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

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1,650 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 66
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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Photo of stakem


3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for hosting the Oktoberfest party and having this available for us to try. The brew appears orange in color that is quite clear. A creamy froth of white head appears about a finger strong and displays pretty solid retention.

The smell of this brew is quite sweet with a scent of caramel, toffee and some candied orange aspects. Toasty grain is a secondary thought with a bit of spice from the yeast which comes across almost earthy like nutmeg.

The taste is quite sweet with a flavoring between caramel and toasty toffee. Orange rinds as well as candied oranges come to mind with a faint contrast of herbal hops. A faint yeasty spice is noted as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is easy drinking with a crisp finish. However, I found this one to be just a little too sweet to be able to sit down and enjoy more than one. The alcohol is completely hidden under this brews residual sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 13:32:16 | More by stakem
Photo of codfeast


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle to pint.

A: Bright amber-orange, big off head, fades to a ring, lots of bubbles rushing to the surface.

S: Malt, yeast, bread, hints of caramel and dark fruits.

T: Big malty mouthful, a bit of caramel. slightly hot, dried dark fruits become more pronounced as it warms.

M: Big and heavy for the style, nicely carbinated, leaves a sweet coating in the mouth.

O: Marzen on "juice" looks like a marzen and drinks like a bock. not as easy drinking as HB or Spaten or any domestic marzen, but certainly much more complex. Huge flavor profile for style. Don't know if my oktoberfest would last all day if I was drinking this alone.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:23:04 | More by codfeast
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New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice golden color, great 3 finger head with lacing.

S: Smelled some barley malt, a little sweetness, very minor hops.

T: My favorite Marzen to date, wonderful bready, roasted malt flavor, and also just the right sweetness.

M: Very light feel, wonderful.

O: Just a world class Marzen, my favorite to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 01:35:27 | More by JMWEB2
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doesn't get much better than a true German Marzen on a cold autumn evening watching some football.

Poured into a pint glass. Yields a crystal clear amber body with a fluffy white head that settles into a thin foamy ring.

Aroma is very grainy with a faint herbal, tea-like hop aroma behind it. Faint toasted bread aroma in there too. Flavor follows the nose with a grainy, sweet malt backbone and with hints of caramel and more of the herbal tea hop aroma. Finishes crisp and dry but leaves a lingering sweet toast flavor. Moderate carbonation lifts the flavor off the palate.

Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 22:01:37 | More by muttyd
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- The body is golden-orange in color with a thin white film. Only a small amount of soapy lace.

Smell- Lots of biscuit malt and wheat back bone. Slightly notice floral hops and some citrus zest. The scents are very subtle and you have to really stick your nose in it.

Taste- The Ayinger is much better in this department. Absolutely gobsmacked by all spice and clove. There are some really spicy herbs in this one. No bitterness, and slightly sweet from the biscuit malt. It has a very nice finish as well.

Mouth feel- An appropriate medium body and rather creamy.

Overall- It is a good Oktoberfest when you get down to drinking, there was some apprehension when it was first brought to the table, but it drinks well. A nice herbal mix that really works.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 21:26:23 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cl bottle poured into a small chalice

Appearance - tawny gold verging on orange. Off-white head that dissipated quicky,little lacing.

Taste - an immediate sensation of balance - definite malt, definite hops, neither dominates. Very delicious, but the hop flavor lacks definition for my taste.

Mouth - light to medium. Very drinkable.

Not a great beer, but a very respectable beer. If there are any bottles of this left when I'm next at TJ's I'm going to pick them up.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 03:20:00 | More by Tinfang
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my .5L Zywiec glass.
Nice amber oktoberfest color. Nice head that recedes and unfortunately leaves very little lacing.

Malty, sweet nose. Hint of alcohol.

More malt on the palate. Sweet, with a nice round of hop bitterness to keep it in check. Little bit of alcohol showing itself.

Good mouthfeel. The germans know how to carbonate a beer. Beer is medium thick. Nice coating on the mouth. Good to have from a lager.

Overall this is one of the better oktoberfests that I have had, and this isn't a style I normally get hard over. Will definitely seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 03:06:53 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhere between golden and amber in color. Head stays around forever but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Looks bubbly.

Smell is sweet caramel and a dough-y, cracker aroma.

Taste is mild and well-crafted. Sweet caramel malt and bread, finishing a bit dryer, crisper and less sweet.

Medium mouthfeel. Not as fizzy as I expected from looking at it.

This is a good example of a marzen. Not the most flavorful one, but it does what it does very well and is an easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 03:03:02 | More by musicforairports
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the land of high-gravity IPAs (ie, the US) I think that most beer drinkers have an expectation that any really good beer should first slap you in the face with hops, and then slap you on your ass with alcohol. Consequently, alot of beeradvocate reviews tend to not be style-specific, but rather tend to be reviewed relative to a favorite IPAs or Imperial stout. The result is that a lot of the "B"-class beers are really "A"-class (for their style), while some of the "A"-class beers (while good) are sometime very poor representations of the style they're shooting for. But that's just my opinion so let me get on to the review.

The Ayinger Märzen beer is the real deal! This is what a Fest Bier is all about--moderate alcohol and a malty yet dry palate. You can drink this all week long and still come back wanting more. It's also a non-overpowering beer and you palate will still be up to tasting whatever fest food you're in the mood for.

Granted, these beers have no (obvious) date on the bottles, so you could pick up an old one and not be any the wiser until you drink it. Solution: buy from a store with high turnover.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 20:01:52 | More by ExMachina1
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light copper color. Head is a off-white and somewhat dense. Retention is good and leaves a nice almost full circle of lacing right at the top. Not bad looking at all.

S - Malty.Sweet.Grainy. Picking up maple syrup, spices and raisin bread. Smell delicious.

T - Taste is malty and sweet with a buttery character to it. Getting brown sugar toffee and light floral hops as well. Finish is bitter sweet with a candy sugar and caramel undertone.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, bordering high carbonation. Its crisp for the style.

O - I haven't had too many Marzens that I like but I really dig this one. The flavors are lot more complex and distinguishable throughout. They seem more natural than some of the American versions Ive tasted.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 19:52:37 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of kgotcher


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber orange color with frothy off white head.

Aroma of craker and raw malted grain, very nice. Vienna or Munich malts are very present with that distinctive grainy profile.

Medium to full body, creamy and lighty carbonated. Very smooth.

Taste is malty to the grainy and toasted side, not overly sweet as some okctos tend to be.

Has a rich malt flavor without being sticky sweet.

Very nice, very enjoyable, spot on. Must be one of the best Octoberfest beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:18:30 | More by kgotcher
Photo of adam42381


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into an nonic pint glass.

Appearance: This one gushed out of the bottle as soon as it was cracked. Once I cleaned things up, it pours a honey gold with orange highlights and a 1-2 finger foamy off-white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet German malt with sweet grains and a touch of spices. Very sweet aroma.

Taste: Sweet bready grains up front followed by lightly roasted malt in the middle before ending with a touch of earthy hops. The aftertaste is dry, earthy and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. Goes down smooth and easy. I could knock back a few in the right situation.

Overall: Very good beer overall. One of the better Octoberfest beers on the market. Give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 20:55:08 | More by adam42381
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with almost no head

S: Nice toasty malts, some buttered bread, and lager yeast are the predominant scents. Some hops also noticeable

T: Same as the smell, nice and malty with some earthy hops to round off any sweetness that is present. Very well balanced, but still leans on the malts

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Husky lager feel as well

O: This is a very nice and refreshing lager that represents the märzen style well. Simple and traditional, try this one if you really want to know what a German oktoberfest beer is supposed to be

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 03:24:21 | More by BEERMILER12
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4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-10-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Appearance features a massive cream-colored head on a medium-dark copper beer. Bright clarity shows a few bubbles. Retention and lacing are good.

Hearty aroma is mainly of malts, with a lightly toasted quality.

Taste is rich and malty, bready, with a slightly sweet flavor. Not overly sweet, but nicely balanced with the malts taking center stage.

Feel is smooth and creamy, with a moderate level of carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

Clean and easy drinking, this is an excellent malt-forward example of the style. Highly recommended.

This beer also features the coolest crown I've ever seen!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 02:20:14 | More by sommersb
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is an orange, golden amber.

The nose is harvest wheat and sweet malt.

The taste is a lightly sweet malt, caramel corn, hearty wheat, and light vanilla.

The mouthfeel is medium carbonation, very refreshing, extremely drinkable: more than stein-worthy.

Overall, it is an easy-going beer with a lot of character; perfect for a Fall day.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 21:47:45 | More by dorianmarley
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a honey-golden yellow coloring that pours with a ton of white, foamy, frothy head. The head initially stacks up fast while you pour, but it settles into a two inch layer with great endurance. The beer's nose is heavy with toasted grains and rich malt sweetness, and some light spicing throughout. Flavors have a rich, honey and sugary sweet malt profile, with light toasted cereal flavors in the background. The flavors are very light and crisp, with a smooth and round body. Great cling slong the glass while you drink. The aftertaste is light, but a slight sweetness does linger behind. This is a very clean brew. The finish is quick and slick. Very easy to drink, and very tasty while avoiding the overpowering and cloying sweetness that some Marzens carry. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 19:37:41 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice auburn colored pour, minimal head and retention to it. Aroma was standard barely a malt presence noticeable in the nose, and not much else.

Taste was a little better, smooth, big carbonation, a little nutty, not much though, kind of the standard nothing too heavy beer. A slight noble hop presence I would guess. Maybe sterling.

Decent stuff, not mindblowing. Picked it up for only 1.99, at that price, I'd check it out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 14:56:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the nutty and toffee malts with a little bit of grass thrown in from the hops. The flavor is is full of toffee, caramel and biscuit malts. There are some nice floral hop notes in the flavor as well which really add to the flavor profile. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and one of the best German-brewed märzens out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 05:04:18 | More by Mora2000
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Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 5-10-11

A clear golden copper with loads of bubbles feeding a long lasting two finger head that leaves a few random patches of lace

S toasty, malty bread with some fruity toffee

T as it smells but with some nuttiness and a little leafy herbal aspect that's quite nice, quite a bit more going on in the mouth quite earthy and quite satisfying

M medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a herbal aftertaste

O well made beer with lots of flavor, not lacking in any areas

tasty beers always a good thing and this is no exception, nice beer for this chilly fall evening

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:00:20 | More by wordemupg
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an attractive copper color with a frothy two fingers of white head. Head recedes pretty quickly leaving behind a ring around the edge of the glass and some lacing.

S: Sweet and toasted malts with earthy undertones.

T: Same sweet, toasted malts from the nose. Earthy, spices that my palate are trained enough to indentify. Has a tea like flavor that I really like.

M: Pretty full mouthfeel with almost fizzy carbonation.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and in my limited experience with marzens(and German lagers in general)this stands out as one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 00:03:35 | More by titosupertramp
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color into a pint glass with a semi frothy 1" head. While the head dissipated fairly quickly it left nice lacing.

An excellent malty aroma was present during the pour and lingered thoughout the pint. Decent fizz but not overpowering. Sweet malt is the main flavor but with a hint of hops to make it a wonderfully smooth beer. A great beer, its a shame I only had one to try!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 04:14:03 | More by chaunur
Photo of tkelley


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 500mL bottle into my dimpled mug.

Copper colored -- exactly the same as the sweet tea that my wife was drinking at the same time.

Got a decent head from an aggressive pour. The foam dissipated after a minute or two but left a nice lacing and thin layer on top for the entire life of the drink.

Smelled of really nice malt sweetness.

Tasted nice and malty too, reminds me of fall - maybe even more than a pumpkin ale. A little bit of hops, but nothing very strong. No lingering aftertaste at all. Just nice and sweet.

I could drink this fest beer over and over again and all day long. Really good.


Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:19:54 | More by tkelley
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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes, poured into a tall pint glass.

It sports a nice medium copper color with a nice little bit of head
that lingers throughout and leaves tiny spots of lacing. It has lots of little bubbles running up the glass showing off its nice carbonation. It has lots of sweet malts on the nose blended with grains and a touch of lemon. The flavors follow the nose well, sweet malts and grains with a touch of orange flavor at the end, it goes down smoothly with a nice little carbonated kick right at the end, although it does leave me a bit cottonmouthed.

Verdict: Pretty delicious Oktoberfest beer, its a bit bolder and more intricate than most lagers that goes down easily and bridges the gap well between summer and fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 05:14:50 | More by kevanb
Photo of kylehay2004


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger head clear amber with gold hues.

S: very aromatous with caramel malt, brown sugar and nuts.

T: More caramel malt with a nice spicey german hop finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one gets better with every sip. May be one of the best Oktoberfests out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 00:15:50 | More by kylehay2004
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't actually know what it looked like because I had it poured in a cinema that was very dark. No head, though, I know that. It smelled distinctly of apple juice. Not like green apples, just regular, sweet apple juice. The taste was somewhat sweet as well, but also biscuity. It had very much a taste of both bread and still some of that apple juice that dominated the smell. It sounds like a terrible combination. But actually, it was fairly appealing to me. Biscuity and sweet. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 05:18:52 | More by ElCommodoro
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.