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

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Reviews: 975
Hads: 2,160
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 103
Gots: 179 | 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 timontheroad
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

Kicked up a huge head- frothy, thick white foam that laced the glass beautifully. Clear golden color. Smell is bready, malty, with a hint of honey-like sweetness. Tastes just like the smell, although I get some bitterness (the German word is herb) in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light-bodied, that I would be satisfied to roll around on my palate all day long. This one makes me feel like I'm back in Deutschland sitting in Biergarten on a lazy warm herbst (fall) afternoon. Prost BAs! (490 characters)

Photo of travolta
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Appearance: Super clear, bright amber. Whipped eggwhite head, very dense and foamy. Lacing and retention are excellent.

Nose: Lavender candy, clean malt, yeast, tiny citrus. Great nose!

Taste: Perfect copper, chewy, sweetness. Carmel, honey and maple.

Notes: fantastic! One of the better beers I've ever had. Definitely the best Marzen. (350 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance- Caramel amber with a one finger fizzy head on the pour.

Aroma- Big whiff of sweet nutty malts.

Taste- Nutty, toasted malts dominate the flavor profile with a slight floral hop towards the end. Getting some honey/maple sweetness in this too.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, clean lager characteristics, and a very slightly chewy malt. Can't ask more for this style.

Overall- One of the better oktoberfests I've had for sure. Regardless of style though, this is slightly sweeter than I generally prefer, but for the style its definitely more balanced than some american counterparts and even some german ones. Very good beer all around and one worth making a fall staple brew. (86/100) (701 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

16.9 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(no dating on bottle)

L: copper ... very red, the definition of amber; thick 3/4-inch head of off-white foam, not quite tan; not much sticking or lace, but the head off the pour is nice; beautiful clarity, not pilsener-like activity inside the column, but there are definitely some bubbles floating up

S: buttery bread malt ... very English pale ale like with a pronounced malt presence

T: like the nose, very English pale ale like, fruity and malty with a pinch of earth-like bitter hops; everything is subtle here, but it's very tasty; some sour grain; get a bit of alcohol/medicinal taste on bigger swallows

F: quite solid with a nice crispness from the carbonation

O: very good, better than all the American-made oktoberfests I've tried; the malt presence is fantastic, and the pinch of dirt/earth hop bitterness offers good balance (880 characters)

Photo of Roser
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

A- big foamy ivory white head that lasted a long time and left pretty decent lacing. Clear, amber, honey gold. Most appealing.

S- clean, malty, bready, (slightly) spicy.

T- toasted malts, biscuity, caramel. Very, very pleasant.

M- light, smooth. Excellent balance.

O- very nice. A solid brew. Never used to be a big fan of Marzen/Oktoberfest, but starting to enjoy more and more. Would have again (and again) and definitely recommend.

Cheers! (449 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2%

500 ml bottle, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold/amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel and bready malt, honey, and light earthy hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of apple and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good Oktoberfest brew, I'd buy this again in the future. $3.49 a bottle. (537 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a clear golden amber with a billowing head. Head retention is good, and some impressive lacing is left behind in its wake. Aroma is classic marzen: toffee and honey notes, plus some floral hop character.

Lots of caramel malt on the palate, but the sweetness is restrained. There's a bit of toasty grain character, and light hop bitterness picks up toward the finish. There's even some light fruit (apple, pear) notes. Having had my fair share of different Marzens, this has the most tasty and complex flavor profile of the lot. (534 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Sampling right now on 8/25/14. Comes in a pretty 500ml (16.9 oz.) bottle that costs around $4.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5 L veissber 'vase' glass.

Pours a pretty golden-amber in color with a good 3-finger foamy head that settles down to a good 2mm layer on top of the brew and more on the sides. A decent amount of lacing was seen with each sip that sticks to the side of the glass. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is mostly of sweet caramel malts for the most part. The taste even has more going on with the sweet caramel malt with some bread (yeast) with very mild hop finish with a hint of spice in the mix as well. VERY easy to drink and smooth. Medium bodied. One of the best 'Marzen / Oktoberfest' brews I have tasted as I am usually not a huge fan of this brew style. A exception here for sure! PROSIT! (861 characters)

Photo of Myboymi
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

From a 500ml bottle, into pint glass served up at 52F.
Poured a beautiful medium golden amber color, topping itself off with a rich creamy head, which then settled down to a 1/2 finger. Very inviting to the eye, as well to the nose. A Classic Marzen aroma, of sweet caramel malt. The taste, light bready, toasted malt with a nice hop finish. All in all, a nice full body, and the right balance of sweet and bitterness. Very enjoyable. A true Oktoberfest, that is best served in a stein, under a beer garden tent, with your friends. Prost! (538 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4/5  rDev +2%

I don't think I can appreciate this style but I thought it was an ok beer. Very bready and it was smooth. I probably won't revisit the oktoberfest style. I love ayinger but this was not nearly the best that they make. It wasn't unpleasant by any means but I didn't have a "Wow!" moment. (287 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%

The best Marzen I have ever had to my recollection. Pours a clear, amber color with a well-built, off-white head that is very creamy in consistency. Aroma is genuine Marzen. Light happiness as well. Smells of rich, sweet bread. Flavor is just as yummy. Caramel drizzled pastry/bread. Light, crisp hop flavor as well. Has a creamy texture. Peppy carbonation. Very drinkable. Pretty delicious. I have become much fonder of this style as of late.

Bottle. (452 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber colour with a thin white head.

The smell is subtle, cereal and sweet malts.

The taste is a little sweet, cereal, the finish has some dark fruit. Very tasty!

The mouthfeel is light, high carbonation, crisp.

This is probably my favorite octoberfest beer, very tasty. I could drink a couple of these easily. (329 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a wine glass, because sophistication.

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper color. The head is a finger high, with a shade that's barely off-white. It also has nice creaminess and okay retention. A thick but short ring of lacing is left on the glass, creating an attractive brew.

S: It seems more focused on the hops than the caramel maltiness. Having said that, the hops are so beautifully restrained within the malt backbone. Letting it warm up will allow some subtle notes of caramel and toast to poke through. Not in-your-face, just amazingly delicate and refined.

T: It opens up with kisses of noble hops (mainly earthy, but also a bit apricot-y) and diacetyl. The latter presence actually meshes quite well with everything else. Caramel maltiness appears on the back end. This one seems very delicate and restrained...perhaps too restrained.

M: This goes down incredibly easily, like one would expect. It has the vibrant carbonation, the lightness, and the crispness down pat. It isn't bone-dry thanks to the malts, but that doesn't matter.

O: Marzens will continue to be shunned by the BA community, due to their simplicity and design (a stronger/sweeter lager designed to be drunk by the pitcher, preferably while wearing lederhosen while hot blonde women in dirndls bring you six more mugs at a time). This isn't complex or contemplative, but it's as well done as anything else in the style. Certainly, it's one of the best traditional marzens one can buy.

3.65/5: Only thing missing is the friggen' beer hall (1,540 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this pops out of the bottle like a 16 year old popping a broad for the first time, golden brown with an amber hue, the head fades quickly, lots of carbonation keeps what little head there is alive, lacing is spotty, the brew is pretty clear, an average looking brew

strong brown honey musty note, herbal hops with some biscuit notes on the end, distant lemon notes enter the fray, mostly you get the malt as the dominate player here, bad

taste etc...
much like the nose this is sweet malt forward, pretty hefty weight wise, the carbonation is prickly (I would actually like a smidge more bite here), the hops have a slight bittering but mostly herbal almost slightly medicinal flavor to them, nothing great, nothing offensive

ok, nothing special, well crafted but decidedly mild (806 characters)

Photo of GDhillon
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: The color ranges from a golden/straw to a dark copper tint.

Aroma: It has hints of malty sweetness, grainy, and earthy tones, but overall aroma is light.

Taste: The taste has bready, toasty, and sweet malty side, but accompanied by the right amount of hoppy bitterness.

Mouth-feel: The feel has a moderate carbonation, very light, and short crisp finish.

Overall: My overall impression of the beer is positive having a full bodied taste with the right balance of sweet and bitterness. The only downside was the lack of the aroma. (545 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pilsner glass, color is copper, head is bright white, presenting very thick, fine and medium bubbles, nice lacing, pretty much what you desire from this style.

Smell is mild munich, vienna malts, with some earthy hops.

Taste is malt forward with clean finish, nice full flavor from the munich/vienna malts, clean hop notes.

Mouthfeel is wonderful for a lager, not over carbonated, nice full body on the tongue and no sharpness.

Overall this is in my top few for oktoberfest style, great malt flavor and full body. (529 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 1 pint tall bottle that I purchased perhaps a month ago, I kept it ice cold and ready for when an amber malt craving struck. Poured a color reminiscent of dark honey, like a yellow to orange sunset with a creamy head that broke quite quickly. Aroma was marvelously fruity and spicy, with ample aromatic malt character. Taste was a layered blend of caramel and cherry fruit, floral vanilla, a darker malt note like faint molasses, and herbal hops that recall black tea. Semi-chewy body but not that much residual sweetness, just enough to balance some spice that replaces the sweet malts and fruit for the finish. The whole flavor palette integrates as you drink and yet the individual components become more salient as well. I love beers that actually reveal more of themselves as you proceed. A prime example of how complex and aromatic a well-crafted lager can be. Malt-forward but with enough fruit and spice from yeast and hops to provide balance and nuance. I am a bit of a Luddite when it comes to beer, pro-Reinheitsgebot when it comes to non-Belgian offerings and this sort of brew gives me strength. (1,114 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Enjoyed: 16 Nov 2013

Appearance: A great, crystal clear amber color with a soapy, thick creamy head that dissipates quickly like most Märzen style Oktoberfestbiere. Does not take as much agitation to get a good head as with some American Märzen beers.

Smell: No hops in the nose, which is to style. Nice malt sweetness with some caramel notes.

Taste: This is easy the best Oktoberfest I've had so far. I find that many O'fests are either cloying sweet with malt or for whatever reason ("American innovation"?) decide to mess with the style and add hops, roasted malts, etc. This beer is probably my new go-to standard for judging Oktoberfests because it has a sweet, caramelly malt without being overpowering, and there is a touch of bitterness on the back end without being hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation for the style helps this beer feel refreshingly bubbly, but not overpoweringly effervescent. Low enough carbonation to drink without feeling sticky or like champagne. Great.

Overall: A fantastic brew and one that I would highly recommend. Plus a cool bottle cap to boot. Would highly recommend. Look forward to trying more from Brauerei Aying. (1,197 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful copper-amber in color with a huge, fluffy, off-white head that has great retention.

S: Sweet, roasted malt dominate, followed by a faint, fruity hop presence.

T: Deliciously sweet, malty, clean, and crisp. Hops show up ever so slightly in the finish.

M: Smooth, sweet, properly carbonated. Not surprising here.

O: It's difficult to describe the best beers of specific German styles because these are the beers you base other versions of the style from. This is exactly how I expect, want, and need an Oktoberfest/Marzen to taste, smell, and satisfy. I could drink mug upon mug of this tasty stuff. (614 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500 ml bottle into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of snow white head, which hangs out for awhile. The beer is a crystal clear, fairly pale, yellowish-orange-amber with plenty of carbonation.

Nice malt aroma, with some herbal hops, and maybe a faint whiff of molasses (malty sweetness). The flavor is very nice, quite sweet I would say, but very interesting. It has that certain something that I've relished in good Euro beers since back in the day- perhaps a very faint skunkiness (?) combined with a cider-like bite and some honey-like sweetness, all backed by a lightly toasted maltiness that you can experience in a different way during the burps.

I believe I paid only about 3.35 for this bottle- one of the cheaper offerings at my local exotic beer emporium (not quite). So, definitely a good bargain for the quality and a good try. (880 characters)

Photo of dwren89
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: toasty brown with orangey highlights, thick, foamy white head, and great clarity

Aroma: clean, lager like aroma showcasing great noble hop character and toasted bread malt

Taste: great balance, really shows off noble hops more than malt character but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: clean, crisp, tingly, and medium bodied. Medium carbonation

Overall: A great German marzen that really showcases the noble hops rather than malt character. Very balanced still thought with a crisp finish. (499 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a tall weizen glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white fluffy head with sticky lacing and large bubbles. Active head that recedes after about two minutes. Semi-cloudy amber color with lazy carbonation. Ok looking beer.

S- What hits you first is the semi-grassy notes that remind me of German or Czech pils beers, but then a soft caramel and spice aroma comes into play. Very nice aroma, very German. I enjoy the juxtaposed notes.

T- Caramel, nutty flavors. Warm and slightly spicy.

M- A little syrupy, full-bodied with that lazy carbonation making it feel pretty thick. Leaves sticky dry feel in the aftertaste.

O- Good brew. Well balanced. (737 characters)

Photo of dmfrench
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light, balanced/generic Oktoberfest.

A: pleasing light pumpkin orange slightly hazy body with a two finger off white head that quickly settles to a thin cap.

S: candied plums, lots of spices, a bit of butter.

T: a bit of a let down after the excellent nose, but still reasonable... Not nearly as much fruit as the nose but still some, light on malt, main flavors are on drying resinous hops

M: a bit light, and a bit over carbonated Pleasant grain. (452 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another pick up at Der Berliner Kindl in Black Mtn., NC. Great little place to pick up an otherwise hard-to-find German brew.

Appearance 3.50: Beautiful, coppery golden color. Completely translucent. Slight and fizzy CO2 head. Still, this is a beautiful beer to behold.

Smell 3.50: Very nice bouquet. Predominant notes are treacly sweet grains and light grassy hops. Also, a very nice yeasty bouquet and a deep lagery finish.

Taste 3.50: Front is somewhat dry, with a light sweetness this fades quickly into a deeper malty middle, but this is also very light and somewhat flavorless. Finish is slightly sweet with a very slight -but nonetheless unpleasant-- metallic twang. Aftertaste features an enjoyable melange of adjunct flavors including corn and smooth rice.

Mouthfeel 3.50: Pleasant level of carbonation that certainly enhanced the enjoyment of this beer.

Overall 3.50: Not the best "October Fest" (as the folks at Ayinger spell it), but nonetheless, it is a pretty darn good maerzen. More subdued and slightly flavorless compared to other Oktoberfests I have had, this brew also features a slightly smaller ABV. Regardless, I do not regret picking it up and it certainly would serve to remind one of why one loves a maerzen when no other maerzen is available. (1,275 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glowing orange like an autumn leaf this Marzen has a beautifully appropriate hue. The head was thick and congealed that laced well.

The scent is sweet, almost a candied fruit, with caramel and praline. The scent is strong and aromatic but the sweet candied fruit is thick and slightly off putting.

The flavors are equally strong but a dry grain barley tempers the sweetness and adds good depth to this. The sweetness still tends to dried fruit and caramel but it is blended well and serves for a flavorful experience.

The feel is full but a little slick with moderate carbonation. (584 characters)

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.