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

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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

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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Photo of AChamberlain
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle with no freshness date.

A: BEAU-TI-FULLL. Golden heaven. Thick foamy head that retained well.
S: Malty. mmm.
T: Sweet malty luscious honey. Kind of dry.
MF: Smooth ful mouth feel.
D: Highly drinkable.

This is my favorite oktoberfest beer. Drink it.

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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 MaltyGoodness
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

17oz. bottle

Pours a clear medium-amber with a dense white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Superb caramel malty aroma with a nice breadiness. Smells like the essence of Oktoberfest captured in a bottle - perfect!

Rich caramel maltiness upfront leading into a nice light bready taste with just a hint of hops. Finishes malty, and lingers that way a bit. Delicious.

Medium-light body, fully carbonated.

Well now, this was quite a treat. Best Oktoberfest I've had this year, and maybe ever. This will certainly become my go-to when I thirst for marzen.

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Photo of Realale
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous shimmering copper. Slightly off-white head settles a bit quickly to an incomplete cap.

Nose is deep, bready slightly sweet malt. Hint of caramel, and a slight whiff of sulphur. No hops, but these elements somehow combine into a very appetizing combination that is perfect for a cool fall evening.

This is just an amazing beer to taste. It is utterly etheral - weightlessly filling every corner of the mouth with a lovely combination of sweet malt and balancing mineral goodness. Not overly complex, but lovely.

Impeccable mouthfeel, just so gentle. Drinkability is beyond a five, as glasses, even big ones, just disappear. Magic beer.

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Photo of teg8612
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cold hazed, orangish amber color. Big frothy head that sticks around.

S- Slight alcohol smell that gives way to sweet caramel malts and bready characteristics.

T&M- On the upper range of being medium bodied, has a good mouthfeel. Nice texture that is smooth and crisp. Bitterness is low which allows the malts to shine. Bready caramel malts are big and sweet. Slight alcohol burn gives a hint of spice to the mix.

D- Ayinger is becoming my German brewer of choice with brews like this. Very nice brew. The bottle version of this seems more raw but just as good.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves a one finger head with good retention and good lacing. Body is a clear orange amber.

Smell - apricots, plums, toast. Fruit and bread.

Taste - same as the smell. Good amount of fruit, washed through with toast.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, smooth, semi-dry.

Drinkability - A simply good beer, and rather sessionable.

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Photo of weeare138
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
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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Photo of MSchae1017
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 500mL bottle my roommate shared with me.

This beer pours a rusty amber with a foamy off white head that holds nicely until there is a little film left without much lacing. The beer smells sweetly with lightly toasted malts. The taste is also very sweet and again hits with toasted malts. There is the faintest taste of hops that balances the sweetness with some bitterness. The mouthfeel has a nice body wiht a good carbonation. Overall a nicely drinkable Oktoberfest.

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

Part of Liquor Barn Ultimate Brew Crew-Sept '06, Oktoberfest

A: Slightly hazy orange with a light frothy head that drops to a collar of foam with lacing.

S: Burnt malt aromas of butterscotch and caramel.

T: Good level of bitternes to balance to heavy malt flavors. Little in the way of aromatic hops. Hops linger on the pallete for quite some time.

M: Light bodied and light carbonation

D: This is my first Oktoberfest that I've drunk with a critical mind. It's quite good, but that should be expected from a great brewery such as Ayinger.

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Photo of cbl2
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/1/2006 $2.79 500 mL 5.60% No best by date.


Pours a crystal clear light copper with an inch of largely pocked off-white head that takes a moment or two to settle, leaving no lace behind.


Lightly toasted malts with a burst of gooey caramel.


Crisp and refreshing with a hugely sweet malt presence. Caramel, ripe fruit and toffee dominate the landscape on this one. Slightly syrupy finish, this is very clean and easygoing.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma jumps out at you. Very strong carmel, reminds me of molasses somewhat. Translucent orange body with several fingers worth of head. Very full body. Malt and carmel dominate the flavor. Some roasty presence. Some hops there, but this is definitely a malt-forward beer. Unfortunately, there’s just a hint of that roasted vegetable taste in it, I think. Goes away as you drink it. Not the best octoberfest I’ve had (as a result of the slight off-flavor, as well as the flavor not being as full as it could), but definitely one of the best. I wish I could find it on tap, since I’ve heard it’s exquisite that way.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic. In a word. It must have been a particularly fresh bottle, as I've read many of the reviews here and I was far better than I had expected. I was pleasantly surprised. Nice amber color with a 1 inch head that lasted well into the first third of consumption. Rich, carmel malt with a hint of floral hops in the nose, and taste to match. Others with me who tasted it all used the word "smooth." Extremely drinkable. Well balanced and, surprisingly in this sample anyway, not too sweet and no distinct alcohol taste. The hops left just enough fruity bitterness in the aftertaste to encourage me to lift the glass again and again. I was glad it came in a .5L bottle. It disappeared very quickly. An absolutely wonderful taste of Oktoberfest--straight from Germany. And brewed (as you would expect) in strict accordance with the Reinheitsgebot. A real winner.

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Photo of dherling
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice honey gold, crowned with a thin white hed. The nose gives off some soy and orange. Very straightforward taste, a pleasing light malt flavor, slightly bready. A light crisp mouthfeel, and a pleasent clean finish. Nothing great about this beer, but it's a good session beer that can go all night long.

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Photo of Iguana
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a brownish golden orange with a 3 inch head that receeded quickly down to no head at all, interesting.

S: Copper pennies in water is all I am smelling.

T: Not too bad, seems like a huge caramel malt profile with hints of nuts. Actually its quite tasty.

M: Slick, sweet, pretty good carbonation.

D: I could drink a few of these, and might very well do so tonight. This is a pretty good Oktoberfest in my mind. Its what I think is like a cross between a bock and a nut brown.

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Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle.

Appearence was a slightly cloudy light orange. A nice 2 finger creamy white head upon the pour which slowly faded to a thin layer of head on top. Slight lacing.

Smell was of sweet malts and a little bready/doughy at the end. Smells appetizing. A little faint though.

Taste was similiar to the smell. Sweet malt mostly and just a little bit of bread at the end as well. Taste is good.

Coats the mouth with a medium body.

The drinkability is pretty good. I could drink a couple of these at a time. It's a good offering from Ayinger.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty honey color out of a 500ml bottle, no freshness date. The head is two-fingers of fluffy cream with great retention and lacing.

The aroma is full of grain, malty, yeast, and wheat, along with orangey citrus and light spice. The flavor is the what you'd expect after smelling it, wtih a little caramel and banana.

The mouth is light and not very complex, quite creamy and smooth with a dry, malty finish. Very drinkable, yet not all that exciting. Seems to lack personality and depth of flavor.

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

Picked this up with a bottle of Sam Adam's and Paulaner Octoberfest to do a side by side taste test. Poured it from the 500 ml bottle into a standard pint glass. No dates on the bottle, I can't interpret the little cuts at the bottom of the label.

Appearance: Pours with a creamy, white, 2 inch head. Falls into a thin layer of foam, but it takes awhile. Not a lit of bubbles coming up in this one. Medium brown in color with a hint if copper.

Smell: Smells sweet and yeasty, almost a little bready.

Taste: Sweet, malty taste, with a little hint of bitterness at the end. Notes of caramel and raw sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. A good flavorful brew that is not overwhelming. What is better than a Marzen once the air starts to turn cold? I think today is the first day of fall, too!

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Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear light brown color with a slight tint of orange hue. it has a huge creamy head with magnificent retention. The body showcases very active carbonation lifting from the bottom of my pint glass. Finally the lacing is also noteworthy.

Smell: A treat! Simply put. Many Oktoberfest Märzen Lagers have a very clean and reserved lager nose. This beer actually has a rich malty bread nose with hints of caramel, fruits (apricot) and subtly nutty.

Taste: Malty sweet and smooth upon entry to the mouth. A light fluffy bread character is immediately followed by creamy buttery caramel and a hint of fruits a splash of spices and gentle hops that balance out the flavor in the end. There is an added crispness when the alcohol shows though a bit and works with the floral hops to nip at the taste buds. The aftertaste is very pleasantly dry. It lingers for a few minutes before fading.

Mouthfeel: Light in the mouth with a light body and light in the stomach. The crispness and dryness make up for the lack of body and make the beer very drinkable.

Drinkability: If only it wasn't $55 a case I would make this a staple at all parties this season. It is incredibly easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pretty clear dark yellow color with a red tint. The smell is exceedingly malty, so much so that you can almost feel the thick consistancy. The taste is good, but the best part is the small amount of carbonation that seems to let the beer dance on your tongue before taking it all down. There is also a tart taste to it, much like other octoberfest beers that i've had. A good beer overall.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear light reddish gold with a huge white frothy head. It's alittle light in color for an Octoberfest,but not bad. The smell is dominated by a nice "bisquity" aroma that's just great. Other aromas are really too small to notice. The taste is creamy with sweet malt,yeast, and almost a chocolate aftertaste.
The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. A good beer that should be tried each Fall. Cheers.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle with no date. Poured a orangish, copperish color with a ton of head and great lacing. Smell was toasted malt with some sweetness. Taste was pretty good for an O-Fest and had good mouthfeel. This is not one of my favorite styles yet but is growing on me. Gets a 3.5 on drinkability for now but could go up in future. Definitely worth a shot and a bottle or two each fall. (3.5,RB,Tie,O)

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Photo of AlexJ
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber orange with a sizzling tan head that quickly fades away.

Pleasant nose of toasty and caramelized malts, freshly baked bread, honey, and light apple and earthy hops.

Flavor is malt-centric with just enough Noble hops and light fruit and lemon peel notes to keep it interesting.

Body is on the light side, making it highly quaffable and enjoyable. Simple and tastey, nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of delicious
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle, which is nice because I usually want more than 12 oz worth of a good märzen. Though I hold label art in high regard, I usually don't comment on it here. However, this bottle cap is intricately and beautifully done; I often tout the bottle cap as an un-tapped medium, and it warms my heart to see it being taken advantage of.
I get an amber body and white fizzy head.
The nose is bready, sweet, and malty.
It's malty for an O-fest, but not at all overly so. It still finishes nice and dry, and the hops contribute some spice. After it warms a bit, I get some alcohol warmth and a little more mouthfeel. This is a tasty malty märzen that's great to drink.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-orange color topped by a small, stark-white head that lingers for a while. Aroma of toasted caramel malt, lightly fruity hops, and more than a little sourness and diacetyl. Palate seems a bit off - lightly sweet malt is overshadowed by more sourness before the swallow, but finishes with a nice and mellow maltiness that somewhat redeems it. Body is nicely smooth, great for a marzen. If not for the sourness (perhaps I got a bad batch), this would be an excellent marzen.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle of Ayinger Oktoberfest I bought had a beautiful painted picnic scene on the cap. When opened the beer poured a nice clear copper color into the glass with a thin fizzy off white head on top. The foam quickly dissolved to a thin ring around the surface of the beer leaving behind a few spots of lace.

The aroma is full of caramel malt with some apple, honey and yeast mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is full of crisp caramel malt flavor. Mixed in are flavors of honey, apple and bread. It finishes with a touch of floral hops. Once gone the caramel and apple flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a well balanced, quite drinkable beer. It has the typical German malt characteristics and is one of the better oktoberfest imports I've had.

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