Summit Fest Bier | Summit Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
PROFILE: Malty and sweet Czech-German fest lager
MALT/GRAIN: Czech Pils, Czech Munich, Cara Munich
HOPS: Saphir, Sladek
IBU: 30
ABV: 5.5%
YEAST: Munich Lager

Added by Jason on 03-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 22
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4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Omnium
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice gold color with a finger of foamy white head, thick lacing.
S - Excellent aroma toasted grains, earthy and deep maltiness, a light floral hop scent, definitely some pilsner malt in here too.
T - Taste is spot on with the style, but take it to a new dimension. You definitely get your typical marzen traits, pilsner and bready malt, a little sweetness, but in this there's also this light toasted grain and nutty quality that is mild but pleasant and works perfectly with it.
M - A little on the light side of carbonation, but medium and balanced.
O - Outstanding Oktoberfest, and probably the best one I had. Summit needs to put this into seasonal rotation.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Phocion
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Surlyfest mug. It's a little past its prime, but has been refrigerated since purchase with the goal of tasting it next to Summit's standard Oktoberfest.

Clear dark golden color with a thick, foamy off-white head. Good retention and excellent lacing around the edges of the mug.

The rich Munich hop aroma is very evident with a toasted, almost nutty flavor. Almost honey-like and grainy aroma hints at an interesting use of Pilsner malts (confirmed by a quick visit to Summit's website). Floral and slightly fruity hoppiness.

The flavor is primarily malt-forward, and the best way to describe it is of honey-topped, toasted biscuit. Complex hops arrangement of citrus (tangerine?), floral, and particularly spicy flavors. No yeast flavors are noticeable, as well as no astringency or alcohol flavors.

Light-medium body and good levels of carbonation. Dry, balanced finish.

Overall, this is an excellent and mostly-accurate take on an Oktoberfest. A couple little weird twists that make it stand out. Phenomenally well-balanced. It blows away the standard Summit Oktoberfest, which is too bad since it will likely never be brewed again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of JamesMN
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 8/3/14.

Appearance: Fairly transparent copper hue with some visible effervescence and a thin cap of off-white foam.

Aroma: Plain grains and a touch of yeast. Void of any off-aromas that sometimes come with lager yeast.

Taste: Very clean grain profile. Can really taste the German influence and Munich style. The hops are nicely assertive in their moderate bitterness without being overdone. Nice flavors of mild pepper and a dash of earth from the hops. The bitterness peaks during the finish, which is quite a crisp affair. There is also a small sweet, nearly honey-like note just after the finish. Aftertaste of ebbing pepper and bitterness. The hops get more aggressive with each additional sip as they continue their onslaught on the palate. An enjoyable effect for anyone who likes hoppier beers and a worthy take on the style. Full in flavor considering the modest 5.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with average carbonation for the style. Almost syrupy at times but still quite drinkable and easily sessionable, which is the point of this beer I think.

Final Thoughts: A really great beer by Summit and another reason to believe the old Minnesotian standard of brewing still has what it takes to compete in this ever-expanding market. Would I drink it again? Yes. Alas, it was a one time release.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: A perfect copper colored body hold a cream colored head. Light lines of lacing.

Aroma: Toasted bread, malt sweetness, hints of caramel and toffee.

Taste: Spiciness comes through immediately. The body is malty and somewhat bready. A touch of caramel. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry.

Overall: Excellent beer. Clean, tasty, smooth/drinkable.

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Summit Fest Bier from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 113 ratings
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