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

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very good

1,818 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,818
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 78
Gots: 92 | 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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Photo of JonB1958
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

Picked up a German case (20 half litre bottles) at the end of the season when everything else in the style was sold out. It's a nice beer, but falls short of the best of the breed.

Color is nice and deep reddish, with a much more active head than is typical of the style; lacing is the best I've seen in the Oktoberfests.

The smell is malty but thin, considerably less than you might expect from an Oktoberfest. And the flavor--while very clean and smooth--seems to lack a little bit of the "wow" factor of some of the other Oktoberfests. Some overtones of carmel and a little sweetness. A lack of aftertaste of any sort. It just sort of vanishes after you swallow.

Overall, a very nice experience

JonB1958, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Tilley4
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Typical Oktoberfest pour and aroma here. I always score the Oktoberfests high on appearance because I just think the coloring on them is always so great. This one is no different. Golden-amber with a small head.

Yeasty, smoky smell to this. Underlying hoppiness to this as well.

Nice, biscuity taste to go along with it. Kind of like a yeast roll, I guess. I usually compare all Oktoberfests with my favorite of the genre, Paulaner, and this one holds up fairly well.

Very sessionable beer.

Tilley4, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Optimat0r
4/5  rDev +0.5%

appearance - average, copper beer color
tastes like a poor man's celebrator, similar flavors present just not as rich complex and glorious. toned down. malty, slight caramely, taste, not too heavy about medium bodied, alcohol concealed well, better than the spaten oktoberfest. good drinkable beer, nothing amazing but a solid example of the style.

Optimat0r, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of beerking1
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Great malty-toasted aroma, with hints of honey and subtle background of hops. Beautiful amber-orange color, with a big, very dense, pure white head. Flavor is great malty and toasted with a very balancing hops background. This is a true Oktoberfest beer, not the lightrer Wiessenbrau they serve at the fest these days.

beerking1, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of nickynick
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

This Oktoberfest seemed to be a bit lighter in color then some of the others that I have had. Still had an amber like color, but more yellow-orange. Had a nice head with good lacing. The smell was sweet, malt, even some citrus. Taste was nice sweet malt, with the typical Marzen hop spice at the end. Mouthfeel was ok. A bit light. Drinkability was good.

Overall a pretty tasty and well brewed Oktoberfest beer. I will drink this beer again, and purchase again as well.

nickynick, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%

Appearance- Sort of between bronze and gold amber. There are a lot of small bubbles. This beer has a slightly off colored head and thick lace.

Smell- Yeasty and bread like with some malt tones.

Taste- Bread like and the malt is definitely present in the flavor. It is minutely bitter in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability- Easy to drink and this beer adapts to almost all situations.

The only thing bad about this beer is that it is super foamy

MTNboy, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.22/5  rDev +6%

appearance - Light orange color, with a nice head that formed, but then disapated.

smell - Sweey malt, and spices.

taste - Taste of cider, sweet malt, and a little bit of hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Smooth and crisp feel here.

drinkability - Good tasting Octoberfest, decided to get one from the source, and it was a good pick.

auxiliary, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

1pt. 1fl.oz bottle purchased at Joe Canal's Liquor store in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ.

Appearance: Clear amber color. White bubbly head, Visible carbonation rising to the top of the glass. Not much lacing.

Smell: Breadlike and malty.

Taste: Sweet, breadlike malty taste up front. A slight hint of hops in a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe and crisp.

Drinkability: A great beer for having a few rounds with the boys.

Jerzdevil1116, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of Ryan805Beer
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%

Touted as a authentic Bavarian Festival lager. It's a striking amber colored lager with a light carbonation. A very pleasant soft, velvety head with a smooth crisp finish. Satisfying yet keeps you wanting more. With such a great body and taste/finish I could drink this in abundance. Great beer.

Ryan805Beer, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

This is a very nice Octoberfest beer. It pours a nice amber with a decent head, lacing, and retention. The smell at first is quite hoppy, almost pilsner like in its aroma, with some sweet candy scents about. The taste is much less hoppy and you will find a very nice, caramel, sweet malty beer, with some citrus overtones. The smell tilts in this direction once the beer settles a bit. This is a medium bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation to be quite enjoyable and have more than a watery mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable Octoberfest beer. L'Chaim.

Re-visit October 2009: There is a definite caramelized malty sweetness to the beer, a touch of some spice, and almost a toffee candied flavor in the taste. There is a touch of the syrupy mouthfeel and consistency, but just a touch. A nice Marzen, but I'm getting less enamored with the style these days.

albern, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of theformula
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a clear, rust-copper body into a heavy mug. Massive, fluffy light tan head forms and retains well. Tiny bubbles rise from the bottom actively. Spotty lacing around the glass.

Moderately malty w/ toasted grains. Subtle, floral hops just let you know they're there. Not a strong aroma, but pleasantly malty and semi-sweet. Nuts, dark honey, toasted grains and a nice biscuit-y character. A classic aroma, really.

Light body, medium, crisp carbonation. M.F. is very full, soft and creamy. Very easy to drink.

Nice, malty taste and translates well from the aroma. Lightly sweet w/ dark honey, cinnamon (allspice?) and toasty grains. Barely a hint of floral, leafy hops provide a great balance. Very clean w/ a rounded buiscut flavor.

Immanently drinkable. So light, crisp and it glides down making it easily quaffable for celebrating. I really like the level of spices and hops, although the malts could be amped up as it seems a bit thin in the middle. The depth just isn't there for me. But, the flavor is great and full for such a light body. Very good and certainly recommended. One of the best Oktoberfests IMO.

theformula, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of mfhlucky13
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

I had this fest-marzen from the bottle. It's color was a dark amber with a nice large white head that settled quickly. It had a sweet malty smell, but not overpowering. It's taste followed the smell of sweet malt, and behind that was a touch of spice. It was easy to drink with a nice mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I will be pouring another.

mfhlucky13, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

A_pours a light clear brown. Off white coloured head. That settles into a nice slick.

S_nicely malty with a good crisp floral hop

T_very caramel munich rich malt upon first sip. Followed up by a good kick of floral hops M_slightly creamy with a good carbonation

D_a fine oktoberfest. Well balanced and one of the better ones

sleazo, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%

Sampled on 10-28-07

Pours a bright, very clear orange color, with a big foamy white head that eventually settles eventually to a sticky, thin layer.

Smell is very sweet, very earthy and bready.

Taste is a lot like the smell, lots of grainy flavors backed by a sweet, light malt. The finish is slightly bitter, the hops adding a subtle fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel is good, about right for the style.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, the taste starts to grow on you.

Overall, much different than the standard American Oktoberfest. It definately has an authentic character, and is better for it. It won't blow your doors off with big flavors or complexity, but it is a good drinking beer.

BMoney575, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
3.98/5  rDev 0%

On tap it had a dark orange-like color. Hoping for another great seasonal drink, I was surprised by its almost sour taste. It still had the "Oktoberish" spice, and it was actually a pretty light beverage. But the sour after-taste was really off-putting. One could even smell the slight sour scent coming from this beer. However, its crisp, October-spice rescued it from a complete disaster. The sour taste/smell made the drink just a bit off.

fitzy84, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +3%

500ml bottle, great Ayinger bottle cap! Clear amber lager, with a large eggshell white head, that its thick and luxuriant. Nice carbonation strings. Great creamy toffee malt aromas, slightly toasty. Malty semi-sweet caramel start, longer semi-bitter finish and a slight hint of hops in the after taste Very nice palate, just rolls over the tongue , but is not in the least boring. But makes for a drinkable brew indeed.

Reidrover, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Procrastinator
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%

Poured from a 1-pint .9 oz. brown bottle into a tall slender mug. Bunch of notching on bottom of front label gives no freshness date.
5.6% ABV noted on label.

Appearance: dark gold, pale orange colored body with billowing white small-bubbled head remains craggy and towering for a while. The head slowly breaks down to form sticky lacing while carbonation bubbles dance around the top of my glass.

Smell: subtle grain sweetness along with candied, liquored figs.
Little to no hop presence in the nose.

Taste: sweet cereal grains are immediately met by hop bitterness. Sweet tea like flavors along with caramel and hop bite.

Mouthfeel: well balanced with smooth carbonation. Body is a bit on the thin side with an astringent aftertaste. Would love to have more complexity and body.

Drinkability: enjoyable and sessionable, but fairly middle-of-the-road. Will definitely try again, just no big hurry.

Procrastinator, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%

Pours with a orange-ish hue into my PBR goblet with a frothy white head. The aroma is light with sweet malts - caramel, pale malts, and a hint of oranges.

The taste starts with a nice sweetness with a little biscuit and finishes with some tartness that I am really enjoying and have not tasted in other O-fests. Good crisp mouth feel, a little on the light side with plenty of carbonation.

Overall the beer is very well balanced and highly drinkable. I really enjoy the finish on this beer, the tartness and crispness of it make this beer a real treat to drink.

SafeAtFirst, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of skeetermoses
4.18/5  rDev +5%

Very good beer, was very surprised by the taste. Would buy this beer again in a heartbeat. I am very curious about the other beers that Ayinger offers and how they compare to the Oktober Fest Marzen. Received this beer from Capitol Distributing, from a friend who works there.

skeetermoses, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

500mL poured into Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a clear dark orange hue with amber tones, huge craggy off-white head that settles down to a thin layer, moderate lacing
S- Nose is moderate bread/biscuit malts and yeast, hints of caramel, spices, and slight citrus hops, very refreshing
T- Initial taste is sweet and rich malts with an overall bready flavor, transitions to grain and nuts (pecans), finishes with slight hop bitterness that resolves quite quickly
M- Light-to-medium body, creamy texture with lively carbonation
D- Nicely balanced marzen that seems to capture the essence of the traditional 'octoberfest' style, very easy-to-drink with a robust taste profile, this is an understated seasonal style and I would definitely pick up Ayinger's version again whenever the mood (or month) hits me

Stoneman78, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

I have come to the last of my Oktoberfest selections that I purchased, tis a sad day and will have to go pick up some more if I can ever seem to get myself out to the store. So this one I saved for last. Poured a nice orange tinted light amber with a good two inches or more of head strewn across the top. A nice slow fade left behind more then an adequate layer of lace across the top and some very nice side glass lace when it was done. Smell was very nice, quite light and refreshing with a good amount of grain backing and a nice light earthy sort of hop tone. Definitely some spices mixed in as there was just that little extra kick to it. The flavor was pretty much on point with the aroma. A tight mix of grain and earthy flavors mixed in with a good amount of spice, maybe cinnamon or nutmeg, something fairly nice and had a good overall fall feel to it. Very nice light body with a huge amount of carbonation made it go down super smooth and kept it from feeling too filling. Overall this was definitely a quality selection and I am glad I picked it up. Superb drinkability and just a great overall profile. I really enjoyed this and will have to pick up some more if I can. One of my favorites of the season.

mikesgroove, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Pours a light copper-orange, filled with carbonation, and a mighty three-finger head. Bubbles and head quiet down after a minute or so; looks to be enjoyable.

S: Sweet, fruity malts. Sort of like fermented apple juice or a hard cider. There's a note of raisin mixed with a mild alcohol scent.

T: Tastes like a sparkling cider up front as well. This would worry me, but the taste evens out with a nice, sweet malt and a slight bitter hop kick in the end.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and astringent. Doesn't cling to the palate, and makes a smooth transition, although it finishes a bit harsh sometimes.

D: It's tasty and mellow for a marzen. I wouldn't keep a fridge full, or open more than a couple bottles to share with friends, but I'd certainly recommend it and continue to enjoy it myself this season.

Overall, it's a pretty nice Oktoberfest. A little too thin at times I looked for more complexity, but the fruitiness is a pleasant surprise. I wish I had one of those trees pictured on the cap that has Ayinger bottles growing all over it, that's for true.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
3.78/5  rDev -5%

Pours a big head like barry bonds on HGH.

Smells like a beer.

Big stingy malty taste with a little bit of hops.

Bigger mouthfeel than expected, like stuffing 2 pounds of sausage in a 1 pound bag. Lingering aftertaste.

Not a bad beer, on sale at bevmo.

Murchmac, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of BeardedSquash
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%

A: A 500 ml bottle that pours 2/3 beer and 1/3 white rocky head. Body is a light brassy orange that's clear enough to read a fine print newspaper through. The head dwindles for the most part, but a bit hangs around to watch me drink.

S: Sweet and a little cider-like. Malts almost smell unfermented, like a non-alchy. Very floral scents with a little warmth.

T: A good grain backbone, bready munich malts get it started. The hops really retain a subservient role in the mouth, choosing to stay in the nose. Still get that sweet wort feel though.

M: Medium body with medium to high carbonation. A little oily on the lips.

D: I was really hoping for a true Bavarian marzen, but I have to say I was a little let down by this. Maybe bottle form is not the way to go with this beer. Ayinger will be at the Brewer's Jam in Knoxville tomorrow, so hopefully I will be able to review a tap version of this beer there.

BeardedSquash, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
4.1/5  rDev +3%

pours a very pretty copper color with a head that dissipates quickly and barely laces at all. before i can even get my nose to the glass i smell delicious biscuity malt, when i get a better whiff i can't smell anything besides malt, no hop or yeast scent at all. tastes much like it smells, very malty, but with a slight hop bitterness in its aftertaste. mouthfeel is good and rich, and drinkability is good, easy drinking tasty brew.

1fastz28, Oct 12, 2007
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,818 ratings.