Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)

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Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Photo of Bighuge
4.82/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-rated on October 3, 2007:

I upped my ratings for appearance, aroma and taste. This is a top of the line Ofest. One of my favorite. Such a meaty flavor (not literally). Such a thick maltiness and great lager yeastiness. Very hearty. This and Staghorn are my 2 favorite bottled Ofests.

Crytal clear copper in color. Slight off-white head that has good retention. Fairly large grain, subdued malt and a slight yeastiness in the aroma. Really nice toasted malt taste. Yeast off-flavors (similar to their maibock?) acentuate nicely. Very clean tasting and very drinkable. The slightest hint of alcohol is actually present in this brew. This octoberfest is medium to full bodied and a very enjoyable brew. I only wish they hadn't canned their alt to introduce this beer last September.

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Photo of matcris
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A very clear copper/amber with a finger + of off white creamy head that lasts all the way down. Lots of tiny bubbles rising up the glass. The beer leaves a great looking thick lacing down the glass. The aroma is of toasted sweet malt, fresh cut grass, and honey or a floral note like jasmine. The flavor is lots of toasted biscuit, sweet caramel malt, lingering pleasant sweetness combined with a nice earthy/grassy hop note. That honey or floral note is there in the taste, and adds another layer of complexity. Feel is a little slick, medium body, with the finish drying things up, nicely, and good full carbonation. Overall, I think this is a pretty interesting take on the style and is more complex and layered than any other brew I've had in this classification. Very nice! I don't know how authentic this beer would be in a competition, but I thoroughly enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got a 12 pack of this cold off the bottling line as a reward for judging beer all afternoon. L: this pours copper amber under a 2” rocky white foam collar. S: Rich bready, spicy aromas with fresh malted grain aromas like you get when standing next to a kiln when it just starts up. T: Layers of rich spicy malt flavors in all their splendor with spicy and earthy hop flavors and bitterness on the finish. F: Clean, creamy and smooth with a medium body and carbonation. O: Drink this with all things pork.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light amber with a nice white head. The aromas of caramel, cotton candy, crackers, and roast vegetables rise of the beer. The flavor leads with a bubblegum like sweetness, tempered by a balanced fruity bitterness and cracker finish. The mouthfeel is rich but not overpoweringly so. This is an awesome oktoberfest, and while it stays within the tradition framework, it explores just enough to create and amazing flavor.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wonderful amber color with orange (bronze) hints. A mild sweet malt aroma that is very pleasant. Head is low and steady. Taste begins with sweet malt with some sharpness. Mellows from middle through finish with steady malt character. Mild alcohol flavor noticeable. Some dryness to finish, but relatively short. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of bnes09
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper-colored, semi-transparent lager. Cream colored head settles to a gentle film and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is rich and inviting. Lots of toasty biscuit notes as well as caramel and mild alcohol.

Ultra rich flavor. Toasted bread grains, caramel and maple sweetness with some dried date notes. Mild pine needle hop to balance. Malty character overall which is quite complex.

Full bodied with a slick texture. Mild carbonation yet enough to excite the tongue. Alcohol provides the slightest hint of warmth.

Wow! For a marzen, this stuff is exceptional. The flavors are so complex and perfectly blended. Higher in alcohol than most examples of the style but who's complaining? Definitely a great beer to enjoy during the late fall months.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying a few of the summit brews I can say that I really enjoy their creations.

This is probably one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers so far (I have a ways to go on trying them all). The color is nice, but a but a bit lighter than I expected, and the scent is sweet, which definitely catches my attention.

The flavor is nice and sweet as well, with a nice hop kick that makes this all the better.

Another Summit beer to give a thumbs up.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can purchased at John's Grocery in Iowa City, unknown brewing/canning date but bottom of the can read "EB 12/13/14," poured into my Snallygaster 2013 mug and drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of scratch69
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear copper color with with two fingers worth of cream colored head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Sweet malt, biscuits, and caramel with a touch of hops.

Taste- Rich caramel malt flavor with notes of toasted bread and toffee. There is just a hint of some spices and hops toward the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a near perfect amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall- A very good beer. Samuel Adam's Oktoberfest used to be my go to Fall seasonal but this could replace it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now in it's third year of existence, Summit's Oktobefest only becomes more popular, and good reason. I liked it the moment it met my lips, and my passion fails to flag!
Appearance: nice light bronze color, a deep amber, you could say, with a fluffy, creamy, though short and swiftly settling, head.
Aroma: spicy, super-sweet, noticably alcoholic, but still soft, and herbal and utterly delightful.
Taste: Mmmm!
How was that again?
Mmmm, mmm, Mmmmm!
Or perhaps I meant to say, sweet, rich, malty, with a thick, even treacly texture, though rather light-bodied, but full-flavored, and with a tidy, toffeeish, almost buttery finish that rings through the mouth and clings to the senses.
Bright and tasty and yummy, yum, yum!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pumpkin orange color, with very minimum head on the pour. Smell is vaguely grassy, definitely sweet and crisp, also has some noticable alcohol in the nose. Taste is very crisp and full, sweet malts, with a grassy, alcohol laced background really make this a full and unique tribute to the style. Nice mouthfeel, to boot. A good start to the Oktoberfest season.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear red color with a small white head that recedes quickly. The aroma is clean with some grassy and floral tones. The taste is as clean as the aroma. The sip has lots of floral notes, while the aftertaste is rather sweet. The mouthfeel is medium boded with ample carbonation. Overall, this is another solid brew from Summit.

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Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my favorite Octoberfest from last year (before I was on the site) and while I like this years version I am not quite as high on it as a year ago.

Clear copper in color...virtually no head...nose is slightly alcoholic and sweet...taste features a hint of the same unique flavor their Maibock has...I like it, but it is a little different..taste definitely leans sweet with more of a caramel taste, but it also closes with a dry finish and definitely has more of a hop feel this year than last year. I think Summitt is one of the top 25 or so breweries in the U.S. and I have come to anticipate their seasonal releases. This is one of their better ones and once again it is a very enjoyable beer..

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Photo of JDK
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice medium amber color with a quickly diminishing head. Very nice mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.
Very light spicy smell.
The taste is very good, nice blend of spices, one not overpowering another. Very refreshing!
I could drink several of these in a session, and I'm in the process of doing that tonight.
Sam Adams Octoberfest has always been my favorite but this is it's equal!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Rich amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with very good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet bready malts with a lot of caramel and toffee. Some grains and hints of earthy hops. Also some hints of spice and apple fruit. Very malty and sweet aroma. Toasty.

Taste: Starts with sweet bready malts with lots of caramel and toffee throughout. Malts get very toasty towards the finish with some hints of spice to go with the sweetness. Hop presence is very subtle. Very malty and sweet but very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very rich, creamy, and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Marzen from Summit. Everything you would expect from this very malty style of lager. Rich and sweet but not overwhelming.

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Photo of dave43
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells a malty, caramelly, with a nice malt background. A liitle lace with moderate carbonation. I Really like this octoberfest with a citrusy malty taste. It is my go to octoberest...I enjoy it more then our other local octoberfest made by schools. This is a solid beer.

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Photo of beakerboy
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of vickyreddy
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is kind of intense and strong flavor with bitter taste.... for all those who like strong this would be one of your bucket list try it it good...this is good compared with the taste of Samuel Adams October fest

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Photo of tgbljb
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of pnkermiz
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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?

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