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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,131 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,131
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 88
Gots: 158 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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-

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.  

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
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!

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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

Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's time to resume the second of four beers here in the German Oktoberfest Inviational. Ayinger, you're up!

Pretty color. It looks like autumn with its clean orange/auburn color. The head retention is quite good on top. Smells....clean malt. Toasty with caramel tones and some herbal hops.

Oh yeah! Malty, but multi-dimensional and not overly malty. A blend of yummy flavors: toasted malt, pumpkin pie, minerals, a brush of spiced hops clinging to the tip of the tongue. A touch of carbonation with a filling medium body gives the beer a superb feel in the mouth, and helps keep the beer going down round.

This is how I think an Oktoberfestbier should taste. Given the gems Ayinger brews, how approapriate is it their version of the beer becomes my favorite to date? Don't pass this beer this October, get it when you see it.

That's two down, and two to go in the German Oktoberfest Inviational. I'll be back tomorrow night to crack open another bottle.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 2,131 ratings.