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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

1,613 Ratings

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Ratings: 1613
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:
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Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear, orange/copper color with two fingers of crisp, white head, decent retention, minimal lacing. Visible effervescence.

Smell is very nice- caramel, some very nice smooth roasted malt notes, and a little bit of yeast.

Taste is superior- up front is some grainy barley, followed by sweet caramel, then a well blended collage of light roasted malts, punctuated ever so slightly by some noble hop bitterness, which gives way to the caramel to finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent- medium body, moderate to full carbonation, SLIGHTLY chewy but really very refreshing and smooth. Exceptional marzen- definitely the best one that I have had thus far (i've been coming back to it all season and finally decided to review).

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 18:16:01 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of cruzbay


4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Nice head with some lacing. Color is golden amber. The smell is a mix of the malty grains and floral hops. But the real reason we drink is the taste. This is the bench mark of all Oktoberfest beers. Fresh clean taste of the roasted malts leaving it slightly sweet. There is a light hop finish. This is a very drinkable beer, but hard to have just one. Great with a soft pretzel or bratwurst with kraut.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 12:06:42 | More by cruzbay
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500ml bottle to Pint Glass.

Appearance (5.0): I know it's seems nuts to give a beer a 5.0 in any category but to me, the appearance of the Ayinger Oktoberfest is the prime example of what it should bee. Nice honey color, with solid carbonation. I suppose if there were anything to detract from the score it would be that it doesn't hold it's head very long but I'm not too concerned with that.

Smell (4.0): I almost went with a 4.5. The smell is vibrant and and earthy, without any gimmicks some of of the newer Oktoberfest beers are trying to pull.

Taste (4.5): Again, so close to perfection. To me, this IS Oktoberfest. I can only compare it to Paulaner's Oktoberfest in taste but I feel that Ayinger has really captured the essence of it all.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Nice and smooth. If anything, a tad heavy but shouldn't Oktoberfest beers be a little heavy?

Overall (4.5): As stated before I can only compare Ayinger's Oktoberfest to Paulaner's. Where Paulaners keeps their price-point down, and the taste is certainly one of my favorites, Ayinger seems to capture the essence of Oktoberfest. It's my favorite but I'm not sure I can afford more than two or three 500ml bottles a season.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 23:57:00 | More by jibjib513
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4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear orange golden body with a white head that dissipates to a small foam cap.

A- Caramel, toffee, bready biscuity aroma. Light bitterness.

T- Sweet full flavor, toffee and caramel up front. Followed by a more bready taste. A nice light bitterness up front and in the aftertaste.

M- Medium body. Smooth, but crisp. Moderate carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. Goes great with food, or without. Quite thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:56:07 | More by gpogo
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3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 500 ml bottle into a mug.

A: Dark amber, light brown. Pours about a finger and a half, foamy, white head. Disintegrates quickly and unevenly. Very little in terms of lacing.

S: Butterscotch, molasses, and pecan, with light tones of milk chocolate.

T: Light but woody malt base. Hinting sweetness of that butterscotch from the nose.

M: Medium body, but full flavored. Woody aftertaste lingers throughout.

D: Goes down with little resistance.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice initial appearance including a nice head. Nose of sweet and nutty components. Light in body, but sweet and malty flavor. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 05:02:06 | More by bmwats
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz : tulip

Very nice, clear, bright copper with a foamy, bubbly, off white head.

Lightly grassy, floral hops, faintly sweet, toffee, mostly biscuit.

Quite similar to the nose with the focus on toasty, biscuit malts, with a lightly sweet, toffee balance. Faint grassy, floral, Noble hops act as a light accent to the malt.

Medium body, with prickly, active carbonation.

A well done Marzen, well balanced, with a pleasant array of flavors, will still maintaining an easy drinking, refreshing quality.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 07:20:02 | More by vkv822
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South Carolina

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

P:  Crystal clear ruby copper body with a massive crown of creamy off-white froth.  Thin bubbly lacing along the edges. 

S:  Roasted sweet caramel, toffee, sweet dates, prunes, dry white grape, clove, cereal grains, banana phenol, all spice, plums soaked in spiced rum. Rich and luscious.  Once warmed orange bitterness becomes present. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose with less fruit and a dominate malt base.  Rich roasted malt, usual spices and delicate hop bitterness.  Prickly carbonation in a medium sticky body.  Finish is sticky with a subtle dryness that lingers burnt toffee and smoldered cereal grains. 

O:  After exploring many Oktoberfest beers this year I can say this is one of the top I have tried. The body is not overly thick compared to the aroma but it packs great flavors that are nice and filling.  This is Oktoberfest that I will have every year. 

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 00:38:20 | More by Hopswagger
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy burnt orange color with an average offwhite head. Small amount of visible carb.

Smells of very sweet malts and citrus.

Taste is similar to smell, sweet maltyness with some orange/citrus flavors. Candied sugars, like a caramel/toffee flavor underneath.

Mouthfeel is a little more watery/thin than I would have hoped. Very low carbonation.

Overall this isnt a bad beer by any means and the price is unbeatable. I think I paid around $3 for this one, WELL worth it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 21:39:39 | More by RyanLigeia
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very satisfying malty, slightly citrusy beer. As so many German beers are, the look (head and color) is superb. So easy to drink, so refreshing, and always consistent. This beer could be enjoyed, in the words of Usain Bolt, "all day, every day."

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 00:42:01 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper color and a bounding white head. Looks tasty. 4.0

Musty Noble hops and toasty grains. Some fruit rot. Slightly sweet. Nice. 4.0

Rugged, yet sweet. Aged hops offer some bitterness. Toasty and semi-metallic. Quintessential German lager flavors. Burnt sugar, Noble hops, toasted grain, must, and rotting apple. A tried-and-true Marzen. 4.0

Burpy carb. The body is about right. It's decently drinkable. 3.5

Good ol' trusty Oktoberfest. It's a classic. I'm a fan. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 12:43:57 | More by thecheapies
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3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500 ml brown glass bottle with a very intriguing pressure cap (in terms of artwork) served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high considering the brewery. Acquired at KnB liquor near San Diego.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Poured with average vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of light khaki-beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the slightly above average ABV. Colour is a pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A pretty typical Marzen.

Sm: Clean malts. Light caramelized character. Cream. No real yeast or alcohol notes. Hints of butterscotch, maybe even light nuts. Munich malts. Pilsner malts. Graininess. Hopping is very background; little floral character if any. A little Marzen spice. Some biscuit. A mild strength pleasant aroma.

T: Crystal malt, pale malt, caramelized malt, butterscotch, very light vague floral hops (maybe saaz?), tinges of a honey-like sweetness, biscuit malt, and a tinge of cream. Munich malts. Pilsner malts. Graininess. Somewhat simple yet well layered. Quite nicely balanced and built for the style; methinks it's one of the better beers in this oft-neglected style that I've had. Pretty tasty stuff. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Pretty average flavour duration, intensity, and depth for the style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, brilliantly buttery, and of very good thickness. Nice cream on the open. Suits the flavours quite well. Impressive. Good body. Nice presence on the palate.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable; that's what this whole style is designed for. I could quaff a litre of this at a bierfestival. Fairly priced as an import. I'd try it on draught. Another solid brew from Ayinger. Hides its above average ABV well. Delightful. It's $2.99-3.99ish price range is a bit dear here in the US, but it's much better priced in Germany.


Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 06:58:51 | More by kojevergas
Photo of ThickNStout


2.68/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500mL from Sherlocks (Marietta, GA). 3.29. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours briliant orange gold with two and a half fingers of pillowy white head. Mild lacing.

Subdued nose with wheatbread and mild spice.

Flavors of sweet malts, bread, slight raisin, and bitter lemon.

Light bodied with moderately high carbonation.

Not great. Perhaps there is something here for others but I poured most of mine & won't be buying anymore.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:45:10 | More by ThickNStout
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North Carolina

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

A-Pours a light orange with a thick off-white head that dissipates slowly. There is no real lacing to speak of.

S-Malty, slightly spicy, with a hint of Noble hops.

T-Much like the nose as its much more malty than hoppy, as it should be. A little spice in the flavor which finishes with a nice slight bitterness. It tastes good but the flavor is a little faint, I think it could be fuller.

M-Thin but there is not a lot of carbonation.

D-This is an easy, refreshing Oktoberfest that you could drink all day long with no problems.

Overall, this is one of the best versions of the style I've had from Germany. I really enjoyed it even though I expected it to be a little more flavorful. I will definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 13:33:47 | More by thegodfather2701
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3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A - A fairly translucent orange hue with a frothy two-finger head. Poor retention and lacing.

S - Some bready malts, perhaps some citrus and apples.

T - Fairly weak compared to what I was anticipating. Advances from a rather bland beginning to some floral hop bitterness and some earthy notes.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Seems a bit rash.

O - Sadly I cannot get behind this one. I have yet to find a beer from Ayinger that I would not have again, and this makes the first. Average across the board, lacking that certain something special the other beers contain.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 03:03:58 | More by mscudder
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping this one would be fantastic but I am finding that it is tasting a little off to me. I know it's a fresh bottle that's been out of light and refrigerated so there's no faults there.

Appearance looks ok, it's a distinct cloudy orange but the head has receded to nothing.

Smells of caramel malts with some slight floral hops. A bit of clove and orange zest comes through.

Tastes of cloves, orange, a touch of floral notes from the hops and some caramel malts. It's not bad but just seems a bit weak in the middle. I do like the caramel malty flavor and it does make for a change from most Oktoberfests I've been tasting, but I'm not slamming tons of these I'm only sipping one. And the flavor just doesn't hold up for me.

Overall, It's a good Oktoberfest, but I am comparing it to all other German Oktoberfests. And it's just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 23:17:43 | More by lsummers
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a finger width head, some lacing and chunky remainder. Smell is a little biscuity with some caramel. Taste is again biscuity with slight apple undertones. Lots of bubbles feel quite nice, but it's got a fuller body than I like with my lagers. Overall, I think it's a really solid beer. A noteworthy brew in the Marzen style.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 22:09:06 | More by TheRealBigC
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North Carolina

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

500ml. Very golden in color, less orangy hue. Thin layer of white head. Sticks to the glass just a bit.

Aroma, a lot if biscuity malt, a bit of caramel apple.

Taste, less fruity than the aroma. Light bread and hay. A very nice toasted leathnote it. Some light citrus zest and herbal notes.

Just about right level of carbonation for easy consumption. Alcohol is na, but it just feels a bit light. A very solid German traditional take on the style.

I think more on the "drink of bunch" of side than "contemplate the flavors" side. Still good, just think others have surpassed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 02:07:40 | More by Bung
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3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours towards the lighter side of the marzen family. Orange and yellow hues swirl together into a clear amber glow that appears to be very drinkable. The head is big and very frothy which does give it a classic beer sense.

S-Interesting scent to this one. Malty as a marzen should be, but given its light nature, many of the other flavors shine through in the nose. The malts give off a patented caramel and maybe hint of coffee smell, but there are touches of bitter melon and maybe a bit of apple that is welcomed.

M-Pretty much what you would want in an oktoberfest beer. Very crisp, very drinkable...the point is to drink a bunch isn't it?

T-Not my favorite marzen. I prefer a darker, deeper brew as opposed to frothy lighter side. To me the flavors did not meld as well as I would have hoped, and although it was smooth, the bitter fruits overpowered the remainder of the flavors.

O-Ayinger does many things well and unique to their brewery...disappointingly so their oktoberfest is not one of them

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 13:26:10 | More by RussBecker1
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4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange-yellow hue but very clear. Great white thick head that dissipates quickly with some lacing.

S: Malty and crisp. Some yeast in there as well. Smells like a beer you'd expect spilled all over the place at an Oktoberfest... which is awesome.

T: Just balanced, balanced, balanced. It's malty as a marzen should be, but it has a balanced bitterness to it that keeps it in check. Breadiness, caramel, citrus, raw malt flavor.

M: Carbonated very well, maybe a bit too much so for my tastes. Feels light, very drinkable.

O: This is just a great beer that can be drunk in excess (and is!). I want to combine the taste of this with the mouthfeel of Paulaner's marzen. It vould be the greatest beer in all ze vorld!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:50:46 | More by alexipa
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a wonderful for the price, just under 3 bucks for a 500ml bottle. it has a great nose on it, perfect for the seasonal change now occuring. lots of german malts, caramunich and pale flavors, but it must be more complex than that. there is also the classic marzen yeast aroma that is pungent and strong. the flavor is malt driven, but in reasonable balance for the style. there is some bittering hops throughout, and a very organic feel to this one. wheat malt profile in the flavor, although i doubt its presence. the finish is cleaner than expected as well, and the mouthfeel overall is pleasing. great carbonation and a medium body. it is enough to take the cold edge out of a fall evening. ill buy this again this season, especially for the price. this is a very authentic product, true to style, bold and flavorful. very drinkable. well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 18:50:00 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even a gentle pour of Ayinger's Oktober Fest-Märzen yields a thick cloud of slightly golden white foam. Beneath this cloud sits a beautiful orange-amber body.

The nose is mild; toasted grains and sweet richness from the yeast dominate. Do I sense a faint aroma of hops? Or is it just my imagination?

Rich, sweet, malty; this is exactly what I was hoping for. The beer is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Some hoppy bitterness emerges after the first couple of sips, but in the main this beer foregrounds the sweet grainy taste of moderately toasted barley, which offers subtle notes of toffee and butterscotch. This beer's recipe is nearly perfect: The bittering hops provide just the right amount of contrast to the sweet malt;

A roll around the tongue produces the kind of creamy foam that one expects from a beer withs such a large head. The delicate carbonation and creamy foam pair perfectly with the beer's richness and moderate sweetness. As the beer warms, the carbonation becomes slightly more aggressive; a perfect complement to the gradual emergence of very subtle noble-type hop flavors.

As far as I am concerned, this beer sets the standard in the Märzen style. Do try others, but accept no substitutes.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 23:14:42 | More by GMB
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-orange with three fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Munich malts on the nose with hints of sweet citrus, caramel, and sweet biscuits.

T: Munich malts here as well with notes of caramel, sweet breads, vanilla, nuts, and a dry, bready finish.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light and dry without being too thick or watery.

O: Definitely one of the best Marzens out there and a staple for the style. Very enjoyable and it shows that a Marzen can be both clean and complex.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 19:07:54 | More by n2185
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into an oversized mug.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of foamy white head that has a bit of an off-sheen to it. This retains with roughly a finger of rich froth which leaves back a sudsy looking cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma smells leafy and citric with a light spiciness. A sweet combo of dough and caramel rise up from underneath, mixing with the hops to impart a rich earthy twang in the nose.

The taste has a crisp citric bite to it, which segues into a toasted bready sweetness with a touch of tangier feeling toffee. The hops however take center stage here, with nice firmness to them that leaves this finishing dry, leafy and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and clean feeling throughout that really keeps this easy and smooth despite just a gentle touch of warmth to each sip.

This was good. I liked how it kept the focus here on those crisp hops, yet still left room for plenty of flavor from those malts as well and the overall drinkability of this was top notch. I could knock back bottles of this all during the O-Fest season.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 15:53:52 | More by Kegatron
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" cream coloured head that dissipated quickly over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Noble hops: grass and earth with sweet biscuity malt.

T: Damn that's good. Sweet biscuity malt with peppery, grassy and orangey hops. Bread and bitter lemon in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Definitely on the sweeter side, this Marzen is incredibly drinkable. I can see why Germans and tourists alike pound back liters of this stuff this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 02:38:26 | More by DaftCaskBC
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West Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful light brown color and an attractive white head.
Smells sweet and malty... A lot like the taste. Delicate caramel toffee notes and very drinkable.
Light and sweet and delicious. I mean just what you want in an oktoberfest... Easy to drink. Amazingly flavorful and not too bitter so you can knock em' back as it was intended. Great beer that is just fun to have.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 00:04:16 | More by Danno48
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,613 ratings.