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 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 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 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 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 jimbotrost
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a 12 pack for 9.99 + + at Opperman's cork N Ale in Saginaw, Michigan. THe beer seemed to have suffered due to age. The pour was a bright and brilliant clear red and was topped off with a sparse off white head. The nose was sweet and malty, too sweet, and lacked any balance. Flavor continued the one dimensional sweet feature with a cloying feel. The beer just lays there, I have had better. Will look forward to a fresh Sample in September because Summitt makes some wonderful products.

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Photo of brewdoc75
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle to a pint glass

Appearance: Clear, copper, orange color w/ minimal head.

Smell: A little sulfurous. Otherwise not very hoppy, bland overall.

Taste: Full tasting malts. A little bitterness. Alcohol is hidden nicely in the malts. Moderately sweet. A clean tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied O-fest. Creamy and rich. NIce carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm not a huge O-fest fan, but I do enjoy a few during the fall months. This one is average when compared to the others I've had. Its a reasonable choice however when you are in the mood for a Marzen style beer.

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Photo of resce
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this bottled beer poured into a 12oz glass stein.

The beer is a very clear, pumpkin orange with a slight amber hue. Pouring it out, I got little to no head and as I type this, there is little to no carbonation continuing as the beer sits - just a few bubbles here and there popping up.

The smell of this beer is rather bland and slightly sweet, without a lot of hops detected. At first taste, this beer is very sweet. It has the usual Oktoberfest caramel malt flavors, but also more of a sweet toffee-like taste.

The feel of the beer is slightly less than a medium body that works evenly over the pallet. The hops are evenly balanced with the malt which is nice. Overall, there is a bit of a dullness to the beer, that especially surfaces afterwards. Not a bad thing, just not crisp aftertaste.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Amore Victoria in Minneapolis, MN.

Appearance: Poured into a Summit Horizon Red Ale pint glass. Hazy 0range-amber, two fingers of off-white head that lingered for a good long while. Very inviting appearance.

Smell: Caramel sweet and subtle piney hops.

Taste: It's initially somewhat bright on the palate which I didn't care for, then fading into a slightly unbalanced sweet caramel, toasted malt and subtle resinous hop. Hop bitterness becomes more apparent in the finish, which isn't helping in this case.

Mouthfeel: Medium with moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability: The immediate brightness on the palate was a bit off-putting for me and I think it was ultimately the combination of hop and sweetness that precluded me from ordering a second round.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a copper orange hue, with a semi-hazed clarity. The head is dense, but under one finger and retains poorly. Decent lacing though. Crystal malt aroma, with a pinch of floral hops and ester. The flavor is rich with vienna malt sweetness and bavarian hops, but still too thin to hide an obviuos cider flavor. The hops flavor is lacking, and the ester aftertaste ruins the mouthfeel. Slow, even carbonation and medium body are fairly smooth, but the finish winds up too sweet and expels any chance for a resepctable drinkability.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is the 3rd in my Oktoberfest binge... not impressed. Oktoberfest reminds me a lot of Summit Maibock: Weak head, weak smell, tastes like a tin can and alcohol... The beer is not horrible, but it really does not have any good attributes either... worst Oktoberfestbier this year (so far)...

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Photo of crossovert
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown twist off bottle.

It pours an amber/orange with a foamy off-white head that billows up pretty nicely and easily and sticks for a bit before receding with some decent lacing.

The smell in this one is rather subdued. It has a very Helles lager-type smell. It is bready with a kiss of hops, but not as caramally or nutty as a typical maezren. The sweetness comes in at the end but it isn't as prevalent as in most. There is some slight metallic hintings as well.

The sweetness of the flavor hits you like a truck. I wasn't expecting this but the flavor is mostly of cloyingly sweet caramel. There is a light medicinal hoppiness over this but it seems pretty blunt.

The mouthfeel is syrupy and cloying, the alcohol goes relatively unhidden. I'm not a huge fan of this.

There are a ton of Maezren choices out there, especially in the WI market, I would suggest passing on this one in favor of others.

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Photo of ryantupy
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be rather unimpressive and kinda boring. I hate to say it since I usually like Summit beers but this one is definatly a sleeper for me. Its poured a amber color with amber head and had poor retention. It smelled bready with bold spices and herbs. It tasted of toasted malts and heavy bold spices with to much carbonation and bitterness. It is rather strong though so that is a plus to an otherwise boring beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is toasted malts along with a hint of biscuit and hops.

T- The taste like the aroma features the toasted malt flavors primarily. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouhfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Summit Oktoberfest is a pretty average O-Fest. It's not bad, but not in the top tier either. Worth a try.

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Photo of Pauly2X
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured virtually no head, deep redish amber color.

S- Nutty malt aroma very faint spicy hop smells.

T- Overly nutty sweet malt character, spicy hop pressence is very subdued.

M- Quite smooth nicely carbonated.

D- I've been using the rest of the six pack to marinade steaks, works great!

This is my least favorite Oktoberfest to date, but if you like an Oktoberfest with more of a nutty malt character then this is a must try

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Summit Oktoberfest pours from the bottle a bright clear amber red with streaks of peach. A small bubbly white head develops and falls to a ring around the brew. There's a best by date lasered onto the bottle..but the only way to read it is to hold the bottle up to a light!! Aromas of roasty caramel maltiness along with a touch of nuttiness and some herbal hops in the background. A bit fruity even....but overall a tad underwhelming.

First sip brings a roasty caramel maltiness with some nutiness. A bit bready in the middle with the classic Munich malt flavors. Some fruitiness sneaks through along with a subtle herbal hoppiness on the way down. This brew just doesn't really do it for seems a bit out of whack with a slight astringent quality throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite aggressive stingy carbonation that makes it a bit hard to drink. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. With all the Oktoberfests that are out there I doubt I'll be coming back to this one, but I'm still glad I had the chance to sample it.

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Photo of Brent
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The weather is still quite warm, and normally I don't get much of a longing for O'fests until the air gets a bit chilly and the leaves start to turn, but this was in the store and new and, well, you know the rest of the story. Besides, man does not live by hops alone.

Poured a vibrant coppery amber, perhaps a bit on the pale side for the style. Aroma was vague, perhaps a little apple. Flavor was a bit sharp and tart, lighter and a little fruity, without the malty subtance of a marzen - more like a Vienna. Not much depth to the flavor and overall simply lightweight. Perhaps it is good I started with this light, boring version - better to acclimate myself to the real thing.

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