Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) | Summit Brewing Company

Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)
676 Ratings
Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)

Brewed by:
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 PhantomVodoo
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light tan head that faded quickly. Clear, burnt orange in color.
Aroma of grainy, pale malts and earthy hops. Touch of fruit as well.

Taste shows a sweet, grainy, pale malt backbone. Earthy hops provide decent balance. Some crispness to the beer, but the malt sweetness wins out. Hint of fruit.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

A solid Oktoberfest.
Big thanks to Jeffboo for the bottle!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - short-lived off-white head melts quickly to a sparse cover. This copper-hued beer looks good!

Aroma - moderate malt and spice, very pleasant.

Taste - sweet, malty, but not as spicy as the aroma. An early breath of alcohol fades. Sweetness follows the swallow, followed by some nearly Belgian-like malty sweetness. Nice malty style, not real distinctive though.

Mouthfeel - average carbonation and weight, nicely done.

Drinkability - tasty and easy to drink, kinda average though.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at the local supper club. The beer arrived at my table in a pint glass, and was served pretty well chilled. Paired with the fish fry.

A) This was a nice looking brushed copper. There was nearly a finger of white foam, which quickly settled to a dusting. No lacing noted...

S) Nice malt presence on the nose, light caramel, and toasted grains. There is also some earthy/grassy hops in the background.

T) Follows the aroma... The malt sweetness mingles nicely with the earthy/grassy hops. This finishes clean, and has a pleasing aftertaste. I would never have guessed the ABV on this one.

M) A lighter medium body with moderate carbonation. Pleasingly crisp and refreshing. Slides down with ease.

O) A solid fall option, and a good representation of the style. I've been trying to throw some different Oktoberfest into the mix this season, and really, this is one of few I'd reach for again. Glad to recommend...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Summit back in Ohio, this is an Oktoberfest, poured into a 1/2 liter krug, there's a perfectly filtered copper body with a bright light beige head that fills the more than a 1/3rd of the glass. Fine banded lacing with each sip as it slowly dwindles down. Aroma has a nice pleasant cereal grain complexity built into it light herbal hops, almost cider like notes with caramelized sugars evident. Flavor is a bready full on sweetness with malts working overtime, herbal highlights bring a bit of balance but this beer has more than enough residual malts to become borderline cloying, most Oktoberfest beers I enjoy have big malt but manage to still finish crisp and refreshing, the finish here seems a bit unrefined compared to good American versions or the German standbys. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation tickles the back of the throat putting just a bit too much of that element out there, overall I'm glad to have another version to try from Summit still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Goodspeed83
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metalsnota
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on tap at Ike's at the St. Paul Minneapolis Airport. It poured a beautiful clear rosey amber with a thin but complete white satin cover and great lacing. The aroma brings roasted malt and toasty wheat, crisp and clean. The taste is more of the same with a wine feel, a bit of alcohol presence. Medium carbonation, smooth and fair drinkability. There's some grassy hops bite, sort of peppery and clove with a hint of a metallic kiss in the back.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit Oktoberfest glows a nice orange tinged amber gold with a nice foamy white head that leaves a fare amount of lacing too.

The aroma has nice bready malts and a slightly spicy hop character.

Toasted German malts dominate the flavor, sweet but not too sweet with a fair dose of caramel/butterscotch mixed in as well as a bit of fruity esters. Alcohol is noted more than the style warrants but makes a nice warming blend with the toffee like malts while the finish dries up things and also ends pleasantly bitter. Spicy/earthy style hops round out the flavors nicely.

Mouthfeel is firmly medium, smooth and just a touch creamy.

Summit brews a very good beer as their interpretation of the Oktoberfest/Marzen style though I do feel it strays just a bit. I do recommend this beer!

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Photo of mab09002
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light orange and smells abundantly malty with a touch of sweetness. Surprisingly, the malt taste is not as strong as the smell would indicate. This is relatively true to style, but the malt profile could be much bolder. I like my Marzen to contain so much malt that it can be substituted for a meal - this did not quite get there for me, but it is certainly a respectable brew.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper, a little light for a marzen. Head is there and gone, not much to speak of.

Aroma is malt and sweet honey or molasses. Light aroma isn't very pronounced.

Taste is honey and sweet sugar beets. The grain is there and a little light on the malting for the style. Sweet bread and light raisin. I like the flavor on this beer, I just would hesitate to call it true to style. The malting of the grain is a little light and there could be more roasting of the malt

Mouthfeel is good and medium bodied.

I like the flavor of this beer, but the roast of the malt is a little light for a marzen.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ALC82
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I find myself trying every Oktoberfest and pumpkin flavored beer I can get me hands on, this one was pretty good! I am a easy going critic as I enjoy just about every beer I've had so... saying that, I still feel there was something missing here. I wish I could place it with words but don't yet have the beer vocabulary to do so. Overall very drinkable though!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a clear, copper color with a small head. Toasted malt aroma with some spicy hops. The flavor is malty, with some lemon, which is strange. Just a bit of hop flavor in the finish, but the emphasis is towards the malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Good drinkability. Alcohol is well hidden. I didn't detect anything close to the 7.7% abv listed on the bottle. A well above average Oktoberfest.

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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 neonbrown82
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not one of the most accurate representations of the style I've seen. Much too strong. Gives those same sweet ethanol flavors as if one were to hold a full shot of bourbon in the mouth without the intense burning.

The appearance is a crystal clear coppery color with a tiny white head and a very active carbonation. Leaves no lacing. Looks alright but for the utter lack of head.

The smell is quite sweet and malty with some bready yeasty notes. I can smell the alcohol.

The taste is very sweet for on Oktoberfest. If this could be toned down (and consequently the alcohol with it), this would make a fine Oktoberfest, but this is almost ridiculous. Is this supposed to be an "Imperial O'fest" or something? Gets better as you warm up to it, letting some of the malty and spicy flavors out, along with a tiny hint of hops (which could be better utilzed to fight the sweetness as well).

The mouthfeel is quite full-bodied. Has lots of residuals and a powerful burn appropriate for the fall season. This was an alright Oktoberfest, but I think it overshot the mark whether it was intended or not.

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Photo of cyroeser
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ri0
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into stein!

A - Bronze and caramel with a nice 2.5 finger head. Leaves a collar and swaths of lacing around the stein.

S - Grainy malty, and sweet bread. Light earthy hops.

T - Good amount of malts, grain, sweet bread and hints of caramel. Light earthy hops give it a bit more. Nice Marzen style.

M - On the lighter side with good carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking even on a warm day.

O - Pretty decent take on this style of beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear copper color with a nice off-white head good lacing on glass

S- is malts and toffee with fresh baked bread

T- was sweet malts and spice with candy toffe and some citrus hops

M- medium carbonation with with sweet tastes of malts and bread

O- typical good marzen and this one is a great local favorite

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Photo of Rawwie
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 676 ratings
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