Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 12
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
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Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Ratings: 588 | Reviews: 270
Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear 24K gold with a very healthy 2 finger head of foam. I'll check on the lacing once the foam dies down some.

I'm getting some sweet and bready malt in the nose, maybe a little brown sugar.

The taste, I like. Starts off with caramel malt so it's kind of sweet. There's not much of a bread note that I mentioned above but I'm getting some toasty notes and very little bitterness, which is appropriate for the style. Tastes pretty good.

Lowish carbonation, high end of low for the body, the mouthfeel is also good. It's pretty easy to drink as well; I could have another one back to back but then I'd move on.

Overall, a good brew and stab at the style.

Btw, lacing is spotty but there.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear orangish-red body topped by a 1/2 inch of eggshell head with decent stamina.

S - Mild citrus in the malty aroma with no noticeable hop presence.

T - Very mild smokey taste amidst a lightly roasted malt taste.

M - Nice moderate amount of coarse texture going down with each pull. Very easy and enjoyable feel.

~ This is a decent beer but not something I'll get again. I probably wouldn't recommend this Oktoberfest to a friend seeing as there are better and less expensive brews available.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App- There is a half finger of white head with tons of lace. It has an amber body with orange highlights.

Smell- There is just the slightest hint of caramel sweet malt. That is about it.

Taste- This has a wheat base that follows into the finish, also some orange that lingers in the finish. There is just a little hint of herbal hops, too. The sweet malt is kind of present, but it is buried. It is good, but it isn’t enough, almost watered down.

Mouth feel- The body is light from the amount of carbonation on the tongue. Still, it is a smooth and easy drink.

Overall- It isn’t bad, just a very run of the mill, ho-hum Oktoberfest / maerzen.

Photo of deebo
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Out of bottle perfectly clear reddish orange that reminds me of fall. Beautiful. Touch of tan head.
S-Not much of a distinctive aroma here. Whiffs of alcohol and weak malted barley.
T-Weak toasted malt with a little smoke. Long finish that is astringent and bitter. Balance is off.
M-Plenty of CO2 tingle. Fairly thin bodied with some vapory alcohol bite, but not bad given 7%+ ABV.
D-Below average, go with another marzen option.
O-Not one of my favorites. Too thin and not enough malty goodness. Too heavy on lingering aftertaste and CO2 bite for me.

Photo of BeerNutz324
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- amber and clear. good off white head about an inch. pretty good retention and really good lacing.

Ar- sweet and malty. no real hoppiness

T- same as the nose. sweet and malty like a typical oktoberfest.

M- light/medium body, well carbonated

O- a good oktoberfest. I think it's better than the euro examples.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear light amber with lots of big bubbles and two and a half finger, creamy, off-white head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Fruity and grassy.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Sort of tangy. A bit spicy. The malt sweetness is there but takes a back seat.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth and drinkable. Crisp and just slightly dry. Can't detect the alcohol.

O: Solid Oktoberfest. Looks and smells nice. Interesting taste and very drinkable.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Foamy, off-white head pours 2" and holds 1". Autumnal orange color with muddled reddish and ochre tones. Nice lace.

S: Yeasty, beery. Sweetnes like sweet rolls. A light grassy element.

T: Toasty toffee, bagel, dark bread. Hops are bitter, slightly metallic (the good way, like saffron), and crisp. Some dried citrus peel but not bright in flavor.

M: Drying, well carbonated for a Marzen. Slightly oily.

D: A great Oktoberfest. ONe of many this season. A good go-to for an Americanized Marzen.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Yet another Oktoberfest beer to sample. 'Tis the season, I s'pose... It pours a clear light sunrise sienna topped by a finger of dirty off-tan foam. The nose comprises buttery caramel, grass, light greens, earthy flowers, and dry wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel's sweetness is amped up and the graininess steps up enough to duel with it for the duration of the taste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a decent O-Fest, but it doesn't really pop much at all. Not bad at all, but not great.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light brown color with two fingers of foam. A bit of lacing near the bottom. Aroma is grainy, yet sweet.

First sip is... pretty sweet, but with a nice crisp, dry finish. Quite drinkable actually. A bit of booziness does come through at the end. There is a nice body to this beer as well.

I'm having a bit of difficult describing why, but I really kind of dig this beer. There is a nice malty flavor and just really hits the spot right now.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

Poured into a standard US pint glass at just below room temperature.

Pours an off-white head, medium-to-large bubbles, not dense, 1.5cm initially, but falls to a thin ring around the glass in a minute. No lacing or residual foam. Body is transparent, dark orange-amber color, pleasant. Carbonation is very visible/active.

Scent is mostly of malt, slight metallic notes, slightly perfume-like use of hops, and slight ethanol if inhaled deeply. This is a fairly average, fairly unimpressive set of aromas.

Taste opens with toasted malt sweetness coupled tightly to a mild, strange bitterness that I can't quite place; it's not a particularly pleasing combination. In the mid-taste, this changes to a malty, bready sensation. Closes with toast-like flavors and sweetness. Aftertaste is of sugars from malt.

Beer is too carbonated for the color and ABV, and also too thin. The carbonation causes the beer to foam up too much in the mouth. Aftertaste is not dry.

Overall, this was a fairly average US Oktoberfest. I liked this better than the Schell's version, but still don't think too highly of this either. Probably will not seek out again.

Photo of cjgator3
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is toasted malts along with a hint of biscuit and hops.

T- The taste like the aroma features the toasted malt flavors primarily. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouhfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Summit Oktoberfest is a pretty average O-Fest. It's not bad, but not in the top tier either. Worth a try.

Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light orange and smells abundantly malty with a touch of sweetness. Surprisingly, the malt taste is not as strong as the smell would indicate. This is relatively true to style, but the malt profile could be much bolder. I like my Marzen to contain so much malt that it can be substituted for a meal - this did not quite get there for me, but it is certainly a respectable brew.

Photo of yippiesmoke
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am an avid summit fan. that said...

A: good color for a marzen! nice copper tone out of the bottle and in the glass. about a single finger, maybe more, head that seems to dissipate before the first taste.

S: it smells like copper. smells like the color it is with a bit of malts, but only if you try real hard to ignore the metal smell.

T: tastes like you're drinking a high abv beer with a penny in your mouth. there's a nice malty taste but it is under that damned penny. :( no notable hop taste, yet not too sweet.

M: feels a bit thin for the color. has good carbonation. finishes clean if not metallic.

like i said i'm a fan of most of summit's beers but i don't know if i'll be buying this one again.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a becker glass. The color is copper tinted caramel. Two fingers of dense, buttery, slightly tanned head dissipated slowly to leave a thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: I got a whiff of toffee and a little caramel when popping the cap. After the pour, sweet caramel and toffee are the most prominent aromas. I also get a little hint of burnt hair in a salon, but it is faint and slowly fades as the beer warms.

Taste: It is on the bitter side for a märzen. It is a metallic/burnt hair bitterness, which I thought would fade after a few sips and after the beer continued to warm, but it remained throughout the pint. It really distracted from the toffee and the caramel, the only other favors I was able to pick out.

Drinkability: For me, the bitterness was off-putting. I prefer a little bite with märzen, but not something distracting like this. It really took away from the malts I would enjoy much more. However, it is still very robust for the style, and for that I will commend Summit.

Photo of wac9
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow wanted something diffrent and this beer is excellant what a great color , very nice taste , very happy to buy this one , try this for oktoberfest . it smells like fall go enjoy a beer from summit gonna try another beer from summit but for gonna drink this

Photo of dave43
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells a malty, caramelly, with a nice malt background. A liitle lace with moderate carbonation. I Really like this octoberfest with a citrusy malty taste. It is my go to octoberest...I enjoy it more then our other local octoberfest made by schools. This is a solid beer.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #400! Poured into a stein from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a rich amber/copper hue with a cream-colored white head that has decent retention. Lacing is sticky, and coats the side of the glass.

S: Some caramel malt character with floral hops on the end. Slight boozy note on the nose with a bit of a metallic tinge.

T: Caramel and toast right off the bat, with some fruity character and a touch of spice. Hops are grassy and floral, lending the beer a cry, clean finish.

Notes: This Oktoberfest has more body and depth than others, and a pretty well-balanced flavor. For what it has, however, mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the alcohol is noticeable. It is still drinkable, but not my favorite seasonal that Summit has to offer.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lager from Summit pours a rich copper color.
The body has brilliant clarity. The head foamed out of the glass and was thick and dense and mousse like with a tan or off white color.
Well attenuated with carbonation bubble glowing through the copper liguid.

Aroma was sweet malts with a hint of toasted malts.

Taste is rich and malty with some toffee, and maybe biscuit or cereal. Northern Brew hops are used but really aren't noticable here. Thier purpose is just for balancing. I noticed very sutle alcohol warming at the end.

Mouthfeel falls in the medium area with medium carbonation. It has a slight creamy texture and finishes clean and dry.

This is a very good beer and is a good example of the style. It has a nice color and big head with plenty of lacing and rich flavor.

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Rich amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with very good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet bready malts with a lot of caramel and toffee. Some grains and hints of earthy hops. Also some hints of spice and apple fruit. Very malty and sweet aroma. Toasty.

Taste: Starts with sweet bready malts with lots of caramel and toffee throughout. Malts get very toasty towards the finish with some hints of spice to go with the sweetness. Hop presence is very subtle. Very malty and sweet but very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very rich, creamy, and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Marzen from Summit. Everything you would expect from this very malty style of lager. Rich and sweet but not overwhelming.

Photo of Rmason104
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep copper color, thin sticky head that lasts.

Not much in the nose. Hints of toast, perhaps faint carmel.

Definitely one of the richest Marzens I've ever had. Deep, rich, full mouthfeel. Dominated by a malt sweetness, toast, some caramel or molasses. Finishes with an alcohol warm. The sweetness and alcohol taste give it an almost Belgian quality.

Different than other Marzens I've had. Almost Belgian quality to it. Interesting, pleasant and different.

Photo of bnes09
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper-colored, semi-transparent lager. Cream colored head settles to a gentle film and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is rich and inviting. Lots of toasty biscuit notes as well as caramel and mild alcohol.

Ultra rich flavor. Toasted bread grains, caramel and maple sweetness with some dried date notes. Mild pine needle hop to balance. Malty character overall which is quite complex.

Full bodied with a slick texture. Mild carbonation yet enough to excite the tongue. Alcohol provides the slightest hint of warmth.

Wow! For a marzen, this stuff is exceptional. The flavors are so complex and perfectly blended. Higher in alcohol than most examples of the style but who's complaining? Definitely a great beer to enjoy during the late fall months.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear sparkling amber hue with minimal eggshell white head that recedes to an edge layer very quickly but still gives off a robust fizzy sound throughout sampling.
Aroma is caramel malt with biscuit and a bit of faint earthy hops. As expected on the nose, no surprises so far on this beer.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation and a smooth slick texture.
Flavor is as expected malty with caramel and toffee, maybe a little grain and corn husk mixed in for good measure. I get a bit of dry grassy hop on the finish that lingers with just a hintof bitterness on the tip of my tongue.
I cant beleive this is a 7.4% beer as I cant taste or smell any booze and the beer is smooth as silk as I drink. Im going to finish this 12 oz bottle in record time.
A well made beer that is easy to drink. Not overly complex but worth a try if you like malty brews.

Photo of Adamthome1
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being March it's a little late in the game to be reviewing this beer but I will tell you it ages fine, no negative tastes or smells.

Pours a 1 finger head that dissipates into a nice foam and has good lacing, copper color

Smell is mild,spicy, and lager smells

taste is good, well balanced, easy drinking, mild carbonation, moderate hoppy flavor, little aftertaste which makes it pretty easy to drink a few of these at a sitting.

It's not complex at all, exactly how this style should be but does have an above average hop bite than most oktoberfest, but I welcome that.

Worth a try, nice slightly above average American Oktoberfest.

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

A - transparent, medium amber, thick head after vigorous pour that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S - malty and typical of OM beers. Light and not overpowering. Lager characteristics; no diacetyl, low sulfur.

T - Mid-level malty robustness. Cara flavor fills it out and an aftertaste is distinct with bitterness. No flaws; not as cara-malty as Paulaner. Well crafted.

M - full mouthfeel, carbonation level is sufficient. No lingering effects

I enjoyed this beer a lot. Typical of a marzen style and worth my money. I recommend it.

Photo of birchstick
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours an amberish orange / faint copper without much of a head

S - smells of sweet grainy and cereal malts with a bit of grassy hops

T - the taste is identical to the nose. Very spot on for the style. Grainy and cereal malts add a sweetness that is balanced by the grassy hops on the finish. Not uber complex, but either is this style. However, this is very well put together.

M - bigger bodied than I would have expected, which is a plus with an average amount of carbonation

D - solid Oktoberfest here. I know I would buy this in the fall if Summit was available around here. Thanks go surlytwins fan for this extra!

Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.