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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,042 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,042
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 88
Gots: 145 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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 emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Somehow I expected more from Ayinger with this one, after experiencing their other quality offerings.

Pours a glowing hazy orange-amber, that is really a pleasure to look at. A half-inch head settles to a ring towards the end of the glass.

Smells doughy, malty, slightly uric. Eh, not good or bad.

Taste is clean, lightly toasty malt with understated hop character. Doughy and slightly sweet in the middle.

Clean and somewhat crisp on the palate, and very easy to drink. The sweetness was low, but it seemed to be a detriment here. I'll admit, I bought it for the cap.

emerge077, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with golden highlights. It had a thick, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel, some grass and subtle spice.

T - It had a toasty maltiness with sweet caramel. There was a nice bitter hop character, not overpowering but just enough to add some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied, easy drinking lager.

D - This is a really solid o-fest. Good price and quite tasty.

zeff80, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. For October, it's pretty swell outside, and a nice (seasonal at that) lager makes perfect, absolute sense today.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with rising effervescence, and three fingers of puffy, foamy, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice spidery lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of bready, biscuity, and crackery malt, a bit of toffee, mild lemon and spiced orange fruitiness, and soft earthy, floral hops. The taste is moderately edgy, biscuity sourdough malt, fruity orchard pith, a bit of earthy honey, some very subtle, understated warming, and mild floral, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate and even, with a tiny bit of frothiness, the body medium weight, mostly smooth, and just a tad creamy. It finishes fairly dry, and clean, making each subsequent swig that much more desirable.

A very balanced, solid, and tasty ceremonial lager, the kind where just less than a single digit of ABV uptick can make all the difference. Ergo, I can totally see the appeal of downing 1 liter steins of this kind of stuff amongst thousands of like-minded imbibers, especially if they too are choosing this kick-ass Bavarian brewer.

biboergosum, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orangish amber body is capped by a foamy off-white head that holds well before dropping to a thin collar but leaves only minimal lace. The aroma displays a straightforward, lightly sweet maltiness. It's medium bodied with a very fine, moderate carbonation that gives it a light caress on the tognue before warming to become more creamy and smooth. The flavor offers a somewhat caramelized, bready maltiness and a mild fruitiness. Hop flavors take a backseat, and it's well-balanced to emphasis its maltiness with a restrained bitterness that's just enough to keep the beer from becoming sweet. It finishes semi-dry with a short flash of alcohol and some delicate, spicy hops that leave it crisp and refreshing. Quite enjoyable. I much prefer it to the bottled version as it seems smoother and a touch more malty; a slight bit less fruity; less tart; and less hazy with a better head.

NeroFiddled, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a wonderful for the price, just under 3 bucks for a 500ml bottle. it has a great nose on it, perfect for the seasonal change now occuring. lots of german malts, caramunich and pale flavors, but it must be more complex than that. there is also the classic marzen yeast aroma that is pungent and strong. the flavor is malt driven, but in reasonable balance for the style. there is some bittering hops throughout, and a very organic feel to this one. wheat malt profile in the flavor, although i doubt its presence. the finish is cleaner than expected as well, and the mouthfeel overall is pleasing. great carbonation and a medium body. it is enough to take the cold edge out of a fall evening. ill buy this again this season, especially for the price. this is a very authentic product, true to style, bold and flavorful. very drinkable. well done.

StonedTrippin, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with a big froth white head, damn good head retention with a bubbly rocky formation.

Smell: Whiffs of mild alcohol, caramel to the point of it being a melanoidian-like aroma with undertones of bread and cracker graininess. Sweet to the nose.

Taste: Medium to full in body with a superb texture, smoothness and crispness position for dominance. Hard bread like malt flavours that are almost cracker like. Restrained hop bitterness is slapped around by the malt for a little while and seems to never recover but still have the strength to balance. Malt flavour is big, sweetness wraps around the tongue and leaves a big impression of malt. Alcohol is squashed in the middle of the malt character yet still lends a sweet and spicy ghost like ester. Finally some spiciness comes through from the hops and mellows the malt and drops a trail of leafy herbal hop flavour also. Complex dry grain and husk linger.

Notes: Oktoberfest in the raw, seems a little rushed from years before. Flavours are not well blended and out of whack with a need to mellow out some more. Perhaps the yeast strain is getting a little stir crazy also? Enough of the babble, this is a decent brew and might beer hard to get used to. Some may like it some may not.

Jason, Sep 15, 2001
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of off white head with good retention. Orange-brown body with decent clarity.

S - Intense, rich malt character with a mild noble hop aroma that is somewhat reminiscent of a good pilsner.

T - Nice flavor of toasted malt up front followed by herbal hops in the middle. Finished with a dry bitterness that balances the maltiness.

M - Creamy, but only moderately thick body with medium carbonation.

D - Great malt character with just enough hops to balance and give it the high level of drinkability that characterizes a fest bier. An excellent example of the style.

nickfl, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into an oversized mug.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of foamy white head that has a bit of an off-sheen to it. This retains with roughly a finger of rich froth which leaves back a sudsy looking cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma smells leafy and citric with a light spiciness. A sweet combo of dough and caramel rise up from underneath, mixing with the hops to impart a rich earthy twang in the nose.

The taste has a crisp citric bite to it, which segues into a toasted bready sweetness with a touch of tangier feeling toffee. The hops however take center stage here, with nice firmness to them that leaves this finishing dry, leafy and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and clean feeling throughout that really keeps this easy and smooth despite just a gentle touch of warmth to each sip.

This was good. I liked how it kept the focus here on those crisp hops, yet still left room for plenty of flavor from those malts as well and the overall drinkability of this was top notch. I could knock back bottles of this all during the O-Fest season.

Kegatron, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saved the best for last here, as far as my opinion and, I will admit, preference are concerned (after trying the Altbairisch Dunkel, Ur-Weisse, and Brau-Weisse). This one is smoother and more rounded than the others I thought with an even, sweet, smooth tone, and hints of grain that do not overpower the flavor. Yet again though, nothing overly unique or interesting. Just another smooth, fairly well made brew.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +14%
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

russpowell, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

jlindros, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, copperish, amber... layer of head starts big, then dwindles, leaving lace...

Comforting nose. Plenty of malt at play. Tender esters of fruit, herb, vegetals, ...ultimately dryish.

Taste: clean and smooth and loaded with juicy malt. Very stream-lined and tasty.
Lean in body, but unfailing in flavor. Classic. Quite a delicious lager here. Tas-tee, let me say, tas-teee...

feloniousmonk, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OKTOBERFEST! Beer poured from a bottle into a 0.5L glass. Beer is amber to orange and completely clear. High carbonation and a nice white head that leaves lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is soft and sweet. Pilsner mostly, mild caramel.

Beer is sweet and medium bodied and finishes cleanly. Its carbonated on the palate nicely and has this caramelly flavor to it. Very interesting.

Good connectivity and a nice beer overall. One of the best oktoberfests I've had.

drabmuh, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +0.3%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a malty lager scent. It has the dry scent of a typical lager, but with a malty edge that smells great. The taste is decent. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good Fest beer; one I'd buy again.

WesWes, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%

From 09/16/14 notes. 16oz pour for $9 at The Salty Pig up in Boston, MA...had actually never had this before.

Pours a deep murky bright orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Fruity esters, taste is super fruity. Fruity malts, apples, bready malts, grains, apple juice, and toasted notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation, no alcohol presence.

Overall a very good marzen, one of the better ones I've had. Not my favorite style but if you're going to have it, I say go German and this is one of the better ones.

mdfb79, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the nutty and toffee malts with a little bit of grass thrown in from the hops. The flavor is is full of toffee, caramel and biscuit malts. There are some nice floral hop notes in the flavor as well which really add to the flavor profile. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and one of the best German-brewed märzens out there.

Mora2000, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours bright orange with a creamy white head that thins and stays leaving lacing.

The smell is of caramel and a grainy maltiness with earthy spicing. Robust and pleasant malty and hoppy aroma.

he taste is of caramel and grainy malty sweetness with an underlying hop spicing.

The body is on the lighter side, but creamy and smooth. A nice lingering aftertaste hangs on.

Certainly one that I could drink plenty of at an O-fest gathering!

jwc215, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive large, tight off white head. Surprisingly little lace on the glass. The liquid is neutral amber and clear enough to read through the glass.

Disappointing smell--it's starting to get skunked. Behind that is a aroma of lighter crystal and pale malts. I also detect a metallic (iron?) nose.

Better hopped than most marzens, this still has a wonderfully round body with a solid dry caramel malt flavor. Rich body that belies the lager monicker. The swallow is mildly bitter, but the aftertaste lasts well.

smcolw, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500 ml brown glass bottle with a very intriguing pressure cap (in terms of artwork) served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high considering the brewery. Acquired at KnB liquor near San Diego.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Poured with average vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of light khaki-beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the slightly above average ABV. Colour is a pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A pretty typical Marzen.

Sm: Clean malts. Light caramelized character. Cream. No real yeast or alcohol notes. Hints of butterscotch, maybe even light nuts. Munich malts. Pilsner malts. Graininess. Hopping is very background; little floral character if any. A little Marzen spice. Some biscuit. A mild strength pleasant aroma.

T: Crystal malt, pale malt, caramelized malt, butterscotch, very light vague floral hops (maybe saaz?), tinges of a honey-like sweetness, biscuit malt, and a tinge of cream. Munich malts. Pilsner malts. Graininess. Somewhat simple yet well layered. Quite nicely balanced and built for the style; methinks it's one of the better beers in this oft-neglected style that I've had. Pretty tasty stuff. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Pretty average flavour duration, intensity, and depth for the style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, brilliantly buttery, and of very good thickness. Nice cream on the open. Suits the flavours quite well. Impressive. Good body. Nice presence on the palate.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable; that's what this whole style is designed for. I could quaff a litre of this at a bierfestival. Fairly priced as an import. I'd try it on draught. Another solid brew from Ayinger. Hides its above average ABV well. Delightful. It's $2.99-3.99ish price range is a bit dear here in the US, but it's much better priced in Germany.

B-

kojevergas, Oct 09, 2012
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 2,042 ratings.