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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 275
Hads: 622
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 19.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 70 | FT: 1
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Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little bit of spice, but nothing major. Honestly, the one attribute to this beer that stood out to me the most was the relatively high carbonation. Other than that, there isn't really anything unique about this.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a sweet caramelly malt driven märzen without too much hop presence. However for being a sweeter example of the style it is pretty tasty. I enjoyed it more than most Summit beers I've tried.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light amber with a nice white head. The aromas of caramel, cotton candy, crackers, and roast vegetables rise of the beer. The flavor leads with a bubblegum like sweetness, tempered by a balanced fruity bitterness and cracker finish. The mouthfeel is rich but not overpoweringly so. This is an awesome oktoberfest, and while it stays within the tradition framework, it explores just enough to create and amazing flavor.

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Photo of vickyreddy
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is kind of intense and strong flavor with bitter taste.... for all those who like strong this would be one of your bucket list try it it good...this is good compared with the taste of Samuel Adams October fest

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Photo of justintcoons
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Caramel, biscuit, butterscotch, and molasses.

Big biscuity malts smothered in caramel. Lighter notes of toffee and butterscotch. This even starts to enter the territory of raisin and molasses. Finishes with a light eathy hop presence.

Medium bodied, slick, oily, sweet, and slightly syrupy.

Sweeter and more robust than its counterparts. The malt is in full force but there seems to be some diacetyl off-flavors that are off-putting.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got a 12 pack of this cold off the bottling line as a reward for judging beer all afternoon. L: this pours copper amber under a 2” rocky white foam collar. S: Rich bready, spicy aromas with fresh malted grain aromas like you get when standing next to a kiln when it just starts up. T: Layers of rich spicy malt flavors in all their splendor with spicy and earthy hop flavors and bitterness on the finish. F: Clean, creamy and smooth with a medium body and carbonation. O: Drink this with all things pork.

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

12 ounce can into dimpled mug, best before 1/3/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavor with no overly estery notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oktoberfest style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can purchased at John's Grocery in Iowa City, unknown brewing/canning date but bottom of the can read "EB 12/13/14," poured into my Snallygaster 2013 mug and drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of Taybeh
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. (Tasted side-by-side with Millstream and Brooklyn Ofests.)

A: Pumpkin copper, 2 finger khaki head.
S: Pretty sweet, a little spice and nutmeg, some floral/citrus hops
T: Follows nose, a little more pronounced sweetness (toffee) and breadiness, a tingly buzz on the tongue toward the end with the floral and citrus hops.
M: A little heavier than is ideal for the style to me. Dry and crisp.

Overall: On its own, I think it's pretty good, and I'd drink it again. It doesn't all come together quite as well as the ideal Ofests out there...and it suffered in comparison with the Millstream.

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Photo of dakotaben
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

A - 1/2 finger light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S - light malt and sweet smell

T - moderate earthy malt with a faint sweet bread taste.

M - moderate high carbonation. fine bubbles that coat the mouth going down.

O - Nice beer. better than ok, but not great.

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Photo of Chief_Mug
1.62/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I hope I just got a bad batch, because others have had this and liked it. The beer I had a metallic taste to it. It reminded me of a very cheap beer in a can.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a single-finger, dense head.
The aroma is a big, yeasty bread smell.
This tastes really good. A nice bitter up front, then sweet from the bready and crackery malt and a nice, dry finish.
The mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer. Very smooth and creamy.
Overall, really enjoyed this nicely layered Marzen. Well done.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

This brew pours a brown color which changes to copper when held up to the light. There is a slightly off white two finger head, some of which remains on the top of the brew until the end as well as remaining as a collar until the end. Moderate lacing.

The smell is caramel, sweet and roasted malts along with a bready like smell.

The taste follows the nose with caramel, sweet and roasted malts followed by a thick bready taste then a crisp, cracker like taste with some hop spiciness to finish off.

Overall this is a good Oktoberfest beer. It is not the best I have had but it is very drinkable. NOTE: This is imported therefore I don't know how long it spent on a ship; it might be better fresh.

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Photo of MNAle
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Nice, but weak, malty aroma. Good off-white head, fades relatively quickly with some lacing. Dark amber/copper color. Moderate carbonation is just right. Initial taste is fruit. Moderate bitterness comes through. Sweet aftertaste lingers. Good Oktoberfest beer. I'll buy it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%

Chilly fall evening. Time for an Oktoberfest!

Appearance (4.25) : pours a creamy, frothy four fingered head with tightly knit bubbles atop a light copper, autumn hue of a body. Opacity of the body is about 20%. Frothy head leaves intricate webs of lacing around the glass.

Aroma (3.75) : Lovely fleshy pumpkin and nutmeg notes, with slightly sour ale and wheat. Some clove as well. Bouquet is about medium strength.

Taste (4) : I feel like I've stuck a spoon into a pumpkin and this is the result. Lightly toasted pumpkin flesh, with lots of nutmeg, clove, allspice. Mid-body, a pleasantly sour saison-like buzz forms on the tongue, making things exciting. This is the beer to have when carving pumpkins - it fits right in. Slightly metallic and bloody (?) from the bottle. Definitely pour this one. Overall though it's got a complex flavor and great malt character. I don't know how they do it, but it's great.

Mouthfeel (4.5) : Literally does somersaults in your mouth. First it's light-bodied, then it morphs into tangy, and then spicy, and then finally a lovely heavy cream finish. Ends similar to a milkshake. This is some good brew.

Overall (4.04) : Although it's different from other Marzens I've tried, this beer is pretty good. What sets it apart is its Flanders style sour thing going on in the middle... it's not really intense but it stands out. If you get a chance to try this, do it.

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Photo of Phocion
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Surlyfest mug. Clear medium amber with a thick off-white head. Decent retention and thick, sticky lacing around the glass.

Malt-forward aroma. Caramel and toffee sweetness with a big malty, biscuity dose of Munich malts. A bit grainy. Subtle dose of earthy and slightly spicy hops. Very slight fruity esters.

The flavor is on-par with the aroma. Sweet but not cloying; toffee combines with the rich Munich maltiness. Slightly spicy and dry hops give it a reasonably balanced finish.

Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth and creamy.

Overall a decent Oktoberfest. It's not mind-blowing, but it's good.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Sampled last night on 9/5/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a pretty copper-amber in color with a thin off-white head like most brews of this style. Just some spotty lacing is seen as well. The aroma is of sweet caramel malts for the most part. More going on with the taste with some toffee, yeast with a hint of nuts. Perfect carbonation and medium bodied. Lots of good flavor and goes down pretty easy. Just a very slight hoppy aftertaste that doesn't last for a few seconds. Overall, a good Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz can poured into a snifter 9/4/2014.

A- Darker clear orange body, one finger white head with good retention. Not a whole lot of lacing. [3.75]

S- Grainy malt sweetness reminding me mostly of toffee, some bitter noble hops. Solid, nothing too crazy complex but it is very nice. [3]

F- Toffee, grains, noble hops, bread, caramel, nuttiness. This is what I expected it to taste like. Very solid. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, smooth and silky but with good carbonation. Very drinkable yet very flavourful. [3.75]

O- Pretty good Oktoberfest lager; not quite GLBC but this is pretty dang good for its pricepoint. [3.75]

Final score: 3.60

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Photo of Ri0
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into stein!

A - Bronze and caramel with a nice 2.5 finger head. Leaves a collar and swaths of lacing around the stein.

S - Grainy malty, and sweet bread. Light earthy hops.

T - Good amount of malts, grain, sweet bread and hints of caramel. Light earthy hops give it a bit more. Nice Marzen style.

M - On the lighter side with good carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking even on a warm day.

O - Pretty decent take on this style of beer.

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Photo of OMBeer
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of ALC82
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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Photo of sweemzander
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.52/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of soju6
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
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