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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-02-2013 20:26:41 | More by ethanmc12
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-28-2013 01:54:09 | More by capuchinpilates
Photo of IBU99


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-26-2012 20:37:14 | More by IBU99
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-14-2013 19:41:50 | More by imperialking
Photo of BuckeyeSlim


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:00:12 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Photo of iabeerbaron


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this while in Minneapolis for an Iowa football game. Can't remember the name of the bar but anyway, a real solid Oktoberfest beer with the perfect amount of malts balanced by a slight amount of hops. Nice copper pour with a white head. Nice smooth malty taste and finish. A nice fall brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 17:04:18 | More by iabeerbaron
Photo of Murchmac


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

received as an extra in a trade with birchstick.

Pours a brown with some head and lacing,

Not much of a smell, some bready malty notes but not a lot.

Good taste, lageresque and could use some more malt but overall pleasant.

Tasty beer but overall thin.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 04:57:35 | More by Murchmac
Photo of nickynick


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Summit Oktoberfest poured a medium amber. No head what so ever, and only average lacing. Smell was ok. Some sweet malt, and grassy hops. Taste was ok. High alcohol came through, grassy hops, and some sweetness. Lacked balance. Mouthfeel was good. Drinkability was hurt by the high abv in opinion. Overall this was lacking something. Didn't feel like a real Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 17:06:00 | More by nickynick
Photo of bmwats


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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
Photo of TechMyst


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

CONTAINER TYPE: bottle (20th anniversary)
FRESH: 6186 puts it around the 4th of july so it’s 2.5 months old now
PURCHASED @: Binny’s
COST: $6.49 6pack sale
HEAD: none; slight yellow; did a very vigorous pour and it diminished quicly
LACE: rings slide quickly down side
REFLECTED- Beautiful Copper
TRANSMITTED- mostly clear
AROMA: caramel malts w/ hint of skunk
PALATE: slimey; sparkling carbonation (nice while drinking; but too much for my stomach later)
TASTE: Bittersweet at first w/ long bitter aftertaste; something is off for me about the sweet. There is a tinny/metallic note that is too much present. This is like if you blended Blue Moon / Heineken / Boddington’s together.
COMMENTS: Let this get to somewhere between fridge-temp and room-temp and it tastes the best for me. It’s a good quality brew. Take care of the metallic taste and balance it a bit more and it would be a great brew for me. It has a full character. Pretty smooth once you get going. Watch out though 2 of them pack a decent punch.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 23:01:54 | More by TechMyst
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New Mexico

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber colored brew with a big sticky cap of foam. I didn't detect much of an aroma wafting above the brew besides a few malty notes.

Medium bodied on the palate and slightly carbonated. Toffee, grain and sweet malt flavors lead into a smooth round center. Some bitterness toward the end provides enough balance to carry this thing through.

Malty, par for the style, and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2009 00:15:04 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of winomark


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber color, with a thin head that disappears immediately.

Aroma: Rich malty notes, with mild hops in the background.

Taste: Little smoked malt up front, with an alcohol sweetness and a lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and coating, with the alcohol warming the finish.

Drinkability: Worth trying once, but not a big fan of their version. Needs more hop involvement to tame the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 03:06:57 | More by winomark
Photo of blackenmn


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell: Poured a pretty appealing dark orange color out of the bottle into the glass and left a pretty average 1/4 inch white head which left a very nice looking lacing down the glass as it stuck around.

It smelled of sweet malt with a feint citrus like smell somewhere in there. Really pretty inviting smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: It tasted bready and very malty as expected. A little bit of herb and subtle citrus like flavor in there. Really no sign of the fairly high ABV this contains considering it's style. Mouthfeel was realatively good, definitely kind of bready malt thickness going on. Kind of flat on the tongue overall though.

Drinkability: Very drinkable considering the high ABV. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 01:11:15 | More by blackenmn
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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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
Photo of soju6


3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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
Photo of bsp77


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 20:31:43 | More by bsp77
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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Enjoy by 1/13/10 lasered onto neck. Was a clear copper color with tons of carb streams. No real lacing. It had an average sized off white head that settled into a collar and some wisps.

The aroma right after it was poured was heavy grain almost like a kolsch or pilsener but that settled somewhat after a few minutes. Still very there but now blending in with sweet malt and yeast. Not one of the better smelling marzen's that I've had recently. The taste followed the aroma pretty closely. Very grainy with lots of sweet malt in there as well but not enough to balance the grainy taste until it really warmed up. Not getting much hops. Mouthfeel was very crisp with plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a fair to good marzen that just didn't stand out for me. The aroma was close to style but the taste was further afield for most of the drink. Drinkable and went down easy but once done, I'd have a hard time recalling it. Rotation: avail here. One and done for me unless best choice (not bad but better out there)

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 01:15:29 | More by TexIndy
Photo of TMoney2591


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Yet another Oktoberfest beer to sample. 'Tis the season, I s'pose... It pours a clear light sunrise sienna topped by a finger of dirty off-tan foam. The nose comprises buttery caramel, grass, light greens, earthy flowers, and dry wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel's sweetness is amped up and the graininess steps up enough to duel with it for the duration of the taste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a decent O-Fest, but it doesn't really pop much at all. Not bad at all, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:53:56 | More by TMoney2591
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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summit Oktoberfest Marzen poured copper in color, clean and clear. The offwhite head was short, but creamy. The aroma was flowery and fruity, but dominated by malt. The taste started metallic, then fruity, peachy. Sweetness up front, bitter in the finish. Body was medium, and the carbonation was fairly high.

That initial taste of metal drops this score a notch, even though it did not linger. Summit Oktoberfest is worth trying, but it isn't something I'd make a special trip to purchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 00:43:48 | More by frazbri
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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
Photo of ibashmuck


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small head on a light amber body. Mellow smells of sweetness, maple, touch of hoppiness. Taste was along the same lines, just a bit more pronounced. Hop bite was above average. Carbonation was not too high, not too low, with a crispness that make the brew easy to drink. Not the best example of the style, but not the worst, by far.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 05:04:22 | More by ibashmuck
Photo of ultralarry2006


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a tan head that has decent retention, and leaves decent lacing. Body is an orange amber. Appearance will be this lager's high point.

Smell - some toasty malt biscuits, and apples with a metallic scent.

Taste - toasty malt biscuits, with apples, and herbal hops, and finishing with a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - not a bad beer, but the metallic aroma and aftertaste does impair this beer quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 15:23:50 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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
Photo of steveh


3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 Offering. 7.4 ABV, based on the Summit web site.

A -- Clear, orange-amber color with a thick, light tan head.

S -- Mild DMS up front with some vague sweet malt and peppery alcohol back. Maybe just a bit thin.

T -- Nuttiness up front with a little sweet toastiness and a hint of spicy, even slightly citric hops. Some breadiness in the finish with a lingering nuttiness, but a very dry beer -- as would be expected from the 7.4 ABV.

M -- Medium body with a slightly syrupy to crisp mouthfeel. Some warming from alcohol.

D -- Drinkability is questionable. It's a good beer, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 21:28:26 | More by steveh
Photo of barczar


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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
Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.