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

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1,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,838
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 79
Gots: 97 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of elgiacomo
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%

UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 500ml bottle, fresh 2010 batch. No gusher this time. Pours clear amber with a bit of copper/red and a nice sized off white head, recedes pretty quickly to a tiny ring, just a few spots of lacing. Moderate strength aroma of toasted malts, caramel, some fruit, apple, a bit of floral hops. Flavor features some toasted, caramel malt sweetness that is well balanced with some earthy and a touch spicy hops. Finishes relatively dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and a bit sticky, medium carbonation.

Original review Dec 28, 2009:
500ml bottle. A gusher. Pours amber with a two finger white head. Nice aroma, floral hops, some malt sweetness. Flavor is a little more subdued, light floral and citrus hops, some sweetness and bitterness playing together nicely on the finish.. Medium to high carbonation. Refreshing and easy-drinking. Oh, and one of the coolest bottle caps I've ever seen.
Appearance 3.0, Smell 3.5, Taste 3.5, Mouthfeel 3.0, Drinkability 3.5, Score 3.35

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of tzieser
3.78/5  rDev -5%

Pours a light amber color with a slightly yellow one finger head. A bit between a traditional amber marzens and the pale golden marzens that many German brewers are starting to make.

Lots of malts in the nose; caramel and toasted malts. Not much hops.

Tastes very good- not too thick and malty, but has
enough depth to make this a tad more complex than your average marzen. a nice balance of taste and refreshment.

Drinkabilityy is pretty high. These are pretty damn sessionable.

If you like marzens you should consider this. Yet another winner by ayinger.

tzieser, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of jkoravos
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Served from a chilled (~36°F) 500mL bottle to SA Perfect Pint glass.

A - orange-ish amber with a foamy off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very slight haze.

S - I got some dark fruits right off the bat, raisin-ish. Also slight malt. Swirling brings out the hallmark sulfur note from the lager fermentation. No hop aroma to speak of.

T - Nice balance of malt and hops, I noticed the surprisingly firm bitterness immediately. Classic hallertau spicy bittering. It was a little too cold wen I first tasted it, which made the bite from the carbonation really come through. After letting it warm up a bit, the malt flavors really started coming out. Slight caramel and bready flavors. Slight sweetness, not too much, not too little. I get a very slight alcohol warming in the finish as the beer warms.

M - Medium mouthfeel/body. Not heavy, easy to drink, but also not thin in any way..

D - Very nice and drinkable. Sufficiently dry to quenching and no one flavor is overpowering. Could easily drink a few liters.

jkoravos, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev +3%

On tap at Das Bierhaus soft opening poured into a .5L Oktoberfest glass.

Pours a clear rich golden/amber color with a big fluffy white head. Nose is malty and sweet, nice and mellow.

Taste is sweet and malty with a good toastiness and a slight metallic finish but still very good. Has a crisp light mouthfeel, excellent beer!

kingcrowing, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with golden highlights. It had a thick, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel, some grass and subtle spice.

T - It had a toasty maltiness with sweet caramel. There was a nice bitter hop character, not overpowering but just enough to add some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied, easy drinking lager.

D - This is a really solid o-fest. Good price and quite tasty.

zeff80, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

The German classic pours a clean looking amber from the 500ml bottle into my Bitburger pilsner glass. Little pillow of ivory head sits on top and clings to itself. Weird but nice.

Crisp aroma and quaff of malt, fruit, and touches of spice in the finish. Bits of juicy fruit gum add to the lip smacking qualities of this fine brew. Sweet start, but with a dry and snappish finish.

Tasty brew that I'll look for again next year.

Vancer, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of cpone
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours with a nice three finger, sorta off white head with soapy lacing. Medium amber body pretty typical of the style. The smell is malty with a bready kick at the end - kinda reminds me of grape nuts. The taste is decently balanced - malt forward, sweet, but some hops to give the slightest bitterness. A pleasantly smooth aftertaste. Overall a good beer, but nothing really stands out to make it great.

cpone, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

500ml bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a clear gold with a little amber tint. About a finger of white head. Malty aroma with some noble hops. You get that good malt complexity that only seems to come from Germany. A bit of malt sweetness. Crisp and clean with a fair amount of noble hop bitterness in the finish. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Great rendition of the style.

homebrewhawk, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Situation: PSU heading toward a 3-0 start--time to prematurely celebrate...
Glassware: Schneider Edel Weisse....
Appearance: clear, dark copper body with subtle, steady effervescence; white head flattens quickly, which is surprising...
Aroma: fragrant malts mean business--but the balance of hops forms a welcoming pro-drinking atmosphere with toffee and caramel...
Palate: medium-bodied, throaty lager that engages the mouth completely; pleasantly substantial...
Taste: sweet but reserved, malty but with enough bite to have a hops reminder; a bit more complex than other fests I've had...
Overall: a classic revisited--sweet, pleasant pairing with the Saturday afternoon...satisfyingly balanced...

dacrza1, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

the pour is a golden amber with a consistent white head... german and crisp but not steadfast. some lace. nose of apple and malt. palate of bitter stale apple and a mild funk. not barnyard but stale earth in finish. it has the quintessential marzen quality and an extremely light body... i don't know if the body is suffiecent in comparison to the range of flavor though. not as sweet as some which is really nice. thin... but complex. it seems to loss a lot as it airs out and warms up and just leaves a sour dough water quality. one of the best marzen for some that like a lean one. just good by me. not so good if it sits.

rtepiak, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of melagnus
4/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Nice frothy white head that has good retention sits atop a clear, low carbonic orange liquid. Swirling the beer leaves little tiny spots of foam on the side of the snifter, though doesn't rouse the head much. As the head thins out, there is a lovely pattern of foam that makes one think of a wet sandy beach, lines of where waves once were as the ocean sucks the water back into itself.

S - A clean malty aroma with bit of buiscuityness (medium) to it hits the nose and entices up an image of microscopic peppercorns (phenols).

T/M/D - Medium body, with tingle from carbons washes over the mouth, leaving a caramel (something they say isn't desirable, but it seems very slight and enjoyable!) aftertaste that is pleasing to the senses. Toasty malt helps deepen the complexity of the beer and the tongue does feel the bitterness of the hops, which helps balance this beer out. The finish is quite dry and leaves you with a desire for more. At only 5.6% ABV, this is no session beer, yet enjoyable and one could easily have two full liters of this beer and survive the night.

C - When compared to Spaten's Oktoberfest, this beer makes that one seem light and lacking in complexity. Though I can't say I've had better representations of the style, I'd give it a solid B and look forward to having it at a Fest some day :)


melagnus, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

An excellent balanced Oktoberfest. Some I find a bit bitter or unbalanced. This one is well crafted and would go great with some German fall fare.

A - Medium Golden, touch of orange. White head, big bubbles.

S - caramel, earthy hop, banana, roasty touch

T - balanced. Mild malt, touch of sweet once the carb dissipates a bit.

M - Coating, nice.

D - Excellent. Definitely one of the easiest to drink Octoberfests I've had.

HeroJH, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of CheckMate
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

500ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. pours a hazy, but translucent amber to a light orange hue with a half inch of off white head that dissipated within a few minutes. scents of toffee, chocolate, nuttiness, slight herbal/earthy hops. all the scents are pretty faint. tastes of chocolate and toffee, sweet, but not cloyingly so, malty and earthy, and has a clean finish. low to moderate carbonation. one sip invites another. one of the best oktoberfest beers i have tried so far (IMO).


CheckMate, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of babaracas
3.78/5  rDev -5%

Pours a clear orange with two finger sudsy head. Smell: pale malt, light toffee and butter, a bit musty and grainy. Taste: buttered bread, toffee, lightly spicy hops, grainy, pale malt. Mouthfeel: soft carbonation, edging towards creamy. A bit more to it than other light fest beers, would have liked to see Ayinger do a heftier marzen.

babaracas, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a bottle into my DFH glass...

Appearance: A clear amber color with an ample amount of white, fluffy head. Very good lacing and retention.

Smell: A nice, biscuity malt sweetness throughout. An excellent example of the style.

Taste: A crisp, biscuity sweet tasting brew. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, goes down easy.

Drinkability: This is what an Oktoberfest should taste like. Very drinkable, and one of my favorite Fall brews.

krisandajt, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of abrand
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%

500 ml bottle poured into the founders pint glass. Bottle displays that braurei aying continues to use the purity laws of 1516.

The Ayinger marzen pours a pale amber color, almost golden. Very carbonated head that fizzes and dwindles. Nose is malty and quite sweet with the marzen bready aromas also present. Palate is sweet with lots of caramel and hints of a hoppy bite with the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is above average. In my opinion, there are other better Marzen's available but the heritage and history that this beer has keeps me coming back each year.

abrand, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

Ayinger Octoberfest has a clear, light golden body with a ton of active, fast-moving carbonation bubbles. The white head is about a finger and a half thick. The head doesn't last long, but it does leave some scraps of lacing behind on the glass.

The aroma is malty. Lightly sweet and bready, with perhaps a touch of butterscotch flavor. Some spiciness from noble hops is also apparent.

A pale malt sweetness and a touch of light fruitiness pop up first, followed by a fuller, more pronounced malt flavor that tastes like bread. Throughout the the entire time there are spicy, earthy noble hops in the background to round it out. Pretty well-balanced and tasty.

The body is very light and pretty high in the carbonation department.

This beer was being sold as bombers in the store where I bought it. The guy in front of me just grabbed the whole display and bought the entire stock (sparing one for me). So apparently I'm not alone when I say that Ayinger Octoberfest is pretty drinkable.

Hojaminbag, Oct 30, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +3%

Had this last night because the season for these types for beers is nearly over and I didn't have any this year. Wasn't sure what to expect and my only regret at the end was that this bottle wasn't any bigger!

This poured a lot lighter than I thought with a nice deep amber hue and a good amount of head. Not a lot of lacing to this but the aroma was easy to smell as I put my glass up to my nose. The taste was crisp and clean and neither too thick or too thin. Certainly a Marzen in style, as this was very malty with only some rye, straw, and a bit of apple. The sourness lingered for a bit after each sip, but by no means did it resemble a heavy Belgian beer.

I was surprised that this was only 5.80% ABV since it was pretty easy to detect. Maybe it was because it didn't take me long to get through the bottle. I'm not a huge fan of this style but if you're going to have a beer to celebrate Octoberfest, you can't go wrong with this one. Maybe the most authentic stylistically that I've ever had!

JerzDevl2000, Oct 29, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev -5%

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a 22oz Weiss Glass. Enjoyed the decorative bottle-cap with Bavarian scene of celebration.

Poured an amber color with 2 inch head disappearing slowly. Sweet and some spicy aroma, with minimal carbonation.
Light and sweet and balanced tasting, initial malt and caramel balance exists through out tasting, with little hop presence. Finishes as it starts with very little variation.

Mouth-feel lighter than I expected, but a drinkable and enjoyable brew nevertheless.

chetripley, Oct 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

500ml bottle, poured intently into a pint glass.

Pours light amber copper with 1+ finger white foam. Retains 1/4 inch head for a long time. Translucent.

Malty sweet smell, though hardly overpowering, and barely noticable.

Taste is caramel sweet, buried in malt, very smooth. Malt is the name of the game. Very clean.
Almost a pils taste wrappen in a marzen.

Lightly carbonated in the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, good german october brew.

KTCamm, Oct 27, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

The beer pours a brilliant golden with copper hue and a moderate white head. The aroma is intensely malty -toasty, bready and sweet. The flavor is a blast of malt; sweet, toasty, and silky smooth. The hop bitterness and slightly dry finish provides a perfect counterpoint to the malt centric beer. The body and carbonation are both medium. Overall a great Oktoberfest, highly recommend. I'm having mine with a crusty rye bread - a fantastic snack!

uwmgdman, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

.5 l bottle into spaten becker. they put a really nice bottle cap on this bottle.

A - completely translucent golden honey colour (no too much orange), with a two finger slightly off white head, leaning to the orange size of things. the few things I know about oktoberfestbier tell me the body could be a darker orange, and the head could last a longer while. not much real lacing.

S - a good malty lager nose, a bit of yeast. slightly sweet, has a bit of a tang to the nose, but mostly it is a standard malty lager nose, not a very strong one either.

T - kind of a bland beer, not much happening. the initial tastes slightly sweet and grainy, a bit toasted too. there is a bit of hoppy spice, but not much, only a prick on the tongue. the finish is sweet and malty, much like the initial taste, except with a bit of an apple taste. the aftertaste is a slight sweet maltiness, with a touch of toastiness.

MF&D - the feel is fine, but the only reason that the drinkablilty suffers is because of the blandness of the brew itself, otherwise the drinkability is good.

erz316, Oct 22, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours a tangerine amber with a nice frothy white head which fades fairly quickly as Oktoberfest beers seem to do, leaving loads of oily lacing.

Ah the aroma is very nice on this beer, redolent of orange blossom honey and apricots and spicy noble hops.

The flavour is full of sweet bready malts, and a lovely spiciness. Mellow persimmon, apple and lightly toasted and buttered grains perfectly balanced with a pleasant hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy even though it is on the light side of medium, very nice fine even carbonation with a slick smooth finish.

A very drinkable festbier! I'm afraid if I were supplied with several Maßkrugs of this beer it might disappear at an alarming rate. Easily in my top five of Oktoberfest beers and may be much closer to the top than that!

BlackBearForge, Oct 22, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

I've been on an O-fest kick and this is one of the better of them.
Look is an orangish amber with a head that reduced fairly quick to a ring.
Smells like an O-fest sweet malts and some spice.
Taste is really good earthy and sweet with just enough hops to keep it from being too malty.
Feel is nicely carbonated and smooth.
Drink I could spend all day at the fest drinking this. Darn good beer.

dbtoe, Oct 21, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a clear burnt orange, nice bubbly head leaving good lacing. Smells of sweet german malt, good earthiness and grassiness, subtle stone fruits, quite floral with some herbs, touch of sulfur. Tastes of bold sweet maltiness, caramel like with a nice earthy undertone. Moderate bitterness leading to a fairly clean finish with just a touch of grassy sweetness. Good creamy mouthfeel.

A true example of the traditional German Marzen. Great maltiness and the sweetness nicely balanced by the earthy hops. Unbelievably drinkable, my only knock being i wish there was a touch more malt.

bum732, Oct 19, 2009
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,838 ratings.