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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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555 Ratings
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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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Reviews by bmwats:
Photo of bmwats
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.

bmwats, Aug 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
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.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mojohawk21, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Turbo, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of skybluewater
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.)

skybluewater, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

orbitalr0x, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

SD-Alefan, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DaftPatrick, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Beaver13, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

merlin48, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

fdrich29, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

warriorsoul, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ryancl, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

bsp77, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of deebo
2.42/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

deebo, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of wattoclone
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

wattoclone, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of jsolack
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Smell:
Light crisp caramel. Hint of hops.

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

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

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

jsolack, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of Chief_Mug
1.55/5  rDev -57.3%
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.

Chief_Mug, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Rich amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with very good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet bready malts with a lot of caramel and toffee. Some grains and hints of earthy hops. Also some hints of spice and apple fruit. Very malty and sweet aroma. Toasty.

Taste: Starts with sweet bready malts with lots of caramel and toffee throughout. Malts get very toasty towards the finish with some hints of spice to go with the sweetness. Hop presence is very subtle. Very malty and sweet but very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very rich, creamy, and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Marzen from Summit. Everything you would expect from this very malty style of lager. Rich and sweet but not overwhelming.

MattyG85, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Darker copper than some 'Fests, head is slightly thin, settles as an 1/8 inch yellow skim. A little hop to the aroma, just slightly brighter than some. Malty flavor, a little caramel but then a trace of a slight minty sense. Somewhat quick to fade in flavor with a broad sense of subdued hoppiness. OK brew, not a major league O-Fest in my book. Like some other Minnesotan B.A.s (even if I am a transplant), I kind of miss the Alt seasonal that stood in this brew's shoes. But then, I understand Summit's business thinking, everyone has at least heard of Oktoberfest...

On tap notes (Chang O'Hara's Bistro): much better, outstanding malt toastiness

ADR, Sep 01, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 24, 2013
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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.