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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out completely transparent orangish amber with almost no head at all...I was not impressed. The smell is fairly undistinct, malty, but that's really it.

Flavour starts out sweet and then settles into a malty, yeasty flavour with some mild hop presence. The finish is very dry. I would rate the taste average.

The mouth is also average, not a lot of hop action, and not a lot of body. Generic beer. Drinkability is good, as should be expected for a lighter beer like this.

A quaffer, but nothing worth looking around for.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 00:25:17 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

from the hudson acme

good carbonation leads to a creamy head early on, supported by bubble ascendence. it wanes but not past a respectable quilt

a little stronger than i anticipated, but a good beer for when the mornings (er...nights) start to get a little crisp. there's a little spiciness to it. munich and caramel according to the website; delicious. i get a nutty, toasty aroma

i'm not a huge oktoberfest fan, but this is decent. it's interesting to see that this style get generally lower ratings than others. only a tiny portion of the beers in the style (which is a long list) have ratings of 4 or above

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 03:38:58 | More by bruachan
Photo of jamesdergen


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice amber, maple syrup hue with a nice foamy head and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: Some sweet grains, caramel malty scents and some alcohol, but not very aromatic.

Taste: Follows the nose with the malty caramel flavors and well-balanced hop bite. The alcohol sneaks in at the end in a pleasant and not overbearing manner. The malt taste is somewhat reminiscent of some Belgian ales I've had.

Mouthfeel: Very nice and light and doesn't leave the mouth dry.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable brew. It is very flavorful, complex and (best of all) inexpensive! I could easily have another, but this is my last one! The 7.7% ABV is well-hidden, I had no idea it was that high.

This is a very impressive beer from Summit. For the price, I don't know what else I would pick over Oktoberfest. If you live in the area, pick up a sixer while they're still available!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 21:53:14 | More by jamesdergen
Photo of merlin48


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

12 oz bottle pours a clear and radiant copper body with a small, beige head. Retention is minimal and sparse spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is malty, with caramel and a note of molasses. Fruity floral notes lurk in the background. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Taste is on the malty side, with lots of caramel notes. Spicy, hop bitterness is well executed, and equally assertive. Very nicely balanced. Alcohol is very well concealed, especially if this one is actually 7.7% abv. A very well done American Marzen with very good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 12:20:50 | More by merlin48
Photo of amstelcat


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

Nice, beautiful dark orange color as poured into the glass. Half inch of head that dissipated fairly quickly and left a minimal amount of lacing on the glass as the beer quickly down into my belly. Nose seems to be a typical Marzen; balance of malt and soft hops, nothing to write home about. Flavor was balanced as well. Maybe Saaz hops used for bittering? Mouthfeel more tight than expected, kind of like a sharp cheddar.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, like most Oktoberfests. I could see myself downing quantities of this at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 18:33:23 | More by amstelcat
Photo of lackenhauser


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice golden amber color. Small head that is gone rather quickly. Low aroma-somewhat toasted malt but theres a metallic wang going on in there. A tad sweet on the flavor side. Malty with a somewhat sulfury finish. Not all together unpleasant. Body is ok though almost too full for the style. An enjoyable enough beer though a bit heavy on the body and abv for a maerzen for me. Worth trying for your own opinion. Thanks to deejaydan for the Great Pumpkin sample.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 20:50:55 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a clear, copper color with a small head. Toasted malt aroma with some spicy hops. The flavor is malty, with some lemon, which is strange. Just a bit of hop flavor in the finish, but the emphasis is towards the malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Good drinkability. Alcohol is well hidden. I didn't detect anything close to the 7.7% abv listed on the bottle. A well above average Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 22:59:02 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of UncleFlip


3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hits the glass amber to brown,wit a just-off-white head.

The smell is of spicy hops, with a bit of malt under.

Flavour is tangy- earthy with a bit of clove and banana. It's earthy and spicy at the end.

Carbonation is high and tight, with thin liquid underneath.

It has a good character. I think I'd have more than one.

Be well

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 04:50:42 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of jasonpeckins32


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

Appearance: Pours a copper-amber color with very minimal head retention, after 15 secs, none at all.

Smell: Malty with an intriguing hop presence in the background. Nearly smells like a nice pale ale. Probably not real true to style, but nice nevertheless.

Taste: The taste is mild at first, but after you swallow, it unleashes a raging blow of sweet, really sweet, tangy, tart, syrupy blast. Overkill. That aftertaste really isnt doing me any favors.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy. Not heavy-bodied, but syrupy or maybe a little oily.

Drinikability: A little hard to choke down at a quick pace.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 13:02:13 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of Knuckles


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

Apparently, this is my week for boring marzens. I picked up some of the Summit Oktoberfest when I was in Cleveland, just for the hell of it. I was trying to pick some beers that would appeal to a broad range of tastes, and that was the lager I grabbed. Not a particularly scientific sampling, but I did what I could.

Understand, I don't expect marzens to be mind-blowing. It would be nice, however, if I could find one that ranges beyond the pedestrian. So far I've only found two that do, but am in no position to review them.

Appearance: This beer is gorgeous, but awfully damn light. Thing's orange like a double IPA. I expect my marzens to be a bit darker, and with more brown to it. It was pretty, just too damn light.

Smell: Not particularly mind bending. Lots of yeast, wee hint of malt chasing it around my voluminous nostrils. The yeast won.

Taste: Again, unremarkable. Pleasant malt front, the typical yeasty finish, not much in between. I could pound litres of this stuff and never know it.

Mouthfeel: A bit better than the Hooker I had the day before. This has a slightly more solid presence in the mouth, but not breathtakingly so.

Drinkability: Oh yes, you could drink the shit out of this. It goes down easily, and is never unpleasant. It's just not going to change your life. Unless you drink an assload of it, go home and knock up your girlfriend, get married, get a job at the glue factory and spend your days sawing the hooves off of horse corpses before you throw them into the glue pot so the hooves can be sent off to the Jell-O Brand Gelatin factory so we all can continue to enjoy our fruity gelatinous desserts until the end of time because I know we all just LOVE to watch it jiggle. If that happens, then I guess you could say that it DID change your life. But it seems like a bit of a longshot.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 05:08:32 | More by Knuckles
Photo of slyke


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

Another Summit seasonal offering!!! I like them all.

This is a good looking beer. It pours copper-orange with thin white head that fades quickly (the fading head cost it a higher score from me).

Smell is pretty good, malty with a little graininess.

Taste is just what you look for in an Oktoberfest. Bold and malty. Just hoppy enough to finish clean. Mouthfeel is good. A "substantial" feeling beer, just like I expect in a marzen style.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty, tasty beer, but at 7.7% abv, it is a bit heavy as a session brew. It is great one or two at a time, though. I'll buy it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 19:55:40 | More by slyke
Photo of kdog630


3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber color but not much head. It was gone pretty quickly. Mild carbonation with a malty aroma and flavor. Not very impressed though compared to other Summit brews I've enjoyed. I'd say it stays pretty true to the style as far as color and flavor go, but could use a tad more bubbles for my tastes. Maybe I'll get a chance to sample a draft in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 04:02:04 | More by kdog630
Photo of DrPond


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My brother and I bought a keg so I have this on tap at home. Oh yeah!

The beer pours a clear bright copper color with a large rocky head typical of the all-malt German marzens. Smell is malty and sweet but loses points for a slightly metallic twinge in the aroma. Taste is soft and malty. The sweet malty taste really raps around the toungue and mouth, but the finish is clean with an identifible hop presence. For me the first sip was almost cloyingly sweet, but after another few sips the beer's tremendous balance really shone through. Mouthfeel is good and the drinkablility is devastating. This stuff is 7.7% and goes down smooth enough to be considered dangerous. I quaffed a few litres the other night without a problem but it definately caught up with me as the evening progressed.

I think this is one of the better Oktoberfests around --- German or American.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2005 04:08:47 | More by DrPond
Photo of deejaydan


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange hue, minimal head and lacing. Aroma is floral hops with bready notes. Taste is bready, biscuit like. I'd like more sweet malt flavors upfront, but it's not bad. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but if this is 7.7%, it's masked well. Very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 01:14:19 | More by deejaydan
Photo of malty


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

Best before Dec. 28 '05

Brilliantly clear copper orange with racing tiny bubbles forming an off-white fluffy 1/2" steady head. Good lacing.

Fresh cereal grains with a sweet maltiness in the nose. A touch of sugary fruit (candied figs?) in there also.

Quite toasty flavors indeed. Grainy cereal malt flavor with a nice faint hop dryness towards the finish. All the flavors are very clean.

Mouthfeel is good. Light-Med. bodied with a nice amount of fine carbonation.

Drinkability is great. A very quaffable brew to say the least. A perfect match for many different foods.

Overall a sturdy and honest Oktoberfest. A beer that tastes and feels good, requiring no deep thought - just drink and enjoy. I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 00:07:19 | More by malty
Photo of putnam


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Radiant bronze. Thrilling to look at. Dark for the "style." Soft aromas of nuts, toast, caramel and cream. Big and sweet in the mouth. Baked fruit and caramel flavors. Hempy bitterness. The texture is broad and a bit sticky with volumes of tender mousse. Spiced lemon cuts it and drives rear aromas of steeped tea and herbs. A pure finish; don't scrutinize it. Tangy, toasted kernels of acidity provide an efficient tempo throughout.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 23:10:55 | More by putnam
Photo of KarlHungus


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

Pours a clear red color with a small white head that recedes quickly. The aroma is clean with some grassy and floral tones. The taste is as clean as the aroma. The sip has lots of floral notes, while the aftertaste is rather sweet. The mouthfeel is medium boded with ample carbonation. Overall, this is another solid brew from Summit.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 17:21:02 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of tavernjef


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

On tap at Tom Reid's: Dull rusty color with a small, densely firm cap of dark ivory sits slim. Lace sticks in big strings and globs.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a lovely caramel breading and candied melon granola bar coating.

Taste is sweet with a moderately low set tang of bready dough that has a bit of brown sugar base and light cinnamon touch to it. Unravels across the palate quite nicely with its sweetness. Quite big with long lasting bready and caramel coated goodness. Very slight tint of roasted/toasted grain and light hop notes adding a bit of low grassy spice.

Feel is big, sweet, bready, smooth, and rich with a fairly heavy set tone and body. Malts do there thing here in a solid fashion of balanced sweetness and sticky bread doughy smack.

A big O-fest thats taken a turn for the better over the last couple of years. Thank goodness. Its a keeper to have around. And watch out, its a sneaker, it warms ya up pretty fast too.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2005 03:32:13 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Brent


2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The weather is still quite warm, and normally I don't get much of a longing for O'fests until the air gets a bit chilly and the leaves start to turn, but this was in the store and new and, well, you know the rest of the story. Besides, man does not live by hops alone.

Poured a vibrant coppery amber, perhaps a bit on the pale side for the style. Aroma was vague, perhaps a little apple. Flavor was a bit sharp and tart, lighter and a little fruity, without the malty subtance of a marzen - more like a Vienna. Not much depth to the flavor and overall simply lightweight. Perhaps it is good I started with this light, boring version - better to acclimate myself to the real thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 02:07:39 | More by Brent
Photo of dirtylou


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

12oz bottle, single bottle purchased at Woodman's at Madison

appearance: murky burnt orange, quite cloudy, quite bubbly with a matching bubbly white head that fully laces

smell: quite sweet, bready and yeasty...pretty faint aromas

taste: sweet bready malts, quite hoppy for the style, mild caramel but not as much as other oktoberfests...clean and refreshing, mild alcohol. not the greatest but pretty good

mouthfeel: medium bodied, clean and refreshing, alcohol hidden

drinkability: pretty drinkable despite the higher abv

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 00:24:09 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Bierguy5


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

Pours a clear orange/amber color. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Thick off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Bready, toasty malt aroma, hints of herbal/grassy hops. Strong toasty caramel malt flavor, followed by a bit of bitterness. Finishes sweet. Medium body, carbonation is good. Very easy to drink, even at 7.7%. Pretty solid one here. A bit hoppy for an O-Fest.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 16:50:40 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of frazbri


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summit Oktoberfest Marzen poured copper in color, clean and clear. The offwhite head was short, but creamy. The aroma was flowery and fruity, but dominated by malt. The taste started metallic, then fruity, peachy. Sweetness up front, bitter in the finish. Body was medium, and the carbonation was fairly high.

That initial taste of metal drops this score a notch, even though it did not linger. Summit Oktoberfest is worth trying, but it isn't something I'd make a special trip to purchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 00:43:48 | More by frazbri
Photo of Gritsak

West Virginia

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

A- bright golden amber with lots of bubbles rushing to the surface. thick off-white head that has great retention.

S- sweet with tons of malt, yeast and grain.

T- big malt flavor with a sweet finish. some hop hints but they are in the shadown of the malt. aftertaste is a bit metalic

M- medium to thick body. mild carbonation and very creamy.

D- sweet aftertaste hurts drinkability a bit, but still pretty easy to drink.

overall- very similar to a bock with the big malt flavor. I would taste a little more spicey/hop presence to balance it out. the 7.7% is very well hidden and overall i think its a pretty good beer. nothing spectacular, but better then average.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 04:21:05 | More by Gritsak
Photo of TastyTaste


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

Crystal clear pumpkin orange color, with very minimum head on the pour. Smell is vaguely grassy, definitely sweet and crisp, also has some noticable alcohol in the nose. Taste is very crisp and full, sweet malts, with a grassy, alcohol laced background really make this a full and unique tribute to the style. Nice mouthfeel, to boot. A good start to the Oktoberfest season.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 00:44:08 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of joedon


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber to copper color. Tawny head with strong lace. Mild aroma with toffee and malt notes. Balanced taste with just the right hoppiness and strong malt flavors. Aftertaste of roasted malt, chocolate, and just a bit of pineapple. Feels great on the tongue with a lively carbonation. I could drink a liter stein of this lager!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 20:38:05 | More by joedon
Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.