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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)

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Reviews: 279
Hads: 632
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 19.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 279 | Hads: 632
Reviews by Strix:
Photo of Strix
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Smells of roasted malt. Tastes like it smells, with roasted malts dominating, with an aftertaste that tasted to me like it was sort of spice or pumpkin. Honestly, the aftertaste didn't float my boat. This was all right, and there were some things going on, but the taste it left in my mouth was just kind of off. This one wasn't amazing for me.

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

i dig this on a whole number of levels. as good as any beer i have had from these guys. for one, its much stronger than the industry (or traditional) standard for the style. i suppose that come this time of year way up in minnesota, there is snow on the ground as often as there isnt, so a big burly body and abv on this style make a lot of sense. the flavor resulting from the increased grain is tremendous, its autumnal for sure, german, sweet, rustic. notes of honey and raisin, bready lager yeast, and something i cant quite place, sort of rye-esque spice in the middle there, but i dont know what from. the hops seem backed off a little bit, the beer is grain driven and on the sweet side all the way through. all the body is really awesome, and the smoothness and creaminess are uncommon in the style. this is a style, especially for american brewers, thats almost like, if youve had one, youve had them all, but thankfully this is a bold statement in a unique direction, and its almost like an imperial octoberfest. creative and well put together, i would buy this again. drinking it by the pint will catch up to you though, trust me...

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have been winnowing through the backlog of beer here at Chez Woody, eschewing hoppy IPAs & DIPAs for everything else that seems to get short shrift. I have several Oktoberfest/Marzens lined up for this evening.

I had to fight a little bit with the cap, but when it Pop!ped off, I was happy to begin a heavy-handed pour. I got two fingers of foamy, rocky, light-tan head for my efforts. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a robust maltiness, not cloyingly sweet, but assertive with regard to its maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste had a sweetness that hovered between bready and maple syrupy. This would be the sweet spot for me from the style since I really dislike sweet and especially overly sweet. Warming, I began to taste a pleasant nuttiness beginning to assert itself, kind of an almond/pecan flavor. The finish was semi-sweet, again, just right for the likes of me. I really dislike malt bombs and this managed to keep its sweetness in check. Well done, sirs!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +11%

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 mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent and as close to true copper as a beer can come. Thin but lasting off white to tan head. Aroma is sweet grains and lightly toasted malts. Flavor is a tad sweet and perhaps under toasted but otherwise spot on. Toast is certainly present as is a sweet, German damp malt flavor. There is a strong nuttiness and even some nice spice in the finish. The yeast adds some sweat generic fruitiness. Slightly buttery with a touch of toffee. On the big side of medium bodied for the style. Well carbonated. The finish is dry and nutty with a carbonation bite that lingers for a while. Very drinkable. I enjoy it more than most.

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Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of skybluewater
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly pumpkin orange, nice foamy head. Smells of nutty, spicy malt. Tastes sweet, with an almost syrupy doppelbock mouthfeel.

I love Summit brews, but this one does nothing for me. Maybe I'll give a few other Oktoberfests a try, and then re-review this.

(Side note: I mixed this with Capital's Autumnal Fire, and that was pretty good.)

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Summit Oktoberfest pours from the bottle a bright clear amber red with streaks of peach. A small bubbly white head develops and falls to a ring around the brew. There's a best by date lasered onto the bottle..but the only way to read it is to hold the bottle up to a light!! Aromas of roasty caramel maltiness along with a touch of nuttiness and some herbal hops in the background. A bit fruity even....but overall a tad underwhelming.

First sip brings a roasty caramel maltiness with some nutiness. A bit bready in the middle with the classic Munich malt flavors. Some fruitiness sneaks through along with a subtle herbal hoppiness on the way down. This brew just doesn't really do it for me..it seems a bit out of whack with a slight astringent quality throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite aggressive stingy carbonation that makes it a bit hard to drink. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. With all the Oktoberfests that are out there I doubt I'll be coming back to this one, but I'm still glad I had the chance to sample it.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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 DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grainy malts and some DMS. Some sweet toffee comes out as it sits.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts (a bit too much), a little apple fruitiness, followed by a subdued German hop bitterness and a metallic finish. It's quite the mish-mash of flavors, not what I would consider an Oktoberfest. The mouthfeel is is medium, a tad watery, with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, I didn't care for the sweet/metallic mix. This was not a very good O-fest.

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Photo of vickyreddy
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
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 BuckeyeSlim
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - A light orange/copper color that's slightly opaque with golden highlights. One finger head of decently tight, eggshell-white foam that slowly dissipates to a fine cover. Active carbonation continues to feed the surface long after the pour.

S - Lightly toasted malt, sweet caramel almost approaching orange extract, floral and citrus hops in the background. Sugars/esters are what's pronounced and define the nose.

T - Grainy malts fresh from the mill, apricot-candy sugars, very similar to the nose. Hops balance sugars in the finish and cut them off. The ABV appears at the very end, giving it almost a bourbon style.

M - Decent body. A bit above moderate carbonation, and somewhat fizzy. Rather short, crisp finish with remnants of malt alcohol lingering in the sinuses.

O - A rather refreshing, clean Marzen that presents orange-hinted sugars and malt up front with enough hops in the finish for balance and cleansing to prevent them from being cloying. It's surprising to see the ABV above 7%, although there's evidence of it when there's some time between swallows. Close enough to the traditional representatives of the style to qualify, but definitely a crisper, malt-booze take on it. I see future enjoyment of this around a late-nite October bonfire with friends and cigars. Probably won't seek it out, but will buy a sixer when I see it just to have for the right time.

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Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear and radiant copper body with a small, beige head. Retention is minimal and sparse spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is malty, with caramel and a note of molasses. Fruity floral notes lurk in the background. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Taste is on the malty side, with lots of caramel notes. Spicy, hop bitterness is well executed, and equally assertive. Very nicely balanced. Alcohol is very well concealed, especially if this one is actually 7.7% abv. A very well done American Marzen with very good drinkability.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Feloniousmonk for this one. Says to either drink or sell this beer by Jan 07, the printing was smudged on the glass.

Two finger head quickly disappeared to nothing with little to no lacing. Looks like pale ice tea with two drops of grenadine.

Smells like straw, malt and earthly tones.

Full bodied malty taste and satisfying mouthfeel.

Fine representative of an Oktoberfest/Marzen Style. Very tasty, satisfying and drinkable.

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

Pours a clear, bright copper color with a full finger and a half of pearl white head...a half a finger sticks around, but not much lacing happening here.
Decent aroma of spice, earthy yeast and carmelized malt.
Taste is real solid...a nice balance of hop, malt and spice with a decent mouthfeel. Super fresh and clean in the finish...no alcohol presence whatsoever. Just a touch sweeter in the end which actually helps the drinkability for me.
Not the thirst quencher I seek, but would enjoy a few of these on any given day...a great start to October for me.

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Photo of MrUse
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Torey
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bsp77
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear amber-orange with a bubbly (kind of noisy) head that mostly diminishes.

Smell: Caramel, biscuit, fruit, slight spiciness.

Taste: Pretty sweet for a Marzen. The caramel fruitiness is in full force, with some biscuit/toast undertones (less than other Marzens). Also, has a light spicy hop counterbalance. Somewhat of a strange, sweet aftertaste. Can slightly taste the alcohol.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Not a huge fan of the finish.

Drinkability: Not the most drinkable Marzen around. Somehow I can always tell that this has a larger alcohol content than standard. Can't really smell or feel the alcohol and I can only barely taste it, but I just have this sixth sense about the abv, and it limits my intake.

Seems off-style to me, but I have wondered if this is an attempt at the O-Fests of old, when the abv was supposedly higher.

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Photo of deebo
2.42/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Out of bottle perfectly clear reddish orange that reminds me of fall. Beautiful. Touch of tan head.
S-Not much of a distinctive aroma here. Whiffs of alcohol and weak malted barley.
T-Weak toasted malt with a little smoke. Long finish that is astringent and bitter. Balance is off.
M-Plenty of CO2 tingle. Fairly thin bodied with some vapory alcohol bite, but not bad given 7%+ ABV.
D-Below average, go with another marzen option.
O-Not one of my favorites. Too thin and not enough malty goodness. Too heavy on lingering aftertaste and CO2 bite for me.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of wattoclone
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jsolack
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems light in body, orange - yellow in color. Head seems crisp.

Light crisp caramel. Hint of hops.

Refreshing taste. Caaamel taste comes through first with a bit of bitterness at the end.

Smooth and viscous in mouth. Carbonation level is just right.

Pretty refreshing beer. Sweet bitter finish. Pretty easy to drink.

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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) from Summit Brewing Company
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