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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Reviews: 287 | Ratings: 666
Photo of dhannes
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.

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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 Beginner2
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm developing a theory about why so many Midwest second generation craft brewers (i.e. those that were had respectable products in the last century) have Marzens. The theory runs like this: if your initial market has enough German heritage (say 10% before the 1930s) mixed in and you have a decent recipe to start with, then overtime your Marzen is worth introducing every year and it gets better during the course of this 21st Century. Of course, this is just a theory that seems true... to me. What do you think ?

As for Summit, I'm not sure they started with a decent recipe; but, they are making it better. I remember having this over 5 years ago. The bottle I just Had now is better than in 2010... but that is based on my flawed memory.

Bottom-line: if you like the style, buy Summit's and try it. You may think it average (like me), but it is getting better and that alone is worth saying "Prost!"

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Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright amber with a pillowy head of fluffy foam, drippy lacing all around a glass, and a lasting surface skim.
Aroma is lightly sweet with apple esters and nutty toasted malt notes.
Taste is fairly amped up, fully malty with some husky toasted bready notes and light apple esters.
Medium to light bodied, dry finish with a light bitterness and toasty aftertaste.
Overall not bad at all, a touch on the sweet side but fresh and tasty.

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Photo of KonigObHops
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

The beer poured a clear dark copper color with a white head that was about two finger widths thick. There was ample lacing.

The aroma was a combination of earthiness and some sweet hoppy tones.

The beer begins sweet. There is a biscuity flavor briefly present in the middle, but the finish dominates with what almost seems like an apple flavor.

The carbonation on this beer is rather high.

This was an interesting beer overall, but I would not call it an Oktoberfest. I liked this beer, but don't get it if you are looking for a true Oktoberfest.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - Medium orange color, transparent. Beige head, hangs on as a film.

Smell - Light, grainy sweet, burnt caramel. There's an "airyness" to it, like a very mild alcohol.

Taste - Some sweet bitterness up front, sweet and bready. Lightly caramely. Flavorful in the finish, dark bready and caramely.

Feel - Very dry, medium carbonation.

Overall - You can tell this has some alcohol strength to it, which I suppose is appropriate for a Märzen style.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light Amber, 1 finger off white head. Sweet bready smelling, slightly tinny, crisp hops. Sweet caramel, can the ethanol. Drinkable I love 12oz can format + price

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My main man Nick K. dug these beers. I thought they looked pretty, all that amber flowing around and giving substantial head. Gives some mild grain and honey aroma.

The malt is toasted the right amount, earthy. Caramel. Clean. ABV is up. This is pretty much one of the better beers in a style I don't usually jive with, but you gotta admit when a beer is pretty much exactly what they were probably shooting for.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

WTF is this? A bottled beer courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler? Unthinkable. But true. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, some sweet caramel. Taste is caramel malts, sweet and bready, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have been winnowing through the backlog of beer here at Chez Woody, eschewing hoppy IPAs & DIPAs for everything else that seems to get short shrift. I have several Oktoberfest/Marzens lined up for this evening.

I had to fight a little bit with the cap, but when it Pop!ped off, I was happy to begin a heavy-handed pour. I got two fingers of foamy, rocky, light-tan head for my efforts. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a robust maltiness, not cloyingly sweet, but assertive with regard to its maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste had a sweetness that hovered between bready and maple syrupy. This would be the sweet spot for me from the style since I really dislike sweet and especially overly sweet. Warming, I began to taste a pleasant nuttiness beginning to assert itself, kind of an almond/pecan flavor. The finish was semi-sweet, again, just right for the likes of me. I really dislike malt bombs and this managed to keep its sweetness in check. Well done, sirs!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i dig this on a whole number of levels. as good as any beer i have had from these guys. for one, its much stronger than the industry (or traditional) standard for the style. i suppose that come this time of year way up in minnesota, there is snow on the ground as often as there isnt, so a big burly body and abv on this style make a lot of sense. the flavor resulting from the increased grain is tremendous, its autumnal for sure, german, sweet, rustic. notes of honey and raisin, bready lager yeast, and something i cant quite place, sort of rye-esque spice in the middle there, but i dont know what from. notes of red apple and apple cider too. sweet like that. the hops seem backed off a little bit, the beer is grain driven and on the sweet side all the way through. all the body is really awesome, and the smoothness and creaminess are uncommon in the style. this is a style, especially for american brewers, thats almost like, if youve had one, youve had them all, but thankfully this is a bold statement in a unique direction, and its almost like an imperial octoberfest. creative and well put together, i would buy this again. drinking it by the pint will catch up to you though, trust me...

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Photo of dcotom
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.
Look: Beautiful caramel color with tons of of white, sudsy foam that left lots of sticky lacing.
Smell: Not too complex on the nose, sweet malts and a hint of the sort of spiciness that you get with some Belgian yeasts.
Taste/Feel: Again, sweetness dominates. Nothing overpowering on the palate, a little bit of bitterness on the finish with some warmth from the alcohol (7.1% ABV). Creamy mouthfeel, with some lingering sweetness.
Overall: A nice, malty Märzen-style lager, very enjoyable and highly drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little bit of spice, but nothing major. Honestly, the one attribute to this beer that stood out to me the most was the relatively high carbonation. Other than that, there isn't really anything unique about this.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a sweet caramelly malt driven märzen without too much hop presence. However for being a sweeter example of the style it is pretty tasty. I enjoyed it more than most Summit beers I've tried.

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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 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 justintcoons
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Caramel, biscuit, butterscotch, and molasses.

Big biscuity malts smothered in caramel. Lighter notes of toffee and butterscotch. This even starts to enter the territory of raisin and molasses. Finishes with a light eathy hop presence.

Medium bodied, slick, oily, sweet, and slightly syrupy.

Sweeter and more robust than its counterparts. The malt is in full force but there seems to be some diacetyl off-flavors that are off-putting.

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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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into dimpled mug, best before 1/3/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavor with no overly estery notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oktoberfest style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 Taybeh
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. (Tasted side-by-side with Millstream and Brooklyn Ofests.)

A: Pumpkin copper, 2 finger khaki head.
S: Pretty sweet, a little spice and nutmeg, some floral/citrus hops
T: Follows nose, a little more pronounced sweetness (toffee) and breadiness, a tingly buzz on the tongue toward the end with the floral and citrus hops.
M: A little heavier than is ideal for the style to me. Dry and crisp.

Overall: On its own, I think it's pretty good, and I'd drink it again. It doesn't all come together quite as well as the ideal Ofests out there...and it suffered in comparison with the Millstream.

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Photo of dakotaben
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

A - 1/2 finger light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S - light malt and sweet smell

T - moderate earthy malt with a faint sweet bread taste.

M - moderate high carbonation. fine bubbles that coat the mouth going down.

O - Nice beer. better than ok, but not great.

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Photo of Chief_Mug
1.62/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I hope I just got a bad batch, because others have had this and liked it. The beer I had a metallic taste to it. It reminded me of a very cheap beer in a can.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a single-finger, dense head.
The aroma is a big, yeasty bread smell.
This tastes really good. A nice bitter up front, then sweet from the bready and crackery malt and a nice, dry finish.
The mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer. Very smooth and creamy.
Overall, really enjoyed this nicely layered Marzen. Well done.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

This brew pours a brown color which changes to copper when held up to the light. There is a slightly off white two finger head, some of which remains on the top of the brew until the end as well as remaining as a collar until the end. Moderate lacing.

The smell is caramel, sweet and roasted malts along with a bready like smell.

The taste follows the nose with caramel, sweet and roasted malts followed by a thick bready taste then a crisp, cracker like taste with some hop spiciness to finish off.

Overall this is a good Oktoberfest beer. It is not the best I have had but it is very drinkable. NOTE: This is imported therefore I don't know how long it spent on a ship; it might be better fresh.

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