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

BA SCORE
89
very good
2,560 Ratings
Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,560
Reviews:
1,086
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
316
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,560 |  Reviews: 1,086
Photo of NeoClassicist
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kemoarps
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Peachy honey-orange body with a massive sticky pillowy cream head. Settles back down to just patchy colonies however.

Nose provides the expected yeast and bready malts with a faint hint of honey sweetness and some spicy hops.

Leads in with an almost sourdough breadiness that marries a mild bitterness to the pastry-like yeasty/bready character with some sweet and tart fruits as well.

Finish is maybe a bit tart, but also maybe a bit on the sickly side of sweet.

Thanks @TongoRad for including this in your NBS BIF#4 box!

 526 characters

Photo of _Adam_
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerrat
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Acforster2
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cwd
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Martin194
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Slightly cloudy, golden amber color, very light yellow head that goes away quickly

Smell: Yeast, bready, hints of fruits, maybe banana and raisin, some hops

Taste: Kind of a bittersweet flavor, slight banana, sugar and yeast flavor followed by hops

Feel: Pleasant carbonation, somewhat dry aftertaste

Overall: A solid beer for sure, very accessible in my opinion.

 378 characters

Photo of beebs22
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mccatana
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am continuing with the #OktoberfestChallenge2016, but it is back to bottles for the foreseeable future. I will miss The CANQuest (tm) in the interim.

From the bottle: "Authentic Bavarian Festival Lager"; "Brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516"; "Amber-Colored, Rich, Full-Bodied."; "Ayinger, at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, is one of the world's most respected breweries. Family owned & operated since 1878."

Once again, I utilized a large glass vessel in recognition of the 500-ml bottle. Once the cap was Pop!ped, I did not hold back & allowed the beer to flow freely into my glass. This created just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a toasty, biscuity maltiness underlain by a light, dry grassiness. This is really beginning to mess with my earlier notions/conceptions of what an Oktoberfest/Marzen is and should taste like. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big compared to others thus far, but not quite full. The taste was sweet-ish, a slight maple flavor to accompany a dry biscuit/toastiness underlain by the grassiness that seems to be prevalent in the style. Finish was more towards semi-sweet than semi-dry, although an argument could be made for either. This would probably be the upper limit as far as how much sweetness I would like in the style before my enjoyment begins to recede. YMMV.

 1,474 characters

Photo of OKbrew89
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMH73
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aanth
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rclangk
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I perceived a "metallic" taste. I sampled only one and would like to sample another .

85 characters

Photo of twage04
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear deep orange with medium-high carbonation. Aroma is a little grainy with some noble hops coming through. Taste is fairly toasty/malty a hint of skunk maybe, some noble hops. A little sweet but balanced by the toasty malt on the back end. Overall a solid offering, better than average I'd say.

 310 characters

Photo of Mississippi
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dface
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superfriend
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Translucent orange color with a billowing, three finger off white head.

Smell: Pretzels (salty pretzels), freshly baked bread, apple pie, honey and white grapes.

Taste: Sweet and pleasantly tart flavors of green apple pastries and sultanas upfront. Toasted notes of mildly floral and bitter grains midpalate. It gives the beer a hint of smokiness. Notes of sweet bubblegum and banana on the finish. Again the beer has a really nice, understated and benevolent toasty, roasted and smokey flavor to it that adds a really nice extra dimension of complexity.

Feel: Sweet. Dry. Tart. Smokey. Vaguely bitter. Alcohol is detectable, but not distracting, contributing a pleasant warming sensation as you drink. Full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall Comments: I really enjoyed this one. Almost hellerbock like with a really rich, fruity, bready and smokey flavor that finishes dry and is sweet throughout.

 911 characters

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,560 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe