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

Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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1,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 1615
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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Photo of Ryan805Beer


4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Touted as a authentic Bavarian Festival lager. It's a striking amber colored lager with a light carbonation. A very pleasant soft, velvety head with a smooth crisp finish. Satisfying yet keeps you wanting more. With such a great body and taste/finish I could drink this in abundance. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 07:34:18 | More by Ryan805Beer
Photo of NDZonie


4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this into my Cardinal Beer glass, from Switzerland.

Color: Wonderful copper color that is only slightly hazy.

Aroma: Tangerine overtones with a dry finish make this a very tempting beer to try.

Taste: Wonderful caramel notes with an obvious Hallatauer Hershbrucker finish. The dry finish is a very nice surprise.

I would recommend this Oktoberfest-Marzen to anyone who is longing for a classic German Munich Oktoberfest Marzen.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 17:26:22 | More by NDZonie
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I get sweet smells of brown sweet sugar some toffee and an odd orange like fruitiness which smells good and which I'm guessing are the hops giving off the scent. It has a nice earthy and fruity spicyness from the Noble Hops and yeast strain and then I get the confection sugar malt sweetness. It ends a bit yeasty with that fruity dryness lingering.

For an Oktoberfest it is definitely in a league of its own. I haven't had an American one quite like this at all. Its does have that same European beer taste for lack of a better term but this one takes it up a notch with the hops and the way the balance the beer as a whole. You can tell in the smell theres something different about this one. One of my favorite Oktoberfests definitely the best I've had this year.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:53:30 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

17oz. bottle

Pours a clear medium-amber with a dense white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Superb caramel malty aroma with a nice breadiness. Smells like the essence of Oktoberfest captured in a bottle - perfect!

Rich caramel maltiness upfront leading into a nice light bready taste with just a hint of hops. Finishes malty, and lingers that way a bit. Delicious.

Medium-light body, fully carbonated.

Well now, this was quite a treat. Best Oktoberfest I've had this year, and maybe ever. This will certainly become my go-to when I thirst for marzen.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 02:43:52 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of generallee

New York

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a big mug. There appears to be no freshness date on the label.

Appearance: It has a rich deep golden color with very good clarity and some nice carbonation flowing up to the head. The head has a creamy off white color and rises up tall in the glass before slowly settling down to a nice foamy cap.

Smell: In the nose there are some sweet bready and light toasted notes with light grain and some floral/spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a very enjoyable malty character. There is mild sweetness, bready and light toasted grain notes, pie crust and very light caramel notes. This is balanced by some mild bitterness and notes of spicy/floral hops. The hops turn more leafy and mineral like in the finish which is crisp and refreshing. Its body has a solid medium to full feel with well balanced carbonation.

Notes: This is a very well made Oktoberfest. To me it's like a Munich Helles Lager but a little deeper in color, richer and fuller in flavor and body with the same wonderful drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 21:44:06 | More by generallee
Photo of Mitchster


4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange-gold with a very light chill haze forms a rocky white head of fine bubbles with excellent retention, leaving nice sheets of lace in it's wake. Moderately-strong carbonation. Aroma is predominately bavarian lager yeast with a clean profile, sweet pale and crystal malts, and round hops, similar to a Harp Lager or Steinlager but with more sweetness. Flavor profile is very clean. Wet, mid-bodied mouthfeel and mild malt sweetness makes it an extremely drinkable session brew. Starts with delicately spicy hops but fades into a subtle grainy Munich/Crystal malt sweetness. Hops are used very delicately, adding to the initial complexity but lending to an extremely drinkable brew without risking taste-bud fatigue. Mild to moderate pleasant well-balanced bitterness. Sweet grain husk lingers on the palate. Throughly enjoyable.

This is one of the very best, if not THE very best Oktoberfest I've ever had. Stellar in every way. A tome for the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 18:00:13 | More by Mitchster
Photo of geexploitation


4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous pour, with bright, peach-tinted amber body and a fluffy, tenacious ivory head. Zesty, bready malts come through on the nose, along with some spices and vanilla. On the palate, a touch sweet at first, with some metallic hops then presenting. Round, juicy malts fill the mid-palate before a wonderful, bready finish comes through. Mouthfeel is big and well-rounded, with perfect carbonation. Very drinkable -- rich and smooth at the same time, but not so filling that you couldn't polish off many glasses of this stuff. Great oktoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 20:19:39 | More by geexploitation
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Very nice amber colored brew with a rich, creamy head that leaves nice lacing all the way down.

Aromas were malty, hints of brown sugar and honey,

Exceptional Marzen taste. Malty, brown sugar, very nice Marzen flavor. Ranks with the best of the Marzens I've had.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Kind of like a lighter version of a doppelbock. Barely notice the carbonation.

Overall an exceptional beer. One of the best Marzen's I've had. If you see it, don't pass it by!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 02:55:43 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of SafeAtFirst


4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a orange-ish hue into my PBR goblet with a frothy white head. The aroma is light with sweet malts - caramel, pale malts, and a hint of oranges.

The taste starts with a nice sweetness with a little biscuit and finishes with some tartness that I am really enjoying and have not tasted in other O-fests. Good crisp mouth feel, a little on the light side with plenty of carbonation.

Overall the beer is very well balanced and highly drinkable. I really enjoy the finish on this beer, the tartness and crispness of it make this beer a real treat to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 00:36:35 | More by SafeAtFirst
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4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Deep amber tinted gold, massive two finger head.

S- Great noble hop aroma augmented with scents of malt sweetness.

T- Sweet caramel maltyness up front with just enough noble hop bitterness to keep it from being cloying. It's not just the bitterness but some light hop flavor comes through to dominate only slightly in the middle. The smooth maltyness reasserts itself and brings balance into the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body, good carbonation.

D- Must buy more next year.

After having alot of so-so domestic versions, this beer totally reminded me why I love this style. It's on the lighter side but still retains a fabulous malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 21:49:16 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of mlazzaro


4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear amber color. White head, kind of low head retention, although it's easy enough to stir it up. I feel like if this was fresh from Germany, I wouldn't be complaining about that. Good looking beer.

Interesting smell, caramel, light toasty flavors, toffee notes. Purely a malt aroma.

Tastes like it smells... Delicious! "caramel, light toasty flavors, toffee" so good. Clean lager finish. This beer is universally delicious beer. I could see anyone liking this beer.

The only way to describe it is a fluffy mouthfeel. Soft and delicious. Clearly a very clean fermentation. Very slightly acidic at the end of the sip. Super balanced. Quality craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 18:56:32 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of sommersb


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
Photo of Thrasher


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This seems to be Aying's lowest rated beer, which is only testament to the overall quality of their brews. If you ask me this beer is fantastic. Hazy deep golden lager with puffy, perfect head. Mild aroma with malt hints and mild spices. This is a mellow example of a Fest brew, quietly malty with just a trace of the typical spices. Crisp hop dryness comes at the end, forcing you to take another sip, and another, and another. Mouthfeel is just about perfect: soft, puffy and gently bubbly. Tasty cold, but even better at a more traditional warmer temperature (read: as it warms in your liter stein). This beer is perfect with herb roasted chicken, with a nice crispy skin... actually this beer would be perfect with just about anything. Shouldn't be just for Oktoberfest, but Easterfest, 4th-of-Julyfest, and breakfast. Ok I'm done raving about this beer, I seem to be the only one who really loved it anyway.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2002 14:57:31 | More by Thrasher
Photo of malty


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh '06 release.

Pours a brilliantly clear light-bronzy orange. Billowing fluffy off-white 2" head sits majestically atop visible fast racing carbonation. Thick, globular sheets of lace all the way down.

After a few brisk swirls, nuttiness evokes along with a sweet toasted pale malt scent. Swirl this baby a couple more times and I get vanilla and a prickle of citrus.

The flavors of ever-so-sweet pale malts with an almond-like edge greet my tongue at first. Perfectly balanced sweetness and a crisp profile from the hops dance harmoniously. Ultra clean and fresh ingredients are showcased magnificently.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than medium bodied with perfectly fine and playful carbonation. A clean and non-cloying finish for sure.

Drinkability is PERFECT. If you can get this fresh, there's no stopping me.

Overall a very graceful and perfectly balanced O'fest. The key here is freshness. I believe this was the freshest, best-stored German import I've ever tasted - I'm so glad it was from this brewery. Simply the finest representation of the style I've ever put to my lips. I cannot find one thing wrong with this lager. Superb in every facet!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 23:30:03 | More by malty
Photo of russpowell


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours amber/caramel with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Good lacing & very good head retention, plus persistent effervescence

S: Slight caramel with honey, spicyness & cakeyness as this warmed up

T: caramel & breadyness up front. Herbal & cakey notes once this warms. Finishes with hints of dryness, leafy hops, apricot & a bit caramel & butterscotch

MF: Medium to heavy body with low carbonation & super balance

Drinks too easy, finally a bottle that matches up with what I had in Germany! Recommended right here/right now

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 02:52:48 | More by russpowell
Photo of WakeandBake


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear orange/amber color pour with a large fluffy off white head. Nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of sweet toasted nutty caramel malt,apple,and a hint of spice very pleasent. The flavor blew me away,a huge sweet malty nutty taste,with some hints of bread,peaches and maybe some orange zest. A good creamy mouthfeel. Just a hint of bitter hops at the end. VERY GOOD !

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 16:16:54 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of Erish


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this 500 ml bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: clear, brilliant orange-gold, the light tan head quickly falls into a mottled cap with good lacing. Exactly what I expect from the style.

S: lots of yeasty bread aromas, caramel, floral German hops, honey, nutmeg.

T: sweet bread, honey, and fruity yeast funk up front, floral hops and a pleasant earthy, gently spicy (nutmeg?) note in the middle, and gentle grassy/herbal notes in the long finish. This is a harmonious and very well put-together beer. A classic.

M: full-bodied, almost syrupy at times, the carbonation is crisp and perfect for the style, but also thoroughly refreshing.

D: I have finally found the best Märzen of the season. The Germans have been doing it for centuries, and they still do it better than anybody else.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:59:13 | More by Erish
Photo of shbobdb


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 14:57:01 | More by shbobdb
Photo of TeutonicKnight


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A true beer of the Gods! I had this at an Oktoberfest in Terre Haute, IN a few years back. I was in for a liquid treat!

The appearance is a flat and hazy rusty to a yellowish-orange. I poured it into a chilled mug, but was told it was not the proper glassware to use. I did not care. The beer made the trip back to Terre Haute worth it.

The aroma checks in with a nice creamy malty haze. It really popped my olfactory nerves!

The taste was sweet, and it took my taste buds a moment to catch all the flavors. No skunk taste at all, I feel it reminded me of a nutty finish with a hint of raisins. I ended up buying a 2nd bottle, it was that good.

I actually had this with some Rouladen, and it matched up quite well.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 18:49:25 | More by TeutonicKnight
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

apperance: decent head and retention.

smell: apple phenols come out. I love smelling apple in beers.

Taste: apple undertones. Very well balanced. Caramel malts are balanced by decent hop bitterneness. Tastes somewhat sweet

Mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing

Drinkability: Highly sessionable

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 06:16:03 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of jbertsch


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light amber in color. Can easily see my fingers through the glass. Good carbo bubbles. White head is big at first, but diminishes to a faint film. Lacing isn't ignificant.

Aroma smells like caramel malts. It's bready, and a little soapy. Also think a little faint brown sugar.

Taste is simple but fulfilling. Light carmel sweetness. Definitely taste like a easy-going fall brew. Mouthfeel is appropriately thin, but lively. Fairly soft. Drinkability is great. Definitely has that German touch.

This went GREAT with onions dipped in hummus.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 00:49:15 | More by jbertsch
Photo of brewdoc75


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A lovely orange color with amber hues. Strong, white head sits on top and lingers for some time. Nice carbonation.

S: Caramel roll with some toffee thrown in. Definitely on the malty side. Some herbal hops there too. Probably one of the more aromatic Oktoberfests I've had this year. A hint of sulfur at the end.

T: More of that caramel roll flavor. Very rich caramel notes with some toffee at the end. Really nice. More towards a bock on the maltiness, which I like. At the same time it isn't cloyingly sweet. The hops round out the bitterness and thats about it. Not a lot of hoppy flavor. The beer is very smooth tasting. I love the rich maltiness, yet the light body. Best tasting O-fest this year so far.

M: Light-medium bodied. Maybe slightly heavier than other Oktoberfests. Smooth and clean finishing.

D: Wow. I really liked this beer. The flavor and aroma make this one lead the pack for me. I'd like to try this one fresh in Germany. It is dangerously drinkable. I could put down a 1L stein of this no problem.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 19:58:30 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of jjboesen


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Time to take a liquid trip to Aying, a quaint little village just south of Munich - why, you can even get here on the S-Bahn. Otherwise, pop a bottle of this spelndid marzen.

It begins with a frothy head, one which slowly settles into a creamy crown; behind it, there is a smattering of sticky lace. The body is one of light amber; within, one espies an intense school of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface.

The nose detects the cloying subtleness of honey and apple; the palate succumbs to sweet caramel balanced with toasty malt that provides the necessary warm finish. A wonderful expression of a much maligned style. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 01:20:15 | More by jjboesen
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New Hampshire

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

Appearance is extremely clear copper/gold which highlights beautifully when held to the light. It has a white head with nice lacing in my pint glass.

The aroma is very bready with hints of barley malt and hops

The taste is not overly sweet yet has sweet aftertaste which is pleasing to my taste and appropriate for the Marzen style.

It has a light to moderate feel with smooth carbonation.

I found it was enhanced and more flavorful when it had warmed.
Overall a world class offering from a world class brewery.
I love the fall !!!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 22:17:30 | More by MightyMonk
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
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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