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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Tamarack22, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-rated on October 3, 2007:

I upped my ratings for appearance, aroma and taste. This is a top of the line Ofest. One of my favorite. Such a meaty flavor (not literally). Such a thick maltiness and great lager yeastiness. Very hearty. This and Staghorn are my 2 favorite bottled Ofests.

Crytal clear copper in color. Slight off-white head that has good retention. Fairly large grain, subdued malt and a slight yeastiness in the aroma. Really nice toasted malt taste. Yeast off-flavors (similar to their maibock?) acentuate nicely. Very clean tasting and very drinkable. The slightest hint of alcohol is actually present in this brew. This octoberfest is medium to full bodied and a very enjoyable brew. I only wish they hadn't canned their alt to introduce this beer last September.

Bighuge, Sep 09, 2002
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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

MNTwinsFan, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of garymuchow
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wonderful amber color with orange (bronze) hints. A mild sweet malt aroma that is very pleasant. Head is low and steady. Taste begins with sweet malt with some sharpness. Mellows from middle through finish with steady malt character. Mild alcohol flavor noticeable. Some dryness to finish, but relatively short. Medium mouthfeel.

garymuchow, Oct 18, 2001
Photo of bnes09
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper-colored, semi-transparent lager. Cream colored head settles to a gentle film and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is rich and inviting. Lots of toasty biscuit notes as well as caramel and mild alcohol.

Ultra rich flavor. Toasted bread grains, caramel and maple sweetness with some dried date notes. Mild pine needle hop to balance. Malty character overall which is quite complex.

Full bodied with a slick texture. Mild carbonation yet enough to excite the tongue. Alcohol provides the slightest hint of warmth.

Wow! For a marzen, this stuff is exceptional. The flavors are so complex and perfectly blended. Higher in alcohol than most examples of the style but who's complaining? Definitely a great beer to enjoy during the late fall months.

bnes09, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Spineypanda
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying a few of the summit brews I can say that I really enjoy their creations.

This is probably one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers so far (I have a ways to go on trying them all). The color is nice, but a but a bit lighter than I expected, and the scent is sweet, which definitely catches my attention.

The flavor is nice and sweet as well, with a nice hop kick that makes this all the better.

Another Summit beer to give a thumbs up.

Spineypanda, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of scratch69
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

scratch69, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now in it's third year of existence, Summit's Oktobefest only becomes more popular, and good reason. I liked it the moment it met my lips, and my passion fails to flag!
Appearance: nice light bronze color, a deep amber, you could say, with a fluffy, creamy, though short and swiftly settling, head.
Aroma: spicy, super-sweet, noticably alcoholic, but still soft, and herbal and utterly delightful.
Taste: Mmmm!
How was that again?
Mmmm, mmm, Mmmmm!
Or perhaps I meant to say, sweet, rich, malty, with a thick, even treacly texture, though rather light-bodied, but full-flavored, and with a tidy, toffeeish, almost buttery finish that rings through the mouth and clings to the senses.
Bright and tasty and yummy, yum, yum!

feloniousmonk, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pumpkin orange color, with very minimum head on the pour. Smell is vaguely grassy, definitely sweet and crisp, also has some noticable alcohol in the nose. Taste is very crisp and full, sweet malts, with a grassy, alcohol laced background really make this a full and unique tribute to the style. Nice mouthfeel, to boot. A good start to the Oktoberfest season.

TastyTaste, Aug 27, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear red color with a small white head that recedes quickly. The aroma is clean with some grassy and floral tones. The taste is as clean as the aroma. The sip has lots of floral notes, while the aftertaste is rather sweet. The mouthfeel is medium boded with ample carbonation. Overall, this is another solid brew from Summit.

KarlHungus, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my favorite Octoberfest from last year (before I was on the site) and while I like this years version I am not quite as high on it as a year ago.

Clear copper in color...virtually no head...nose is slightly alcoholic and sweet...taste features a hint of the same unique flavor their Maibock has...I like it, but it is a little different..taste definitely leans sweet with more of a caramel taste, but it also closes with a dry finish and definitely has more of a hop feel this year than last year. I think Summitt is one of the top 25 or so breweries in the U.S. and I have come to anticipate their seasonal releases. This is one of their better ones and once again it is a very enjoyable beer..

ZAP, Sep 22, 2002
Photo of JDK
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice medium amber color with a quickly diminishing head. Very nice mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.
Very light spicy smell.
The taste is very good, nice blend of spices, one not overpowering another. Very refreshing!
I could drink several of these in a session, and I'm in the process of doing that tonight.
Sam Adams Octoberfest has always been my favorite but this is it's equal!

JDK, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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 dave43
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells a malty, caramelly, with a nice malt background. A liitle lace with moderate carbonation. I Really like this octoberfest with a citrusy malty taste. It is my go to octoberest...I enjoy it more then our other local octoberfest made by schools. This is a solid beer.

dave43, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a nice dark gold-amber color with a modest head on top of it. Aroma is caramel-malty, with a light toasty edge appropriate for the style. Solid hit on the flavor as well: very malty, but not just a crystal caramel taste. There's more toastiness, with a bready melanoidins that are often absent from American microbrew examples. Not much hop flavor, and just enough bitterness to dry it out; emphasis is on the malt here.

Very good oktoberfest. I'm impressed, since the rest of the Summit lineup has been pretty mediocre.

allengarvin, Aug 29, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with massive slightly off-white puffy head. Strong malt notes presnrt in the nose. Taste is malty sweet, with some nice caramel and toffee to be found. Nice, full and creamy in the mouth. Finishes with a mild bitterness which is really a nice ending for this beer. Excellent drinkability. I was shocked to see the 7.7% alcohol. Never would have guessed.

tgbljb, Sep 26, 2006
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4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tom Reid's: Dull rusty color with a small, densely firm cap of dark ivory sits slim. Lace sticks in big strings and globs.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a lovely caramel breading and candied melon granola bar coating.

Taste is sweet with a moderately low set tang of bready dough that has a bit of brown sugar base and light cinnamon touch to it. Unravels across the palate quite nicely with its sweetness. Quite big with long lasting bready and caramel coated goodness. Very slight tint of roasted/toasted grain and light hop notes adding a bit of low grassy spice.

Feel is big, sweet, bready, smooth, and rich with a fairly heavy set tone and body. Malts do there thing here in a solid fashion of balanced sweetness and sticky bread doughy smack.

A big O-fest thats taken a turn for the better over the last couple of years. Thank goodness. Its a keeper to have around. And watch out, its a sneaker, it warms ya up pretty fast too.

tavernjef, Sep 15, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle pours an amber orange with a very small amount of dense head. The foam clings to the glass well leaving belgian-like lace. The aroma has both hints of fruit and malt. Most oktoberfest beers have one or the other, but this is a nice balance. The taste is the same as the smell with the addition of some hops. Good body and carbonation. A good beer over all. I never tried this when I lived in Saint Paul for 3 years, but I'm glad I have now.

beakerboy, Oct 17, 2006
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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.