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

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2,044 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,044
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 88
Gots: 144 | FT: 1
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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 clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, two-finger head that died very slowly with immense lacings on top of an orange body that looked beautiful. Some sweet malts, caramel mostly. OK, a lot of caramel, like a liquid Caramello bar. Some spices also in there. Medium bodied and a little fluffy, this beer is real smooth and has some creamniess to it. Still complemented with a hop bite that is mixed in well, there is a sweet malt taste that pervades in this beer yet has a perfect counterpoint in a dry finish (finish has some nice hops and a little spiciness). I am not an expert in Oktoberfest beers, but this was tasty and not overpowered by spices like other ones I've had. I'd recommend this as a must try for any Oktoberfest beer fan.

clayrock81, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of trafordboy
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle purchased at Urban Cellars in Baltimore, MD.

Poured into standard beer mug.

Orangish-gold with a very light chill haze forms a fluffy white head of fine bubbles with excellent retention, leaving nice sheets of lace. Moderately-strong carbonation. Aroma is predominately bavarian lager yeast with a clean profile, sweet pale and crystal malts, and round hops, similar to a Harp Lager but with more sweetness. Flavor profile is very clean. Wet, mid-bodied mouthfeel and mild malt sweetness makes it an extremely drinkable session brew. Starts with delicately spicy hops but fades into a subtle grainy Munich/Crystal malt sweetness. Hops are used very delicately, adding to the initial complexity but lending to an extremely drinkable brew without risking taste-bud fatigue. Mild to moderate pleasant well-balanced bitterness. Sweet grain husk lingers on the palate. Throughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.

trafordboy, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Reanimator
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden orange color, smells of characteristic bready malt and yeast. The flavor is light yet literally mouth-watering, dominated by sweet, biscuity malts with some caramel notes, and a syrupy yet also light mouthfeel. Wonderful!

One of the better O-fest brews I've had the pleasure of drinking!

Reanimator, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crisp golden-amber, a gentle rise of bubbles that assist in the head retention. Head is foamy, not too tall, but settles slowly.

S: Warm, toasted malts... some touches of caramel, and a slight touch of grass.

T: Malts have a light sweetness - some grain and breadiness. A full flavour, some noble hops come out towards the middle. A spot of alcohol on the finish.

M + D: Kinda slick, with a lingering taste on the finish. Crisp carbonation, and a little oiliness. A pleasant example of the style... another, please!

Proteus93, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of mcsquint
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 16.9 oz bottle into 20 oz mug. Nice golden amber color with 1 finger white head that fully diminished in a couple of minutes with light lacing. Malty aroma with no hops. Full bodied, moderately sweet taste that lasts through to finish as to be expected with this style. This is a good example of a MarzenOktoberfest.

mcsquint, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of jokelahoma
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Old Chicago in Olathe KS as part of the Oktoberfest Mini-tour.

Poured a nice medium copper-ish, golden color, with a decent head that really didn't last that long.

Aroma was mostly malt, as is to be expected of this style. Good toasty notes in the nose, with a warm and sweet bread crust aroma permeating the overall smell. No real hops in the nose.

Taste is almost exactly what the aroma leads you to believe you're getting. There's a good bread crust flavor in the malt, a wonderful grainy sweetness that is just barely balanced by the hop bitterness, It's not cloying by any means, but it is a malt-forward brew. The malt shines here with the toasty, bready flavors really at the forefront of every sip. Nice and sweet without ever being over the top. A fine job walking the high wire that is a good Marzen.

The mouthfeel is just this side of heavy, which is again just what you want in a good O-fest lager. It's drinkable, yet substantial.

This is a very good example of a good Oktoberfest lager. Eminently drinkable, yet each one has enough character that you know you're not just throwing down Perrier. It's not always easy to get that balance between character and drinkability, yet Ayinger does it quite well with this brew. If you can locate this one, it's well worth seeking out.

jokelahoma, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of beeragent
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a medium copper, forming a large off-white head.

S - Large malt aroma. Light hint of spices as well.

T - Nice sweet malt flavor, light caramel, along with light spices in the finish. Not too complex.

M - Nice medium mouthfeel that coats the palate. Smooth finish.

D - Overall, a great Oktoberfest style beer. I could definitely see myself drinking more of these this fall. A great find IMO.

beeragent, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a small, white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of grains, yeast, slight caramel. Tastes of more german malts, light grains, yeastiness, very light hop bitterness, and a very delicate caramel flavor. Mouthfeel is light yet slightly creamy, good carbonation and crisp finish. Pretty drinkable but not my favorite of the style.

Doomcifer, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of tangentrider
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber beer with a disappearing off-white head. Light carbonation.

S- Fruit and slight caramel aroma, with some grain in the back.

T- Light malt sweetness with a touch of hop bitterness. Some caramel and spice.

M- Smooth, with moderate carbonation that leave a bit too much bite.

D- Drinkable, but could be a little more complex.

tangentrider, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish copper in color. There is a huge, fluffy white head on the pour. Not a lot in the nose of this beer at all. Taste is lots of malt. There's a hint of nut and spice in the flavor. Very creamy on the mouthfeel and very easy drinking. This one will be gone before I realize it.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber clor with a large 2 inch slightly yellowed head sitting on top. Decent retention and some spotty lacing.

The aroma is decent. A very subdued citrus is available, with some caramel notes accompanied by a large portion of grain.

Taste is fairly nice. Pretty grainy, bready, and nutty. Slightly sweet as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation leaving a nice tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Nice flavors and low alcohol make this a nice Oktoberfest session. It also destroys most of it's American counterparts IMO.

Goliath, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Euro bottle into pint glass

A: Deep amber, finger of head that quickly dissipated. Carbonation apparent. Solid looking brew.

S: Bready and caramel tones on the nose, good smelling brew.

T & M: One of the lighter tasting marzens that I've had. Mouthfeel is solid, not watery. Finish is crisp, with a little bitterness which I have not encountered in many other marzens either. Very bready quality to this beer as well.

D: Drinkable, but man I felt like I just ate a steak dinner after drinking this beer. Not sure I could drink more than one bottle at a time.

elniko, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of FishGetter
2.85/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up after returning bottles. Almost like free Beer!

Pours golden amber color, semi-clear, with tall bubbly head. Good head retention.

Sweet, hoppy aroma with trace of citrus.

Caramel malt dominates first taste followed by mild hop, citrus tone. Alcohol warms at finish.

FishGetter, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear light amber-orange with a large white foamy head that lasts awhile, very good lacing.

smell is faint, some malt, some caramel.

taste is watery at first then thickens up, malt, touch of roasted nuts, caramel comes through in the back, bread dough, end is a tad chewy and leave the mouth oily, slight bitter aftertaste.

froghop, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of JDK
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden honey with a 2 finger head that lasted throughout. This is one of the few beers I've had where the head solidified to almost a crust. Lots of bubbles in the carbonation but not overly carbonated on the tongue.
Light smell of hops and carameled malts
Has a very nice citrus taste with subtle hints of allspice and cloves
I've not been a big fan of Ayingers other beers but this one was very good. Comes in a 16oz bottle so 2-3 would give a nice buzz.
Worth a try if you can find it!

JDK, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of ThirstyBird
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful one inch head settles down to a thin covering. The beer is a nice honey gold color.

Malty, bready and some sweetness on the nose

This beer is sweet malty with some hop flavor on the back end

The mouthfeel is fairly light with a slight oily feel to me. Carbonation is lively but fine in nature.

This beer is quite nice and approachable - a good session beer.

ThirstyBird, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a massive head that's slow to recede, leaving behind nice lacing along the imperial pint glass. Aroma of some spiced apple cider, hints of caramel and very light hopping. Flavor is on par with the nose. A bit of apple spice, sweet caramel malts, fruity in a way, slightly bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not much carbonation in this one. Changing these two aspects would really help the flavor. A decent OFest. I was expecting more coming from this brewery, but I feel like I was somewhat let down.

KeefD, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a nice fluffy white head. Nose has good graininess and a bit of clear malt. Taste follows a solid lagery grain taste with some amped up malt presence (relatively speaking). Some breadiness in here as well. A touch of spice. A nice slight euro hop nip. Mouthfeel is quite nice, and drinkability is very solid as well. Glad to see these hitting the shelves again, as oktoberfest is right around the corner!!!

AKBelgianBeast, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- super clear honeyed amber with golden highlights and dirty copper lowlights. huge puffy ivory head becomes foamy and pitted with a nice tightly frothed skin on top. rings of lace form effortlessly as it settles and remains at about 1/4in thanks to a constant supply of tiny rising bubbles. this might be the marzen i've been waiting for.

S- fruity and toasty with caramel, well water, and a decent amount of grassy floral slightly citric hops. red apple, pear, red berries, and a touch of diacetyl. nice, but a little diluted.

T- bingo. mineral water and noble hops from start to finish. in between there's lots of toasty bread and biscuit flavor, squishy red berries, apple, pear, red grape, cream sherry, hazelnut, aromatic wood, and caramel malt. this is what i've always imagined a real oktoberfest to taste like after being let down so many times with american versions (sorry). the flavorful hard water used totally compliments the fruity yeast, and the toasty caramel malt balanced by earthy hops is sweet but not ever sugary. toast and biscuit flavors last well into the finish with the soft noble bitterness and a lightly herbal aftertaste.

MF- body is juicy with medium carbonation and just enough weight to keep it from feeling watery. a powdery grainy feel is also evident as a reminder of the substance put into this brew. some subtle dryness imparts a woodsy whisky feeling and after the toasty flavors fade i'm left only with a clean bitterness on the sides of my tongue.

D- smooth and refreshing, flavorful at fridge temp but more complex a little warmer. i've always thought this style wouldn't suit me but brau von aying has changed my mind. thanks to the bier depot for having the best selection of german beer around. i feel like putting on a funny hat and smashing mugs with buddies. prost!

hustlesworth, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear copper color, with a nice sized white head that has nice retention. Aroma is of sweet, bready malt, toasted grain, and caramel.

Taste is full of sweet malt as is expected for the style. Finish is bitter from the hops and is a bit dry. Pretty decent Oktoberfest but not my favorite, definitely prefer the Paulaner as far as the Germans go. Still drinks pretty easy though.

hckyfn9999, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a brilliant, bright amber color with a generous lacy head.

S- A nice balance between sweet malts and crisp, caramel malts. A tiny bit of a hops smell also and very bready.

T- Much like the smell. Lots of grainy flavours and sweet malts. The finish is slightly bitter, the hops.

M- A little on the thin side for the style.

D- Easy to drink I just think there are better examples of the style.

nrbw23, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

17 oz picked up today from the Coop for about $3.50.. poured into my shaped SA glass...

2 finger head dies back after a while.. nice cap and collar...brew is polished orangey copper.

Toasty malts... not as rich in the nose as some.

Flavor is better.. toasted malts.. could use more malt flavor.. sorta mildly spicy.. I am getting (for lack of a better description) "metallic/tinniness" toward the end. Finish is fairly dry just leaving the essence of Munich malt.. body is light/medium and carbonation is fairly high for the style.

Not bad... just I've had better.


JohnGalt1, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler. Poured a translucent amber with a dense, two inch off-white head. Some spotty strands of lacing present durng the tasting. Nose is mild; however, the sweetness and the malty backbone can't be missed. Taste consisent with nose. Caramel quality also revealed once consumed. Strongly biscuity in nature, but I also picked up a bit of skunkiness as the brew began to warm, lingering at the finish. Mouthfeel was between light- and medium-bodied with a balanced amount of carbonation. Solid example of the style. Went down easy and alcohol was well-hidden, but not my favorite.

Jwale73, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper/amber with about a finger of head. Moderate retention, with some minimal lacing.

S - Pleasant caramel sweetness with background aromas hinting at cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, clove, and even orange peel. Very nice, but a little restrained.

T - Smooth caramel and brown sugar flavors are backed by a less than pleasant grainy taste. The alcohol breaks through mid palate becoming very noticable for the 5.8. Finish is mildly grainy with overtones of some spice from the nose, mostly nutmeg.

M - Light to medium with a decent level of carbonation. More body and less carbonation would suit me better.

D - Great and as easy drinking as any decent marzen. A little disappointed by some of the grainy aspects but solid nonetheless.

PatrickJR, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown Euro bottle, purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours an average amber but with perfect clarity. A towering 3 finger head forms with decent retention. Decent lacing to start before falling off.

S: Bready, nutty. Faint rye notes? Light grassy and floral hops. A bit of zesty yeast in the back. Subtle all around.

T/M: Grainy and husky with a smooth buttery taste and finish. Some toasted nuts compliment grains and huskiness. More of the grassy and floral hops, a bit earthy and melds well with the earthy yeast. Body is maybe a touch under medium with smooth and refreshing carbonation. Finishes just a touch dry.

D: Easy drinking and tasty. Might get lost a bit in the crowd, especially with limited quantities.

pwoods, Aug 27, 2008
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 2,044 ratings.