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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
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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 andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a crystal clear golden copper colour, finger of head with solid retention and some nice draping lacing.

S - Scent is a bit light but has a bit of sour lemon, pepper, cinnamon and orange. Unique indeed.

T - Sweet pumpkin pie off the top, with cinnamon and cloves on the finish. I was expecting something with a little more caramel malts, so was surprised by the flavours coming through. Again, very unique.

M - Nothing wrong here, nicely carbonated, medium body and goes down smooth.

D - Overall, this one was quite tasty with some unique properties. I wouldn't drink more than one or two, since I wasn't completely attracted to the flavours. I'm thinking I should've drank it warmer to see how that might have altered my interpretation. Definitely worthy of trying though.

andrenaline, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of AmberMan22
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I continually find this Märzen to be drinkable year-in and year-out despite the surprisingly high 7.1% ABV (as per Summit's website).

It pours a gorgeous and clear pumpkin orange with a creme colored head.
The smell is a little weak, but not many Oktoberfest beers come out swinging in the olfactory department.
The taste carries a bit more staying power than the smell, but I may have once again drank this a touch too chilly. As the beer warms, the caramel malt comes out of hiding, and is a truly enjoyable taste as a hint of fall begins to be felt in the air.
With the high ABV comes a decided mouthfeel. It doesn't wimp out, and it almost gives the beer more character -- just being a bit thicker.

AmberMan22, Aug 25, 2010
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 Buebie
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how I never reviewed this one. Been my autumn staple beer for many years. I was not able to drink it for almost two years after I bought 3 16 gallon kegs and proceeded to get one too many hang overs from this guy. I have finally returned to drinking it. :)
An odd autumn release though in the middle of July.

Poured into my sam adams turbulator. A good 1'' head is formed, receding somewhat quickly. Leaving a small cap and good full coverage lace where the head once sat. Decent legs of lace trails as the beer level has fallen.
Color is a dark amber with glowing red and light copper. Transparent though and a bunch of carbonation rise.

Aroma is flowing with juicy sweet malt and caramel breadyness. Distant cereal grain and grassy hop.

Taste is also flowing well with aroma, the same juicy sweet caramel, buttery really with breadyness and cereal grains. A touch of rye spice and hop bitters through the swallow.
A touch of mineral water.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a slick feel and a small bite of carbonation.

One of my personal favorites, this is very drinkable, no heat, just an all out great beer for the style.
I've heard rumors that each year the alcohol can vary. I think the abv I heard was around 8%

Buebie, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of br3wmeister
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright orange gold colored beer with a medium sized light yellow head, moderate retention and mild lacing.

S- Nice crisp hopy aroma light caramel and tow row malt. Nice clean smell.

T- Mild caramel maltiness hint of roasted nuts, light piney bitterness some citrus and the faintest hint of oak.

M- Light and crisp on the tongue, very nice lager.

br3wmeister, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11-14-09
Cold poured from a bottle to a glass

A - Light golden/tan color, good carbonation throughout, 2 fingers of foam

S - Sweet malt smell. Smell caramel notes

T - Medium bodied, medium malt bite to the brew, little sweetness but had a decent malt bite aftertaste but not to strong

M/D - pretty enjoyable brew, sweet caramel taste but with a malt bite, not overly strong though. I good brew from Summit. I another cool evening brew to be had (couple times)

FreshmanPour77, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep gold or light copper in color with only a very slight haze. Pours with about a finger or so of off-white head and respectable retention.

S: Sweet malt with some light fruitiness to it.

T: Sweet, sweet malt. Caramel malt. Nutty. Some very light German hops and a low bitterness.

M: Medium body with relatively high carbonation.

D: Standard oktoberfest, maybe a little too malty for my likings, but a decent beer none-the-less. Paired this one with a brat sandwich and it worked just fine.

Florida9, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Briaght, clear pumpkin orange. Thin off-white head. Quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass. Almost no lacing left behind.

S - Big toasty malt aroma. Hints of fresh baked bread.

T - Very bready maltiness up front with light toasted tastes. Very standard o-fest. Light easrthiness underneath. Toasted bread tastes comes through much stronger as the beer warms.

M/D - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very easy drinking.

ckeegan04, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a very hazy darker copper, with an off-white tan half a finger of head. The pour was rather aggressive, but I still could barely get any head out of the beer and it dissipated rather quickly when it did finally appear.

Smell: The smell is rather sweet. I am getting tropical, honey like aroma which I really didn't expect, with lots of caramel. It almost smells too sweet. There is just a hint of piney hop aroma in the mix as well.

Taste: A lot of sweet caramel flavor in this beer. You can taste the toasty malt and you get a bit of hop bitterness, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium to full bodied beer, with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I really didn;t enjoy this beer. I don't know if it's because I don't enjoy Marzens or if it was this particular beer, but there was just too much sweetness in there for me.

OnThenIn, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clocks in at 7.4% this year per SummitBrewing.com. I've tried this a couple times recently, but I'm drinking a bottle right now. The draft, by memory drank smoother, but wasn't all that different. This beer is a deeper red than most O-fest and has more kick in the finish. The flavor starts with the usual caramel malt, but there's a touch of alcohol burn with grassy, earthy hops. This is a big beer, and not your typical Oktoberfest, definitely not sessionable.

tempest, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Bockrules
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a light coppery color with nearly perfect clarity with fluffy two-finger off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind very good lacing.

S - Sweet caramelized malty smell with a touch of hops. Good balanced blend of hop and malt notes.

T - Sweet caramel malt upfront followed by a malt dominated body with hints of earthy hops in the background. Alcohol and hop flavors crescendo as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, resulting in a well-balanced finish. Leaves a distinctive caramel-sugar aftertaste.

M -Full bodied and rich with plenty of carbonation. Very good for the style.

D - A very tasty oktoberfest with plenty of flavor and body that hides its high alcohol content remarkably well. I found the Summit fall variety pack for $10.00, that's less than a dollar a bottle!! This beer was very well crafted and does an excellent job of adding enough hop flavor to the caramel malt base to keep the beer interesting. I challenge anyone to find a cheaper and better oktoberfest.

Bockrules, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of aaronh
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice orange body topped by a long-lasting off-white head. Aroma has a nice malt component that is present almost every time I lift the glass. Many beers seem to fade in aroma quickly - this one has decent staying power. A slight herbal hop note is evident after a few sniffs as well. The taste is decent, but not a malt-dominant as I would have expected from the aroma. Then a slight metallic edge creeps in on the finish. Mouthfeel is solid. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the funky metallic edge to the finish.

aaronh, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a fairly clear rusty orange color. Lots of little bubbles float upward towards the creamy beige head. After the head settles a tiny smattering of lace clings to my glass.

The aroma is typical marzen. Malty with the usual caramel sweetness. Some slight hop hints and black earth notes as well.

The flavor is rather stock. Malt, toasted bread, some spice, hints of hop bitterness. The usual suspects when drinking an oktoberfest.

Medium to lighter body. Plenty of carbonation to keep it interesting.

Overall I'm starting to run out of things to say about this style. I've had so many this year they all sort of blend together. This seems to be a decent representation of the style though. Rather drinkable.

beerwolf77, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange with a little active carb. Nice white head.

S: Spicey, with some hops, but an underlying malt is there, I think it's pale.

T:Again, a little spicey, sort of like mulling spices, but a definite malty base. Perhaps something a little roasted, or maybe there's some real sugar in there. Nothing great, I want more malt.

M: Creamy and nice.

D: Pretty good for the ABV, but I'm not a hufe fan.

mdwalsh, Oct 20, 2009
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.

nickynick, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of ballz50401
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very clear light bronze color. Some carbonation. One finger thick head with little retention.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma but I detect some caramel, biscuit, and sweet malts.

Taste: Sweet malty and biscuity flavor at first sip with some light hop bitterness at finish. A very good balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Has a light and smooth feel on the palate.

Drinkability: This is a very good smooth drinkable marzen style beer that I would drink again.

ballz50401, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew as an extra in a trade with Mistofminn, Thanks Brad!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Clear orange/amber color with a small off-white head that thinned to a ring.
Caramel malt and some earthiness.
Balanced flavor of malt and earthy hops with no hint of higher abv.
Medium bodied with a slick feel.
Drinkable, yes and worth a try.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of CRichardsMN
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange amber with mild carbonation bubbles. Pours a thin white head that holds for a short while but leaves no lacing.

Very nice sweet toasted malt with hints of nuts and citrus fruits. Light alcohol twinge in the background.

Great sweet maltiness up front with a bit of toasted caramel then a light hoppy alcohol finish. If you imagine hard enough, it almost tastes like a sweet nutty peanut butter (weird description but it really works for me...) Very dynamic beer with good character.

A quick carbonation bite then very smooth and full bodied.

Can definitely feel the effects of this beer, even only half way through. I'd really like to do a night around the fire with a pack of these but I'm sure I'd doze off pretty quick.

After rediscovering Octoberfests (this year as I do every year) I am really digging the style. I just went out and bought every brewer's rendition that I could find, including Summit's. Typically I don't agree with Summit's practice of hopping the crap outta everything they make but this one they balanced very nicely and stay much closer to the traditional style. By far my favorite from Summit (I'd also suggest the Maibock for those of you who can't stand the hop waters...)

CRichardsMN, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amazingly clear, glowing orange color with a fluffy cap of light tan foam. Retention is pretty good but does not leave much lacing behind. The clarity of this beer is pretty impressive.

The nose is candy caramel maltiness and a bit of toffee and fruit...maybe some apples and pears.

This oktoberfest is pretty big and bold compared to many of it's overseas brethren, but in this case it actually works pretty well. The sweet and toasty malts are balanced nicely by a firm alcohol finish that is helped by a little bit of floral hoppiness. The sessionability that is so appealing with oktoberfests is diminished somewhat, as I could only see myself drinking a couple of these at a time. But it is a fun little beer to drink and a nice change of pace fall offering.

twiggamortis420, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear muted amber color with about a finger of creamy off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of toasted bread, sweet caramel malts, light green and red apple notes, earthy, a touch of alcohol. Decent body for the style and amply carbonated with a bittersweet finish.

ClockworkOrange, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of trbergman
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Rich copper body with a thin, off-white head and moderate carbonation.

S - Fresh-baked bread, caramel, a hint of ripe red apple, and some earthy hops. Very aromatic.

T - Chewy malts with the same fruity ester present in the nose. On the first sip I thought I got a taste of some acetone, but it seems to have disappeared, so that may have been in my head. The beer is sweet without being cloying, the malt balanced well with leafy, earthy hop flavor and subtle bitterness. Finish is balanced and medium-length.

M - Smooth, medium body.

D - Good, but not overwhelming, flavor, with a roundish mouthfeel. A session lager -- which is what an Oktoberfest should be.

trbergman, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Translucent and bubbly, this copper colored octoberfest had a thin, small, khaki colored head. It left minimal lacing on the pint glass.

S - A nutty, grainy aroma with strong caramel notes. There was also a floral scent.

T - It tasted very much like the aroma; caramel, nuts, grains. It also had a sharp, bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied beer that hides its ABV very well.

D - This is a very good octoberfest. I'm glad I was able to get my hands on some.

zeff80, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of jera1350
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppery brown color. Smells of sweet malt with some spices. Really pleased at the taste. Big sweet malts with a nice light blend of holiday spices to compliment. Not the most complex, but satisfying none the less. Smooth mouthfeel, about medium bodied. Can't believe this is almost 8% ABV because it is not noticed. I could easily session these. Perfect for the fall season. Just a nice easy going, warming and satisfying Oktoberfest beer. I would have this again.

jera1350, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
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)

TexIndy, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Ottertude
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I remember trying and liking the Extra Pale Ale by Summit quite a bit and thought I would give the Oktoberfest a try when the local liquor store got in a new shipment.

The beer poured a nice coppery amber color with an off-white head thick head. It smelled of caramel and toffee. The taste was sweeter than the other O-fests that I have sampled this year. Lots of sweet malt and caramel flavors that became cloying sweet after a few sips. Any hops were way in the background on this one. The mouthfeel was kinda thin for an O-fest but alright for my taste.

I don't really want to drink more than 1 or 2 of these at a time. This brew is a little too sweet for my personal taste. I think I will stick to the Extra Pale Ale the next time I buy a sixer of Summit.

Ottertude, Oct 01, 2009
Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.