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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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554 Ratings
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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

millelacsmark, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of zander4dawin
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A real classic looking marzen oktoberfest beer. A orange amber beer with a thin head. A solid beer with like session drinkability. Nice full body with no overly aggressive feature but with big beer taste. One of the better American craft attempts at a true marzen beer.

zander4dawin, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of TheDeuce
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summit Oktoberfest….in a bottle

Appearance-amber color, off white head of about two fingers that settles nicely with good lacing.

Smell-the usual Octoberfest notes of sweet malt and spice, very aromatic and smells like fall, in a good way.

Taste/Mouthfeel-malty with a sweet profile, nice balance with the burn of alcohol and light hops on the back, the sweet profile and spice with a chewy medium mouthfeel make this easily drinkable and enjoyable. Warming from the higher alcohol near the end remind you this isn’t your typical fest bier.

Overall-balanced, enjoyable, spot-on. A great version of the style, one that should be had again and again as things turn colder.

TheDeuce, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear 24K gold with a very healthy 2 finger head of foam. I'll check on the lacing once the foam dies down some.

I'm getting some sweet and bready malt in the nose, maybe a little brown sugar.

The taste, I like. Starts off with caramel malt so it's kind of sweet. There's not much of a bread note that I mentioned above but I'm getting some toasty notes and very little bitterness, which is appropriate for the style. Tastes pretty good.

Lowish carbonation, high end of low for the body, the mouthfeel is also good. It's pretty easy to drink as well; I could have another one back to back but then I'd move on.

Overall, a good brew and stab at the style.

Btw, lacing is spotty but there.

Bitterbill, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear orangish-red body topped by a 1/2 inch of eggshell head with decent stamina.

S - Mild citrus in the malty aroma with no noticeable hop presence.

T - Very mild smokey taste amidst a lightly roasted malt taste.

M - Nice moderate amount of coarse texture going down with each pull. Very easy and enjoyable feel.

~ This is a decent beer but not something I'll get again. I probably wouldn't recommend this Oktoberfest to a friend seeing as there are better and less expensive brews available.

cdkrenz, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App- There is a half finger of white head with tons of lace. It has an amber body with orange highlights.

Smell- There is just the slightest hint of caramel sweet malt. That is about it.

Taste- This has a wheat base that follows into the finish, also some orange that lingers in the finish. There is just a little hint of herbal hops, too. The sweet malt is kind of present, but it is buried. It is good, but it isn’t enough, almost watered down.

Mouth feel- The body is light from the amount of carbonation on the tongue. Still, it is a smooth and easy drink.

Overall- It isn’t bad, just a very run of the mill, ho-hum Oktoberfest / maerzen.

Pintofbrown, Oct 26, 2011
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 BeerNutz324
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- amber and clear. good off white head about an inch. pretty good retention and really good lacing.

Ar- sweet and malty. no real hoppiness

T- same as the nose. sweet and malty like a typical oktoberfest.

M- light/medium body, well carbonated

O- a good oktoberfest. I think it's better than the euro examples.

BeerNutz324, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear light amber with lots of big bubbles and two and a half finger, creamy, off-white head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Fruity and grassy.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Sort of tangy. A bit spicy. The malt sweetness is there but takes a back seat.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth and drinkable. Crisp and just slightly dry. Can't detect the alcohol.

O: Solid Oktoberfest. Looks and smells nice. Interesting taste and very drinkable.

SolipsismalCat, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Foamy, off-white head pours 2" and holds 1". Autumnal orange color with muddled reddish and ochre tones. Nice lace.

S: Yeasty, beery. Sweetnes like sweet rolls. A light grassy element.

T: Toasty toffee, bagel, dark bread. Hops are bitter, slightly metallic (the good way, like saffron), and crisp. Some dried citrus peel but not bright in flavor.

M: Drying, well carbonated for a Marzen. Slightly oily.

D: A great Oktoberfest. ONe of many this season. A good go-to for an Americanized Marzen.

ForWhatAlesYou, Oct 06, 2011
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light brown color with two fingers of foam. A bit of lacing near the bottom. Aroma is grainy, yet sweet.

First sip is... pretty sweet, but with a nice crisp, dry finish. Quite drinkable actually. A bit of booziness does come through at the end. There is a nice body to this beer as well.

I'm having a bit of difficult describing why, but I really kind of dig this beer. There is a nice malty flavor and just really hits the spot right now.

FickleBeast, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

Poured into a standard US pint glass at just below room temperature.

Pours an off-white head, medium-to-large bubbles, not dense, 1.5cm initially, but falls to a thin ring around the glass in a minute. No lacing or residual foam. Body is transparent, dark orange-amber color, pleasant. Carbonation is very visible/active.

Scent is mostly of malt, slight metallic notes, slightly perfume-like use of hops, and slight ethanol if inhaled deeply. This is a fairly average, fairly unimpressive set of aromas.

Taste opens with toasted malt sweetness coupled tightly to a mild, strange bitterness that I can't quite place; it's not a particularly pleasing combination. In the mid-taste, this changes to a malty, bready sensation. Closes with toast-like flavors and sweetness. Aftertaste is of sugars from malt.

Beer is too carbonated for the color and ABV, and also too thin. The carbonation causes the beer to foam up too much in the mouth. Aftertaste is not dry.

Overall, this was a fairly average US Oktoberfest. I liked this better than the Schell's version, but still don't think too highly of this either. Probably will not seek out again.

falloutsnow, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is toasted malts along with a hint of biscuit and hops.

T- The taste like the aroma features the toasted malt flavors primarily. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouhfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Summit Oktoberfest is a pretty average O-Fest. It's not bad, but not in the top tier either. Worth a try.

cjgator3, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light orange and smells abundantly malty with a touch of sweetness. Surprisingly, the malt taste is not as strong as the smell would indicate. This is relatively true to style, but the malt profile could be much bolder. I like my Marzen to contain so much malt that it can be substituted for a meal - this did not quite get there for me, but it is certainly a respectable brew.

57md, Sep 24, 2011
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 TheQuietMan22
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a becker glass. The color is copper tinted caramel. Two fingers of dense, buttery, slightly tanned head dissipated slowly to leave a thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: I got a whiff of toffee and a little caramel when popping the cap. After the pour, sweet caramel and toffee are the most prominent aromas. I also get a little hint of burnt hair in a salon, but it is faint and slowly fades as the beer warms.

Taste: It is on the bitter side for a märzen. It is a metallic/burnt hair bitterness, which I thought would fade after a few sips and after the beer continued to warm, but it remained throughout the pint. It really distracted from the toffee and the caramel, the only other favors I was able to pick out.

Drinkability: For me, the bitterness was off-putting. I prefer a little bite with märzen, but not something distracting like this. It really took away from the malts I would enjoy much more. However, it is still very robust for the style, and for that I will commend Summit.

TheQuietMan22, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of wac9
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow wanted something diffrent and this beer is excellant what a great color , very nice taste , very happy to buy this one , try this for oktoberfest . it smells like fall go enjoy a beer from summit gonna try another beer from summit but for gonna drink this

wac9, Sep 17, 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
Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.