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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | 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

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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 16:34:58 | More by jera1350
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)

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 01:15:29 | More by TexIndy
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 22:56:45 | More by Ottertude
Photo of Spineypanda


4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying a few of the summit brews I can say that I really enjoy their creations.

This is probably one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers so far (I have a ways to go on trying them all). The color is nice, but a but a bit lighter than I expected, and the scent is sweet, which definitely catches my attention.

The flavor is nice and sweet as well, with a nice hop kick that makes this all the better.

Another Summit beer to give a thumbs up.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 23:24:59 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of kruse


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a local St. Paul pub in a 20 oz. Imperial Pint.
Nice amber color, but a bit lighter than some examples of the style. Had a nice 1-inch off-white head.
Good malty aroma with a hint of citrus.
Malty flavor with nice hop balance, but malt was not as pronounced or full-bodied as some Oktoberfests.
Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable beer. Have a couple while watching the leaves turn color.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 17:45:29 | More by kruse
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
Photo of argock


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pilsner glass. No freshness date. Purchased as part of Summit Autumn Sampler 12-pack.

A: Woody light auburn-brown with short 1-finger bubbly light beige head with below-average retention and minimal lacing.

S: Nutty, earthy aroma with solid caramel and pale malt sweetness, mild and pleasant grain edge, and nice spicy marzen hops aromas

T: A solid marzen with excellent pale malt sweetness that isn't too sticky, a short grain sting, and a spicy, earthy hops snap in the middle and finish

M: Light-to-medium body with lively carbonation and a short, caramelly sweet and spicy aftertaste

D: A solid marzen but not all that distinctive compared to other Oktoberfest brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 02:49:08 | More by argock
Photo of mdcrouser


3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Sept. 7, 2009: It's that time of year again, when the weather cools, football kicks off, and the 'fest fest is on. Now that we're getting beers from our northern counterparts, it's time to give them a try.

Pretty characteristic in color and head, showing an orange-gold, with a decent creamy white 1/4 inch of head after an aggressive pour. Chunks of rings throughout the course.

For an o-fest, this seems to have a bit more hops on the nose than traditional malts, but is otherwise pretty non-distinct.

Somewhat non-descript in taste as well - it remains as a kinda hoppy, kinda malty, but always subtley reminiscent of better Marzens I've had in the past. Ends with a nice roasted maltiness.

Decent in the mouth, with nice carbonation and lends to an easy drink.

Enjoyable, but far from anything unique or worth a repeat here.

From Nov. 26, 2011:
Two years later, I inadvertantly bought the same beer, something I try to avoid. Seems then this one is pretty unmemorable.

Good rings on the way down, leaving fluffy bits of head each half inch.

My assessment of high hops was accurate - they're floral with a hint of spiciness to close. The malts are what's dominant though, providing a robust roasted base.

Better than I remember, though I wouldn't give it a higher grade - decent for the style, as the balance is better than many.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 02:33:05 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of Mistofminn


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know it's early, but I've got me a fever...

Poured into Das Boot (albeit a miniature one...) this golden orange, honey colored beer has a large tan head that actually has great retention. Despite the large head, there isn't really any lacing, but that could just be the glass.

The nose is light. It's hard to pick up anything in particular. I get a light malt backbone with bits of caramel and a grassy hop character.

The taste is what gets me. I'm ever so disappointed in this. This is a classic Summit beer, in the way that it is over hopped (and not in a good way) with little to nothing else to back it up. I don't pick up any malt backbone or caramel flavor that I thought I would from the nose.

The mouthfeel is lighter than a good Oktoberfest should be. Lingering earthy hop aftertaste that is more unpleasant than anything is a big turn off. Drinkability is decent, but thats about it.

Another typical Summit offering. It's a decent brewery, but they have a long way to go to hang with the big boys. They could definitely learn a thing or two from their cross town little-brother, Surly.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 07:36:29 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of BierFan


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a short 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange body with a 1 inch light tan head. Lacing is rather nice.

Smell: Clean and light. Slightly toasty with a little bit of hops.

Taste: Pretty good and balanced. Sweet, but not too sweet. Bready and toasty. Fair bit of bitterness to round out the experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 21:54:41 | More by BierFan
Photo of resce


2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this bottled beer poured into a 12oz glass stein.

The beer is a very clear, pumpkin orange with a slight amber hue. Pouring it out, I got little to no head and as I type this, there is little to no carbonation continuing as the beer sits - just a few bubbles here and there popping up.

The smell of this beer is rather bland and slightly sweet, without a lot of hops detected. At first taste, this beer is very sweet. It has the usual Oktoberfest caramel malt flavors, but also more of a sweet toffee-like taste.

The feel of the beer is slightly less than a medium body that works evenly over the pallet. The hops are evenly balanced with the malt which is nice. Overall, there is a bit of a dullness to the beer, that especially surfaces afterwards. Not a bad thing, just not crisp aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 22:45:02 | More by resce
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristine amber brew topped with a tan head, large-bubbled and about 2 cm off the pour. Head reduced moderately quickly.

S-Sweet-spicy hoppiness, a slightly sour fruitiness.

T-Toasty, sweet-bready malt with a nicely balanced hop presence, consisting of a spicy, almost hearty flavor and a don't-back-down bitterness. Finishes bitter and malty-sweet.

M-Medium to medium-high carbonation, perhaps approaching a bit too much. Body is moderate, matching well with the flavor and the idea of the fest beer.

D-Very good. A pleasure to drink this one when it comes around each year.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 19:34:18 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of BeardedBoffin

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 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 Ragingbull


3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review completed from notes. I dug the notes out because my wife and I were planning our trip to the State Fair and I commented that I usually see the Summit Octoberfest for the first time at the fair each year. At least that is how I remember it. Anyway, it was copper in color, almost exactly like the color of a copper pipe. Wispy and light head of lacing. Mild malt notes on the nose. Fresh smooth attack and creamy mouthfeel. Creamy taste with a mildly bitter finish. Mild dryness in the mouth at the finish. The creaminess of this octoberfest is what sets it apart from other of the style in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2009 20:06:06 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of BDLbrewster


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pumpkin hued amber, almost maple syrup like in color. Small frothy head and quickly running lace drools down the sides of my glass.

I pick up a mild toffee sweetness along with hints of Munich malt that sober up the sweet with a dry leafy aroma. That's about all I get in the nose.

The taste carries a bunch of toffee sweetness on the front. Next comes the Munich at work, buttery, toasty and almost cloying as the brew warms a bit. The aforementioned character is put in check by the non-jawdroping selection of bittering hops that subtly work to mask the almost 8% this brew touts.

The mouthfeel starts fairly thin, but continues on to evenly coat the inside of your mouth leaving a nice firm aftertaste. I feel comfortable calling this medium bodied.

This is a marzen, with a moderate amount of alcohol and no heat. The taste is good and drinkability is very good. This a welcome addition to my ice box.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 22:14:39 | More by BDLbrewster
Photo of jbennett1919


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hue of yellowish/orange.

The smell is of malts, grain and perhaps a bit of caramel.

Taste is very good, displaying the great malty and caramel flavors that Octoberfests should have. The initial sip is full of malts/caramel and the alcohol presence is more present than most other beers of the same style. This is not a bad thing, but this is an Octoberfest with a little kick and punch. The finish is peppery and not unpleasant at all.

This beer is dangerously delicious and drinkable! The alcohol is more potent than most Octoberfests but not in a bad way. The higher alcohol content makes its presence known, but does a good job to complement the other marzen-esque flavors of malts and caramel occurring throughout this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 01:59:17 | More by jbennett1919
Photo of champ103


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pretty much a translucent orange color. A small white bubbly head forms with lots of bubbles rising to the top. Very light lace.
S: Toasty caramel malts. Light grain/cereal and a light hop bite. Some yeast is in the nose as well.
T: Sweet caramel malt that is lightly toasted. Grain and cereal again. Very light flour hops as the flavor lingers.
M/D: A light to medium body that is crisp and refreshing. Fairly easy to drink for the high alcohol. Though the sweetness takes it tool after a while.

A decent Oktoberfest. Nothing special, but I do enjoy it. Something that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 19:59:12 | More by champ103
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
Photo of jjanega08


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a great looking deep honey amber looking color with a sad looking small one finger head but it lasts as a thin layer on top of the beer for quite a while. not much but some lacing is present.
S= lots of caramely malts in the odor and a small bite of hops in it i suppose. sort of quiet.
T= not too bad. good malty buttery taste. really light and smooth in the taste and a lingering bitterness from the hops but not really bitter just a touch. Really tasty but sort of quite.
M= Amazingly smooth and crisp.
D= Boozy for a Summit beer. Delicious though. I'll prolly be drinkin this beer quite a bit this Autumn. Impressive for being average. Even has some nice balance to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 04:12:58 | More by jjanega08
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a clear, somewhat bubbly amber copper color, a head of ivory color an inch tall, shrinking to a thin film. Lacing is in long, thick webs. The aroma has nice grassy hops, nice grains and a bit of toasted malt. A little light, but still decent. Pretty tasty though, toasted malts and a bit bready, nice hops in grassy tones, good bitterness, sweet. The mouth is medium, good carbonation, quite smooth, alcohol showing up toward the end to say hello. In all, a great session beer, if it weren't apparently 7.7 percent.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:08:18 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of Brenden


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is sort of a light amber brown with a reddish tint. There is not much of a head and lacing is light to minimal. It has a very toasty and malty, slightly sweet smell that translates very accurately in the taste, which is strongly of malt and hops with some caramel and toffee sweetness. There is a very slight bitterness, but not enough to discredit much. I found the taste to linger on the tongue for some time. It has a good body that is thick and has light to average carbonation. One can hardly tell that this is almost 8% alcohol. I'll say I would drink it again with the disclaimer that this is the first Marzen I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 15:24:16 | More by Brenden
Photo of PirateUlf73


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty, never dusty mug.

A: Nice clear, golden-amber color. Decent white head that laced well, but didn't last long initially.

S: Very sweet and malty on the nose. Gentle roasted barley character melds into creamy caramel notes, with a splash of toffee for good measure. Quite nice, if you like sweet aromas.

T: Malty sweetness dominates initially. Soft, roasty characteristics with some caramel as well. Minimal hop bitterness counteracts some of the sweetness, but not much. Well-rounded and almost fruity on the finish.

M: Heavier side of light-bodied and decently carbonated. Body felt silky smooth and finished as such with a lingering, caramel-like aftertaste.

D: Lighter body lends to excellent drinkability. I could envision making a night of a good sixer here.

What this beer lacks in jaw-dropping power or novelty, it more than makes up for with its pleasant flavors, gorgeous appearance and sublime drinkability. Again, nothing spectacular here, but a very good introduction to the Märzen style. I would very much fancy another round of this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 08:20:41 | More by PirateUlf73
Photo of rajendra82


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bonus inclusion in a recent trade by mhewes, Summit Oktoberfest was poured into a Lager glass, in which it looked typical for the style, with a amber colored clear body, a small head fed by lively carbonation, and not much lacing. The smell was malty and mildly spicy, but marred by a slight vegetable odor. The taste was very authentic with a toasty, malty, crisp taste , that made this easy to drink. There was a little more hop flavor present than typical, and they served like a nice counterpoint to the malt. The body was thick enough to provide a sustained sweetness. Not much aftertaste to speak of. Although this is made in one of the styles I don't go out of my way to sample very often, I enjoyed it pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 04:59:17 | More by rajendra82
Photo of gford217


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Buebie poured into a pint glass.

This one pours a clear reddish amber with a small white head that dissipates to nothing quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma is a mixture of toasted grains and sweet caramel. The taste is much sweeter than the aroma suggests with a massive caramel malt sweetness that dominates throughout. There is a bit of toasted bread character, but less than the aroma. The mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied for the style with very little carbonation - slick and a bit sticky. This is certainly not near the top of my list of oktoberfests, but it is quite drinkable for the ABV, which I never would have pegged at over 7%.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 02:50:36 | More by gford217
Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.