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

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2,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,140
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 90
Gots: 166 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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

Appearance: Copper/amber in color, nice lacing in the glass! Pretty good retention & nice bubbles. White foamy head.

Smell: Nice malts pop out, caramel and nutmeg are layed in the backround, not overly hoppy like alot of other Marzens, nice clean florals.

Taste: Good balance of malts, nice toasty flavor with that great caramel notes. A little plain compared to other Marzens but it's still a great tasting beer with plenty of good qualities.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, creamy to wet but keeps it's body when sitting on the tongue.

Drinkability: An Outstanding Oktoberfest. One of the best served in this area.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Amber with a big fluffy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a sticky mess of rings along the side of the glass.
A little malt and octoberfest funk.
Lots of bready malts with some allusion to hops. Not to much flavor going on here but what's present is pleasant.
Smooth full body for the style with slightly low carbonation but works well for the beer.
A good example of an Octoberfest that I will be revisiting next year.

Photo of midnite2sixman
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber gold. Looks like a field of grain wavering in the wind with a dingy white head.

Sweet yeastiness on the nose. Bready.

Very smooth taste, bits of coriander, but you definitely get that Oktoberfest feel, little bit of hops.

Very rounded taste, quite easy to drink.

A very cool German Marzen. Quite worth the try.

Photo of liquidsunshine
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was beautiful, a nice orange tinted head which stuck around for a while. The beer it self had a hazy orange amber hue.

The smell was a little hard to get a lot out of, but I blame that more on my congested sinuses then the beer itself. What I did get was rich and full. Roasted malt with appropriate hints of fall spices, perhaps a little pumpkin as well.

The taste was very broad and complex with many wonderful flavors brought together and balanced well. They did a wonderful job of highlighting the fall/pumpkiny spices without overpowering the also delicious roasted malt. I get a little bit of caramel sweetness in the aftertaste lingering on my tongue.

The mouthfeel was spectacular, full and rich without being overpowering. Not overly carbonated, with tiny bubbles forming on my tongue and throat.

Its an excellent session beer, but I could also probably have a few in a sitting happily.

Very tasty would recommend to all to try!

Cheers - Matt

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into 500ml glass.

Crazy 5F off-white head that took some time to fade into the slightly hazy golden body.

Smell was sweet... rich maltiness, carmel-like, with some noticeable fall spices.

Flavor was also nice - a little reminiscent of raw dough, with some rich fruits in the background (almost dubbel-like), and finishing with a soft pretzel quality.

Mouthfeel and drinkability scored points with me - the pleasant flavors combined with being quite low in carbonation encouraged large mouthfills. Pretty sure I could polish off a couple liters of this in an evening.

Photo of glid02
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a light gold color with a one-finger slighlty off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet and somewhat bready malts with hints of spicy hops in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors with a decent amount of bready heft are joined by mildly spicy and somewhat herbal hop flavors midway through the sip. The ending is equal parts sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a creamy thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer although the malt flavors weren't quite crisp enough for a marzen. Still, the mouthfeel is very good and I say it's worth a shot.

Photo of mnj21655
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle

Pours a clear, medium gold in color with about a finger of white head. Aroma is good with Munich and Veinna malts, light toasted malts and clean lager characteristics. Flavor is pretty good. This beer starts fairly sweet but then finishes moderately dry. Hop bitterness is moderate and noble hop flavor is low; both are present near the finish. A complex malty character dominates with Munich and Vienna malts and a toasty aspect again present. Mouthfeel is good with medium body and carbonation and a creamy texture. Drinkability is pretty good. Good complexity, very enjoyable.

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has an awesome sweet lager taste...so different than what I was expecting after trying other Ayinger wheat beers--but exactly what an Octoberfest should be.

Nice gold in color, continuous carbonation, contains a great atumn pumpkin tasts, and some spice remains after each sip. All in all a great brew--especially in the genre of Marzen...This is a good time of year.

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

appearance- Beautiful rich golden color with a rocky, white head and great retention. Plenty of bubbles lingering.

Smell- Light bread-like aromas with a hint of some malt.

Taste- Beautifully balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Strong flavors of caramelized bread up front with a brisk, dry, hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium body with great carbonation.

Drinkability- Truly refreshing. The balance of hops and malts was highly appealing and the carbonation made it quite refreshing. Nice beer for a cool late summer/early fall day and with lighter fare on the grill. I've yet to find a beer from Ayinger that I don't love.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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
3.16/5  rDev -20.8%
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
2.97/5  rDev -25.6%
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
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
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
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 2,140 ratings.