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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,653 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,653
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 67
Gots: 44 | 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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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber clear liquid with a nice thick fluffy white head. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Good head retention, and some fair lace on the sides of the glass. Fairly big malt nose, slightly flowery and carmel-like. Nice malt sweetness, again with a carmel flavor. Some slight hop bitterness, but mostly malt. Medium body, maybe a bit too much carbonation. Overall, pretty drinkable, but not as "clean" as I would expect. Good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 02:59:38 | More by Bierguy5
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marburg

Michigan

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

I must have gotten a bad bottle last year, or my tastes have changed. This was pretty good. Insides-of-the-pumpkin orange with a decent dose of creamy, foamy head. Aromas are clearly strong in malt sensations -- breads, grains, etc -- with a bit of a hop cleanliness. Flavor is similarly malty, and unlike last year's sample (which I'm sure was old now), this seemed more cohesive -- less astringency. Almost raw in an almost spectacular way. I'm actually a fan of the very young, chalky, grainy flavors. Beer grain pizza crust and high-fiber cereal. More biscuity than sweet.
(Original review: 8-13-03)

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 12:53:31 | More by marburg
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necoadam

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark golden/amber color with a nice head that stays with you for a while. Goes to lacing around the glass after a while. Smell consisted of malts, caramel, and some toasted aromas also showing up. Smell was also on the sweet side. Taste was average. Malts in abundence with some hops staying way in the background, but not forgotten. Some caramel then mixes in and lasts into the aftertaste. But turned a little watery and some alochol also shows up at the tail end. Not bad, worth a try, but I wouldn't go crazy over this.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 19:47:41 | More by necoadam
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a somewhat dark orange, light amber color, with a nice foamy white head. Smell is sweet malts, light scent. The taste is mainly malt, with bread, grain and some caramel tones coming through. Nice clean hop bitterness also present. Light to med. bodied. Overall a nice bavarian feel malty brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 22:21:32 | More by Tballz420
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allengarvin

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, served in a half-liter mug (a Paulaner one).

Appearance: light reddish amber, initial head of foam that fades away a little too quickly.

Aroma: Very rich aroma, lots of toasty malt. Reminds me of some thick dark breads my grandmother would make.

Taste/body: Again, a lot of toasted flavor is present, more than many oktoberfests. Though it's definitely the malt that provides the flavor, it's not sweet at all. Bitterness very nicely balances out the beer. Soft, medium body.

A very drinkable oktoberfest, possibly the best of the typical German brands commonly available around Dallas (Paulaner, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr are the most common).

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 23:30:13 | More by allengarvin
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I, ironically, responded to a thread on the BA forum yesterday from Jason inquiring about this brew's availability in the Boston area, and I go to work after a day off and (queue heavenly music) behold! It pours a clear lighter bronze color or deep orangy golden color with a light beige colored head. Very husky and Vienna malty, biscuity aroma with a small, but not unnoticable floral background. This year's release from the folks at Ayinger has some hops. I'm venturing to guess there's some Hallertauer Hersbrucker in there. The hops meld quite nicely with the astringent huskiness of the malt to produce an Oktoberfest that is thirst-quenching and delicious. Very malty, however, not overly malty sweet, there's a residual flowery esteriness. Proof positive that there's hops. It's exquisitely balanced and wickedly drinkable. Each sip warrants another. Objectively, this year's batch has to be one of the finer Oktoberfests I've ever tried. A straight-up grain masterpiece with ample carbonation that keeps it fresh on the palate and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2004 08:03:40 | More by crookedhalo
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I could write a two world review of Ayniger's Oktoberfest/Märzen and it would say this: very malty. Of course, there is a bit more to it than just that, but it's safe to say that you better be a "maltophile" if you expect to fully enjoy this beer. As for me, yes, I liked it very much but I can see how it could rub some drinkers the wrong way.

This O-Fest pours a bright amber/orange color with a red hue to it. A 2 finger foam forms and lasts for about a minute. The aroma is BIG on malt: almost entirely caramel here with a light fruitiness detectable underneath it. The mouthfeel isn't too exceptional as it is a bit light bodied and has a low-moderate level of carbonation. Those big malt flavors break through and make this beer taste a bit heavy on the side of caramel. A nice nuttiness follows that, acompanied by a slight bit of chocolate notes. Not much in terms of hoppiness or dryness.The nice nuttiness lingers on in the aftertaste for a short bit, but the rest of the aftertaste experience ends up being mostly clean with just some generic graininess. The brew ends with no alcoholic warmth.

If you're a stickler for balance (or hops, for that matter), I wouldn't recommend this. I enjoy big malts so this was quite pleasing to my palette. It is very sweet (not desert beer sweet) and sticky, but it is a quality brew from Ayinger when all is said and done.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 04:26:55 | More by Beastdog75
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-amber with a red tint, topped with a four finger off-white well structured head, leaves thick bands of lacing.
Malt based aroma, with a very fruity note. Apple and apricot.
Very malt in the taste as well, some floral bitterness to balance. Quite sweet however, fruity and a nutty note.
Medium-full body and smooth. Another winner from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 18:13:17 | More by mschofield
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soper2000

Texas

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

Notes from 11/02/03

Pours an appetizing golden amber color with a pretty sizable white foam head. Smell is very malty with some caramel like sweetness. Taste is very pleasant. This is a nice smooth malty beer that balances it's sweetness with loads of earthy malt. Some faint notes of alcohol come through as this beer warms. Drinkability is amazing. I would love to hoist a couple liters of this in Germany someday (2006 anyone?). A very solid brew.

I can't wait to try this again next year and maybe some more marzens as i've only had a couple.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 01:16:57 | More by soper2000
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Zorro

California

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange or red colored brew.

Smell is heavy grain smells, almost like a complex wheat bread from the oven.

Taste is a tart wheat beer with a big grain backbone. The taste is similar to a slice of pumpernickel bread. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty brew from Germany. I like this but from the flavor I have to wonder if there isn't some Rye used in the malting.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 03:00:45 | More by Zorro
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a malty lager scent. It has the dry scent of a typical lager, but with a malty edge that smells great. The taste is decent. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good Fest beer; one I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 00:25:04 | More by WesWes
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kbub6f

New York

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, off-white, crusty head on top of a slightly hazy, tea/orange-colored beer. Nose is malt-o-licious: malty, sweetish, buttery. Turns a little sourish with some cream and some veggies. A touch of metal in the finish. I like this beer. Nice and malty.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 00:42:45 | More by kbub6f
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faernt

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a slightly cloudy ( possibly chill haze) appearance throwing a tightly bubbled ivory head of abour 1/2" which subsides into a skim.
The nose is slightly cinnamon-like with a slight vegetal smell. I've noticed that all other Ayinger products this year have come out with an ivory cap saying "Ayinger" on it. This one still has a picture cap showing Aying. I like the old cap but worry that the absence of the new cap indicates that this beer is last year's offering. It is frustrating that there is no date on these labels. Ayinger is such a high quality brewery that I long for fresh samples and have no way of knowing how fresh a beer I'm buying until I open it. Merchant du Vin, can you consider dating to be a priority?

The malt sweetness comes through constantly accompanied by spice. This is a "juicy" beer; it stimulates my entire tongue. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is high. This can be a great food beer with the carbonation cleansing the palette and the sweetness adding to the food. It would work well with all the food associated with the Oktoberfest. It still remains my standard for the style. I worry about the vegetal smell and hope that it doesn't recurr in future samples.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 19:22:02 | More by faernt
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pint 1 fl.oz) slender brown glass bottle. Typically German with a neck, main and a back label. The name of the beer speaks for itself, even if your German is rusty. Described on the label as “Authentic Bavarian Festival Lager”. Whilst it has no best before date, or strength, but it does have one of the most attractive and colorful crown caps that I have ever seen.

Appearance: Copper-amber body that pours with a huge Teutonic head. In fact the head looks pretty fantastic, it is at least 2” deep at first, a dirty white color with a rocky lunar like surface pock marked with volcanic crevices. The lacing is quite intense and the carbonation is average. Impressive looks.

Nose: A pilsner-like malt nose that has a very fresh odor with some light fruity aspects and a hint or oranges. Crisp with very clean lines.

Taste: Malts again, grainy with some biscuit and pilsner feel, they have a pastel like texture. The middle has a light orange feel, but without any citric acidity, just the flavor. The fruity feel makes it all the way through to the finish and leaves a dry feel on the tongue mixed with some grain feel. Biscuit-Malt dominant.

Mouthfeel: Lots of clean, crisp malts in the taste profile but very little mouthfeel to this beer – in fact there is hardly any, it has a ‘wishy-washy’ feel at times, but I sometimes feel this about several German beers that I drink, it’s not bland, but it is very “thin”.

Drinkability: The lack of any mouthfeel and the clean crisp malt profile makes this a very drinkable offering.

Overall: A reasonably good quality Oktober Fest-Märzen lager that is highly focused on its clean malt profile, but lacks complexity and mouthfeel, yet is nevertheless very drinkable. Not bad really, and well worth trying, but not quite my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 04:34:39 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber in appearence with a well retained white head. Light caramel aroma with a very subtle hop character. Very thin mouthfeel with just a hint of caramel in the taste. Not anything to get excited about. Not on the top of my list as far as oktoberfests go. This one seems to be missing the clean sweetness that I have come to expect.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2003 04:08:16 | More by dmarch
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light and clear in the body with a beautiful head that went down slowly, leaving lots of volcanic pits and some sporadic lacing.

Smell – Very light and sugary sweet malt aroma.

Taste – The light malty taste contains a bit of caramel and sugar but has a funny, almost hoppy finish that seems out of place. It’s not big though so things aren’t completely ruined. It’s just a little off.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied and sweet. This one tries to be chewy but can’t quite get there.

Drinkability – This went down nicely and would be well at home at a Bayern Oktoberfest celebration.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 01:51:23 | More by RoyalT
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 500 mL bottle. The color is golden, with frothy white head. The smell is malty. The taste is caramel malt, without much of a hop backing, and had a lot of malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. As for drinkability-wise, maybe a few more.

Not bad as an Oktoberfest, even though it's not a Munich brewery, but not amongst the best of the season either. Once Ive gotten to my favorites next year, I just might give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 01:44:10 | More by beergeek279
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marcobrau

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amber Octoberfest that pours with a creamy white head. It has a slightly vegetal nose mixed with a malt aroma. Poured in an Ayinger half liter glass, this beer has a huge pillowy head. The mouthfeel is soft. Light caramel (Munich malt?) flavors that Marzens are known for flourish in the beer. A very quaffable, fresh example of an amber Marzen. The finish is clean and dry. Very drinkable, yet flavorful beer. I feel lucky to have found a very fresh bottle of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 04:22:39 | More by marcobrau
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half a liter bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy golden color with three fat fingers of foam. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly hoppy, with some malt in the background. The taste is pretty malty, but lacks some of the hops from the smell. The body and drinkability are just above average. Not a bad choice for Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 01:48:38 | More by SheepNutz
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Redrover

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with a nice label and one of the coolest bottle caps I have ever seen!

Beer pours a ruddy copper with a massive and I mean massive tan head. Tons of lacing.

Beer smells great, you can easily pick-up a fresh malty smell, some spicy notes and a fresh dough aroma.

Beer has a very good taste. Clear malt backbone and some spice (allspice?) make-up the initial taste profile. As I drank more, an alcohol presence pushed in as did some pin pricks of hop bite. Still the malt dominates.

Mouthfeel seemed slightly thin (minor quibble) and drinakbility was high. I would like to try this one on tap close to the source, I bet it would be awesome. As it is, it’s a very fine O-fest!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 00:45:01 | More by Redrover
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

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

Light golden orange color pour with a thick lacing of white foam that gradually dies down leaving its trace on the sides of the glass. Sweet malts and a rich bready aroma make up the nose. Nicely hopped as well.

Smooth with a bit of crisp carbonation. Nice rich maltiness at the start. Grains come in next while the hops balance to near perfection. So far this year, the Oktoberfests have been a bit of a let down, but this one is solid. The body is medium, and there is plenty of flavor. Drinkable, this is an all dayer. Good for the season or any time of year.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 02:30:40 | More by ElGuapo
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Zraly

Virginia

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

Pours a hazey, honey-orange. The head is off-white, big and beautiful, and the lacing is a nice touch. Well carbonated and, despite the lil' bit o' cloud in this brew, a few bubbles sparkle through.

A rather prominent smell of bread and alcohol. Flavors lie within the same spectrum. Malty, yeasty, and sweet. The sweetness reminds me ever so slightly of the aftertaste one gets from eating cake frosting (icing). Medium-bodied, with a slight tendency to full-bodied...it's got a little "meat" on it. Finishes with a bit of spice...along the lines of clove and black pepper. A nice n' cozy kinda brew.

A nice fall choice. Would go nice with some sausage and lentils.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 22:58:39 | More by Zraly
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Wingman65

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can you tell I love this beer. I just bought two cases of the 2003 batch which, I must say, is not as lovely as the 2002 version.

A very unique beer. I say there's got to be NOTHING else even close to it. It's got a dusty orange hue, a malty but non-overpowering taste with a light crispness, and the most frothy, yet delicate head that leaves a permanent lace.

The 2002 model was notably smoother, as it seems like this year's batch has a stronger edge of alcohol.

One of the best things about it is the fact that it comes in the big, big, bottle - I love Germany!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 22:45:47 | More by Wingman65
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has the best head out of all the Fests I've tried. Beautiful, fine-beaded head. No yeast sediment in bottle and very clear beer as opposed to previous reviewer (this was out of a 500ml bottle though). I found the nose quite interesting, subtle for sure, but there was something interesting in there that reminded me of honey. Definately malty, but some honey in there too, more complex sugars in there might produce that kind of scent. Definately a drier, lighter Fest than the others I've had, this one still has some of the malty goodness that makes fest good.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 01:53:20 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy harvest orange color....big creamy vanilla head on top...

Nose is soft...some toasted grain notes

Mouthfeel is medium...creamy...not crisp and clean though...more of an ale mouthfeel...

Taste is OK, but a little different than most O-fests....soem toasted grains but also some yeasty (banana) like notes....almost like an Octoberfest version of a hefe...

Overall I'd drink this again if someone bought it for me, but if given the chance I would drink many other O-fests before this...I'm kind of disapointed because I had high expectations for this...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 00:47:59 | More by ZAP
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,653 ratings.