Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 268
Hads: 589
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 8.82%
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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Reviews: 268 | Hads: 589
Photo of kdog630
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (1,183 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (1,035 characters)

Photo of xav33
3.12/5  rDev -14%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of brakspear
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of andrewmartin
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of hero27
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
3.05/5  rDev -16%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of brewdub17
3.05/5  rDev -16%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of CortexBomb
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of jwilli7122
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of OnThenIn
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a very hazy darker copper, with an off-white tan half a finger of head. The pour was rather aggressive, but I still could barely get any head out of the beer and it dissipated rather quickly when it did finally appear.

Smell: The smell is rather sweet. I am getting tropical, honey like aroma which I really didn't expect, with lots of caramel. It almost smells too sweet. There is just a hint of piney hop aroma in the mix as well.

Taste: A lot of sweet caramel flavor in this beer. You can taste the toasty malt and you get a bit of hop bitterness, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium to full bodied beer, with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I really didn;t enjoy this beer. I don't know if it's because I don't enjoy Marzens or if it was this particular beer, but there was just too much sweetness in there for me. (865 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (1,144 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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 (416 characters)

Photo of Soneast
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper color, with no head, and no lacing.

Smells lightly of roasted malts, little bit of a toffee scent in there.

Tastes yeasty, mild malty flavor with just a hint of bitterness at the end. Not much spiciness to this. Metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is ok. Pretty light carbonation.

Pretty subpar Oktoberfest. I wouldn't call it bad, per say, but it sure doesn't stand out in any way. (403 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Summit Oktoberfest pours from the bottle a bright clear amber red with streaks of peach. A small bubbly white head develops and falls to a ring around the brew. There's a best by date lasered onto the bottle..but the only way to read it is to hold the bottle up to a light!! Aromas of roasty caramel maltiness along with a touch of nuttiness and some herbal hops in the background. A bit fruity even....but overall a tad underwhelming.

First sip brings a roasty caramel maltiness with some nutiness. A bit bready in the middle with the classic Munich malt flavors. Some fruitiness sneaks through along with a subtle herbal hoppiness on the way down. This brew just doesn't really do it for seems a bit out of whack with a slight astringent quality throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite aggressive stingy carbonation that makes it a bit hard to drink. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. With all the Oktoberfests that are out there I doubt I'll be coming back to this one, but I'm still glad I had the chance to sample it. (1,053 characters)

Photo of Brent
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of samie85
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 9/05/10.

A-Pours a crystal clear orange amber with a half-finger, slightly anemic looking cream colored head.

S-Really mild and sweet smelling caramel malt with some graininess and some grassy hop notes.

T-Dry and grainy upfront with some sweet, subdued caramel malt and some drying, grassy hops on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation.

D-I really feel like the mouthfeel is all wrong on this one. I want way more carbonation in my Marzens. It's pretty easy drinking besides that, but it's an average Oktoberfest/Marzen at best. (600 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
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 (432 characters)

Photo of ryantupy
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be rather unimpressive and kinda boring. I hate to say it since I usually like Summit beers but this one is definatly a sleeper for me. Its poured a amber color with amber head and had poor retention. It smelled bready with bold spices and herbs. It tasted of toasted malts and heavy bold spices with to much carbonation and bitterness. It is rather strong though so that is a plus to an otherwise boring beer. (431 characters)

Photo of crossovert
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown twist off bottle.

It pours an amber/orange with a foamy off-white head that billows up pretty nicely and easily and sticks for a bit before receding with some decent lacing.

The smell in this one is rather subdued. It has a very Helles lager-type smell. It is bready with a kiss of hops, but not as caramally or nutty as a typical maezren. The sweetness comes in at the end but it isn't as prevalent as in most. There is some slight metallic hintings as well.

The sweetness of the flavor hits you like a truck. I wasn't expecting this but the flavor is mostly of cloyingly sweet caramel. There is a light medicinal hoppiness over this but it seems pretty blunt.

The mouthfeel is syrupy and cloying, the alcohol goes relatively unhidden. I'm not a huge fan of this.

There are a ton of Maezren choices out there, especially in the WI market, I would suggest passing on this one in favor of others. (913 characters)

Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.