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

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1,031 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,031
Hads: 2,368
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 119
Gots: 251 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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 Mebuzzard
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500ml from Byerly's in Maple Grove. Pours a clear amber-gold with a white head. Man I wish Ayinger beer were more readily available/cheaper.

This is a great O-fest, rich with bready caramel malts with a smooth, oh-so drinkable body. It is a touch thicker than other in the style, Spaten comes to mind as a thinner beer, but man it's good. The flavor has subtle layers of malt with a touch of crisp light toffee, with an aroma to match. I'll be looking forward to having this again next fall.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange colored brew, small wispy head with some staying power.

Smell: Malty, bready, fruity, toffee.

Taste: Toffee and bread notes. Faint herbal hop. Perfectly balanced. Mild roasted flavor pulls through once the beer comes to temp. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied.

Drinkability: Malty but not really sweet. A top notch brew from Ayinger.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange or red colored brew.

Smell is heavy grain smells, almost like a complex wheat bread from the oven.

Taste is a tart wheat beer with a big grain backbone. The taste is similar to a slice of pumpernickel bread. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty brew from Germany. I like this but from the flavor I have to wonder if there isn't some Rye used in the malting.

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Photo of weeare138
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy, copper toned amber with a small, off-white head that fades into a fizzy collar. Streaks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of malty, sourdough, mild fruit, caramel, raw maple, with a off note that is a bit vegetal.
Taste is of the same aromas. There's the doughy, caramel infused broccoli again that I'm just not digging. What the hell is that? It's like an odd astringency that's in there by accident. The sweet malts seem to be coving up for it's inadequacies, nonetheless.
Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied, and slightly thin. This was one of the few Oktoberfests we found in the store during our weekend at The Jersey Shore. Even the wife was kind of let down with this, as it's one of her favorite styles. Overall, it's just sort of unexciting, and ho-hum.
It's supposed to be a celebration, bitches!

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ayinger glass a nice clean/clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, tons of sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, slight hops, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, slightly citrus, slightly yeasty, and a nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Ayinger.

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Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a rich, darkish gold color, with very good head retention and lacing. The beer looks very impressive. I don't get too much on the nose, just some sweet grain and malt. However, it does smell very enticing. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose and the beer has a very nice mouthfeel. Plenty of sweet, malty flavor in this medium bodied beer, with a nice long, persistent finish. This beer is so well balanced, so drinkable, it's a pleasure to find it on tap. One of the better Oktoberfest beers I've come across on tap so far this year.

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Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper and slightly murky hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a sweet doughy malt with a touch of caramel. Noble hop spicing present as well.

The taste consited of a robust sweet maltiness with a drying spicy hop. Strong residual doughiness. Slight medicinal sweetness at finish.

The mouthfeel was full and a bit medicianl at the finish. Good chewiness.

Overall a very tasty and robust beer. The finish was a bit uncomfortable and only hope that it was a slightly old sample.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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.


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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear dark orange with a light tan head.

S: Light, clean aroma. A lot of malt. Some light spice and herbal notes.

T: Sweet malty taste with some metallic undertones. Mild hops to finish at the end.

M: Crisp and light. Medium carbonation.

O: Good representation of the style. Easy to drink.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a wiezen glass)

A- This beer pours a deep golden brown body that is crystal clear with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thick creamy head that you could write your name in and still read it half way through the beer.

S- This beer has a smooth soft pale malt smell with notes of raw grain and a light sweetness and freshness. There is a light green leaf hint in the finish.

T- This beer has a light pale malt flavor with some light toasted malt with a stronger club soda flavor. The light green hop note is dry and a faint bitterness only comes after the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz at the finish.

D- This beer has light flavor with some depth but not much. The flavor was ok but I just got tired of drinking it about half way through the glass.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head.  Good retention only slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks and spots of lacing left behind.  

Slightly earthy aroma with a stronger hop presence than expected.  Hints of grassy pine along with subtle spice and some sweet malts.  Hints of caramel toast and biscuit.  

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy hops, sweet malt and mild spiciness.  Grassy, earthy hops up front which are floral and only slightly dry/bitter followed by cinnamon and brown sugar over a prominent malt backbone.  Lots of sweet caramel with hints of pumpkin, toast, nut and biscuit.  Really well balanced and very quaffable.  Nice example of the style.  

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Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. FW teku glass.

pours a dark orangeish red with a nice head. smell is real malty and crisp.taste is so refreshing and exactly what I look for in an oktoberfest. crisp malts. lemon zest, some hops. just great. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall possibly the best oktoberfest in existence. lovely.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 17 Oz. bottle. The color of this beer is golden-orange with nice, creamy head. Mildly hazy. Aroma is malty as expected, bready and caramel aromas stand out. Smell isn't very powerful. The beginning of a sip is somewhat grainy and has some bite. The middle is primarily big malt tastes with some grainy balance. Finish is pronounced lingering sweetness. Like all the German beers I've tried this is easy-to-drink and well-made. However, I think I like the Paulaner and Spaten O-Fests better.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle. 2010 batch. The pour is orange-gold with a whole lot of puffy, long lasting head that never goes away. Sweet and roasted malts greet the nose in an inviting fashion. The creamy body leads to a caramel sweetness in the taste, which is almost honey like. There is a nice roastiness and pleasant dryer finish. A very nice Octoberfest beer from those who know how to do it right.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden color, but not the clarity for a beer this style.

Moderate toasted malt arome. No fruity or hop aromas.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Malt definately predominates taste, little to no hop flavor but does finish slightly dry.

A big fan of this style and a big fan of this beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of rudzud
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since I had a good Oktoberfest (back in Europe)

A - Typical super clear deep rich amber with a light one finger head that quickly dissolves and leaves no lacing.

S - Light almost honey light smell. Very light bread too.

T - Again, almost honey flavors. More bread/yeast taste along with some sweet malts.

M - Great carbonation for an oktoberfest. Little sticky on the end

D - Nice oktoberfest. That being said, I still havent found a great okotoberfest stateside. This is a pretty basic/straightforward Oktoberfest.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.