated. Bready, toasty, caramel malt dominates, slightly sweet, but finishing decidedly dry, herbal, and a touch bitter. There's an underlying earthiness.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation.

Not as sweet as expected, with great malt complexity.Very clean and drinkable. The mineral notes are a bit offputting.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A-Poured a very clear and rich orange color, lots of streaming carbonation, big soapy white head that left dense splashy lace.

S- Big bready, cereal, and biscuity malt notes. Some grassy hop notes.

T- Big bready, cereal, cracker, and biscuity malt notes. Some sweet fruity notes.Very malt forward as expected with some delicate grassy and floral notes to balance things out a little.

M- Very smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry, medium body, some warming on the finish.

O- A very nice malt forward beer with lots of malt complexity, wonderfully smooth mouthfeel, and easy to drink. It does drink a little higher than 5.8% ABV though.

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark Marzen style lager, thick head with great retention and lacing.
S: bready and sweet smelling
T: wonderfully sweet malt bomb with a crisp hop character on the back end. This beer is very well balanced in the flavor category.
M: High carbonation make this beer very quenching on the palate, really compliments the malty sweetness in this beer
O: Easily this is a top three Oktoberfest Marzen lager. This beer comes fairly close to living up to the hype. Rarest of the style in my area, but worth hunting down every year!

Photo of mattbk
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden/light amber in color, crystal clear, fairly vigrous head and a lot of carbonation coming through. Head fades rather quickly. Great looking beer.
S- Malty, toasted bread, spicy noble hops, may be a bit oxidized, a little bit of a papery aroma.
T- Malty, light caramel, toasty and rich, some spiciness from the hoppiness, mild but present bitterness. Very clean, no diacetyl, dms, or sulfur. This beer is certainly well made, and I can't expect there would be many better than it. The style is not the most interesting, but this is certainly a tasty beer.
M- Medium-full with medium-high carbonation. I'd prefer the body to be a bit lower and the carbonation to be lower to add to drinkability. But that's just a bit nitpicky.
O- A very good beer, full flavored, just enough complexity to keep things interesting. This is the best example of this style I have ever had.

Photo of tviz33
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle in to a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a massive head over top of a light orange clear body. Lots of lacing as well.

S- Very malty and a little sour smelling, mixed with some citrus.

T- Somehow quite different from the nose. Still very malty but less sour than the nose detected.

M- Lovely feel. The brew just rolls across the tongue with ease. Creamy and bubbly.

O- On the whole, this beer isn't especially good, just decent.

Photo of Brew_42
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright amber bordering on orange. Crystal clear with a head that quickly dissipates..

Smells- malty with some caramel and drk fruit

Tastes-Malty and caramel with some raisin/figs. A little bit of bitterness to balance it all out.

MF-Medium body very little carbonation.

Overalll-One of the better Oktoberfests I have had. Great flavor and goes down smooth.

Photo of BierStein711
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I wasn't impressed. Too malt forward, typical appearance for the style, typical head all poured from a 25 oz bottle, but I don't see the passion from this beer.

All-in-all I was disapointed. I love the hefe from this brewery, I'm finding that Oktoberfest beers are hit and miss for me.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into beer stein

Thick three finger foam head. Settles into a billowy yellow-white foamy lid. Faint lacings on the glass. Russet copper color with faint carbonation.

Aroma of malts, a hint of grassy and slight citrus .

Smooth malty sweet with clean finish, no bitter aftertaste. Light mouthfeel.

Prosiit! Fill up the stein and drink deep on this delicious malty Marzen. Makes you want to drink many steins of this delicious brew. Tastes great and you want more. Another great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden pale lager colored body with a decent white head. Crystal clear with attractive carbonation.

Smell: Grassy Euro lager aroma. Slightly sweet malt smell.

Taste: Slight caramel taste. All malt flavor with the slightest noble hop bite. Not overpowering, yet flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but not heavy. Very refreshing.

Overall: Very nice. More of a drier strong pale lager/helles bock/dortmunder composition as compared to some of the more commercial Oktoberfest examples, which tend to be much sweeter in my opinion.

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