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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 502
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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Photo of kenito799
1.75/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint mug. According to my dad who got this, it is fresh.

Crystal clear amber with no head, no lacing.

Thin watery soda-pop mouthfeel. Aroma is grainy, soapy. Mass-produced, thin, watery, stale flavor, metallic finish. I don't like this stuff at all. I am pouring it out...there's New Glarus in the fridge.

kenito799, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Metal4Breakfast
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Metal4Breakfast, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of KingMe
2/5  rDev -44.8%

KingMe, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of blakesell
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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

Appearance- Decent sized 1.5 finger head with a rich amber/gold orange colour. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell- This one smells much different from the one I had last year. Somehow this one got skunked. I can get traces of the malt, but the skunkiness is there. Dissapointing.

Taste- Rich and malty and then that skunk comes in. So unfortunate that such a lovely beer last year becomes this beer this year. I'll have to investigate my source next time and make sure that there aren't flourescent lights around the brew.

Mouthfeel- Sticky and slightly slimy. I'm wondering if the off skunk flavor is contributing to the bad mouthfeel in this review.

Drinkability- Had this been the same beer that I had this time last year, this would be a different review and I would be proud to have a 6pk of this beer. As it is, I'm stuck with another 4 beers that I don't want to drink anytime soon.

Too bad this time. BA reviews show that I'm stuck in an isolated incident.

blakesell, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of thelargeone
2.28/5  rDev -37%

thelargeone, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
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 sweetkness
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recently also had the bottle version of this beer, and it failed to impress me either time. It's hard to find the exact reason why, but I have tried several Octoberfests this season, and this one is at the bottom of the list. It just has a different flavor/mouthfeel. That lager yeast flavor seems to be dominant, and it's missing that caramel malt sweetness that appeals to me in this style. There seems to be a different type of malt used in this Octoberfest than in others...maybe I'm wrong. Obviously, this is just my opinion, maybe other tastes would see it as one of the best out there this year.

sweetkness, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of deebo
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
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 mmulebarn
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

mmulebarn, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of jzlyo
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

jzlyo, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Too much booze cuts the party short.

Crystal clear copper/amber body, mild carbonation streams, topped by a solid level two fingers of tight white foam. Ok lacing.

Inviting fresh bread bakery aroma.

Caramel malty base, veers a bit too much toward pixie stick and not enough toward dark chocolate. Earthy herbal noble hops arrive to balance and blunt the over-sweetness. However, a larger problem is the pervasive taste and sense of alcohol that arises between the malt and hops and rides roughshod throughout the rest of each pull. Its not overpowering, but its totally out of place for an Octoberfest.

Medium mouthfeel is fine.

Drinkability suffers from the alcohol taste in a style that's all about drinkability. One twelve ounce bottle at a time is all I want from this, not a series of gigantic mugs.

A disappointment from a brewery whose other offerings I've enjoyed.

RonfromJersey, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a copper-amber color with very minimal head retention, after 15 secs, none at all.

Smell: Malty with an intriguing hop presence in the background. Nearly smells like a nice pale ale. Probably not real true to style, but nice nevertheless.

Taste: The taste is mild at first, but after you swallow, it unleashes a raging blow of sweet, really sweet, tangy, tart, syrupy blast. Overkill. That aftertaste really isnt doing me any favors.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy. Not heavy-bodied, but syrupy or maybe a little oily.

Drinikability: A little hard to choke down at a quick pace.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of nortmand
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brilliant, crystal clear orange with a half finger of white head.

Metallic yeast dominates the nose. Not very pleasant.

Some goopy caramel notes. Not clean, kind of bitter, some malt overtones. Metallic banana, etc. Unbalanced bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

Bright carbonation, but overly thick body. Not real drinkable, but I got some enjoyment out of it.

nortmand, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice, clar tan and copper color. White foamy head.

Smells slightly sweet with a hint of caramel and grains.

Taste starts out mild with only some sweetness. Then it follows with a yeasty, foamy flavor that borders on bad cheap beer. Slightly Putrid.

Has a foamy finish with a slow bitter aftertaste that lingers negatively.

I'm not a big fan of Oktoberfest beers, but this one is at the bottom of my list.

terrabyte, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed September 17, 2005. On tap at the Big Lake Brewfest. No aroma. Nice headstrong amber pour. Malty and sugary, but lacking any decent characteristics, that distingush it as an Oktoberfest. Finish is skanky and a touch too dry. Somehow overall the higher alcohol doesn't appear.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of yippiesmoke
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am an avid summit fan. that said...

A: good color for a marzen! nice copper tone out of the bottle and in the glass. about a single finger, maybe more, head that seems to dissipate before the first taste.

S: it smells like copper. smells like the color it is with a bit of malts, but only if you try real hard to ignore the metal smell.

T: tastes like you're drinking a high abv beer with a penny in your mouth. there's a nice malty taste but it is under that damned penny. :( no notable hop taste, yet not too sweet.

M: feels a bit thin for the color. has good carbonation. finishes clean if not metallic.

like i said i'm a fan of most of summit's beers but i don't know if i'll be buying this one again.

yippiesmoke, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of harrylee773
2.75/5  rDev -24%

harrylee773, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of banderson
2.75/5  rDev -24%

banderson, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of jimbotrost
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a 12 pack for 9.99 + + at Opperman's cork N Ale in Saginaw, Michigan. THe beer seemed to have suffered due to age. The pour was a bright and brilliant clear red and was topped off with a sparse off white head. The nose was sweet and malty, too sweet, and lacked any balance. Flavor continued the one dimensional sweet feature with a cloying feel. The beer just lays there, I have had better. Will look forward to a fresh Sample in September because Summitt makes some wonderful products.

jimbotrost, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of rudy0908
2.75/5  rDev -24%

rudy0908, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Skelton
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Skelton, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of JackieTH
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Amore Victoria in Minneapolis, MN.

Appearance: Poured into a Summit Horizon Red Ale pint glass. Hazy 0range-amber, two fingers of off-white head that lingered for a good long while. Very inviting appearance.

Smell: Caramel sweet and subtle piney hops.

Taste: It's initially somewhat bright on the palate which I didn't care for, then fading into a slightly unbalanced sweet caramel, toasted malt and subtle resinous hop. Hop bitterness becomes more apparent in the finish, which isn't helping in this case.

Mouthfeel: Medium with moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability: The immediate brightness on the palate was a bit off-putting for me and I think it was ultimately the combination of hop and sweetness that precluded me from ordering a second round.

JackieTH, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a copper orange hue, with a semi-hazed clarity. The head is dense, but under one finger and retains poorly. Decent lacing though. Crystal malt aroma, with a pinch of floral hops and ester. The flavor is rich with vienna malt sweetness and bavarian hops, but still too thin to hide an obviuos cider flavor. The hops flavor is lacking, and the ester aftertaste ruins the mouthfeel. Slow, even carbonation and medium body are fairly smooth, but the finish winds up too sweet and expels any chance for a resepctable drinkability.

PBRstreetgang, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of brewdoc75
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle to a pint glass

Appearance: Clear, copper, orange color w/ minimal head.

Smell: A little sulfurous. Otherwise not very hoppy, bland overall.

Taste: Full tasting malts. A little bitterness. Alcohol is hidden nicely in the malts. Moderately sweet. A clean tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied O-fest. Creamy and rich. NIce carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm not a huge O-fest fan, but I do enjoy a few during the fall months. This one is average when compared to the others I've had. Its a reasonable choice however when you are in the mood for a Marzen style beer.

brewdoc75, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of crossovert
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown twist off bottle.

It pours an amber/orange with a foamy off-white head that billows up pretty nicely and easily and sticks for a bit before receding with some decent lacing.

The smell in this one is rather subdued. It has a very Helles lager-type smell. It is bready with a kiss of hops, but not as caramally or nutty as a typical maezren. The sweetness comes in at the end but it isn't as prevalent as in most. There is some slight metallic hintings as well.

The sweetness of the flavor hits you like a truck. I wasn't expecting this but the flavor is mostly of cloyingly sweet caramel. There is a light medicinal hoppiness over this but it seems pretty blunt.

The mouthfeel is syrupy and cloying, the alcohol goes relatively unhidden. I'm not a huge fan of this.

There are a ton of Maezren choices out there, especially in the WI market, I would suggest passing on this one in favor of others.

crossovert, Sep 13, 2010
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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.