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

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2,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,048
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 88
Gots: 144 | 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 Dodt
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this one up on a whim during my last beer run

poured from the bottle into a mug

appearance light amber in color with a white head
smell malty

taste a bit on the sweet side with some caramel notes
mouthfeel light bodied that is crisp and clean

Dodt, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I love the cap on this beer. Its got a little Bavarian beer table scene. The rest of the presentation, nothing special.

A- This beer has a wonderful clarity to the deep goldenrod hue. A nice frothy cap rises up in my pilsner glass. It fades at a leisurely pace leaving some droopy lacing.

S- Sweet on caramely malts. A bit richer and maltier smelling that I expected. Some tea like hops come around also.

T- Very good stuff. Very sweet and rich. Caramely malts, soem toffee and raisiny fruits. The rich sweetness is slightly cut back by some herbal and tea like hops but this beer swings towards the sweeter side.

M- Nice and velvety smooth. It has a lovely soft carbonation and an insanely clean finish. Each sip makes you need another.

D- I had to keep myself from chugging this. It really is a great thirst quencher, but it also has enough weight to it to make it very enjoyable on a cool October evening.

MbpBugeye, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

17oz bottle with a decorative cap, but no freshness date. This is a marzen just before October, so we should be good. Poured into DFH snifter.

A - Deep golden color with an orange hue when held up to the light. Brilliant clarity, lively carbonation forms a nice sandy head that fades fast leaving little lace.

S - Sweet caramel malt with some honey and an herbal tea aroma in the finish. Clean fermentation, with no signs of sulfur.

T - Dark honey and caramel malt backbone. Biscuit, crackers and toffee sweetness are met with a wood and mossy hops herbal flavor. There is a floral hops presence more easily noticed as it begins to warm.

M - Light bodies and crisp, clean and inviting as it clears the palate with plenty of carbonation.

D - Very high for the style and season.

ectomorph, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear amber color. White head, kind of low head retention, although it's easy enough to stir it up. I feel like if this was fresh from Germany, I wouldn't be complaining about that. Good looking beer.

Interesting smell, caramel, light toasty flavors, toffee notes. Purely a malt aroma.

Tastes like it smells... Delicious! "caramel, light toasty flavors, toffee" so good. Clean lager finish. This beer is universally delicious beer. I could see anyone liking this beer.

The only way to describe it is a fluffy mouthfeel. Soft and delicious. Clearly a very clean fermentation. Very slightly acidic at the end of the sip. Super balanced. Quality craft brew.

mlazzaro, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of cetherid
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass.


a yellowish orange color with a foamy off white head.


Sweet malts. a little caramel and bread in there. very nice smelling beer.


some as nose, but better...caramel tasting malts. a hint of honey. a slight hop bitterness which is great. some of these Oktoberfest are just malty with no bitterness. just perfect. best tasting o-fest I've had so far.


pretty much medium bodied. a nice creamy smooth feel. perfect carbonation.


very high. so far, if i had to pick 1 Oktoberfest brew, it would be this one. Great taste, great mouthfeel.

cetherid, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of gopens44
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange (or dark yellow?) with a foamy head that hung around for a little while

S - Sweet, malty, nice aromas escaping from the brew

T - Once again, sweet and malty as the smell implied but more crisp than I had expected.

M - Pretty smooth with low to medium carbonation.

D - When in Rome (or Octoberfest celebrations) this one is just dandy for the evening. I'd probably pass it up on a normal day in favor of a style I like better, but this one does not disappoint.

Since this isn't anywhere near my favorite style, I was careful to grade it based on what makes the representatives of this style really stand out. I've had a few Marzens that I enjoyed more while in Germany, but for what I've had stateside, this one is a can't miss.

gopens44, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of afinepilsner
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen was amber in color with good clarity. It had a large off-white head that didn't last. The smell was sweet malt. The taste was lightly sweet, toasty malt with a little spice coming through towards the dry finish. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and just over medium carbonation. Drinkabity was very good. This is a tasty Oktoberfest and worth trying.

afinepilsner, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2010-09-26 in Columbia, PA.

A - Orangish gold color with an initial, generous head that fades with some residual lacing.

M - Pretty mild grain, a touch of yeast and herbs.

T - Very nice with plenty of character. The light-medium roasted grain is complimented by a pleasing spice flavor, a bit of caramel sweetness and just a bit of hop bitterness. I even get a little bit of wheat beer flavors. It's more sweet and malty than some fest beers. Nicely balanced.

M - Great for the style. Light-medium body and enough carbonation to make it silky.

D - High marks here since you could quaff this for awhile.

Tucquan, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of EliotW
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep reddish copper and quite translucent

Smell - Sweet malt comes right out. Also a fair amount of clove as well

Taste - Tons of malted barley, a hint of caramel, cereal/grain hits my tongue at the end

Mouth - Perfect carbonation for a bavarian beer. Clean, pure, and absolutely refreshing

Drinkability - This beer is extremely drinkable. Not too heavy, not too sweet or overwhelming in any sense, yet still very unique and enjoyable.

Overall - Having recently traveled to Munich I have come to learn that the strict limitations of ingredients stemming from the Purity Law result in fantastic, simple, and incredibly fresh tasting beer..this is no exception. A friend of mine who works at a distributer recommended this as being his favorite Oktober fest beer, and now I can confidently say that I fully agree.

EliotW, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Squelch
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: crystal clear, amber golden colored.

Smell: Sweetish smelling. No hops

Taste: Perfect to style. wonderful

Mouthfeel: heavy. ever so slight astringency.

Drinkability: I would drink this beer again. Excellent example of the style. You should try it

Squelch, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I planned on celebrating Oktoberfest tonight but the forecast called for rain ALL DAY. In lieu of paying to be cold and wet I decided to take the wife and head down to Hessen Haus so we could get a taste of the festival yet stay comfortable. To compliment a hot bowl of goulash was this awesome brew.

It's a medium copper color with low carbonation that produces a surprising amount of head. The aroma is earthy with some malts and caramel coming through. The taste is nicely malted with some nutmeg and floral element coming through. I would say the body is perfect for the style. It isn't chewy and is nowhere watery. The aftertaste is very smooth with the maltiness lingering to preserve the fantastic flavor.


DesMoinesMike, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Plokhooy
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very sweet and malty for an Octoberfest (which is saying something since -fest beers should be sweet and malty). The mouthfeel is very smooth and this beer is quiet drinkable but do not expect your typical -fest beer. This one is uniquly malty.

Plokhooy, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Kendo
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a mug. Clear, coppery golden-amber body with a 2-finger light-khaki head. No lace.

S: Cereal grains and light toasty malt with a touch of floral spiciness.

T: Similar to the nose: husky cereal grains and lightly burnt toast, a touch of fruity sweetness. Finishes with a touch of musky earthiness. Something a bit odd lingers in the aftertaste; having trouble putting my finger on it exactly, but it's a little bit off-putting.

M: Active but fine carbonation results in a creamy overall feel. Call it a little bit heavier than light in heft.

D: Pretty good. That aftertaste makes this less-than-quaffable, but it still goes down pretty easy.

Kendo, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of bevenson
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Copper and crystal clear. Billowy, white head that clings to the side of the glass. Perfect.

S - After having so many IPAs and hop-centric beers lately, I've forgotten how lovely a malty beer can smell. Wonderful toasty and bready malt aroma dominates. Slightly sweet in smell. Light floral hops in background.

T - Sweet, rich, bready, toasty, grainy malt flavor. Low hop bitterness and a light floral, spicy hop flavor. The malt flavor is excellent in this beer, but I like a touch more hops in my Oktoberfests.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. This beer has a sweet flavor, but it still has a dry, crisp finish. Very easy drinking.

D - Great beer. I still think that Paulaner makes a better Oktoberfest, but this one is a close second. I think the malt/hops balance is a little better in Paulaner. Still, I'm most likely going to be buying more of this beer before they're gone for the year.

bevenson, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great to see this in BC as we have been lacking in real OK Fest beers. Pours mid gold with a great hop nose. I love the thick mouthfeel with the hoppy midbody. This is a well made marzen with all the right flavours. A slight dryness in the finish makes it oh so drinkable

canucklehead, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of foogerd
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear copper body with an creamy eggshell head tons of lacing
S- tons of sweet bready malt theres a floral quality to this as well
T- bready biscuity taste intermingling with fruity notes which translate and some points to a kind of toffee caramel taste
M- great feel very full and thick
D- not amazingly tasty over here but very decent and very easy to quaff

foogerd, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Octoberfest Stein. The bottle cap is easily the coolest one I have ever seen.

A: Golden-orange in color, huge rocky white head that dissipates after a bit. Not much lacing on my glass. Steady streams of quick moving bubbles of carbonation rise into the head.

S: caramel, grain, a sweet fruity citric aroma, and faint grassy hops.

T: Pleasant taste of grains up front transitions into a nice caramel sweetness. Slight fruity notes (banana?) and a mild grassy hop bitterness come through in the middle, and the grains pop up again in the slightly dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and a good amount of carbonation.

D: Very high. This beer was designed to be quaffed, and I'm happy to oblige.

Notes: Good brew, maybe the best Octoberfest I've had so far this fall.

ryan1788a5, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost clear caramel color with a big white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is a bit grainy with some nice smelling malts. A bit of caramel and toffee along with a faint hop presence. The taste is awesome. The taste is a lot better than the smell IMO. All the scents from the nose are present in the flavor, but much more noticeable. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, but crisp at the same time. This could be one of my favorite Octoberfest beers so far. Drinkability is high.

DovaliHops, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my liter boot. Light amber color with great clarity. An off white, creamy head forms at first, which turns to a weak lace soon after.

Aroma is caramelly and bready with a good level of fragrance. The flavor has the same aspects, with a touch of toffee layered in. It's very malty and rich, but has a light and crisp feeling as well. Drinkability is outstanding. I had plans for a different brew after, but I decided to pour another half liter of this instead.

jeffthecheff, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of ksimons
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear amber with an inch worth of white thick foam that pretty quickly leaves just lacing on top

S-malt, with herbal hops to balance it out, tiny bit of alcohol sneaks out

T-taste is also malty with a bit of hops to balance it out, goes down smoothly with a bit of spicy alcohol bite

M-mild carbonation, light body, a bit watery

D-could see this going perfectly with Octoberfest activities, but didn't wow me. That said, it does go down very easily

ksimons, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of takeabrewski
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bottle of this to have on the first day of the actual German Oktoberfest. Shared with my wife in a 12 oz. mug.

A: Nice copper color. Appropriate creamy head for the pour.

S: Clean, very slight toffee/caramel aroma.

T: Malty, with caramel and toffee overtones. Not sweet or cloying, very pleasant. I get a slight hop bitterness to balance just at the end, but no hop flavor.

M: Pleasant, effervescent but not overwhelmingly bubbly. Appropriate for a lager.

D: Highly drinkable. I wished I had bought more after I drank this.

takeabrewski, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 500mL bottle of this for $4.00 at The Wine Thief in downtown New Haven CT. Served cold in a chilled weizen glass. (Force of habit... I'm used to putting Ayinger in a weizen glass.)

Appearance is a clear light orange with a decent frothy light tan head. Smells of starchy grains, semi-sweet with brown sugar, a bit of dry clove. Taste is fairly strong light brown sugar sweetness, fresh cinnamon, silage, mild lemon hop as a minor character. The carbonation is light and smooth, body pretty light, sweetness thin and tasteless like sugar syrup. A bit too thin, not enough malt, sweetness out of place.

BeerNinja007, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lager poured a clear, deep golden to bronze color with a fluffy white head. The aroma has a sharp perfumy malt aroma - this one smells very fresh for an import.
The flavor begins with a very soft and rounded malty profile and is complemented by just enough hops to keep the festbier refreshing. There are hints of cinnamon and dates. The malty, sweet flavor is rather short-lived on the palate, inviting you to quickly enjoy another sip. It is perhaps a little watery with a light body. The carbonation is surprisingly restrained for this style.
This is a tasty, quaffable festbier with some surprising flavors for a lager.

jkrich, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of fo5s
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into my saison dupont glass at kickoff for the pats / jets game - goodbye summer, Fall is here. No decipherable dating

A- gentle pour yieled a minimal head which settles quickly. Deep copper with good clarity.

S- Nose is clean - toasted malts with a hint of spices.

T- Creamy, toasy malt sweetness. Fairly smooth and well melded. Muted hops with a hint of spices. Faint touch of caramel on the back end.

M- Crisp, medium bodied. Carbonation is spot on.

D- Could drink this all day, but truthfully I think I'd get bored.

A classic example of the style, and a great beer all around - I typically drink only 1 or 2 a year, and as always I'm left satisfied. A perfect beer for those 55 degree days when the leaves start to turn...

fo5s, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen | 500 ml. | 5.8% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest
Glass: Duvel tulip


Between copper and bronze with a light, but booming head of white foam.

Smells a bit... rusty. Soft fresh grains in tow, followed by a light honey, and herbal notes.

Soft herbal hops and a feathery malt base. Drying towards the finish with a toasted grain aftertaste.

Smooth on the palate with an ethereal fluffiness only grounded by the tight carbonation.

Very drinkable, with some nice flavor to back it up. It's too unsubstantial for my usual preferences, but on a hot summer's day like today it hit the spot.

Would I get it again?:
No. Not a fan of most lagers, precisely because they don't back as much flavor. This one had taste, but more as a flavoring (like tea in water) than as the base. It's not as enjoyable without strong of spicy food (bratwurst maybe).

Bottled: ?
Served: September 19, 2010

Price = $3.50

BeerNemesis, Sep 19, 2010
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 2,048 ratings.