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

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very good

1,810 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,810
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 78
Gots: 90 | 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 Hopfenpeter
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

I poured this beauty into my crystal mug. The color is a deep gold, very attractive, and a nice white head. It dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.
The smell has earthy nutty notes and is very fruity.
The taste is quite remarkably complex. Up front we get the nutty malt sweetness, being softened by fruity flavors like some apple, maybe little peach, turning grainy and bittersweet at the end.
Very prickly and drinkable. Very good "Wiesenbier".

Hopfenpeter, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of DoSerMaN
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured from bottle into Stemmed Glass.

A: A sharp amber copper. Poured with a nice, slightly off white, head, that dissipated into a cap. Little lacing.

S: A sweet, slightly apple-ish smell, maybe some raisins and or orange.

T: Malty nuttiness, that is quickly replaced by a cloying sweetness. This is my first Marzen, and I am not quite sure what to make of it. It is a lager, but my LLS had it on a shelf at room temperature, so I think I am getting some off flavors. It finishes with a nice maltyness that I enjoy, but there is something funky about the middle. I would like to try a properly stored example of this beer as even with the perceived funkyness, it was still quite enjoyable.

M: A nice medium body with good carbonation.

D: Again I would like a properly cellered version of this to try, but as it I would be able to drink two or three of these. Feels like it would be a good late summer/early fall beer.

DoSerMaN, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Eldalonde
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%

Pours a light clear golden with a full white head that is gone rather quickly leaving behind no lacing to speak of. This has a fairly significant amount of grass and lemon aromas to it fresh after the pour. As it sits for a short spell, it takes on a nice sweet honey aroma and rich caramel malts. Rather mild on the palatte, but yet not short of complexity. Hay and citrus fruits are first noticeable and are quickly followed with honey. the finish is a little short and light.

Eldalonde, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Tis the season and it's time to trinke ein bier! I poured this baby into my tall Paulaner glass and what I saw interested me.

You can't get a more bubbly beer than this. It almost looks like pouring out a ginger ale with bubbles even sticking to the side of the glass down with the beer. The white head was large but quickly bubbled away.

It smells slightly nutty and fruity from the malt. There is also some bread/grain aroma as well.

The taste is similar to pretty much every Oktoberfest beer I've had before, no surprise there, but has a cleaner feel to it. That was to be expected from a German beer and their Reinheitsgebot. Flavor is of malts with slight sweetness and smoothness. The nutty tang is still there as well as some fruitiness but it isn't significant in any way. The bread/grain flavor is there too and it mixes with the nutty flavors. Finally, there is the gentle bitterness of hops.

Truth be told, I'm not a big Oktoberfest beer fan. I apologize. Still, this is a damn good Oktberfest.

BeardedRiker, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

500ml bottle in DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a glowing fall amber color with a thick light tan head that slowly faded into a thick oily film that left a great network of thin sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of crakery, bready, grain husk malt with hints of vanilla and caramel.
T: Follows the nose with notes of orange peel and some kind of spice, maybe cinnamon. Overall very sweet and malty, but not sugary. What hops are there are earthy and spicy.
M: Medium body, slight mouth, tight carbonation, with a slight bitterness to the aftertaste.
D: Pretty darn good beer, sweet, but not syrupy. Spices are integrated well. Fine example of the style.

scottfrie, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Cmack15
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

I am not a huge lager fan but lately I have been exploring this style. The beer looks great in the glass nice light golden color with a thick foamy head. The aroma is not powerful but rather a subtle quaff of malts. The taste is light clean refreshing beer. This is a very easy sipper and great session beer.

Cmack15, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Codnasty
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a nice Golden color with some hints of Amber and a tall head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of malt and slight citrus

Tastes of caramel and spices with a nice hoppy dry finish.

Its slightly over carbonated out of the bottle but if your at Oktoberfest chugging away this will be a great beer to have all day.

Codnasty, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into dimple glass. One of my top rated Oktoberfests. Poured an amber thick creamy white head. Rich nose of toasted toffee bread rides undercurrents of sweet nutty grains. Well balanced toasty caramel notes round to a light hop finish. Medium bodied, light carbonation, dry malt finish.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass.

Appearance - Golden/orange mostly clear but slightly cloudy...not nearly as much as wheat beer though.

Smell - of a German Lager/Marzen

Taste - Wonderful! Light in overall flavors but what does come through is delightful and very German in style! No hop bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel - decent

Drinkability - This beer is very drinkable. The 5.8% alcohol level is higher than this beer seems...it is very well disguised.

Overall - Is it a Marzen or a Festival Lager? Are they the same? Who cares what style its defined as this is a great Bavarian beer and everyone regardless of being a craft beer snob or an usual American adjunct bozo should enjoy this one!!!!

bubseymour, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of AwYeh
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%

A: Pours amber, with one finger of foamy offwhite head.

S: Faint aroma of malts and citrus.

T: Very malty, with a nice bitter tinge from the hops to provide balance. Touches of caramel sweetness and grass accentuate the finish.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

D: Carbonation makes this a bit of a slow drinker; sweetness grows on me over time to slow things down a bit too.

AwYeh, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of nicnut45
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%

A- Bronze copper color. Beautiful tight beady off white head with a dollop of fat bubbles slightly off center.

S-Very clean. Malts shine through with slightly herbal hops in the background. A shredded paper smell comes to my mind which may sound weird but to my nose indicates a clean well brewed lager.

T-A pleasent nutty caramel sweetness dominates but is not too sweet by any means. The herbal hops are just there to balance this out nicely.

M.F.-Perfect carbonation, a well rounded mouthfeel. Not chewy, not light.

D- They need to make this in 6 packs and available year round. I will pick this up again.

nicnut45, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of ramseye4
3.98/5  rDev 0%

A=pours a copper color with a nice 2 finger head, nonexistent lacing, mostly transparent.
S=As to be expected straight caramel malts and grains. Prototypical Oktoberfiest bier in my opinion, and it brings to my mind pleasant memories of my time spent in Munich and the Bavarian countryside.
T=Lots of malts and very grainy, with some hops bitterness perfectly complimenting the malt taste. An excellent sweetness comes through at the end and lingering in the aftertaste.
M=Pops and slides around well, medium body, thicker than most lagers
D=-god knows I could throw these back all day

Wow, one of the lagers that has really impressed me. This is a legitimate Oktoberfest ladies and gentlemen, I highly recommend this.

ramseye4, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of uustal
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours an orange/amber with a two finger pearl white head. Quickly dissipated, but lacing remained solid. Aroma of honey sweetness and caramel notes. Taste begins with more of the same. Sweet blast of honey and caramel, followed by a bit of fruit in the middle and a big tosted grain finish. Good flavor combination. Light mouthfeel.

uustal, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of brewymcgee
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Appearance: Clear amber with a white ring of foam around the edge once the head settles.

Aroma: Aromas of grains, citrus and a little caramel

Taste: The mouth is filled with the flavour of lightly toasted grains accented with citrus and honey with just a little bitterness showing in the aftertaste in appealing, "taste another sip of me" manner.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a nice fizz of tight corbonation

Drinkability: Highly drinkable!

brewymcgee, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.98/5  rDev 0%

500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Copper colored with a hint of orange, about 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a light ring with little to no lacing.

S: Very bready aromas with caramel, honey, and nutmeg. Very little if any hops that I can smell

T: Very sweet caramel with honey, right up front... mid palette I'm getting nutmeg and a touch of grassy herbs... the finish and aftertaste has a touch of spicy hops. Complex.

M: Full-bodied, yet with a crisp carbonation... Very nice for the style.

D: One of my first German Marzens... Very nice, good and complex flavor with a good ABV... Worth looking for...

mralphabet, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of jjboesen
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%

Time to take a liquid trip to Aying, a quaint little village just south of Munich - why, you can even get here on the S-Bahn. Otherwise, pop a bottle of this spelndid marzen.

It begins with a frothy head, one which slowly settles into a creamy crown; behind it, there is a smattering of sticky lace. The body is one of light amber; within, one espies an intense school of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface.

The nose detects the cloying subtleness of honey and apple; the palate succumbs to sweet caramel balanced with toasty malt that provides the necessary warm finish. A wonderful expression of a much maligned style. Prosit!

jjboesen, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

500 ml bottle poured into a Stella challis.

A - 3-finger head of off-white dense foam that dissipates begrudgingly. Apricot orange and cloudy.

S - Malty with caramel, honey, and toffee.

T - Lightly toasted malts with caramel and butterscotch. Some hint of maple sugar/syrup. Just enough hops on the finish to balance the sweetness and linger with the caramel a long time.

M - A bit creamy. Good carbonation with nice structure. Finish is surprising clean for this style without wiping out the tastes.

D - Delicious example of this style. Could easily enjoy several of these in an afternoon, especially with grilled brats and sauerkraut.

BuckeyeSlim, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of RunForYourBeer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours a copper orange with about a half inch of head that quickly goes away.

S: Lots of caramel here with some hints of nut.

T: Lots of caramel again with some nuts. Finishes with a bit of hop bitterness.

M: Medium with some carbonation.

D: High.

This will be my last Oktoberfest of 2010. I feel like I ended on a good one. I can see myself coming back to this one.

RunForYourBeer, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.98/5  rDev 0%

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

The first up during the long afternoon of O-Fest sampling. Started with this, not having had it before, based on hearsay and rumors that this was the best of the style.

Toward the lighter end of the style's color spectrum - straddling amber-copper, this pours with a head at the start, but it had a previous engagement apparently, disappearing quick. Straight-forward, sweet malt aroma, in-line style-wise, clean with some surprising noble hop presence - real distant - a bit floral and oxidized. As it warms up, alcohol becomes more apparent. The flavor boasts some roasted nut and caramel aspects - strange for the style, so I've read. The malt profile is clean and has a light-moderate toasted angle to it, however, it finishes with a thin vegetable essence. A lively-enough level of carbonation washes much of that away in the end. Not too shabby, this Ayinger - I'd certainly try drinking it with some German cuisine when I can. Some of those perceived off-flavors, though, while not ruining this, will surely steer me toward other examples of the style 4 out of 5 times.

Bouleboubier, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of bigrzman
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

By far one of the most beautiful bottles I have seen with a bottle cap with a Bavarian family drinking beer in a beer garden. I felt bad to take it off the bottle.

I poured this beer into my mass krug and saw a glowing pumpkin orange hue with, inch thick white head, and effervescent carbonation.

It smells like rich caramel malt, grassy/herby hops, and grains. The taste is a near balance of hop and malt siding on hops. Hops a re grassy and medicinal probably nothing but high quality Hallertau Mittlefruh. Malts are very grainy with caramel notes not too complex here. The joy is the hop bite hands down.

Mouthfeel is thin and surprisingly thirst quenching. This enhances its drinkability. Carbonation is tingly and pleasant. Drinkability is high, as this was designed for mass consumption. Overall a very good fest beer.

bigrzman, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of bminor7
3.78/5  rDev -5%

16.9 from EBI. Sitting on my couch; stomach grumbling.

Coolest bottle cap going on this one. I feel like I'm distorting a pastoral scene when I open the bottle.

A - straw golden; a thin head; lacking much lacing.

S - crispy, hoppy, that marzeny-something. not sweet aromas but citrusy a little; new carpet?

T - light and satisfying. a sugary bitterness coats the tongue in the aftertaste. light malts and a low-key hop profile. very renheitsgebotish.

M - thin enough. give a bit of a rough pour to release enough carbonation.

D - has a savory quality that could possibly deter one from drinking several steins. but it is fresh, it is clean, it is a good sessionable beer, although with a quality that will prevent you from stuffing too many into your GI.

bminor7, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Strix
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured an orange-golden with a big frothy head.

Sweet caramel and grains in the nose, a hint of a floral hop note.

Sweet malt, toasted bread, a floral hoppy note, and a subtle light fruit note. A nice blend of flavors.

Very crisp and clean feeling.

I think this is my favorite German Oktoberfest. I wish I could get more Ayinger, they have yet to disappoint me.

Strix, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of dstc
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a beautiful, deep copper color with a foamy, light tan head. Head falls slow leaving behind decent lace.

Mild grainy aroma with a hint of sweetness. No real hops in the smell.

Yummy, toasty malts in the taste with hints of caramel. A slight metallic taste is in there too ending in a roasty bitterness.

Medium bodied and rather smooth yet biting on the tongue.

Good stuff. Now this is a lager.

dstc, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev 0%

Pours clear gold with a creamy 1 finger off white head that faded slowly; the beer had fast bubbles speeding up the brew and it left good lacing and a nice creamy layer on top.

Smells of grains, caramel, faint lemon or citrus hops, sweet malt, light bread and earthy tones like grass or hay; a light grainy nose overall.

Tastes of lightly toasted grains, caramel, lemon, light citrus hops, sweet malt, wet bread, hay, grass, perhaps some yeast, and a touch of honey and a husk taste to it that reminds you of traditional old school German brewing. It's simple yet complex flavor is very tasty and this just epitomizes a good basic German beer.

Mouthfeel is light, creamy and smooth, this has a medium body but flows down with ease; carbonation is quite mellow and leaves a semi-dry grainy finish that has a malt sweetness, which is very nice.

High drinkability as I could drink this all night on its own or with a meal. A really good beer to pound in October, November, December...

CHickman, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%

500 ml bottle. Pours deep golden with a lasting head and medium carbonation. Nose is sweet, juicy malt. Crisp, medium body. Bready, sweet malt dominate the palate, with some perfume and floral hops in the background. Medium finish is more balanced. The beer is lighter on hops and color than the best American Octoberfests, but it's clean, easy drinking and overall delicious.

mikeg67, Nov 17, 2010
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,810 ratings.