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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-12-2012 13:12:20 | More by Chucker17
Photo of ponbon63


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-09-2013 02:52:09 | More by ponbon63
Photo of Ragnarok88


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-26-2013 02:13:59 | More by Ragnarok88
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristine amber brew topped with a tan head, large-bubbled and about 2 cm off the pour. Head reduced moderately quickly.

S-Sweet-spicy hoppiness, a slightly sour fruitiness.

T-Toasty, sweet-bready malt with a nicely balanced hop presence, consisting of a spicy, almost hearty flavor and a don't-back-down bitterness. Finishes bitter and malty-sweet.

M-Medium to medium-high carbonation, perhaps approaching a bit too much. Body is moderate, matching well with the flavor and the idea of the fest beer.

D-Very good. A pleasure to drink this one when it comes around each year.

09-01-2009 19:34:18 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of bditty187


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Clear, tawny-copper hue, modest white head, fades at a steady pace to a soapy collar, no lace. The bouquet is slightly toasty, sweet, spicy but ultimately clean and lightly fragrant. The invitation does say, “Yeah, I’m an Oktoberfest so drink me dummy!” I’m glad I did, very tasty palate, clean maltiness, touches of sweetness that is balanced by spice; the alcohol speaks up towards the finish as does the hops (good bitterness for the style). Pleasant toastiness, meager caramel hints too. The aftertaste is cheesy… that hurts the drinkability. Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. A solid O-fest.

Thanks ZAP!

10-03-2003 19:40:49 | More by bditty187
Photo of 57md


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

09-24-2011 03:34:28 | More by 57md
Photo of BlackBearForge


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Summit Oktoberfest glows a nice orange tinged amber gold with a nice foamy white head that leaves a fare amount of lacing too.

The aroma has nice bready malts and a slightly spicy hop character.

Toasted German malts dominate the flavor, sweet but not too sweet with a fair dose of caramel/butterscotch mixed in as well as a bit of fruity esters. Alcohol is noted more than the style warrants but makes a nice warming blend with the toffee like malts while the finish dries up things and also ends pleasantly bitter. Spicy/earthy style hops round out the flavors nicely.

Mouthfeel is firmly medium, smooth and just a touch creamy.

Summit brews a very good beer as their interpretation of the Oktoberfest/Marzen style though I do feel it strays just a bit. I do recommend this beer!

09-17-2010 01:00:31 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of rajendra82


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

A bonus inclusion in a recent trade by mhewes, Summit Oktoberfest was poured into a Lager glass, in which it looked typical for the style, with a amber colored clear body, a small head fed by lively carbonation, and not much lacing. The smell was malty and mildly spicy, but marred by a slight vegetable odor. The taste was very authentic with a toasty, malty, crisp taste , that made this easy to drink. There was a little more hop flavor present than typical, and they served like a nice counterpoint to the malt. The body was thick enough to provide a sustained sweetness. Not much aftertaste to speak of. Although this is made in one of the styles I don't go out of my way to sample very often, I enjoyed it pretty well.

12-02-2008 04:59:17 | More by rajendra82
Photo of ALC82


3.66/5  rDev +1.1%

I find myself trying every Oktoberfest and pumpkin flavored beer I can get me hands on, this one was pretty good! I am a easy going critic as I enjoy just about every beer I've had so... saying that, I still feel there was something missing here. I wish I could place it with words but don't yet have the beer vocabulary to do so. Overall very drinkable though!

12-13-2013 17:50:40 | More by ALC82
Photo of Brenden


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

The color is sort of a light amber brown with a reddish tint. There is not much of a head and lacing is light to minimal. It has a very toasty and malty, slightly sweet smell that translates very accurately in the taste, which is strongly of malt and hops with some caramel and toffee sweetness. There is a very slight bitterness, but not enough to discredit much. I found the taste to linger on the tongue for some time. It has a good body that is thick and has light to average carbonation. One can hardly tell that this is almost 8% alcohol. I'll say I would drink it again with the disclaimer that this is the first Marzen I've tried.

02-24-2009 15:24:16 | More by Brenden
Photo of PhantomVodoo


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Light tan head that faded quickly. Clear, burnt orange in color.
Aroma of grainy, pale malts and earthy hops. Touch of fruit as well.

Taste shows a sweet, grainy, pale malt backbone. Earthy hops provide decent balance. Some crispness to the beer, but the malt sweetness wins out. Hint of fruit.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

A solid Oktoberfest.
Big thanks to Jeffboo for the bottle!

01-04-2004 22:06:25 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

10-26-2011 14:56:18 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of Durge


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

09-19-2008 00:47:03 | More by Durge
Photo of WYVYRN527


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

09-11-2011 04:18:50 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of maximum12


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

09-21-2008 00:31:24 | More by maximum12
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Enjoyed this on tap at the local supper club. The beer arrived at my table in a pint glass, and was served pretty well chilled. Paired with the fish fry.

A) This was a nice looking brushed copper. There was nearly a finger of white foam, which quickly settled to a dusting. No lacing noted...

S) Nice malt presence on the nose, light caramel, and toasted grains. There is also some earthy/grassy hops in the background.

T) Follows the aroma... The malt sweetness mingles nicely with the earthy/grassy hops. This finishes clean, and has a pleasing aftertaste. I would never have guessed the ABV on this one.

M) A lighter medium body with moderate carbonation. Pleasingly crisp and refreshing. Slides down with ease.

O) A solid fall option, and a good representation of the style. I've been trying to throw some different Oktoberfest into the mix this season, and really, this is one of few I'd reach for again. Glad to recommend...

10-20-2012 03:10:37 | More by RoamingGnome
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 WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%

Nice to see Summit back in Ohio, this is an Oktoberfest, poured into a 1/2 liter krug, there's a perfectly filtered copper body with a bright light beige head that fills the more than a 1/3rd of the glass. Fine banded lacing with each sip as it slowly dwindles down. Aroma has a nice pleasant cereal grain complexity built into it light herbal hops, almost cider like notes with caramelized sugars evident. Flavor is a bready full on sweetness with malts working overtime, herbal highlights bring a bit of balance but this beer has more than enough residual malts to become borderline cloying, most Oktoberfest beers I enjoy have big malt but manage to still finish crisp and refreshing, the finish here seems a bit unrefined compared to good American versions or the German standbys. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation tickles the back of the throat putting just a bit too much of that element out there, overall I'm glad to have another version to try from Summit still very enjoyable.

10-24-2013 16:39:10 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of BierFan


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a short 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange body with a 1 inch light tan head. Lacing is rather nice.

Smell: Clean and light. Slightly toasty with a little bit of hops.

Taste: Pretty good and balanced. Sweet, but not too sweet. Bready and toasty. Fair bit of bitterness to round out the experience.

09-04-2009 21:54:41 | More by BierFan
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 gford217


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle courtesy of Buebie poured into a pint glass.

This one pours a clear reddish amber with a small white head that dissipates to nothing quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma is a mixture of toasted grains and sweet caramel. The taste is much sweeter than the aroma suggests with a massive caramel malt sweetness that dominates throughout. There is a bit of toasted bread character, but less than the aroma. The mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied for the style with very little carbonation - slick and a bit sticky. This is certainly not near the top of my list of oktoberfests, but it is quite drinkable for the ABV, which I never would have pegged at over 7%.

11-18-2008 02:50:36 | More by gford217
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an orange-amber color with a small but persistent white head. Over time the head slowly fades, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is light overall, but has notes of caramel sweetness and a bit of a roasted smell. Other than that there is a very light smell of some lighter fruits.

Taste – The taste begins sweet and maintains that profile throughout the taste. Upfront there is a good deal of caramel sweetness with a small amount of a roasted malt taste. As the flavor advances the a bready flavor increases with some spice joining the flavor as well. While the caramel remains the same strength throughout, the overall sweetness is augmented as the taste moves to the end as flavors of some apple and pear as well as some flavors of brown sugar come to the tongue. In the end a little bit of a herbal flavor combines with the rest, with the mix of flavors leaving a quite sweet, but overall rather pleasant and slightly roasted and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. Both are quite appropriate for the style and suit well the sweet, roasted/malty and spiced flavors of the brew.

Overall – An Oktoberfest that is on the slightly sweeter side with not much hop influence, but a nice easy drinking feel overall. A pleasant and easy drinker.

09-19-2013 01:29:29 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of amstelcat


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

01-11-2008 05:06:22 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of champ103


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

A: Pretty much a translucent orange color. A small white bubbly head forms with lots of bubbles rising to the top. Very light lace.
S: Toasty caramel malts. Light grain/cereal and a light hop bite. Some yeast is in the nose as well.
T: Sweet caramel malt that is lightly toasted. Grain and cereal again. Very light flour hops as the flavor lingers.
M/D: A light to medium body that is crisp and refreshing. Fairly easy to drink for the high alcohol. Though the sweetness takes it tool after a while.

A decent Oktoberfest. Nothing special, but I do enjoy it. Something that is worth a try.

08-21-2009 19:59:12 | More by champ103
Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.