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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 598
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 62 | 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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Photo of justintcoons
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Caramel, biscuit, butterscotch, and molasses.

Big biscuity malts smothered in caramel. Lighter notes of toffee and butterscotch. This even starts to enter the territory of raisin and molasses. Finishes with a light eathy hop presence.

Medium bodied, slick, oily, sweet, and slightly syrupy.

Sweeter and more robust than its counterparts. The malt is in full force but there seems to be some diacetyl off-flavors that are off-putting. (615 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got a 12 pack of this cold off the bottling line as a reward for judging beer all afternoon. L: this pours copper amber under a 2” rocky white foam collar. S: Rich bready, spicy aromas with fresh malted grain aromas like you get when standing next to a kiln when it just starts up. T: Layers of rich spicy malt flavors in all their splendor with spicy and earthy hop flavors and bitterness on the finish. F: Clean, creamy and smooth with a medium body and carbonation. O: Drink this with all things pork. (513 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into dimpled mug, best before 1/3/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavor with no overly estery notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oktoberfest style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,427 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can purchased at John's Grocery in Iowa City, unknown brewing/canning date but bottom of the can read "EB 12/13/14," poured into my Snallygaster 2013 mug and drank over 30 minutes (186 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. (Tasted side-by-side with Millstream and Brooklyn Ofests.)

A: Pumpkin copper, 2 finger khaki head.
S: Pretty sweet, a little spice and nutmeg, some floral/citrus hops
T: Follows nose, a little more pronounced sweetness (toffee) and breadiness, a tingly buzz on the tongue toward the end with the floral and citrus hops.
M: A little heavier than is ideal for the style to me. Dry and crisp.

Overall: On its own, I think it's pretty good, and I'd drink it again. It doesn't all come together quite as well as the ideal Ofests out there...and it suffered in comparison with the Millstream. (637 characters)

Photo of dakotaben
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

A - 1/2 finger light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S - light malt and sweet smell

T - moderate earthy malt with a faint sweet bread taste.

M - moderate high carbonation. fine bubbles that coat the mouth going down.

O - Nice beer. better than ok, but not great. (277 characters)

Photo of Chief_Mug
1.62/5  rDev -55.4%
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. (161 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

This brew pours a brown color which changes to copper when held up to the light. There is a slightly off white two finger head, some of which remains on the top of the brew until the end as well as remaining as a collar until the end. Moderate lacing.

The smell is caramel, sweet and roasted malts along with a bready like smell.

The taste follows the nose with caramel, sweet and roasted malts followed by a thick bready taste then a crisp, cracker like taste with some hop spiciness to finish off.

Overall this is a good Oktoberfest beer. It is not the best I have had but it is very drinkable. NOTE: This is imported therefore I don't know how long it spent on a ship; it might be better fresh. (702 characters)

Photo of MNAle
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Nice, but weak, malty aroma. Good off-white head, fades relatively quickly with some lacing. Dark amber/copper color. Moderate carbonation is just right. Initial taste is fruit. Moderate bitterness comes through. Sweet aftertaste lingers. Good Oktoberfest beer. I'll buy it again. (323 characters)

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. (1,403 characters)

Photo of Phocion
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Surlyfest mug. Clear medium amber with a thick off-white head. Decent retention and thick, sticky lacing around the glass.

Malt-forward aroma. Caramel and toffee sweetness with a big malty, biscuity dose of Munich malts. A bit grainy. Subtle dose of earthy and slightly spicy hops. Very slight fruity esters.

The flavor is on-par with the aroma. Sweet but not cloying; toffee combines with the rich Munich maltiness. Slightly spicy and dry hops give it a reasonably balanced finish.

Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth and creamy.

Overall a decent Oktoberfest. It's not mind-blowing, but it's good. (643 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Sampled last night on 9/5/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a pretty copper-amber in color with a thin off-white head like most brews of this style. Just some spotty lacing is seen as well. The aroma is of sweet caramel malts for the most part. More going on with the taste with some toffee, yeast with a hint of nuts. Perfect carbonation and medium bodied. Lots of good flavor and goes down pretty easy. Just a very slight hoppy aftertaste that doesn't last for a few seconds. Overall, a good Oktoberfest brew. (582 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz can poured into a snifter 9/4/2014.

A- Darker clear orange body, one finger white head with good retention. Not a whole lot of lacing. [3.75]

S- Grainy malt sweetness reminding me mostly of toffee, some bitter noble hops. Solid, nothing too crazy complex but it is very nice. [3]

F- Toffee, grains, noble hops, bread, caramel, nuttiness. This is what I expected it to taste like. Very solid. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, smooth and silky but with good carbonation. Very drinkable yet very flavourful. [3.75]

O- Pretty good Oktoberfest lager; not quite GLBC but this is pretty dang good for its pricepoint. [3.75]

Final score: 3.60 (638 characters)

Photo of OMBeer
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. After landing in MN. This was in the fridge at the hotel. Great taste, no linger, easy to drink. Marzen style drinkers will like this beer. A little on the front end that I don't care for, but that fades pretty rapidly. Label could use an upgrade, looks like a production beer. (302 characters)

Photo of ALC82
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I find myself trying every Oktoberfest and pumpkin flavored beer I can get me hands on, this one was pretty good! I am a easy going critic as I enjoy just about every beer I've had so... saying that, I still feel there was something missing here. I wish I could place it with words but don't yet have the beer vocabulary to do so. Overall very drinkable though! (361 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color. Some light froth and lacing.

(S)- A nice sweeter grain profile meets a lightly bitter yeasty breadiness.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A nice underlying sweetness that meets a lightly hopped/spiced bready yeast backbone.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A touch sweeter than the norm for me, but in general, a good balance in the glass.

(O)- Definitely a solid Marzen. Again, a touch sweet for me, but still very enjoyable. (516 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber orange, one finger head with some carbonation.

S-Very malty, grass, caramel, some straw. But way to malty, no balance.

T-Once again malt heavy, caramel, some grass, unbalanced.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, and watery.

O-Not a style I'm big on, but some Oktoberfests bring something to the table, this one does not. (336 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to a pint glass.

A: Amber colored Oktoberfest wish for a bit more lacing but still a nice looking beer. Label is a tad boring.

S: hmm toffee and a faint smell of hops. Caramel too.

T: caramel buttery some toffee and a little nutty

M: silly smooth and creamy medium bodied

O: definitely an underrated Oktoberfest. Perfect for a chilly October evening. Try it out (374 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow with a heavy orangish hue and hazy. Poured with a thick white foam that reduced to a healthy cap that left wet sticky lacings on the glass. Earthy grainy malt aromas with light floral hops at the back end. More reminiscent of a pilsner than a marzen. Medium bodied with tangy, assertive carbonation. Grainy, bready malt and earthy, spicy hops up front and into the middle. Hop spiciness peaks thru the middle and tapers to the end with grainy and toasted malt returning. Finishes crisply with lingering toasted and bready malt flavors. (549 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an orange-amber color with a small but persistent white head. Over time the head slowly fades, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is light overall, but has notes of caramel sweetness and a bit of a roasted smell. Other than that there is a very light smell of some lighter fruits.

Taste – The taste begins sweet and maintains that profile throughout the taste. Upfront there is a good deal of caramel sweetness with a small amount of a roasted malt taste. As the flavor advances the a bready flavor increases with some spice joining the flavor as well. While the caramel remains the same strength throughout, the overall sweetness is augmented as the taste moves to the end as flavors of some apple and pear as well as some flavors of brown sugar come to the tongue. In the end a little bit of a herbal flavor combines with the rest, with the mix of flavors leaving a quite sweet, but overall rather pleasant and slightly roasted and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. Both are quite appropriate for the style and suit well the sweet, roasted/malty and spiced flavors of the brew.

Overall – An Oktoberfest that is on the slightly sweeter side with not much hop influence, but a nice easy drinking feel overall. A pleasant and easy drinker. (1,484 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (596 characters)

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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.