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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,650 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 66
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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MrIncognito

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a pint bottle into a big mug. Beautiful clear copper body with a white/offwhite sticky, foamy 2-finger head. Head retention is great and subsides to a 1/4-inch lacy cap for the remainder of the beer. Decent lacing on the glass.

S - Big and malty with sweet caramel coming forward. Kind of a barley-like smell in the end.

T&M - Very smooth and light mouthfeel with a giant malt kick to the mouth. Classic Oktoberfest taste going on here. Caramel sweetness as it goes down, becoming more prominent as it warms. The sweetness becomes a little much and tad cloying as I drink.

D - Very easy to drink for the most part but the sweetness kind of got to me. Nice flavors and aromas the whole way but by the end of the glass I needed something to get that malt sweetness out of my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 14:32:05 | More by MrIncognito
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep orange-amber,with big, pillowy head of foam
Aroma-Spicy malt, some caramel notes
Taste-Big, flavorful malt, some spiciness and subtle hops come through
Fresh tasting and smooth, with some definite substance to it. Very drinkable, went down easy with a couple of landjagers

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 11:39:06 | More by hosehead83
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Frankfurter glass.

Appearance: Light orange-copper with moderate white head that disappears leaving no lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruit, caramel, biscuit and metallic bitterness.

Taste: Semi-sweet toasted malt with caramel, biscuit and fruit in the background. Ends on a spicy bitter note, more so than most Marzens.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, only semi-dry.

Drinkability: A solid Marzen overall. A little sweeter than Paulaner and not quite as good. While a decent brew, I honestly expected more.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 02:24:07 | More by bsp77
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mpyle

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App - Rich gold/Pale amber color, brilliant clarity, pours a good-sized creamy white head with great retention.

Aroma - Malty with a bit of fruitcake - a bit of a doppelbock aroma.

Flavor - Nice malt flavor, but not overly sweet. Wonderfully balanced through to a clean, very very slightly bitter finish. Malt dominates the palate

MF - medium body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming.

D'ability - a nice balanced, malty lager. Way too easy to drink!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:45:37 | More by mpyle
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lostwars

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amazing orange-yellow almost cloudy honey in appearance.

S: Bits of almond extract and apple crisp.

T: More of that light cinnimon and apple coupled with a short hit of hop on the tongue.

M: light carbonation though even lighter in body

D: I was pleasantly surprised this being my first time with an Ayinger in recent memory. Not in my mind what an Oktoberfest beer is thought of in America but will make a lot of people happy this fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2009 14:54:48 | More by lostwars
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KI9A

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an inviting orange/amber, with a creamy head. Nice lace rings.

S: Nutty. Sweet malts.

T: Sweet malts mix with an earthy nutty taste. Nice shot of light hops at the back end.

M: Medium body, fair carbonation.

D: I love this time of year for beer. I look forward to O-fests alot, and this is always one of my favorites. A sane ABV makes this easy to session.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 01:35:44 | More by KI9A
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animal69

Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear light orange-copper color w/ a fluffy white cap which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lace in my glass
S- a very light smell, some bready aromas with a hint of nuts, a faint note of herbal hops barely peeks it's head through but increases a bit as it warms however
T- taste is much fuller than the smell lets on, a nice initial hop bitterness that rolls right into a fresh-baked-bread flavor, turns nutty with some fruits and that classic "cured concrete" undertone that most german marzens have at mid palate, finishes crisp w/0 diacetyl just a touch of alcohol
M- dry with a light-med body, moderately carbonated for the style
D- an extremely drinkable and addictive brew, poss. my new fav. imported o'fest, this is one freeking awesome beer

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 00:53:22 | More by animal69
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fall is my favorite part of beer season (next to spring, summer and winter), and this year there seem to be more Oktoberfests available than ever before. This one is a classic. Deep amber in color, the off-white head lasts a few bubbly minutes before fading and leaving a somewhat sticky ring around the glass. Caramel, graham crackers and toast are all over the aroma, with hints of apples. The body is very smooth, broken up by a constant churn of teeny-weeny bubbles that fizz from the bottom of the glass in huge columns. It's like drinking a glass of staccato. The taste has more caramel and crackers with a hint of carrots (surprise!), but mostly this just tastes *good*. Ayinger can't do wrong.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 10:39:21 | More by gfreed
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Finn

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16.9 oz. bottle into a 20 oz. nonic. Deep orange, amber with a slight haze to it. aroma is a bit subdued, with hints of apple, sweet bready malts. The flavor starts out with a warm, creamy dose of carame andl bread goodness, which dries out with a crisp finish. a slight memory of the malt lingers on. This beer is delicious, and perhaps a tad on the less malty side than some of it's german counterparts (excluding the largest -selling ones, e.g. Warsteiner, which are less malty). This is a delicious, quite drinkable oktoberfest, in the middle as far as alcohol, maltiness, and sweetness. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 01:02:07 | More by Finn
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MillySox

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All together a solid Festbier. Lots of malt flavor matched well with the right amount of hops. Pours brighter and a little cloudier than most Marzens. Great aroma. Complex and deep. Presence of diacetyl mixed in with caramel malts. A great treat to celebrate the arrival of autumn.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 00:26:06 | More by MillySox
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SmithwicksNut

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper/amber in color, nice lacing in the glass! Pretty good retention & nice bubbles. White foamy head.

Smell: Nice malts pop out, caramel and nutmeg are layed in the backround, not overly hoppy like alot of other Marzens, nice clean florals.

Taste: Good balance of malts, nice toasty flavor with that great caramel notes. A little plain compared to other Marzens but it's still a great tasting beer with plenty of good qualities.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, creamy to wet but keeps it's body when sitting on the tongue.

Drinkability: An Outstanding Oktoberfest. One of the best served in this area.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 22:12:37 | More by SmithwicksNut
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Amber with a big fluffy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a sticky mess of rings along the side of the glass.
A little malt and octoberfest funk.
Lots of bready malts with some allusion to hops. Not to much flavor going on here but what's present is pleasant.
Smooth full body for the style with slightly low carbonation but works well for the beer.
A good example of an Octoberfest that I will be revisiting next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 03:46:23 | More by alovesupreme
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midnite2sixman

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber gold. Looks like a field of grain wavering in the wind with a dingy white head.

Sweet yeastiness on the nose. Bready.

Very smooth taste, bits of coriander, but you definitely get that Oktoberfest feel, little bit of hops.

Very rounded taste, quite easy to drink.

A very cool German Marzen. Quite worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 01:21:22 | More by midnite2sixman
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liquidsunshine

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was beautiful, a nice orange tinted head which stuck around for a while. The beer it self had a hazy orange amber hue.

The smell was a little hard to get a lot out of, but I blame that more on my congested sinuses then the beer itself. What I did get was rich and full. Roasted malt with appropriate hints of fall spices, perhaps a little pumpkin as well.

The taste was very broad and complex with many wonderful flavors brought together and balanced well. They did a wonderful job of highlighting the fall/pumpkiny spices without overpowering the also delicious roasted malt. I get a little bit of caramel sweetness in the aftertaste lingering on my tongue.

The mouthfeel was spectacular, full and rich without being overpowering. Not overly carbonated, with tiny bubbles forming on my tongue and throat.

Its an excellent session beer, but I could also probably have a few in a sitting happily.

Very tasty would recommend to all to try!

Cheers - Matt

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 00:53:20 | More by liquidsunshine
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into 500ml glass.

Crazy 5F off-white head that took some time to fade into the slightly hazy golden body.

Smell was sweet... rich maltiness, carmel-like, with some noticeable fall spices.

Flavor was also nice - a little reminiscent of raw dough, with some rich fruits in the background (almost dubbel-like), and finishing with a soft pretzel quality.

Mouthfeel and drinkability scored points with me - the pleasant flavors combined with being quite low in carbonation encouraged large mouthfills. Pretty sure I could polish off a couple liters of this in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 00:56:49 | More by BeerImmediately
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glid02

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a light gold color with a one-finger slighlty off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet and somewhat bready malts with hints of spicy hops in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors with a decent amount of bready heft are joined by mildly spicy and somewhat herbal hop flavors midway through the sip. The ending is equal parts sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a creamy thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer although the malt flavors weren't quite crisp enough for a marzen. Still, the mouthfeel is very good and I say it's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 16:29:35 | More by glid02
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle

Pours a clear, medium gold in color with about a finger of white head. Aroma is good with Munich and Veinna malts, light toasted malts and clean lager characteristics. Flavor is pretty good. This beer starts fairly sweet but then finishes moderately dry. Hop bitterness is moderate and noble hop flavor is low; both are present near the finish. A complex malty character dominates with Munich and Vienna malts and a toasty aspect again present. Mouthfeel is good with medium body and carbonation and a creamy texture. Drinkability is pretty good. Good complexity, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 23:55:50 | More by mnj21655
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JTWILDOATS

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has an awesome sweet lager taste...so different than what I was expecting after trying other Ayinger wheat beers--but exactly what an Octoberfest should be.

Nice gold in color, continuous carbonation, contains a great atumn pumpkin tasts, and some spice remains after each sip. All in all a great brew--especially in the genre of Marzen...This is a good time of year.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 05:46:38 | More by JTWILDOATS
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apbarwood

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- Beautiful rich golden color with a rocky, white head and great retention. Plenty of bubbles lingering.

Smell- Light bread-like aromas with a hint of some malt.

Taste- Beautifully balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Strong flavors of caramelized bread up front with a brisk, dry, hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium body with great carbonation.

Drinkability- Truly refreshing. The balance of hops and malts was highly appealing and the carbonation made it quite refreshing. Nice beer for a cool late summer/early fall day and with lighter fare on the grill. I've yet to find a beer from Ayinger that I don't love.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 01:50:12 | More by apbarwood
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JordanEllwanger

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful transparent golden orange color with a thick full head leaving tiny islands of lacing around the edges of the glass. Perfectly clear aside from the singular bubble occasionally rushing to the surface.

Smells of malts and a tint of hops. Smells like a decent lager.

Taste is of bread and water. With a metallic hop bite faintly calling from the background. Malted

Feels light with slightly low levels of carbonation.

A very drinkable beer. Definitely a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 02:26:30 | More by JordanEllwanger
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle as fresh as it comes in Nebraska--right off the truck.

L: Very clear and golden with good initial head and thin lacing

S: Malty and grainy; a little bit of biscuit and raisins; quite sweet

T: Delicious malt balance; smooth with fantastic after taste--even a touch of smokiness

F: Nice, balanced carbonation; fills and coats the mouth

D: This is what fall is about; bring on Oktoberfest and bring on Ayinger!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 00:52:56 | More by dbossman
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Patrick999

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this was apparently a fresh bottle.

Shiny dark gold, decent head, nothing too spectacular.

Aroma just reeks of German-ness. Lots of perfumey, hoppy floweriness. A twinge of banana, too, odd for an O-fest, but not unwelcome.

Taste is very fresh, clean, dry. Flowery hops carry through to the palate, I like it. Probably not malty enough for an O-fest.

Good crackle and pop without being annoyingly bubbly.

I could drink a fair bit of it, I like it. It might be the O-fest I've liked the best out of what I've tried - not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 20:38:37 | More by Patrick999
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kegger22

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber with a generous head that quickly faded. The aroma was a little skunky, but did not put me off as I usually lose the aroma early anyway. The taste is sweet, bland and a little bananaish (if I may use that non word). This one was medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation left over from the head. Drinkability above average, because the beer is above average. Too be honest, even after moving the lawn, I'd rather have any number of lagers rated lower.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 05:29:57 | More by kegger22
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oldpinecone

New York

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Nice pale amber color to get things started with a thin head that didnt stick around for too long. Nothing to write home about.

Smelled sweetly malty, a bit dry. Pleasant.

Taste was similar to the smell. The carbonation overpowered the palate at first and the sweetness set right in. Not too much bitterness happening in this Marzen. Its sweet and delicate I guess is a good descrption IMO.

Mouthfeel was ok a bit too much carbonation goin on.

Very drinkable beer for the price. A nice beer while eating dinner.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 09:44:30 | More by oldpinecone
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a seidel. No visible bottled date.

(A)- Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with ample off-white head formation that stayed put decently before it dissipated to a light layer of bubbles.

(S)- Sweetish honeyed malts with a light floral apple aroma.

(T)- Light honey malts with a golden/red delicious apple flavor. Has a light spice to it.

(M)- Light and rather fruity. Good malt and good carbonation level.

(D)- A solid beer with a lighter body than what I was expecting. Fruity with a good malt balance. Simple yet enjoyable for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 20:57:51 | More by sweemzander
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.