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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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584 Ratings
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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 12
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of psych029
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beakerboy
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle pours an amber orange with a very small amount of dense head. The foam clings to the glass well leaving belgian-like lace. The aroma has both hints of fruit and malt. Most oktoberfest beers have one or the other, but this is a nice balance. The taste is the same as the smell with the addition of some hops. Good body and carbonation. A good beer over all. I never tried this when I lived in Saint Paul for 3 years, but I'm glad I have now.

Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of andesite83
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of barongearmu
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Joey-bags1990
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of kkmiller76
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of zeledonia
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Ish1
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of jcjerabek
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Twotonsandwich
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of HooRy9er
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of RCLOHR267
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tom Reid's: Dull rusty color with a small, densely firm cap of dark ivory sits slim. Lace sticks in big strings and globs.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a lovely caramel breading and candied melon granola bar coating.

Taste is sweet with a moderately low set tang of bready dough that has a bit of brown sugar base and light cinnamon touch to it. Unravels across the palate quite nicely with its sweetness. Quite big with long lasting bready and caramel coated goodness. Very slight tint of roasted/toasted grain and light hop notes adding a bit of low grassy spice.

Feel is big, sweet, bready, smooth, and rich with a fairly heavy set tone and body. Malts do there thing here in a solid fashion of balanced sweetness and sticky bread doughy smack.

A big O-fest thats taken a turn for the better over the last couple of years. Thank goodness. Its a keeper to have around. And watch out, its a sneaker, it warms ya up pretty fast too.

Photo of Bockrules
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a light coppery color with nearly perfect clarity with fluffy two-finger off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind very good lacing.

S - Sweet caramelized malty smell with a touch of hops. Good balanced blend of hop and malt notes.

T - Sweet caramel malt upfront followed by a malt dominated body with hints of earthy hops in the background. Alcohol and hop flavors crescendo as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, resulting in a well-balanced finish. Leaves a distinctive caramel-sugar aftertaste.

M -Full bodied and rich with plenty of carbonation. Very good for the style.

D - A very tasty oktoberfest with plenty of flavor and body that hides its high alcohol content remarkably well. I found the Summit fall variety pack for $10.00, that's less than a dollar a bottle!! This beer was very well crafted and does an excellent job of adding enough hop flavor to the caramel malt base to keep the beer interesting. I challenge anyone to find a cheaper and better oktoberfest.

Photo of themorninglark
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Herky21
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of smartens
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of psychotia
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of MichaelDobbins
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of dmadsen
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of tgbljb
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with massive slightly off-white puffy head. Strong malt notes presnrt in the nose. Taste is malty sweet, with some nice caramel and toffee to be found. Nice, full and creamy in the mouth. Finishes with a mild bitterness which is really a nice ending for this beer. Excellent drinkability. I was shocked to see the 7.7% alcohol. Never would have guessed.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer courtesy of SMF. He had an Oktoberfest party and no one drank his Summit. He then officially OD’d on the stuff over the next month or so trying to get rid of it, so he gladly handed me a bottle when I saw him last. Thanks Jeff! Your misery is my fortune.

This beer poured a beautiful dark earthy orange as if flowed from the bottle to the pint, but once inside, the color looked rather dead and boring. It still has the amber orange color, but there’s a lifeless straw color that makes it look a little sad. The thin head looks nice with an irregular frothy form to it that left some nice spots of lace.

Smells ridiculously sweet with tons of caramel and cotton candy backed up with a little citrus nip.

The sweetness really carries through into the flavor, but not in the way I thought it would. I was a little intimidated by the sugars, thinking that I was in for a big sticky sweet surprise but the malts came through as grainy and not like fake candy. All right! There are some huge light malts here that taste like light and fluffy bread dough and honey with a little hazelnut blended in. At the finish there’s just a subtle nip of hops that come in to balance out the powerful malts. Fantastic! The best part is the finish where all of the sweetness is left behind and I’m left with only a slight film inside my mouth. Considering how sweet this is, I’m impressed.

The mouth feel is big and chewy with only a light sporadic but noticeable carbonation. This seemed to fit well with the big sweet malts.

This beer felt like eating a big old slice of home-made bread slathered in honey. The flavors and the mouth feel really came together to make this a fantastic beer.

Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.