Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
669
Reviews:
288
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.64%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
83
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 669 |  Reviews: 288
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 kenito799
1.73/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint mug. According to my dad who got this, it is fresh.

Crystal clear amber with no head, no lacing.

Thin watery soda-pop mouthfeel. Aroma is grainy, soapy. Mass-produced, thin, watery, stale flavor, metallic finish. I don't like this stuff at all. I am pouring it out...there's New Glarus in the fridge.

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Photo of Metal4Breakfast
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of KingMe
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of BuckettOfBeer
2.24/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of thelargeone
2.28/5  rDev -37.4%

Photo of blakesell
2.29/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Decent sized 1.5 finger head with a rich amber/gold orange colour. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell- This one smells much different from the one I had last year. Somehow this one got skunked. I can get traces of the malt, but the skunkiness is there. Dissapointing.

Taste- Rich and malty and then that skunk comes in. So unfortunate that such a lovely beer last year becomes this beer this year. I'll have to investigate my source next time and make sure that there aren't flourescent lights around the brew.

Mouthfeel- Sticky and slightly slimy. I'm wondering if the off skunk flavor is contributing to the bad mouthfeel in this review.

Drinkability- Had this been the same beer that I had this time last year, this would be a different review and I would be proud to have a 6pk of this beer. As it is, I'm stuck with another 4 beers that I don't want to drink anytime soon.

Too bad this time. BA reviews show that I'm stuck in an isolated incident.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grainy malts and some DMS. Some sweet toffee comes out as it sits.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts (a bit too much), a little apple fruitiness, followed by a subdued German hop bitterness and a metallic finish. It's quite the mish-mash of flavors, not what I would consider an Oktoberfest. The mouthfeel is is medium, a tad watery, with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, I didn't care for the sweet/metallic mix. This was not a very good O-fest.

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Photo of deebo
2.42/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Out of bottle perfectly clear reddish orange that reminds me of fall. Beautiful. Touch of tan head.
S-Not much of a distinctive aroma here. Whiffs of alcohol and weak malted barley.
T-Weak toasted malt with a little smoke. Long finish that is astringent and bitter. Balance is off.
M-Plenty of CO2 tingle. Fairly thin bodied with some vapory alcohol bite, but not bad given 7%+ ABV.
D-Below average, go with another marzen option.
O-Not one of my favorites. Too thin and not enough malty goodness. Too heavy on lingering aftertaste and CO2 bite for me.

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Photo of sweetkness
2.42/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recently also had the bottle version of this beer, and it failed to impress me either time. It's hard to find the exact reason why, but I have tried several Octoberfests this season, and this one is at the bottom of the list. It just has a different flavor/mouthfeel. That lager yeast flavor seems to be dominant, and it's missing that caramel malt sweetness that appeals to me in this style. There seems to be a different type of malt used in this Octoberfest than in others...maybe I'm wrong. Obviously, this is just my opinion, maybe other tastes would see it as one of the best out there this year.

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Photo of Torey
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of jzlyo
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of jp32
2.57/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a copper-amber color with very minimal head retention, after 15 secs, none at all.

Smell: Malty with an intriguing hop presence in the background. Nearly smells like a nice pale ale. Probably not real true to style, but nice nevertheless.

Taste: The taste is mild at first, but after you swallow, it unleashes a raging blow of sweet, really sweet, tangy, tart, syrupy blast. Overkill. That aftertaste really isnt doing me any favors.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy. Not heavy-bodied, but syrupy or maybe a little oily.

Drinikability: A little hard to choke down at a quick pace.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Too much booze cuts the party short.

Crystal clear copper/amber body, mild carbonation streams, topped by a solid level two fingers of tight white foam. Ok lacing.

Inviting fresh bread bakery aroma.

Caramel malty base, veers a bit too much toward pixie stick and not enough toward dark chocolate. Earthy herbal noble hops arrive to balance and blunt the over-sweetness. However, a larger problem is the pervasive taste and sense of alcohol that arises between the malt and hops and rides roughshod throughout the rest of each pull. Its not overpowering, but its totally out of place for an Octoberfest.

Medium mouthfeel is fine.

Drinkability suffers from the alcohol taste in a style that's all about drinkability. One twelve ounce bottle at a time is all I want from this, not a series of gigantic mugs.

A disappointment from a brewery whose other offerings I've enjoyed.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.64/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed September 17, 2005. On tap at the Big Lake Brewfest. No aroma. Nice headstrong amber pour. Malty and sugary, but lacking any decent characteristics, that distingush it as an Oktoberfest. Finish is skanky and a touch too dry. Somehow overall the higher alcohol doesn't appear.

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Photo of nortmand
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brilliant, crystal clear orange with a half finger of white head.

Metallic yeast dominates the nose. Not very pleasant.

Some goopy caramel notes. Not clean, kind of bitter, some malt overtones. Metallic banana, etc. Unbalanced bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

Bright carbonation, but overly thick body. Not real drinkable, but I got some enjoyment out of it.

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Photo of pdb
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of terrabyte
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice, clar tan and copper color. White foamy head.

Smells slightly sweet with a hint of caramel and grains.

Taste starts out mild with only some sweetness. Then it follows with a yeasty, foamy flavor that borders on bad cheap beer. Slightly Putrid.

Has a foamy finish with a slow bitter aftertaste that lingers negatively.

I'm not a big fan of Oktoberfest beers, but this one is at the bottom of my list.

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Photo of yippiesmoke
2.72/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am an avid summit fan. that said...

A: good color for a marzen! nice copper tone out of the bottle and in the glass. about a single finger, maybe more, head that seems to dissipate before the first taste.

S: it smells like copper. smells like the color it is with a bit of malts, but only if you try real hard to ignore the metal smell.

T: tastes like you're drinking a high abv beer with a penny in your mouth. there's a nice malty taste but it is under that damned penny. :( no notable hop taste, yet not too sweet.

M: feels a bit thin for the color. has good carbonation. finishes clean if not metallic.

like i said i'm a fan of most of summit's beers but i don't know if i'll be buying this one again.

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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 harrylee773
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of banderson
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of rudy0908
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Skelton
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) from Summit Brewing Company
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