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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,158 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,158
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 98
Gots: 178 | 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 Dwkasper
4/5  rDev +0.3%

A- foamy white head with medium lacing. Amber/Honey gold

S- clean, malty, only slightly bready

T- biscuity, toasted malts, easy to drink, not as strong of a bread taste as I would've expected

M- balanced, smooth, lighter than expected

O- Never really got into october fest - marzen beers, so I went down to the local craft beer store for a marzen tasting and was pleasantly surprised. I expected this beer to be heavy, yeasty, very breadlike and it wasn't. I found it to be easy to drink and pleasant. I definitely will start drinking more beers like this.

Photo of Redneckwine
4.47/5  rDev +12%

Cold bomber into tulip

Appearance - Clear, orange-amber, big fluffy 2 finger head with excellent retention, epic sticky lacing

Smell - Smell conjuring thoughts of fresh baked yeasty bread, slightly toasted, clean and sweet maltiness. Not detecting much hop presence.

Feel and Taste - Medium body starts crisp and finishes super creamy smooth, carb is gentle but prevalent, awesome. Taste is like nose, very reminiscent of toasty fresh baked bread, a touch of bakers yeast, honey, faintly nutty malt. Hops are finally present in the semi-sweet finish with a little lingering/drying hop grassy/spiciness to balance, but this bad boy is all about the malts.

Overall - Damn, this is a good beer and I really enjoyed it. This is what I imagine when I think "Octoberfest". It's just a wonderfully balanced, super flavorful malt bomb. Maybe it's most impressive quality is it's semi-sweet, bready malt nature that somehow remains very drinkable and non-cloying; delicious, liquid bread.

Photo of tillmac62
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

Clear light amber pour with a hint of garnet. Massive head with excellent lacing and retention. The nose is sweet biscuit malt with a little caramel over a faint, almost citric, spiciness. Nice light medium body with a slick smooth texture that approaches creamy. Slightly above normal carbonation with a good bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is quite nice, a bit complex, and very well balanced. The sweet malt flavors are there, but not to the extent that they are overpowering. It begins with sweet biscuit, flows to a caramel note and then the effervescence cleans the palate and allows the complexity to escape. The middle presents a multitude of subtle flavors - citric, dark fruit, light bitterness and spicy hops. The smooth finish leaves you with a blend of the aforementioned flavors.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.3%

From a bottle, pours a clear dark copper, lots of bubbles and active carbonation. Thin wispy white head that sits on top until it gives way to the beer.

The smell is caramel, malt, bread dough, nutty, with a faint spice. The flavor is more caramel, bread yeast, floral, and honey. Very clean refreshing mouthfeel that is well balanced. It is a more carbonated than I expected or want personally.

Glad I finally got to enjoy this classic.

Photo of Vigilante
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Delicious

Photo of Kuaff
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured into a pint glass, slightly chilled is... my introduction to the style!

It fills up my (imperial!) pint glass to the brim with a foamy two fingers of white froth that lingers long, over a beautifully clear golden amber with lots of carbonation streams throughout. 4.46.

The aroma hits me right away with caramel, honey, and marmalade. It's also quite floral. To quote Rammstein, "Du Riechst So Gut." 4.65.

Flavors here match what's going on in the aroma. More caramel, honey, and marmalade, but also a little nuttiness, and a substantially bready finish. 4.49.

It's full-bodied, and has quite a carbonated bite. 4.33.

A very orderly beer that is uniform in it's particular (and pleasant) qualities.

Photo of beerdedking
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Draft pour into pint glass, Town Tavern, Duryea

This was excellent, however, I really think the tap handle and the beer were criss crossed.
This beer was orangey in flavor with a bit of biscuit malt and honey. It didn't reveal any traditional Okto traits like bready, toffee, caramel, or sweet malts.
Perplexing. I only had a glass of Great Lakes Okto previous to this, so a mixed up palate doesn't seem likely. It was very enjoyable (I had two), but will have to find a bottle to get to the bottom of this mystery...

Photo of Reegze79
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

An excellent marten style German lager, very drinkable and true to style. Classic light amber color, generous carbonation and nice lacing. A bready, carmel, malt smell in the glass and translated directly to the palate. Medium body, malty with a very unusual hop spiciness that was almost metallic-like. Nobody makes an Octoberfest like the Barvarian's and Ayinger is right in the mix. Delish...

Photo of zac16125
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

500mL bottle into a mug
no bottling dates

A: Pours a crystal clear copper/amber color with 2.5 fingers width of slightly off white head that dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves almost no lacing. 3.75

S: Very malty, lots of caramel malt, toasted, nutty, a bit of sugary sweetness, doughy, faint spiciness. Well done. 4

T: Lots of sweet malts, some spicy hop notes, a bit floral, caramel malt. Good amount of spice, with sweet malts to balance it out. Quite nice. 4

M/D: Lighter side of medium bodied, carbonation on the higher end- a touch too much for my liking, drinkability is good. 3.5

O: Nice example of the style. Blanket statements are dangerous, but in general the American breweries tend to do a pretty poor job of emulating this style, and in the rare occurrence that I will go for an Oktoberfest, it will nearly always been one from one of the traditional German powerhouses. 4

Overall: 3.93

Photo of timontheroad
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

Kicked up a huge head- frothy, thick white foam that laced the glass beautifully. Clear golden color. Smell is bready, malty, with a hint of honey-like sweetness. Tastes just like the smell, although I get some bitterness (the German word is herb) in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light-bodied, that I would be satisfied to roll around on my palate all day long. This one makes me feel like I'm back in Deutschland sitting in Biergarten on a lazy warm herbst (fall) afternoon. Prost BAs!

Photo of travolta
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Appearance: Super clear, bright amber. Whipped eggwhite head, very dense and foamy. Lacing and retention are excellent.

Nose: Lavender candy, clean malt, yeast, tiny citrus. Great nose!

Taste: Perfect copper, chewy, sweetness. Carmel, honey and maple.

Notes: fantastic! One of the better beers I've ever had. Definitely the best Marzen.

Photo of BoilerMo
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Beer club Octoberfest night winner. Smooth and Honey gold color and slightly toasted malts but easy to drink

Photo of CTbrew32
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance- Caramel amber with a one finger fizzy head on the pour.

Aroma- Big whiff of sweet nutty malts.

Taste- Nutty, toasted malts dominate the flavor profile with a slight floral hop towards the end. Getting some honey/maple sweetness in this too.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, clean lager characteristics, and a very slightly chewy malt. Can't ask more for this style.

Overall- One of the better oktoberfests I've had for sure. Regardless of style though, this is slightly sweeter than I generally prefer, but for the style its definitely more balanced than some american counterparts and even some german ones. Very good beer all around and one worth making a fall staple brew. (86/100)

Photo of Premo88
3.75/5  rDev -6%

16.9 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(no dating on bottle)

L: copper ... very red, the definition of amber; thick 3/4-inch head of off-white foam, not quite tan; not much sticking or lace, but the head off the pour is nice; beautiful clarity, not pilsener-like activity inside the column, but there are definitely some bubbles floating up

S: buttery bread malt ... very English pale ale like with a pronounced malt presence

T: like the nose, very English pale ale like, fruity and malty with a pinch of earth-like bitter hops; everything is subtle here, but it's very tasty; some sour grain; get a bit of alcohol/medicinal taste on bigger swallows

F: quite solid with a nice crispness from the carbonation

O: very good, better than all the American-made oktoberfests I've tried; the malt presence is fantastic, and the pinch of dirt/earth hop bitterness offers good balance

Photo of Roser
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

A- big foamy ivory white head that lasted a long time and left pretty decent lacing. Clear, amber, honey gold. Most appealing.

S- clean, malty, bready, (slightly) spicy.

T- toasted malts, biscuity, caramel. Very, very pleasant.

M- light, smooth. Excellent balance.

O- very nice. A solid brew. Never used to be a big fan of Marzen/Oktoberfest, but starting to enjoy more and more. Would have again (and again) and definitely recommend.

Cheers!

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.3%

500 ml bottle, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold/amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel and bready malt, honey, and light earthy hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of apple and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good Oktoberfest brew, I'd buy this again in the future. $3.49 a bottle.

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Smooth, beautifully blended cereal grains and overtones of near licorice malt. A classic.

Photo of gr0g
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a clear golden amber with a billowing head. Head retention is good, and some impressive lacing is left behind in its wake. Aroma is classic marzen: toffee and honey notes, plus some floral hop character.

Lots of caramel malt on the palate, but the sweetness is restrained. There's a bit of toasty grain character, and light hop bitterness picks up toward the finish. There's even some light fruit (apple, pear) notes. Having had my fair share of different Marzens, this has the most tasty and complex flavor profile of the lot.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Sampling right now on 8/25/14. Comes in a pretty 500ml (16.9 oz.) bottle that costs around $4.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5 L veissber 'vase' glass.

Pours a pretty golden-amber in color with a good 3-finger foamy head that settles down to a good 2mm layer on top of the brew and more on the sides. A decent amount of lacing was seen with each sip that sticks to the side of the glass. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is mostly of sweet caramel malts for the most part. The taste even has more going on with the sweet caramel malt with some bread (yeast) with very mild hop finish with a hint of spice in the mix as well. VERY easy to drink and smooth. Medium bodied. One of the best 'Marzen / Oktoberfest' brews I have tasted as I am usually not a huge fan of this brew style. A exception here for sure! PROSIT!

Photo of Wordsworth
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Classic in taste

Photo of Myboymi
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

From a 500ml bottle, into pint glass served up at 52F.
Poured a beautiful medium golden amber color, topping itself off with a rich creamy head, which then settled down to a 1/2 finger. Very inviting to the eye, as well to the nose. A Classic Marzen aroma, of sweet caramel malt. The taste, light bready, toasted malt with a nice hop finish. All in all, a nice full body, and the right balance of sweet and bitterness. Very enjoyable. A true Oktoberfest, that is best served in a stein, under a beer garden tent, with your friends. Prost!

Photo of Fear4Beer
4/5  rDev +0.3%

I don't think I can appreciate this style but I thought it was an ok beer. Very bready and it was smooth. I probably won't revisit the oktoberfest style. I love ayinger but this was not nearly the best that they make. It wasn't unpleasant by any means but I didn't have a "Wow!" moment.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +3%

The best Marzen I have ever had to my recollection. Pours a clear, amber color with a well-built, off-white head that is very creamy in consistency. Aroma is genuine Marzen. Light happiness as well. Smells of rich, sweet bread. Flavor is just as yummy. Caramel drizzled pastry/bread. Light, crisp hop flavor as well. Has a creamy texture. Peppy carbonation. Very drinkable. Pretty delicious. I have become much fonder of this style as of late.

Bottle.

Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber colour with a thin white head.

The smell is subtle, cereal and sweet malts.

The taste is a little sweet, cereal, the finish has some dark fruit. Very tasty!

The mouthfeel is light, high carbonation, crisp.

This is probably my favorite octoberfest beer, very tasty. I could drink a couple of these easily.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a wine glass, because sophistication.

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper color. The head is a finger high, with a shade that's barely off-white. It also has nice creaminess and okay retention. A thick but short ring of lacing is left on the glass, creating an attractive brew.

S: It seems more focused on the hops than the caramel maltiness. Having said that, the hops are so beautifully restrained within the malt backbone. Letting it warm up will allow some subtle notes of caramel and toast to poke through. Not in-your-face, just amazingly delicate and refined.

T: It opens up with kisses of noble hops (mainly earthy, but also a bit apricot-y) and diacetyl. The latter presence actually meshes quite well with everything else. Caramel maltiness appears on the back end. This one seems very delicate and restrained...perhaps too restrained.

M: This goes down incredibly easily, like one would expect. It has the vibrant carbonation, the lightness, and the crispness down pat. It isn't bone-dry thanks to the malts, but that doesn't matter.

O: Marzens will continue to be shunned by the BA community, due to their simplicity and design (a stronger/sweeter lager designed to be drunk by the pitcher, preferably while wearing lederhosen while hot blonde women in dirndls bring you six more mugs at a time). This isn't complex or contemplative, but it's as well done as anything else in the style. Certainly, it's one of the best traditional marzens one can buy.

3.65/5: Only thing missing is the friggen' beer hall

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 2,158 ratings.