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

very good
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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Reviews: 1,045 | Ratings: 2,409
Photo of neonbrown82
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was sitting at work in front of a wall of German and Czech lagers all day, so I've been craving a tasty lager. I simply couldn't pass up 4 .5L bottles for $5, so Ayinger Oktoberfest it is. It may be a bit out of season by now, but it is still just as good as I remember it.

The beer pours to a nice deep, coppery amber color. The head is thick and fluffy, but subsides to a thin layer after a few minutes. Carbonation is still decent.

The smell is of caramel and toffee malt aromas. Has a very nice and light spicy hop profile to it. The taste is very similar.

Still quite crisp and refreshing. Very, very slight buttery diacetyl in the finish, but otherwise the perfect refreshing lager that I was looking for tonight. If only my friend had brought back more Prima Pils on his recent beer travels to Illinois/Michigan.

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Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly toasted gold with a proud and grabby white rise.
Sweetbread, golden raisin, and dried herb nose.
Into the mouth, it's all German malt syrup, full of raisins, toffee, pears, and caramel. It dries partially as images of stewed nuts and dinner rolls arise. The concentrated maltiness subsides-- but never leaves-- as a brisk, talc and dried basil hoppiness ensues, towing a cold water briskness.
Medium bodied, with a sluggish carbonation. It has a sturdier feel than many a festbier. But it's no less downable.
Another Ayinger gem.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear copper orange with a big fluffy off white head that fell quickly. Smelled of pumpkins and oranges, pineapple and all spice. The sweetness in the smell has a nice grainy and citrus base. The flavor consists of a thin molasses malt and some subtle citrus that’s more flavor than sour. Finishes dry with a slight bit of metal. Mouth feel is thick with a lot of little bubbles.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle with no freshness date - served chilled in a pilsner glass. Pours a clear toasted amber color with a 2 finger tan head that recedes slowly and leaves some initial lace. Smells of dark/toasted malts and some hops. The taste is the same with spicy/green hops and some metal with a bit of a vinous quality that makes me wonder if it's a fresh bottle. It has a medium body with medium carbonation and, if it is fresh, there's not enough toasted malts or hop presence in my opinion.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours mostly clear with a half inch head of mixed size bubbles. The head retained for a minute or so, and was then kept alive by the numerous bubbles rising.

Aroma: I notice floral noble hops along with some toasty malt in the aroma when the beer is cold. As it warms a bit, there is more malt noticeable…which is unusual. There is a sweet/buttery aroma that is starting to peek out.

Taste: The hops are much more reserved in the flavor when compared to the aroma. There is a bit of fresh hops noticeable in the beginning, but the malt quickly dominates it. There are lots of sweet and toasty flavors from the malt in here, but the finish is toward the dry side. The beer comes across as pretty well attenuated. There is definitely some bittering hops here, but they are restrained and let the malty sweetness rule the finish.

Opinion: This is a superb example of an Oktoberfest. This one is a bit hoppier than most, but it still manages to retain the characteristic flavor for the style. There is plenty of Vienna malt in this one to give it a really well-rounded and flavorful profile. I would highly recommend this beer…or anything else from Ayinger Brau for that matter.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I'm talking about! The Germans call their beer Fluessiges Brot (liquid bread) and this beer has that quality in spades. When you drink it, the mouthfeel is truly beyond description: malts, rich, grainy malts in your mouth. This is one of the best Oktoberfests I've had, and that's saying something. Wow-weeee. Best beer I've had in a while, and I drink a fair amount of beer.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brillant copperish amber hue with a thick and frothy beige head that retains extremely well...a beautiful beer. The aroma is just as good with a big caramel malt and toasted bread character followed by an earthy, grassy and floral noble hops character, very authentic and it almost jumps out of the glass. The flavor is more subdued than the nose would let on, with notes of caramel, toasted bread, minerals, grassy and floral hops and a slightly musty hay character. Mouthfeel is rich and full but not overwhelming and drinkability is pretty good. An excellent marzen; authentic, balanced and delicious this is a great example of the style.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the larger, 1pt.1floz. bottle, with a great germany country scene on the label.
pours up a hazy orange/amber color, thick head of just off white large bubbles, leaves thick lace lines on the glass.
smells of bread and malt, for the most-part, maybe a hint of cinnamon, but i could have imagined that one. average smell.
taste was big and, like the smell but stronger, bready malt. also, some other flavor hidden right up behind the initial ones, which i can't place. not bad, not amazing, interesting. very little hop taste in the mix, almost non-existent.
somewhat thick, with a medium mouthfeel, i liked it quite a bit. i would seek this one out again, but probably would not have more than 2 at a sitting.
still, a nice change of pace from the american oktober/octoberfests that i've had lately. seems very german, for some reason.


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Photo of grindcore666
2.24/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden amber body. Soft, bubbly, antique white head.
Aroma is wheat, banana, butter, and citrus. (Pineapple-banana juice?) But why, oh why do I smell aged urine when I bring this up for a sip?
Tastes like rusty copper with some wheat sensations.
Mouthfeel a bit carbonated but my real trouble with it is the rustiness.

Unimpressed. Probably won't drink again.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out copper with a frothy head that didn't quit on me. Smells of mostly sweet malts. The malts tasted very bready; reminded me of biscuits with honey. Pleasant hop bitterness rounds it out, but still lets the sweet malts shine through. Mouthfeel was sharp and bubbly and helped to wake up my tongue with each sip. I could see myself making this a session beer if it were a little less pricey. I wish I would've bought more than one pint tonight.

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

Appearance: Pours from the 1 pint 0.9 fl oz bottle (with some sorrt of notched dating system at the bottom of the label?) into my pint glass a coppery orange. Massive white foamy head (1 1/2 to 2 inches) which took a while to settle to a thin cloud and ring. Some stringy lacing down the glass.

Smell: Mostly malt, somewhat sweet, hint of something grainy (barley?).

Taste: As expected a nice malty brew, slightly sweet, but not over the top sweet. No hops, not bitter. At over 5.5% the alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: A little light, not watery, nor is it ovber carbonated. Slick and smooth going down.

Drinkability: An easy to drink Octoberfest. Very enjoyable, I'd drink it again, and would recommend it to others.

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Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a thick, dense head. Aromas of sweet, nut-bread malt on a faint lemony hop frame. Nose is malty, with cookie-dough at first, then a dry bittersweet cocoa note mid palate. Some spicy hop flavors are present just before the medium-clean finish. Mouthfeel is lively with plenty of carbonation, but not over board. Almost ale-like in the finish. Sort of an odd mix of flavors, and not very tight, almost muddled, but interesting enough to have another one. Slightly outside the typical German Marzen style, but I liked it alot and would buy this again.

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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 3" fluffy cream colored head on top of a bright, glowing orange/amber liquid. Great head retention. Nice lacing.

S- Dominated by sweet, sweet malt. A little spice.

T- Rich and malty. Fresh bread. Pumpkin(?). Butterscotch.

M- Full bodied rich mouthfeel. Smooth.

D- Excellent. Great finish. Great for an O-fest session.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple pints of this at Pazzo's Pizza in Lexington, Ky, on 10-21/05, while engaging in an impromptu BA gettogether with kmpitz2 and BEERchitect. This Marzen arrived in a warm glass a clear, coppery nectar with a moderate offwhite head. Nice appearnce, with good head retention and some patchy lace. Big malty aromas of caramel and maple syrup were tempered by noble hops that provided an herbal/floral balance. Medium body, medium carbonation, and a mild hop tingle to the tongue. Taste was well balanced, but featured a full, frontal assault of flavorful, sweet maltiness up front. Caramel, toffee, and and a hint of maple syrup were kept in check by its floral, herbal spicy mild bitterness.
So nicely balanced, yet very flavorful. A bready quality of the malt was quite fresh and yummy, yet the finish was clean and even with a mild hoppy note. Very engaging beer that was at its peak. Extremely drinkable. By far, the best Octoberfest bier I've ever sampled.

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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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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.