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

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1,960 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,960
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 86
Gots: 119 | 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 donteatpoop
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber brew with pretty much no head.

Smells vaguely of hops.

A nice hoppy lager, nothing special though. I've had quite a few Oktoberfests this year, and this was far from the best.

Goes down smoothly enough, a little crisp.

Could I drink down several of these? Yes, of course. But would I want to? That's the real question. And I'm afraid the answer is bordering on no.

donteatpoop, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color has good clarity and very active carbonation. Good sized cream colored head has OK retention and leaves a nice lace.

S: Grass, pepper, coriander, toffee and a whiff of alcohol.

T: Comes across stronger than it is. Malt provides a nice bittersweet flavor, but pepper and clove hop flavors dominate. Alcohol adds a bit of bite. Finishes with a lingering toffee flavor.

M: Medium body has the right amount of fizz and is somewhat slick.

D: A nice Okto. A well done representative of the style.

Rayek, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of thespaceman
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, poured into pint glass

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

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 roasted 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 qualitys.

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

Drinkability: Easy to drink, which I've found is common in alot of German Marzens, I can def. session these easily, a good stab at the style, not my favorite, but certainly good.

thespaceman, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- beautiful gold to amber colored body under a large 2 finger head. the only thing holding this one back is the lack of lacing

S- very faint odors from this one. small dose of hops, lots of malt, slightly fruity.

T- again, very small on the taste. slightly spicy and flowery. bready/grainy. easy on the hops

M- medium body, crisp, and pretty clean. slight alcohol sense.

D- a little disapointed by all the people claiming this one to be the best fest beer out there. it was easy enough to finish,
and im glad i tried it, but i liked several others more than this one.

jwinship83, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an amber/gold body with a thick, white head (about 2 fingers) with nice retention and decent lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some honey undertones.

T: A sweet, apple juice kind of taste that seemed a bit watered down. A slight earthy and honey aftertaste that was ok.

M: A medium bodied and pretty crisp mouthfeel. Not too bad for the style.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. Mouthfeel was appropriate for the style, but the taste could have used a bit more work as it seemed a little too sweet. Fairly good drinkability overall.

maddogruss, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pinit glass. Had an amber color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A nice malty nose, with some traces of hops. Underplayed, like most German beers.

T: Pretty malty, slightly hoppy. Tasty, but not the most overly complex beer I've ever tried.

M: A fairly high carbonation level and a smooth finish. Above medium-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a drinkable beer. While not the best of its style, it's still a highly likable brew.

avalon07, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

500 ml

A- pours a nice mountainous 5 finger head that leaves a nice crispy lace on my weizen glass. a nice deep amber orange color. Crystal clear and very enticing.

S- smells of grainy alcohol and nice caramel malts. Very savory smell on the bread and yeast.

T- malty and bready. the alcohol comes out over the top of the bread and malts. Very strong and potent. A nice complement to the undertones.

M- alcohol and carbonation stick out but the it feels like im drinking juice. Full bodied and full of spunk.

D- a nice oktboerfest/marzan beer. I would def have another and i recommend a sixer.

Dodo2step, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of dfitch81
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try this back to back against Paulaner's Okto. Pours with almost no head, and what's there is gone in an instant. Doesn't lace at all either. Pleasing color, though - a clear cider gold. Smells sweet - bread, apple, and plum. Taste is less pronounced than Paulaner, but very similar - sweet, fruitlike malt tempered by a dash of noble hops. Nothing unpleasant, but flavors lack the clarity of the Pauly Okto. Mouthfeel is this beer's strongpoint: not thick, not thin, just right - Goldilocks would approve. A very drinkable beer, to be sure, but I wouldn't choose this over the Paulaner.

dfitch81, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of edbeer
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great octoberfest. the color was a nice caramel and the head was almost pure white. The beer had a clean smooth taste that was a little biscuity. The hops were well stated but not overpowering and the finish left me wanting more*

*More beer and sauerbraten! Prost!!

edbeer, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Biggness
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap @ Deep Ellum, the night after I tasted 28 Oktoberfests, this one hit the spot, a beautiful Oktoberfest. it pours a dark amber with a 2 fingered white head. the smell is of toasted malts. The taste is big on toasted malts with a wonderful cramy mouthfeel. A highly drinkable beer, and it could be the best Oktoberfest out on the market.

Biggness, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this one. As I go to pop the cap I notice some great artwork on it showing a German landscape with people enjoying a brew.

Pours a deep gold that approaches amber orange in color. Full foamy head of ecru settles to a thick collar. No lacing.

Smells of bready malts with a slight hop presence. Fairly clean and straightforward.

Taste of biscuits and finishes clean mildly of hops. subtle, simple, straightforward, fresh flavor.

Well carbonated on the lighter side of medium. Clean tasting and very drinkable. I would love to have this fresh at Oktoberfest in Germany with their traditional food. Some day...

Jmamay22, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice cold day, and what a great beer to have when watching football. I also used some to help cook my stew.

A- Nice one finger width sitting atop a dark golden beer. Not much else to say about the beer's look.

S- Great fruit smell, with some clove, slight banana, and a nice malty bread smell.

T- The malty taste is the driving taste, the clove is there but only as a side act to the malt show. This is nice, clean and crisp taste, wonderful representation of the style.

M- Feels great in the mouth, good balance of carbination and beer thickness.

D- Very drinkable.

Wetpaperbag, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The nose on the beer is the usually oktoberfest/lager smell with a bit of biscuit. The colour of the beer is a light copper colour with a lot of carbonation. The head is about one inch and has pretty good retention. The beer could be slightly more dark. The beer has an initial bite from the lagering, then continues through some sweetness and some biscuit flavours. There is a slight taste of something roasted as well that brings a nice balance to everything in the beer. The beer is really damn good and a bit more bitter than I expected, but it works very well! The mouthfeel is almost perfect. It's creamy and crisp. Pretty drinkable beer, like pretty much all Oktoberfests.

swizzlenuts, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of NDZonie
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this into my Cardinal Beer glass, from Switzerland.

Color: Wonderful copper color that is only slightly hazy.

Aroma: Tangerine overtones with a dry finish make this a very tempting beer to try.

Taste: Wonderful caramel notes with an obvious Hallatauer Hershbrucker finish. The dry finish is a very nice surprise.

I would recommend this Oktoberfest-Marzen to anyone who is longing for a classic German Munich Oktoberfest Marzen.

NDZonie, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of CHADMC3
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden to orange in color with a substantial white frothy head that hangs around a while leaving a big bubbled lacing in its wake.

Fruity, sweet malt aroma with hints of bread.

Very different taste than I expected. Again some sweet fruit flavors, likely apples, but also getting some metallic flavors. Clean and crisp with just a hint of hops at the end.

Well balanced to light on the palate. Just enough carbonation and flavor and nothing overwhelming.

This beer offers excellent drinkability, great alcohol balance to coincide with the flavor offerings, something I could drink all night on a nice autumn eve ning.

CHADMC3, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of Goregazm
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: Pours an amber color, kind of like apple juice with a slight orange tint. Very clean and smooth looking. Has a fizzy, two-finger white head which dissipates in about a minute and leaves some great lacing down the glass.

Smell: Has a light, mildly sweet smell. Has some fruit in there (especially apple and orange), malt, and some toastiness. Some slight breadiness too.

Taste: Has a clean, crisp taste to it. Starts off sweet, almost like a light orange juice. Has an excellent citrus tone. Ends with a bitter hops and herb kick.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a very smooth feel in the mouth. It's carbonation level is just right, and it leaves an aftertaste which is nice and suttle, with just the right amount of bitterness.

Drinkability: This is the most refreshing Octoberfest beer I've had this year. This is the ideal beer to drink on a warm Autumn day, espcially while sitting back and relaxing. This is also a great session beer, and perfect for enjoying while watching a football game. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on this fine Marzen. It will make you appreciate the month of October even more.

Goregazm, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of scottg
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 L bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a two finger cloudy white head made up of little buttles with solid retention and light spidery lacing. Aromas of sweet citrus, toffee, and caramel. Toasted malt flavors, biscuity and grainy with a sweet orange citrusy finish. Mdeium carbonation, medium body, very clean and crsip and full of malty goodness.

scottg, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of SchlaflyFan
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass from a 500ml bottle. Great amber color, fairly clear, with a big head on it. Dry fruity taste, with a fleeting (metallic?) aftertaste at first. Fairly clean drinking, mouthfeel is crisp and light. Not my favorite Oktoberfest by a long shot but its not bad, well other than that aftertaste. I think I must have had a bad bottle, or an old bottle.

SchlaflyFan, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear amber color with a full white head.

Nice aroma of malt, chocolate, and apple.

Taste is sweet with lots of apple, ripe fruit, brown sugar, and biscuit. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied, yet rich and chewy with a moderate carbonation.

A nice beer, indeed. I'll definitely have again and again.

Monkeyknife, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L bottle poured into my Yuengling pils glass,
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen is a clear fizzy bronze with a white head that leaves nice spidery lace all the way down. I like to see this is actually a märzen style o-fest!

Smell is really soft, slightly fruity, tangerine and strong apple juice. While I normally dig fruity esters, something about this, in spite of the harvest connotations with the apples, is a bit thin for me.

Taste is pretty soft, malty, with a dry, tinny finish, some apple cider and slightly phenolic, but overall neutral and clean, mainly a light toasted malt.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a bit of crispness on the dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, a maltier o-fest but still pretty light and easy drinking. Not the most complex, perhaps a bit dumb downed, but at least it looks like it should!

ccrida, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle of Oktober Fest-Marzen from Ayinger. The beer pours a crystal clear amber color with a big off-white head. Aroma is malt with a hint of husky grass. Decent body as it streams across the palate. The flavors seem very raw: grain, crackers, and a little caramel sweetness. A slight bitterness at the end. This is an alright beer, but not the best of the style.

BeardedBoffin, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of aquatonex
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Gate in Park Slope. Probably one of the best festbiers I have had.

Pours translucent amber, not completely transparent like most festbiers. Head is white and full, good lacing as well. Nose is fruity with roasty malts. Taste is full and rich, good balance of malts, slight hops and spice. Refreshing but not too thin.

aquatonex, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of RickSawyer
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrat, clear yellow pine color with a creamy, puffy white head. Smells so sweet. Bready, some brown sugar, red apples, some floral hops in the background. Wonderful. Taste begins with a very nice white bread, toasted short bread, white grapes and a bright red apple sweetness, with a crisp, refreshing citrusy finish. Incredibly drinkable. Leaves you yerning for more. Best of the season so far.

RickSawyer, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Emerging1
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is annually one of the best oktoberfests you can find in the bottle in the Midwest.

The beer pours impressively. Medium amber. Nice big off-white head, small, tight, uniform bubbles. Thin permanent top remained throughout the glass. Very nice Belgian remained.

The aroma is raisins and wheat; subtly fruity.

The taste is bright and buttery which intensifies as beer warms toward 50 degrees.

Very drinkable, no shame or risk in offering this choice to an oktoberfest newcomer.

Emerging1, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

The Ayinger fest offering pours a perfect warming orange brown color with a beautiful creamy white head and lots of visible rising carbonation. Lots of clean toasty malts on the nose with a subtle nutty character. While tasting, lots of crisp, smokey malts, biscuit tones and a good citrusy hop twang and spice lingering towards the finish. The bitter hops meld with the smokey malts into the after taste. Very well balanced and highly drinkable. This is a great example of what Oktoberfest biers are all about.

ATPete, Oct 02, 2008
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,960 ratings.