Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Ranked #266
Ranked #26,341
3.64 | pDev: 12.36%
Nov 27, 2021
Oct 18, 2001
Notes: Brewed in the classic Märzen style with Northern Brewer hops from Germany. Rich, toffee malt flavors up front with a clean hop finish as crisp as the autumn air. Unfortunately, like the fall colors, this seasonal beer is gone before you know it.
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Rated: 3.65 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by NDVikings from North Dakota

Dec 23, 2020
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This is a 12oz. bottle poured into my Summit Brewing Co. pint glass. This beer is a clear medium amber with light carbonation. The head of foam is a pleasant surprise, a light tan, one finger thick cap that slowly receded to a thin layer, leaving a thick ring of lacing behind. With the low carbonation I did not expect the longevity of the head. Nice job!
The aroma is a nice sweet malty one. Not very noticeable from a distance but very pleasant before the sip.
The taste is slightly bitter in the beginning and the end with a little sweetness in the middle.
The feel is light with a slight alcohol bite at the end of the taste.
This is an OK marzen, easy to sip a couple.
Nov 08, 2020
Rated: 3.25 by JMN44 from Minnesota

Oct 11, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Oct 09, 2020
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours just lighter than amber and clear. Limited head but good lacing.

Aromas of bready malty grain, yeast, and a touch of grassy/earthy hops.

Similar flavors, with some fruity and spicy touches in midstream to go with the expected toasty bready malts and hop balance. Some style-defying booze warmth at the finish.

The brew is rather dry and abrasive for the style, owing certainly, at least in part, to the higher than usual ABV.

Not a bad brew, but too boozy and abrasive for the style.
Oct 03, 2020
Rated: 3.59 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Oct 03, 2019
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Burnt orange and completely clear. One finger of thick white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Bready malt balanced by fruity, bright hops. Mild orange peel note.

Taste: Mild malt that’s quickly overcome by floral hop bitterness. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth body with high carbonation.

Overall: A little too much lingering bitterness on the tongue, but still nice.
Oct 01, 2019
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I tried this at Smith & Wollenski's in downtown Minneapolis whilst there for a trade show. The beer poured a clear amber and had thin white head that did not leave much lacing. The scent had malt and grain notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet malt presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.
Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Sep 28, 2019
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Reviewed by marcobrau from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours deep gold to amber with plenty of foam that leaves laces while slowly settling to a collar. Delightful, delicate aroma of caramel malts and hop spice. Not as full bodied as expected. Malt and hops are very nicely balanced. A very good Oktoberfest.
Sep 10, 2019
Rated: 4 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Sep 06, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by Jerjo from North Dakota

Sep 05, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a deep, but bright, auburn orange color. Like a dried orange or apricot color. A strong off-white head. SRM of 17. (4.00)

Aroma: Fairly light aromas. Mostly orange citrus, cream, toffee, and bread malts. Alcohol is detectable. Light toasted bread crust with caramel spice behind that. (3.75)

Flavor: Some chewy & resinous orange citrus with strong breadiness on the flavor. At the same time there is a strong, creamy, fresh baked bread and toffee sweetness. Little caramel and cinnamon. Some monkey bread. Finishes slightly sweet. (4.00)

Feel: Heavier bodied and creamy on the tongue. Medium carbonated, smooth, and creamy. Alcohol is detectable here. (3.75)

Compared to Mankato Brewery's Oktoberfest Festbier (2020) 9/13/20: Pours a similar color with a stronger head. More orange and alcohol aromas. Less toasty bread and spice. Stronger carbonation and candied fruit bitterness.

Compared to Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest 2020 9/24/20: Pours a darker and more amber color with a larger head. More orange, cream, brown sugar, bread. Less pine for sure. More bread and spice all around.

Compared to Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest 2021: Pours a lighter color. Milder aromas. More toast. Less pine for sure. More alcohol. Winner: Sierra Nevada.

Overall: A pretty good Marzen. Nice chewy and creamy orange citrus with toffee flavors. Showcases the fruit flavors, more than the German malt flavors, so definitely is Americanized. Some orange and strong toffee here. Not true to the German festbier style, but for an American Marzen, it's quite good. (Final Rating: 3.71)
*Compare to Odell or Founders*
Aug 31, 2019
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Reviewed by SB2017 from Iowa

3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Like many other uninspired oktoberfest beers by popular breweries, this brew comes across too sweet, cornsyrupy, and leaves an unpleasant bitterness behind. Flavor of teriyaki really comes through.
Mar 16, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by jglipschultz from Minnesota

Mar 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Drak-Nib from Nebraska

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Subtly spicy taste and smell makes me want to guzzle it. Tasty and full of interesting possibilities. The aftertaste is a slight bit bitter. Very easy drinker. From a taster. 2018/11/25
Nov 28, 2018
Rated: 3.82 by wl2bill from Wisconsin

Nov 18, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by beerisboss from Minnesota

Oct 06, 2018
Rated: 3.53 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

Sep 30, 2018
Rated: 4 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Sep 09, 2018
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped on label is '82120749'. 2018 edition.
Clear, pale amber colored body. One finger white head that reduces to interrupted islands and ring. Leaves behind rings of lacing.
Subtle aroma of toasty malts, and a hint of floral hops.
Taste of toasty, toffee laden malts, with a blend of floral, slightly spicy hops. No bitterness.
Medium mouth feel with a toffee/caramel note. Good carbonation.
A well done fest beer from a professional brewer. Expresses as a well balanced and well crafted fest beer. Represents well when sampled and compared to other fest beers. Nothing out of place but presents as a confidently crafted fest beer. Quite sublime but also quite memorable.
Aug 29, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 07, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Philcassella from North Carolina

Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Oct 03, 2017
Rated: 3.64 by Monsterbaitor from Minnesota

Sep 22, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin

Sep 18, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by moundbz from North Dakota

Sep 17, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by Minnesota_beer_guy from Minnesota

Sep 03, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by Dms844 from Minnesota

Sep 02, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by justinm4bama from Alabama

Aug 27, 2017
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Reviewed by ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2017 batch, from the bottle into a shaker pint. Pours a clear burnt orange with a thin head, minimal lacing down the glass. Smells strongly of malt with biscuit and earthy hop undertones. Taste is bready, strongly malted, with a hint of warming alcohol. This is a sweet, but not overly sweet beer. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Overall, a great lager that should only taste better as fall approaches.
Aug 06, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by aemowgli from Minnesota

May 24, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota

May 07, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by Kuges from Texas

Apr 25, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by Alemmer91 from Minnesota

Jan 21, 2017
Rated: 3 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Jan 03, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Oct 29, 2016
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Reviewed by dhannes from Wisconsin

3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a perfect pint.
L=Dark amber with a foamy head of about 1 inch.
S=Strong maltiness with a bit of mustiness.
T=A fair amount of maltiness, with a bit of sweetness and fruitiness.
F=A tad bitter, with a fair amount of body and carbonation.
O=Although I was a bit disappointed, this is a decent offering...try it if you like beers that are lighter and more bitter than a traditional märzen.
Oct 24, 2016
Rated: 3.64 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Oct 22, 2016
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