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

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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

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 RyanLigeia
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy burnt orange color with an average offwhite head. Small amount of visible carb.

Smells of very sweet malts and citrus.

Taste is similar to smell, sweet maltyness with some orange/citrus flavors. Candied sugars, like a caramel/toffee flavor underneath.

Mouthfeel is a little more watery/thin than I would have hoped. Very low carbonation.

Overall this isnt a bad beer by any means and the price is unbeatable. I think I paid around $3 for this one, WELL worth it. (474 characters)

Photo of Zodijackyl
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours light orange/amber with a rich white head with excellent retention. Aroma of bready grains and a bit of yeast, most certainly caramel grains. Taste is very crisp, primarily caramel malt which overpowers mild hop bitterness. The malt/yeast combination is reminiscent of white crackers. Mouthfeel is excellent, very crisp and medium carbonation perfectly matched to the malt's feel. Very drinkable, overall it is a very 'clean' tasting beer. (489 characters)

Photo of Mick
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange and fall like in color, a really nice appearance, inviting to the eye. A mild tone of caramel eclipses everything else that could make strong appearances in the overall aroma if given the chance. An excellent body that is both smooth and lively. Pours with a nice head. A very rich and ingrained malt presence dominates every aspect of this beer. A malt flavor followed by a spicy touch and metallic tinge. Finishes crisp. Quaffable is not the best word to describe it, but it is definitely friendly to drink. (516 characters)

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

Served at fridge Temp on 9/24/11

The color is golden, copper with an off white head.

The immediate aroma is a yeasty spicyness with a touch of caramel and toasted malt. There is also a light hint of dried fruit.

Toasted malts are dominant on the palate with an underlying sweetness. Theres a little bit of citrus, dried fruit and a faint "nutty" note towards the end.

Full bodied, clean and crisp pilsner like feel with a mild bitterness towards the end. Very pleasant, the mouthfeel is probably the best characteristic about this beer.

Great example of the style, really smooth and drinkable. (598 characters)

Photo of ryantaussig
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Pint glass and bottle.

A: Copper in color with a frothy two-finger head that quickly dissipates. Perfectly clear.

S: Hops come through with plenty of malt character. Some roasted notes

T: Light hop character and light malt character. Roast from the nose doesn't come through as much.

M: Very smooth. The best part about the beer for sure.

Notes: I'm not particularly familiar with the style, but I'm not exactly impressed. While it is a good beer that I'd drink on many occasions, it isn't great. (515 characters)

Photo of fo5s
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into my saison dupont glass at kickoff for the pats / jets game - goodbye summer, Fall is here. No decipherable dating

A- gentle pour yieled a minimal head which settles quickly. Deep copper with good clarity.

S- Nose is clean - toasted malts with a hint of spices.

T- Creamy, toasy malt sweetness. Fairly smooth and well melded. Muted hops with a hint of spices. Faint touch of caramel on the back end.

M- Crisp, medium bodied. Carbonation is spot on.

D- Could drink this all day, but truthfully I think I'd get bored.

A classic example of the style, and a great beer all around - I typically drink only 1 or 2 a year, and as always I'm left satisfied. A perfect beer for those 55 degree days when the leaves start to turn... (752 characters)

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

Poured a clear copper color into a pint glass with a semi frothy 1" head. While the head dissipated fairly quickly it left nice lacing.

An excellent malty aroma was present during the pour and lingered thoughout the pint. Decent fizz but not overpowering. Sweet malt is the main flavor but with a hint of hops to make it a wonderfully smooth beer. A great beer, its a shame I only had one to try! (398 characters)

Photo of oneeye
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Pours a golden caramel with plenty of carbonation bubbles rushing up to form a fluffy white two fingered head.

S. Not much in the nose, but sweet with caramel malts.

T. A smooth taste of rich caramel with a hint of spice. A refreshing Oktoberfest-Marzen with a touch of hops. Bready malts and a taste of grain.

M. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. A light body that finishes soft.

D. The drinkability is over the top. A smooth drinker with a warming of flavors. I could drink this beer all night long. A light body and easy to drink. (569 characters)

Photo of FishGetter
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up after returning bottles. Almost like free Beer!

Pours golden amber color, semi-clear, with tall bubbly head. Good head retention.

Sweet, hoppy aroma with trace of citrus.

Caramel malt dominates first taste followed by mild hop, citrus tone. Alcohol warms at finish. (287 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Marzen tries to prove
I don’t hate Oktoberfests
Comes close but no dice

A: Pours a beautifully clear brown with thick creamy head that recedes very slowly (3/3)
S: Caramel and raisin dominate with a sweetness reminiscent of ripe pear (8/12)
T: Sweeter and less fruity than the nose but very clean flavors, not sure I like the bittersweet hang but otherwise quite good (15/20)
M: Pretty bubbly and wet, only a little dryness in the middle of the tongue on the finish (5/5)
O: I’m not a huge Oktoberfest fan, and I’m trying not to judge this harshly because of that. If any Oktoberfest would turn me on to them, this would be it. Would have rather the fruitiness persisted in the flavor, but otherwise can’t fault it. (7/10)
38/40 (739 characters)

Photo of RexBanner
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured from pint bottle into a chilled lager glass.

Appearance: Light amber/dark golden in color, like a 24 karat gold bar. A fluffy, cotton like 2 1/2 finger head that dissipated into a ring which lasted the whole session.
Very bubbly, like champagne. Nice lacing!

Aroma: Yeast, bread, fruits? Can't quite put my finger on it but it has a fruity smell, almost like can peaches or Asian pear. Whatever it is it makes this beer smell inviting.

Taste & mouth feel: Rich and tasty. Bready yeast up front followed by a nice malt sweetness that's subtle. finishes with a nice mellow bitterness that pulls the beer together.
Creamy and smooth but not slick. The carbonation bubbles offer a nice stinging sensation while tasting the beer. The best way to describe the mouth feel of it is "rough silk". Creamy yet prickly at the same time.

Very good Marzen. I would definitely buy this again and recommend it to others. I only wish the ABV was a little higher because one pint bottle isn't enough. (1,009 characters)

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Was expecting more. Tastes more like a traditional (well made) German Lager than a Marzen. Surprised that I like the American examples better especially since other Ayinger brews are top notch. (195 characters)

Photo of UncleFrank
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange-amber beer fills the glass with a great head and lasting foam clings to the sides.
The aroma is malty and slightly bready with a bit of fruitiness. Not expecting that from an Okt-Fest, but its nice.
The taste is sweet and has a doughy medium body with some hop spice and orange hints. The bittering component seems to feel dry, coming from grains rather than the hops. The finish could be cleaner.
The aftertaste is a touch of sweet cara-munich malts that sits on the sides of the tongue.
An interesting take on an Okt-Fest beer. Whatever the yeast choice is I think contributes to what seem to be "off" flavors for this style. Drinkable and the ABV is sneaky, maybe more than I thought. I would have more, but I'm not going to seek this one out either. Enjoy! (776 characters)

Photo of gtn80
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Smell is lots of malt, some noble hops, a bit of nutty.

Appearance is a nice tan head, tiny bubbles, dissipates rather quickly. Crystal clear, almost orange color.

Taste is tremendous, lots of malt up front, bit of spiciness from the hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, full but crisp.

Drinkability is nice, dusted off the 500ml myself. (384 characters)

Photo of BobLuvBeer
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served 17oz brown bottle.
Color pours to a golden hew, with a nice thick lasting head. The color immediatly has me wondering what is wrong here. Is this a pilsner or an O'Fest???
Caramel is hidden in the aroma. Not hidden though by somethign special. Just "there" but not really.
Watery to the taste, with a burnt, acidic finish.
Very disappointing overall and not fit for the style. (388 characters)

Photo of tjkurz
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Although not necessarily a fan of oktoberfest - this is my favorite oktoberfest I had this season. Very nice color - nicely bronzish brown with a decent head. Pleasant smell - malty. Taste - maltiness and perhaps a tad nutty sweetness. Mouth feel - not too heavy not too light.

Very drinkable - it is not watered down so flavor abounds but remains very smooth and doesn't weigh you down. Get a couple of these to fill your oktoberfest mug on an autumn afternoon and kick back and watch the Badgers dominate another big ten opponent. (533 characters)

Photo of claybeer
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real light orangey yellow color. The head was simi-clear, thin off white head. The nose was odd. I can't really pin point anything. It is a little skunky and a little bitter? Nice mouth feel! There is some earthy and leathery taste. Some nice walnut or pecan nuttiness. However, the finish is light. This is a good beer and great for the season but it seems like it's missing something? (388 characters)

Photo of Myboymi
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

From a 500ml bottle, into pint glass served up at 52F.
Poured a beautiful medium golden amber color, topping itself off with a rich creamy head, which then settled down to a 1/2 finger. Very inviting to the eye, as well to the nose. A Classic Marzen aroma, of sweet caramel malt. The taste, light bready, toasted malt with a nice hop finish. All in all, a nice full body, and the right balance of sweet and bitterness. Very enjoyable. A true Oktoberfest, that is best served in a stein, under a beer garden tent, with your friends. Prost! (538 characters)

Photo of Chris585
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this fresh and Local. I have tasted quite a few Marzen beers lately, so here goes....

As I poured this into my pint glass I noticed how much cream white head it produces...I wont get too geeky here as this is such a festive beer for me and my heritage.

GOLDEN tan good looking beer. Very good retention as it was poured and quite biscuity. Malts were very prominent but was evened out by the good carbonation in this. The profile was VERY crisp and clean, FRESH. I would definitely look for this over US versions. Most I have tried were just TOO malty and not enough balance. Light, crisp clean and TASTY Marzen. I havent had much of Ayinger besides Celebrator about 5 years ago, but now I understand why this brewery is so sought after and keeps up the demand. One of my favorites "so far" in this style.

Up front Biscuity malt, slight sweetness and then bite from the carbonation and slight hop profile and faint yeast in the finish. Refreshing to say the least. I didnt look at the grade on this before I did this review, but I would say it would have to rank in the top ten for the style. (1,110 characters)

Photo of Tinfang
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cl bottle poured into a small chalice

Appearance - tawny gold verging on orange. Off-white head that dissipated quicky,little lacing.

Taste - an immediate sensation of balance - definite malt, definite hops, neither dominates. Very delicious, but the hop flavor lacks definition for my taste.

Mouth - light to medium. Very drinkable.

Not a great beer, but a very respectable beer. If there are any bottles of this left when I'm next at TJ's I'm going to pick them up. (474 characters)

Photo of peck95
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance:poured a brownish/orange color w/ a good head and good retention. was really pretty
smell: floral hoppy smell very faint
mouthfeel: a nice thin beer that is designed to be drank in large quantities
taste: this beer hits the spot the best octo beer ive had sweet malts w/ a slight hint of hops
drinkability:this beer goes down smooth and if it wasn't for the price and the 6% alc one could drink these all night or all day . (434 characters)

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

Pours with a nice three finger, sorta off white head with soapy lacing. Medium amber body pretty typical of the style. The smell is malty with a bready kick at the end - kinda reminds me of grape nuts. The taste is decently balanced - malt forward, sweet, but some hops to give the slightest bitterness. A pleasantly smooth aftertaste. Overall a good beer, but nothing really stands out to make it great. (404 characters)

Photo of Italiano86
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Good amount of lacing which disappears quickly. Clean and spicy smell. Caramel and honey taste with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth beer. My first real oktoberfest and I am impressed. (185 characters)

Photo of bkett01
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber hue covered with a healthy off-white head which is fading quickly, but is leaving small amounts of lacing on the glass. Smells mainly of cracked grains. The taste is a crisp, slightly fruity/sweet malt flavor rounded out with mild nutty caramel notes. It's very light mouthfeel and relatively low ABV make this an extremely drinkable beer. Very easy to put down a few of these in a night. Great seasonal, perfect beer for the fall, recommended. (466 characters)

Photo of littlekidlover
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured my half liter bottle into my quarter liter German mug. The appearance is classic, clear copper with ample fluffy white head. The aroma is not very intense but has a nicely rounded sweetness. The taste is very well rounded. Nice nutty cereal malt and enough hops to finish clean. The mouthfeel is fairly light and clean. This is an amazingly drinkable beer, in my opinion world class for the style, Oktoberfest beer is meant to be drank from 1 liter steins, and this is one I could down all night. There's not a whole lot I can really say to describe the taste, but it is just one of those beers that just begs to be drunk. (631 characters)

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