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 necoadam
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark golden/amber color with a nice head that stays with you for a while. Goes to lacing around the glass after a while. Smell consisted of malts, caramel, and some toasted aromas also showing up. Smell was also on the sweet side. Taste was average. Malts in abundence with some hops staying way in the background, but not forgotten. Some caramel then mixes in and lasts into the aftertaste. But turned a little watery and some alochol also shows up at the tail end. Not bad, worth a try, but I wouldn't go crazy over this. (535 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a somewhat dark orange, light amber color, with a nice foamy white head. Smell is sweet malts, light scent. The taste is mainly malt, with bread, grain and some caramel tones coming through. Nice clean hop bitterness also present. Light to med. bodied. Overall a nice bavarian feel malty brew. (306 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, served in a half-liter mug (a Paulaner one).

Appearance: light reddish amber, initial head of foam that fades away a little too quickly.

Aroma: Very rich aroma, lots of toasty malt. Reminds me of some thick dark breads my grandmother would make.

Taste/body: Again, a lot of toasted flavor is present, more than many oktoberfests. Though it's definitely the malt that provides the flavor, it's not sweet at all. Bitterness very nicely balances out the beer. Soft, medium body.

A very drinkable oktoberfest, possibly the best of the typical German brands commonly available around Dallas (Paulaner, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr are the most common). (668 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I, ironically, responded to a thread on the BA forum yesterday from Jason inquiring about this brew's availability in the Boston area, and I go to work after a day off and (queue heavenly music) behold! It pours a clear lighter bronze color or deep orangy golden color with a light beige colored head. Very husky and Vienna malty, biscuity aroma with a small, but not unnoticable floral background. This year's release from the folks at Ayinger has some hops. I'm venturing to guess there's some Hallertauer Hersbrucker in there. The hops meld quite nicely with the astringent huskiness of the malt to produce an Oktoberfest that is thirst-quenching and delicious. Very malty, however, not overly malty sweet, there's a residual flowery esteriness. Proof positive that there's hops. It's exquisitely balanced and wickedly drinkable. Each sip warrants another. Objectively, this year's batch has to be one of the finer Oktoberfests I've ever tried. A straight-up grain masterpiece with ample carbonation that keeps it fresh on the palate and enjoyable. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I could write a two world review of Ayniger's Oktoberfest/Märzen and it would say this: very malty. Of course, there is a bit more to it than just that, but it's safe to say that you better be a "maltophile" if you expect to fully enjoy this beer. As for me, yes, I liked it very much but I can see how it could rub some drinkers the wrong way.

This O-Fest pours a bright amber/orange color with a red hue to it. A 2 finger foam forms and lasts for about a minute. The aroma is BIG on malt: almost entirely caramel here with a light fruitiness detectable underneath it. The mouthfeel isn't too exceptional as it is a bit light bodied and has a low-moderate level of carbonation. Those big malt flavors break through and make this beer taste a bit heavy on the side of caramel. A nice nuttiness follows that, acompanied by a slight bit of chocolate notes. Not much in terms of hoppiness or dryness.The nice nuttiness lingers on in the aftertaste for a short bit, but the rest of the aftertaste experience ends up being mostly clean with just some generic graininess. The brew ends with no alcoholic warmth.

If you're a stickler for balance (or hops, for that matter), I wouldn't recommend this. I enjoy big malts so this was quite pleasing to my palette. It is very sweet (not desert beer sweet) and sticky, but it is a quality brew from Ayinger when all is said and done. (1,378 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-amber with a red tint, topped with a four finger off-white well structured head, leaves thick bands of lacing.
Malt based aroma, with a very fruity note. Apple and apricot.
Very malt in the taste as well, some floral bitterness to balance. Quite sweet however, fruity and a nutty note.
Medium-full body and smooth. Another winner from a great brewery. (369 characters)

Photo of soper2000
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 11/02/03

Pours an appetizing golden amber color with a pretty sizable white foam head. Smell is very malty with some caramel like sweetness. Taste is very pleasant. This is a nice smooth malty beer that balances it's sweetness with loads of earthy malt. Some faint notes of alcohol come through as this beer warms. Drinkability is amazing. I would love to hoist a couple liters of this in Germany someday (2006 anyone?). A very solid brew.

I can't wait to try this again next year and maybe some more marzens as i've only had a couple. (552 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange or red colored brew.

Smell is heavy grain smells, almost like a complex wheat bread from the oven.

Taste is a tart wheat beer with a big grain backbone. The taste is similar to a slice of pumpernickel bread. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty brew from Germany. I like this but from the flavor I have to wonder if there isn't some Rye used in the malting. (408 characters)

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

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a malty lager scent. It has the dry scent of a typical lager, but with a malty edge that smells great. The taste is decent. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good Fest beer; one I'd buy again. (407 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, off-white, crusty head on top of a slightly hazy, tea/orange-colored beer. Nose is malt-o-licious: malty, sweetish, buttery. Turns a little sourish with some cream and some veggies. A touch of metal in the finish. I like this beer. Nice and malty. (252 characters)

Photo of faernt
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a slightly cloudy ( possibly chill haze) appearance throwing a tightly bubbled ivory head of abour 1/2" which subsides into a skim.
The nose is slightly cinnamon-like with a slight vegetal smell. I've noticed that all other Ayinger products this year have come out with an ivory cap saying "Ayinger" on it. This one still has a picture cap showing Aying. I like the old cap but worry that the absence of the new cap indicates that this beer is last year's offering. It is frustrating that there is no date on these labels. Ayinger is such a high quality brewery that I long for fresh samples and have no way of knowing how fresh a beer I'm buying until I open it. Merchant du Vin, can you consider dating to be a priority?

The malt sweetness comes through constantly accompanied by spice. This is a "juicy" beer; it stimulates my entire tongue. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is high. This can be a great food beer with the carbonation cleansing the palette and the sweetness adding to the food. It would work well with all the food associated with the Oktoberfest. It still remains my standard for the style. I worry about the vegetal smell and hope that it doesn't recurr in future samples. (1,232 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pint 1 fl.oz) slender brown glass bottle. Typically German with a neck, main and a back label. The name of the beer speaks for itself, even if your German is rusty. Described on the label as “Authentic Bavarian Festival Lager”. Whilst it has no best before date, or strength, but it does have one of the most attractive and colorful crown caps that I have ever seen.

Appearance: Copper-amber body that pours with a huge Teutonic head. In fact the head looks pretty fantastic, it is at least 2” deep at first, a dirty white color with a rocky lunar like surface pock marked with volcanic crevices. The lacing is quite intense and the carbonation is average. Impressive looks.

Nose: A pilsner-like malt nose that has a very fresh odor with some light fruity aspects and a hint or oranges. Crisp with very clean lines.

Taste: Malts again, grainy with some biscuit and pilsner feel, they have a pastel like texture. The middle has a light orange feel, but without any citric acidity, just the flavor. The fruity feel makes it all the way through to the finish and leaves a dry feel on the tongue mixed with some grain feel. Biscuit-Malt dominant.

Mouthfeel: Lots of clean, crisp malts in the taste profile but very little mouthfeel to this beer – in fact there is hardly any, it has a ‘wishy-washy’ feel at times, but I sometimes feel this about several German beers that I drink, it’s not bland, but it is very “thin”.

Drinkability: The lack of any mouthfeel and the clean crisp malt profile makes this a very drinkable offering.

Overall: A reasonably good quality Oktober Fest-Märzen lager that is highly focused on its clean malt profile, but lacks complexity and mouthfeel, yet is nevertheless very drinkable. Not bad really, and well worth trying, but not quite my cup of tea. (1,830 characters)

Photo of dmarch
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber in appearence with a well retained white head. Light caramel aroma with a very subtle hop character. Very thin mouthfeel with just a hint of caramel in the taste. Not anything to get excited about. Not on the top of my list as far as oktoberfests go. This one seems to be missing the clean sweetness that I have come to expect. (340 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light and clear in the body with a beautiful head that went down slowly, leaving lots of volcanic pits and some sporadic lacing.

Smell – Very light and sugary sweet malt aroma.

Taste – The light malty taste contains a bit of caramel and sugar but has a funny, almost hoppy finish that seems out of place. It’s not big though so things aren’t completely ruined. It’s just a little off.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied and sweet. This one tries to be chewy but can’t quite get there.

Drinkability – This went down nicely and would be well at home at a Bayern Oktoberfest celebration. (613 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 500 mL bottle. The color is golden, with frothy white head. The smell is malty. The taste is caramel malt, without much of a hop backing, and had a lot of malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. As for drinkability-wise, maybe a few more.

Not bad as an Oktoberfest, even though it's not a Munich brewery, but not amongst the best of the season either. Once Ive gotten to my favorites next year, I just might give it a try. (448 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amber Octoberfest that pours with a creamy white head. It has a slightly vegetal nose mixed with a malt aroma. Poured in an Ayinger half liter glass, this beer has a huge pillowy head. The mouthfeel is soft. Light caramel (Munich malt?) flavors that Marzens are known for flourish in the beer. A very quaffable, fresh example of an amber Marzen. The finish is clean and dry. Very drinkable, yet flavorful beer. I feel lucky to have found a very fresh bottle of this beer. (474 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half a liter bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy golden color with three fat fingers of foam. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly hoppy, with some malt in the background. The taste is pretty malty, but lacks some of the hops from the smell. The body and drinkability are just above average. Not a bad choice for Oktoberfest. (373 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with a nice label and one of the coolest bottle caps I have ever seen!

Beer pours a ruddy copper with a massive and I mean massive tan head. Tons of lacing.

Beer smells great, you can easily pick-up a fresh malty smell, some spicy notes and a fresh dough aroma.

Beer has a very good taste. Clear malt backbone and some spice (allspice?) make-up the initial taste profile. As I drank more, an alcohol presence pushed in as did some pin pricks of hop bite. Still the malt dominates.

Mouthfeel seemed slightly thin (minor quibble) and drinakbility was high. I would like to try this one on tap close to the source, I bet it would be awesome. As it is, it’s a very fine O-fest! (707 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden orange color pour with a thick lacing of white foam that gradually dies down leaving its trace on the sides of the glass. Sweet malts and a rich bready aroma make up the nose. Nicely hopped as well.

Smooth with a bit of crisp carbonation. Nice rich maltiness at the start. Grains come in next while the hops balance to near perfection. So far this year, the Oktoberfests have been a bit of a let down, but this one is solid. The body is medium, and there is plenty of flavor. Drinkable, this is an all dayer. Good for the season or any time of year. (567 characters)

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

Pours a hazey, honey-orange. The head is off-white, big and beautiful, and the lacing is a nice touch. Well carbonated and, despite the lil' bit o' cloud in this brew, a few bubbles sparkle through.

A rather prominent smell of bread and alcohol. Flavors lie within the same spectrum. Malty, yeasty, and sweet. The sweetness reminds me ever so slightly of the aftertaste one gets from eating cake frosting (icing). Medium-bodied, with a slight tendency to full-bodied...it's got a little "meat" on it. Finishes with a bit of spice...along the lines of clove and black pepper. A nice n' cozy kinda brew.

A nice fall choice. Would go nice with some sausage and lentils. (672 characters)

Photo of Wingman65
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can you tell I love this beer. I just bought two cases of the 2003 batch which, I must say, is not as lovely as the 2002 version.

A very unique beer. I say there's got to be NOTHING else even close to it. It's got a dusty orange hue, a malty but non-overpowering taste with a light crispness, and the most frothy, yet delicate head that leaves a permanent lace.

The 2002 model was notably smoother, as it seems like this year's batch has a stronger edge of alcohol.

One of the best things about it is the fact that it comes in the big, big, bottle - I love Germany! (575 characters)

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has the best head out of all the Fests I've tried. Beautiful, fine-beaded head. No yeast sediment in bottle and very clear beer as opposed to previous reviewer (this was out of a 500ml bottle though). I found the nose quite interesting, subtle for sure, but there was something interesting in there that reminded me of honey. Definately malty, but some honey in there too, more complex sugars in there might produce that kind of scent. Definately a drier, lighter Fest than the others I've had, this one still has some of the malty goodness that makes fest good. (572 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy harvest orange color....big creamy vanilla head on top...

Nose is soft...some toasted grain notes

Mouthfeel is medium...creamy...not crisp and clean though...more of an ale mouthfeel...

Taste is OK, but a little different than most O-fests....soem toasted grains but also some yeasty (banana) like notes....almost like an Octoberfest version of a hefe...

Overall I'd drink this again if someone bought it for me, but if given the chance I would drink many other O-fests before this...I'm kind of disapointed because I had high expectations for this... (576 characters)

Photo of UncleFrank
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange-amber beer fills the glass with a great head and lasting foam clings to the sides.
The aroma is malty and slightly bready with a bit of fruitiness. Not expecting that from an Okt-Fest, but its nice.
The taste is sweet and has a doughy medium body with some hop spice and orange hints. The bittering component seems to feel dry, coming from grains rather than the hops. The finish could be cleaner.
The aftertaste is a touch of sweet cara-munich malts that sits on the sides of the tongue.
An interesting take on an Okt-Fest beer. Whatever the yeast choice is I think contributes to what seem to be "off" flavors for this style. Drinkable and the ABV is sneaky, maybe more than I thought. I would have more, but I'm not going to seek this one out either. Enjoy! (776 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle that poured a golden amber color with a thick creamy head that left great lace.
The aroma was complex malts with some grassiness and mild hopiness.
Big malty flavors with some bread and a touch of caramel, but with enough of a mildly spicy hoppiness to balance the sweetness.
Medium bodied with a noticeable tang of carbonation and good drinkability. (374 characters)

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