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

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1,650 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 66
Gots: 39 | 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 francisweizen


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This octoberfest/marzen poured a light amber, dark yellow colour with an ample white head of foam. The aromas were all malts and complex backing hops. The taste was a complex malty bomb, with no hint of alcohol and some excellent finishing hops. The mouthfeel was a little light and the drinkability could have been better...

A great O-Fest!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 22:57:28 | More by francisweizen
Photo of jcalabre


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This Oktoberfest pours a clear golden/amber color with a larger, two fingered white head.
Aroma: This puppy goose-steps in with a malty aroma. (you can feel the lederhosen in the air)
The flavor is malty and sweet with a clean, crisp finish. This is a very enjoyable Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 02:20:25 | More by jcalabre
Photo of DESTRO


3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy orange with a nice white head. smells of caramels and sweetness. big malt against a hop bitterness that does not quite equal out. the malt reigns supreme making this beer a little too sweet and finishes with a little hit of spice. nice smooth texture though make up for some of the unbalanced flavors, but not enough. this is my first year with ayinger, so i dont know if it has been better in the past, but this is nothing to write home about. it is decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 20:03:21 | More by DESTRO
Photo of Rumrunner


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Enjoyable but is the beer just slightly out of balance?

Pours a foggy golden amber. Great big fat frothy head that dissipates but leaves good lacing. The scents are wet and grassy. There is a butterscotch flavor and some bread that blends in with the grass.

The flavors are interesting. The malts dominate. A sweet butterscotch with a wheat bread flavor. Moist fresh out of the oven bread. Some spices and pepper find there way out as the beer warms. There are some fruit hops but they seem weak and restrained. They provide balance and nothing more.

Very smooth and easy drinking. Nothing holding this beer back. A slight tang feeling but it does not hurt its drinkability. A nice beer but I wish the hops were a bit stronger.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 09:06:18 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very nice golden-orange color in a Duvel Belgian glass. Good clarity, too. An initial head of a finger and a half becomes a spotty covering with a unique 'nipple' of foam smack dab in the middle. Never seen that before. Stayed there pretty much for the whole beer, too.

Aroma - Bready malt and butterscotch on the initial nose. Backs off a bit after a few seconds but maintains a sweet caramel undertone.

Taste - Bready, somewhat sour and sweet together at first. A lot going on right up front. Ends with a scratch of hops for balance. Not a heavy beer, the malty taste settles in after a bit and kind of takes over, but still has a slight mix of sourness in there, too. Carbonation is sufficient to keep this one from being too serious, it is an Octoberfest, i.e. festival beer, after all.

Average body and mouthfeel, about right for the style. A fine selection on a cool evening, although the sourness could lessen the appeal for some, makes the beer more niche-like. It's good, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 17:56:54 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out a golden orange amber. Bright and clear. Dense and creamy off white head topped this brew. Nice aroma of spices and pepper along with some sour fruitiness. In tasting, I notice the beer has some thick syrupy qualities to it. There’s also some fermented fruits in there. It’s full bodied, well rounded and seems to finish clean. A very nice authentic Munich Oktoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 04:08:55 | More by pezoids
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orangish amber body is capped by a foamy off-white head that holds well before dropping to a thin collar but leaves only minimal lace. The aroma displays a straightforward, lightly sweet maltiness. It's medium bodied with a very fine, moderate carbonation that gives it a light caress on the tognue before warming to become more creamy and smooth. The flavor offers a somewhat caramelized, bready maltiness and a mild fruitiness. Hop flavors take a backseat, and it's well-balanced to emphasis its maltiness with a restrained bitterness that's just enough to keep the beer from becoming sweet. It finishes semi-dry with a short flash of alcohol and some delicate, spicy hops that leave it crisp and refreshing. Quite enjoyable. I much prefer it to the bottled version as it seems smoother and a touch more malty; a slight bit less fruity; less tart; and less hazy with a better head.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2003 13:55:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half liter brown bottle, no freshness date.

Medium golden amber, topped by a thick, dense almond coloured head that sticks around for a while.

Nose has clean malt, & some hints of fruit.

Broad malt, a touch of fruit, and a hint a noble hops. Finishes fairly sweet (too sweet for me). Medium bodied, crisp, with robust carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 17:18:20 | More by xgrigorix
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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a lighter then most amber with some chill haze, thin whitish loose head fades out quick and leaves no lace. Airy aroma of lightly sweet malts and light toasted grains, lightly crisp wheat thin cracker-like with some fainted fresh herbal hops in the back. Taste comes across with an even amount of light bready dough sweetness and cracker-like toastedness mostly upfront, midway tends to loosen up a bit with some caramel and light ripe melon husk sweetness mixed gently with smooth lightly herbal hops. Finish has some subtle malty mixes of sweet and toast things meshing over some light earthyness and crisp wood. Feel is a close to medium body with some lightness coming in through the midway point and into the finish which ends lightly creamy and crispened. Not what I would quite call a good O'fest, however I do like its subtlities, there's just not enough push in flavor and body for me to really take notice. I still wouldn't turn it down if offered, its smooth and refreshing and a delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 01:50:47 | More by tavernjef
Photo of goz


3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant clear orange, with a large white head that lasts, lacing nicely. Aroma is all malt - some toast, lots of raw smelling grain, and a tiny bit of sweetness. Flavor is of sweet and raw graininess, maybe a bit of hoppiness in the finish. On the medium side of thin for the body, medium amount of carbonation. Overall it is ok, but seems to be missing something to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 01:55:14 | More by goz
Photo of proc


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots and lots of malt in this one and that is a good thing. Pours out to a bright amber with a decent head. Nice smell of malts, yeast and fresh baked bread. Taste is quite good with the malt shining through. A very good Fest-Marzen beer for the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 14:04:18 | More by proc
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, very bright orange in color, with a very nice offwhite head. Medium in the body, loads of malt flavoring, some bitter notes and just a tinge on the sweet side. Itching for the hops detection, but I can't seem to scratch. Some carbonation, which seems to off-set the taste, something does not feel right here, but a great session marzen for the fall; combined with the cost and availability - GTG!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 03:39:48 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of Bighuge


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer. Good sized ivory white head. It has good retention and lacing ability. Great toasted grain aroma. Bavarian maltiness and subtle herbal hop notes detected on the nose as well. Great toasty quality on the palate. Biscuity and bready as well. Hops only seem to be around to offer a semblence of balance. Maltiness is somewhat grainy as well. Nicely carbonated and about medium-full in body. Nice marzen. I'm glad I revisited it and rerated it.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 02:11:20 | More by Bighuge
Photo of ManekiNeko


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a pint glass. .5 L bottle.

Appearance: Clear light orange with a decent sized offwhite head. No carbonation to speak of. Head eventually shrinks to a small crown. A very respecatable amount of lacing.

Smell: Largely of caramel malt with just a hint of toasted malt and bread. Faint herby hop presence.

Taste: Just a shy touch of cloyingly sweet caramel malt with hints of smoked/toasted malt. Herby/grassy hops on finish. I also got a slight metallic tang every now and then.

Mouthfeel: Rather smooth and light in body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but I'll stick to domestic/local out of budgetary concerns.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 02:36:38 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of UnionMade


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stammtisch.
The beer is a slightly hazy burnt orange, topped with a thick almond head. The head dissipates quickly into a thin ring. Great sticky lacing, however, forming light cobwebs on the glass.
Aroma is malty and clean, with a sweet caramel toasty maltiness. The vaguest hint of smoke. A touch of hoppiness in the background, providing a slightly herbal smell.
Flavor is ultra clean and malty, with some toasty caramel malts. A vague smokiness in the middle. A touch of corn. Robust maltiness carries all the way into the finish. Very little hops, mainly a light herbal flavor at the very end. A bit of breadiness towards the finish, with a quikly disappearing aftertaste. Some alcohol is apparent. Full bodied, with slow, smooth carbonation. Top notch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2003 23:00:26 | More by UnionMade
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3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is probably a very traditional Oktoberfest beer, but I really was not blown away. Light honey color with a thin, bubbly, off-white head. Sweet smelling, almost yeasty, with some toffee aromas. Flavor was chewy sweet, with some caramel and yeasty notes, and a small bit of citrus coming through. Mouthfeel was a bit slick. Couldn't finish the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2003 12:06:23 | More by far333
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3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice head, somewhat cloudy, coppery appearance. Smell was almost wheat-like. Taste also had a wheat-like quality with a slight lemony quality....not that impressive. Mouthfeel was just ok....just didn't grab me. Drinkability was just average...didn't go down that smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 01:09:50 | More by edchicma
Photo of PhantomVodoo


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery orange color with a white head.
Nice aroma of caramel malt and fruity hops.

Taste is pretty clean. Toasty pale malts with some caramel character. Fruity. Hops to balance. Earthy and citrusy notes. Finishes slightly dry.

Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable.

Overall, a good oktoberfest that's nicely balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2003 00:19:58 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of Dogbrick


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Winking Lizard Tavern in Columbus, OH. This beer is a hazy bright amber color with a medium off-white head and nice lacing. The aroma is a fair amount of malt along with a bit of hops. Medium-bodied with a lot of malt from the get-go. The beer does seem to get a little spicier and hoppier toward the end of the glass. The finish is light and a little hoppy. This is a good seasonal from Ayinger.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2003 03:42:48 | More by Dogbrick
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West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ayinger pours a zesty copper orange tone with amber highlights and a huge fluffy cream colored head oh so nice appearance. Aroma is wonderfully bready with spices peaking through and not so much all toasted malt but more of a clean freshness to it. It's amazing I love this beer's aroma Hallertau hops tie it together favorite part about it is the fact that the flavor isn't overly sweet. Rush of well nothing it's so balanced it's not too forceful with anything rather this beer decides to harmonize to my taste buds with a rolling mix of spice and herb tones with a bread slightly toasted malt character and a very clean finish wow this is awesome. Not cloying so creamy and textured almost chewy and good, great brew that is authentic as the name Ayinger the clean finish is just great. Drinkability oh by the liter what it was designed for I'm about to get a keg of this stuff it's that great, can't wait to try Paulaner and Hacker Schorr and the rest of the German Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 23:59:36 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer starts out rather impressive with a nice orange/caramel color and sporting a rich creamy head the color of milk solids when butter is clarified. Loads of stick throughout. But, in the mouth the beer fights to be refreshing while at the same time trying to be a more serious brew. Perhaps this is intended as it is a fall brew and Fall itself is fighting in the same way? The flavors are very much caramel malt with just a wee bit of hopping that adds some twang to the finish. This is a decent brew yet maybe a tad out of balance. I also find a slightly annoying hairspray and beeswax flavor that keeps chiming in as I sample. I think this beer needs food, music and dancing German girls to make it more enjoyable. A warm pretzel with brown mustard would do.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 22:56:53 | More by moulefrite
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a little orange tint to it with a pretty nice head,the aroma is very doughy and and toasted.The taste is pretty sweet at first with some definent bread-like undertones,there is a dryeness in the finish.I like a good marzen to have more sweetness to it this is a little dry but It is pretty well made and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 13:25:14 | More by oberon
Photo of beerguy101


3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, large head. Aroma is malty and a touch sweet. A lighter bodied Marzen. Smooth malts, slightly hopped, somewhat fruity, banana and clove. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly malty, with a slight bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 18:58:56 | More by beerguy101
Photo of MJR


3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a well-carbonated copper with great clarity. A foamy tan head starts at a full finger deep and retains well with good lacing.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and malty with a huge toasted malt note. There's also a slight grassy smell.

Taste: Intially, the flavor is sweet and malty. But as the flavor opens up, what takes over is a harsh astringency that dries out my mouth. Small suggestion of coarse grain husks. There's a fair dose of bready, toasted malt, but it gets buried under the harshness, which cuts the aftertaste short.

Mouthfeel: What starts as smooth and crisp, quickly turns dry and astringent. Disappointing...

Drinkability: Not that great... It seems like some astrigency was picked up somewhere in the brewing process. Too long of a mash? Sparge water too warm?

This brew is quite a disappointment considering the source. I might guess that age has something to do with the off flavors, but it's not a cardboardy, oxidation flavor that's the problem.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 22:41:12 | More by MJR
Photo of AtLagerHeads


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer, this is extremely drinkable. The pour from the 500 ml bottle created a huge ivory head over a hazy amber body. The packaging is great; the graceful longneck body is beautifully labeled and capped with the distinctive Ayinger cap. The head lingers long and laces very well. The nose is malty and also gives distinctive grassy notes. Mouthfeel is nicely balanced between creamy smoothness and sharp body notes. The sips are accompanied by very nice aromas of maltiness making the taste/smell combo very memorable. Nice balance of sweetness and a small bitter finish. There is a brief lingering aftertaste before the final farewell. This is like the last kiss of summer before the bleakness of winter. Superb Octoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 18:12:16 | More by AtLagerHeads
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.