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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Beaver13


2.33/5  rDev -35.6%

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grainy malts and some DMS. Some sweet toffee comes out as it sits.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts (a bit too much), a little apple fruitiness, followed by a subdued German hop bitterness and a metallic finish. It's quite the mish-mash of flavors, not what I would consider an Oktoberfest. The mouthfeel is is medium, a tad watery, with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, I didn't care for the sweet/metallic mix. This was not a very good O-fest.

10-15-2006 03:44:13 | More by Beaver13
Photo of terrabyte


2.68/5  rDev -26%

Pours a nice, clar tan and copper color. White foamy head.

Smells slightly sweet with a hint of caramel and grains.

Taste starts out mild with only some sweetness. Then it follows with a yeasty, foamy flavor that borders on bad cheap beer. Slightly Putrid.

Has a foamy finish with a slow bitter aftertaste that lingers negatively.

I'm not a big fan of Oktoberfest beers, but this one is at the bottom of my list.

10-03-2006 23:19:59 | More by terrabyte
Photo of warriorsoul


4/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a clear, bright copper color with a full finger and a half of pearl white head...a half a finger sticks around, but not much lacing happening here.
Decent aroma of spice, earthy yeast and carmelized malt.
Taste is real solid...a nice balance of hop, malt and spice with a decent mouthfeel. Super fresh and clean in the finish...no alcohol presence whatsoever. Just a touch sweeter in the end which actually helps the drinkability for me.
Not the thirst quencher I seek, but would enjoy a few of these on any given day...a great start to October for me.

10-01-2006 20:36:10 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of tgbljb


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%

Poured a medium copper color with massive slightly off-white puffy head. Strong malt notes presnrt in the nose. Taste is malty sweet, with some nice caramel and toffee to be found. Nice, full and creamy in the mouth. Finishes with a mild bitterness which is really a nice ending for this beer. Excellent drinkability. I was shocked to see the 7.7% alcohol. Never would have guessed.

09-25-2006 23:42:44 | More by tgbljb
Photo of TechMyst


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

CONTAINER TYPE: bottle (20th anniversary)
FRESH: 6186 puts it around the 4th of july so it’s 2.5 months old now
PURCHASED @: Binny’s
COST: $6.49 6pack sale
HEAD: none; slight yellow; did a very vigorous pour and it diminished quicly
LACE: rings slide quickly down side
REFLECTED- Beautiful Copper
TRANSMITTED- mostly clear
AROMA: caramel malts w/ hint of skunk
PALATE: slimey; sparkling carbonation (nice while drinking; but too much for my stomach later)
TASTE: Bittersweet at first w/ long bitter aftertaste; something is off for me about the sweet. There is a tinny/metallic note that is too much present. This is like if you blended Blue Moon / Heineken / Boddington’s together.
COMMENTS: Let this get to somewhere between fridge-temp and room-temp and it tastes the best for me. It’s a good quality brew. Take care of the metallic taste and balance it a bit more and it would be a great brew for me. It has a full character. Pretty smooth once you get going. Watch out though 2 of them pack a decent punch.

09-24-2006 23:01:54 | More by TechMyst
Photo of teg8612


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

A- Clear with a amber, almost burnt orange color. Off-white head is firm and good lacing.

S- Strong malt nose, slightly caramelly with a pinch of pine.

T&M- Grainy, toasted malts. Only lightly spicey. Earthy hop finish. I pick up a light alcohol burn as it warms. Pretty balanced with a good malt backbone and just enough hops to leave a nice finish. If the ABV wasn't as high as it is, you could drink these all night, if your night was only two hours long. Medium yet firm bodied.

D- I always get a little giddy when Oktoberfest rolls around because this is one of my favorite beers. I got real lucky as I took the brewery tour the week after they kegged and bottled the first run of this so I got to try this years version before it hit market. It gets better every year.

09-18-2006 13:16:05 | More by teg8612
Photo of Phatz


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Allowed to warm and then served in my pint glass.

Appearance: Pours golden with hint of ruby. Perfectly clear body with lots of active carbonation.

Smell: The smell seemed to be a bit soapy. (Did I let it warm too much?) Regardless, The nose is simple (reserved) with caramel toasted malts and a hint of fruits, it is dominantly sweet.

Taste: Sweet malty and fruity this Märzen is an easy drinking but lacks some of the zest a few others have. It is a sweet, very sweet and has a bit of an alcohol kick. There is a minimal suggestion of bittering hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The aroma may be this beers weakness but the mouthfeel is its strength. Rich, thick and slick; chewy malty in the mouth. Nice!

Drinkability: Oktoberfest beers tend to be very drinkable. This one seems to be a bit high on the alcohol to be a sessionable beer. After one, I was ready for a change but it was pleasant to drink that one.

Hope this is helpful.

09-11-2006 06:47:00 | More by Phatz
Photo of xav33


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

Summit Oktoberfest
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, drank 08/06
Medium pour in a pint glass

Poured clear orange with 1/8 inch whiteish fully diminishing rocky head.

Smelt of roasted grain, almost wheat-like, and a hint of leatheriness.

Initial taste was bready, lightly sweet, acidic and bitter, then finishes in a strong heavy spicy bitterness that clings on for a fairly long finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium with lively carbonation and moderate astringency and a subtle alcoholic warmth.

Overall, a simple yet aggressive Oktoberfest that hides its ABV well.

09-01-2006 18:15:07 | More by xav33
Photo of mcallister


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Nice clean shade of orange with copper streaks. Good carbonation bubbles, but very little head that didn't last, and no lacing.

Some sweet malt, but not much else on the nose. Light hints of barley, and spice.

Nice balance, with a clean, crisp mouthfeel, light bodied. Hints of malt with the slightest bit of caramel. If looking for a big complex beer look elsewhere.

Easily drinkable.

08-19-2006 19:20:18 | More by mcallister
Photo of russpowell


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours amber/orange with a 1" off white head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Fruitty & then some grainny notes

Taste: Malt sweetness, then fruittyness with a faint alcohol burn up front. Slight alcohol & caramel follows. Finishes sweet, dry & slighltly grainy

MF: Medium with some pricklyness & a syruppy feel as it warms

Drinks pretty good, not a bad take, but I'd preffer a little more finese versus the alcohol/grainy taste hammer. Still worth seeking out

08-18-2006 04:18:47 | More by russpowell
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.7/5  rDev -25.4%

Originally reviewed September 17, 2005. On tap at the Big Lake Brewfest. No aroma. Nice headstrong amber pour. Malty and sugary, but lacking any decent characteristics, that distingush it as an Oktoberfest. Finish is skanky and a touch too dry. Somehow overall the higher alcohol doesn't appear.

08-13-2006 14:37:29 | More by CharlesDarwin
Photo of bigdeuce


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

It's not bad. Smells good with some caramel/pumpkin flavoring. Is over carbonated. The alcohol is high for this style and is pretty much undetectable. Body is thin, mouthfeel very thin. Soapy head that disapates quickly leaving no lacing. Taste isn't bad and is an average beer. I would have it again without a doubt, but will not go seeking this one.

08-11-2006 23:06:36 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of hero27


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

12 oz bottle.

Light copper color. Thin layer of lacing left on the glass.
Corn flake malt aroma. Sweet, toasted malt flavors with a pleasant caramel finish. The body leaves a bit to be desired..seemed a bit light to me for an Oktoberfest that clocks in at a hefty (and pretty respectable) 7.7% abv. That being said, the alcohol is hidden quite well. Overall, I'd put this about average for the style.

07-26-2006 01:31:40 | More by hero27
Photo of denjen


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Dennis: I think this is one of the highest alcohol Oktoberfest we've ever had. Coming in at 7.7% is pretty damn impressive, coupled even more with the fact that you can't really taste it. The aroma and taste have a prevalent sweet yeastiness to them, sort of reminds me of dough. Definitely a good choice if your burnt out on the standard Oktoberfest that flood the market every fall. Not the most amazing beer, and a little over carbonated, but respectable for what it is.
Jen: For a Summit brew, this seems to be one of the better ones, but it still isn't a great brew. It has a nice backbone of bready malts with a sweetness that carries throughout the whole brew. This doesn't feel like an Oktoberfest to me, it is almost missing that fall feeling I have gotten from others. It is a decent brew and offers something different than most fall crews, but I still find myself wanting to finish this so I can drink something else.

06-25-2006 22:38:29 | More by denjen
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

I got this beer courtesy of SMF. He had an Oktoberfest party and no one drank his Summit. He then officially OD’d on the stuff over the next month or so trying to get rid of it, so he gladly handed me a bottle when I saw him last. Thanks Jeff! Your misery is my fortune.

This beer poured a beautiful dark earthy orange as if flowed from the bottle to the pint, but once inside, the color looked rather dead and boring. It still has the amber orange color, but there’s a lifeless straw color that makes it look a little sad. The thin head looks nice with an irregular frothy form to it that left some nice spots of lace.

Smells ridiculously sweet with tons of caramel and cotton candy backed up with a little citrus nip.

The sweetness really carries through into the flavor, but not in the way I thought it would. I was a little intimidated by the sugars, thinking that I was in for a big sticky sweet surprise but the malts came through as grainy and not like fake candy. All right! There are some huge light malts here that taste like light and fluffy bread dough and honey with a little hazelnut blended in. At the finish there’s just a subtle nip of hops that come in to balance out the powerful malts. Fantastic! The best part is the finish where all of the sweetness is left behind and I’m left with only a slight film inside my mouth. Considering how sweet this is, I’m impressed.

The mouth feel is big and chewy with only a light sporadic but noticeable carbonation. This seemed to fit well with the big sweet malts.

This beer felt like eating a big old slice of home-made bread slathered in honey. The flavors and the mouth feel really came together to make this a fantastic beer.

04-14-2006 22:39:36 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of ryantupy


2.85/5  rDev -21.3%

I found this beer to be rather unimpressive and kinda boring. I hate to say it since I usually like Summit beers but this one is definatly a sleeper for me. Its poured a amber color with amber head and had poor retention. It smelled bready with bold spices and herbs. It tasted of toasted malts and heavy bold spices with to much carbonation and bitterness. It is rather strong though so that is a plus to an otherwise boring beer.

04-12-2006 22:37:29 | More by ryantupy
Photo of jimbotrost


2.75/5  rDev -24%

Purchased a 12 pack for 9.99 + + at Opperman's cork N Ale in Saginaw, Michigan. THe beer seemed to have suffered due to age. The pour was a bright and brilliant clear red and was topped off with a sparse off white head. The nose was sweet and malty, too sweet, and lacked any balance. Flavor continued the one dimensional sweet feature with a cloying feel. The beer just lays there, I have had better. Will look forward to a fresh Sample in September because Summitt makes some wonderful products.

03-25-2006 15:18:05 | More by jimbotrost
Photo of scruffwhor


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance- Left a good , slightly amber colored head with somewhta, perhaps, maybe, half-way decent retention.

Smell- Makes me think of homemade Amish white bread. It also maks me think of bread mix and earthy minerals.

Taste- This stuff taste like the color amber. IF any can back me up that some things make you think of colors, this beer does it for me. Some freash out of the toaster white bread malts mixed with some happy hops that make you wanna slam you mug on the tablle and raise it high whilst exclaiming STOLL AN!

Mouthfeel- One of the most refreshing beers for a 7.7% abv. I want to say this would be a good session beer, but this stuff would kick your ass much faster than you would want.

02-26-2006 21:54:26 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Burnt orange with sparkling brass at the margins. The beige colored cap is tidy, but firm, with a heavily pitted look that I like. What appears to be an acceptable amount of lace is beginning to form on the upper few inches of the glass. This looks like a standard Marzen; perhaps a little lighter than most.

The nose, as well, is standard issue for the style. Malt leads the way (natch) with faint caramel and earthy Munich notes. Since there isn't a great deal of power, a more detailed description isn't possible.

I feel odd drinking an Oktoberfest during late winter, so from now on I'll call this beer a Februarfest. Okay, bad idea. The flavor is enjoyable if you like the style. I can appreciate lightly toasted, earthy, whole grain bread; tea-like notes and a minimal spicy hoppiness. There's actually quite a bit going on.

The hop lineup isn't anything overly original (Northern Brewer, Tettnang and Saaz), but then tradition is tradition for a reason. Simcoe or Amarillo would turn this beer into something else entirely; good maybe, but not really an Oktoberfest. Sweet and bitter are present in roughly equal measure and the beer is the better for it.

Despite the rather lofty 7.7% ABV, I don't really notice alcohol; a tribute to the brewers' skill. The mouthfeel falls within the wide range of medium and is firm rather than smooth or silky. Again, classic for the style. A (tending toward) bitter, drying finish enhances drinkability.

Summit Oktoberfest Marzen and Millstream Oktoberfest are two of the better domestic versions that I've run across. Maybe it has something to do with the high concentration of German immigrants in the Midwest. In any case, this is a beer that I can easily recommend. While it didn't impress the lederhosen off me, it's a definite keeper.

02-08-2006 17:04:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of ppoitras


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the dark orangey amber brew. Head hangs at about half height, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet somewhat wet grain, with a tinge of alcohol. Flavor is upfront brash fruity malts, with closing bitterness, relatively balanced overall. Mouthfeel and drinkability are about average, although the perceived alcohol in the taste seems high for the style.

01-19-2006 21:38:01 | More by ppoitras
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance - short-lived off-white head melts quickly to a sparse cover. This copper-hued beer looks good!

Aroma - moderate malt and spice, very pleasant.

Taste - sweet, malty, but not as spicy as the aroma. An early breath of alcohol fades. Sweetness follows the swallow, followed by some nearly Belgian-like malty sweetness. Nice malty style, not real distinctive though.

Mouthfeel - average carbonation and weight, nicely done.

Drinkability - tasty and easy to drink, kinda average though.

01-15-2006 16:42:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of hanco005


4/5  rDev +10.5%

I picked up a 6 of these because they were on sale (I guess they wanted to get rid of them before they expire). I'm not a big Oktoberfest lover of any brand, but really enjoyed this one.

Appearance: Reddish Bronze with a little head

Smell: Very light sweet, caramel scent

Taste: Similar to the smell, but very strong and sweet. I honesty think it tastes similar to caramel corn.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as I expected...almost a little flat.

Drinkability: Easy to drink a two but I think the sweetness of it would prohibit drinking more than two in one sitting.

12-22-2005 21:18:41 | More by hanco005
Photo of PBRstreetgang


2.83/5  rDev -21.8%

Pours a copper orange hue, with a semi-hazed clarity. The head is dense, but under one finger and retains poorly. Decent lacing though. Crystal malt aroma, with a pinch of floral hops and ester. The flavor is rich with vienna malt sweetness and bavarian hops, but still too thin to hide an obviuos cider flavor. The hops flavor is lacking, and the ester aftertaste ruins the mouthfeel. Slow, even carbonation and medium body are fairly smooth, but the finish winds up too sweet and expels any chance for a resepctable drinkability.

12-04-2005 18:47:59 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of orbitalr0x


2.93/5  rDev -19.1%

The Summit Oktoberfest pours from the bottle a bright clear amber red with streaks of peach. A small bubbly white head develops and falls to a ring around the brew. There's a best by date lasered onto the bottle..but the only way to read it is to hold the bottle up to a light!! Aromas of roasty caramel maltiness along with a touch of nuttiness and some herbal hops in the background. A bit fruity even....but overall a tad underwhelming.

First sip brings a roasty caramel maltiness with some nutiness. A bit bready in the middle with the classic Munich malt flavors. Some fruitiness sneaks through along with a subtle herbal hoppiness on the way down. This brew just doesn't really do it for me..it seems a bit out of whack with a slight astringent quality throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite aggressive stingy carbonation that makes it a bit hard to drink. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. With all the Oktoberfests that are out there I doubt I'll be coming back to this one, but I'm still glad I had the chance to sample it.

11-27-2005 06:39:27 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of neonbrown82


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

This is not one of the most accurate representations of the style I've seen. Much too strong. Gives those same sweet ethanol flavors as if one were to hold a full shot of bourbon in the mouth without the intense burning.

The appearance is a crystal clear coppery color with a tiny white head and a very active carbonation. Leaves no lacing. Looks alright but for the utter lack of head.

The smell is quite sweet and malty with some bready yeasty notes. I can smell the alcohol.

The taste is very sweet for on Oktoberfest. If this could be toned down (and consequently the alcohol with it), this would make a fine Oktoberfest, but this is almost ridiculous. Is this supposed to be an "Imperial O'fest" or something? Gets better as you warm up to it, letting some of the malty and spicy flavors out, along with a tiny hint of hops (which could be better utilzed to fight the sweetness as well).

The mouthfeel is quite full-bodied. Has lots of residuals and a powerful burn appropriate for the fall season. This was an alright Oktoberfest, but I think it overshot the mark whether it was intended or not.

11-14-2005 05:20:02 | More by neonbrown82
Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.