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

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,086 Reviews
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
Reviews:
1,086
Ratings:
2,558
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
316
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 1,086 | Ratings: 2,558
Photo of dherling
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
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 -8.6%
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 -1.8%
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 -14.4%
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 -3%
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 +10.1%
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.
Cheers!

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Dewey0603
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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 -4.3%
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 -13.4%
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 -1.5%
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 -26.3%
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 +1.8%
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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Photo of Jacobob10
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap @ Zum Schneider in New York, NY.

The setting was near perfect, a beautiful Saturday afternoon in New York City marking the beginning of Oktoberfest at NYC's finest German beer garden. The kegs were tapped at noon - in true Oktoberfest fashion - and some friends and I arrived shortly after.

Poured into a 0.5 L mug, the color was a deep reddish-brown with a thin light tan head. Nice aroma with a very slight roasted malt character. The flavor showed great balance between the malt and hops, not to mention a slight caramel sweetness as well. The carbonation was right on and made this both easy on the palate and ridiculously easy to drink. By the end of the afternoon I had drank quite a few of these and probably could have drank it all day long.

A great representation of the Oktoberfest/Marzen style, worth seeking out. Prost!

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

This is a beautiful medium tawny brown, with an overflowing head that recedes quickly. There is a caramel perfumey quality to the beer, with a taste that is nice and malty with a roasted molasses twang. The body is syrupy but light. There is the distinct aftertaste of iced black tea. There is the same tannic quality. This dries out the finish. This makes you want more despite the aftertaste of sweetness and malt.

When this is fresh it is so flavorful and power- packed.This is not only worth a try, it is a must try-just as much as sweet corn at hearvest or a purple red tomato from the garden.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful orange with a large foamy head, lacing is very prevalent.

aroma is typical marzen - bready and inviting.

taste is beautiful caramel, french bread, just a touch of hops, very nice for th e style.

mouthfeel is on point for the style.

drinkability is as high as it gets.

overall, a lovely octoberfest, very highly recommended.

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Photo of nicefix
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a big frothy head with nice retension and sticky lace. Clear orange amber color.

Smells of sweet malt a little fruity.

Tastes slightly fruity up front with a nice malty kick and some hops somewhere in there.

Nice creamy mouthfeel and quite drinkable.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Very nice amber colored brew with a rich, creamy head that leaves nice lacing all the way down.

Aromas were malty, hints of brown sugar and honey,

Exceptional Marzen taste. Malty, brown sugar, very nice Marzen flavor. Ranks with the best of the Marzens I've had.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Kind of like a lighter version of a doppelbock. Barely notice the carbonation.

Overall an exceptional beer. One of the best Marzen's I've had. If you see it, don't pass it by!

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Photo of sabrills70
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

17oz brown bottle with no frshness date. pours a cloudy amber with a creamy 2 finger head, good longevity and equally good lace. A lovely caramel malt aroma mixed with a hint of smoke and a cider like apple smell. Nice and malty flavors mixed with a decent amout of hop flavor and bitterness, although the malt is predominate as it should be. Detectable is also a caramel apple like flavor as well as some dried fruit flavors. A fair amount of carbonation and a bit prickly on the tounge. A nice Marzen and perfent for the season.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a creamy, fluffy, off-white head that thins to a shiny half-inch layer, which remains throughout most of the beer.

Smell: Predominantly malty in the nose. There are bready, caramel and toffee notes, as well as a hint of fruitiness and a light leafy hop aroma.

Taste: Strong toasty and bready malt flavors are evident upfront. There's a light fruity sweetness in the center that fades to a nice leafy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, with a nice, lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink, but very flavorful.

Overall: A nicely done Oktoberfest, a perfect match for the cooling temperatures.

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Photo of bkett01
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber hue covered with a healthy off-white head which is fading quickly, but is leaving small amounts of lacing on the glass. Smells mainly of cracked grains. The taste is a crisp, slightly fruity/sweet malt flavor rounded out with mild nutty caramel notes. It's very light mouthfeel and relatively low ABV make this an extremely drinkable beer. Very easy to put down a few of these in a night. Great seasonal, perfect beer for the fall, recommended.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is simply outstanding!! Nothing to complain about, nice pillowy head. Has a slight caramel flavor to it and a slight fruity twinge. Nice lacing down the glass. Fairly priced and dozens can be consumed in one sitting. Paulaner, being my favorite Festbier, has found it's match!

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

Very nice, pours a darker golden-amber with a huge foamy browned active head.

Great beer-- even worth buying just for the amazingly intricate bottlecap artwork design. Nice browned caramel malt taste with modest complexity, nothing detracting, just a nice solid integrated taste. Some hops up-front but as another reviewer notes, it quickly blends and is less noticeable, but still contributing to the overall taste. Finish was slightly less than the rest of the stein-full but still fine.

Another reviewer commented that nothing stands out-- which is probably true. However, I think that's a sign of a well-combined flavor/taste in a beer, nothing is obtrusive or specialty-tasting. This is a very nicely integrated beer, take it or leave it.

If this was flowing freely, I could drink this in-session if I were in the mood for a slightly darker-than-ale beer. It would be great with fests, with foods, especially with beef or wild-game meals.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ayinger- Oktober Fest- Marzen

Appearance- Caramel orange/ brown with a thick heavy lacing head.
Smell- Light malt with faint hints of leafy/ earthy hops.
Taste- caramel malt and earthy/ mossy hops.
Mouthfeel- consistant flavor throughout but the body of this is watery. Nothing stands out.

Overall- A decent tasting Marzen but very uneventful. Needs to boost the flavor up a notch.

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Photo of klewis
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Listed at 5.6% ABV

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a massive foamy head. Good retention with lots of lacing.

S: Aromas of sweet malt, lemon zest, and honey.

T: Sweet and malty with some buttery notes. A bit lacking in overall taste.

M: Light in body with fine. The carbonation is odd - on the first pour into the glass, it was hyper and abrasive; the second pour into the glass and half waythrough the bottle, there was little carbonation, and the beer was sort of flat.

D: Not bad, but I probably won't buy this one again.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,558 ratings.
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