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

very good
2,561 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Ratings: 2,561 |  Reviews: 1,087
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" cream coloured head that dissipated quickly over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Noble hops: grass and earth with sweet biscuity malt.

T: Damn that's good. Sweet biscuity malt with peppery, grassy and orangey hops. Bread and bitter lemon in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Definitely on the sweeter side, this Marzen is incredibly drinkable. I can see why Germans and tourists alike pound back liters of this stuff this time of year.

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Photo of Danno48
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful light brown color and an attractive white head.
Smells sweet and malty... A lot like the taste. Delicate caramel toffee notes and very drinkable.
Light and sweet and delicious. I mean just what you want in an oktoberfest... Easy to drink. Amazingly flavorful and not too bitter so you can knock em' back as it was intended. Great beer that is just fun to have.

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Photo of ale207
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Crystal-clear copper with a vigorous visible carbonation release and thin white head that quickly falls to a few millimeters.

Ayinger Oktoberfest smells of sweet toasty malts, with a hint of sweet syrup.

The taste is incredibly sweet and malty with a background of toastiness and caramel.

Medium bodied and prickly in texture.

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Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jxsherman
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jewellrunner
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of kew
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml into pint glass. Purchased for ~$3.

Minimal head on this one but a super bright orange body.

Mellow grainy, sweet smell.

Toasty malt, sweetness like a peach, and some grassy herbal notes. Really shining on the malt, this one exceeds my expectations and really easily emerges to the front of the pack as far as Okt's go.

Sufficient body, robust flavor is pretty well balanced. Crisp, refreshing, enjoyable. What a beer should be.

This one's a winner. One of the better Okt's on the market. Puts most any stater to shame.

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Photo of AmitC
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review while simultaneously drinking the beer.

Pretty average. That is what comes to mind when you taste this beer from a commendable name like Ayinger. Nothing differentiates this marzen - except for the fact that it came in a 500ml bottle and had a real nice cap and packaging.

Little to no head. Probably because i pour with a lot of care and very slowly.

Few bubbles of carbonation.

Amber color. Very neat.

Malt and lager taste written all over it.

A little smell of roasted malts which i do like here.

Not a beer to remember. I have had better marzens.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a large bottle with a really neat bottle cap (it has a painting of a quaint little German country scene) into a 1 liter Paulaner mug (hey - it's an Oktoberfest!). Beautiful clear amber color with a big majestic head. On the nose, I get lots of toasted malt and sweet, nutty, bready notes with a bit of pepper.

Traditional lagery goodness! Nice medium body and a wonderfully chewy mouthfeel. The taste follows the nose perfectly. Rich flavors of toffee, bread, and cake abound on the palate. No excessive hoppy bitterness to be found and no lemony finish either. Just a slight bit of pepper in the back of the palate and you are ready for more.

An excellent and well-executed Fest Beer that represents what these things are SUPPOSED to taste like. No watered-down malt flavors and no excessive hops. Just bread in a bottle. A classic beer that will accompany any dish from chicken or burgers to pizza or pasta. I think this is the best Oktoberfest I've had.

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Photo of seth72104
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of spoony
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a nice golden amber color. Clear brew with very little head and only a hint of visible carbonation. What little head there is hangs around for bit and forms a collar of tan foam.

S-Mostly cereal and grain, with subtle tones of toffee and caramel. There is a nice malty character and a hint of alcohol spice to go with the grain. Not unpleasant, but not wild or unique.

T-Crisp malt (if I had only two words to describe this beer). There is a little honey sweetness to start, a touch of alcohol and bitter hops in the middle, and a toasty finish with a slight metallic tinge that wasn't particularly great.

M-I found this to be a nicely balanced, if lighter-weight beer. The carbonation is medium and the body is lighter. Very drinkable.

O-A nice O-fest lager that suffers from a strange flavor in the finish (maybe my batch was a bit old/oxidized?). It compares well against its competition, but is not going to set the world afire. If you want a drinkable brew this fall for a mild (not hot/not cool) afternoon, here you go.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a two finger fluffy white head. Excellent head retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is fairly subdued with hints of caramel, toffee, and a little toast. Also some hay presumably from the hops.

The flavor, like the aroma, is also subdued. Creamy caramel up front followed by some cereal grain and a little bit of toasted malt. There is almost a hint of smokiness towards the back in. Light grassy hop flavors along with a light bitterness to balance out the sweet malt. The mouthfeel is quite dry for the style which to me, drastically helps drinkability.

Overall, one of my favorite Oktoberfests. My one complaint is that the aroma and flavor is a little too subdued. That aside, the drinkability is incredible and I could easily put back lots of this in a sitting.

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Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Zach136
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Crystal clear deep yellow. Excellent lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Big sweet cereal malt notes.

Mouthfeel: Insanely crisp finish.

Overall: Great oktoberfest.

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Photo of zillo043068
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Dools9
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a dimpled stien.

A: Gorgeous orange amber color, lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising up. Three finger creamy white head leaves webby lacing and retains nicely. Excellent looking beer.

S: Buttery, toasty malt smathered with toffee, honey and caramel sweetness. Lots of yeasty, wheaty baked bread, maybe just a touch of an earthy, noble hop.

T: Sweet, toasty malts. Grainy cereal, sweet honey and a some fruit (apples or, pears?). Bitterness is there enough to balance the caramel malt sweetness. Hops are earthy and herbal.

M: Lighter bodied but not AAL light, its a bit creamy and very smooth. It goes down easily and for almost 6%, drinks like 4.

O: This is good stuff, I could easily knock these back all night to celebrate the season. Of the Okto brews I've had, this is definitely one of the better ones, if not the best.

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Photo of Shruggy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of PaBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Bayern1971
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale translucent copper with a huge, off white head that has great retention

S - caramel, slightly musty, very faint toast

T - caramel, mild bitterness, lager yeast, a bit musty, warm, faintly metallic

M - crisp, medium bodied, well carbonated

This is by no means a bad beer. It does however have some qualities that I don't care fore: musty, metallic, warm. On its face it's a solid Oktoberfest, but the off-putting subtleties ruin it for me. I probably won't buy this beer again.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,561 ratings.
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