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

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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Reviews: 1,076 | Ratings: 2,523
Photo of malcontent
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper-hued body with an outstanding crown of head. After dying down to a more normal level, the head retains its shape nicely for a good while before forming solid lacing.

Mild earthy sweetness in the nose, like overripe apples on the ground (not a BAD rotting, mind you). Faint honey and grain float in and out along with richer, maltier overtones.

Big, malty flavor with obvious sweetness that sometimes diverges into the corn syrup variety. Otherwise unremarkable although there are some breadier notes that are otherwise swallowed up by the malt.

Good, solid texture with just the right amount of carbonation and a smooth body. Easily drinkable if you're into the style although one is plenty for me.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 0.5l bottle into my authentic German Oktoberfest stein. Found this out of season Marzen on a fluke last year and since it was an Ayinger (about my favorite brewer) I jumped at it.
It poured a great clear color with a durable head. The taste was less impressive than on tap so I guess that sort of directed my review.
Got a good deal on all their last 2006 bottles so I guess it will be a pretensious session beer for me in a few weekends.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served in an Ayinger glass, this beer pours a deep golden body with a frothy, off-white head. Very active bubbles.

Smell: Light bready, toffee-scented aroma. Maybe some apples, too.

Taste: Whoa, well, the malts are fairly played down flavor-wise. What remains is a restrained doughy flavor with a floral hoppiness. Noticeably more musty than other Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation - nearly flat. Slight alcohol warming comes through in the finish.

Drinkability: Not nearly as moving or stirring as some other Oktoberfests available.

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Photo of IceAce
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours medium-pale amber with a very light tan collar of foam with a very lengthy half-life. Lacing is around 40% and clarity is superb.

The nose is sweet toasty caramel malt backed by very little in the way of hop presence (as is true to the style). Entry is subdued carbonation with the richly toasted caramel malts holding court on the center stage. Hops make a brief appearance in the finish, only to be beaten into submission by another caramel-80 baseball bat.

Classic German Taste from a brewery that doesn't always command respect. Pass the gouda...

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Photo of atigerlife
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Ayinger Hef glass.

Beautiful golden/dark orange color with a huge 3 finger light brown head that had very good retention. Lots of carbonation seen rising. Quite an impressive start.

Aroma was floral with sweet malts dominating. Fruity and biscuity.

Taste was sweet malts with a honey-like undertone. Light hops. A strangely bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a much flatter feel to it than expected.

Overall, very drinkable. Goes down easy and would be a decent session beer. Better than I was expecting.

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Photo of theo692
2.3/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served fairly cold (40 degrees), and I hoped it would improve. Poured from 500ml bottle purchased at BevMo in Mountain View, CA. Head looked good and hearty, but color was a bit flat. Head faded quickly, and I'm thinking it might be a bad bottle. Plenty of bubbles, but tasted flat and unexciting, even a little syrupy. I had expected that this would top GB's Marzen, but it's not even close.

Wound up drinking half a glass and sadly poured out the rest. Purchased two bottles, though, and will update this review if the other turns out better.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color, with a large foamy yellow head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is bready and spicy, with a heavy scent of caramel and a hint of hops.

T: The flavors of grain and caramelized malt hold dominance throughout each sip. There are faint background flavors of spice and hops, which provide an excellent balance. After-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body but light for the style, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Quite tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, excellent representation of style, I polished off the bottle I had extremely quickly and can see myself drinking several of these over the course of an evening.

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Photo of mjc410
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Reviewed on paper because the internet was down.

The beer had a two-finger light tan head that hardly moved. The body was was a hazy golden-amber, with huge bubbles of carbonation. The nose was filled with a strong fruity, honey, bread aroma, which was a little sharp. The taste had a very roasted (for an O-Fest), thick flavor, like heavy bread, with light dosing of citrus. The mouth was fairly thick, too much so, with soft carbonation, despite the appearance. This beer made me grimace - I may have had a bad bottle, so I'll try to check again.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a nice amber color that is very clear, with a good deal of rising bubbles. There is a two finger off-white head that leaves a small amount of sticky lace.

The aroma is grassy and grainy with some sweetness and maltiness thrown in. Overall, a week aroma.

There is a very good flavor in the taste. One that is medium maltiness with little hop flavor. I detect some diacetyls in the taste too.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight chewiness, tangy and refreshing to drink.

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

Ayinger pours a nice clear golden ambar color; Nice foamy head and little lacing; Smell is malty and fruity; Taste is malty, sweet and caramel, clean and crisp; Mouthfeel is smooth and medium carbonation. Easy drinking beer and very refreshing.

A gift from my brother in law; Thanks.


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Photo of surcorx
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I want to like the various beer from Ayinger, but time and again they tend to underwhelm. Everything is done right I just don't get excited about it. The exception to the rule is their mighty "Celebrator" which I find to be one of the finest beers ever made, but that is a different entry. which leads me to their Oktober Fest-Marzen. There is nothing special here. It is a less than interesting octoberfest. Yet, it is fairly refreshing and only slightly sweet with mild bitterness. Carbonation is low with virtually no head and has an almost oily finish to the mouth. For that reason alone it is very drinkable, but also lacks any zing. However, it does have a decent fruity malty aroma and appropriate deep golden color for the style. Once again they did what was expected to make this beer properly and that is about it. Would I drink it again? Of course. I just wouldn't be excited about it.

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

500ml bottle into a weizen glass, The pour gives 2.5" of beautiful frothy fine white foam over a burnished gold body with a touch of orange. An endless stream of bubbles quickly rises from the bottom of the glass for the duration of the bottle.

Aroma is very fruity and malty, almost a hefe nose on it. Munich malt, fresh baked bread, a little banana, and strong herbal hops make for an interesting and lively snort.

Flavor is very herbal, somewhat medicinal like a Ricola cough drop. Sweet malt blends with subtle flavors of pear and cinnamon. Finish is bitter and slightly astringent. The astringence almost, but not quite, puts me off.

Mouthfeel is creamy yet light enough to not fatigue the palate. Should be very drinkable except for the touch of astingence which slows me down. Overall a very fine oktoberfest, wish I had a case of this.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

apperance: decent head and retention.

smell: apple phenols come out. I love smelling apple in beers.

Taste: apple undertones. Very well balanced. Caramel malts are balanced by decent hop bitterneness. Tastes somewhat sweet

Mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing

Drinkability: Highly sessionable

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle(label says it is 5.6%abv) a clear amber gold with a medium sized head of foam that shrank to a fine layer quickly.

The smell has some sweet malt and nutty notes but it's pretty delicate.

The taste has a nice caramel malty flavour with some of the nuttiness I noted in the nose followed by well, more of the same. ;^)
I do sense a bit of hop bitterness near the finish but the finish itself is quite malty. This is a pretty good Oktoberfest but there are others that I prefer.

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Photo of goschool
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. during their Oktoberfest celebration.

Appearance: The pour is on the lighter end of the Oktober Fest spectrum. It's a golden amber with a healthy off-white head.

Smell: The nose is soft with toasted malts and a hint of grassy hops.

Taste: The taste is clean, but it's still lively. Sweet toasted malts are upfront and they become more complex through the middle towards the dry finish. There is a noble hop flavor that remains in the background.

Mouthfeel: This is one of the lighter exported O-fests (There's supposedly a difference), although the mouthfeel is still smooth and creamy without feeling watery.

Drinkability: This isn't the best O-fest I've ever tasted, but it is definitely as quaffable as beers of this style are meant to be.

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Photo of cameraman
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium amber color to light orange color at the bottom of the glass, with a one inch, creamy colored, head forming at the top. The strong scent of malt is very dominant in the flavor, with touch of bitterness at the rnd of each taste. Very smooth going across the palate, finishes nice and dry. Drinkability, if there is a undrinkable Marzen, I have not found it yet. A good solid Octoberfest beer, I think I will drink the other two I have, right now.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an apricot color with a peach colored cream head that holds well but finally recedes to a solid crown of lace.
Smell is crusty and smokey.
Taste is heavy on the malts with lot's of caramel sweetness. Also has some fruit flavors in there with some smokeyness in a burnt toast kind of way.
Mouthfeel is crisp and the well balanced carbonation gives it a creamy feel.
A very drinkable Marzen that I highley recommend.

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

Appearance: Gushes out of the 500 ml botle, all over my temporarily operational keyboard. When it does pour, it comes out a lightly hazed orange color, strong, creamy white head.

Smell: Lightly grassy, with soft caramel candies, malty more than anything.

Taste: Lightly sweet and mellow, smooth. Malt dominates, toasted and caramely, the hops come out as it warms, makes a nice beer. Very nice, better than the last Oktoberfest I had, Spaten, which was much grassier than this.

Drinkability: The Oktoberfest I would order in Germany, well, maybe not when in Munich.

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

I have really gotten to enjoy some previously unavailable marzens(this one included) locally this fall and I'm pumped about it. Alas, autumn is but once a year. A: Medium copper amber with moderate carbonation S: malted slightly sugary sweetness with a fair presence of fruityyeastiness. T: Malts that are sweetened with sourwood honey and maybe a touch of brown sugar M: medium bodied with enough heft to bring the flavors of the beer through D: Very quaffable and smooth. Light enough to repeat but flavorful enough to satisfy. Prost Herbst!

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Pizza Plant. No head just microscopic white ring, orange body. Fruity and satisfying malt mix with caramel, and not too sweet,toasted nutty understated in background.higher than desired carbonation.Medium bodied. Good represetation for style.

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Photo of guinnessfan
2.42/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint

A: Cloudy, amber/copper color with a large 2" head, large bubbles and a lot of carbonation. Good lacing from the off-white head.

S: Heavy metal. The metallic smell is overpowering any other smell.

T: Metal again. Is this beer not fresh ? I never had it before.

M: High carbonation, with medium mouthfeel.

D: Maybe if it tasted better it would have better drinkability

Assuming from the good reviews, I may have gotten a bad beer. I was excited about it, but let down immensely. I will try to give it another chance.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted as part of an Octoberfestoff with Paulaner and Hacker Pschorr.
Ayinger poured just a tad more golden (less brown) and a little cloudy compared to the other two. Smell was bready with a hint of toffee or sweetness. The taste was buttery, malty, sweet, with a little spice or yeast and lots of apple. Fruitiest of the fests. Also the lightest in flavor and body which made it quite drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy head; the retention and lacing are both good

Smell: Sweet toffee aroma with a hint of vanilla

Taste: Starts out with a slightly sweet toffee character; by mid-palate, both the cereal graind and an herbal aspect join the profile; after the swallow, a nice balancing hoppy bitterness arises briefly in the mid-section and then fades, as expected, to allow the malty flavors to dominate into the finish; the grainy/herbal element underneath, however, re-emerges toward the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better examples of the style, but just a tad too sweet for my palate

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

Fresh '06 release.

Pours a brilliantly clear light-bronzy orange. Billowing fluffy off-white 2" head sits majestically atop visible fast racing carbonation. Thick, globular sheets of lace all the way down.

After a few brisk swirls, nuttiness evokes along with a sweet toasted pale malt scent. Swirl this baby a couple more times and I get vanilla and a prickle of citrus.

The flavors of ever-so-sweet pale malts with an almond-like edge greet my tongue at first. Perfectly balanced sweetness and a crisp profile from the hops dance harmoniously. Ultra clean and fresh ingredients are showcased magnificently.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than medium bodied with perfectly fine and playful carbonation. A clean and non-cloying finish for sure.

Drinkability is PERFECT. If you can get this fresh, there's no stopping me.

Overall a very graceful and perfectly balanced O'fest. The key here is freshness. I believe this was the freshest, best-stored German import I've ever tasted - I'm so glad it was from this brewery. Simply the finest representation of the style I've ever put to my lips. I cannot find one thing wrong with this lager. Superb in every facet!

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Photo of SudNut
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to an orange-amber with a nice head and some lacing. It smells of a caramel malt banana with a slight whiff of alcohol. Taste starts caramel with fruitiness in the middle with a bit of a hop taste on the end. It has just enough hops at the end to offset the sweetness. Mouth feel is light to medium with lots of creamy suds to explore those taste buds. I could see my self drinking a large quantity of this while scarfing down some brats and kraut, mmm.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,523 ratings.
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