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

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2,072 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,072
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 89
Gots: 143 | FT: 1
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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 dfitch81
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try this back to back against Paulaner's Okto. Pours with almost no head, and what's there is gone in an instant. Doesn't lace at all either. Pleasing color, though - a clear cider gold. Smells sweet - bread, apple, and plum. Taste is less pronounced than Paulaner, but very similar - sweet, fruitlike malt tempered by a dash of noble hops. Nothing unpleasant, but flavors lack the clarity of the Pauly Okto. Mouthfeel is this beer's strongpoint: not thick, not thin, just right - Goldilocks would approve. A very drinkable beer, to be sure, but I wouldn't choose this over the Paulaner.

dfitch81, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of edbeer
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great octoberfest. the color was a nice caramel and the head was almost pure white. The beer had a clean smooth taste that was a little biscuity. The hops were well stated but not overpowering and the finish left me wanting more*

*More beer and sauerbraten! Prost!!

edbeer, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Biggness
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap @ Deep Ellum, the night after I tasted 28 Oktoberfests, this one hit the spot, a beautiful Oktoberfest. it pours a dark amber with a 2 fingered white head. the smell is of toasted malts. The taste is big on toasted malts with a wonderful cramy mouthfeel. A highly drinkable beer, and it could be the best Oktoberfest out on the market.

Biggness, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this one. As I go to pop the cap I notice some great artwork on it showing a German landscape with people enjoying a brew.

Pours a deep gold that approaches amber orange in color. Full foamy head of ecru settles to a thick collar. No lacing.

Smells of bready malts with a slight hop presence. Fairly clean and straightforward.

Taste of biscuits and finishes clean mildly of hops. subtle, simple, straightforward, fresh flavor.

Well carbonated on the lighter side of medium. Clean tasting and very drinkable. I would love to have this fresh at Oktoberfest in Germany with their traditional food. Some day...

Jmamay22, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice cold day, and what a great beer to have when watching football. I also used some to help cook my stew.

A- Nice one finger width sitting atop a dark golden beer. Not much else to say about the beer's look.

S- Great fruit smell, with some clove, slight banana, and a nice malty bread smell.

T- The malty taste is the driving taste, the clove is there but only as a side act to the malt show. This is nice, clean and crisp taste, wonderful representation of the style.

M- Feels great in the mouth, good balance of carbination and beer thickness.

D- Very drinkable.

Wetpaperbag, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The nose on the beer is the usually oktoberfest/lager smell with a bit of biscuit. The colour of the beer is a light copper colour with a lot of carbonation. The head is about one inch and has pretty good retention. The beer could be slightly more dark. The beer has an initial bite from the lagering, then continues through some sweetness and some biscuit flavours. There is a slight taste of something roasted as well that brings a nice balance to everything in the beer. The beer is really damn good and a bit more bitter than I expected, but it works very well! The mouthfeel is almost perfect. It's creamy and crisp. Pretty drinkable beer, like pretty much all Oktoberfests.

swizzlenuts, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of NDZonie
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this into my Cardinal Beer glass, from Switzerland.

Color: Wonderful copper color that is only slightly hazy.

Aroma: Tangerine overtones with a dry finish make this a very tempting beer to try.

Taste: Wonderful caramel notes with an obvious Hallatauer Hershbrucker finish. The dry finish is a very nice surprise.

I would recommend this Oktoberfest-Marzen to anyone who is longing for a classic German Munich Oktoberfest Marzen.

NDZonie, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of CHADMC3
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden to orange in color with a substantial white frothy head that hangs around a while leaving a big bubbled lacing in its wake.

Fruity, sweet malt aroma with hints of bread.

Very different taste than I expected. Again some sweet fruit flavors, likely apples, but also getting some metallic flavors. Clean and crisp with just a hint of hops at the end.

Well balanced to light on the palate. Just enough carbonation and flavor and nothing overwhelming.

This beer offers excellent drinkability, great alcohol balance to coincide with the flavor offerings, something I could drink all night on a nice autumn eve ning.

CHADMC3, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of Goregazm
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: Pours an amber color, kind of like apple juice with a slight orange tint. Very clean and smooth looking. Has a fizzy, two-finger white head which dissipates in about a minute and leaves some great lacing down the glass.

Smell: Has a light, mildly sweet smell. Has some fruit in there (especially apple and orange), malt, and some toastiness. Some slight breadiness too.

Taste: Has a clean, crisp taste to it. Starts off sweet, almost like a light orange juice. Has an excellent citrus tone. Ends with a bitter hops and herb kick.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a very smooth feel in the mouth. It's carbonation level is just right, and it leaves an aftertaste which is nice and suttle, with just the right amount of bitterness.

Drinkability: This is the most refreshing Octoberfest beer I've had this year. This is the ideal beer to drink on a warm Autumn day, espcially while sitting back and relaxing. This is also a great session beer, and perfect for enjoying while watching a football game. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on this fine Marzen. It will make you appreciate the month of October even more.

Goregazm, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of scottg
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 L bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a two finger cloudy white head made up of little buttles with solid retention and light spidery lacing. Aromas of sweet citrus, toffee, and caramel. Toasted malt flavors, biscuity and grainy with a sweet orange citrusy finish. Mdeium carbonation, medium body, very clean and crsip and full of malty goodness.

scottg, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of SchlaflyFan
2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass from a 500ml bottle. Great amber color, fairly clear, with a big head on it. Dry fruity taste, with a fleeting (metallic?) aftertaste at first. Fairly clean drinking, mouthfeel is crisp and light. Not my favorite Oktoberfest by a long shot but its not bad, well other than that aftertaste. I think I must have had a bad bottle, or an old bottle.

SchlaflyFan, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear amber color with a full white head.

Nice aroma of malt, chocolate, and apple.

Taste is sweet with lots of apple, ripe fruit, brown sugar, and biscuit. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied, yet rich and chewy with a moderate carbonation.

A nice beer, indeed. I'll definitely have again and again.

Monkeyknife, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L bottle poured into my Yuengling pils glass,
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen is a clear fizzy bronze with a white head that leaves nice spidery lace all the way down. I like to see this is actually a märzen style o-fest!

Smell is really soft, slightly fruity, tangerine and strong apple juice. While I normally dig fruity esters, something about this, in spite of the harvest connotations with the apples, is a bit thin for me.

Taste is pretty soft, malty, with a dry, tinny finish, some apple cider and slightly phenolic, but overall neutral and clean, mainly a light toasted malt.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a bit of crispness on the dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, a maltier o-fest but still pretty light and easy drinking. Not the most complex, perhaps a bit dumb downed, but at least it looks like it should!

ccrida, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle of Oktober Fest-Marzen from Ayinger. The beer pours a crystal clear amber color with a big off-white head. Aroma is malt with a hint of husky grass. Decent body as it streams across the palate. The flavors seem very raw: grain, crackers, and a little caramel sweetness. A slight bitterness at the end. This is an alright beer, but not the best of the style.

BeardedBoffin, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of aquatonex
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Gate in Park Slope. Probably one of the best festbiers I have had.

Pours translucent amber, not completely transparent like most festbiers. Head is white and full, good lacing as well. Nose is fruity with roasty malts. Taste is full and rich, good balance of malts, slight hops and spice. Refreshing but not too thin.

aquatonex, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of RickSawyer
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrat, clear yellow pine color with a creamy, puffy white head. Smells so sweet. Bready, some brown sugar, red apples, some floral hops in the background. Wonderful. Taste begins with a very nice white bread, toasted short bread, white grapes and a bright red apple sweetness, with a crisp, refreshing citrusy finish. Incredibly drinkable. Leaves you yerning for more. Best of the season so far.

RickSawyer, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Emerging1
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is annually one of the best oktoberfests you can find in the bottle in the Midwest.

The beer pours impressively. Medium amber. Nice big off-white head, small, tight, uniform bubbles. Thin permanent top remained throughout the glass. Very nice Belgian remained.

The aroma is raisins and wheat; subtly fruity.

The taste is bright and buttery which intensifies as beer warms toward 50 degrees.

Very drinkable, no shame or risk in offering this choice to an oktoberfest newcomer.

Emerging1, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

The Ayinger fest offering pours a perfect warming orange brown color with a beautiful creamy white head and lots of visible rising carbonation. Lots of clean toasty malts on the nose with a subtle nutty character. While tasting, lots of crisp, smokey malts, biscuit tones and a good citrusy hop twang and spice lingering towards the finish. The bitter hops meld with the smokey malts into the after taste. Very well balanced and highly drinkable. This is a great example of what Oktoberfest biers are all about.

ATPete, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, bready, raisiny oktoberfest.

Amber, it hs a big off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin permanent top and leaving some fairly nice lace.

The aroma is toasted whole wheat bread, hay, honey, raisins, clear alcoholic pungency with a light fruity-meaty aroma similar to some bocks or nicer malt liquors/strong lagers, with a hint of fresh roasted chicken.

The taste is clearly but pleasantly on the alcoholic side with a lightly meat, spicey raisin and grape quality, fresh bread, grape skins, a hint of butter, juniper and pine bark. It has a long finish of lightly bitter herbs and grass along with toasted buttered bread with browned butter.

It's zesty, lively, easily drinkable, and quite tasty.

Offa, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of youngleo
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured light brown in color. I had a hard pour and I think it paid off. Decent head that lasted. Head was off white in color. Had some decent lacing. Smelled of malt, a hint of alcohol, and caramel. Tasted ever so lightly sweet. With caramel and maybe a hint of coffee. Reminded me of a light dark beer. Felt good in the mouth. Probably a little on the light side. Carbonation was good. If you was at a party and wanted to use this as a session beer, you would of made a good choice. I think it would be good outside at a campfire with a light jacket on and enjoying a October evening.

youngleo, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of walshclimb
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear bright amber, almost sparkling with a very thick off-white head made up of tiny uniform bubbles. The head dissipates kind of quickly but stays around nonetheless and leaves a decent lace. Smells malty and maybe a little nutty. Tastes clean and a little light with nice malt base and a lightly hopped aftertaste. Smooth and refreshing with a slightly creamy texture, medium body and active carbonation and a crisp finish. This is a solid Octoberfest offering from Germany and worth a try.

walshclimb, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into my excuse for a stein

A: Amber with a massive beige head that slowly recedes to a disk, leaving some sticky foam on the side of my glass. Probably the best looking marzen of those I've had in recent memory. Crystal clear and gorgeous carbonation

S: Bigger than some of the marzens i've had recently with a solid malty sweetness, pronounced bready character. Dough-like too. In a way, i'm reminded of almond or walnut oil - can't put my finger on which

T: Starts off with a mild spicy hop bitterness before a malty sweetness kicks in, liquid bread is not an unfair description. Dries up a bit on the finish that's got some spicy character from the hops, maybe a little too much?

M:Great carbonation and medium-light in body, this feels pretty darned good on the palate

D: Really drinkable, I'm enjoying this one!

DefenCorps, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 to a Williamsburg Brewing Co. pint...

Dark, natural ginger ale/ginger beer-colored bosy with significant carbonation. Soapy head thins up a little quickly.

Earthy malt with slight woody feel - amberish with Germanic hop profile, including a little silage in there.

Now that tastes like a Fest beer...deep-bodied, boiled amber-ish malt with mild hop character and a little slight spice ester. Clean yet full-flavored.

Mouthfeel is quite fulfilling. Hearty for a fall brew but finish is very clean and lacking aftertaste. Malt is dominant with a slight sweetness while grassy hops remain in the background.

While a little on the heavy side from the abundant malt profile this drinks very easily. A good ol' standby for Fest season.

IBUnit63, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Day seven of Oktoberfest brings yet another German take on this originally German style. I was told upon purchasing this beer that it was from the previous year's batch.

Ayinger's Fest-Märzen is presented in a half-liter brown bottle with a bottle cap that is a work of art in itself.

Poured into a half-liter mug, the beer shown a very distinct orange hue (mimicking the orange that liberally graces the bottle's label), forming a solid two-finger head of off-white foam that showed incredible resiliency and stuck around the length of the drink, leaving behind thick patches of lace.

The nose consisted mostly of fruity, herbal hop aromas with some sweet malt aroma as well.

A medium body carried within it delicious mildly sweet caramel malt flavor up front, balanced out by a nice balance of light resiny hop notes in the middle, melding nicely into a slightly dry, medium-long finish with just a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste.

An amazingly drinkable brew; one of the best Oktoberfests I've tried yet. The half-liter just wasn't enough. Ayinger's take on the style is extremely distinct and most definitely rivals Spaten's original.

superdedooperboy, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of BierFan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: It had a large white head, and a light orange body.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts, some hops, and that characteristic lager aroma that we all love so much.

Taste: Refreshing, malty with a slight hop bitterness.

Ayinger's Marzen is one of my favorite examples of the style, along with Bell's seasonal offering.

BierFan, Sep 27, 2008
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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