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

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1,691 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,691
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 67
Gots: 56 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

This is a great oktoberfest brew. Poured very orange with a beautiful fluffy white head. Nice, sticky lacing. Smelled lightly of hops. Just a touch. Very malty and left a light roasted malty like taste in my mouth. Very smooth. Not too heavy, but not light either. A nice balance. Great example of an Oktoberfest.

10-16-2004 01:06:48 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of oggg


4/5  rDev +0.8%

This beer pours a brown amber color. Clear. Decent off white light foam. Smell is of mild German hops, very mild. Flavor is pretty good. Lots of delicious malt. Darker malt... not quite roasted but getting very close. Firm bitterness keeps this a fairly dry beer. Medium body. Smooth.

Overall: I tasted 3 OFests one per day, three days in a row, and this was the best. It was the least sweet and had the most malt flavor
1. Ayinger
2. Paulaner
3. Spaten

10-15-2004 23:09:32 | More by oggg
Photo of clvand0


3.05/5  rDev -23.2%

Had the majority of a pitcher of this at the local pub. Pours an amber color with a thick, fluffy head. The aroma is caramel-filled and has just a tad of what I like to call "lager stank." The flavor had the caramel maltiness that I expected, but there is a hop and/or spice presence that just doesn't blend. This is one of the few brews I've had where I have drank enough to actually be totally full of beer and unable to drink anymore, without being drunk. Not a favorite beer here.

10-14-2004 19:02:04 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


3.93/5  rDev -1%

I drank a pitcher of this beer tonight. It poured a deep golden amber color with about 3 fingers of head. The nose was full of nice caramel sweetness, enticing me to drink it. The flavor hit me upfront with caramel sweetness, but then came a spiceyness that was a bit too strong for my liking. As far as other O-fest beers goes, this was not my favorite. I liked the Spaten this year a bit more. The mouthfeel was nicely thick and a little creamy. Drinkability was pretty good, hell I drank the whole pitcher didn't I? I had this out of a bottle earlier this year and didn't like it, so I was pleasantly surprised with it.

10-14-2004 02:05:06 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of rajendra82


3.48/5  rDev -12.3%

The beer arrived in a 500 ml. bottle, with packaging styled similarly for most of this brewery’s offerings. The body was golden pale in color with a creamy off-white head that faded into decent lacing. The smell was very faint for the style, with only a hint of the underlying Munich caramel malts. The taste was a malty as anticipated but had a bit more hop bitterness and lemony tang than other festbiers I’ve had. There was also a faint metallic twang in there. The aftertaste was grainy and mouthfeel medium-thin. Sessionable seasonal offering, but not an exceptional drink.

10-11-2004 02:23:23 | More by rajendra82
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Enjoyable soft malty aroma. Big, active, yellowish cream colored head. Streams of sizable bubbles rise from the bottom of the transparent pale orange colored beer. Mild malt flavor with a slight grainy bite towards the end, there's a bit of hops in there that cut the malt and smooth out the taste. Moderately light body and plenty of carbonation lead to a beer that keeps me drinking.

10-05-2004 02:09:45 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of GuinnessSmurf


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

As I continue this year's Oktoberfests, I stumbled upon the Ayinger Oktoberfest-marzen.

The pour is a harvest orange color with a nice orange/cream head.

It has a really nice leafy odor; a very natural clean smell like a lawn after it rains.

The flavor is very pleasant - a real earthy flavor that is rare in a beer. Perhaps a little musty, like damp-leaves, but I rather enjoyed it.

The flavor is great on a crisp night when you are feeling reflective.

10-04-2004 04:03:24 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of Crosling


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Blurry Orange.

Nice nose here. Malt shines through with plenty of ripe red apples, caramel, bready malts and noble German hops.

Lovely, quite fruity, mainly apple and dark fruits, with malt notes of bread and light caramel. Quite sweet as well. The hops seem perfect in this. Impressive.

10-04-2004 01:53:15 | More by Crosling
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Larger bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours a dull light almond shade, white allmost tiny bubble head, and leaves well developed and stringy lacing. cabadgy malt nose. This O' fest brew is slightly hoppier and spicier then others I've tried recently. Slightly dry and peppery finish. Complex for the style, decent quaffer/sessioner

09-24-2004 23:47:22 | More by Billolick
Photo of lackenhauser


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

Gorgeous coppery amber color with a great fluffy head. Somewhat subdued malt aroma. Slight breadiness to it. Upfront theres a malty flavor-slight hop bitterness and a touch of residual sweetness. Good body-a very drinkable beer. I find this a bit more interesting then the Munich breweries offering.

09-24-2004 01:24:20 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of assurbanipaul


4.13/5  rDev +4%

Pours a light copper color with a medium fluffy white head. Aroma is malt, light hops and faint fruit.

Taste is old malts with some autumn spices. Semi-sweet, biscuity, wet-leather malt works with a reserved hop presence, not quite enough for the usual tropical citrusness to work its way through. Some mild Thanksgiving-dinner spice lingers for a while...cinnamon, allspice, maybe some nutmeg. It's fall in a bottle.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, light but creamy texture. Drinkability is improved by not being overwhelming or too spicy up front. I would place this at the top of the O-fests that I've sampled, but I find that such is typical of this brewer.

09-23-2004 00:42:18 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of putnam


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Brilliant clear amber with a butter-colored crumpet-top which stands inches tall. Herbed honey aromas tease the line between savory and sweet. Dense aromas of milled, raw grains are there too. Candy-like malt flavors are given thrust with steely, caked hop extracts. Mouthfilling yet light and melting. Dormant August grasses, fritters and honey sensations linger on the finish. This is a foursquare, progressive-styled Maerzen : tightly integrated, clean and clear. I'd like to see it age about 6 months to a year however. It is a waste of lager art to drink these too young, as they taste like malty, hoppy extremes of their cognate, light lagers. The material is there for development; patience will be rewarded.

09-19-2004 20:36:45 | More by putnam
Photo of mattcrill


3.13/5  rDev -21.2%

Presentation: Label states that is was "brewed in accordance to the "Reinheitsgebot" Purity Law of 1516". I have no way of checking for accuracy but it seems pretty cool.

Appearance: Pours clear amber with yellow edges. A big white fluffly head forms that leaves lacings all down the glass. Strangely, this doesn't look much different than a pale ale to me.

Smell: A bit spicy (coriander and cloves I believe) and somewhat bready. Again, smells like a pale ale.

Taste: Hops are the first thing I taste, some wheat bread taste comes to the surface, and then a bitter finish. A suprising absence of any malt sweetness. I can detect it towards the end of the glass after it warms but I really have to stretch my taste buds to pick up anything like that.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light with a crisp finish.

Drinkability and overall: I am suitably underwhelmed by this beer. Seems no different than a craft pale ale to me. Maybe that's what it should taste like but if I'm in a celebratory, O-fest kind of mode, then why not just break out a nice pale ale. This beer loses me. If you are looking for a unique Oktoberfest beer, I don't think this one is it. A nice beer but nothing out of the ordinary to me.

09-18-2004 18:45:07 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Bierguy5


3.85/5  rDev -3%

Pours a pale amber clear liquid with a nice thick fluffy white head. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Good head retention, and some fair lace on the sides of the glass. Fairly big malt nose, slightly flowery and carmel-like. Nice malt sweetness, again with a carmel flavor. Some slight hop bitterness, but mostly malt. Medium body, maybe a bit too much carbonation. Overall, pretty drinkable, but not as "clean" as I would expect. Good beer nonetheless.

09-17-2004 02:59:38 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of marburg


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

I must have gotten a bad bottle last year, or my tastes have changed. This was pretty good. Insides-of-the-pumpkin orange with a decent dose of creamy, foamy head. Aromas are clearly strong in malt sensations -- breads, grains, etc -- with a bit of a hop cleanliness. Flavor is similarly malty, and unlike last year's sample (which I'm sure was old now), this seemed more cohesive -- less astringency. Almost raw in an almost spectacular way. I'm actually a fan of the very young, chalky, grainy flavors. Beer grain pizza crust and high-fiber cereal. More biscuity than sweet.
(Original review: 8-13-03)

09-15-2004 12:53:31 | More by marburg
Photo of necoadam


3.48/5  rDev -12.3%

Pours out a dark golden/amber color with a nice head that stays with you for a while. Goes to lacing around the glass after a while. Smell consisted of malts, caramel, and some toasted aromas also showing up. Smell was also on the sweet side. Taste was average. Malts in abundence with some hops staying way in the background, but not forgotten. Some caramel then mixes in and lasts into the aftertaste. But turned a little watery and some alochol also shows up at the tail end. Not bad, worth a try, but I wouldn't go crazy over this.

09-13-2004 19:47:41 | More by necoadam
Photo of Tballz420


3.85/5  rDev -3%

This brew is a somewhat dark orange, light amber color, with a nice foamy white head. Smell is sweet malts, light scent. The taste is mainly malt, with bread, grain and some caramel tones coming through. Nice clean hop bitterness also present. Light to med. bodied. Overall a nice bavarian feel malty brew.

09-03-2004 22:21:32 | More by Tballz420
Photo of allengarvin


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

500 ml bottle, served in a half-liter mug (a Paulaner one).

Appearance: light reddish amber, initial head of foam that fades away a little too quickly.

Aroma: Very rich aroma, lots of toasty malt. Reminds me of some thick dark breads my grandmother would make.

Taste/body: Again, a lot of toasted flavor is present, more than many oktoberfests. Though it's definitely the malt that provides the flavor, it's not sweet at all. Bitterness very nicely balances out the beer. Soft, medium body.

A very drinkable oktoberfest, possibly the best of the typical German brands commonly available around Dallas (Paulaner, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr are the most common).

08-30-2004 23:30:13 | More by allengarvin
Photo of crookedhalo


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

I, ironically, responded to a thread on the BA forum yesterday from Jason inquiring about this brew's availability in the Boston area, and I go to work after a day off and (queue heavenly music) behold! It pours a clear lighter bronze color or deep orangy golden color with a light beige colored head. Very husky and Vienna malty, biscuity aroma with a small, but not unnoticable floral background. This year's release from the folks at Ayinger has some hops. I'm venturing to guess there's some Hallertauer Hersbrucker in there. The hops meld quite nicely with the astringent huskiness of the malt to produce an Oktoberfest that is thirst-quenching and delicious. Very malty, however, not overly malty sweet, there's a residual flowery esteriness. Proof positive that there's hops. It's exquisitely balanced and wickedly drinkable. Each sip warrants another. Objectively, this year's batch has to be one of the finer Oktoberfests I've ever tried. A straight-up grain masterpiece with ample carbonation that keeps it fresh on the palate and enjoyable.

08-20-2004 08:03:40 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -3%

I could write a two world review of Ayniger's Oktoberfest/Märzen and it would say this: very malty. Of course, there is a bit more to it than just that, but it's safe to say that you better be a "maltophile" if you expect to fully enjoy this beer. As for me, yes, I liked it very much but I can see how it could rub some drinkers the wrong way.

This O-Fest pours a bright amber/orange color with a red hue to it. A 2 finger foam forms and lasts for about a minute. The aroma is BIG on malt: almost entirely caramel here with a light fruitiness detectable underneath it. The mouthfeel isn't too exceptional as it is a bit light bodied and has a low-moderate level of carbonation. Those big malt flavors break through and make this beer taste a bit heavy on the side of caramel. A nice nuttiness follows that, acompanied by a slight bit of chocolate notes. Not much in terms of hoppiness or dryness.The nice nuttiness lingers on in the aftertaste for a short bit, but the rest of the aftertaste experience ends up being mostly clean with just some generic graininess. The brew ends with no alcoholic warmth.

If you're a stickler for balance (or hops, for that matter), I wouldn't recommend this. I enjoy big malts so this was quite pleasing to my palette. It is very sweet (not desert beer sweet) and sticky, but it is a quality brew from Ayinger when all is said and done.

07-19-2004 04:26:55 | More by Beastdog75
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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours a golden-amber with a red tint, topped with a four finger off-white well structured head, leaves thick bands of lacing.
Malt based aroma, with a very fruity note. Apple and apricot.
Very malt in the taste as well, some floral bitterness to balance. Quite sweet however, fruity and a nutty note.
Medium-full body and smooth. Another winner from a great brewery.

05-21-2004 18:13:17 | More by mschofield
Photo of soper2000


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Notes from 11/02/03

Pours an appetizing golden amber color with a pretty sizable white foam head. Smell is very malty with some caramel like sweetness. Taste is very pleasant. This is a nice smooth malty beer that balances it's sweetness with loads of earthy malt. Some faint notes of alcohol come through as this beer warms. Drinkability is amazing. I would love to hoist a couple liters of this in Germany someday (2006 anyone?). A very solid brew.

I can't wait to try this again next year and maybe some more marzens as i've only had a couple.

04-13-2004 01:16:57 | More by soper2000
Photo of Zorro


3.85/5  rDev -3%

Pours a hazy orange or red colored brew.

Smell is heavy grain smells, almost like a complex wheat bread from the oven.

Taste is a tart wheat beer with a big grain backbone. The taste is similar to a slice of pumpernickel bread. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty brew from Germany. I like this but from the flavor I have to wonder if there isn't some Rye used in the malting.

03-26-2004 03:00:45 | More by Zorro
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a malty lager scent. It has the dry scent of a typical lager, but with a malty edge that smells great. The taste is decent. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good Fest beer; one I'd buy again.

02-01-2004 00:25:04 | More by WesWes
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

Big, off-white, crusty head on top of a slightly hazy, tea/orange-colored beer. Nose is malt-o-licious: malty, sweetish, buttery. Turns a little sourish with some cream and some veggies. A touch of metal in the finish. I like this beer. Nice and malty.

01-17-2004 00:42:45 | More by kbub6f
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.