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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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very good

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

Aroma - Lagered malty goodness

Appearance - Golden red and clear with tons of carbonation. This is a very good looking beer.

Taste - Similar to the nose with notes of caramel and just tons of smooth malt flavors.

Notes - A delicious and well balanced beer. Easily my favorite Oktoberfest beer

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 14:34:42 | More by jwhawkins81
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious beer! Nice and rich, it pours into my glass an amber color with a big, foamy head. The smell is a bit like caramel candied apples. Mouthfeel is generally full and smooth. A great malty sweetness, perfectly offset by hops and carbonation. Very, very drinkable to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 00:05:31 | More by newyawker
Photo of bigdeuce


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is simply outstanding!! Nothing to complain about, nice pillowy head. Has a slight caramel flavor to it and a slight fruity twinge. Nice lacing down the glass. Fairly priced and dozens can be consumed in one sitting. Paulaner, being my favorite Festbier, has found it's match!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 00:27:17 | More by bigdeuce
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful orange with a large foamy head, lacing is very prevalent.

aroma is typical marzen - bready and inviting.

taste is beautiful caramel, french bread, just a touch of hops, very nice for th e style.

mouthfeel is on point for the style.

drinkability is as high as it gets.

overall, a lovely octoberfest, very highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 23:02:07 | More by evanackerman
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic. In a word. It must have been a particularly fresh bottle, as I've read many of the reviews here and I was far better than I had expected. I was pleasantly surprised. Nice amber color with a 1 inch head that lasted well into the first third of consumption. Rich, carmel malt with a hint of floral hops in the nose, and taste to match. Others with me who tasted it all used the word "smooth." Extremely drinkable. Well balanced and, surprisingly in this sample anyway, not too sweet and no distinct alcohol taste. The hops left just enough fruity bitterness in the aftertaste to encourage me to lift the glass again and again. I was glad it came in a .5L bottle. It disappeared very quickly. An absolutely wonderful taste of Oktoberfest--straight from Germany. And brewed (as you would expect) in strict accordance with the Reinheitsgebot. A real winner.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 23:42:28 | More by tugdriver7
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2/16.9oz bottles, served in a 1L Oktoberfest mug.

A - clear, orange/brass color with a tall, foamy white head that stayed around the entire time, leaving a good amount of lace, the carbonation bubbles were continuous.

S - yeast aroma upfront, some malt aroma in the background.

T - very good, flavorful brew. The malts and hops are balanced very well.

M - light/medium bodied, crisp carbonation, very refreshing.

D - excellent drinkability, good for a long night of Oktoberfest celebrating.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 21:56:57 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Ja! There's nothing better than a fresh Bavarian fest lager, and we're not talking about some basic lager or wannabe ale with "Oktoberfest" slapped on the label, but a real lager with some meat on its bones. Something worthy to hoist in the air with friends in celebration!

Pours a rich, golden color. Froth is thick, settling to a worthy lacing. Aroma is soft, with fresh grains in the nose and a faint herbal hop note. Smooth on the palate, creamy, with a light fluffiness. Tight carbonation, but it's held at bay by a base of malty sweetness, drop of caramel, and toasted. This fills out the body a bit, too. Hops? More tea-like, with steeped herbal quality that's tightly wound within the malty showcase, versus having a hoppy bite. Suggestions of banana and vanilla hidden within the sweetness. Pith. A bit drying toward the finish, with a cereal graininess and lingering toasty sweetness.

German lagers like these are often overlooked--yes, we still think the world needs more lagers! This is a classic--an exceptional and flavorful alternative for the ongoing lightening of the celebratory Märzen.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 20:48:40 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to find this beer at Midtown Wine & Sprits (Nashville, TN) and immediately grabbed one. I enjoy the Octoberfest beers and have typically had American versions in the past. The beer is quite bubbly and pours with a small off-white head. The color of the beer is golden tan. Taste? The taste was great, it felt like a true Octoberfest and I'd gladly have this over American versions. It was malty and had a unique biscuit flavor. A little sweet, but the finish was very smooth...very easy drinking beer. I'm hoping to grab a few for the fridge before they vanish for the season. Also, this beer has one of the most awesome caps, if you collect beer caps.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 15:05:48 | More by ColonelCash
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow in color with a heavy orange hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a rocky off-white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Earthy toasted malt aroma with hints sweet biscuit. Smooth, delicate feel with lazy, rich, tight carbonation. Toasted and bready malt flavors throughout. Tangy carbonation through the middle introduces light herbal hop flavors. Finished crisply, with a lingering toasted malt character.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 16:14:23 | More by IronLover
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

gorgeous looking beer. Bright copper color with a bubbly white head. Lots of initial maltiness on the nose. Toasted grains, warm buttered biscuit, light caramel and hearty grains. Some herbal hops on the nose as well with a bit of a tin.

Wow very good. Rich mouthfeel yet creamy and smooth. Toasted grain up front followed by caramel and finishes with a refreshing spicy hop bite. Bit of detectable tin throughout and waters down a bit on the finish. Otherwise though an amazing oktoberfest beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 00:31:09 | More by jtierney89
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even a gentle pour of Ayinger's Oktober Fest-Märzen yields a thick cloud of slightly golden white foam. Beneath this cloud sits a beautiful orange-amber body.

The nose is mild; toasted grains and sweet richness from the yeast dominate. Do I sense a faint aroma of hops? Or is it just my imagination?

Rich, sweet, malty; this is exactly what I was hoping for. The beer is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Some hoppy bitterness emerges after the first couple of sips, but in the main this beer foregrounds the sweet grainy taste of moderately toasted barley, which offers subtle notes of toffee and butterscotch. This beer's recipe is nearly perfect: The bittering hops provide just the right amount of contrast to the sweet malt;

A roll around the tongue produces the kind of creamy foam that one expects from a beer withs such a large head. The delicate carbonation and creamy foam pair perfectly with the beer's richness and moderate sweetness. As the beer warms, the carbonation becomes slightly more aggressive; a perfect complement to the gradual emergence of very subtle noble-type hop flavors.

As far as I am concerned, this beer sets the standard in the Märzen style. Do try others, but accept no substitutes.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 23:14:42 | More by GMB
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4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Oktoberfest in the game. Absolutely beautifully crafted. Great amber color, caramelized malt note, and subtle sweetness. this one absolutely nails it. Buy one to know what they should all be judged by!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 22:27:49 | More by InlandTaipan
Photo of Gatch


4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful copper-amber in color with a huge, fluffy, off-white head that has great retention.

S: Sweet, roasted malt dominate, followed by a faint, fruity hop presence.

T: Deliciously sweet, malty, clean, and crisp. Hops show up ever so slightly in the finish.

M: Smooth, sweet, properly carbonated. Not surprising here.

O: It's difficult to describe the best beers of specific German styles because these are the beers you base other versions of the style from. This is exactly how I expect, want, and need an Oktoberfest/Marzen to taste, smell, and satisfy. I could drink mug upon mug of this tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 23:41:30 | More by Gatch
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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 18:13:17 | More by mschofield
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

07 release and seems quite fresh.

Alright folks. Ayinger Oktoberfest is a sexy, beautiful beer. Poured into my half-liter glass it foams up a wonderful 2 inch dense, creamy, off white head that sticks around and leaves little meringue bits of lace stuck to the glass. The beer is a clear red-yellow, and sports tons of active carbonation that sends lots of bubbles to the top. Really very little to dislike here.

The smell is gentle. Bready toasty sweet malts, hint of starchy vegetables (pumpkin?), clean German yeastyness, mild bittering hops and a minor graininess. Possibly a slight metallic note, but I smell it in some bottles and not others. Hm.

Ahh, this is pure liquid copper! Lightly toasted Munich malts give this a bready sweetness that lingers on your tongue, balanced perfectly with bittering citrus hops. (Saaz?) The aftertaste is lingering bitter-caramel bread, and goes down ultra smooth. Basic and delicious.

The mouthfeel is well-nigh perfect, fizzy and active and super-clean. It's alive but not harsh, and the carbonation aids the cool, watery beer in a big way.

I love Ayinger Oktoberfest, and my score reflects that. This is my favorite Oktoberfest to date. It avoids the excessive maltiness that many American brews fall prey to, and is tasty without being filling and rich without being heavy. You could easily drink a few liters of this if it kept coming... Imagine that! Those Germans may be onto something.

This is a classic beer for the style and it is easy to see why. Huge recommendation from me. Get your drinking in now since it ain't available year round.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 03:11:23 | More by kkipple
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap @ Deep Ellum, the night after I tasted 28 Oktoberfests, this one hit the spot, a beautiful Oktoberfest. it pours a dark amber with a 2 fingered white head. the smell is of toasted malts. The taste is big on toasted malts with a wonderful cramy mouthfeel. A highly drinkable beer, and it could be the best Oktoberfest out on the market.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 20:50:40 | More by Biggness
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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass.


a yellowish orange color with a foamy off white head.


Sweet malts. a little caramel and bread in there. very nice smelling beer.


some as nose, but better...caramel tasting malts. a hint of honey. a slight hop bitterness which is great. some of these Oktoberfest are just malty with no bitterness. just perfect. best tasting o-fest I've had so far.


pretty much medium bodied. a nice creamy smooth feel. perfect carbonation.


very high. so far, if i had to pick 1 Oktoberfest brew, it would be this one. Great taste, great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 01:16:04 | More by cetherid
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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Cicero's, served in typical pint.
Clear orange body, slight effervescence, with thin, quickly disappearing white head.
Sweet bready, caramel aroma, minimal hops, very inviting.
The aroma carries through into the taste, with caramel maltiness, some toast, sweet but no not cloying. Enough carbonation to provide a clean, crisp mouthfeel.
A great example to the style, and especially inviting if you can find it on draught.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 19:10:21 | More by sphmiel
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a mug. Showed a deep caramel orange/brown with a thick white head with tremendous retention and lacing. Smell was sweet with bready malts, caramel and brown sugar. Some faint earthy hops as well. Taste was full and chewy with the caramel sweetness playing big and balanced by some hop dryness in the finish. Not typically a fan of Oktoberfest beers but this was incredible. One of the most drinkable beers I've had in a while, certainly going to pick up a few more bottles while I can.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 18:18:58 | More by stingrayvr6
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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ayinger pours a zesty copper orange tone with amber highlights and a huge fluffy cream colored head oh so nice appearance. Aroma is wonderfully bready with spices peaking through and not so much all toasted malt but more of a clean freshness to it. It's amazing I love this beer's aroma Hallertau hops tie it together favorite part about it is the fact that the flavor isn't overly sweet. Rush of well nothing it's so balanced it's not too forceful with anything rather this beer decides to harmonize to my taste buds with a rolling mix of spice and herb tones with a bread slightly toasted malt character and a very clean finish wow this is awesome. Not cloying so creamy and textured almost chewy and good, great brew that is authentic as the name Ayinger the clean finish is just great. Drinkability oh by the liter what it was designed for I'm about to get a keg of this stuff it's that great, can't wait to try Paulaner and Hacker Schorr and the rest of the German Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 23:59:36 | More by WVbeergeek
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Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color, with a large foamy yellow head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is bready and spicy, with a heavy scent of caramel and a hint of hops.

T: The flavors of grain and caramelized malt hold dominance throughout each sip. There are faint background flavors of spice and hops, which provide an excellent balance. After-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body but light for the style, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Quite tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, excellent representation of style, I polished off the bottle I had extremely quickly and can see myself drinking several of these over the course of an evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 03:36:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Situation: PSU heading toward a 3-0 start--time to prematurely celebrate...
Glassware: Schneider Edel Weisse....
Appearance: clear, dark copper body with subtle, steady effervescence; white head flattens quickly, which is surprising...
Aroma: fragrant malts mean business--but the balance of hops forms a welcoming pro-drinking atmosphere with toffee and caramel...
Palate: medium-bodied, throaty lager that engages the mouth completely; pleasantly substantial...
Taste: sweet but reserved, malty but with enough bite to have a hops reminder; a bit more complex than other fests I've had...
Overall: a classic revisited--sweet, pleasant pairing with the Saturday afternoon...satisfyingly balanced...

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 05:27:39 | More by dacrza1
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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25 oz bottle poured into my Schneider Weisse glass.

Appearance: Very bright orange, a unique example of the style, nice head dissipates to a ring, very good lacing.

Smell: The malt is up front, with maybe a hint of vanilla, incredible depth.

Taste: Wow, very different and very good, creamy and malty, with that hint of vanilla again, awesome and extremely well balanced. My favorite of the style to date.

Mouth feel: Extremely smooth, perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, the great October beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 01:20:15 | More by BobZ
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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this fresh and Local. I have tasted quite a few Marzen beers lately, so here goes....

As I poured this into my pint glass I noticed how much cream white head it produces...I wont get too geeky here as this is such a festive beer for me and my heritage.

GOLDEN tan good looking beer. Very good retention as it was poured and quite biscuity. Malts were very prominent but was evened out by the good carbonation in this. The profile was VERY crisp and clean, FRESH. I would definitely look for this over US versions. Most I have tried were just TOO malty and not enough balance. Light, crisp clean and TASTY Marzen. I havent had much of Ayinger besides Celebrator about 5 years ago, but now I understand why this brewery is so sought after and keeps up the demand. One of my favorites "so far" in this style.

Up front Biscuity malt, slight sweetness and then bite from the carbonation and slight hop profile and faint yeast in the finish. Refreshing to say the least. I didnt look at the grade on this before I did this review, but I would say it would have to rank in the top ten for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 21:52:51 | More by Chris585
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,615 ratings.