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

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1,651 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,651
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 66
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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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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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: It had a large white head, and a light orange body.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts, some hops, and that characteristic lager aroma that we all love so much.

Taste: Refreshing, malty with a slight hop bitterness.

Ayinger's Marzen is one of my favorite examples of the style, along with Bell's seasonal offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 02:48:01 | More by BierFan
Photo of largadeer


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Apricot skin amber with brilliant clarity and a small off-white head that retains nicely.

Smell: A mild fruity aroma of ripe peach, dates and a bit of caramel. Very clean and pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Incredibly crisp while still maintaining a light malty sweetness - this is what marzens are all about. Peaches and honey come to mind here. Appropriately light bodied and dry in the finish with a hint of flowery hops. I've got nothing bad to say about this one - simply great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 00:26:37 | More by largadeer
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange, white head that is on the large side, and retains well.

Nose is surprisingly fruity over malty, with some noticeable hops present.

Maybe it's the big malt versions lately that are tainting my review, but this one seems to be bigger on hop bite and floral notes, with the toasted malt having a (relatively) back seat ride.

Very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 20:11:36 | More by yemenmocha
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New York

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

Poured from a 1pt .9oz Euro-Style bottle into a Weiss glass.

A - Clear orange/amber color. Pour produced a decent sized head of white foam. Good carbonation and decent lacing throughout.

S - Yeasty/Bready with a sweet slightly floral and somewhat metallic aroma.

T - Bready with hints of caramel sweetness up front. Finishes off with a herbal slightly bitter hop bite.

MF&D - Very good Oktoberfest beer. Goes down easily, with plenty of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 00:12:27 | More by nasty15108
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice ornage-yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white head that laces the glass nicely all the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts, a bit caramely, and then a slight hint of hoppy aromas.
T: Very nice caramel malt taste under a slightly hoppy taste and then a big malty sweet finish.
M: Very sweet, light, and smooth feeling with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer and well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2008 11:30:46 | More by erosier
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint 9 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow with a slight hint of orange. Thick off white head.

S - Very light but light sweetness.

T - Very light and smooth. Some caramel malty flavors with some wheat flavor also.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Leave it to the German's to make a great Oktober Fest-Marzen. This is a great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 05:06:15 | More by jeffmonarch
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appears a slightly hazy golden orange color with a big 2"+ off-white head.

Aroma is sweet and caramel malty with some breadiness, slightly toasted. Maybe a bit raisiny as well.

Taste starts out with caramel malty sweetness up front then it becomes more toasty and bready. Finishes with some spicy/herbal hops that linger on a little bit.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice and easy drinking like it should be.

An exception Octoberfest for sure. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 04:04:14 | More by roadhouse
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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A reddish-orange pour results in a two-finger, thick and rolling tan head. Retention is excellent, and a slight, but consistent lacing is left behind. Smells of sweet malts, caramel, and some spice. An undercurrent of fruit is present, but almost goes unnoticed. Tastes spicy and malty with some hoppy balance in the end. Very tasty, very interesting. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, and this one's fairly well carbonated. Drinkability is excellent with the tastiness in no way limiting it's smoothness going down the gullet. The best Oktoberfest I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 19:59:28 | More by stephens101
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doing my own tour of Marzens, came across this as a single and it called my name.

16.9 oz bottle poured into Dogfish goblet.

A: Dark orange, in the shaded glass, looks the color of a shiny new penny. Substantial foam filled head with patches of lacing. This is the beer that should be photographed with a soft pretzel.

S: Caramel and some smokiness out of the clearr blue. Bitterness present and toasted raisin nut bread. This is a good start.

T: Meaty breadiness packed into this brew that doesnt pack the matching wallop. Bready, toasted nuts, like a freshly cracked walnut. Flavor of honey nut cheerios. This brewer knew what they were doing- dont mess with this formula, it works. Sweetness on target.

Ive barrelled through several marzens the last few weeks, and this one can stack up to each and every one.

M: Chewy and bready, this boy has some substance to it. Longer finish, dry and spicy bitterness make this a well-rounded cat.

D: Smooth as a marzen can be. Tasty, refreshing and tremendous alongside virtually any cuisine I would imagine. We have a winner here. The taste and aftertaste lets you know what so many others are missing in their effort on this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:06:16 | More by marcpal
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml. Euro-style bottle into a pint glass.

A--Pours a fluffy finger and a half eggshell off-white with decent lacing and retention. Body lies more on the gold than the copper end of the spectrum--in other words it's an orange with more yellow than red in it.

S--Spectacular. Strongest part of this beer, for me. Lots of fall fruit--young pears, apples, even quince.

T--Hoppy, especially in the back. Really pulls on your tongue--a little more than i like, as this is more in the turpentine end of things than the gentle nudge to clear the palate and drink more end of things. Soft vanilla up front without a whole lot of spice throughout. Hops boost the fruit into a more acidic profile of them, but the malt really doesn't pull through all that, leaving kind of an echo of a breadloaf rather than the thing itself. Disappointing in that regard. Don't get me wrong here--you'll taste caramel and you'll taste Munich, but it ain't enough for my understanding of the style.

M&D--Again, a little too much pine for this lumberjack. Other than that no complaints. Carbonation was spot on, and it had an easy creaminess that smoothed the ride out amid the tongue-parching. If I liked hops a lot more I'd order plenty of this, rather than the Paulaner, which so far is my favorite in this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 18:59:19 | More by TheycallmeTim
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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Pours a golden caramel with plenty of carbonation bubbles rushing up to form a fluffy white two fingered head.

S. Not much in the nose, but sweet with caramel malts.

T. A smooth taste of rich caramel with a hint of spice. A refreshing Oktoberfest-Marzen with a touch of hops. Bready malts and a taste of grain.

M. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. A light body that finishes soft.

D. The drinkability is over the top. A smooth drinker with a warming of flavors. I could drink this beer all night long. A light body and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 00:01:19 | More by oneeye
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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lot of people at my work talked this one up.. there was a dispute wether or not this or the Paulaner Oktoberfest-Marzen was better. I can easily say the Paulaner was far far better than this beer.

Pour a cloudy yellow with a thick white head. Smelled of malts and spices. It was a very thin beer, almost no body to it, but very easy to drink. Tasted of average malts with a faint hint or caramel. Not to much going on with the flavor. Dont get me wrong its a good beer, but it doesnt compare to some other Oktoberfest-Marzens. I still say try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 02:11:59 | More by nrpellegrini
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear, orange, reminiscent of early fall leaves, with a golden leaf tinge. The cap is fuzzy, and off-white.

The smell has a softly sweet caremel tone to a biscuity maltiness, wit, hints of dark fruit, and a decent amount of herbal, lightly spicy hops.

Flavor chimes in nicely with the same. Sweet carameled malty biscuitiness. Munichy-Vienna with a lightly toasted character, and more prominent flavors from musty-herbal, lightly spicy, hops. Medium bodied and smooth finishing clean and lightly crisp with a nice, soft, lightly creamy feeling carb.

Nice O-fest from Ayinger not the best of zee german's I've had, but definitely a worthy offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 23:45:48 | More by Slynger
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, two-finger head that died very slowly with immense lacings on top of an orange body that looked beautiful. Some sweet malts, caramel mostly. OK, a lot of caramel, like a liquid Caramello bar. Some spices also in there. Medium bodied and a little fluffy, this beer is real smooth and has some creamniess to it. Still complemented with a hop bite that is mixed in well, there is a sweet malt taste that pervades in this beer yet has a perfect counterpoint in a dry finish (finish has some nice hops and a little spiciness). I am not an expert in Oktoberfest beers, but this was tasty and not overpowered by spices like other ones I've had. I'd recommend this as a must try for any Oktoberfest beer fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 15:12:21 | More by clayrock81
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle purchased at Urban Cellars in Baltimore, MD.

Poured into standard beer mug.

Orangish-gold with a very light chill haze forms a fluffy white head of fine bubbles with excellent retention, leaving nice sheets of lace. Moderately-strong carbonation. Aroma is predominately bavarian lager yeast with a clean profile, sweet pale and crystal malts, and round hops, similar to a Harp Lager but with more sweetness. Flavor profile is very clean. Wet, mid-bodied mouthfeel and mild malt sweetness makes it an extremely drinkable session brew. Starts with delicately spicy hops but fades into a subtle grainy Munich/Crystal malt sweetness. Hops are used very delicately, adding to the initial complexity but lending to an extremely drinkable brew without risking taste-bud fatigue. Mild to moderate pleasant well-balanced bitterness. Sweet grain husk lingers on the palate. Throughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 01:08:34 | More by trafordboy
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden orange color, smells of characteristic bready malt and yeast. The flavor is light yet literally mouth-watering, dominated by sweet, biscuity malts with some caramel notes, and a syrupy yet also light mouthfeel. Wonderful!

One of the better O-fest brews I've had the pleasure of drinking!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 02:05:22 | More by Reanimator
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crisp golden-amber, a gentle rise of bubbles that assist in the head retention. Head is foamy, not too tall, but settles slowly.

S: Warm, toasted malts... some touches of caramel, and a slight touch of grass.

T: Malts have a light sweetness - some grain and breadiness. A full flavour, some noble hops come out towards the middle. A spot of alcohol on the finish.

M + D: Kinda slick, with a lingering taste on the finish. Crisp carbonation, and a little oiliness. A pleasant example of the style... another, please!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 01:32:21 | More by Proteus93
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 16.9 oz bottle into 20 oz mug. Nice golden amber color with 1 finger white head that fully diminished in a couple of minutes with light lacing. Malty aroma with no hops. Full bodied, moderately sweet taste that lasts through to finish as to be expected with this style. This is a good example of a MarzenOktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 19:14:09 | More by mcsquint
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Old Chicago in Olathe KS as part of the Oktoberfest Mini-tour.

Poured a nice medium copper-ish, golden color, with a decent head that really didn't last that long.

Aroma was mostly malt, as is to be expected of this style. Good toasty notes in the nose, with a warm and sweet bread crust aroma permeating the overall smell. No real hops in the nose.

Taste is almost exactly what the aroma leads you to believe you're getting. There's a good bread crust flavor in the malt, a wonderful grainy sweetness that is just barely balanced by the hop bitterness, It's not cloying by any means, but it is a malt-forward brew. The malt shines here with the toasty, bready flavors really at the forefront of every sip. Nice and sweet without ever being over the top. A fine job walking the high wire that is a good Marzen.

The mouthfeel is just this side of heavy, which is again just what you want in a good O-fest lager. It's drinkable, yet substantial.

This is a very good example of a good Oktoberfest lager. Eminently drinkable, yet each one has enough character that you know you're not just throwing down Perrier. It's not always easy to get that balance between character and drinkability, yet Ayinger does it quite well with this brew. If you can locate this one, it's well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 03:23:53 | More by jokelahoma
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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a medium copper, forming a large off-white head.

S - Large malt aroma. Light hint of spices as well.

T - Nice sweet malt flavor, light caramel, along with light spices in the finish. Not too complex.

M - Nice medium mouthfeel that coats the palate. Smooth finish.

D - Overall, a great Oktoberfest style beer. I could definitely see myself drinking more of these this fall. A great find IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 22:26:51 | More by beeragent
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Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a small, white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of grains, yeast, slight caramel. Tastes of more german malts, light grains, yeastiness, very light hop bitterness, and a very delicate caramel flavor. Mouthfeel is light yet slightly creamy, good carbonation and crisp finish. Pretty drinkable but not my favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 14:51:31 | More by Doomcifer
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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber beer with a disappearing off-white head. Light carbonation.

S- Fruit and slight caramel aroma, with some grain in the back.

T- Light malt sweetness with a touch of hop bitterness. Some caramel and spice.

M- Smooth, with moderate carbonation that leave a bit too much bite.

D- Drinkable, but could be a little more complex.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 03:34:39 | More by tangentrider
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish copper in color. There is a huge, fluffy white head on the pour. Not a lot in the nose of this beer at all. Taste is lots of malt. There's a hint of nut and spice in the flavor. Very creamy on the mouthfeel and very easy drinking. This one will be gone before I realize it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 00:28:14 | More by FtownThrowDown
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber clor with a large 2 inch slightly yellowed head sitting on top. Decent retention and some spotty lacing.

The aroma is decent. A very subdued citrus is available, with some caramel notes accompanied by a large portion of grain.

Taste is fairly nice. Pretty grainy, bready, and nutty. Slightly sweet as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation leaving a nice tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Nice flavors and low alcohol make this a nice Oktoberfest session. It also destroys most of it's American counterparts IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 19:45:48 | More by Goliath
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3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Euro bottle into pint glass

A: Deep amber, finger of head that quickly dissipated. Carbonation apparent. Solid looking brew.

S: Bready and caramel tones on the nose, good smelling brew.

T & M: One of the lighter tasting marzens that I've had. Mouthfeel is solid, not watery. Finish is crisp, with a little bitterness which I have not encountered in many other marzens either. Very bready quality to this beer as well.

D: Drinkable, but man I felt like I just ate a steak dinner after drinking this beer. Not sure I could drink more than one bottle at a time.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 23:56:05 | More by elniko
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.