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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 Mdog


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

Appearance: Clear copper, somewhat thin head.

Smell: Light grain, toasted bread.

Taste: Bready, with a little sweetness. Alcohol is more noticeable than expected.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy even though the beer's a little on the strong side.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty smooth, have to be a little careful since this is over 7%.

Picked up a 12 pack since hey, it's October. Summit's fest beer is all right, nothing too special but pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 21:44:58 | More by Mdog
Photo of Mebuzzard


2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An Old Chicago night. Gave this a try as it's approaching October. Pours a light ruby, earthy brown color. Small head, could be due to OldC pouring. Served very cold.
It had a semi sweet smell, a bit grainy. Light almond hints. Tasted much the same. A nice bready undertone takes the harshness of almond away. Some slightly roasted grain makes it's way to the back of the palate. A bit thin. Chalk this up as average

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 17:39:55 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of GRPunk


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

Bottle poured into a mug

A- It poured a nice bronze color with a two finger off-white head. It had medium carbonation.

S- It had a very bready scent with some sweet caramel tones.

T- Some caramel flavors but it had a mostly biscuit taste.

M- The mouthfeel was a little foamy.

D- As most beers in the style, it was an easy drinker.

Overall- This was a pretty good beer, but it lacked any sort of "wow" factor. I'd drink it again, but it isn't anything I'm likely to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 20:08:54 | More by GRPunk
Photo of rjmclaw


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought two 6 packs of these because of the reported alcohol content although the price was a drawback... the first sampling I drank 6 with the desired result

this beer has more of a reddish copper tone than other Marzens I have sampled although the appearance was not unpleasant

the smell was not strong and a bit sweeter than expected

the taste was sweet and not particularly hoppy

the feel was a bit lighter than what expect from a Marzen

the beer gave me a good headfeel after only a six pack and that was exceptional although it would not deter me from drinking more I get the feeling it would deter more normal beer drinker/samplers more than it did me

I liked this beer for its alcohol content but not as much as I like say Left Hand Marzen... I plan to sample and review more Marzen style beers as this is one of my favorite styles (hopefully one day I can get to Germany to sample the originals)

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 01:55:58 | More by rjmclaw
Photo of Strix


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Smells of roasted malt. Tastes like it smells, with roasted malts dominating, with an aftertaste that tasted to me like it was sort of spice or pumpkin. Honestly, the aftertaste didn't float my boat. This was all right, and there were some things going on, but the taste it left in my mouth was just kind of off. This one wasn't amazing for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 07:16:20 | More by Strix
Photo of morimech


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice rich copper color on pour. A very small head forms after the pour then dissipates. No lacing to speak of. All activity ceases after a couple of minutes. This is a complaint I have with all of Summit's bottled beers except their witbier which is overdone in this regard.

It smells of roasted malt and caramel. Very pleasant.

The taste of sweet malt, hops, and a malt aftertaste. Nothing overpowering and well balanced.

Medium body and a soothing feeling on the tongue. A good session beer on a cool day or evening.

On second thought the 7.70% ABV doesn't make this a good session beer as I found out this morning.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 19:55:23 | More by morimech
Photo of DaPeculierDane


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

Transparent and as close to true copper as a beer can come. Thin but lasting off white to tan head. Aroma is sweet grains and lightly toasted malts. Flavor is a tad sweet and perhaps under toasted but otherwise spot on. Toast is certainly present as is a sweet, German damp malt flavor. There is a strong nuttiness and even some nice spice in the finish. The yeast adds some sweat generic fruitiness. Slightly buttery with a touch of toffee. On the big side of medium bodied for the style. Well carbonated. The finish is dry and nutty with a carbonation bite that lingers for a while. Very drinkable. I enjoy it more than most.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 23:02:20 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Monkeypaws


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is best bought fresh - I just bought some on initial release in mid-September, and it is lovely. Beautiful coppery color with a fresh smell of grain, nice head on pour, and oh so delicious going down. I prefer IPAs to most, but this is one that breaks my pattern when it appears this time of year. Along with Summit's equally excellent Maibock, they are the bookends to my summer.

Oh. and the 7.7% alcohol don't hurt either :-P

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 23:29:45 | More by Monkeypaws
Photo of bradley194


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. It is a nice full bodied Oktoberfest.

Appearance- I nice dark orange color with a one finger head which lasted for a good while.

Smell- Caramel, borderline toffee, sweet smell. Very pleasant.

Taste- Really nice. Full bodied and sweet. Has a nice caramel flavor to it. Very rich malty flavor. It had a perfect balance between the flavor and the carbonation. I have found that a lot of Oktoberfest beers that I have tried have been overly carbonated. This may just be my opinion, but I think this beer had a really nice balance.

Overall- I would absolutely recommend this beer to anyone. It has a nice heaviness to it, but it is totally drinkable at the same time. Really nice balance and complexity.

Overall 4 out of 5.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 06:06:25 | More by bradley194
Photo of nortmand


2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brilliant, crystal clear orange with a half finger of white head.

Metallic yeast dominates the nose. Not very pleasant.

Some goopy caramel notes. Not clean, kind of bitter, some malt overtones. Metallic banana, etc. Unbalanced bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

Bright carbonation, but overly thick body. Not real drinkable, but I got some enjoyment out of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 00:53:44 | More by nortmand
Photo of blakesell


2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Decent sized 1.5 finger head with a rich amber/gold orange colour. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell- This one smells much different from the one I had last year. Somehow this one got skunked. I can get traces of the malt, but the skunkiness is there. Dissapointing.

Taste- Rich and malty and then that skunk comes in. So unfortunate that such a lovely beer last year becomes this beer this year. I'll have to investigate my source next time and make sure that there aren't flourescent lights around the brew.

Mouthfeel- Sticky and slightly slimy. I'm wondering if the off skunk flavor is contributing to the bad mouthfeel in this review.

Drinkability- Had this been the same beer that I had this time last year, this would be a different review and I would be proud to have a 6pk of this beer. As it is, I'm stuck with another 4 beers that I don't want to drink anytime soon.

Too bad this time. BA reviews show that I'm stuck in an isolated incident.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 00:28:22 | More by blakesell
Photo of drpimento


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good old fashioned Oktoberfest session beer. Pours with a fine off-white head and some lace. Clear rich amber color. Nice nose matches the flavor of slightly toasty malt, very little hop. A bit of sweetness. Excellent balance. Finish has me coming back for morrre. Definite session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2007 22:55:23 | More by drpimento
Photo of hopman333


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summit brewery, Over the past three year's or so their beer is something I never tend to reach for. Even the $5.99 prices never seem to tempt me until now. Just had to try the Marzen \ ocktoberfest again for the first time in about 7 year's.

Smell - Very nice pale, caramel , munich and that nutty \ bock smell of the fresh malt's which I'm probably only getting because I live in Illinois and it just reached the shelves in the local liqour stores. Much better than I remembered than in the past offering's.

Appearance - You're basic marzen \ bock like deep amber color with a decent head to boot. Some nice lacing as well.

The taste - Starts out with a sweet and almost neutral flavor between the malt and hop's, very nice balance going on here, definately a skilled hand with brewing process. It then manages to get sweet and that ozone fresh hoppiness going back and forth till the almost but not quite cloying maltiness seem's to creep in and then become overtaken ever so slightly by the noble hop bitterness to round out the sweetness. Again, very nice.

This could and should maybe be called a bock as the taste seemed to be definately of the bock style. However I will not let that ruin the excellent review of this fine brew.

I was not the biggest Summit fan up until the last couple of month's or so. Mabye I'm getting older and my palette is changing , or they are tweaking their beer's to keep up with the big gun's of the micro industry, either way, give their brew's another chance because they seem to be achieving better quality and flavour's thruought their entire line.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 02:22:25 | More by hopman333
Photo of happygnome


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

a: nice dark copper color with about an eigth inch of head that dissapears kinda fast leaving a slender ring of lacing around the edge of the glass, would have liked a little more head for this style
s: caramely malts, slight floral hop notes and toasted malts
t: sweet toasty caramely flavor, very nice
m: medium bodied beer with little carbonation, very creamy

overall, i really enjoyed this brew, for such a high abv, there is little to no notes of bozziness

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 01:30:00 | More by happygnome
Photo of JDK


4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice medium amber color with a quickly diminishing head. Very nice mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.
Very light spicy smell.
The taste is very good, nice blend of spices, one not overpowering another. Very refreshing!
I could drink several of these in a session, and I'm in the process of doing that tonight.
Sam Adams Octoberfest has always been my favorite but this is it's equal!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 02:53:26 | More by JDK
Photo of uwmgdman


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This Oktoberfest pours a beautiful light copper color with a nice white head that diminished into a spotty skim after a few sips. The aroma is highly malty, spicy toasted grains and caramel sweetness, there might be a light hop aroma as well. The flavor is very malty, spicy and sweet initially, followed by a solid balance of hop bitterness, and finally the toasted grain spicyness reappears at the swallow. The carbonation is moderate and the beer has a medium body, giving a good drinkability. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest. The malt aroma and flavor are both very prevalent and well done. I enjoy the toasted spicy flavor from what seems to be a large portion of toasted grains, like Vienna or Munich. The hop bitterness provides a nice balance, definitely keeping this Oktoberfest from being overly sweet. I’d place this in the top 3 Oktoberfests I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 21:20:29 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of pnkermiz

New York

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Barcade as part of the "Midwest Beer Night" and probably the biggest surprise hit in my opinion. Light reddish copper in color with a big malt aroma. The flavor was very complex with hints of bitter chocolate and smoked malt in with the more traditional toasted maltiness of an oktoberfest. Very strong for the style and it had a little bit of alcohol evident in the finish. Almost a doppelbock oktoberfest. A doppelfest maybe?

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2007 06:12:13 | More by pnkermiz
Photo of sullysbeer


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

Aroma: Malty, biscuity, Caramel, Munich Malt. Very light or almost no hop aroma.

Appearance: Very Clear Golden, very light head retention.

Flavor: Malty sweet, toffee, plums, light biscuit with a balanced piney hop bitterness that overpowers the sweetness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: Well brewed Octoberfest-Marzen Style Lager. I thought the bitterness was a bit overpowering and would like to see a bit sweeter, or a fuller body but that is just me. Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 20:35:08 | More by sullysbeer
Photo of rowew


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, twist off. No date information.

Appearance: Clear copper color, thin head and just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Malt sweetness and just a bit of spicy hops. Bready aroma that I identify with a typical marzen.

Taste: Very typical marzen flavor - malt sweetness and a bit of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Nice Oktoberfest - has all the flavors I would expect from a marzen. The high ABV is well masked - this is a nice seasonal offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 00:28:57 | More by rowew
Photo of BEERchitect


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

Contains enough Oktoberfest character to fit the style, but not enough to compete with classic German examples. Begins with aromas made up of part malty grains, bread, yeast, and earthy hops, but also partly with ester, fruity ale characters and American hops. Brilliantly clear with a pale copper hue. Sparkling carbonation with fair head retention and lacing. Tastes go back and forth from bready / saaz, to fruity / spicy. Body does lack creaminess, and maltiness, but the beer does finish clean except for a mild metalic hop character late. Good beer but not what I will go for when wanting an true Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 19:23:00 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts sweet but balanced, subdued caramel finish, higher ABV totally hidden. 99¢ for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 23:37:01 | More by jdhilt
Photo of andrewmartin


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Being from MN, I was pretty excited to pick up a 12 of this beer at the local Andersons.

A: Pours a deep copper with moderate carbonation

S: For lack of a better term, the smell is a steely malt sweetness

T: Strong malt sweetness with little hop bitterness to balance it out. As it warms up it develops a somewhat harsh, unpleasent, bitterness.

M: Very thin and astringent, not full at all.

D: Can't really imagine drinking more than one of these on a fall day.

Pretty disappointed with this one, especially considering that Summit is a solid brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 00:47:11 | More by andrewmartin
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Too much booze cuts the party short.

Crystal clear copper/amber body, mild carbonation streams, topped by a solid level two fingers of tight white foam. Ok lacing.

Inviting fresh bread bakery aroma.

Caramel malty base, veers a bit too much toward pixie stick and not enough toward dark chocolate. Earthy herbal noble hops arrive to balance and blunt the over-sweetness. However, a larger problem is the pervasive taste and sense of alcohol that arises between the malt and hops and rides roughshod throughout the rest of each pull. Its not overpowering, but its totally out of place for an Octoberfest.

Medium mouthfeel is fine.

Drinkability suffers from the alcohol taste in a style that's all about drinkability. One twelve ounce bottle at a time is all I want from this, not a series of gigantic mugs.

A disappointment from a brewery whose other offerings I've enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 22:20:16 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of beakerboy


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle pours an amber orange with a very small amount of dense head. The foam clings to the glass well leaving belgian-like lace. The aroma has both hints of fruit and malt. Most oktoberfest beers have one or the other, but this is a nice balance. The taste is the same as the smell with the addition of some hops. Good body and carbonation. A good beer over all. I never tried this when I lived in Saint Paul for 3 years, but I'm glad I have now.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 23:20:48 | More by beakerboy
Photo of Jredner


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stole this from Hopscotch’s fridge at his post-GABF tasting. It has a low intensity aroma that features a vegetal mash and some sweet malts. The body is lustrous amber and holds a rapidly diminishing wispy white head. Light palate in the fore along with sweet but somehow juicy feeling malt flavors. No bitterness as per the style. Has some hard caramel candy sweetness in the middle ranges. Finish is abrupt with only some faint sweet malt and grains lingering on.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 01:07:00 | More by Jredner
Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.