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

very good
2,559 Ratings
Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a light amber, very clear, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing. Looks good.

Smells like caramel, dried fruit, toasty malt, and a little bit of hops.

This is wonderfully bready and mildly sweet, and goes down really easily. Really biscuity and bready, with a slight but mild hop bite.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, bready mouthfeel. Very drinkable and suffig, as the Germans say.

A great Oktoberfest, certainly one of the best.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark malt dominates, pours amber with medium creamy white head. Light malt aroma with stronger malt taste. Slightly smoky palate with abrupt finish. One of the better festbiers, as expected.

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Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 tempest
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Mebuzzard
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a malty lager scent. It has the dry scent of a typical lager, but with a malty edge that smells great. The taste is decent. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good Fest beer; one I'd buy again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the nutty and toffee malts with a little bit of grass thrown in from the hops. The flavor is is full of toffee, caramel and biscuit malts. There are some nice floral hop notes in the flavor as well which really add to the flavor profile. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and one of the best German-brewed märzens out there.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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 dar482
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a light reddish amber.

The aroma offers sweet apples, grass, sweet toasty malts, biscuity malt.

The flavor hits of sweet honey biscuity malts, toasted malts, apple, pear, a bitterness up front of spicy and herbal quality that lingers until a lager quality comes through onto a medium minus hoppy and crisp finish.

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Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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 flagmantho
4.01/5  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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen may be spelled a little oddly but it looks perfectly normal: deep golden with a bright orange sheen, slight blurriness, and a modest but sustained head, the appearance is status quo in every detail (as you'd expect from a historic producer). Definitely the kind of thing suited to a Maß.

The aroma showcases an interesting combination of orchard fruits, something like an apple and apricot jam. Fruit esters aren't usually the first thing one notices from the style (a beer judge will say they shouldn't be present at all) but in this case they make a natural, fitting compliment to the toasted grain.

Ayinger's Märzen has some taste of caramelized malts and nuttiness but it's nothing close to the typical amount found in modern American examples. This is of course more of a traditional Oktoberfest recipe (cleaner, lighter) than the reddish, borderline sticky beers a lot of craft geeks have come to age with.

While very dry, there's little hop bitterness. The finish is especially grainy and very cereal-like. There's again that dollop of apple and apricot jam. All in all, it's a spick-and-span lager so clean you could eat Wiener Schnitzel and Sauerkraut off it. Consumption can be both mindless and copious, no problem.

Of course, one should appreciate the beer more than that. When it comes to German styles, some meet but few (if any) exceed the offerings of Ayinger. The brewery calls themselves "one of the world's most respected" and they aren't being conceited in doing so. Their Oktoberfest isn't my favourite, but it's still worth recommending and warrants mention alongside those of Paulaner, Hofbrau, and Hacker-Pschorr.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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 John_M
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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 puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Zorro
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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 clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, two-finger head that died very slowly with immense lacings on top of an orange body that looked beautiful. Some sweet malts, caramel mostly. OK, a lot of caramel, like a liquid Caramello bar. Some spices also in there. Medium bodied and a little fluffy, this beer is real smooth and has some creamniess to it. Still complemented with a hop bite that is mixed in well, there is a sweet malt taste that pervades in this beer yet has a perfect counterpoint in a dry finish (finish has some nice hops and a little spiciness). I am not an expert in Oktoberfest beers, but this was tasty and not overpowered by spices like other ones I've had. I'd recommend this as a must try for any Oktoberfest beer fan.

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Photo of rudzud
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 5$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a huge size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, ceral, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some cereal sweetness and raisins/grapes. It ends with a semi sweet malty aftertaste.

Overall - Not as good as I was expecting, but still an above average brew. Some good grassy/grainy flavours here that suit the fall/Oktoberfest season well.

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Photo of weeare138
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
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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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,559 ratings.
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