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

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1,031 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,031
Hads: 2,368
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 119
Gots: 251 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,031 | Hads: 2,368
Photo of Domingo
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Ayinger...how you have mastered maltiness!
Pours a copper color...almost like a light woodtone.
Smells is that of a beer much darker. Reminds me a bit of their Dunkel Lager, actually. Malt, but with a tiny sour hint. Not a lot of hops in the smell.
Flavors are again, malty, but with more hops in the mix. A definite caramel sweetness. Hops linger a tiny bit.
Mouthfeel is MUCH thicker than you might expect. Appearances are deceiving. I'm not sure I like that aspect of it to be honest.
I could definitely drink many more of these.
If you're an Ayinger fan (I obviously am), this is a must try. Not their best, but certainly a great beer nonetheless!

EDIT: As time has passed I find that I like this beer more and more. It's probably my favorite imported traditional Oktoberfest and I haven't noticed the thick mouthfeel as much as I used to.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit excitable--builds up a big ol' head that's hard to control in the pour. Still, very nicely clingy, leaving rings down the sides of the glass.

Smells malty, strongly suggestive of caramel, and follows through with a very smooth mouthfeel and a bit of a salty/mineral tone; the flavors seem a bit muted, mostly leafy and earthy, with maybe a bit of floral hop. Caramel notes from the malt come out more with temperature, and it's a bit toasty in the finish.

This is very pleasant drinking, though the flavor isn't really that much of a standout to me; the texture of the thing is very autumnal, and it begs to be sessioned. Pity I could only enjoy half a liter.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a clear medium copper color with slightly off-white magnificient puffy head that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is of sweet malt and caramel. Taste is caramelly, toasty, dry and hoppy. Finishes with a nice combination of sweet maltiness and dry hoppiness in just the right proportions. A very easy to drink beer that is supremely refreshing.

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Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color. Thick fluffy 3" head. Decent lacing develops through the drink. The aroma is bland, as only some hints of bread and caramel exist. The flavor is a mildly malty, with some caramel and bread tones. A hint of nuttiness and mild bitterness rounds this out.

Mouthfeel is mildly crisp at the start. Finish is smooth. Soft caramel tones linger on the tongue briefly after swallowing. Decent drinkability, not a bad brew to enjoy during a cool October afternoon.

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Photo of BierManVA
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light caramel in color and not overly carbonated. About normal for the Maerzen style. Taste is light caramel with a soft bitterness. A good balance, not too sweet. Crisp yet very smooth. Unique for the style as it has a light nutty flavor.

This bier doesn't scream at you or really cause much concern. It's a drinking bier that causes you to look at your glass and wonder where it went.

Classic Maerzen.


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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at RFD in Washington, DC. Served in a shaker-style pint glass, a tad too cool.

Appearance: The color of a dark penny, amber, with a minimal off-white head that showed itself only at the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of, probably due to the glassware's treatment.

Smell: A little malty, maybe some light smoke and caramel.

Taste: Slightly sweet and grainy up front with a pleasant caramel sugar in the finish. There were hints of smoked malt as well, but they were oh-so faint.

Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue, with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: I could enjoy several of these without complaint. Smooth and with a nice malty finish. It reminds me of crisp, fall days sitting around a fire. Enjoyable, but not spectacular.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear copper/amber beer with a mountain head that is creamy, but it dissipated rather quickly. Stuck pretty well to the glass, however.

Malty aroma with some tiny cinnamon hints. Sweet.

Creamy on the palate and malty in flavor. Doesn't seem that complex. Not a bad beer, but somewhat weak.

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Photo of whynot44
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, clear orange/amber color with a substantial ivory head that lingers well and leaves a bit of lace.

Aroma is primarily light caramel malt with a touch of floral hops in the background.

Taste is toasty caramel malt, fresh dark bread, toffee, a bit of apple and citrus. A touch of floral hops kicks in at the finish.

Smooth and very drinkable with a bit of alcohol warmth..

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Eulogy. It was served to me in a regular Ayinger weizen glass, which seemed odd, but I'll go with it.

Ruby-red/brown pour with a thin white head of big bubbles and a nice little bit of lace on the way down.

Smell is malty, with toasted grains, dark fruits (plum, maybe?), a little bit of bitter Euro hoppiness, and some light caramel. Nice.

Flavor is a pretty standard O-fest without a lot of bells and whistles. It's a nice little flavor with a big malt presence and a caramel sweetness that is partially offset by a hop bite. A little bit off and metallic on some sips, but not too distracting.

Overall: Eh, kind of bland for an O-fest, but it's not terrible. Off the top of my head I'd recommend a half-dozen others in the style ahead of it, though.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. No freshness date noted.
Pours a deep, dark copper color, with a creamy dark beige head. Solid lacing.
Aroma is malty. toast and caramel and light floral hops.
Body is medium and creamy thick.
Taste is caramel, lightly burnt toast, vanilla. lightly sweet with a balanced bitter finish.

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Photo of radshoesbro
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - huge head with great retention!! not a huge amount of lacing, but there is some.

s - bit of hops and malt in the nose.

t - very smooth with hints of malt and mild hop bitterness towards the finish. the finish on this is fantastic.

m - a light bodied brew very characteristic of the marzen style.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Oktoberfest. Good head. Not as amber as most Oktoberfests you'll run across.

Taste has some of those fruity esters I experienced in my last Ayinger beer. A little thin. Esters are a nice change of pace but not quite what I'm looking for. Good malty beer though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best Oktoberfest that I've had. No beer can be true-er to style. Smells solidly malty, bready, yeasty, with a hint of caramel and nuttiness. Appears light coper, crystal clear with moderate carbonation. Lays a perfect 1" head and stays firm. Tastes moderately of sweet malt--giving a caramel and nut flavor. Noble hop additions offer nice bitter balance and a good citrus spiciness. Toasty and bready into the body and finish. Body is smooth and nicely creamy. Extremely clean and refreshing in the finish and aftertaste. Citrus notes gives an almost-mint character in the refreshing aftertaste. Dangerously easy to drink. Ideal for almost any occation.

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Photo of ReebShorts
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Ayinger mug. Gigantor 4 finger tan head, head looked a bit soapy with oily bubbles. head faded to a slight layer leaving some lacing behind after a couple minutes. Beer appeared to be a deep copper color.

Smell is malts, caramel, powdered sugar, floral, and cinnamon.

Tasty, has a burnt toast, nutty, malt flavor that is very drinkable, and not too sweet. I could easily throw back a few of these. mouthfeel is creamy, and finishes crisp. recommended.

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Photo of RootedFool
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first October Fest beer I've seen in any of the local stores, and just in time. The sidewalk is starting to turn crisp with deceased leaves, the air is chilly enough to thoroughly tweak my nipples into stiff little knubs beneath an old Old Navy sweater, and hints of woodsmoke thread the fog-thick air -- it feels like fall in Humboldt County.

Ayinger's Octoberfest pours burnished, translucent gold into my over-sized pilsner glass; the head is abundant, almost over-flows, buttery white with excellent retention. Camoflaged-patterned lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is a deft combination of grapefruit rind, powdered sugar, and bisquit dough. Most prominent in the nose is the presence of hops, front and center. The grain and malt characteristics hold to the background.

Blunt but soft hop bitterness leads the taste, on the tip of my palate, spreading back with a gradually deepening sweetness -- like a caramel covered apple -- that tapers off into a solid streak of grains. Mildly peppery hops percolate along the surface and linger through the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is fluffy, clean; middling carbonation. A little sticky on the finish, nothing to complain about. A solid brew.

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Photo of mentor
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from Liquor Mart (Boulder) and consumed that same evening. Pours a, whoa, four finger tan-yellow head over a crystal clear light gold rust liquid. The head eventually fell like a crmbling sink-hole. Smells of toasted grains and fresh hops. Tettnanger. Really floral hoppy and enticing. Hints of caramel beneath. Tastes watery malty sweet with noticable tettnanger hop flavor and mild hop bitter. Carb is gentle and mixes well with the sugar sweet. This is a really nice tasting beer. Honey, then burnt (from the tett hops) hang around. Munich malt flavor is very minimal. As the beer warms the toasty and a phenolic come out...not quite cherry sour. The taste hangs like dried twigs. The hop floral gives it a dried forest floor flavor.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, copperish, amber... layer of head starts big, then dwindles, leaving lace...

Comforting nose. Plenty of malt at play. Tender esters of fruit, herb, vegetals, ...ultimately dryish.

Taste: clean and smooth and loaded with juicy malt. Very stream-lined and tasty.
Lean in body, but unfailing in flavor. Classic. Quite a delicious lager here. Tas-tee, let me say, tas-teee...

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Photo of baiser
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, amber orange, with a big white head, good lacing and retention. Aroma had some caramel, sweet fruit and some breadiness. Very clean, crisp and refreshing. Some floral hops, not too bitter. Finishes dry and clean. Pretty decent lager.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Amidst all the American interpretations of the style, though many are quite good, I went in search of a true Marzen and came across this. Pours into my German lager mug a toasted amber color with a white frothy head. Looks quite appealing. Toasted grainy cracker aroma, sweet and malty. Begins initially sweet, toasted malt dusting the palate followed by dry wheat notes and a touch of hops in the finish. Carbonation very lightly tingles the back of the tongue and lends to a damn smooth beer. What it lacks in flavor it almost makes up for in smooth character and drinkability. Good with pretzels and probably better with some brats and kraut.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little light in color, but at least its not as light as the Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest. Tastes sweet. Mouthfeel on the lips is kind of sticky. A nice hint of smokiness here, and a toasty malt character. Poured a big frothy head, which is nice. This is one I'm finishing off the whole bottle after having just a taster.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow. It is slightly cloudy. The head is fluffy white. It fades slowly leaving only a few laces. It smells fruity. Almost raisin lke. It is also slightly buscity. There is a faint lemon aroma also. It also has a slight hop escence. It has a slightly malty taste. The taste is sort of hard to describe. It has a toasted malt taste. The hop flavor is only very slightly noticable. Ultimately, the taste leaves something to be desired. Either a little more hoppy, or more roasted malts maybe. It is medium bodied, and goes down smooth. It is carbonated well. It might make a good session beer because it is not aggressive. It is also not to high in alcohol. This beer is worth a try.

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Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apricot, golden copper body with a big, thick, light cream/khaki head. Good lacing too. Nose is full of bready malts, spicy yeast, light sweetness, and faint hop bitterness. Taste starts with slightly sweet, toasted bread malt flavors. Some caramel too. Peppery, yeasty bitterness early on as well. Finish stays bready with a yeasty edge. Me gusta. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. One of my favorite Marzens. Very drinkable!

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Photo of rowew
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 ml bottle. Typical Ayinger lagels, meaningless notches on the bottom. Bottle cap is a picturesque picnic scene.

Appearance: Pours a gold amber color with just a slight haze, and a great head. Great head retention.

Smell: Aroma is biscuity malts, with just a bit of skunk (ala green bottle) hops. Not unappealing, but it is there.

Taste: Nice malty body with plenty of hops to leave a bitter finish. Medium bodied with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable Oktober Fest. Of course, this review is coming immediately after 2 different sub 2 ratings, but this one seems like a quality offering.

Overall impression:

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Photo of Shaw
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a half liter of this at my local pub, The Cock & Bull.

It is much more golden in color than other Oktoberfests I've had. Looks more like a Pilsener.

The smell is lightly malty, as expected. The taste is smooth and very well balanced. Hints of grass and malt and a whisper of hops. Just what you'd expect from a German lager.

This is a standard German Marzen. This is a fine example of the style, except for the color.

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Photo of beertastegood
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light coppery color with a medium-sized head like meringue. Appears very effervescent as bubbles stream up all throughout the brew. Smells of bread, raisins, molasses and brown sugar...maybe some banana in there too? Tastes predominantly of bread, like sourdough. Flavors of caramel and sweet malt are present as well. Slight astringency and a bit of a hop bite at the finish, which is very crisp and clean. Leaves a pleasant taste in my mouth. Carbonation is high, body is a little on the thin side. Not too bad, though. Very drinkable.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.