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

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Reviews: 975
Hads: 2,160
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 103
Gots: 179 | 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 shand
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Oktoberfest is probably the best bottled example of an Oktoberfest you'll find in the states. The malts are very complex offering many facets of the drink, while still being extremely drinkable due to a spot on carbonation level and lighter body. (254 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap @ Zum Schneider in New York, NY.

The setting was near perfect, a beautiful Saturday afternoon in New York City marking the beginning of Oktoberfest at NYC's finest German beer garden. The kegs were tapped at noon - in true Oktoberfest fashion - and some friends and I arrived shortly after.

Poured into a 0.5 L mug, the color was a deep reddish-brown with a thin light tan head. Nice aroma with a very slight roasted malt character. The flavor showed great balance between the malt and hops, not to mention a slight caramel sweetness as well. The carbonation was right on and made this both easy on the palate and ridiculously easy to drink. By the end of the afternoon I had drank quite a few of these and probably could have drank it all day long.

A great representation of the Oktoberfest/Marzen style, worth seeking out. Prost! (847 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tangerine amber with a nice frothy white head which fades fairly quickly as Oktoberfest beers seem to do, leaving loads of oily lacing.

Ah the aroma is very nice on this beer, redolent of orange blossom honey and apricots and spicy noble hops.

The flavour is full of sweet bready malts, and a lovely spiciness. Mellow persimmon, apple and lightly toasted and buttered grains perfectly balanced with a pleasant hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy even though it is on the light side of medium, very nice fine even carbonation with a slick smooth finish.

A very drinkable festbier! I'm afraid if I were supplied with several Maßkrugs of this beer it might disappear at an alarming rate. Easily in my top five of Oktoberfest beers and may be much closer to the top than that! (794 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into stein.

Pours clear dark gold with a big, fluffy off-white head.

Nose is grassy hops and a bit of nice, clean, sweet bready malt.

Taste is crisp and clean, bready malt with a bit of caramel, hint of brown sugar, perfect amount of grassy hops on the finish to balance.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Really nice - nothing in the least bit extreme, but still supremely satisfying on one of the first cool evenings of fall. Something about the perfect balance of bready malt and crisp hops just nailed it for for me tonight. Delicious. (560 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500 ML bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge off white head that almost overflows out of the glass. Decent retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of caramel and pale malts with some yeasty spice and lightly roasted malts. Some hints of floral hops in the background. Also some hints of nuts and apple fruit.. Smells very bready and sweet.

Taste: Lots of bready malts with caramel and toffee. Strong presence of moderately spicy yeast throughout. Lots of biscuit and a apple like sweetness. Also a light presence of nuts. Some hints of earthy hops in the finish, but this brew is mostly malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation on the higher end. Rich, creamy, and nutty.

Overall: A very good version of a Marzen. Nice combination of malts and yeast. (869 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear, orange/copper color with two fingers of crisp, white head, decent retention, minimal lacing. Visible effervescence.

Smell is very nice- caramel, some very nice smooth roasted malt notes, and a little bit of yeast.

Taste is superior- up front is some grainy barley, followed by sweet caramel, then a well blended collage of light roasted malts, punctuated ever so slightly by some noble hop bitterness, which gives way to the caramel to finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent- medium body, moderate to full carbonation, SLIGHTLY chewy but really very refreshing and smooth. Exceptional marzen- definitely the best one that I have had thus far (i've been coming back to it all season and finally decided to review). (777 characters)

Photo of Chris585
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,110 characters)

Photo of ExMachina1
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,133 characters)

Photo of aquatonex
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Gate in Park Slope. Probably one of the best festbiers I have had.

Pours translucent amber, not completely transparent like most festbiers. Head is white and full, good lacing as well. Nose is fruity with roasty malts. Taste is full and rich, good balance of malts, slight hops and spice. Refreshing but not too thin. (336 characters)

Photo of Emerging1
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is annually one of the best oktoberfests you can find in the bottle in the Midwest.

The beer pours impressively. Medium amber. Nice big off-white head, small, tight, uniform bubbles. Thin permanent top remained throughout the glass. Very nice Belgian remained.

The aroma is raisins and wheat; subtly fruity.

The taste is bright and buttery which intensifies as beer warms toward 50 degrees.

Very drinkable, no shame or risk in offering this choice to an oktoberfest newcomer. (486 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a very nice orange-copper color with some very nice head and a bit of nice lacing. Decent scent, with a nice crisp maltiness, though nothing very deep. Excellent taste, a very nice burnished maltiness with a hint of leaves turning color. Goes down exceptionally well. (274 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's time to resume the second of four beers here in the German Oktoberfest Inviational. Ayinger, you're up!

Pretty color. It looks like autumn with its clean orange/auburn color. The head retention is quite good on top. Smells....clean malt. Toasty with caramel tones and some herbal hops.

Oh yeah! Malty, but multi-dimensional and not overly malty. A blend of yummy flavors: toasted malt, pumpkin pie, minerals, a brush of spiced hops clinging to the tip of the tongue. A touch of carbonation with a filling medium body gives the beer a superb feel in the mouth, and helps keep the beer going down round.

This is how I think an Oktoberfestbier should taste. Given the gems Ayinger brews, how approapriate is it their version of the beer becomes my favorite to date? Don't pass this beer this October, get it when you see it.

That's two down, and two to go in the German Oktoberfest Inviational. I'll be back tomorrow night to crack open another bottle. (961 characters)

Photo of JMD
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Light copper color with frothy white head that slowly fades and leaves some small lacework.

S: Sweet bready malt and carmel. Some spice as well.

T: Carmel malt and some bready flavors. Some nice spice and hints of fresh apple. Very light hops.

M: Medium bodied and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Amazing mouthfeel.

D: This is an excellent OKtoberfest that I could drink all night. This is one of my favorite German Marzens. I had this fresh on tap at a little cafe right outside of the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. This beer is amazing fresh.

**Edited after having this beer fresh on tap in Munich. ** (617 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, bready, raisiny oktoberfest.

Amber, it hs a big off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin permanent top and leaving some fairly nice lace.

The aroma is toasted whole wheat bread, hay, honey, raisins, clear alcoholic pungency with a light fruity-meaty aroma similar to some bocks or nicer malt liquors/strong lagers, with a hint of fresh roasted chicken.

The taste is clearly but pleasantly on the alcoholic side with a lightly meat, spicey raisin and grape quality, fresh bread, grape skins, a hint of butter, juniper and pine bark. It has a long finish of lightly bitter herbs and grass along with toasted buttered bread with browned butter.

It's zesty, lively, easily drinkable, and quite tasty. (719 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber with a thin head that recedes to islands quickly.

Smell is full of toasty bread, mild herbal notes, hints of floral and yeast.

Five sips in to this fabulous brew I realized it was the best marzen I've ever tried. It is a lagered perfection, crazy, full of flavor that has blended into more than the sum of its parts. Sweet, a bit sour, a bit spicy, even hints of earth, other subtler tastes that blend it so well. It is spectacularly delicious and refreshing.

Mouthfeel? One word. Almost perfect. Carb., thickness, finish cling, clear out? Almost perfect.

Drinkability? I could drink this non stop until nanobots turn the earth to grey goo, it is that yummy! (683 characters)

Photo of droomyster
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper body with a white head with decent retention and lacing properties. The aromas are more subdued than those of comparable quality oktoberfests, such as Spaten, but every bit as complex and seductive. I smell a lot of toastiness and earthiness at first, and then pick up delicious notes of spicy apple sauce and sliced peaches. The taste is very toasty and bready up front, with lots of earthiness and pie crust on the mid-palate, with hints of autumn spices and fruits adding yet another layer on the finish. One of of my favorite German-made oktoberfests. (584 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass.

Appearance - Golden/orange mostly clear but slightly cloudy...not nearly as much as wheat beer though.

Smell - of a German Lager/Marzen

Taste - Wonderful! Light in overall flavors but what does come through is delightful and very German in style! No hop bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel - decent

Drinkability - This beer is very drinkable. The 5.8% alcohol level is higher than this beer seems...it is very well disguised.

Overall - Is it a Marzen or a Festival Lager? Are they the same? Who cares what style its defined as this is a great Bavarian beer and everyone regardless of being a craft beer snob or an usual American adjunct bozo should enjoy this one!!!! (704 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Nerax pint glass.

A: Nice 1.5 finger fluffy head that sticks around for a while, nice malty golden straw color with a touch of orange that is very clear

N: Nose starts malty sweetness, toasted malts, cracked straw, Bavarian wheat like aromas, hint of caramel sweetness, and hint of fruity lager yeast aromas, with a hint of grassy noble hops.

T: Taste is very malty, sweet toasty malts, light toasty caramel malt flavors, Munich reddish malts but light, light cracked straw flavors, nice clean crisp lager flavor drives the entire beer with hints of fruity lager flavors. Hints of grassy and almost fruity noble hops come through and spice up the beer a bit. The finish gets just a bit too sweet for this batch, and I remember other years being a lot more crisp on the finish. It's fairly clean and mostly crisp, with a bit of malts and cracked straw lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, lower carbonation, for some reason this batch has lower than usual for carbonation.

Overall great, this is essentially the staple for Oktoberfest beers, delicious malts, nice cracked straw that I wish was a bit more prominent, nice light caramel malts that don't come on strong like most American versions, nice clean crisp lager flavors that really give this beer it's character. The only downfall is the lack of carbonation, and the finish doesn't dry as much as it did on previous batches... and this is as fresh as I've had it before so I think I need to let it condition a bit more in the bottle and maybe that will solve all the issues, or they just released it a bit too early this year. (1,610 characters)

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic

A: Light copper to golden-yellow with an eggshell white, 2 finger head.

S: Wonderful bready, grainy, toasted aromas, slight earthy tones as well.

T: Grains, fresh baked bread, floor malt, earthiness. Clean lager profile. Very little in the way of hops, mostly noble hop flavors.

M: Clean, medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Delicious, satisfying and extremely sessionable, everything you want in an Oktoberfest-Märzen. This is a very solid German offering and probably some of the best of this style you can get in the States. Definitely pick this up when it’s out if you like this style. (622 characters)

Photo of brewymcgee
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear amber with a white ring of foam around the edge once the head settles.

Aroma: Aromas of grains, citrus and a little caramel

Taste: The mouth is filled with the flavour of lightly toasted grains accented with citrus and honey with just a little bitterness showing in the aftertaste in appealing, "taste another sip of me" manner.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a nice fizz of tight corbonation

Drinkability: Highly drinkable! (449 characters)

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

500 ml bottle.
pours big pillowy head-about 3 fingers worth. very carbonated, golden amber in color. scent is of big toasted bread maltiness.
big flavor-caramelized malt is pronounced, toasty, warm, creamy mouthfeel. a great fest bier. this has gotta be one of the better examples of the style. (294 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen has a very thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, light copper appearance, and some decent lacing left behind. The aroma is of brown bread, bread crust, sweetness, and bread dough. Taste is of brown bread, bread dough, barley malt, sweetness, some sourness, and a nice, mellow hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and the beer finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. This is a very enjoyable beer, and I score it most excellent.

RJT (483 characters)

Photo of diamondc
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date of any kind.

A: Okay amount of head, amber colored hue. Almost no head retention. A Marzen has never wowed me in the looks department.

S: Fresh bread out of the oven, hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins. A bit of canned peach syrup aroma in there too. Wonderful.

T: Apricots, dried pineapple, mushy apples, caramel, more breadiness. Herbal-y flavored hops only show up barely at the end.

M/O: Quaffable, more complex than a regular pale lager or even Oktoberfest beers made here. A classic. (512 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was surprised to see this beer in the case of my favorite shop, so long after the end of Oktober fest, and since marzen beers are among my favorites, decided to give it a try.

Typical 500 ml bottle, with a simple green and gold label. Sweet aroma upon opening, with a slight whiff of cinnamon. Thick head is more cream than white, subsides to about a half-inch soon after pouring. Beer is a cloudy caramel-orange color.

Nice hop bite in the middle of a lot of sweetness. Citrus flavors. This is a bright, cheery beer, one of my favorite marzens. In my notes I wrote, "This is a damned lovely beer" after my first sip, and nothing I tasted all the way down to the very last bit of foam made me wish to change my opinion. Makes you want to go out and harvest something. (773 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey copper color that is clear as a bell with a creamy white, thick head that fades fast and leaves no lace.

The aroma is of honey, caramel, and toasted bread crust, earthy and grassy hints in the back balance things out. Very subtle and simple.

Once again, simple and delicious. Honey notes on top of toast with deep caramel tones. Earthy backgrounds with wild grassy elements balance in the finish. Very nice balance.

Very easy to drink. Slightly sweet and malty with a nicely balanced and dry finish.

Awesomely delcious. (544 characters)

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