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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

Summit Oktoberfest MarzenSummit Oktoberfest Marzen

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BA SCORE
82
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444 Ratings
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%


Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly 7.4% ABV

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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OMBeer

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. After landing in MN. This was in the fridge at the hotel. Great taste, no linger, easy to drink. Marzen style drinkers will like this beer. A little on the front end that I don't care for, but that fades pretty rapidly. Label could use an upgrade, looks like a production beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 23:49:26 | More by OMBeer
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ALC82

Iowa

3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I find myself trying every Oktoberfest and pumpkin flavored beer I can get me hands on, this one was pretty good! I am a easy going critic as I enjoy just about every beer I've had so... saying that, I still feel there was something missing here. I wish I could place it with words but don't yet have the beer vocabulary to do so. Overall very drinkable though!

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2013 17:50:40 | More by ALC82
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color. Some light froth and lacing.

(S)- A nice sweeter grain profile meets a lightly bitter yeasty breadiness.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A nice underlying sweetness that meets a lightly hopped/spiced bready yeast backbone.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A touch sweeter than the norm for me, but in general, a good balance in the glass.

(O)- Definitely a solid Marzen. Again, a touch sweet for me, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 15:21:00 | More by sweemzander
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber orange, one finger head with some carbonation.

S-Very malty, grass, caramel, some straw. But way to malty, no balance.

T-Once again malt heavy, caramel, some grass, unbalanced.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, and watery.

O-Not a style I'm big on, but some Oktoberfests bring something to the table, this one does not.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 22:59:24 | More by rlee1390
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Summit back in Ohio, this is an Oktoberfest, poured into a 1/2 liter krug, there's a perfectly filtered copper body with a bright light beige head that fills the more than a 1/3rd of the glass. Fine banded lacing with each sip as it slowly dwindles down. Aroma has a nice pleasant cereal grain complexity built into it light herbal hops, almost cider like notes with caramelized sugars evident. Flavor is a bready full on sweetness with malts working overtime, herbal highlights bring a bit of balance but this beer has more than enough residual malts to become borderline cloying, most Oktoberfest beers I enjoy have big malt but manage to still finish crisp and refreshing, the finish here seems a bit unrefined compared to good American versions or the German standbys. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation tickles the back of the throat putting just a bit too much of that element out there, overall I'm glad to have another version to try from Summit still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 16:39:10 | More by WVbeergeek
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soju6

Missouri

3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear dark a amber color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

A: Aroma of roasted malt, with caramel and bit of nut and citrus in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt with an ease caramel sweetness and bit of nut. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth and nicely balanced. and the 7.4% ABV is very well hidden.

O: Enjoyable beer, nice seasonal offering from Summit.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 20:00:50 | More by soju6
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this one a few years ago when it was the higher abv and liked it. This time I got it in their autum sampler 12pk for a nice $11.49.
A - hazy amber with some yeast suspended; ivory head fades to a foam atop the lager beer
S - faint aromas; spicy, earthy, a bit bready, not much else
T - herbal hops, spicy, grassy, toasted grain, caramel, toffee
M - smooth, fuller body with nice carbonation; finishes very clean
O - good example of the style, very easy to drink; I'd get it again, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 11:37:34 | More by barnzy78
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to a pint glass.

A: Amber colored Oktoberfest wish for a bit more lacing but still a nice looking beer. Label is a tad boring.

S: hmm toffee and a faint smell of hops. Caramel too.

T: caramel buttery some toffee and a little nutty

M: silly smooth and creamy medium bodied

O: definitely an underrated Oktoberfest. Perfect for a chilly October evening. Try it out

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 01:04:52 | More by Givemebeer
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow with a heavy orangish hue and hazy. Poured with a thick white foam that reduced to a healthy cap that left wet sticky lacings on the glass. Earthy grainy malt aromas with light floral hops at the back end. More reminiscent of a pilsner than a marzen. Medium bodied with tangy, assertive carbonation. Grainy, bready malt and earthy, spicy hops up front and into the middle. Hop spiciness peaks thru the middle and tapers to the end with grainy and toasted malt returning. Finishes crisply with lingering toasted and bready malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 03:23:53 | More by IronLover
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an orange-amber color with a small but persistent white head. Over time the head slowly fades, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is light overall, but has notes of caramel sweetness and a bit of a roasted smell. Other than that there is a very light smell of some lighter fruits.

Taste – The taste begins sweet and maintains that profile throughout the taste. Upfront there is a good deal of caramel sweetness with a small amount of a roasted malt taste. As the flavor advances the a bready flavor increases with some spice joining the flavor as well. While the caramel remains the same strength throughout, the overall sweetness is augmented as the taste moves to the end as flavors of some apple and pear as well as some flavors of brown sugar come to the tongue. In the end a little bit of a herbal flavor combines with the rest, with the mix of flavors leaving a quite sweet, but overall rather pleasant and slightly roasted and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. Both are quite appropriate for the style and suit well the sweet, roasted/malty and spiced flavors of the brew.

Overall – An Oktoberfest that is on the slightly sweeter side with not much hop influence, but a nice easy drinking feel overall. A pleasant and easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 01:29:29 | More by Darkmagus82
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium, brown hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Very little carbonation. Fair, beer ring lacing.

S: Lots of caramel, fresh tea, and tobacco leaf.

T: Woody malt, butterscotch, and a little peat.

M: Earthy and a little sweet in the front. Pungent, peaty finish and aftertaste.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fairly dark hue, slight head, and a fair amount of persistent lacing. Nose is sweet with tea and tobacco. Has something of a synthetic air to it. Woody, pungent, with a hint of sweet. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 03:04:58 | More by bmwats
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Megahertz

Missouri

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Original review 8-17-12: 12 oz bottle dated 2-July-12, best before 2-Jan-13.

A - Brilliantly clear deep red with moderate brightly colored head that falls quickly. Carbonation appears brisk. Very good lacing.

S - Medium to high german malts with some herbal character. A slight nutty note in the back of the nose on initial pour.

T - Many layers of malt. Bready, biscuity & toast notes with a very subtle background herbal hoppiness. Finish is dry.

M - Light to medium body with medium high carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O - Excellent example of the style.

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Update 8-1-13: 12 oz bottled on 27-Jun-13, best before 24-Dec-13. Poured into a Falstaff mug.

A - Brilliantly clear golden amber with creamy off-white head. Carbonation appears brisk.

S - Considerable toasty toffee mixed with cherry esters. Mild alcohol in the background.

T - Malty but not sweet. Moderate cherry esters in the mid. What a beautiful ending - the toasted bread, caramel and doughy malt flavors really shine in the finish.

M - Medium body with considerable carbonation. Carbonation on the high end, but it seems to help cleanse the palate rather than bite. Less sticky than last years batch.

OI - An excellent Marzen. Somewhat ale-like fruity esters were not apparent last year, and less noble hop character. Still an outstanding example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 19:40:05 | More by Megahertz
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an auburn, amber and brown color, solid mild beige head that stands tall over 1". Great retention, nice looking lace.

Mild aroma of nutty honey grains. Lightly sweet.

Good toasted malt presence, average sweetness. Earthy and floral. Not bitter. Caramel toast. Pretty clean. In some ways it is fairly pedestrian, and in others, it is very true to style. You can pull some hop notes out of it if you look for them. A slight tinge of dark fruit note in the mouthfeel.

A little stronger in the alcohol department, but it isn't really all that noticeable. This is definitely made in the traditional sense outside of that aspect, lots of Germanic types in the upper midwest, this beer definitely has a following while I was in the area.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 16:24:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Pegasus

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange with a modest, dense white head, which does not entirely dissipate The lacing is thick and coats the glass walls. The carbonation is moderate and slow-rising.

Aroma: Robust maltiness, with lots of toasted notes and some caramel.

Taste: Opens with a rich, malty flavor that serves as the backbone of the beer throughout the taste. The malty flavors are reminiscent of freshly baked whole grain bread, caramel, and a faint earthy note. The alcohol is utterly disguised, offering no hint of the 6.6% ABV. The hops serve as an accompaniment to the hops and offer a delicate herbal presence. The taste draws to a close with a lingering note of toasted bread crust and a mild herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the style, it pairs well with a rich vegetable soup and home-baked bread on a cold winter's afternoon.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 20:37:21 | More by Pegasus
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barczar

Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear caramel copper color with a foamy one and a half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving substantial lacing.

Caramel malt and buttery, nutty toffee dominate the aroma, with a bit of toasted bread leading to a lightly floral hop finish.

Flavor reveals an underlying subtle citrus hop character, which succumbs to the slightly cloying caramel malt. The finish is decidedly sweet.

Body is moderate, with somewhat spritzy carbonation and a hint of astringency. There's significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, lacking in complexity of malt base, fairly 2 note. Also a bit on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 07:10:59 | More by barczar
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An upper Midwest brewery delivers a nice looking copper orange colored harvest time beer that plays nice for celebrating the lost German heritage of the greater region. This is a very nice mellow brew.

A nice malty aroma flows up.

The taste is similar. There's a richness full bodied texture to this beer. Very good. One of the better Marzans in the biz. Nice work. This will become my fall harvest seasonal brew.

Summit Oktoberfest Marzen pairs with Patricia Kass' cd entitled "Piano Bar." Specifically check out the Patricia breathing life into the old tired standard 'Autumn Leaves.'

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 12:55:28 | More by frankiepop
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a coppery amber color with good clarity and two fingers of off-white foamy head that lasts for about three minutes, leaving some light amounts of lacing behind on the glass. Medium-light body and carbonation levels.

Unusually light nose, faint blend of nuts and caramel. The flavor is also relatively restrained (as is the ABV content) with some medium-light caramel sweetness combined with nuttiness and the typical marzen light herbal-earth-spice hopping combo. This is pretty much just a by-the-books marzen that is noteworthy for hiding a slightly higher than typical ABV content, and an unfortunately somewhat muted nose.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 17:24:53 | More by WastingFreetime
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at the local supper club. The beer arrived at my table in a pint glass, and was served pretty well chilled. Paired with the fish fry.

A) This was a nice looking brushed copper. There was nearly a finger of white foam, which quickly settled to a dusting. No lacing noted...

S) Nice malt presence on the nose, light caramel, and toasted grains. There is also some earthy/grassy hops in the background.

T) Follows the aroma... The malt sweetness mingles nicely with the earthy/grassy hops. This finishes clean, and has a pleasing aftertaste. I would never have guessed the ABV on this one.

M) A lighter medium body with moderate carbonation. Pleasingly crisp and refreshing. Slides down with ease.

O) A solid fall option, and a good representation of the style. I've been trying to throw some different Oktoberfest into the mix this season, and really, this is one of few I'd reach for again. Glad to recommend...

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 03:10:37 | More by RoamingGnome
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Tone

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight yeast, slight caramel malt, slight nut, hint of earthy malt, slight hop, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight hop, sweet malt, slight nut, hint of yeast, slight caramel malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 15:18:52 | More by Tone
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RickS95

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, cloudy copper orange. Slight haze to keep out the light. The head is initially a finger and a half thick, but settles quickly to a finger where it stays. The bubbles are slightly offwhite, in varying sizes, and leave a sticky lace on the glass.

Very biscuity nose. Some malt in the background, along with faint spiciness. As it warms, you start to pick up more of the spices and earthy hoppiness.

It's actually very tasty, but I'd not know it was an Oktoberfest unless I read the bottle. Yeasty taste, crackerlike. Hop presence builds as it warms, at which point it starts taking on a bready taste.

It's got a nice smoothness to it. Lacks the spicy feel I was looking for, though the spices are there, they just aren't aggressive. Hops provide a slight sweetness, similar to a Cascade, only different.

Unlike most other Oktoberfests, but still very good nonetheless. Very easy to drink and my guess is the ABV sneaks up on you. Would go very well with certain foods, giving a nice filling meal. Glad I tried this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 02:51:45 | More by RickS95
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Summit's Oktoberfest Marzen yesterday for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for some Oktoberfest beers that I haven't tried before and since Summit is a pretty solid brewery I decided to take a chance on this beer, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it's got to be pretty fresh. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is nice, it's pretty simple and clean looking with some nice fall colors on it. It poured a nice lighter amber color that took on a slightly darker amber hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This was a good looking Marzen, the color was a little light but it had lots of nice head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts of with a good amount of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart some grainy, bread crust, caramel, and biscuit like aromas and towards the end I get a slight bit of earthy hops. The aroma is pretty simple but it's a little too one note for my liking, it's a little bland, I think it's pretty average.

T- The taste seems to be pretty much the same as the aroma, it starts of with loads of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness, the malts impart all those aspects that I got in the aroma with the bready flavors seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end comes a lighter amount of earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness and it had a very grainy and bready aftertaste with a slight nutty flavor. The taste was as bland as the aroma but it lacked the depth that the best Marzens have, I would say it's a little above average.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was a little prickly. The mouthfeel was decent but I could go without the prickly carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was ok and it was a pretty average example of an American Marzen, it was crisp and clean but it felt a little too bland and it didn't have the balance that the better Marzens have. This beer had ok drinkability, it was pretty smooth, but the flavors didn't really hold my attention, I could probably drink another one, but it wouldn't be my first choice. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance it looked pretty good for it's style with lots of nice head and lacing. What I liked least about this beer was the the bland aroma and the prickly carbonation, if those things were fixed it would be right around above average. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not hard to find a much better Marzen, I don't really recommend it. All in All this beer was ok at best, but it just couldn't hold my interest, nice try guys but this one needs a little work, I still think Summits a solid brewery but this beer didn't impress me.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 03:43:19 | More by StoutHunter
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TCMike

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, and it produced a 2 finger, off white head. Left some lacing. Beer color was a translucent copper.
Smell was of malt, bread, and a caramel like sweetness.
The taste was the same, but with a hint of hops. The bread taste lingered long after drink. Medium mouth-feel, and medium carbonation.
This is a good local Oktoberfest beer! Easy drinking...watch out, I may have fever to polka.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 22:22:16 | More by TCMike
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest Marzen pours a dark golden color, with a decent sized lacy head. A very nice carmalized roasted malty aroma. There is a very nice crisp taste, good malty backbone, strong carmalized flavors, with hints of some spices. Nice crisp taste, full flavor, very drinkable. Overall a very solid marzen style, good full flavors, very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 03:29:30 | More by vette2006c5r
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scratch69

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear copper color with with two fingers worth of cream colored head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Sweet malt, biscuits, and caramel with a touch of hops.

Taste- Rich caramel malt flavor with notes of toasted bread and toffee. There is just a hint of some spices and hops toward the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a near perfect amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall- A very good beer. Samuel Adam's Oktoberfest used to be my go to Fall seasonal but this could replace it.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 13:37:34 | More by scratch69
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice stubby bottle that pours a clear amber colored beer and a 1/2 inch of somewhat sticky head.

S - Kind of acidic and somewhat dry with flower hops, biscuit like malts, and a great caramel malt base.

T - I enjoyed this one the bready note was a touch sour but rounded well with caramel malts. I also dig the hop presence. A nice take on the style.

M - A bit higher ABV which may hinder session ability but went down smooth with a possibility of a couple a sitting.

Overall I got this one for around 2 bucks and was surprised. Pretty stellar Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 01:59:26 | More by DrDemento456
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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.