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

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2,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,131
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 88
Gots: 157 | FT: 0
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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 JordanEllwanger
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful transparent golden orange color with a thick full head leaving tiny islands of lacing around the edges of the glass. Perfectly clear aside from the singular bubble occasionally rushing to the surface.

Smells of malts and a tint of hops. Smells like a decent lager.

Taste is of bread and water. With a metallic hop bite faintly calling from the background. Malted

Feels light with slightly low levels of carbonation.

A very drinkable beer. Definitely a session beer.

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

I got this bottle as fresh as it comes in Nebraska--right off the truck.

L: Very clear and golden with good initial head and thin lacing

S: Malty and grainy; a little bit of biscuit and raisins; quite sweet

T: Delicious malt balance; smooth with fantastic after taste--even a touch of smokiness

F: Nice, balanced carbonation; fills and coats the mouth

D: This is what fall is about; bring on Oktoberfest and bring on Ayinger!

Photo of Patrick999
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this was apparently a fresh bottle.

Shiny dark gold, decent head, nothing too spectacular.

Aroma just reeks of German-ness. Lots of perfumey, hoppy floweriness. A twinge of banana, too, odd for an O-fest, but not unwelcome.

Taste is very fresh, clean, dry. Flowery hops carry through to the palate, I like it. Probably not malty enough for an O-fest.

Good crackle and pop without being annoyingly bubbly.

I could drink a fair bit of it, I like it. It might be the O-fest I've liked the best out of what I've tried - not my favorite style.

Photo of kegger22
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber with a generous head that quickly faded. The aroma was a little skunky, but did not put me off as I usually lose the aroma early anyway. The taste is sweet, bland and a little bananaish (if I may use that non word). This one was medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation left over from the head. Drinkability above average, because the beer is above average. Too be honest, even after moving the lawn, I'd rather have any number of lagers rated lower.

Photo of oldpinecone
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Nice pale amber color to get things started with a thin head that didnt stick around for too long. Nothing to write home about.

Smelled sweetly malty, a bit dry. Pleasant.

Taste was similar to the smell. The carbonation overpowered the palate at first and the sweetness set right in. Not too much bitterness happening in this Marzen. Its sweet and delicate I guess is a good descrption IMO.

Mouthfeel was ok a bit too much carbonation goin on.

Very drinkable beer for the price. A nice beer while eating dinner.

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

Bottle poured into a seidel. No visible bottled date.

(A)- Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with ample off-white head formation that stayed put decently before it dissipated to a light layer of bubbles.

(S)- Sweetish honeyed malts with a light floral apple aroma.

(T)- Light honey malts with a golden/red delicious apple flavor. Has a light spice to it.

(M)- Light and rather fruity. Good malt and good carbonation level.

(D)- A solid beer with a lighter body than what I was expecting. Fruity with a good malt balance. Simple yet enjoyable for sure.

Photo of 1759Girl
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance> Lively warm golden color. Thick foamy head. Good lacing. Clear.

Smell> Malty. Slightly alcoholic

Taste> Lagery. Not very oktoberfest-like or marzen-y. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel> Good.

Drinkability> Not bad. Just not what I expected

Photo of ifnkovhg
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I wasn't crazy about this beer. It has a nice amber appearance, decent lacing. But the smell and taste were too sweet for me: there's an overwhelming caramel character that is just too much for me. Not bad, but this is definitely a sipping beer. Reminds me of one of those mochiato type drinks you get at Starbucks.

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Nerax pint glass.

A: Nice 1.5 finger fluffy head that sticks around for a while, nice malty golden straw color with a touch of orange that is very clear

N: Nose starts malty sweetness, toasted malts, cracked straw, Bavarian wheat like aromas, hint of caramel sweetness, and hint of fruity lager yeast aromas, with a hint of grassy noble hops.

T: Taste is very malty, sweet toasty malts, light toasty caramel malt flavors, Munich reddish malts but light, light cracked straw flavors, nice clean crisp lager flavor drives the entire beer with hints of fruity lager flavors. Hints of grassy and almost fruity noble hops come through and spice up the beer a bit. The finish gets just a bit too sweet for this batch, and I remember other years being a lot more crisp on the finish. It's fairly clean and mostly crisp, with a bit of malts and cracked straw lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, lower carbonation, for some reason this batch has lower than usual for carbonation.

Overall great, this is essentially the staple for Oktoberfest beers, delicious malts, nice cracked straw that I wish was a bit more prominent, nice light caramel malts that don't come on strong like most American versions, nice clean crisp lager flavors that really give this beer it's character. The only downfall is the lack of carbonation, and the finish doesn't dry as much as it did on previous batches... and this is as fresh as I've had it before so I think I need to let it condition a bit more in the bottle and maybe that will solve all the issues, or they just released it a bit too early this year.

Photo of johntangus
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a golden amber almost orange into my awesome mug. Two finger head that dissapated into a thin head that lasted almost the whole time, but laced moderately.
Smelled malty, biscuity and flowery, but not overpoweringly so. The taste was very malty and mysterious. Definitely some tastes that i can't identify. Great mouthfeel and taste.

This is wonderfully chuggable. This is what i think of when i think of octoberfest.

Photo of therealmcclurg
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Gold color, fresh smell...a little nutty perhaps? This beer is a great example of the Oktober Fest-Marzen style. Easy to drink, tastes delicious. Definitely enjoy this with some bratwursts. There are a lot of Oktoberfest beers out there, and this one is a good choice.

Photo of prototypic
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oktober Fest-Märzen is mostly clear and copper in color. A slight orange tint gives it a nice twist. It's capped with an off-white head that easily stretches over two fingers. It fell back to a surface level covering quickly. Light strands of lace trail behind.

The nose lacks strength, but isn't bad by any means. Toasted malts seem to be the focal point and rightly so. Grain and earthy notes follow and permeate throughout. Yeast seems to be prominent in the mix. It has a slight biscuity aroma. Light spices are noted on the tail. They're not strong enough to identify. It certainly has all the bells and whistles for the style. Pretty straight forward. More strength would help a bit, but it smells pretty good.

The flavor's a notch better. It has a nice toasted malt presence throughout that gives it a very solid base. It's complemented very well by a yeasty, biscuit-like flavor. It has a nice earthy vibe with plenty of grain flavor. Spices are noted about midway through and seem to surge a little at the end. The spicy aspect is more pronounced here and propels it to the next level. The more I drink, the more I'm convinced that it's a spicy variety of hops. Whatever it is, it's working and adds quite a bit to the overall flavor. Alcohol is blended well and is barely noticeable. Overall, this is a nice Oktoberfest. I find it hard for this style to be super impressive. The flavor's just too straight forward and simple. But, this is a good one. No question.

It has a light body and feels too thin. Carbonation is relatively light and restrained. It's nearly smooth, but needs a bit more body to get there. Drinkability is very high. This is one Oktoberfest that has a nice flavor and is enjoyable. It goes down too easy and has a pretty modest abv. I could stick with this over the course of an evening without growing tired of it.

Oktober Fest-Märzen is a pretty impressive beer, especially for the style. It's generally not one of my favorite styles, but this is a good one. It's consistent with the style in that it's relatively simple, but for what it is, the flavor's good. The nose is a tad weak and it would benefit from a little more body. But, it's pretty good stuff. It's definitely an Oktoberfest that you can't miss if you're into the style.

Photo of TeeCee
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color - very honey brown. Almost the color of good iced tea. The pour had almost no head and left only the smallest traces of foam on the glass.

Smell - (through a congested nose) light malt, fruitiness, a flowery on top of it all.

Taste - light in malt again, just how it smelled, but seemingly defined by the hops. This no IPA or even a bitter, and these aren't hops I recognize, but the bitter and flowery components seem to rule here.

Mouthfeel - the beer seemed not far from flat: perhaps by design, perhaps by bad regulator settings. In any case, not much fizziness in the beer, but still a medium mouthfeel.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A half liter bottle poured into my Great Lakes dimpled mug. Appears a slightly hazed deep apricot color with about two fingers of creamy, lingering off white foam. Smell is dominated by malt, biscuits and a light fruitiness. Tastes of sweet caramel malts, lightly toasted grains, green apples, and bread. A great balance between roasty bitterness and the sweet malt. A bit more than medium bodied and amply carbonated. A classic marzen.

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

This beer gave me a huge, four finger head on top of a clear, deep yellow body. Didn't expect that much head from a märzen.

Aroma was of medium caramel malts. Reviewed from notes, unfortunately at the time I didn't get a lot of nuances that I get now.

Taste was a tad bitter, but slightly sweet and fruity. Not overpowering in any respect, well balanced.

Mouthfeel was good, light and easy drinking.

Drinkability gets good marks. No problem finishing this one off, and it left me ready for more.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. no date found.

golden, honey/straw amber. clear. foamy thick head stays around. quite decent lacing.

biscuity, bready malt aroma, with toffee and caramel. crisp noble hops and a hint of apple.

fruitiness of apple, with the caramel and toffee comes out upfront in the flavor. quickly countered by the firm yet controlled, balanced noble hops, with moderate bitterness.

smooth, not too thin, though the carbonation can be a bit fizzy or prickly.

nothing exceptional, but solid.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into stein.

Pours clear dark gold with a big, fluffy off-white head.

Nose is grassy hops and a bit of nice, clean, sweet bready malt.

Taste is crisp and clean, bready malt with a bit of caramel, hint of brown sugar, perfect amount of grassy hops on the finish to balance.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Really nice - nothing in the least bit extreme, but still supremely satisfying on one of the first cool evenings of fall. Something about the perfect balance of bready malt and crisp hops just nailed it for for me tonight. Delicious.

Photo of biggred1
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange blonde with a nice fluffy off white lead that leaves minimal lacing. Smells bready, mildly herbal with some toffee and fruit. Tastes of toasty grain and rich buttery malt well balanced by bitterness. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, well made, one of the best of the style.

Photo of julian
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a murky, brown/orange almost liquid pumpkin in color (how appropriate!). There is a decent sized off white head that makes an appearance but slowly fades to just a thin sheath over the surface.

Smell: Smell is typical of an Oktoberfest; lager yeast, malt, mostly.

Taste: Great taste! These Oktoberfest's just keep getting better and better! This one is probably the sweetest I've tried so far this season. It's sweet but not cloyingly sweet. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation to be expected for the style, sweet taste that goes down easy. Very refreshing on a nice warm fall night while watching the leaves fall.

Drinkability: For the time of year this is, it's the perfect choice! Definitely a must drink.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice break from the ales I've been having recently.
Light cloudy pour that cleared up a bit later; golden and a bit pale. big head, died down slowly yet considerably.
Floral nose with slight spices. Hints of citrus but not much. A bit bready and somewhat skunked.
Crisp feeling to it. A bit clingy on the end. Sweet and floral, again citrus is just off the edge. Creaminess is odd, but I'm a hophead.
Refreshing beer, would like to see the creaminess go away.

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

This beer is just another reason why I have become a big fan of Ayinger. This poured a nice amber with a big fat head that stuck around for a long time with great lacing. I noticed the sweet caramel scent right away, great maltiness and spice in the smell as well. The taste was packed with sweetness that was kept in check with a citrus taste and some hopiness. The mouthfeel was nice and smooth with great coating. This beer goes down very easy and was much enjoyed.

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

A- Poured into a tulip glass. A nice golden amber color with a creamy off-white two finger head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Lots of sweet malt, caramel, wild fresh cut hay, and a touch of citrus. Very nice.

T- A nice sweet malty backbone with hints of caramel,nuts and toffee. A nice earthy hop flavor with faint zesty orange notes and a bit of Franconian yeastiness balances out the maltiness in the middle. A nice clean finish.

M- medium body with a bit of creaminess. A decent mild carbonation.

D- Smooth and refreshing, very drinkable.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy copper-brown with a two-finger head with some lacing. The smell is some toasty caramel malt and a little bread. The taste starts off with sweet caramel that gives away to a little bit of alcohol and hop spiciness. Not the most complex version of the style, but a damn tasty one. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and crisp thanks to some fine carbonation. This is a nice drinkable beer that I will definitely think of picking up again sometime.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 12/15/08...

Pours a nice copperish amber color with a thick 2-3 finger off-white head that retained well and left a beautiful amount of lacing.

Lots of malt in the aroma, with a touch of caramel.

Taste reveals notes of toffee, caramel, some slight hints of citrus and an overall lingering sweetness.

Medium-bodied and medium carbonation, fairly smooth and an all around easy drinker. Nice and refreshing, I don't need a whole case of these, but I'd probably go ahead and pick up another bottle or two next year.

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

Stumbled on my notes for this beer tonight, thought I had put in the review a long time ago.

The beer is a clear copper with three fingers of beige head. Long lasting head and spotty lacing as it goes down.

Rich aroma of sweet malt with a touch of citrus fruitiness.

Sweet and malty flavour with a nice lager crispness to finish. Citrus flavour balances out the sweetness, but doesn't keep it from showing all the way across the tongue.

The body is just slightly thickened and the carbonation is medium. This beer to me is the definition of a seasonal quaffer. Very nice.

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 2,131 ratings.