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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

975 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 975
Hads: 2,160
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 103
Gots: 179 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big white to slightly off white head rests above a mostly clear honey to honey copper colored beer, the head settles into a pretty decent lacing as one drinks this beer down.

A light to medium light bodied beer that has an aroma of caramel malts with some light corn syrup thickening it up some.

Rich caramel malts with a sweet syrupy taste that leaves a nice light caramel dry aftertaste.

This is a pretty good representative for Oktoberfest beers. (454 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (1,339 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
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 (533 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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- (1,950 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  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. (514 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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... (386 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%

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. (556 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of big bready malts, caramel, herbal spiciness, toasted malt, and light apricot fruitiness. Classic Oktoberfest aromas, very nice stuff. Taste of caramel, toffee, biscuit, herbal spiciness, toasted malt, and light fruitiness. No bitterness present; with lingering notes of caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, and herbal spices on the finish for a bit. Great flavor balance and maltiness; with absolutely no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any noticed at all. Extremely drinkable and smooth as expected for the style. Overall this is a great Oktoberfest and one of the best I have had yet. Great balance and great malt flavor. (952 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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! (439 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 but undated 500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours with a clear, medium amber body; plenty of visible carbonation; very durable near-white head. Fine lacing.

Aroma: clean, light smell of bready malts with only a faint touch of hops.

T: Rich; bready malts dominant, as they should in this style. Very lightly sweet, although the finish is balanced out by the bitterness

Feel: Medium but soft carbonation; medium-light body. About perfect for style.

O: Outstanding, although this style lacks the complexity and intensity to achieve a very high rating. As good as any bottled märzen I can remember, and likely the best bottled example of a German Oktoberfest you'll find in the U.S. (701 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear golden amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thinker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a light hint of earthy hops.

T: The taste of this beer follows the smell, toasted malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness followed by some earthy hops that lend a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink, sessionable, and enjoyable - pairs nicely with a burger and fries. Definitely one of the better German offerings in the style that is easy to find in the US. (895 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a very large foamy head on top. Decent retention, slowly dissipating a small, but still foamy layer on top. Sporadic, but sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Nice combination of caramel, bread, and nutty aromas. Lightly spiced and a little bit of pale malt as well. Slight oxidized aroma at the end.

T: Nice caramelized malt and nutty flavor combination. Slight spice and hop presence, but just enough to balance the beer. Rather bready with a sweet finish.

M: Crisp and clean, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet finish.

O: Solid beer, like it quite a bit in a style that doesn't often do it for me. (674 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for hosting the Oktoberfest party and having this available for us to try. The brew appears orange in color that is quite clear. A creamy froth of white head appears about a finger strong and displays pretty solid retention.

The smell of this brew is quite sweet with a scent of caramel, toffee and some candied orange aspects. Toasty grain is a secondary thought with a bit of spice from the yeast which comes across almost earthy like nutmeg.

The taste is quite sweet with a flavoring between caramel and toasty toffee. Orange rinds as well as candied oranges come to mind with a faint contrast of herbal hops. A faint yeasty spice is noted as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is easy drinking with a crisp finish. However, I found this one to be just a little too sweet to be able to sit down and enjoy more than one. The alcohol is completely hidden under this brews residual sweetness. (967 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2%

Radiant orange body with a small white cap. Aromas of lager yeast, subtle spice, fruity malt. Smells true to style. Clean and easy drinking. A good Oktoberfest bier is a thing of beauty. It's that time of year. A solid German brew. (231 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale translucent copper with a huge, off white head that has great retention

S - caramel, slightly musty, very faint toast

T - caramel, mild bitterness, lager yeast, a bit musty, warm, faintly metallic

M - crisp, medium bodied, well carbonated

This is by no means a bad beer. It does however have some qualities that I don't care fore: musty, metallic, warm. On its face it's a solid Oktoberfest, but the off-putting subtleties ruin it for me. I probably won't buy this beer again. (489 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color. Thick fluffy 3" head. Decent lacing develops through the drink. The aroma is bland, as only some hints of bread and caramel exist. The flavor is a mildly malty, with some caramel and bread tones. A hint of nuttiness and mild bitterness rounds this out.

Mouthfeel is mildly crisp at the start. Finish is smooth. Soft caramel tones linger on the tongue briefly after swallowing. Decent drinkability, not a bad brew to enjoy during a cool October afternoon. (486 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. Euro brown bottle,

A: Pours a light amber, orange, just a shade over golden into a pilsner glass, with a nice white head.

S: Smells very good, some caramel malt, baking bread, apples, and a hint of sourdough.

T: Tastes of Munich malt predominately, with some nice nuttiness, and a snappy, floral hop profile.

M: Bright and snappy, but with a lightness to it that makes it easy to drink, a good fall refresher.

D: A good Oktoberfest beer, Ayinger makes really good stuff, I find all of their beers to be at least above average in the style, one of my favourite German breweries, another good job. (609 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larger bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours a dull light almond shade, white allmost tiny bubble head, and leaves well developed and stringy lacing. cabadgy malt nose. This O' fest brew is slightly hoppier and spicier then others I've tried recently. Slightly dry and peppery finish. Complex for the style, decent quaffer/sessioner (334 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice break from the ales I've been having recently.
Light cloudy pour that cleared up a bit later; golden and a bit pale. big head, died down slowly yet considerably.
Floral nose with slight spices. Hints of citrus but not much. A bit bready and somewhat skunked.
Crisp feeling to it. A bit clingy on the end. Sweet and floral, again citrus is just off the edge. Creaminess is odd, but I'm a hophead.
Refreshing beer, would like to see the creaminess go away. (462 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler.

A gorgeous gold bronze body and crystal clear, and high carbonation with foamy bubbles with little retention. Love the body.

Malt and salt, minor grass sense. Nothing more just really solid.

Taste has a great grassy malt finish, mixing with a little sweet sugars. Large bread finish of brown bread, mixed with a good yeast body. Great finish with a mild sugar.

Overall very impressive would have any time. (448 characters)

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.