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

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2,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,149
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 93
Gots: 173 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Ratings: 2,149 | Reviews: 985
Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
5.6% ABV
500 ml bottle poured into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint"

Appearance 4/5
Bright golden-amber with a creamy dull white head and some lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Pleasantly rich and sweet toasted malt aroma. Boiled potatoes like notes, but not repulsive in any manner. Nothing overpowering. No hops.

Taste 4/5
Taste is never overpowering. Slight sweetness and balancing bitterness is noted. Taste has toasted elements of smell. Finishes fairly clean, but a malty beer will get to you in enough time: the finish tilts towards bitter when the beer is cold, and towards malty, but not cloying, when it's warm.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Medium body, average carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel, especially as the beer warmed. The residual sweetness brings the score down to 4.

Drinkability 4/5
Pretty high. I could see it as a sessionable beer, although alcohol is high by my standards of a sessionable beer. And, it's one of those beers that are best drank cold.

Good representation of the style. To quote BJCP, "This is one of the classic malty styles, with a maltiness that is often described as soft, complex, and elegant but never cloying". However, as a beer, it's not something that I would designate as "must have".

Photo of EricCioe
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first Oktoberfest.

This has that pretty amber color in the glass. The smell is pretty sweet, maybe caramelish. The first thing I tasted was the sweet caramel that shines through on the nose, but after the initial taste there is a good deal of spicy tingliness on the tongue. It feels a little thin on the mouth, but because of that one could drink a few of these in a night without difficulty. Pretty good.

Photo of chaz01
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Brilliant amber color with foamy white head. Beautiful beer to look at in the glass.

S: Floral notes with some malt characteristics.

T: Butterscotch flavor initially, followed by a bit of peppery spice notes. Finishes with some dry bready malty overtones.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation

D: Nice example of the style. Pretty smooth and easy to drink, yet spicy and flavorful. This would pair nicely with a grilled sausage or braut on a fall day.

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

A: A lighter orange and brown colour with a massive head and ok lacing.

S: Smells like the caramel, light roasted and toasty malts I have come to expect from the style. A little depth to the smell, I detect some floral and honey notes.

T: Warm and toasty up front, sweet and full in the middle with a touch of bitterness at the end. Could have a bit more flavour, but the flavour it has is good.

M: Medium body and frothy. Slightly different than the average beer; the carbonation is there, yet... it's not...

D: I would definitely not complain at being served this all night PROST!! first German Oktoberfestbier of the season and America just can't compete...

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a bright coppery amber, crystal clear, with a mountainous bubbly head that dissipates into nothing.

Smell -- Amber malt, apple crisp, plum, flowery hops, must. It would be a 4 without the off-smelling mustiness.

Taste -- Follows the nose pretty well: golden toast, plum, sweet red grapes, baking spice, subdued earthy hop bitterness. The musty elements in the nose are significantly less present. Finish is the plum-like sweetness paired with an earthy, almost menthol-like hop note.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body, mild carbonation. Easy drinking.

Drinkability -- While definitely good, this one didn't quite do it for me. It goes back to the mustiness. Would've liked less malt sweetness and a little more roast character - within reason.

Photo of grittybrews
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber into a Duvel tulip with two fingers of fluffy, cream-white head. Sweet, malty aroma of caramel, biscuit, and a touch of vanilla.

Slightly low carbonation and a light mouthfeel. A little watery at first followed by caramel malt, toast, and some spice. Bit of twangy, grassy bitterness on the finish.

Tasty and drinkable, though not as impressive as other offerings from Ayinger.

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

Pours into my mug a crystal clear copper, with a white head that fills the glass, but soon drops to a thin sheet. Sweet, bready German malt aroma...clean lager notes and a pinch of noble hops. Toasted malt sweetness, caramel, and spice flavors. Crisp, clean, and lightly bitter. Hints of dough. Medium-light bodied, smooth, and dry in the finish. Refreshing and drinkable...one of the better examples of the style that I've had.

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and poured with a finger high white head that gradually faded away leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell has a moderate amount of sweetness and has aromas of toasted malts and caramel.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has a moderate amount of malty sweetness. There are flavors of caramel and the finish has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and is rather creamy.
D: It's very easy to drink this beer; I could easily drink several of these in a single sitting. I definitely won't pass up the opportunity to have this beer when it is available in the fall.

Photo of Zodijackyl
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours light orange/amber with a rich white head with excellent retention. Aroma of bready grains and a bit of yeast, most certainly caramel grains. Taste is very crisp, primarily caramel malt which overpowers mild hop bitterness. The malt/yeast combination is reminiscent of white crackers. Mouthfeel is excellent, very crisp and medium carbonation perfectly matched to the malt's feel. Very drinkable, overall it is a very 'clean' tasting beer.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a .5 litter stein.

Pours a very bright orange color with a large 2 finger fluffy head with sup rising lacing and retention for a marzen. The coloring is simply amazing and the body is perfectly clear. The aroma has a distinct cooked sweet potato aroma. Bready malts follow with a clove or allspice undertone.also has a touch of that German lager yeasty aroma. The flavor is clean and crisp with focused bready malty flavors. There is also a semi spicy flavor that flows nicely. The mouthfeel and drinkability are spot on with classic oktoberfests. Unlike American versions, this is light and refreshing and easily put down rather quickly. Well worth the 3 bucks for this bottle.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle, no date

A - Pours copper with perfect clarity and a billowing white head; good retention with loose lacing

S - Nose is fresh smelling with a sweet, somewhat grainy malt aroma with bits of caramel. A light bread aroma with a touch of biscuit, and a hint of fresh cut grass.

T&M - Medium bodied but on the lighter side with a crisp carbonation. Very sweet, biscuity malt with enough grassy hop character to provide some balance. Finish let's the malt shine through and stick around for a while.

D - Smooth and relatively mellow with nicely balanced flavors. Very happy with the ABV and will likely grab again.

Photo of kellypodz
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Marzen pours a clear pumpkin-orange color. A foamy white head forms fast upon pouring, but dissipates quickly.

Malts were evident on the nose as was expected. But butterscotch, and maybe even pumpkin, were a pleasant olfactory surprise.

Ayinger Oktober Fest Marzen is a wonderfully crisp and sweet brew suitable for drinking by itself or with food. Before eating, I found it to be clean, light, and refreshing. It could be a wonderful alternative to watered-down light beers on a hot summer day.

It was great beer for the low price of $2.49 here in Texas!

You can read my full review on my blog:

Photo of Bfarr
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bright orang-amber (enough to remind you of autumn leaves) with tan fluffy head with good retention. Earthy hops with a touch of wheat and yeast. Earthy yeast, light brown sugar sweetness and a floral biscuity finish. Thin carbonation and smooth, slightly syrupy feel.

Just an all-around good beer. Very subtle but everything is reminiscent of Fall and it is so smooth it just slides down your throat so it's easy to take down a couple of these.

Photo of drabmuh
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OKTOBERFEST! Beer poured from a bottle into a 0.5L glass. Beer is amber to orange and completely clear. High carbonation and a nice white head that leaves lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is soft and sweet. Pilsner mostly, mild caramel.

Beer is sweet and medium bodied and finishes cleanly. Its carbonated on the palate nicely and has this caramelly flavor to it. Very interesting.

Good connectivity and a nice beer overall. One of the best oktoberfests I've had.

Photo of rudzud
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since I had a good Oktoberfest (back in Europe)

A - Typical super clear deep rich amber with a light one finger head that quickly dissolves and leaves no lacing.

S - Light almost honey light smell. Very light bread too.

T - Again, almost honey flavors. More bread/yeast taste along with some sweet malts.

M - Great carbonation for an oktoberfest. Little sticky on the end

D - Nice oktoberfest. That being said, I still havent found a great okotoberfest stateside. This is a pretty basic/straightforward Oktoberfest.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy caramel colored body.

Sweet malt, then a spicy (perhaps minty) note with toffee and grass rounding out the bouquet.

On the palate caramel malt is immediatly followed by sweet, nutty toffee, the spicy touch of german hops and then the crisp bite of carbonation.

Not overly complex, pretty much exactly what I was expecting. It may not have any tricks up its sleave, but it is a nearly perfect example of what German Oktoberfests represent.

Photo of hopsbreath
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight for dinner I picked up some bratwurst from Otto's Sausage Kitchen in Portland. In anticipation of Oktoberfest I grabbed some of this beer to pair with the sausages! For the record I simmered the sausages in a mixture of butter, sauerkraut, and about a cup of the beer and wedged them into a toasted Kaiser roll slathered with garlic mustard.

A full half liter of the marzen was poured into my brand new stein from the Dollar General. On a side note go to that store and check out the glassware selection. I don't know where else good quality "made in the U.S.A." glasses can be found for a buck. On top of the brassy golden body (crystal clear by the way), sat a huge voluminous bready eggshell white head. Spotty lacing occurs throughout. Bonus points for the most beautiful bottle cap of all time. It has nothing to do with the beer but its my review. If you don't like it, write your own!

Very light smell is pale malts and toasted almonds. The little caramel that shows up here goes a long way. A pleasantly sweet drink is sure to follow.

Taste is composed of yeasty biscuit, sugary milk duds with minimal chocolate, and wait for it...a light metallic flavor I remember from the Sam Adams version.

Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated with a light sticky finish.

This beer finishes extremely clean. A crisp finish cleanses the palate and gets me ready for some more bratwurst.

This is good stuff. To be honest there's not a whole lot of complex aspects to this beer but it goes great with the food its intended for. I see myself picking up some more next time I'm at Otto's for my sausage fix.

Photo of gtn80
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Smell is lots of malt, some noble hops, a bit of nutty.

Appearance is a nice tan head, tiny bubbles, dissipates rather quickly. Crystal clear, almost orange color.

Taste is tremendous, lots of malt up front, bit of spiciness from the hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, full but crisp.

Drinkability is nice, dusted off the 500ml myself.

Photo of woosterbill
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A straight, moderate pour yields two solid fingers of creamy tan foam atop a crystal clear, brilliant copper body. Retention is strong, but lacing is spotty at best. If this one had better lacing, it would look like a perfect O-fest - everything else is spot on.

S: Fairly light aroma of nutty toasted malt, lager yeast, and maybe a hint of spicy noble hops. Pretty much what I expected, but without as much depth and intensity as I'd like.

T: Follows the nose, but with considerably greater power and complexity. The focus is almost entirely on the malt, and it manages to be nutty, toasty, and even slightly roasty without ever going downhill into caramel sweetness. The spicy hops and crisp yeast kick in just at the right moment to give a dry, bracing, herbal finish that makes me thirsty for more. Excellent balance.

M: Fairly light bodied with exceedingly creamy carbonation. I'd like a bit more heft, but it's still quite nice.

D: I'm usually not much of a lager guy, but this one has enough going on and is refreshing enough to keep me excited throughout.

Notes: Great Märzen, plain and simple. The toasted malts and fresh, spicy hops go great together, and the finish couldn't be cleaner. It's also just strong enough that I could imagine getting dangerously hammered on it if I were quaffing it by the Maβ in München. Someday...


Photo of Schwarzwald
2.32/5  rDev -41.9%
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
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
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
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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
4.51/5  rDev +13%
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
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

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