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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

989 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 989
Hads: 2,196
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 113
Gots: 193 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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 CheckMate
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. pours a hazy, but translucent amber to a light orange hue with a half inch of off white head that dissipated within a few minutes. scents of toffee, chocolate, nuttiness, slight herbal/earthy hops. all the scents are pretty faint. tastes of chocolate and toffee, sweet, but not cloyingly so, malty and earthy, and has a clean finish. low to moderate carbonation. one sip invites another. one of the best oktoberfest beers i have tried so far (IMO).

Cheers! (508 characters)

Photo of jmalex
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Today's a bit warm for the first days of autumn, but the season must be kicked off the right way anyway.

APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a bit less of a red hue than is seen in other Märzens. The head is loose-bubbled but solidly constructed and has decent staying power.

SMELL: A very clean smell of lightly toasted pale and Munich malts. Other than that, not much else comes through. Totally crisp.

TASTE: The most striking thing here is the sweetness of it. And it's not a bad thing. It's malty and almost caramelly, and a mild hop flavor balances out the sweetness nicely. No offensive flavors sometimes found in lagers get in the way making this a fantastic beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is just right.

DRINKABILITY: Fantastic! I can definitely see thirsty Germans downing mug after mug of this great brew. My 500mL bottle is almost gone already.

Wow. Definitely the best Märzen I've had yet. I'll be seeking this out for the rest of this autumn and autumns to come. (1,029 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear light brown color with a slight tint of orange hue. it has a huge creamy head with magnificent retention. The body showcases very active carbonation lifting from the bottom of my pint glass. Finally the lacing is also noteworthy.

Smell: A treat! Simply put. Many Oktoberfest Märzen Lagers have a very clean and reserved lager nose. This beer actually has a rich malty bread nose with hints of caramel, fruits (apricot) and subtly nutty.

Taste: Malty sweet and smooth upon entry to the mouth. A light fluffy bread character is immediately followed by creamy buttery caramel and a hint of fruits a splash of spices and gentle hops that balance out the flavor in the end. There is an added crispness when the alcohol shows though a bit and works with the floral hops to nip at the taste buds. The aftertaste is very pleasantly dry. It lingers for a few minutes before fading.

Mouthfeel: Light in the mouth with a light body and light in the stomach. The crispness and dryness make up for the lack of body and make the beer very drinkable.

Drinkability: If only it wasn't $55 a case I would make this a staple at all parties this season. It is incredibly easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,238 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear copper orange color with 1.5 finger head. The head recedes after a short while leaving some minimal lacing.

S- Biscuity malt driven mainly with some caramel sweetness present. Some hopiness is present although light.

T- This tastes much like a warm biscuit covered in some butter and honey. Quite enjoyable with the malty bready notes.

M- Velvety smooth and sweet with a great biscuity finish and low carbonation.

D- 5.8% isn't terribly sessionable but I could see this one becoming a staple in my fridge for the fall. (549 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a one-finger head into my fluted glass. Nice color.

Aroma is sweet and mildly grainy in the nose. A bit of smokiness shows through as well.

Taste is sweet and grainy with a mild amount of smokiness to it. Easy to drink. Not cloying or bitter. Speaking of which, just a bit of hop presence.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, grainy and smokey malt. Again, very nice.

This is a decent version of the style that in my opinion, seems more authentic than American versions. (514 characters)

Photo of WhiteOak
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A deep copper color. From the tap, this brew sports a very sticky head which leaves big sheets of lace on the glass.

S- We were surprised by the very pronounced aromas of stone fruits: cherry & peaches are right up front. Caramel, malt, grain aromas.

T- Rich malt & caramel flavors for the type. Toast w/ clover honey.

M, D- Rich medium body with super-easy drinkability. (377 characters)

Photo of uwmgdman
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brilliant golden with copper hue and a moderate white head. The aroma is intensely malty -toasty, bready and sweet. The flavor is a blast of malt; sweet, toasty, and silky smooth. The hop bitterness and slightly dry finish provides a perfect counterpoint to the malt centric beer. The body and carbonation are both medium. Overall a great Oktoberfest, highly recommend. I'm having mine with a crusty rye bread - a fantastic snack! (447 characters)

Photo of jibjib513
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500ml bottle to Pint Glass.

Appearance (5.0): I know it's seems nuts to give a beer a 5.0 in any category but to me, the appearance of the Ayinger Oktoberfest is the prime example of what it should bee. Nice honey color, with solid carbonation. I suppose if there were anything to detract from the score it would be that it doesn't hold it's head very long but I'm not too concerned with that.

Smell (4.0): I almost went with a 4.5. The smell is vibrant and and earthy, without any gimmicks some of of the newer Oktoberfest beers are trying to pull.

Taste (4.5): Again, so close to perfection. To me, this IS Oktoberfest. I can only compare it to Paulaner's Oktoberfest in taste but I feel that Ayinger has really captured the essence of it all.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Nice and smooth. If anything, a tad heavy but shouldn't Oktoberfest beers be a little heavy?

Overall (4.5): As stated before I can only compare Ayinger's Oktoberfest to Paulaner's. Where Paulaners keeps their price-point down, and the taste is certainly one of my favorites, Ayinger seems to capture the essence of Oktoberfest. It's my favorite but I'm not sure I can afford more than two or three 500ml bottles a season. (1,203 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 therealmcclurg
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Gold color, fresh smell...a little nutty perhaps? This beer is a great example of the Oktober Fest-Marzen style. Easy to drink, tastes delicious. Definitely enjoy this with some bratwursts. There are a lot of Oktoberfest beers out there, and this one is a good choice. (273 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: An agressive pour into a stien produced a big pillowy off white head. As the foam fell it became chunkey and a nice sparce honey comb looking lacing was left on the sides of the glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear woody orange color.

S: A slight caramel malt aroma with some fruityness. A clean german lager yeast character that comes off somewhat bready.

T: Malt for days. Bready, toasty and caramel flavors comethrough. The balance is on the malt side giving it a little sweetness, but enough bitterness to keep it from being over powering. Very drinkable as a german lager should be.

M: Moderate carbonation levels, very crisp and refreshing. Moderate body.

O: One of my favorite styles and comparing this to some of my favorite US examples of the style I definatly get the purity law in action. There is always a distinct 'german lager flavor' I can't quite put my finger on and this has it. Extremely drinkable, flavor rich, makes me want to drink a full Liter, Prost! (985 characters)

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 Cannibalgasm
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with lots of lively carbonation. Head is 2 inches of off-white frothiness. Retention is solid and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Smells like Autumn in a nutshell. Inviting aromas of caramelized malts, sweet breads, and pumpkin spice initially, then citrus, caramel, and black pepper like spiciness. Great and inviting aromas.

T: Pumpkin spice up front then flavors of caramel, sweet bready malts, and clove. Citrus, black pepper, and some nice hop flavors on the finish. Everything a Oktoberfest should have.

M: Medium in body and carbonation, with a crisp smooth feel. Leaves a nice linger bitterness/spiciness and is very pleasantly easy drinking.

O: An absolute classic and true example of a great Oktoberfest. I impatiently look forward to Autumn every year and this brew is a huge reason why. (That beautiful changes in nature & football season, whats not to love?) Truly an absolute must try seek out and enjoy. (986 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)

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.