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

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Ratings: 2,142
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 91
Gots: 167 | FT: 0
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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 brewdoc75
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A lovely orange color with amber hues. Strong, white head sits on top and lingers for some time. Nice carbonation.

S: Caramel roll with some toffee thrown in. Definitely on the malty side. Some herbal hops there too. Probably one of the more aromatic Oktoberfests I've had this year. A hint of sulfur at the end.

T: More of that caramel roll flavor. Very rich caramel notes with some toffee at the end. Really nice. More towards a bock on the maltiness, which I like. At the same time it isn't cloyingly sweet. The hops round out the bitterness and thats about it. Not a lot of hoppy flavor. The beer is very smooth tasting. I love the rich maltiness, yet the light body. Best tasting O-fest this year so far.

M: Light-medium bodied. Maybe slightly heavier than other Oktoberfests. Smooth and clean finishing.

D: Wow. I really liked this beer. The flavor and aroma make this one lead the pack for me. I'd like to try this one fresh in Germany. It is dangerously drinkable. I could put down a 1L stein of this no problem.

Photo of grizzly700
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours clear copper orange color with little head.... little amount of lacing and carbonation..a very good Oktoberfest beverage that I could easily drink several of not too overpowering ....Have to grab a few more before these are all grabbed up at the six pack store

Photo of bfields4
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper body with a nice off white frothy head.

Nice toasty very malt driven smell. Reminds me of being in a brewery and smelling the boiling malts.

Crisp herbal hops. Very biscuity and nice caramel flavors.

Smooth lager a nice crisp bite on the tongue. Very drinkable beer. I really like the Oktoberfest malty taste. The flavors are very well done.

Photo of decadance
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A yellow-orange hue. Significant 2inch head which fades slowly.

S - Rich Malts. Not the caramelized malts of a stout, but sweet plain malt smell.

T - The beer shines here. A crisp sweetness, with a very mild hop finish. A light pepperiness to the finish as well.

M - Wonderful carbonation and a sharp finish.

D - I could enjoy this all day. Not quite in sessionville, but damn close, and I don't mind if I end the day a little tipsy.

Photo of nickadams2
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Golden amber with a fluffy white head that dissipates into thick ring that lasts all the way down. Spotty lacing.

S_Very grainy with a faint hint of hops. Very mellow aroma.

T_Rich and creamy malty sweetness. Toasted grain,caramel and toffee. Sweet but not overly sweet.

M_Smooth and creamy. Lots of carbonation. Explodes on your tongue

D_Very solid Oktoberfest. Could drink this all night.. .

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat dark amber with an off white head. Tiny bits of lacing. Smell is slightly sweet with some caramel and a tiny bit of hoppiness coming through. Taste is similar, and is somewhat buoyed by a fairly thick mouthfeel. Not much alcohol presence on a medium body. Drikability is okay. Nothing is particularly wrong with the beer, but there's nothing to write home about either.

Photo of theopholis
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -Pours a light, crystal clear amber color with a white, two finger head. Very little head retention, and no lacing. Continues to effervesce for quite some time.

Smell-Smells of sweet, toasty malt with some breadiness and a hint of corn.

Taste- Mildly sweet malt notes with some nice malt sweetness that is well balanced by the bittering hops. Some hints of honey in the background with a very slight harsh aftertaste.

Mouthfeel -Medium bodied withaverage carbonation.

D-Not bad on drinkability. Not one of Ayinger's better beers tho.

Photo of Hornet2003
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beginning of the best 4 beer months of the year...

Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek, Sept. 2010.

Appearance: I was expecting something slightly more orange/amber, but instead, this pours more yellow-golden. Nice fluffy head on the pour, but it dissipates quickly.

Smell: Classic Marzen aroma...Bready and biscuity with some sugary aromas thrown in. Toffee and caramel.

Taste: So good. Amazingly rich malty lager. Lots of grain, and earthiness in the taste. Sweeter then your average lager. Richer sugar flavours.

Mouthfeel: Nice delicate sweetness and a subtle noble hop bitterness. But overall, this is overtly malt-forward.

Drinkability: There's a reason this is served in 1L Steins at the Oktoberfest in Munich. It's an all-day-drinker for sure.

Overall: On the eve of the first weekend of Oktoberfest, this beer brings back great Bavarian memories from my first trip to Germany. Fantastic authenticity which gives a cozy feeling on a late-summer evening. The painted bottle caps are a nice touch too.

Photo of Franz4
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a 1/2l mug, got 3 finger head that held it's form a good 1/4 inch over the top of the glass, loverly, and reduced slowly leaving some nice lacing.

S- malty, grainy, fresh beer, but nothing fantastic here

T- again, malty, with a sweetness that lingers, resembles raw sugar I think, a touch of nuttiness, and maybe some dates in there as well.

M- Very smooth, aftertaste lingers a bit long

D- very drinkable, could have a couple of liters of this every fall.

Photo of KDeLibero
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bavarians have been celebrating Oktoberfest by drinking Märzen for centuries. Märzenbier (or March beer) originated in the 16th century as a response to a German ordinance stating that beer could only be brewed between the months of October and April due to increased danger of fire during the dry summer months. Therefore, brewers would produce large amounts of beer in March, and set them in cold caves to be lagered and enjoyed throughout the summer. Whatever was left in the month of September is celebrated at Oktoberfest.

Ayinger's Oktober Fest Märzen pours a hazy amber color with a very malty aroma. This is a medium to full bodied, well balanced beer. The flavor is reminiscent of fresh and toasted bread, caramel, spice, and floral hops. It is easy drinking with a satisfying dry, clean finish. This is a true Oktoberfest lager to drink now, warm you up for the months to come, and look forward to next year.

The best food pairing with this beer will no doubt be regional. Try it with the traditional Bavarian cuisine that you would find at Oktoberfest. Pretzels, goulash, Wiener Schnitzel, bratwursts, and sauerkraut would all be delicious with this one! The rich maltiness of the beer also plays well against the meaty, nut-like character of a Swiss cheese such as Appenzeller, which is washed in white wine and cider, or a raw milk, Cave-aged Gruyere, a toasty, salty cheese.

Photo of zoolzoo
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Oktoberfest I have had this year. I would expect nothing less from Ayinger.

Pours a deep amber/orange. A frothy white head climbs quickly up the glass. Bubbly, great lacing.

The smell is soft, not "weak"... but lacking fidelity. I'm getting pleasant grains and caramel, but missing some spice.

Taste is where this beer shines. Starts out as a ballsy lager, grains and malty sweetness. Spices develop mid palate, they are really not "up front" at all. Finish is dry and spicy. Prickly carbonation, generally light mouthfeel. Balance...this beer has it!

Drinkability is great. Well balanced and highly sessionable.

Photo of perrymarcus
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber served in a standard pint glass.

pours a nice, slightly hazy amber tone with two fingers of frothy, off-white head; decent retention and lacing.

sweet, malty aroma with notes of spice, bread, and toffee.

mentioned flavors largely pull through in the flavor, accompanied by hints of hops and yeast; makes for a nice balance. tasty. one of the better oktoberfests i've sampled.

medium-bodied, somewhat creamy mouthfeel; IMO the kind of beer that is very enjoyable for a strict run of one or two, then experiences a steep drop-off.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Ja! There's nothing better than a fresh Bavarian fest lager, and we're not talking about some basic lager or wannabe ale with "Oktoberfest" slapped on the label, but a real lager with some meat on its bones. Something worthy to hoist in the air with friends in celebration!

Pours a rich, golden color. Froth is thick, settling to a worthy lacing. Aroma is soft, with fresh grains in the nose and a faint herbal hop note. Smooth on the palate, creamy, with a light fluffiness. Tight carbonation, but it's held at bay by a base of malty sweetness, drop of caramel, and toasted. This fills out the body a bit, too. Hops? More tea-like, with steeped herbal quality that's tightly wound within the malty showcase, versus having a hoppy bite. Suggestions of banana and vanilla hidden within the sweetness. Pith. A bit drying toward the finish, with a cereal graininess and lingering toasty sweetness.

German lagers like these are often overlooked--yes, we still think the world needs more lagers! This is a classic--an exceptional and flavorful alternative for the ongoing lightening of the celebratory Märzen.

Photo of lucasj82
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden amber color with a white two finger head.

S- Sweet, herbal hops aroma

T- Caramel, Honey, slight hopsy taste. Sweet finish.

M- Medium body, low carbonation, coats the mouth in goodness that slightly lingers.

D- Great. I find it one of the better balanced sweet beers. I could use this with dinner, casually drinking, or as a session brew. Swiss Army knife of beers.

Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

half liter bottle.

Pours a glowing gold with medium head. Minor lacing and ring of bubbles stick around.

Nose is grain and roasted malt.

Taste is not as up front as most Oktoberfests I have had. Very smooth and easy to drink. Some roasted malt with a little bitterness at the finish. The mouth feel is very slick and wet. This is very appealing. I would suggest this one fairly cool when drinking.

Photo of jhollick
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

September 2010 - 16.9oz bottle

Pours a pale copper with a billowing head. My pint glass was no match for this one. Smell is slightly sweet. Maybe my nose isn't working well today...I'm catching some wheat, caramel, and maybe some honey. Nothing really jumps out.

Wow, I really like this one! Subtle malt and hop flavors perfectly offset each other, and the flavors seem to ebb and flow from sip to sip. There is some residual honey flavor that is coating my mouth afterwards. Very pleasant aftertaste, unlike what I have experienced with some other of this year's batch of Oktoberfest beers. The touch of grain at the end keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying.

I could drink this all day. Too bad I'm not willing to pay what it would cost to drink this all day. Really though, I think this is one to savor, because getting blitzed on this...you would lose the subtlety that makes it so great. Awesome Oktoberfest beer. As usual, Ayinger doesn't disappoint. They have made such an incredible lager with a flavor balance that most brewers could only dream about. I'll be coming back to this whenever I feel like treating myself.

Photo of samie85
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a slightly golden amber color with a white, two finger head.

S-Smells of sweet, toasty malt with some honey notes and a delicate herbal hop nose.

T-Sweet, toasty and caramel-ly malt notes with a slight herbal, and drying hop finish.

M-Medium bodied with low carbonation and slick, dry mouthfeel.

D-Not bad on drinkability but a little sweet for my taste. I expected more from this one based on reputation and the quality of their dopplebock.

Photo of JamisonM
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: lighter color then I am used to in Oktoberfest beer color is a honey orange or bright orange white head on this one

S: typical Oktober Fest beer smell but sweeter this thing has a nice honey sweetness on the nose

T: the front of the tongue you get a nice sweetness that quickly goes away and finish is clean so you get the sweet malts first then a clean finish very enjoyable

M: light mouth med carbonation

D: very drinkable

overall: very drinkable and enjoyable beer goes down smooth finish is clean and the malt sweetness is there as well not complex but very good!

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
5.6% ABV
500 ml bottle poured into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint"

Appearance 4/5
Bright golden-amber with a creamy dull white head and some lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Pleasantly rich and sweet toasted malt aroma. Boiled potatoes like notes, but not repulsive in any manner. Nothing overpowering. No hops.

Taste 4/5
Taste is never overpowering. Slight sweetness and balancing bitterness is noted. Taste has toasted elements of smell. Finishes fairly clean, but a malty beer will get to you in enough time: the finish tilts towards bitter when the beer is cold, and towards malty, but not cloying, when it's warm.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Medium body, average carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel, especially as the beer warmed. The residual sweetness brings the score down to 4.

Drinkability 4/5
Pretty high. I could see it as a sessionable beer, although alcohol is high by my standards of a sessionable beer. And, it's one of those beers that are best drank cold.

Good representation of the style. To quote BJCP, "This is one of the classic malty styles, with a maltiness that is often described as soft, complex, and elegant but never cloying". However, as a beer, it's not something that I would designate as "must have".

Photo of EricCioe
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first Oktoberfest.

This has that pretty amber color in the glass. The smell is pretty sweet, maybe caramelish. The first thing I tasted was the sweet caramel that shines through on the nose, but after the initial taste there is a good deal of spicy tingliness on the tongue. It feels a little thin on the mouth, but because of that one could drink a few of these in a night without difficulty. Pretty good.

Photo of chaz01
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Brilliant amber color with foamy white head. Beautiful beer to look at in the glass.

S: Floral notes with some malt characteristics.

T: Butterscotch flavor initially, followed by a bit of peppery spice notes. Finishes with some dry bready malty overtones.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation

D: Nice example of the style. Pretty smooth and easy to drink, yet spicy and flavorful. This would pair nicely with a grilled sausage or braut on a fall day.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A lighter orange and brown colour with a massive head and ok lacing.

S: Smells like the caramel, light roasted and toasty malts I have come to expect from the style. A little depth to the smell, I detect some floral and honey notes.

T: Warm and toasty up front, sweet and full in the middle with a touch of bitterness at the end. Could have a bit more flavour, but the flavour it has is good.

M: Medium body and frothy. Slightly different than the average beer; the carbonation is there, yet... it's not...

D: I would definitely not complain at being served this all night PROST!! first German Oktoberfestbier of the season and America just can't compete...

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a bright coppery amber, crystal clear, with a mountainous bubbly head that dissipates into nothing.

Smell -- Amber malt, apple crisp, plum, flowery hops, must. It would be a 4 without the off-smelling mustiness.

Taste -- Follows the nose pretty well: golden toast, plum, sweet red grapes, baking spice, subdued earthy hop bitterness. The musty elements in the nose are significantly less present. Finish is the plum-like sweetness paired with an earthy, almost menthol-like hop note.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body, mild carbonation. Easy drinking.

Drinkability -- While definitely good, this one didn't quite do it for me. It goes back to the mustiness. Would've liked less malt sweetness and a little more roast character - within reason.

Photo of grittybrews
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber into a Duvel tulip with two fingers of fluffy, cream-white head. Sweet, malty aroma of caramel, biscuit, and a touch of vanilla.

Slightly low carbonation and a light mouthfeel. A little watery at first followed by caramel malt, toast, and some spice. Bit of twangy, grassy bitterness on the finish.

Tasty and drinkable, though not as impressive as other offerings from Ayinger.

Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my mug a crystal clear copper, with a white head that fills the glass, but soon drops to a thin sheet. Sweet, bready German malt aroma...clean lager notes and a pinch of noble hops. Toasted malt sweetness, caramel, and spice flavors. Crisp, clean, and lightly bitter. Hints of dough. Medium-light bodied, smooth, and dry in the finish. Refreshing and drinkable...one of the better examples of the style that I've had.

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 2,142 ratings.