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

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2,115 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,115
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 88
Gots: 153 | FT: 0
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 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.

ClockworkOrange, May 06, 2009
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.

connecticutpoet, Apr 18, 2009
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.

tai4ji2x, Apr 06, 2009
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.

JohnQVegas, Mar 27, 2009
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.

biggred1, Mar 15, 2009
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.

julian, Mar 04, 2009
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.

Mebuzzard, Feb 16, 2009
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.

cagocubs, Feb 06, 2009
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.

sentomaster, Feb 05, 2009
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.

TheTrevor, Jan 28, 2009
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.

Vengeance526, Jan 26, 2009
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.

elricorico, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of biggmike
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an attractive copper color with nice white head that lasted a while. Aroma was of sweet malt, caramel, and just a bit of hop aroma. Flavor is pretty much the same with the sweetness being offset by just a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is good. Beer is good, but I've had much better O-fests.

biggmike, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Deep amber tinted gold, massive two finger head.

S- Great noble hop aroma augmented with scents of malt sweetness.

T- Sweet caramel maltyness up front with just enough noble hop bitterness to keep it from being cloying. It's not just the bitterness but some light hop flavor comes through to dominate only slightly in the middle. The smooth maltyness reasserts itself and brings balance into the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body, good carbonation.

D- Must buy more next year.

After having alot of so-so domestic versions, this beer totally reminded me why I love this style. It's on the lighter side but still retains a fabulous malt profile.

Pauly2X, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/18/08. Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of stale wheat, some sweet malt. Flavor of lots of that stale wheat yeast, which I'm not really a fan of, and some light fruits (apple, pear). Too bland. Not really my style but in my opinion, this isn't one of the better examples of it.
6/3/6/4/13 (3.2/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear orange/amber color pour with a large fluffy off white head. Nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of sweet toasted nutty caramel malt,apple,and a hint of spice very pleasent. The flavor blew me away,a huge sweet malty nutty taste,with some hints of bread,peaches and maybe some orange zest. A good creamy mouthfeel. Just a hint of bitter hops at the end. VERY GOOD !

WakeandBake, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this bier many times, but my first review.
A: Nice copper colored pour that leaves a decent sized head with good lacing after 3 minutes. A milder Oktoberfest color than others, but still a pretty bier.
S: Non-descript, not much there except a few hops...
T: medium-bodied, medoum hoppy taste. Very pleasant, just not as good as the hacker-pchorr or spaten. Worth the taste.
M: Good, nothing out of the ordinary here.
D: Easy bier to drink in quantity. A good experience on the first or fourth bottle. This will not disappont the regaular fest bier drinker or the novice.

I recomment this bier. Prosit!

nocheinsbitte, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
October 11, 2008

Very high quality brew here, it's obvious even on the pour. Thick, copper hue with a huge beautiful looking head. Strong lacing as the brew is consumed. Taste is strongly bready, malty, biscuity -- quality oktoberfest here. Great texture, palate has just a bit of carbonation with a thick, full feel to it. Up there with the best marzens I've had. Highly recommended.

Vendetta, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Brewsmith
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 0.5 L bottle purchased locally. Aroma is rich with malt with a little sweetness and maybe a hint of orange peel and something slightly mango peppery in there in a good way. Deep golden color with a big off-white head, crystal clear. Flavor is bready rich malt with some of that toasty malt from the aroma. Some sweetness but balanced with the slight hint of bitterness. Clean and drinkable. Makes me want some bratwurst.

Brewsmith, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of armock
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Not much going on here sweet malt is what stands out for me

T - Like the smell very light but theres some sweetness in the malt

M - This beer was a little thin and watery with medium carbonation to it

D - I was a little disappointed with this beer because of the light flavors and thin body overall just an ok Oktoberfest beer

armock, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This outstanding Marzen beer pours very clear golden color with a little bit of a coporish hue to it. Has a very fleeting off white head with very little to no lacing.

The aroma is very malty... I can't detect any hops yet in the nose.

Flavors of caramel lays lingering on my taste buds. Barely a little spiciness from the hops. After a swish in the glass as it warms a little there are hops in the nose, and alcohol.

It's not too effervecent ( as light and fluffy) because of the full bodiness. The second pour in my glass gave me some flowery hops in my nostrels which quikly fades to big maltiness.

Medium bodied. Very smooth on the palate, with a soft dryness as described from brewer. Absolutely wonderful brew! Thank the Lord for the hop harvest.

hoplover82, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of eagles22
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: is very nice...orange hazey color with a nice 2 finger white head the lacing is exceptional all the way down through the glass

Smell: i really didnt get anything out of this beer..very disappointed in the smell...only hints of malts and some citrus thats it

Taste: was very nice...sweet but not to sweet ...roasted malts and also hint of toffee at the end

Mouthfeel: not really thin but not very moist beer went down very easy but nothing great
going on here

Drinkability: is high very high actually ..easy OFEST to drink very easy

eagles22, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-orange pour with a frothy head. Bread, orange, and malt in the nose. Light mouthfeel with a lot of flavor. Buttery is a good description, with a nice hop profile that balances the sweet malt character. Delicious. This is what I expect out of an Oktoberfest.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of stockingcpl
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Upon pouring, a generous head formed. Sustain was excellent and lacings were seen for the duration of the drink. Color was a medium honey gold. Impressive.

Smell: Aroma was yeasty malt. Pleasant but not overpowering. There is also a light floral scent???

Taste: This is where this beer achieves good marks. The overall flavor is very much an Oktoberfest yeasty burnt malt flavor. Good hops flavor. There is the traditional initial zing which is followed by hops for the sustain. The flavor curve is not too long yet there is a slight "old weather" reminant that is pleasant. This would be a GREAT tailgating selection.

Mouthfeel: Great. Traditional Oktoberfest presence.

Drinkability: Ver god overall impression. This is not a crips as American Oktoberfest beers, but it's hard to argue with a GERMAN Maerzen.

Conclusions: The bottle is a little strange for Americans and almost has a "slumming" it fel due to the proximity to a "40", however the brew itself is excellent.


stockingcpl, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of clemtig76
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle picked up at Total Wine in Charleston, SC. Pours a crystal clear light amber/copper color with a nice fluffy off white head. Slight aromas of biscuity malt and caramel. Taste is of biscuity malt with a smooth clean finish. A little on the thin side but a decent Oktoberfest.

clemtig76, Dec 01, 2008
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
90 out of 100 based on 2,115 ratings.