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

Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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very good

1,614 Ratings

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Ratings: 1614
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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Photo of JednoPivoProsim


3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden pale lager colored body with a decent white head. Crystal clear with attractive carbonation.

Smell: Grassy Euro lager aroma. Slightly sweet malt smell.

Taste: Slight caramel taste. All malt flavor with the slightest noble hop bite. Not overpowering, yet flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but not heavy. Very refreshing.

Overall: Very nice. More of a drier strong pale lager/helles bock/dortmunder composition as compared to some of the more commercial Oktoberfest examples, which tend to be much sweeter in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 00:13:54 | More by JednoPivoProsim
Photo of witster18


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right off the bat - this is the best bottlecap ever.

Nose of rosehips, malt, and steel.

Pours a bullish, but active head. Amazing clarity, golden amber color.

Taste is sharp but light. Starts with sweet amber malt, but balances with a bit of bitterness, but doesn't end up dry.. Quite the opposite actually. My mouth is watering like I'm chewing malt Gatorade bubble gum here... Awesome drinkability. A bit of alcohol heat but not much. For 5.8 this is awesomely light..sessionable to the hilt.

Malt profile gets more flavorful and full overall as it warms, and the alcohol does the opposite. I'd recommend letting this get to about 50degrees.. Actually even more amazingly drinkable at this temp.. One of the best lighter octoberfests I've ever had, but encouragingly loses the light tag as it warms, and with the abv..

This is an awesome brew. oh my, I'm in trouble. Wish I'd bought two more.

Amazing, this beer smelled much like nothing at 40 degrees, but the malt is taking over at 50.

The great thing about this beer is that the first sip is kinda meh because everything is a bit muted, but the quality is shown in that way as well as many others. Amazing mouthfeel, Amazing drinkability, great color and clarity, and absolutely mouth-watering. Awesome Oktoberfest!

The most well-balanced marzen on the shelf. Take note America - THIS is how you do it. The closest American version in terms of overall quality is either Great Lakes Okt or Mektoberfest, but personally, I believe this to be the world-wide standard.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 18:40:44 | More by witster18
Photo of Jacurdy60


4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours an unimpressive golden-brown color with a nice, creamy, white head with excellent retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the sides.

S-Molasses, raisin bread, other dark fruits (cherries), a bit smoky

T-Very well balanced on the palate. The malty sweetness is the most pronounced flavor profile as the molasses, raisins, and cherry blend well with a roasted backbone. Finishes with a well-rounded flavor profile showcasing each flavor.

MF-Creamy, rich, and smooth with a wet finish. Rich and full-bodied. Very nice for a low abv brew

O-I was expecting something a bit more robust since it's a German brewed Oktoberfest, but it is still a delicious brew. One I'll definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:12:34 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an amber honey color with 3 fingers of an off white, soapy head. Leaves some light spotty lacing. Body is clear.

Smell: Banana bread, sweet malt, honey, hint of raisin.

Taste: Huge breadiness, caramel, banana taffy, slight twinge of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall: Really good Oktoberfest. Lots of flavor while maintaining an insanely high level of drinkability. Definitely pick up a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:59:18 | More by Jonada
Photo of DerAtomsmasher


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a charming, bright orange with a fluffy head.

A lot of sweet malt in the nose, especially as it warms up; toasty bread and crackers.

The hops provide a tartness, like when you leave a tea bag in too long. Before that, though, there's a slight vanilla creaminess, a tiny amount of banana, but a malty fruitiness that combines with the hops to create a tart fruit tang. Imagine a tasty kölsch with a slight toffee touch; this does retain that sort of vinous note.

Not exactly a sessionable beer and I wish there were more in this style. But here it its and its a good one.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:38:53 | More by DerAtomsmasher
Photo of ISmith87


3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's Oktoberfest beer time! Well not quite yet but I'm pumped to see these on the shelves already. Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a porter/stout glass.

A - 4.00 - Dark amber/copper color, crystal clear, but no head.

S - 4.00 - Bread. Banana bread, zucchini bread, raisin bread, wheat, etc.

T - 3.75 - Wheat beer with hints of banana and all kinds of bread. Momentary hop bite that goes away almost as quickly as you taste it. Good beer for the style. It tastes the way that malt smells when your mashing it.

M - 3.75 - Medium-High carbonation. Easy drinking beer. Leaves a bready caramel aftertaste. Alcohol completely hidden.

O - 3.75 - Good beer, great for the fall. I'd love to drink this at a hay ride or while raking leaves, but I live in Arizona. It has a light flavor that makes it easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 04:35:51 | More by ISmith87
Photo of DeFaz


3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a light copper color with a medium head. Lacing sticks elegantly to the glass. The 500 ml bottle is unremarkable.

Smell: Bread, grain, maybe a bit of skunk, and light hops. Pretty nice.

Taste: I'm not sure about this. For a marzen, I'm surprised how much the tastes centers around the bread. It starts sweet with a significant herbal note (the hops) and then finishes relatively dry. The taste is complex, and I can't put my finger on all the flavors here.

Mouthfeel: The lager has a bitter aftertaste, which juxtaposes the relatively sweet beginning. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky. The bread sticks to the tongue for minutes after your last sip.

Overall: This is an unusual marzen, and it's good, but I wouldn't call it perfectly balanced. The malt drives the beer, and the hops just don't offer much more than black tea flavor. It's worth trying but is overrated in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 23:10:19 | More by DeFaz
Photo of justintcoons


3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Crystal clear gold with 3 fingers of white head. Decent retention and moderate carbonation.

Grass, pear, caramel and bread.

Bready, bready, bready maltiness. Molasses and caramel with notes of brown sugar. Hints of cantaloupe, grassy hops and skunk (in a good way).

Medium bodied, velvety and crisp.

I buy one of these every year and it always hits the spot. A great example of the Oktoberfest style.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 23:17:39 | More by justintcoons
Photo of JParlow


4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion this is the industry-standard when it comes to Oktoberfest. Poors out of the bottle with a 3 inch had that lasts for about 5 to 10 minutes. The lace on the side of the glass extends throughout the drink itself. A little lighter orange amber color than other Oktoberfest but seems to have a little more pronounced mouth feel. Like all other Oktoberfest's you really start to enjoy the depth and quality of the malt as it approaches 50°. This beer, and its brothers and sister in the style, coupled with NFL football is what makes the fall season exceedingly enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 18:36:40 | More by JParlow
Photo of StoutHunter


3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Ayinger's Oktober Fest-Marzen a few days ago for $3.59 at The Lager Mill. It's pretty early for Oktoberfests, but it was a very fall like day in mid Michigan and I wanted to drink this beer as fresh as possible so I decided to give a try today, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so it has to be fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a Oktoberfest style mug.

A- The bottle looks pretty good, the label has a nice traditional look with some shiny gold colors that help it stick out and the bottle cap is pretty nice looking, it reminds me of a postcard for Frankenmuth, Michigan. It poured a nice and slightly clear golden amber color that took on some nice brighter amber colors when held to the light with three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that that eventually faded away and left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking Marzen, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with lots of sweet malts coming through with some caramel, slight toffee, bready and grain like aromas. Up next comes some dark fruit aromas with raisins sticking out the most and there's a slight honey aroma in the background. This beer has a nice aroma, but the dark fruit threw me off a little for the style and the sweetness seemed a little too dominant.

T- The taste starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness followed by some sweet malts, grainy, bready, and caramel flavors. Up next comes a pretty big fruit flavor with apples seeming to stick out the most and it's a little cider like with the dark fruits barely showing up in the background, I think those fruity flavors are mainly from the yeast. On the finish there's a higher amount of low bitterness with a sweet, grainy and caramel malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beet but it wasn't as true to style as I would like and I think the yeast was too fruity for the style.

M- Fairly smooth, dry, a little sticky, on the light side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I could have gone without the stickyness.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, but I didn't think it was the best example of the style since the yeast and the sweetness seemed a little too dominant for this beer and I think that's pretty out of place for this style. This beer has ok drinkability, it's fairly smooth, but the flavors didn't do a good job at holding my attention and one would be enough for me, this isn't the kind of beer that I would drink multiples of since I think the yeast and sweetness would really start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it looked good and pretty true to style. What I liked least about this beer was the yeast and the sweetness, they seemed to dominate this beer and over power the classic Marzen flavors that are suppose to shine through. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there's many other German Marzens that I prefer more, All in all I thought this was a nice beer, but it didn't impress me since it wasn't what I was looking for in a traditional German Marzen, it just wasn't what I was expecting from the style. It's not a bad beer, but it's not a great example of the style. So far it's my least favorite German made Marzen.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 04:09:27 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of TwoTrees


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My personal quest for the 'breadiest' beer led me to this step along the way...

A: Clear, burnt orange with some head retention and decent lacing.

S: Sweet bread, malt, yeast, candy sugar...if 'Awesome' had a smell, it would be this.

T: Again, sweet bread, buttered crust, malt, faint medicinals.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation, not too heavy and extremely quaffable.

Overall: As far as Oktoberfests go (and beers in my general opinion), this is a superb specimen. Bready, yeasty, dangerously drinkable...this beer goes down smooth in quantity. I will definitely seek this out for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 20:35:13 | More by TwoTrees
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Pours a crystal clear golden amber wit a med to large lasting fluffy white. Aroma and taste of sweet toasted barley and grains, a bit of caramel malt, some light fruity notes. A medium bodied, crisp and refreshing on the palate, with good carbonation. The finish is sweet toasted barley and grains, fruity, light bitterness, some yeast notes. This is an all nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing Oktoberfest. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:24:30 | More by Samp01
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Poured a dark amber with some haze. A glowing orange in the light. Thick, impressive head, tannish in color. Some haze, too. A good looking beer.

S - Typical for a Marzen. Sweet malts, some caramel/toffee. Also noticed some banana, and odd for Marzen's I've tried, some dark fruits. Not a bad aroma, but nothing I've never experienced.

T - Drinking this now in June, and being a Marzen, the beer might be past it's peak. No harm though, a pretty solid beer. Said malts and other aromas were all noticed in the taste. Not crazy about tasting the dark fruits in this style of beer. Drops it's rating a bit, IMO. Also noticed some pumkin spice and a general "fall season" taste. Kind of light tasting for a Marzen. Lot's of flavor and plenty going on, I'm just used to more "oomph" in an Oktoberfest.

F - Okay, nothing real strange. A little sticky feeling would be the only downfall. Felt good while in the mouth, though.

O - A decent representation of the style. Good flavor, just a bit on the lighter side for a Marzen. Could also be a bit past it's expiration, too. Certainly a quality brew for the $1.99 I paid. Won't rush out to grab this again, but it's certainly a beer I won't mind sampling again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 17:56:22 | More by stella77artois
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm having a bottle of Ayinger Oktoberfest out of season for the second time. Not a problem - it tastes just fine, even in June.This orange-gold brew looks great and has good head. Smells apple sweet. From what I've been reading in other reviews, the yeast is part of what lends the aroma. The flavor has great malty texture, the hops lend a mild spiciness, but the yeast again gives it some fruit. Exceedingly pleasant to drink, a great member of the family of Bavarian lagers.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 04:20:03 | More by angusdegraosta
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South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly clear. Light orange beer. Huge, foamy white head fades slowly to a half inch or so. Great lacing.

Light, crisp, fruity sweetness in the aroma.

Sweet, malty flavor dominates. Some bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium light bodied. Clean, dry, slightly bitter finish.

For some reason, I expected this beer to be bolder in flavor, and heavier in mouthfeel. That being said, everything was correct to style, so I can't complain too much. Pretty solid Oktoberfest. Would drink another.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 14:15:10 | More by UnderPressure
Photo of Chadhowie


3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this one because it claims to be somewhat of an official Oktoberfest beer and I would love to go to Oktoberfest one day. It certainly did not disappoint. For an Oktoberfest lager, it was sweeter than I expected it to be. It beat 90% of the lagers that I have had to date and the sweetness actually made it a little better.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 00:12:23 | More by Chadhowie
Photo of InlandTaipan


4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Oktoberfest in the game. Absolutely beautifully crafted. Great amber color, caramelized malt note, and subtle sweetness. this one absolutely nails it. Buy one to know what they should all be judged by!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 22:27:49 | More by InlandTaipan
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours a burnt yellow colour. The nose on this is just amazing--so complex and inviting. It's nutty, fruity and brimming with so many great malt notes. Taste-wise it's equally complex. It's slightly sweet, but has a nice robustness with a delicious spicy finish. The best of this style we've had, it's perfect for hearty holiday meals.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 19:47:44 | More by CookstLiquor
Photo of pkalix


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

love most everything ayinger... pours a dark straw color. wary of ANYTHING of a straw color, though.... but a decent head.
lighter smell than expecting....sweet, caramel-y malt aroma.
taste is of the same. more lager-y than oktoberfest-y to me. the sweet malts make this seem less of a 'seasonal' than a regular, such as the other german perennials...
overall, typical ayinger.... commercial, but very nice tasting and average 5- 5.8% abv. except for the celebrator, of course. great session beers, normally. straight 80's in my opinion...

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 01:35:10 | More by pkalix
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a 2 finger head and nice lacing.

S: Faint honey and malt aromas followed by a hint of alcohol.

T: Very mellow honey and malt flavors along with some mild hops in the background.

M: Light to medium body with light carbonation.

O: Not bad at all. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 00:41:40 | More by nUgZ
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3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, golden orange with an off-white, 2 finger head. Decent retention. Shows a fair amount of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is subtle; grain and honey. Hints of caramel.

Taste - Flavors are light to moderate in strength, but well constructed. Sweet malt character; mellow honey and caramel flavors. Clean grain. Hops are subdued, but are faintly present and help to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with fair carbonation. Creamy, smooth finish.

Overall - Decent flavor profile but, as with most Ayinger brews, a wonderful mouthfeel. There are a handful of Oktoberfest brews I'd opt for over this one, but it's not a bad choice if options are limited.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:27:50 | More by TheSixthRing
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3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased from the Utah system. Poured into my perfect pint.

Appearance: A crystal clear deep golden beer with an off white head that sits about one finger tall.

Smell: Distinct honey "lager" smell from the malts. That smell is so inviting to me. The Bros mention tea in their review describing the hops smell and I tend to agree. Sort of a light herbal general smell to it.

Taste: Big caramel and toffee malt flavors. A touch of bitterness on the finish. Very crisp and cleanly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft with a medium thickness and low to middling carbonation.

Overall: A decent Oktoberfestbier. There are others that I like better, but this one certainly will get purchased again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 05:48:09 | More by kagent777
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. Nice copper pour with off white 2 finger pillow head with some active carbonation. Nice smell of marzen spices, nutmeg and some bready notes. Taste follows the nose with a nice crisp balance of malts, spices and mellow hops. Easy drinking/sessionable marzen. Perhaps some carmel on the end as it fades to earthy hops. Feel is middle of the road, but more active on the carbonation end, which was nice. Overall- A pretty impressive, balanced marzen. Liked the blend of spice, malts and subtle hops. A very solid effort and pretty true to the form from the German end. Nothing outstanding, but very drinkable and perfect for a fall evening. Will be hitting another soon-

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 15:37:14 | More by TheDinger
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4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big three fingers of head, copper colored body.
A nice grain and fresh bread smell.
Good malt flavor with just enough sweetness. Smooth all the way through with almost no bitter profile.
Almost a creamy texture, soft with low carbonation and medium body.
An excellent märzen.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 02:10:22 | More by Fatehunter
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear golden amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thinker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a light hint of earthy hops.

T: The taste of this beer follows the smell, toasted malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness followed by some earthy hops that lend a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink, sessionable, and enjoyable - pairs nicely with a burger and fries. Definitely one of the better German offerings in the style that is easy to find in the US.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 03:29:44 | More by dbrauneis
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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