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Summit Oktoberfest Marzen - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 12
Gots: 51 | 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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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.

Photo of fdrich29
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Feloniousmonk for this one. Says to either drink or sell this beer by Jan 07, the printing was smudged on the glass.

Two finger head quickly disappeared to nothing with little to no lacing. Looks like pale ice tea with two drops of grenadine.

Smells like straw, malt and earthly tones.

Full bodied malty taste and satisfying mouthfeel.

Fine representative of an Oktoberfest/Marzen Style. Very tasty, satisfying and drinkable.

Photo of pnkermiz
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Barcade as part of the "Midwest Beer Night" and probably the biggest surprise hit in my opinion. Light reddish copper in color with a big malt aroma. The flavor was very complex with hints of bitter chocolate and smoked malt in with the more traditional toasted maltiness of an oktoberfest. Very strong for the style and it had a little bit of alcohol evident in the finish. Almost a doppelbock oktoberfest. A doppelfest maybe?

Photo of rabidawg
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear copper with orange leanings. Small head that dissipated quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Munich malts and a pleasant graininess. Definite malt sweetness, with little hop aroma. Alcohol noticeable.

Taste: Initial sweetness, with moderate alcohol burn. Very clean throughout, but this obviously leans toward the heavy side of Oktoberfest. Finish has doppelbock leanings, with lingering residual sweetness, and hops only come through in the very end. High abv causes the drinkability to suffer (for an o'fest), but this is definitely one tasty beer.

Photo of Buebie
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how I never reviewed this one. Been my autumn staple beer for many years. I was not able to drink it for almost two years after I bought 3 16 gallon kegs and proceeded to get one too many hang overs from this guy. I have finally returned to drinking it. :)
An odd autumn release though in the middle of July.

Poured into my sam adams turbulator. A good 1'' head is formed, receding somewhat quickly. Leaving a small cap and good full coverage lace where the head once sat. Decent legs of lace trails as the beer level has fallen.
Color is a dark amber with glowing red and light copper. Transparent though and a bunch of carbonation rise.

Aroma is flowing with juicy sweet malt and caramel breadyness. Distant cereal grain and grassy hop.

Taste is also flowing well with aroma, the same juicy sweet caramel, buttery really with breadyness and cereal grains. A touch of rye spice and hop bitters through the swallow.
A touch of mineral water.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a slick feel and a small bite of carbonation.

One of my personal favorites, this is very drinkable, no heat, just an all out great beer for the style.
I've heard rumors that each year the alcohol can vary. I think the abv I heard was around 8%

Photo of teg8612
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear with a amber, almost burnt orange color. Off-white head is firm and good lacing.

S- Strong malt nose, slightly caramelly with a pinch of pine.

T&M- Grainy, toasted malts. Only lightly spicey. Earthy hop finish. I pick up a light alcohol burn as it warms. Pretty balanced with a good malt backbone and just enough hops to leave a nice finish. If the ABV wasn't as high as it is, you could drink these all night, if your night was only two hours long. Medium yet firm bodied.

D- I always get a little giddy when Oktoberfest rolls around because this is one of my favorite beers. I got real lucky as I took the brewery tour the week after they kegged and bottled the first run of this so I got to try this years version before it hit market. It gets better every year.

Photo of Vashtar
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is beautiful. It's a medium brown and it couldn't look any better.

The smell is also quite nice. There's nothing unique about it, but it's really clean.

The taste is nice and drinkable. It reminds me of copper.

The mouthfeel is like a marshmallow in liquid form. Not melted, sticky and thick, but nice. It's very airy, but not in a typical negative way.

It's very drinkable.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The beer is a nice rich copper color with slowly rising bubbles. A frothy tight head sits on top with huge sheets of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The beer smells malty and sweet with caramel notes, then and slightly tart with some apple notes.

Taste: Spicy, malty, toasted, and acidic. Caramel sweetness and apple tart, mainly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: At 7.1% it's smooth and creamy.

Overall: Excellent across the board but I wish this had a lower ABV.

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

Pours a crystal clear amber body with an off-white head that diminished quickly. Aroma consists of caramel, toasted biscuit and hops. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. Rich caramel malt flavor upfront. A mild hop bitterness rounds out the sweetness towards the back. Finishes mildly sweet with a some linger alcohol.

It's December and nice to know that Oktoberfests still hit the spot sometimes. I might have to add Summit to my list of annual O'fest purchases next year.

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

Im think'n alittle Wow factor here! My first of the Summit line. The beer poured a good-looking clear copper/bronze color with a nice off-white, cream froth head that maintained well. Carbonation was medium while ring lace was left on the glass, very nice. The aroma is caramel sweet with notes of malted biscuit. The taste starts out sweet with caramel, brown sugar and ends with a spicy hop and alcohol favor. The alcohol is a nice touch as it warms you as the coolness of fall sets in. This is a well balanced, complex for an october, while not being to heavy on body brew. Perhaps one of the best Octobers ive had to date. Drinkability I kicked up for its smoothness at 7.7 abv. While easy to drink, careful, that Wow packs a punch! Good stuff!

Photo of martyl1000
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of TonyBaloney
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 12 pack of these last weekend. The color of this beer is a gorgeous coppery color, with a nice alive bubbliness, and a modest head. The smell is strong, with perhaps a bit too much alcohol evident, but still pleasant. The taste is outstanding, rich and complex, not very hoppy, but full of sweetness and grains, but not thick and syrupy either. After a hot day these really hit the spot, even with their elevated alcohol %. That 7.7 would probably prevent me from having more than a couple of these, well, maybe 3. Perhaps my favorite 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 hopman333
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summit brewery, Over the past three year's or so their beer is something I never tend to reach for. Even the $5.99 prices never seem to tempt me until now. Just had to try the Marzen \ ocktoberfest again for the first time in about 7 year's.

Smell - Very nice pale, caramel , munich and that nutty \ bock smell of the fresh malt's which I'm probably only getting because I live in Illinois and it just reached the shelves in the local liqour stores. Much better than I remembered than in the past offering's.

Appearance - You're basic marzen \ bock like deep amber color with a decent head to boot. Some nice lacing as well.

The taste - Starts out with a sweet and almost neutral flavor between the malt and hop's, very nice balance going on here, definately a skilled hand with brewing process. It then manages to get sweet and that ozone fresh hoppiness going back and forth till the almost but not quite cloying maltiness seem's to creep in and then become overtaken ever so slightly by the noble hop bitterness to round out the sweetness. Again, very nice.

This could and should maybe be called a bock as the taste seemed to be definately of the bock style. However I will not let that ruin the excellent review of this fine brew.

I was not the biggest Summit fan up until the last couple of month's or so. Mabye I'm getting older and my palette is changing , or they are tweaking their beer's to keep up with the big gun's of the micro industry, either way, give their brew's another chance because they seem to be achieving better quality and flavour's thruought their entire line.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A clean amber look

S- Smell floral hops

T- Taste settle malt not sweet and hops. a little biscuity flavor as well at the end of the sip.

M- Smooth semi dry with hint of hops and malt lingering in the sip

D- Not as sweet as some of the Oktoberfest beers I had. It's pretty good.


Photo of vette2006c5r
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest Marzen pours a dark golden color, with a decent sized lacy head. A very nice carmalized roasted malty aroma. There is a very nice crisp taste, good malty backbone, strong carmalized flavors, with hints of some spices. Nice crisp taste, full flavor, very drinkable. Overall a very solid marzen style, good full flavors, very well balanced.

Photo of slyke
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Summit seasonal offering!!! I like them all.

This is a good looking beer. It pours copper-orange with thin white head that fades quickly (the fading head cost it a higher score from me).

Smell is pretty good, malty with a little graininess.

Taste is just what you look for in an Oktoberfest. Bold and malty. Just hoppy enough to finish clean. Mouthfeel is good. A "substantial" feeling beer, just like I expect in a marzen style.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty, tasty beer, but at 7.7% abv, it is a bit heavy as a session brew. It is great one or two at a time, though. I'll buy it again next year.

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

Summit Oktoberfest….in a bottle

Appearance-amber color, off white head of about two fingers that settles nicely with good lacing.

Smell-the usual Octoberfest notes of sweet malt and spice, very aromatic and smells like fall, in a good way.

Taste/Mouthfeel-malty with a sweet profile, nice balance with the burn of alcohol and light hops on the back, the sweet profile and spice with a chewy medium mouthfeel make this easily drinkable and enjoyable. Warming from the higher alcohol near the end remind you this isn’t your typical fest bier.

Overall-balanced, enjoyable, spot-on. A great version of the style, one that should be had again and again as things turn colder.

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

This Oktoberfest pours a beautiful light copper color with a nice white head that diminished into a spotty skim after a few sips. The aroma is highly malty, spicy toasted grains and caramel sweetness, there might be a light hop aroma as well. The flavor is very malty, spicy and sweet initially, followed by a solid balance of hop bitterness, and finally the toasted grain spicyness reappears at the swallow. The carbonation is moderate and the beer has a medium body, giving a good drinkability. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest. The malt aroma and flavor are both very prevalent and well done. I enjoy the toasted spicy flavor from what seems to be a large portion of toasted grains, like Vienna or Munich. The hop bitterness provides a nice balance, definitely keeping this Oktoberfest from being overly sweet. I’d place this in the top 3 Oktoberfests I’ve had.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Briaght, clear pumpkin orange. Thin off-white head. Quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass. Almost no lacing left behind.

S - Big toasty malt aroma. Hints of fresh baked bread.

T - Very bready maltiness up front with light toasted tastes. Very standard o-fest. Light easrthiness underneath. Toasted bread tastes comes through much stronger as the beer warms.

M/D - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Left a good , slightly amber colored head with somewhta, perhaps, maybe, half-way decent retention.

Smell- Makes me think of homemade Amish white bread. It also maks me think of bread mix and earthy minerals.

Taste- This stuff taste like the color amber. IF any can back me up that some things make you think of colors, this beer does it for me. Some freash out of the toaster white bread malts mixed with some happy hops that make you wanna slam you mug on the tablle and raise it high whilst exclaiming STOLL AN!

Mouthfeel- One of the most refreshing beers for a 7.7% abv. I want to say this would be a good session beer, but this stuff would kick your ass much faster than you would want.

Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer on my recent trip back to the homeland (the autumnally beautiful MN). Pours a clear golden copper with pumpkin edges and a smallish, off-white head. Smells of mildly sweet, caramelly malt (brown sugar carrots). Slight, spicy hop presence. Taste starts off with the brown sugar carrot malt, followed by tangy whiskey flavors. Notes of alcohol and burning leaves lead into some surprisingly bitter hops. The good dose of hops is needed to balance out the hefty, mostly sweet, malt flavors. Lingering bitterness and sweet, buttery zuchinni bread. This is a great tasting Octoberfest and one that has some balls too (without being cough-syrupy sweet like the Kaiser). Good job Summit!

Summit Oktoberfest Marzen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.