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

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Reviews: 986
Hads: 2,183
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 110
Gots: 187 | 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 rajendra82
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer arrived in a 500 ml. bottle, with packaging styled similarly for most of this brewery’s offerings. The body was golden pale in color with a creamy off-white head that faded into decent lacing. The smell was very faint for the style, with only a hint of the underlying Munich caramel malts. The taste was a malty as anticipated but had a bit more hop bitterness and lemony tang than other festbiers I’ve had. There was also a faint metallic twang in there. The aftertaste was grainy and mouthfeel medium-thin. Sessionable seasonal offering, but not an exceptional drink. (580 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyable soft malty aroma. Big, active, yellowish cream colored head. Streams of sizable bubbles rise from the bottom of the transparent pale orange colored beer. Mild malt flavor with a slight grainy bite towards the end, there's a bit of hops in there that cut the malt and smooth out the taste. Moderately light body and plenty of carbonation lead to a beer that keeps me drinking. (385 characters)

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I continue this year's Oktoberfests, I stumbled upon the Ayinger Oktoberfest-marzen.

The pour is a harvest orange color with a nice orange/cream head.

It has a really nice leafy odor; a very natural clean smell like a lawn after it rains.

The flavor is very pleasant - a real earthy flavor that is rare in a beer. Perhaps a little musty, like damp-leaves, but I rather enjoyed it.

The flavor is great on a crisp night when you are feeling reflective. (468 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blurry Orange.

Nice nose here. Malt shines through with plenty of ripe red apples, caramel, bready malts and noble German hops.

Lovely, quite fruity, mainly apple and dark fruits, with malt notes of bread and light caramel. Quite sweet as well. The hops seem perfect in this. Impressive. (293 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larger bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours a dull light almond shade, white allmost tiny bubble head, and leaves well developed and stringy lacing. cabadgy malt nose. This O' fest brew is slightly hoppier and spicier then others I've tried recently. Slightly dry and peppery finish. Complex for the style, decent quaffer/sessioner (334 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous coppery amber color with a great fluffy head. Somewhat subdued malt aroma. Slight breadiness to it. Upfront theres a malty flavor-slight hop bitterness and a touch of residual sweetness. Good body-a very drinkable beer. I find this a bit more interesting then the Munich breweries offering. (299 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a medium fluffy white head. Aroma is malt, light hops and faint fruit.

Taste is old malts with some autumn spices. Semi-sweet, biscuity, wet-leather malt works with a reserved hop presence, not quite enough for the usual tropical citrusness to work its way through. Some mild Thanksgiving-dinner spice lingers for a while...cinnamon, allspice, maybe some nutmeg. It's fall in a bottle.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, light but creamy texture. Drinkability is improved by not being overwhelming or too spicy up front. I would place this at the top of the O-fests that I've sampled, but I find that such is typical of this brewer. (667 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant clear amber with a butter-colored crumpet-top which stands inches tall. Herbed honey aromas tease the line between savory and sweet. Dense aromas of milled, raw grains are there too. Candy-like malt flavors are given thrust with steely, caked hop extracts. Mouthfilling yet light and melting. Dormant August grasses, fritters and honey sensations linger on the finish. This is a foursquare, progressive-styled Maerzen : tightly integrated, clean and clear. I'd like to see it age about 6 months to a year however. It is a waste of lager art to drink these too young, as they taste like malty, hoppy extremes of their cognate, light lagers. The material is there for development; patience will be rewarded. (715 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Label states that is was "brewed in accordance to the "Reinheitsgebot" Purity Law of 1516". I have no way of checking for accuracy but it seems pretty cool.

Appearance: Pours clear amber with yellow edges. A big white fluffly head forms that leaves lacings all down the glass. Strangely, this doesn't look much different than a pale ale to me.

Smell: A bit spicy (coriander and cloves I believe) and somewhat bready. Again, smells like a pale ale.

Taste: Hops are the first thing I taste, some wheat bread taste comes to the surface, and then a bitter finish. A suprising absence of any malt sweetness. I can detect it towards the end of the glass after it warms but I really have to stretch my taste buds to pick up anything like that.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light with a crisp finish.

Drinkability and overall: I am suitably underwhelmed by this beer. Seems no different than a craft pale ale to me. Maybe that's what it should taste like but if I'm in a celebratory, O-fest kind of mode, then why not just break out a nice pale ale. This beer loses me. If you are looking for a unique Oktoberfest beer, I don't think this one is it. A nice beer but nothing out of the ordinary to me. (1,213 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber clear liquid with a nice thick fluffy white head. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Good head retention, and some fair lace on the sides of the glass. Fairly big malt nose, slightly flowery and carmel-like. Nice malt sweetness, again with a carmel flavor. Some slight hop bitterness, but mostly malt. Medium body, maybe a bit too much carbonation. Overall, pretty drinkable, but not as "clean" as I would expect. Good beer nonetheless. (473 characters)

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

I must have gotten a bad bottle last year, or my tastes have changed. This was pretty good. Insides-of-the-pumpkin orange with a decent dose of creamy, foamy head. Aromas are clearly strong in malt sensations -- breads, grains, etc -- with a bit of a hop cleanliness. Flavor is similarly malty, and unlike last year's sample (which I'm sure was old now), this seemed more cohesive -- less astringency. Almost raw in an almost spectacular way. I'm actually a fan of the very young, chalky, grainy flavors. Beer grain pizza crust and high-fiber cereal. More biscuity than sweet.
(Original review: 8-13-03) (604 characters)

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)

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.