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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of ibashmuck
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small head on a light amber body. Mellow smells of sweetness, maple, touch of hoppiness. Taste was along the same lines, just a bit more pronounced. Hop bite was above average. Carbonation was not too high, not too low, with a crispness that make the brew easy to drink. Not the best example of the style, but not the worst, by far.

ibashmuck, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper, a little light for a marzen. Head is there and gone, not much to speak of.

Aroma is malt and sweet honey or molasses. Light aroma isn't very pronounced.

Taste is honey and sweet sugar beets. The grain is there and a little light on the malting for the style. Sweet bread and light raisin. I like the flavor on this beer, I just would hesitate to call it true to style. The malting of the grain is a little light and there could be more roasting of the malt

Mouthfeel is good and medium bodied.

I like the flavor of this beer, but the roast of the malt is a little light for a marzen.

wheatyweiss, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of drxandy
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a foamy orangish amber shade, white head fades

smells of sweet malts, slight hops, bready, smells good but no indication of alcohol

taste is deep and malty, slight hops in the finish, nice bitterness, good balance, bready yeastiness, a nice marzen/okto!! i had no idea of alcohol content!

mouthfeel is nicely bittered smooth and sessionable, loads of flavor, a very reasonable price as well

drxandy, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, clear bronze color. Poured a two finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a skim around the edges. Light and inconsistent lacing.

S: Bread and sweet caramel. Some alcohol as it warmed a bit.

T: Caramel taste backed up by biscuity malts.

M: Medium body; fairly big malt fills the mouth. Better balanced after forcibly decanting a bit by swirling it in the glass.

D: Very easy drinking. May have improved a bit for me with more of a bittering hop finish. Good true enough, just not special.

Haybeerman, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of rabsten
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a dust-free bottle from the Ashland Beverage Center. Pours light brown, caramel into a pint glass from a stubby bottle. Thin head but decent lacing (tan head, kinda foamy, no fluff). Smells more sweet-malt than roast-malt.

Good, well rounded flavor. Very, for lack of a better word, "Oktoberfest-y." Since this is the intended style, not a bad thing. A bit crisper that some Marzens, but not overly so. Does go down a bit harsh at times. Still, it remains a drinkable beer, especially when it's kept on the cold side.

All-in-all, a fair-to-fine example of the style. If you're looking for an Oktoberfest brew, you can do a lot worse than this.

rabsten, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of TonyBaloney
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 12 pack of these last weekend. The color of this beer is a gorgeous coppery color, with a nice alive bubbliness, and a modest head. The smell is strong, with perhaps a bit too much alcohol evident, but still pleasant. The taste is outstanding, rich and complex, not very hoppy, but full of sweetness and grains, but not thick and syrupy either. After a hot day these really hit the spot, even with their elevated alcohol %. That 7.7 would probably prevent me from having more than a couple of these, well, maybe 3. Perhaps my favorite Summit.

TonyBaloney, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, I don't recall the local stores having such a massive variety of Oktoberfest beers. One, in particular, has about 20.

This pours a nice yellowish-amber, little head, with a sweet malty smell.

Taste has a distinct caramel edge with a burst of earthy sweetness, & a smooth, mellow finish. Pretty mild carbonation, easy to drink. No idea this was 7.70% ABV until I looked it up. This one could kick you in the headache if one wasn't careful.

Well worth drinking & a worthy 'Fest beer. Nice job Summit.

maximum12, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on tap at Ike's at the St. Paul Minneapolis Airport. It poured a beautiful clear rosey amber with a thin but complete white satin cover and great lacing. The aroma brings roasted malt and toasty wheat, crisp and clean. The taste is more of the same with a wine feel, a bit of alcohol presence. Medium carbonation, smooth and fair drinkability. There's some grassy hops bite, sort of peppery and clove with a hint of a metallic kiss in the back.

Durge, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of mashedpotatoes
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice creamy orange-like hue. Head is also creamy and pillowy and stays to visit for a while. The smell is robust, carmelly and bready. Not too complex but perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel is darn near perfect, I could probably sit down and cozy up with this for a good long while. Highly recommended!

mashedpotatoes, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tis the season. Pours a lighter orange hue with a semi-hazy appearance. A good pour leaves a soft white head. Ok retention but did fade to the edge of the glass and eventually fade altogether. Decent lacing.

The nose is limited overall. Some generic malt notes, with a feint biscuit/bready and caramel notes. Some minor yeast notes, with more of a Belgian estery aroma. Some earthy hop notes that leaves a spice smell in the finish. Nothing really distinctive to say it's an O-fest.

The taste is similar but the malt comes out more. To start the mal has a sweeter caramel flavor with some sugar undertones. Some stronger bready notes with a feint toasty flavor. No real Vienna or Munich flavors. The yeast in cleaner than what the nose indicated but no really German influence. Some light rose esters but soft. A minor earthy, spicy finish. Looking for more of a Munich/Vienna combo and more German taste.

The body is moderate with a sweet finish. Carbonation is light but ok for style. Overall, this is just a generic lager with some good caramel notes. But for an O-fest it is really missing some the specific flavors that I'm looking for.

Oxymoron, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium amber color with a nice foamy off white head with spotty lacing.

S- Nice bready malts, sweet caramel and a touch of hops.

T- Heavy on the malts especially caramel and bready. Finishes rather sweet.

M- Medium body. Feels right on.

D- Easy to drink and a good example of the style.

nrbw23, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dark copper tone with a short head that went away quickly and left very little lacing.

It had a light malt smell, it was very faint I was not impressed.

The taste definately made up for the poor smell. It had a perfectly balanced scent of pronounced malt and hops. It has a smooth mouth feel and slightly dry finish.

I found this to be very drinkable. I could drink this all day.

Rennpferd, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a nice dark gold-amber color with a modest head on top of it. Aroma is caramel-malty, with a light toasty edge appropriate for the style. Solid hit on the flavor as well: very malty, but not just a crystal caramel taste. There's more toastiness, with a bready melanoidins that are often absent from American microbrew examples. Not much hop flavor, and just enough bitterness to dry it out; emphasis is on the malt here.

Very good oktoberfest. I'm impressed, since the rest of the Summit lineup has been pretty mediocre.

allengarvin, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh, first Oktoberfest of the '06 season and this one is a sturdy ox of a brew. Thick malty aroma, sweet and powerful. Good medium copper color with a thin head and minimal lacing, understandable due to the alcohol content. Smooth drink with a full well rounded feel. Flavor is strong and biting. Rich heavy malts dominate this one there is a nice grainy sweetness. I like a strong brew and this one is a great start to welcome in Autumn.

kinger, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tate this beer on 11/05/07 and am now entering the review from copious notes taken during quaffing.

A-Medium amber color, nice tight, slightly-off-white head of about 3/4 inch in height. The head fell rather slowly, leaving a nice lace as it receedes. Stayed at a failry thick coating until the end. Nice looking beer, like I would expect an oktoberfest to look.

S-Mostly biscuit malt, some eathry, spicy hop and sweet yeast.

T-Caramel malt. There is an interesting yeasty sweetness to this one. earthy hop leaves a slight bitter finish.

M-Quite fizzy with a nce light body.

D-not too bad, I could have a couple.

jackorain, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of GrizzlyAdams and my first Summit beer. I poured this into a pilsner glass and it was a ncie orange color with a very nice subtle bread-like smell. The taste was like most other octoberfest beers I've had and nothing to stand out. However, I found5 myself drinking this beer really easily for the purported 7+ ABV.

ArrogantB, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summit Oktoberfest pours 2 fingers of loose foam over a clear deep amber brew.
Carbonation is steady, the nose is fruity and bready. The flavor is sweetish with
fruity notes that make me wonder if there's a little bit of contamination from some
of the English yeast they use (since most of their other brews are English styles).
This is not a criticism. In back there's a bit of an herbal hop finish. Mouthfeel is
round and light, but not thin. Not quite to style, but pretty tasty.

shadow1961, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Pauly2X
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured virtually no head, deep redish amber color.

S- Nutty malt aroma very faint spicy hop smells.

T- Overly nutty sweet malt character, spicy hop pressence is very subdued.

M- Quite smooth nicely carbonated.

D- I've been using the rest of the six pack to marinade steaks, works great!

This is my least favorite Oktoberfest to date, but if you like an Oktoberfest with more of a nutty malt character then this is a must try

Pauly2X, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a tan head that has decent retention, and leaves decent lacing. Body is an orange amber. Appearance will be this lager's high point.

Smell - some toasty malt biscuits, and apples with a metallic scent.

Taste - toasty malt biscuits, with apples, and herbal hops, and finishing with a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - not a bad beer, but the metallic aroma and aftertaste does impair this beer quite a bit.

ultralarry2006, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of brewdoc75
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle to a pint glass

Appearance: Clear, copper, orange color w/ minimal head.

Smell: A little sulfurous. Otherwise not very hoppy, bland overall.

Taste: Full tasting malts. A little bitterness. Alcohol is hidden nicely in the malts. Moderately sweet. A clean tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied O-fest. Creamy and rich. NIce carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm not a huge O-fest fan, but I do enjoy a few during the fall months. This one is average when compared to the others I've had. Its a reasonable choice however when you are in the mood for a Marzen style beer.

brewdoc75, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of sweetkness
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recently also had the bottle version of this beer, and it failed to impress me either time. It's hard to find the exact reason why, but I have tried several Octoberfests this season, and this one is at the bottom of the list. It just has a different flavor/mouthfeel. That lager yeast flavor seems to be dominant, and it's missing that caramel malt sweetness that appeals to me in this style. There seems to be a different type of malt used in this Octoberfest than in others...maybe I'm wrong. Obviously, this is just my opinion, maybe other tastes would see it as one of the best out there this year.

sweetkness, Oct 22, 2007
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.

Mdog, Oct 07, 2007
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

Mebuzzard, Oct 01, 2007
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.

GRPunk, Sep 30, 2007
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)

rjmclaw, Sep 28, 2007
Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.