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

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2,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,042
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 88
Gots: 145 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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Photo of Intelligentsia
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500-mL bottle that had no evident date. Lovely golden with an accompanying finger-sized head that stuck around for a short time. Lacing present but wasn't ample. The nose was pretty much the usual Oktoberfest, as was the taste. Pleasant, crisp, malt, medium carbonation. Not the strongest from Brauerei Aying, but a decent representation of the style. I'll certainly have one again next year.

Intelligentsia, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Clear golden sun colored with a wispy white quarter inch head and ample lace.

Smells of a floral hop variety and caramel malts. Also detect a bit of sweet corn.

Taste is a well balanced malty biscuit and nobile hops. There is a touch of citrus in the light bodied finish.

Very drinkable and one of the best in class.

GordonQuid, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Newport Storm pint glass (a glass boot might be more appropriate).

Orange peel liquid with good clarity; modest ivory head reducing to a light dusting of foam. Weak fleeting lacing.

Lightly toasted malt aroma, with hints of winter fruit and citrus. Simple, clean, and inviting.

A plesant maltiness dominates the palate along with toast and light caramel flavors - a rich sweet lager, but with some bitterness and a slightly drying finish (faint hints of corn and olive oil).

A nice round body with moderate carbonation.

Sophisticated malty lager, though a bit sweet and lacking retention appropriate to the style. A fantastic brewery, but this isn't their shining moment here...

augustgarage, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of hops4me
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid O-fest. Deep gold to amber in color. Head quickly falls in to glass with some lacing. Floral perfume hops in the nose with some caramel aroma. Toasted malt flavor and again the caramel comes through.Medium bodies and good drinking. Not as robust as some others but true to style.

hops4me, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of kshankar
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a thick pillowy foam with good retention. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is sweeter than I expected..but not in a bad way. Malts, caramel, typical marzen aromas with this really sweet note. I thought it was honey. A lot of reviewers say its apple.

Taste is the malts and caramel..but that sweetness comes in again to balance. This supposed apple everyone is talking about is probably what I'm tasting..but to me, it reminds me more of honey.

Even with the "honey" profile the mouthfeel isn't as syrupy as it should be. Marzens are usually a bit thicker

Drinkability..tastes good, and maybe a little lighter than it should be but I'd have this again

kshankar, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright, slightly chill-hazed copper body in appearance, very tall spongy off-white head with excellent retention. Thin sheets of white lacing.

Light toffee and raisin malt on the nose, fig and nutmeg too.

Chewy toffee and fig malt up front in the flavour, sticky dates and a sweet wafery carob on the finish.

The mouthfeel feels a bit on the thin side, especially for how sticky the flavour comes across.

A fairly robust Oktoberfest, a bit too sweet and sticky for my liking, although it still delivers the goods.

IronDjinn, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours deep copper with a nice thick pillow head. light retention and light lacing.

light floral hops with sweet malts blended together

slight bitterness from start to finish with light sweet malts emerging through out. the sweetness is not over dominant like MANY marzens. i pick up a slight copper taste mixed in.

medium carbonation that has the perfect amount of bite. fairly full bodied.

this is hands down my favorite marzen, even if it truly is not an authentic oktoberfest. its very well rounded and very easy to drink without getting boring.

hooliganlife, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Soneast
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant copper color with a thick, off-white colored head that recedes to a nice creamy layer leaving bits-o-lace all the way down the glass. A vigorous whirlpool of carbonation flows to the surface continuously feeding the head. This beer just looks awesome when poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect pint!

Thanks to the thick, creamy head, this beer lets off a very nice biscuity malt aroma with hints of brown sugar and a very light earthy spiciness.

The flavor consists of breads and sweet grains with a touch of apple, but it also has a nicely balanced spice throughout that helps lead you into a crisp, refreshing finish.

This beer has a very nice body, with a great amount of carbonation to really make it feel alive in your mouth, but not to the point of being soda-like. Very clean flavor profile and a very nice refreshing quality (for a Marzen).

Soneast, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is in a lot of ways very middle-of-the-road Marzen.. Pour is your typical auburn- good, but nothing unique. Mouthfeel is fairly moderate with a noticeable amount of carbonation. The one thing that really stood out is theres a noticeable apple presence, sort of like a hard cider. Much more present in the flavor than the aroma. The drinkability seemed to suffer a bit.. I wasn't necessarily enthralled with the beer, but it was certainly pretty good and I would gladly take it over many things, many other Marzens even.

BirdFlu, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Has a clear golden color with two inches of head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is weak with light scent of malt and noble hops. The flavor is really surprising with the high amount of noble hop flavor packed into this beer. A little sweetness in the front compliments the hops. The body feels a little thin for the style. Carbonation is good. Different from most German Oktoberfest with the big hop flavor and the malt being secondarty. Could use a little more body to make this one the better fest beers.

morimech, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of JMD
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Light copper color with frothy white head that slowly fades and leaves some small lacework.

S: Sweet bready malt and carmel. Some spice as well.

T: Carmel malt and some bready flavors. Some nice spice and hints of fresh apple. Very light hops.

M: Medium bodied and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Amazing mouthfeel.

D: This is an excellent OKtoberfest that I could drink all night. This is one of my favorite German Marzens. I had this fresh on tap at a little cafe right outside of the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. This beer is amazing fresh.

**Edited after having this beer fresh on tap in Munich. **

JMD, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of MrIncognito
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a pint bottle into a big mug. Beautiful clear copper body with a white/offwhite sticky, foamy 2-finger head. Head retention is great and subsides to a 1/4-inch lacy cap for the remainder of the beer. Decent lacing on the glass.

S - Big and malty with sweet caramel coming forward. Kind of a barley-like smell in the end.

T&M - Very smooth and light mouthfeel with a giant malt kick to the mouth. Classic Oktoberfest taste going on here. Caramel sweetness as it goes down, becoming more prominent as it warms. The sweetness becomes a little much and tad cloying as I drink.

D - Very easy to drink for the most part but the sweetness kind of got to me. Nice flavors and aromas the whole way but by the end of the glass I needed something to get that malt sweetness out of my mouth.

MrIncognito, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep orange-amber,with big, pillowy head of foam
Aroma-Spicy malt, some caramel notes
Taste-Big, flavorful malt, some spiciness and subtle hops come through
Fresh tasting and smooth, with some definite substance to it. Very drinkable, went down easy with a couple of landjagers

hosehead83, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Frankfurter glass.

Appearance: Light orange-copper with moderate white head that disappears leaving no lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruit, caramel, biscuit and metallic bitterness.

Taste: Semi-sweet toasted malt with caramel, biscuit and fruit in the background. Ends on a spicy bitter note, more so than most Marzens.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, only semi-dry.

Drinkability: A solid Marzen overall. A little sweeter than Paulaner and not quite as good. While a decent brew, I honestly expected more.

bsp77, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of mpyle
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App - Rich gold/Pale amber color, brilliant clarity, pours a good-sized creamy white head with great retention.

Aroma - Malty with a bit of fruitcake - a bit of a doppelbock aroma.

Flavor - Nice malt flavor, but not overly sweet. Wonderfully balanced through to a clean, very very slightly bitter finish. Malt dominates the palate

MF - medium body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming.

D'ability - a nice balanced, malty lager. Way too easy to drink!

mpyle, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of lostwars
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amazing orange-yellow almost cloudy honey in appearance.

S: Bits of almond extract and apple crisp.

T: More of that light cinnimon and apple coupled with a short hit of hop on the tongue.

M: light carbonation though even lighter in body

D: I was pleasantly surprised this being my first time with an Ayinger in recent memory. Not in my mind what an Oktoberfest beer is thought of in America but will make a lot of people happy this fall.

lostwars, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of KI9A
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an inviting orange/amber, with a creamy head. Nice lace rings.

S: Nutty. Sweet malts.

T: Sweet malts mix with an earthy nutty taste. Nice shot of light hops at the back end.

M: Medium body, fair carbonation.

D: I love this time of year for beer. I look forward to O-fests alot, and this is always one of my favorites. A sane ABV makes this easy to session.

KI9A, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of animal69
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear light orange-copper color w/ a fluffy white cap which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lace in my glass
S- a very light smell, some bready aromas with a hint of nuts, a faint note of herbal hops barely peeks it's head through but increases a bit as it warms however
T- taste is much fuller than the smell lets on, a nice initial hop bitterness that rolls right into a fresh-baked-bread flavor, turns nutty with some fruits and that classic "cured concrete" undertone that most german marzens have at mid palate, finishes crisp w/0 diacetyl just a touch of alcohol
M- dry with a light-med body, moderately carbonated for the style
D- an extremely drinkable and addictive brew, poss. my new fav. imported o'fest, this is one freeking awesome beer

animal69, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of gfreed
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fall is my favorite part of beer season (next to spring, summer and winter), and this year there seem to be more Oktoberfests available than ever before. This one is a classic. Deep amber in color, the off-white head lasts a few bubbly minutes before fading and leaving a somewhat sticky ring around the glass. Caramel, graham crackers and toast are all over the aroma, with hints of apples. The body is very smooth, broken up by a constant churn of teeny-weeny bubbles that fizz from the bottom of the glass in huge columns. It's like drinking a glass of staccato. The taste has more caramel and crackers with a hint of carrots (surprise!), but mostly this just tastes *good*. Ayinger can't do wrong.

gfreed, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Finn
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16.9 oz. bottle into a 20 oz. nonic. Deep orange, amber with a slight haze to it. aroma is a bit subdued, with hints of apple, sweet bready malts. The flavor starts out with a warm, creamy dose of carame andl bread goodness, which dries out with a crisp finish. a slight memory of the malt lingers on. This beer is delicious, and perhaps a tad on the less malty side than some of it's german counterparts (excluding the largest -selling ones, e.g. Warsteiner, which are less malty). This is a delicious, quite drinkable oktoberfest, in the middle as far as alcohol, maltiness, and sweetness. Well worth trying.

Finn, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of MillySox
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All together a solid Festbier. Lots of malt flavor matched well with the right amount of hops. Pours brighter and a little cloudier than most Marzens. Great aroma. Complex and deep. Presence of diacetyl mixed in with caramel malts. A great treat to celebrate the arrival of autumn.

MillySox, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of SmithwicksNut
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper/amber in color, nice lacing in the glass! Pretty good retention & nice bubbles. White foamy head.

Smell: Nice malts pop out, caramel and nutmeg are layed in the backround, not overly hoppy like alot of other Marzens, nice clean florals.

Taste: Good balance of malts, nice toasty flavor with that great caramel notes. A little plain compared to other Marzens but it's still a great tasting beer with plenty of good qualities.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, creamy to wet but keeps it's body when sitting on the tongue.

Drinkability: An Outstanding Oktoberfest. One of the best served in this area.

SmithwicksNut, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Amber with a big fluffy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a sticky mess of rings along the side of the glass.
A little malt and octoberfest funk.
Lots of bready malts with some allusion to hops. Not to much flavor going on here but what's present is pleasant.
Smooth full body for the style with slightly low carbonation but works well for the beer.
A good example of an Octoberfest that I will be revisiting next year.

alovesupreme, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of midnite2sixman
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber gold. Looks like a field of grain wavering in the wind with a dingy white head.

Sweet yeastiness on the nose. Bready.

Very smooth taste, bits of coriander, but you definitely get that Oktoberfest feel, little bit of hops.

Very rounded taste, quite easy to drink.

A very cool German Marzen. Quite worth the try.

midnite2sixman, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of liquidsunshine
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was beautiful, a nice orange tinted head which stuck around for a while. The beer it self had a hazy orange amber hue.

The smell was a little hard to get a lot out of, but I blame that more on my congested sinuses then the beer itself. What I did get was rich and full. Roasted malt with appropriate hints of fall spices, perhaps a little pumpkin as well.

The taste was very broad and complex with many wonderful flavors brought together and balanced well. They did a wonderful job of highlighting the fall/pumpkiny spices without overpowering the also delicious roasted malt. I get a little bit of caramel sweetness in the aftertaste lingering on my tongue.

The mouthfeel was spectacular, full and rich without being overpowering. Not overly carbonated, with tiny bubbles forming on my tongue and throat.

Its an excellent session beer, but I could also probably have a few in a sitting happily.

Very tasty would recommend to all to try!

Cheers - Matt

liquidsunshine, Sep 11, 2009
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 2,042 ratings.