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

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BA SCORE
90
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2,130 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,130
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 88
Gots: 158 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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Photo of Schwarzwald
2.3/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was really looking forward to the release of this seasonal Oktoberfest beer. Here I sit... a little nauseated and a little disheartened. I do not like this beer. The sweetness overwhelms the good German Marzen flavor. Ouch, with food, even worse. I search and search for a good Marzen and have issues getting anything good except in Deutschland. In Germany the flavor seems more robust with depth... which all seems missing here. I love the other offerings of Ayinger, but this is not what I want. The bottle and the cap is beautiful... try again with the brew. I will pawn the other bottle I bought off on my buddy... he will think... what a great guy... gave me his last beer... little does he know. He will lie and tell me how great it is... I will know the truth.

Has a lot of frut, plum and sweetness, just really lacks any depth or richness I expect from a Marzen. Finish was okay.

Sorry Ayinger... you can do A LOT better!

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium bright orange with a good foamy head. No lace, and dissipation to a fine ring around the glass.

Smell, what smell. I honestly can say this smells like a clean glass. Only the slightest whiff of malt.

Toasted malt, with some light sugar, the palate cleans to light residual sugar and bitterness, and a light bread/toast finish. Some honeyed elements, and funny enough, even a touch of booze.

Fuller bodied, with plenty to swish around. Carbonation tingles and cleans the palate. Good.

Overall, not bad. Seems to be missing something -- maybe intensity. I liked this, but not the seasonal that I'd be looking forward to a release of. Not my favorite from this brewer, but is still very very decent.

PS: Love the cap!

Photo of Buebie
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this single 500ml bottle this evening at Heritage by suggestion. price was roughly $3

Head production of around 1.5 inches of white froth. Settling after several minutes to leave a generous cap of retention. Color is a crystal clear orange marmalade. Some misc legs of lace.

Aroma is grainy, malty and contains some delicious herbal and mildly grassy hops. fairly sweet and very pleasing really.

Taste also contains a large amount of cereal grain, fairly sweet, plenty of malt and rye comes through into the swallow lingering along the finish. A touch of fermented honey provides only a small amount of alcohol presence in taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light bodies with only a touch of slickness.
To me this is a grand example of a marzen-fest beer, tasting very fresh and generously delicious.

Photo of jbertsch
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light amber in color. Can easily see my fingers through the glass. Good carbo bubbles. White head is big at first, but diminishes to a faint film. Lacing isn't ignificant.

Aroma smells like caramel malts. It's bready, and a little soapy. Also think a little faint brown sugar.

Taste is simple but fulfilling. Light carmel sweetness. Definitely taste like a easy-going fall brew. Mouthfeel is appropriately thin, but lively. Fairly soft. Drinkability is great. Definitely has that German touch.

This went GREAT with onions dipped in hummus.

Photo of NStLincoln
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light coppery orange color with a nice white head.

Molasses and caramel on the nose. Slight hint of graham crackers.

Sweet malt with a stronger dose of hops than I've found in some of the other Oktoberfest's this year.

Easy to drink but the hops provides a fun little bite at the end.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger .5 L bottle, no freshness date. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a super clear copper color with a one finger white head that dissipates pretty quickly. No lacing.

Smells of strong malts, some caramel and fruity undertones. Very similar to a Maibock.

Tastes of malts at first, has a sweetness to it and a slight dark fruit. Fades to a nice spice which lingers into a brief hop bitterness and slight floral flavor. Finishes slightly bitter with a hint of grain.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, a little on the wet side. Some alcohol warming.

Drinkability is great, easy drinker, but good for cooler weather. Not very heavily bodied, which is nice.

Photo of JamesS
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a very nice orange-copper color with some very nice head and a bit of nice lacing. Decent scent, with a nice crisp maltiness, though nothing very deep. Excellent taste, a very nice burnished maltiness with a hint of leaves turning color. Goes down exceptionally well.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my on .5 liter glass, Aventinus

A: pours a cloudy chill haze amber orange. finger of white head that falls to a thin layer
S: like a sweet roasted barley and sweet bread. a hint a caramel and flowery hops.
T: bready biscuity sweet malt, not much hop more of a sweet flowery flavor.
M: smooth medium carbonation, slighty syrupy.
D: light overall flavor but marzen is made to be very drinkable. wishing this came in liter bottles.

Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Pour yields a crystal clear golden amber liquid with 2-3 fingers of thick head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing. Nose is strongly malt with very faint traces of hops.

First sip yields a strong roasted barley taste with a nice sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Lightly effervescent, mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth and creamy - I like it a lot. Hop character is only apparent at the very back of the tongue at first, but as the beer warms some bitterness comes out (though otherwise the beer suffers a bit at warmer temps - this brew is best cold). The hops make the finish satisfying and slightly dry, countering the sweetness of the malt just enough to bring me back for another sip.

Overall a very quaffable beer, though if I were to open another bottle I think the sweetness would be cloying by the end of it. Drinking this makes me want to sit on the porch and watch the leaves change color, and I think that's great.

Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber color with a nice head that does not have great retention.
S- Smell is bready, with some light caramel and butterscotch notes.
T- Biscuity, some light hops, and a caramel finish.
M- Clean, but i found it to be undercarbonated.
D- Drinkable to be sure. Very refreshing and not too heavy. That being said, I found this beer, based on the brewery and the style, to be somewhat of a disappointment. Not a bad beer, just underwhelming.

Photo of pasdachuri
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Marzen style that was actually brewed in Germany.

Pours a clear amber color with an ample amount of white, fluffy head. Very good lacing and retention.

The aroma is quit malty. A nice, biscuity malt smell with light butterscotch undertones and sweetness throughout.

A crisp, biscuity sweet tasting brew. Very refreshing.

Although on the sweeter side, the malt presence in this beer does not make the flavor overwhelming and when combined with its light body and crisp refreshness, you get one sessionable brew. I could definitely see an all day booze-fest centered around this beer.

Photo of udubdawg
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a peachy orange color, looks slightly hazy. Very creamy half inch of off-white head faces quickly to a ring, leaving a little lacing behind.

Aroma is surprisingly fruity - not something I expect or want in my o-fest. maybe even a bit of diacetyl. There is a more toasty, somewhat bready, malt aroma behind that that is much more what I expected.

More fruitiness comes forth in the flavor, but thankfully less than the aroma. Surprising bitterness level - not what I've come to expect, but not unwelcome either. There is a sweet bready malt body that falls just short of rich and a little further still from cloying. The bitterness balances this nicely. Definite pale malts in the finish. Alcohol is noted but never overwhelming, indeed adding to a slight perception of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is close to medium but slightly light for the style and most welcome. Not as clean as it could be. Carbonation is soft. Drinkability is higher than many of the style though as usual this is a pretty filling beer.

re-rate 8/14 - MUCH better...pretty much all around, and in every way. Wow. re-rate is ridiculously higher. DATE THE BOTTLE please!

Photo of DoppleJock
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/30/2010
500 ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy orange with 1-finger off white head. Some lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Bready yeasts with a good balance of malts and hops.

T: Starts off biscuity. Then grains followed by mild hops. Some sweet citrus and caramel notes. along the way. Delicious.

M: Balances crisp and refreshing with a medium body.

D: After a long day at work, this hit the spot. Picked up the last bottle at the corner store and glad I did. Will look for this in the future. Another great brew from Ayinger.

Photo of mikereaser
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle on 2/17/10.

A - Pours a clear rust orange with just a little bit of foam on the surface

S - sweet malts and a hint of citrus hops, some caramel

T - sweet caramel maltiness along with some nice citrusy notes as well

M - light to medium bodied, good carbonation

D - really nice to drink, nice mix of the caramel and citrus, very easy to drink and a bit lighter than alot of marzen beers

Photo of keithmurray
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a 17oz bottle into a Moretti Chalice.

Colour is a copper hue.

Smells of roasted malt, hops and slight caramel.

Really smooth tasting Octoberfest beer, nice balance of malt, sweetness (but not too sweet) and hoppiness. Very easy drinking Marzen, I could have had another one of these.

Another gem from the Ayinger Brewery, which has yet to disappoint me. I will be seeking more of this as its the best Marzen I've has thus far.

Photo of Hypersomnia
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A nice copper orange with a good 2 finger head that slowly turned into a thin ring. Looks pretty good.

Smell is mostly maltiness and sweetness. A little tight on the nose to me.

Flavor is malty sweetness, maybe a bit of a honey and/or caramel, a tiny bit of bitterness for some balance, with a bit of spiceness as well. The flavor is relatively simple, but to style, pretty tasty. I taste some kind of fruitiness as well but it's kind of hard for me to identify.

Mouthfeel is pretty excellent, nice viscosity, not too watery, not too thick. Medium-bodied.

Finish is brief with a mild sweet graininess, malt and a bit of yeast.

This is a highly sessionable beer that I would love to have again, so drinkability is quite high.

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

500ml brown bottle with the prettiest cap I've ever seen. It pictures 3 people sitting around a table outside enjoying some beers in the German countryside.

Served cold and poured into a pint glass, the beer has a slightly hazy copper orange color. The inch of white head settles pretty quickly leaving just a bit of lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and mildly fruity with caramel and pale malts, wheat, and light hoppiness.

Flavor is wonderful in being both light but full of character. There is caramel sweetness up front with a pleasant tropical fruit middle and a crisp, slightly dry/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and moderate in carbonation. It seems just about right for the style.

Overall a really enjoyable German Oktoberfest beer. Very easy drinking and refreshing - just as it should be.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 500ml bottle, fresh 2010 batch. No gusher this time. Pours clear amber with a bit of copper/red and a nice sized off white head, recedes pretty quickly to a tiny ring, just a few spots of lacing. Moderate strength aroma of toasted malts, caramel, some fruit, apple, a bit of floral hops. Flavor features some toasted, caramel malt sweetness that is well balanced with some earthy and a touch spicy hops. Finishes relatively dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and a bit sticky, medium carbonation.

Original review Dec 28, 2009:
500ml bottle. A gusher. Pours amber with a two finger white head. Nice aroma, floral hops, some malt sweetness. Flavor is a little more subdued, light floral and citrus hops, some sweetness and bitterness playing together nicely on the finish.. Medium to high carbonation. Refreshing and easy-drinking. Oh, and one of the coolest bottle caps I've ever seen.
Appearance 3.0, Smell 3.5, Taste 3.5, Mouthfeel 3.0, Drinkability 3.5, Score 3.35

Photo of tzieser
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a slightly yellow one finger head. A bit between a traditional amber marzens and the pale golden marzens that many German brewers are starting to make.

Lots of malts in the nose; caramel and toasted malts. Not much hops.

Tastes very good- not too thick and malty, but has
enough depth to make this a tad more complex than your average marzen. a nice balance of taste and refreshment.

Drinkabilityy is pretty high. These are pretty damn sessionable.

If you like marzens you should consider this. Yet another winner by ayinger.

Photo of jkoravos
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a chilled (~36°F) 500mL bottle to SA Perfect Pint glass.

A - orange-ish amber with a foamy off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very slight haze.

S - I got some dark fruits right off the bat, raisin-ish. Also slight malt. Swirling brings out the hallmark sulfur note from the lager fermentation. No hop aroma to speak of.

T - Nice balance of malt and hops, I noticed the surprisingly firm bitterness immediately. Classic hallertau spicy bittering. It was a little too cold wen I first tasted it, which made the bite from the carbonation really come through. After letting it warm up a bit, the malt flavors really started coming out. Slight caramel and bready flavors. Slight sweetness, not too much, not too little. I get a very slight alcohol warming in the finish as the beer warms.

M - Medium mouthfeel/body. Not heavy, easy to drink, but also not thin in any way..

D - Very nice and drinkable. Sufficiently dry to quenching and no one flavor is overpowering. Could easily drink a few liters.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Das Bierhaus soft opening poured into a .5L Oktoberfest glass.

Pours a clear rich golden/amber color with a big fluffy white head. Nose is malty and sweet, nice and mellow.

Taste is sweet and malty with a good toastiness and a slight metallic finish but still very good. Has a crisp light mouthfeel, excellent beer!

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with golden highlights. It had a thick, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel, some grass and subtle spice.

T - It had a toasty maltiness with sweet caramel. There was a nice bitter hop character, not overpowering but just enough to add some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied, easy drinking lager.

D - This is a really solid o-fest. Good price and quite tasty.

Photo of Vancer
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The German classic pours a clean looking amber from the 500ml bottle into my Bitburger pilsner glass. Little pillow of ivory head sits on top and clings to itself. Weird but nice.

Crisp aroma and quaff of malt, fruit, and touches of spice in the finish. Bits of juicy fruit gum add to the lip smacking qualities of this fine brew. Sweet start, but with a dry and snappish finish.

Tasty brew that I'll look for again next year.

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

Pours with a nice three finger, sorta off white head with soapy lacing. Medium amber body pretty typical of the style. The smell is malty with a bready kick at the end - kinda reminds me of grape nuts. The taste is decently balanced - malt forward, sweet, but some hops to give the slightest bitterness. A pleasantly smooth aftertaste. Overall a good beer, but nothing really stands out to make it great.

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

500ml bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a clear gold with a little amber tint. About a finger of white head. Malty aroma with some noble hops. You get that good malt complexity that only seems to come from Germany. A bit of malt sweetness. Crisp and clean with a fair amount of noble hop bitterness in the finish. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Great rendition of the style.

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
90 out of 100 based on 2,130 ratings.