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

Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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very good

1,613 Ratings

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Ratings: 1613
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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 JohnGalt1


3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

17 oz picked up today from the Coop for about $3.50.. poured into my shaped SA glass...

2 finger head dies back after a while.. nice cap and collar...brew is polished orangey copper.

Toasty malts... not as rich in the nose as some.

Flavor is better.. toasted malts.. could use more malt flavor.. sorta mildly spicy.. I am getting (for lack of a better description) "metallic/tinniness" toward the end. Finish is fairly dry just leaving the essence of Munich malt.. body is light/medium and carbonation is fairly high for the style.

Not bad... just I've had better.


Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 05:36:13 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of smakawhat


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 19:55:07 | More by smakawhat
Photo of superspak


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 08:36:10 | More by superspak
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 03:29:44 | More by dbrauneis
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Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 5-10-11

A clear golden copper with loads of bubbles feeding a long lasting two finger head that leaves a few random patches of lace

S toasty, malty bread with some fruity toffee

T as it smells but with some nuttiness and a little leafy herbal aspect that's quite nice, quite a bit more going on in the mouth quite earthy and quite satisfying

M medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a herbal aftertaste

O well made beer with lots of flavor, not lacking in any areas

tasty beers always a good thing and this is no exception, nice beer for this chilly fall evening

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:00:20 | More by wordemupg
Photo of ccrida


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L bottle poured into my Yuengling pils glass,
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen is a clear fizzy bronze with a white head that leaves nice spidery lace all the way down. I like to see this is actually a märzen style o-fest!

Smell is really soft, slightly fruity, tangerine and strong apple juice. While I normally dig fruity esters, something about this, in spite of the harvest connotations with the apples, is a bit thin for me.

Taste is pretty soft, malty, with a dry, tinny finish, some apple cider and slightly phenolic, but overall neutral and clean, mainly a light toasted malt.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a bit of crispness on the dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, a maltier o-fest but still pretty light and easy drinking. Not the most complex, perhaps a bit dumb downed, but at least it looks like it should!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 06:02:37 | More by ccrida
Photo of beertunes


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a pretty deep gold color with over an inch of just off-white head that dissipated quickly and left scant lacing.

The aroma was slightly sweet, otherwise neutral. The first flavor across the tongue was caramel, followed by a pleasant grain taste. The caramel really clung to the tongue and by the end of the pint was becoming annoying.

The body was perhaps a little thinner than I like for the style. Drinkability was very good, but suffered due to the stickiness of the caramel. Overall, a good beer worth trying and worth having several of.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 21:22:53 | More by beertunes
Photo of Dogbrick


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Winking Lizard Tavern in Columbus, OH. This beer is a hazy bright amber color with a medium off-white head and nice lacing. The aroma is a fair amount of malt along with a bit of hops. Medium-bodied with a lot of malt from the get-go. The beer does seem to get a little spicier and hoppier toward the end of the glass. The finish is light and a little hoppy. This is a good seasonal from Ayinger.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2003 03:42:48 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker pint. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, and spices. The flavor was of sweet matl, wheat, grain, biscuit, subtle fruit, floral, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. My impression of this one was the aroma was lacking, but the flavor had potential. There were a lot of flavors I had never picked up on before going on in this one which was a nice change-up from the normal brews from this style. The aroma was just plain and simply lacking in complexity. Worth trying for a fan of the style, but that is about it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 14:30:32 | More by thagr81us
Photo of kylehay2004


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger head clear amber with gold hues.

S: very aromatous with caramel malt, brown sugar and nuts.

T: More caramel malt with a nice spicey german hop finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one gets better with every sip. May be one of the best Oktoberfests out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 00:15:50 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/ orange-ish color with an off white head. Aromas of citrus and spice. In the taste, earthy and a spice that is in the end. Not bitter, very smooth and somewhat refreshing. A dry sweet end. This was the beer that made me understand Oktoberfests/ pils/ lagers. A great fall beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2007 13:56:47 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of tavernjef


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a lighter then most amber with some chill haze, thin whitish loose head fades out quick and leaves no lace. Airy aroma of lightly sweet malts and light toasted grains, lightly crisp wheat thin cracker-like with some fainted fresh herbal hops in the back. Taste comes across with an even amount of light bready dough sweetness and cracker-like toastedness mostly upfront, midway tends to loosen up a bit with some caramel and light ripe melon husk sweetness mixed gently with smooth lightly herbal hops. Finish has some subtle malty mixes of sweet and toast things meshing over some light earthyness and crisp wood. Feel is a close to medium body with some lightness coming in through the midway point and into the finish which ends lightly creamy and crispened. Not what I would quite call a good O'fest, however I do like its subtlities, there's just not enough push in flavor and body for me to really take notice. I still wouldn't turn it down if offered, its smooth and refreshing and a delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 01:50:47 | More by tavernjef
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pinit glass. Had an amber color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A nice malty nose, with some traces of hops. Underplayed, like most German beers.

T: Pretty malty, slightly hoppy. Tasty, but not the most overly complex beer I've ever tried.

M: A fairly high carbonation level and a smooth finish. Above medium-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a drinkable beer. While not the best of its style, it's still a highly likable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 12:46:50 | More by avalon07
Photo of Bitterbill


3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle(label says it is 5.6%abv) a clear amber gold with a medium sized head of foam that shrank to a fine layer quickly.

The smell has some sweet malt and nutty notes but it's pretty delicate.

The taste has a nice caramel malty flavour with some of the nuttiness I noted in the nose followed by well, more of the same. ;^)
I do sense a bit of hop bitterness near the finish but the finish itself is quite malty. This is a pretty good Oktoberfest but there are others that I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 23:57:33 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of largadeer


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Apricot skin amber with brilliant clarity and a small off-white head that retains nicely.

Smell: A mild fruity aroma of ripe peach, dates and a bit of caramel. Very clean and pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Incredibly crisp while still maintaining a light malty sweetness - this is what marzens are all about. Peaches and honey come to mind here. Appropriately light bodied and dry in the finish with a hint of flowery hops. I've got nothing bad to say about this one - simply great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 00:26:37 | More by largadeer
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing copper-orange color with a fine bubbled light tan head that fades a bit quick to a nebular sheen and collar.

This brew has a nice aroma. Touches of honey, wet leaves, caramel and apple pie.

Taste is a touch on the sweet side. Plenty of caramel malt flavors and a nice crisp hop and toasty malt bitterness. Hops lean more towards the floral end of the spectrum. Pretty fresh tasting and is about perfectly carbonated.

A bit more body than most German Marzen offerings and a bit less that the maltier American versions. Definitely drinkable, if not the best German Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 21:13:29 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle poured into pilsner glass.
No date on the bottle. (5.8% ABV)

A - The clear golden orange color shines brilliantly as a steady stream of carbonation rises to the slightly off-white head. The foam rises up quickly and lowers very slowly to a decent layer of froth while leaving legs and clumps of lacing on the glass.

S - Delicious smelling malts are abundant in the rich aroma; toasted bread with biscuit undertones. It has a moderate sulfur character to it with almost no hop presence in the aroma.

T - Ayinger's Oktober Fest-Märzen is a pure malt pleasure that's toasty, but lightly so, and sweet with a bit of a kettle caramelized hint to it. As the malts wash down, mild noble hops come in gracefully and clean up leaving a crisp, clean flavor on the palate.

M - Medium-bodied, Ayinger's Oktober Fest-Märzen starts sweet and fuller but finishes light and refreshing with a good crispness to it. This Oktoberfest is nicely carbonated but doesn't have a sharp bite to the finish.

O - Brewed perfectly for what it's meant for; sheer drinkability. Ayinger's Oktober Fest-Märzen is a world-class beer that's incredibly well done and as close to the epitome of an oktoberfest as possible. A malt-lover's dream, this is devoid of hop flavor and bitterness, letting the deep maltiness really shine.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 16:51:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of RoyalT


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light and clear in the body with a beautiful head that went down slowly, leaving lots of volcanic pits and some sporadic lacing.

Smell – Very light and sugary sweet malt aroma.

Taste – The light malty taste contains a bit of caramel and sugar but has a funny, almost hoppy finish that seems out of place. It’s not big though so things aren’t completely ruined. It’s just a little off.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied and sweet. This one tries to be chewy but can’t quite get there.

Drinkability – This went down nicely and would be well at home at a Bayern Oktoberfest celebration.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 01:51:23 | More by RoyalT
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a honey-golden yellow coloring that pours with a ton of white, foamy, frothy head. The head initially stacks up fast while you pour, but it settles into a two inch layer with great endurance. The beer's nose is heavy with toasted grains and rich malt sweetness, and some light spicing throughout. Flavors have a rich, honey and sugary sweet malt profile, with light toasted cereal flavors in the background. The flavors are very light and crisp, with a smooth and round body. Great cling slong the glass while you drink. The aftertaste is light, but a slight sweetness does linger behind. This is a very clean brew. The finish is quick and slick. Very easy to drink, and very tasty while avoiding the overpowering and cloying sweetness that some Marzens carry. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 19:37:41 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of ZAP


3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy harvest orange color....big creamy vanilla head on top...

Nose is soft...some toasted grain notes

Mouthfeel is medium...creamy...not crisp and clean though...more of an ale mouthfeel...

Taste is OK, but a little different than most O-fests....soem toasted grains but also some yeasty (banana) like notes....almost like an Octoberfest version of a hefe...

Overall I'd drink this again if someone bought it for me, but if given the chance I would drink many other O-fests before this...I'm kind of disapointed because I had high expectations for this...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 00:47:59 | More by ZAP
Photo of DefenCorps


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into my excuse for a stein

A: Amber with a massive beige head that slowly recedes to a disk, leaving some sticky foam on the side of my glass. Probably the best looking marzen of those I've had in recent memory. Crystal clear and gorgeous carbonation

S: Bigger than some of the marzens i've had recently with a solid malty sweetness, pronounced bready character. Dough-like too. In a way, i'm reminded of almond or walnut oil - can't put my finger on which

T: Starts off with a mild spicy hop bitterness before a malty sweetness kicks in, liquid bread is not an unfair description. Dries up a bit on the finish that's got some spicy character from the hops, maybe a little too much?

M:Great carbonation and medium-light in body, this feels pretty darned good on the palate

D: Really drinkable, I'm enjoying this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 06:00:33 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of gford217


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours crystal clear golden amber with a ton of bubbles streaming up from the bottle feeding a thick, fluffy head.

Aroma is crisp clean bready malts, caramel and floral hops. There is some light spiciness as well but the overall character is crisp, clean and malty.

The taste is excellent and maybe a tad sweeter than the nose suggests. There is more caramel and a hint of fruit, pears possibly. There is also a hefty toasted bread backbone.

The mouthfeel is one of the best I've had for this style. So creamy and smooth, much more than any American Oktoberfest I've tasted.

I've always been enamoured with Celebrator so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that this is one of the better Oktoberfests in the world. Perfect beer for the season.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:13:33 | More by gford217
Photo of tone77


3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, a bit of malts. Taste is a good balance of malts and hops, just a tad of sweetness to it. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 13:14:27 | More by tone77
Photo of flagmantho


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a crystal-clear body and tons of apparent effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of a dense ivory foam which caps off one fine looking beer; retention is good and the lace is quite attractive. Really, I love it.

Smell: very grainy, toasty aroma. Malt is on the drier side and the hops don't really show themselves. It's well-crafted, to be sure, but for the most part it ain't my cup of meat.

Taste: much tastier malt flavor with the toasty grain more of an accent than a primary constituent. Sweet with hints of caramel, plus a light earthy hoppiness and a balancing bitterness. Damn solid.

Mouthfeel: medium body but with a big, creamy carbonation. This one really hits the spot.

Drinkability: quite good indeed. I could probably quaff these all day long; preferably in a long tent with a few thousand new friends.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 19:06:05 | More by flagmantho
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a light to medium orange amber with a thin head and little lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and wheat. Very mild, sweet caramel malt and wheat flavor, much like the aroma, but surprisingly subdued. Pleasant, but light flavored. Caramel malt improved with warming. Nothing outstanding, but nice light refreshing Octoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 19:51:47 | More by LiquidAmber
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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