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

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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Reviews: 1,044 | Ratings: 2,405
Photo of guinnessfan
2.42/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint

A: Cloudy, amber/copper color with a large 2" head, large bubbles and a lot of carbonation. Good lacing from the off-white head.

S: Heavy metal. The metallic smell is overpowering any other smell.

T: Metal again. Is this beer not fresh ? I never had it before.

M: High carbonation, with medium mouthfeel.

D: Maybe if it tasted better it would have better drinkability

Assuming from the good reviews, I may have gotten a bad beer. I was excited about it, but let down immensely. I will try to give it another chance.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1-pint .9 oz. brown bottle into a tall slender mug. Bunch of notching on bottom of front label gives no freshness date.
5.6% ABV noted on label.

Appearance: dark gold, pale orange colored body with billowing white small-bubbled head remains craggy and towering for a while. The head slowly breaks down to form sticky lacing while carbonation bubbles dance around the top of my glass.

Smell: subtle grain sweetness along with candied, liquored figs.
Little to no hop presence in the nose.

Taste: sweet cereal grains are immediately met by hop bitterness. Sweet tea like flavors along with caramel and hop bite.

Mouthfeel: well balanced with smooth carbonation. Body is a bit on the thin side with an astringent aftertaste. Would love to have more complexity and body.

Drinkability: enjoyable and sessionable, but fairly middle-of-the-road. Will definitely try again, just no big hurry.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber pour with essentially flawless clarity. Ample white head that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves average lacing. Smell is bready, malty, fairly subdued. Flavor is more intense than the nose implies. Delicious malt flavor leads the way, with some breadiness and a little spicy hoppiness to balance it out. Really nice mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish. A delicious marzen.

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

I love Ayinger. They don't do things the way we do things in the States -that's not a good thing or a bad thing, just different. We tend to try original, or sometimes over-the-top things in the States. "Brewed with 5,000 Blood Oranges!" "Aged in Barrels Crafted From Demon Bones!" You get the point. Ayinger is classic. They take a style. They say: "This is how this style should be made, old school." Then they execute with extreme prejudice. They're like the German Samuel Smith. For the styles they make, they make the benchmarks for how the classic version of those styles should be made. This brew is no exception.

Nose: Toasty, of coarse. Very mildly warming. Clean.

Taste & mouth: Marzen. I don't know how else to say it: just Marzen. Warm, toasted, fresh. Delicately sweet malts. You get that little bit of nut, little bit of baked grains. Rich, but rich in that appropriate medium-bodied way. Drinks like a lighter beer though -I find Marzens do this anyhow.

What's so great about this Marzen? It's nearly perfect in what we should expect from the classic style. Of course, it's not perfect, it's just amazingly available, high quality, and traditional.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, super clear and lustrous bronzy whiskey-ish yellow. Nose is hidden, some tones of alcohol, and an oddly new car like vibe. Taste is light toasted grain, and light malt and some light sweetness. Mid to low on bitterness. Mouth-feel is wet, refreshing, carbonation is high and scrubbing, with a creamy, but not oocky finish. Really liked this too, my first marzen, and came with a very spiffy bottle cap that will look terrific with our other frig-mag caps. Would have again.

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Photo of fsvan
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle split with wife, poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Gold, very slight redness. A finger of light whispy head.

S- Bready malts are first and foremost. No hop presence. No alcohol to note, just bready, malty goodness. Very nice marzen.

T- Taste is a little less bready than in the nose, but still dominates the flavor profile as expected. A slight bitterness towards the end, and finishes with sweet malts.

M- Medium bodied. Maybe a bit less. Very good and drinkable.

O- I gave this 4s across the board and a 4.5 overall. This doesn't stand out in any one aspect, but is a very good, widely available, German brewed Oktoberfest. One of the better of the style I've had. It also happens to have one of the cooler caps around for those of us who are into that. Thanks to titosupertramp for nabbing two of these for me.

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Photo of livingregret
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 1pt .9fl oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a "dirty"(read red) orange that starts w/ a lovely 1 finger head and quickly becomes a little round circle on top of my beer.

Smell: Caramel and alcohol(mild) hit the nose first followed by a bit of grains. Sweet to the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Hmmm....not as sweet as I was expecting. A bread like malt really dominates the taste and ends w/ a touch of hop bitterness at the end. I barely taste any of the caramel that hits the nose. Don't really feel the alcohol in this beer. Very crisp though and goes down quite well.

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting(because of the smell) but still a good enough Oktoberfest beer.

Oddly enough a lot of people reviewed the beer as being sweet in taste and I'm getting more of the bready Maltyness and no real sweetness. Take it for it's worth I guess

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold/light copper with a light white head. Smell is malty, syrupy with a little spice. Taste is spicy and slightly sweet up front. Fills out with toffee and malt, but without becoming too sweet. Spicy hops take over and it finishes with a dry, clean, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium body with a nice smoothness. High carbonation helps keep it crisp.

Overall an easy drinking octoberfest, on the lighter end of the style, but clean and crisp and easy to drink.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-head dissapeared
- citrus and spice notes light yeasts notes
- a slightly sweet beer with subtle spices and a slight citrus taste.
-one of the smoothest beers i have had
- decent Oktoberfest not my favorite but a good beer none the less

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Photo of ReebShorts
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Ayinger mug. Gigantor 4 finger tan head, head looked a bit soapy with oily bubbles. head faded to a slight layer leaving some lacing behind after a couple minutes. Beer appeared to be a deep copper color.

Smell is malts, caramel, powdered sugar, floral, and cinnamon.

Tasty, has a burnt toast, nutty, malt flavor that is very drinkable, and not too sweet. I could easily throw back a few of these. mouthfeel is creamy, and finishes crisp. recommended.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 edition

A- pours a nice amber color with very nice white head that retained beautifully and laced well

S- light carmel malted sweetness aroma, light alcohol smell present as well

T-a nice carmel malt sweetness with light hop bitterness at the finish

M- very high carbonation, a little to carbobated for my tastebuds, light/medium body

D- a very drinkable beer, my personal favorite oktoberfest, would be happy to buy/drink again

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful transparent golden orange color with a thick full head leaving tiny islands of lacing around the edges of the glass. Perfectly clear aside from the singular bubble occasionally rushing to the surface.

Smells of malts and a tint of hops. Smells like a decent lager.

Taste is of bread and water. With a metallic hop bite faintly calling from the background. Malted

Feels light with slightly low levels of carbonation.

A very drinkable beer. Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of bminor7
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 from EBI. Sitting on my couch; stomach grumbling.

Coolest bottle cap going on this one. I feel like I'm distorting a pastoral scene when I open the bottle.

A - straw golden; a thin head; lacking much lacing.

S - crispy, hoppy, that marzeny-something. not sweet aromas but citrusy a little; new carpet?

T - light and satisfying. a sugary bitterness coats the tongue in the aftertaste. light malts and a low-key hop profile. very renheitsgebotish.

M - thin enough. give a bit of a rough pour to release enough carbonation.

D - has a savory quality that could possibly deter one from drinking several steins. but it is fresh, it is clean, it is a good sessionable beer, although with a quality that will prevent you from stuffing too many into your GI.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer by Leah on Dave's birthday at Morgantown pies and pints 2015. Color is such a cool color. Amber and clear. Flavor is quite malty with a slight hop bite!

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic

A: Light copper to golden-yellow with an eggshell white, 2 finger head.

S: Wonderful bready, grainy, toasted aromas, slight earthy tones as well.

T: Grains, fresh baked bread, floor malt, earthiness. Clean lager profile. Very little in the way of hops, mostly noble hop flavors.

M: Clean, medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Delicious, satisfying and extremely sessionable, everything you want in an Oktoberfest-Märzen. This is a very solid German offering and probably some of the best of this style you can get in the States. Definitely pick this up when it’s out if you like this style.

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

Appearance: Upon pouring, a generous head formed. Sustain was excellent and lacings were seen for the duration of the drink. Color was a medium honey gold. Impressive.

Smell: Aroma was yeasty malt. Pleasant but not overpowering. There is also a light floral scent???

Taste: This is where this beer achieves good marks. The overall flavor is very much an Oktoberfest yeasty burnt malt flavor. Good hops flavor. There is the traditional initial zing which is followed by hops for the sustain. The flavor curve is not too long yet there is a slight "old weather" reminant that is pleasant. This would be a GREAT tailgating selection.

Mouthfeel: Great. Traditional Oktoberfest presence.

Drinkability: Ver god overall impression. This is not a crips as American Oktoberfest beers, but it's hard to argue with a GERMAN Maerzen.

Conclusions: The bottle is a little strange for Americans and almost has a "slumming" it fel due to the proximity to a "40", however the brew itself is excellent.


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Photo of 2xHops
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this bottle of Marzen beer. For a long time, I have been drinking a lot of American oktoberfest beers, and I always found them to be a bit lacking in quality.

I thought I'd give this bottle a chance because it's a German beer. The beer had an amber hue with a healthy amount of foam coming alive.

The beer had a wonderful balance of malt with sweetness that does not overpower you. Some of other Oktoberfest beers are a bit rough around the edge in this department, but not this one.

Overall, I'd drink this again. I am starting to see a pattern in german beers, and I think I like it. It's a refreshing change from all of the new beers that American breweries have been churning out lately. Tradition is often good. It is in this case.

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Photo of faernt
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a slightly cloudy ( possibly chill haze) appearance throwing a tightly bubbled ivory head of abour 1/2" which subsides into a skim.
The nose is slightly cinnamon-like with a slight vegetal smell. I've noticed that all other Ayinger products this year have come out with an ivory cap saying "Ayinger" on it. This one still has a picture cap showing Aying. I like the old cap but worry that the absence of the new cap indicates that this beer is last year's offering. It is frustrating that there is no date on these labels. Ayinger is such a high quality brewery that I long for fresh samples and have no way of knowing how fresh a beer I'm buying until I open it. Merchant du Vin, can you consider dating to be a priority?

The malt sweetness comes through constantly accompanied by spice. This is a "juicy" beer; it stimulates my entire tongue. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is high. This can be a great food beer with the carbonation cleansing the palette and the sweetness adding to the food. It would work well with all the food associated with the Oktoberfest. It still remains my standard for the style. I worry about the vegetal smell and hope that it doesn't recurr in future samples.

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

Ayinger pours a nice clear golden ambar color; Nice foamy head and little lacing; Smell is malty and fruity; Taste is malty, sweet and caramel, clean and crisp; Mouthfeel is smooth and medium carbonation. Easy drinking beer and very refreshing.

A gift from my brother in law; Thanks.


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Photo of RickSawyer
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrat, clear yellow pine color with a creamy, puffy white head. Smells so sweet. Bready, some brown sugar, red apples, some floral hops in the background. Wonderful. Taste begins with a very nice white bread, toasted short bread, white grapes and a bright red apple sweetness, with a crisp, refreshing citrusy finish. Incredibly drinkable. Leaves you yerning for more. Best of the season so far.

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

A: Pours a copper orange with about a half inch of head that quickly goes away.

S: Lots of caramel here with some hints of nut.

T: Lots of caramel again with some nuts. Finishes with a bit of hop bitterness.

M: Medium with some carbonation.

D: High.

This will be my last Oktoberfest of 2010. I feel like I ended on a good one. I can see myself coming back to this one.

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

This poured a nice amber color with a good amount of white head. This had a nice toasted malt flavor to it. This was probably my favorite of the German Oktoberfest lagers I've tried this year. It had a nice richness of flavor and good balance of alcohol. So far it's tops of the German Marzen list for me.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle was cellared for over a year but still good.
Rich malty flavor with a little bit of apple and spice, with some tartness but not bitter. Comparing to Sam Adams (my yardstick for Oktoberfest): a little less sweet and a little more spice.

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Photo of bigrzman
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

By far one of the most beautiful bottles I have seen with a bottle cap with a Bavarian family drinking beer in a beer garden. I felt bad to take it off the bottle.

I poured this beer into my mass krug and saw a glowing pumpkin orange hue with, inch thick white head, and effervescent carbonation.

It smells like rich caramel malt, grassy/herby hops, and grains. The taste is a near balance of hop and malt siding on hops. Hops a re grassy and medicinal probably nothing but high quality Hallertau Mittlefruh. Malts are very grainy with caramel notes not too complex here. The joy is the hop bite hands down.

Mouthfeel is thin and surprisingly thirst quenching. This enhances its drinkability. Carbonation is tingly and pleasant. Drinkability is high, as this was designed for mass consumption. Overall a very good fest beer.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first German Oktoberfest! Pours a beautiful deep golden color. This brew has little to no head when pouring and very little lacing. It also appears to be kind of flat, which must be typical of an Oktoberfest. Initial taste is very mild, surprisingly mild compared to some of my domestically made samples of late. The Aftertaste is kind of bitter though, which appears to be the opposite of the domestic samples. Overall I could drink this beer all year long, even in the heat of summer. Would definitely buy again.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.