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

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1,859 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,859
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 79
Gots: 106 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 20, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of iceball585
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear yellowish brown color, one finger thick head w/ good retention

S- Malts, nuts, grains, bready, sweet smelling

T- Toasted nuts, malts, bready, hops, yeast, slightly sweet, hint of caramel

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, clean, crisp

D- Good example of a german oktoberfest

Nice equal levels of flavors and auroma. This is definatly a well rounded beer.

iceball585, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden amber with exuberant carbonation. Head is thick and pillowy.

Aroma is mild pilsner-like malt, and light hops. Slightly sweet and bready with toasted grain. Hints of light fruit.

Taste is initially sweet with complex malt profile up front. Bready with some butteryness. Then the flavor becomes more toasted grain, a pleasant nutty quality, and earthy hops. Finish has a mild melon quality with a metallic sting.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Initially creamy, but very crisp in the finish.

Light and refreshing with subtle malt complexity. Flavor could be a little more pronounced for my taste but certainly a great session brew. A well crafted seasonal.

Blakaeris, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Three fingers of perfectly white, foam head forms atop a body of see-through amber. Head displayed good lacing and retention, which took quite a while to dissipate.

S: Strong bready and biscuity notes, much malt in the nose, as per style, and the clean aroma of a lager also.

T: Big, slightly toasted malt profile surges forth, quickly followed toward the end by a subtle, but reasonable hop bitterness. This one is all about balance, which is absolutely great, and asserts itself with both hop and malt without being too out of character.

M: Creamy and well-carbonated, makes for a frothy marzen that has a medium body.

D: This is a marzen with plenty of flavor, but also one that rests on balance. Seeing as how I tried it the first weekend of Oktoberfest, this is great beer to kick off the festival. And with fall rolling in, this seems like a beer I'd return as the nights get colder.

CharlieMopps, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500ml bottle in a thumbprint Seidel

BAside: perhaps one of the nicest bottlecaps I've seen, a full color image

Poured silent, smooth & clean. Light nose, full of breaded goodness, heavy on crusts. Mild hop bitterness, slightly citric with a sharp, angular quality. Malts have a light butterscotch quality, soft, creamy. The bread & candy qualities grow with some bloom.

An irregular surface of small & large bubbles highlights the finger's worth of semi-tight, pale ivory foam. It settled rather quickly to an 1/8" blanket with slight edge lacing. Polished copper, all radiant & bright, best describes the body. A little hazy, it still has a luminescence to it.

Nicely semi-dry, smooth, very even and nicely balanced with a faint, subtly spiced , orange hop quality riding that initial crunch on the tongue. The dry mouthfeel really brings out the bread qualities - I can almost taste the sharp crust of an artisan loaf thru that sensation. Very easy to drink, its semi-sweet at best before downshifting into a bittersweet palate. It finishes crisp, dry, nicely carbonated, traces of caramel & orange pith and finally growing more tannic & leathery on the throat, leaving a nice, chewy aftertaste that is bittersweet.

A nice, easy to drink Marzen. It was more about mouthfeel than taste, especially the dry quality. I do enjoy beers like that but wish it had some more oomph & depth. It would be nice to enjoy this with simple fare, especially German food and/or either a nice dry cheddar as a compliment or a creamy, smooth Bleu as a contradiction. I'd drink it again (especially with the aforementioned) but would also try other new ones if given the option. Certainly worthy of trying.

BuckSpin, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Sleestak
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second in a "Night of the Ayinger's". I really love a good Marzen. Let's see how this one stacks up. Pours a light copperish color. Seems lighter than other Oktoberfests I've had before. I get butterscotch when I take a whiff. Malty sweet, kinda syrupy with a touch of alcohol. A bit of smokiness? Good but I prefer Paulaner when it comes to this style, yet still worth a try.

Sleestak, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of ralree
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy orange with a nice 2-finger head that dissipates to 1/2 a finger and stays there. Bubbles are large and white.

S: Smells like fruit and hops. Good!

T: Very good - a little bit of alkaline taste to it though, which is only evident in the first sip. Nice lemon flavor along with flowering hops, and some sweetness to boot. Bitterness is just right - puckering but not overpowering. Alcohol comes through just barely after swallowing, but is otherwise undetectable.

M: Perfect - carbonation is just right, and body is medium - just how I like this style. Not astringent in the least, and leaves the mouth with a fresh, clean feel. Better than many beers.

D: Very drinkable. I will have no problem finishing this one.

ralree, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

App: Pours light amber with copper hues and a great head that eventually falls to 1/4 inch thick without going away.

Smell: Light hop aroma (tettnanger?) with a musty malt backbone... a little too musty for my likings. Kinda reminds me of an old brewery that hasn't been cleaned in awhile.

Taste: Some stale qualities with some nice malt sweetness (almost a honey taste). The little hop flavoring adds to the taste nicely.

Mouthfeel: A little dry from overcarbonation, but a nice bitterness nips at the clean malt.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable and sweet enough to enjoy quaffing, but not so interesting as to warrant having more than one in a sitting.

dbalsock, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of peck95
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance:poured a brownish/orange color w/ a good head and good retention. was really pretty
smell: floral hoppy smell very faint
mouthfeel: a nice thin beer that is designed to be drank in large quantities
taste: this beer hits the spot the best octo beer ive had sweet malts w/ a slight hint of hops
drinkability:this beer goes down smooth and if it wasn't for the price and the 6% alc one could drink these all night or all day .

peck95, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of david131
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very nice copper liquid with a lot of streams of carbonation rising to the top leaving a nice thick head that settles to a good covering. Leaves some great lacing.

S- A very well-balanced aroma. Some carmel and some really crisp hops. A little bready as well.

T- A tad corny, but not in a nasty adjunct way. Very crisp with a good balance of hops and malt. Very tasty.

M- Very crisp and clean with a good amount of carbonation.

D- A very good beer and a perfect example of the style. Well worth a try.

david131, Sep 28, 2007
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,859 ratings.