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 Ryan011235
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Studio 35 on 9/22/12

A) Sun-faded amber with gold and brown highlights. Thin head to start; just a wisp overall. Clear. No retention or lace.

S) Clean, fairly bright aroma. Smooth bready malts with a dash of dustiness on the back end. Mild overtones of fruit.

T) Huh, it's pretty malty to taste but has a flavor that is right in line with the aftertaste of pumpkin pie (well, at least the first sip). From there it turns to more straightforward bready malts and a hints of fruit juiciness. Hints of earth on the finish.

M) The feel has a kind of medium center and thin edges. Moderate carbonation falls off as the beer opens up.

D) It's nice to have something calm every once and a while. (708 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear copper/orange, good off white head that leaves sticky webs of lacing. Ample carbonation. The label screams authentic German, makes me want to visit for Oktoberfest.

S: Somewhat faint malts, even fainter soapy smell. Nothing offensive, nothing super appealing.

T: Super sweet malts and grain. I'm surprised by how much I like it. Medium finish; the residual flavors aren't particularly great, I wouldn't mind if it was shorter, kinda happy it isn't longer.

M: Goes down easily with great carbonation.

O: This is a great beer for the style, and memorable. I don't want to drag down an authentic and well crafted Oktoberfest, but I can't praise it much more than that due to its uncomplicated and not overly appealing (for my taste) nature. (758 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen has a very thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, light copper appearance, and some decent lacing left behind. The aroma is of brown bread, bread crust, sweetness, and bread dough. Taste is of brown bread, bread dough, barley malt, sweetness, some sourness, and a nice, mellow hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and the beer finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. This is a very enjoyable beer, and I score it most excellent.

RJT (483 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500Ml poured into a tulip
2013 batch

A- A slightly hazy amber orange color. A large two finger of a white head. A nice looking beer.

S- A lot of sweet malts. A complex grain profile. Caramelized figs and sweet molasses.

T- Taste matches the nose. A big caramel note and ripened dark fruits. A complex grain profile. A touch of roasted malt and brief nuttyness. The beer is well balanced. Some hop bitterness but not much hop flavor. A well balanced and flavor Oktoberfest.

M- Very well balanced and full bodied.

O- This is one style that usually doesn't do much for me but this beer is textbook. Its true to the style and one of the best out there. (653 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium amber with a nice three finger foamy head from an aggressive pour, solid lacing as the head dissipates.

Smell: Spicy pine, caramel malt, grass, and lots of cereal grain. Great aroma for the style.

Taste: Nice grainy and bready taste, caramel, some pine and earth. Well rounded and balanced in flavor, with nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, not overly carbonated and drinks smooth and enjoyable.

Overall: Phenomenal beer for the style and great when in season. Were I in Germany for Oktoberfest, I'd easily put back several big ol' boots full of this with some soft-baked pretzels... (673 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: An agressive pour into a stien produced a big pillowy off white head. As the foam fell it became chunkey and a nice sparce honey comb looking lacing was left on the sides of the glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear woody orange color.

S: A slight caramel malt aroma with some fruityness. A clean german lager yeast character that comes off somewhat bready.

T: Malt for days. Bready, toasty and caramel flavors comethrough. The balance is on the malt side giving it a little sweetness, but enough bitterness to keep it from being over powering. Very drinkable as a german lager should be.

M: Moderate carbonation levels, very crisp and refreshing. Moderate body.

O: One of my favorite styles and comparing this to some of my favorite US examples of the style I definatly get the purity law in action. There is always a distinct 'german lager flavor' I can't quite put my finger on and this has it. Extremely drinkable, flavor rich, makes me want to drink a full Liter, Prost! (985 characters)

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic

A: Light copper to golden-yellow with an eggshell white, 2 finger head.

S: Wonderful bready, grainy, toasted aromas, slight earthy tones as well.

T: Grains, fresh baked bread, floor malt, earthiness. Clean lager profile. Very little in the way of hops, mostly noble hop flavors.

M: Clean, medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Delicious, satisfying and extremely sessionable, everything you want in an Oktoberfest-Märzen. This is a very solid German offering and probably some of the best of this style you can get in the States. Definitely pick this up when it’s out if you like this style. (622 characters)

Photo of Doe_A_Beer
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into the chilled glass. Everything was still hot from the dishwasher so I put it in a pilsner (oops!).

A: Light amber colored ; clear with a good amount of carbonation. White head started strong but dissipated appropriately.

S: Toasty malt.

T: Toasty malt with a backdrop of hops.

M: Medium bodied, clean, smooth, perfectly balanced.

O: Solid offering. Nothing out of the world about this but there is not a single thing wrong here, each and every component is done correctly. The whole package is superbly put together in its balance and complementary nature. It is a very, very good beer that goes down well and represents a Marzen superbly. (673 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce/500 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: clear light amber, less than 1 finger head, quickly dissipated to thin layer, minimal lacing.

SMELL: roasted, sweet honey, caramel, spice.

TASTE: this beer is sweet and malty with mild hops, very true to the style.

PALATE: light bodied with medium carbonation, creamy.

OVERALL: i would not drink this beer often just because i'm not crazy about the marzen style but it's great to have during Oktoberfest season, easily the best marzen i've had to date. (534 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear, yellow-amber in color. Dissipating head with little lacing.
S: slightly sweet, bread malt nose. I get a little sour hint, sorta like sour grapes late and unexpectedly.
T/M: Carbonated maltiness that is lightly sweet. The lightly caramel malt taste coats the tongue a little when held for tasting. Finishes with a little bitterness, not strong, just a bit earthy if I try to place it. The carbonation dominates the feel.
O: Good representation of the style. The flavors are well-balanced, not overpowering in any sense, but enough is there on the initial malt and hop back to produce a solid beer. (606 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into the glass.

A: Light amber colored clear though and with a good amount of carbonation. White head that dissipates.

S: Smells of honey sweet malts.

T: Bready and sweet. some honey in there too I'd say. This is nice.

M: Medium bodied, clean, smooth.

O: A good oktoberfest! probably my favorite german offering. (340 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 but undated 500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours with a clear, medium amber body; plenty of visible carbonation; very durable near-white head. Fine lacing.

Aroma: clean, light smell of bready malts with only a faint touch of hops.

T: Rich; bready malts dominant, as they should in this style. Very lightly sweet, although the finish is balanced out by the bitterness

Feel: Medium but soft carbonation; medium-light body. About perfect for style.

O: Outstanding, although this style lacks the complexity and intensity to achieve a very high rating. As good as any bottled märzen I can remember, and likely the best bottled example of a German Oktoberfest you'll find in the U.S. (701 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle into a stein...

Light copper and clear, with a nice head of light ecru foam. Very smooth, yet not too sweet as the malt is cut by a mild, dry bitterness. A great German Festbier. If the sold this by the case at Costco like they do Sam Adams, I'd definitely stock up! Easy to drink with a complete taste. (317 characters)

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold/light copper with a light white head. Smell is malty, syrupy with a little spice. Taste is spicy and slightly sweet up front. Fills out with toffee and malt, but without becoming too sweet. Spicy hops take over and it finishes with a dry, clean, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium body with a nice smoothness. High carbonation helps keep it crisp.

Overall an easy drinking octoberfest, on the lighter end of the style, but clean and crisp and easy to drink. (482 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an amber-colored beer if ever I saw one, and true to style. At first there's what appears to be a thickness or a haze and seems in the end to be chill haze, as it clears up completely. There's a little activity that continues as long as there's beer in the glass. The slightly tinted head starts off big but, for some reason, doesn't quite stick together. There's a little, but not much, stick to the lace too.
The nose seems to have all the elements I hope for: bread that leans toasty, some sweet caramel, and lightly spicy notes with a floral undertone that lets the malts shine while giving balance.
At first I'm a little indifferent, though it's good, but clearly this beer just needs time to warm. It's pretty delicious, ultimately; floral and spicy notes from Noble hops linger gently to offer balance to a wonderfully toasty brew with plenty of carameland a little nut, and all the flavors just mingle together exceptionally well. This is definitely a Marzen to seek out in season, and one of the best I've had to date.
It's not full-bodied, as the label boasts, but it's got a hefty, rich medium body I prefer to the alternative. There's a gentle crispness all the way, as well as being smooth and creamy. (1,222 characters)

Photo of rx-beer
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a 0.5 L dimpled stein

A - pours an orange copper body with some light carbonation and an inch and a half of off-white head. Head shows decent retention and fades to a nice ribbon. Fine lacing.

S - A clean, light aroma of malts and bread with some caramel.

T - Toasty maltiness balanced out by some bitterness with a touch of alcohol notes. Very well balanced throughout. Finishes off with a semi-sweet dryness.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium-heavy body.

O - A very enjoyable märzen! Very tasty and well-balanced. Definitely looking forward to having this beer again. I agree with those who say that this brew sets the bar for Oktoberfest Märzens, although I personally prefer Samuel Adams' Octoberfest and Victory's Festbier. (768 characters)

Photo of Portertime
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: it pours the rich amber hue true to the style with a large foamy head. I am using my thick bottomed Warsteiner stein.

Smell: brown bread, toffee, caramel, some spicy hops, and lingering malt sweetness.

Taste: very creamy, light caramel notes, tea-like, a great all around lager. (293 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - tall, persistent, ivory head tops a light copper colored bier, plenty of carbonation and lacing on tha glass
S - sweet, grassy, toasted grain, caramel
T - toasty grain, spicy yeast, grass, caramel, earth
M - full bodied, smooth, creamy; sharp semi-bitter finish
O - excellent example of the style. Even though it's not a true Munich brewed Oktoberfestbier, it's one of my favorites. (386 characters)

Photo of JGlitz87
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with a strong head and evident carbonation. Little bit of lacing down the sides.

S: Caramel and roasted malts.

T: My favorite Oktoberfest. Sweet caramel on top of roasted malt. Little hints of pine and hops as it warms.

F: High level of carbonation and a medium body.

O: Great version of the style. Great beer overall and highly drinkable. (362 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: light golden amber, pretty clear. you can see the bubbles coming up from the bottom. 2.5 finger frothy white rocky head that fades relatively quickly

s: so good. sweet sweet malts, generic berries, rich caramel and toffee, honey. finishes with something slightly earth like

t: follows the nose. right away sweet malts, caramel, honey, generic berry-like flavor. faint grains. finishes with that clean sweetness. not too complex, but very well made and delicious

m: on the lighter side of medium. carbonation is there, but not strong

o: classic. if you're looking for a nice representation of an Oktoberfest this is a must try. easy drinking with great flavor. one of the beers i 'must' drink from a mug. good stuff (721 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stein from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a nice translucent and bright copper color. There is a nice foamy 1,5 inch off white head that forms with some medium dense bubbles and some bigger bubbles sprinkled around.

Aroma starts off with bready malt notes and some delicious grassy and herbal hops. Sweet caramel and candy like aromas blend in with the grainy and earthy bred notes. Fresh and refreshing.

Flavor starts off with some nice candy-like caramel malt notes. Nice notes of fresh bready grain notes. There is some nice herbal and flowery hop notes mixed in there that give the brew a slight spice as well. Malty notes are delicious andn the hops give a good balance. Yummy Marzen. (699 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden orange, good clarity, white cap is a little thin with decent retention.

S/T/M - Malty, caramel, bready sweetness. Clean tastes, a little candy-like as it warmed a bit, but overall a little too sweet and not quite dry enough for my liking. Minimal noble hop presence, but that's expected. Medium body, finishes mostly clean, but just a touch too much of residual sweetness.

O - Good, drinkable, but I'll probably stick with more local examples of the style to take advantage of freshness. (500 characters)

Photo of dheacck11
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour from the bottle is a lovely copper amber, nice and clear. finger of soft white head.

Nose is really bright and rich, lots of sweet malt and sweet breadiness.

Taste is really refreshing. Solid sweet, bready flavors up front. Just a hint of lemon and orange. Lots of caramel. Finishes with a much more substantial dry and bitter malt.

Feel is medium thin, perfect and sessionable.

Overall, a really great oktoberfest. Maybe a little on the thinner side, but really a great late summer/early fall brew on a sunny afternoon. (531 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ayinger October fest 20oz bottle, poured into a turbinator style glass.

A: very nice deep gold, with a hint of red. nice 1 inch head with no legs. reduces to 2-3 mm disk. carbonation is few small bubbles, not very active. could be a little darker.

S: minutely hop bill, slight gentle malts. Correctly balanced nose for the style.

T: smooth malts, very mild caramel and biscuit malt. Little toasty. Minor orchid notes. Sweetness prevails.

M: biscuit and caramel, creamy due to very well formed carbonation. Dry . Unusually dry for what the nose says it should be. Slightly weedy outbreath. Alcohol is muted but present on ultimate out breath.

O: nice festbier. Not anything offensive, but nothing really punches you in the face. The finish dryness is kinda surprising and welcome. I like this quite a bit. Would not turn it down if offered. Would seek it out in September for fest bier choice. (898 characters)

Photo of shand
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Oktoberfest is probably the best bottled example of an Oktoberfest you'll find in the states. The malts are very complex offering many facets of the drink, while still being extremely drinkable due to a spot on carbonation level and lighter body. (254 characters)

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