Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 46 | 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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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The beer is a nice rich copper color with slowly rising bubbles. A frothy tight head sits on top with huge sheets of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The beer smells malty and sweet with caramel notes, then and slightly tart with some apple notes.

Taste: Spicy, malty, toasted, and acidic. Caramel sweetness and apple tart, mainly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: At 7.1% it's smooth and creamy.

Overall: Excellent across the board but I wish this had a lower ABV.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jimmah120
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date into tulip

Look is a dark amber-orange, clear, with a small white head that fades to a ring around the glass. Smell is toasted grain, malt, with a touch of floral, earthy hops. Taste is sweet caramelized malt at first, followed by roasted grain. Burnt toast, pumpkin, spice, light floral/grassy hops. Medium-light feel that is full of malt and feels slightly velvety on the tongue. Decent amount of carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
6.6% ABV, Enjoy by 01/02/13 printed on neck.

A - Pouring a crystal clear golden amber with a few bubbles trickling upwards here and there, the beer has a huge well-formed head with rock-solid retention and a thick collar of cream-colored lacing.

S - A light honey sweetness accompanies the toasted malts which are apparent but lack depth, instead, grassy, timidly floral hops are a bit more forward. While the beer smells inviting, it's fairly one-dimensional.

T - Initially sweet on the tongue, Summit's Oktoberfest has a big malt presence that turns toasted pretty quickly; think honey-drizzled bread. Unlike the aroma, the hops mellow in flavor, gently suggesting earthy, floral attributes on the back end.

M - The flavor's sweetness carries through and lingers on the tongue for an unbalanced medium-bodied. Moderate hop dryness helps, but there isn't much bitterness in this beer, making it harder to session, liter-style.

O - About half way through the beer, the sweetness becomes more and more cloying as it seems unnatural in this beer. While it's got the maltiness of an Oktoberfest down to a T, it's lacking a crisp hop profile that balances and rounds out the beer, the one aspect which makes the otherwise fuller-bodied beer drinkable in mass quantities. That's certainly not to say that this beer, standing alone, isn't good. In fact, it would be a wonderful transition beer during the cooler fall nights.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of JamesMN
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-translucent copper color. Nice white head, poured about two fingers but now down to a thin film covering the top.

Aroma: Some grains in there, a little caramel. A little bit of the typical pilsener smell but more refined.

Taste: Really good grain qualities here. Any harsh flavors have been dulled to a smooth finish. Not a very high abv but still get some alcohol on the edges of the palate. A hint of bitterness but nothing overt.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. A little effervescent. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: This is a good brew from a good brewery. It's got a nice malt complexity and would be perfect on a cool autumn afternoon. I'm glad they toned down the abv, it makes this beer more approachable if you are planning on having a longer drinking session.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.