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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)

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Reviews: 279
Hads: 633
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 19.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 279 | Hads: 633
Photo of MNAle
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Nice, but weak, malty aroma. Good off-white head, fades relatively quickly with some lacing. Dark amber/copper color. Moderate carbonation is just right. Initial taste is fruit. Moderate bitterness comes through. Sweet aftertaste lingers. Good Oktoberfest beer. I'll buy it again.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Caramel, biscuit, butterscotch, and molasses.

Big biscuity malts smothered in caramel. Lighter notes of toffee and butterscotch. This even starts to enter the territory of raisin and molasses. Finishes with a light eathy hop presence.

Medium bodied, slick, oily, sweet, and slightly syrupy.

Sweeter and more robust than its counterparts. The malt is in full force but there seems to be some diacetyl off-flavors that are off-putting.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a pint glass. 12 oz. bottle of the 2003 batch.

Appearance: Clear pale amber color topped by a modest off-white head that goes away quite quickly.

Smell: Caramel malt and sweet grain smell dominate the nose. Light toasty scents, no real hop presence.

Taste: Strong sweet caramel malt with some toasted malt flavors on the finish. Some bits of pepper throughout the experience.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with no lingering aftertastes. A nice refreshing taste for the fall.

Drinkability: Not too bad, I'd be pleased as punch to have this be my local brewery. A little high on the ABV for what should be a session beer, but Minnesota's falls are a little colder than Germany's.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

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Photo of herman77
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear medium bronze/dark honey gold with two fingers of creamy off white head. Good retention. Nice lacing. Great example of what I think a O-fest beer looks like.

S: Toasted malt. Lots of sweet bready notes as well. No sign of hops. You do get a touch of alcohol too.

T: Sweet carmel and toasted malt. Lots of sweet breadiness. Finishes with more of a toasted malt flavor with a slight hit of alcohol. This is a lot sweeter and less toasted malt flavors than I remember. A little disappointed, maybe its a off this year? Its a fresh bottle too.

M: Medium body. Higher carbonation with some prickles to it.

D: Not digging it too much because of the sweetness. I remembered this being really easy to drink, not so much now. Glad I got only one in a mix six.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of maxpower
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark orange-copper color with a small off- white foamy head that doesn't last very long, not much lacing. Has roasted, malty caramel aromas, sweet and roasty malt flavors, medium body with a full mouthfeel, finishes sweet with noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of aaronh
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice orange body topped by a long-lasting off-white head. Aroma has a nice malt component that is present almost every time I lift the glass. Many beers seem to fade in aroma quickly - this one has decent staying power. A slight herbal hop note is evident after a few sniffs as well. The taste is decent, but not a malt-dominant as I would have expected from the aroma. Then a slight metallic edge creeps in on the finish. Mouthfeel is solid. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the funky metallic edge to the finish.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know it's early, but I've got me a fever...

Poured into Das Boot (albeit a miniature one...) this golden orange, honey colored beer has a large tan head that actually has great retention. Despite the large head, there isn't really any lacing, but that could just be the glass.

The nose is light. It's hard to pick up anything in particular. I get a light malt backbone with bits of caramel and a grassy hop character.

The taste is what gets me. I'm ever so disappointed in this. This is a classic Summit beer, in the way that it is over hopped (and not in a good way) with little to nothing else to back it up. I don't pick up any malt backbone or caramel flavor that I thought I would from the nose.

The mouthfeel is lighter than a good Oktoberfest should be. Lingering earthy hop aftertaste that is more unpleasant than anything is a big turn off. Drinkability is decent, but thats about it.

Another typical Summit offering. It's a decent brewery, but they have a long way to go to hang with the big boys. They could definitely learn a thing or two from their cross town little-brother, Surly.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Sept. 7, 2009: It's that time of year again, when the weather cools, football kicks off, and the 'fest fest is on. Now that we're getting beers from our northern counterparts, it's time to give them a try.

Pretty characteristic in color and head, showing an orange-gold, with a decent creamy white 1/4 inch of head after an aggressive pour. Chunks of rings throughout the course.

For an o-fest, this seems to have a bit more hops on the nose than traditional malts, but is otherwise pretty non-distinct.

Somewhat non-descript in taste as well - it remains as a kinda hoppy, kinda malty, but always subtley reminiscent of better Marzens I've had in the past. Ends with a nice roasted maltiness.

Decent in the mouth, with nice carbonation and lends to an easy drink.

Enjoyable, but far from anything unique or worth a repeat here.

From Nov. 26, 2011:
Two years later, I inadvertantly bought the same beer, something I try to avoid. Seems then this one is pretty unmemorable.

Good rings on the way down, leaving fluffy bits of head each half inch.

My assessment of high hops was accurate - they're floral with a hint of spiciness to close. The malts are what's dominant though, providing a robust roasted base.

Better than I remember, though I wouldn't give it a higher grade - decent for the style, as the balance is better than many.

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Photo of Mdog
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of kdog630
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Strix
3.15/5  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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of xav33
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Jredner
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of brakspear
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Oktoberfest pours a clear amber with a slight whitish head forming that disappears almost before the bottle is empty, very little carbonation as well.

The aroma is almost non-existent, I detect very faint malt notes, but it is almost sickly sweet rather than nice toasted aromas.

The taste is again dominated by an almost sugary sweet begining, followed by some roasted overtones in the middle, followed by a slight hop finish. Not enough malt flavor necessary for an Oktoberfest. The body has a sturdy mouthfeel, which is nice.

I am rather uninspired by this beer, which is surprising because I generally like Summit's offerings.

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Photo of andrewmartin
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of hero27
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A real classic looking marzen oktoberfest beer. A orange amber beer with a thin head. A solid beer with like session drinkability. Nice full body with no overly aggressive feature but with big beer taste. One of the better American craft attempts at a true marzen beer.

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Photo of brewdub17
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Medium copper body sits below a fluffy light-beige head. Good clarity with nice lacing after time.

Smell: A strong fruit and alcohol smell protrude from the glass. The smell still seems fresh even with the noticeable presence of alcohol.

Taste: A brute alcohol flavor is very noticeable with fruity flavors following. It is a very malty brew but has some fruity and spicy notes that are hidden slightly by the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The flavors favor the the back of the mouth more, due to the abundance in alcohol. Not a very appealing taste or mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The noticeable amount of alcohol makes this beer not too likable for me. I do enjoy the spicy fruity notes with the strong maltyness expected in an Oktoberfest but the alcohol taste is too strong to ignore.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.02/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of jwilli7122
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours a medium orange/rootbeer color with a smallish white head. appears to have good carbonation.

smell: sweet, toasty, caramel, floral...interesting combo

similar taste- quite sweet and fairly thick...a pinch of hops in back but not obvious. good carbonation.

a little too tangy/rich for me to drink in quantity, though I can enjoy one bottle.

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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.