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

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very good

1,695 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,695
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 67
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Probably the best Oktoberfest that I've had. No beer can be true-er to style. Smells solidly malty, bready, yeasty, with a hint of caramel and nuttiness. Appears light coper, crystal clear with moderate carbonation. Lays a perfect 1" head and stays firm. Tastes moderately of sweet malt--giving a caramel and nut flavor. Noble hop additions offer nice bitter balance and a good citrus spiciness. Toasty and bready into the body and finish. Body is smooth and nicely creamy. Extremely clean and refreshing in the finish and aftertaste. Citrus notes gives an almost-mint character in the refreshing aftertaste. Dangerously easy to drink. Ideal for almost any occation.

09-25-2005 17:35:41 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ReebShorts


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured into a 20 oz Ayinger mug. Gigantor 4 finger tan head, head looked a bit soapy with oily bubbles. head faded to a slight layer leaving some lacing behind after a couple minutes. Beer appeared to be a deep copper color.

Smell is malts, caramel, powdered sugar, floral, and cinnamon.

Tasty, has a burnt toast, nutty, malt flavor that is very drinkable, and not too sweet. I could easily throw back a few of these. mouthfeel is creamy, and finishes crisp. recommended.

09-23-2005 02:13:07 | More by ReebShorts
Photo of RootedFool


4/5  rDev +0.8%

This is the first October Fest beer I've seen in any of the local stores, and just in time. The sidewalk is starting to turn crisp with deceased leaves, the air is chilly enough to thoroughly tweak my nipples into stiff little knubs beneath an old Old Navy sweater, and hints of woodsmoke thread the fog-thick air -- it feels like fall in Humboldt County.

Ayinger's Octoberfest pours burnished, translucent gold into my over-sized pilsner glass; the head is abundant, almost over-flows, buttery white with excellent retention. Camoflaged-patterned lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is a deft combination of grapefruit rind, powdered sugar, and bisquit dough. Most prominent in the nose is the presence of hops, front and center. The grain and malt characteristics hold to the background.

Blunt but soft hop bitterness leads the taste, on the tip of my palate, spreading back with a gradually deepening sweetness -- like a caramel covered apple -- that tapers off into a solid streak of grains. Mildly peppery hops percolate along the surface and linger through the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is fluffy, clean; middling carbonation. A little sticky on the finish, nothing to complain about. A solid brew.

09-22-2005 02:52:30 | More by RootedFool
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Obtained from Liquor Mart (Boulder) and consumed that same evening. Pours a, whoa, four finger tan-yellow head over a crystal clear light gold rust liquid. The head eventually fell like a crmbling sink-hole. Smells of toasted grains and fresh hops. Tettnanger. Really floral hoppy and enticing. Hints of caramel beneath. Tastes watery malty sweet with noticable tettnanger hop flavor and mild hop bitter. Carb is gentle and mixes well with the sugar sweet. This is a really nice tasting beer. Honey, then burnt (from the tett hops) hang around. Munich malt flavor is very minimal. As the beer warms the toasty and a phenolic come out...not quite cherry sour. The taste hangs like dried twigs. The hop floral gives it a dried forest floor flavor.

09-21-2005 21:36:58 | More by mentor
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Clear, copperish, amber... layer of head starts big, then dwindles, leaving lace...

Comforting nose. Plenty of malt at play. Tender esters of fruit, herb, vegetals, ...ultimately dryish.

Taste: clean and smooth and loaded with juicy malt. Very stream-lined and tasty.
Lean in body, but unfailing in flavor. Classic. Quite a delicious lager here. Tas-tee, let me say, tas-teee...

09-19-2005 07:19:27 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of baiser


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured a cloudy, amber orange, with a big white head, good lacing and retention. Aroma had some caramel, sweet fruit and some breadiness. Very clean, crisp and refreshing. Some floral hops, not too bitter. Finishes dry and clean. Pretty decent lager.

09-19-2005 01:26:57 | More by baiser
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Amidst all the American interpretations of the style, though many are quite good, I went in search of a true Marzen and came across this. Pours into my German lager mug a toasted amber color with a white frothy head. Looks quite appealing. Toasted grainy cracker aroma, sweet and malty. Begins initially sweet, toasted malt dusting the palate followed by dry wheat notes and a touch of hops in the finish. Carbonation very lightly tingles the back of the tongue and lends to a damn smooth beer. What it lacks in flavor it almost makes up for in smooth character and drinkability. Good with pretzels and probably better with some brats and kraut.

09-14-2005 02:12:21 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.4/5  rDev -14.4%

A little light in color, but at least its not as light as the Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest. Tastes sweet. Mouthfeel on the lips is kind of sticky. A nice hint of smokiness here, and a toasty malt character. Poured a big frothy head, which is nice. This is one I'm finishing off the whole bottle after having just a taster.

08-18-2005 14:08:29 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of OStrungT


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

This beer pours a golden yellow. It is slightly cloudy. The head is fluffy white. It fades slowly leaving only a few laces. It smells fruity. Almost raisin lke. It is also slightly buscity. There is a faint lemon aroma also. It also has a slight hop escence. It has a slightly malty taste. The taste is sort of hard to describe. It has a toasted malt taste. The hop flavor is only very slightly noticable. Ultimately, the taste leaves something to be desired. Either a little more hoppy, or more roasted malts maybe. It is medium bodied, and goes down smooth. It is carbonated well. It might make a good session beer because it is not aggressive. It is also not to high in alcohol. This beer is worth a try.

06-16-2005 01:00:35 | More by OStrungT
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4.13/5  rDev +4%

Apricot, golden copper body with a big, thick, light cream/khaki head. Good lacing too. Nose is full of bready malts, spicy yeast, light sweetness, and faint hop bitterness. Taste starts with slightly sweet, toasted bread malt flavors. Some caramel too. Peppery, yeasty bitterness early on as well. Finish stays bready with a yeasty edge. Me gusta. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. One of my favorite Marzens. Very drinkable!

05-10-2005 01:57:05 | More by alexgash
Photo of rowew


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Presentation: 500 ml bottle. Typical Ayinger lagels, meaningless notches on the bottom. Bottle cap is a picturesque picnic scene.

Appearance: Pours a gold amber color with just a slight haze, and a great head. Great head retention.

Smell: Aroma is biscuity malts, with just a bit of skunk (ala green bottle) hops. Not unappealing, but it is there.

Taste: Nice malty body with plenty of hops to leave a bitter finish. Medium bodied with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable Oktober Fest. Of course, this review is coming immediately after 2 different sub 2 ratings, but this one seems like a quality offering.

Overall impression:

05-04-2005 23:52:53 | More by rowew
Photo of Shaw


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

I had a half liter of this at my local pub, The Cock & Bull.

It is much more golden in color than other Oktoberfests I've had. Looks more like a Pilsener.

The smell is lightly malty, as expected. The taste is smooth and very well balanced. Hints of grass and malt and a whisper of hops. Just what you'd expect from a German lager.

This is a standard German Marzen. This is a fine example of the style, except for the color.

05-01-2005 21:37:08 | More by Shaw
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a light coppery color with a medium-sized head like meringue. Appears very effervescent as bubbles stream up all throughout the brew. Smells of bread, raisins, molasses and brown sugar...maybe some banana in there too? Tastes predominantly of bread, like sourdough. Flavors of caramel and sweet malt are present as well. Slight astringency and a bit of a hop bite at the finish, which is very crisp and clean. Leaves a pleasant taste in my mouth. Carbonation is high, body is a little on the thin side. Not too bad, though. Very drinkable.

04-12-2005 02:11:10 | More by beertastegood
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2.23/5  rDev -43.8%

Served 17oz brown bottle.
Color pours to a golden hew, with a nice thick lasting head. The color immediatly has me wondering what is wrong here. Is this a pilsner or an O'Fest???
Caramel is hidden in the aroma. Not hidden though by somethign special. Just "there" but not really.
Watery to the taste, with a burnt, acidic finish.
Very disappointing overall and not fit for the style.

03-13-2005 17:22:19 | More by BobLuvBeer
Photo of avylover


3.73/5  rDev -6%

Got this on a recommendation upon asking for a "nice malty lager". This delivers nicely. Appearance is kind of a chill haze golden color with a snow white head. There is a mild dose of biscuity type maltiness and some fresh, somewhat skunky hops in the aroma. Taste is also mild, with the perfect combination of hops & malt to stay clean & refreshing, yet still full & flavorful.Nice full mouthfeel with a good slickness to it, and as for the drinkability -I could drink alot of this but pine for something a bit more complex. A good brew.

02-08-2005 23:08:51 | More by avylover
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2.48/5  rDev -37.5%

Pours a clear golden color with a white, middling head that left some lace.
Smell is hoppy, fruity (lemon), and malt.
Taste is quite a bit hoppier than expected with little else to show. In fact, taste was closer to an IPA than a marzen. No complexity to speak of either.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied but not too bitter.
Drinkability: nothing special. For the style, seems to have missed the target. Not a bad beer, just a mis-labeled one. I've enjoyed several other beers from this brewer, sadly, this wasn't one of them.

02-07-2005 21:52:12 | More by PorterLambic
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Clear copper color with a small off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Sweet bready, grainy aromas, light grainy, nutty and caramel flavors, finishes clean and dry. Light to medium bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, a well done Oktoberfest, I look forward to this every year.

01-28-2005 23:31:16 | More by maxpower
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours an orange-gold, bright and clear! Large head of medium sized bubbles with a fair amount of carbonation supplying the head. Aroma is slightly sweet, with honey, a slight hop bite, celan and malty. Flavor is clean and crisp, slightly hop & alcohol bite at the end (near my jaw!). Bready with a bit of orange marmalade on top makes this one tasty brew! I will be happy to try this one again next Oktober.

12-30-2004 03:43:32 | More by Dukeofearl
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

Sampled from a 17 Oz. bottle. The color of this beer is golden-orange with nice, creamy head. Mildly hazy. Aroma is malty as expected, bready and caramel aromas stand out. Smell isn't very powerful. The beginning of a sip is somewhat grainy and has some bite. The middle is primarily big malt tastes with some grainy balance. Finish is pronounced lingering sweetness. Like all the German beers I've tried this is easy-to-drink and well-made. However, I think I like the Paulaner and Spaten O-Fests better.

12-13-2004 22:51:49 | More by Gagnonsux
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

20 oz imperial pint in a tradtional english pint glass

Beer arrived a clear medium-to-dark redish color. Low amount of head, but good lacing left behind.

Smell was sweet and fruity, lightly spiced.

Taste was pretty darn good. Not quite what I expected but very drinkable. Very mild hops, overridden by sweet fruitness and malt.

Drank very easy, with a small finish.

12-06-2004 14:36:55 | More by oracle
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

This is a delicious beer! Nice and rich, it pours into my glass an amber color with a big, foamy head. The smell is a bit like caramel candied apples. Mouthfeel is generally full and smooth. A great malty sweetness, perfectly offset by hops and carbonation. Very, very drinkable to say the least.

11-19-2004 00:05:31 | More by newyawker
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2.95/5  rDev -25.7%

Woo-hoo shared a bottle with David this evening. Pour was the best part, all coppery and topped with a craggy thick cream colored head full of peaks and valleys. Then we took some whiffs, and unfortunately there were some metallic notes that lead to: pennies from heaven, and then of course pfennige vom himmel hoch. We got past the silliness and dove in. Somewhat sweet, tries to finish with some bitterness, but the pennies came back at the end. Sweeter than I would have liked actually that was broken up by the carbonation. Not bad, just not great.

11-12-2004 00:45:47 | More by PatandDavid
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3.1/5  rDev -21.9%

Had on-tap with friends recently. It seemed to go very well with a thick bisque.
It’s a light amber color, fairly clear, with a moderately-sized white head. Very slight toasted malt and caramel aroma, with a background of hops. Light sweetness, with a mix of malt and graininess. Notable hop presence in the finish. It’s not a bad beer at all, and certainly quite drinkable. Still, I prefer my marzens to have a bit more toasted malt character. This one’s a little weak.

11-01-2004 00:33:27 | More by Suds
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Gently hazy apricot capped by a large, somewhat frothy head of beige foam that looks a bit too soft to result in much lace. It holds its own at a tidy two fingers, but ends up disappearing shortly thereafter, leaving nothing more than a short, chunky collar of lace. The nose is earthy, musty and malty with a hint of spice, but all components of the aroma are understated.

Wonderful flavor that is reminiscent of lightly toasted whole grain bread covered in apple-peach jam. The spice is along the lines of mace or nutmeg. There's a nice interplay between the sweet, gently malty bottom and the fruity, gently bitter, tea-like top. Oktober Fest-Marzen is exceptionally clean and well-mannered from the start and achieves a crisp, tangy 'snap' on the finish. It's also impressively drinkable due to the wonderful flavor, the lack of heaviness and the impeccable finish. Well done.

I checked my reviews before popping the cap and was amazed to see that I hadn't rated any beer of this style higher than 4.0. Brauerei Aying's version doesn't quite get there either, but in the only score that really counts (taste), it's the equal of any I've had. These guys are becoming one of my favorite German breweries.

10-31-2004 16:33:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

nice amber color with a big creamy off white head that lasted a long time and had good lacing.aroma got honey,dark bread, caramel, with a little fruity flavor and hints of coriander. flavor the caramel took over than the malts, and honey and a hint of hops. a very drinkable beer

10-28-2004 03:36:12 | More by walleye
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,695 ratings.