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 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 BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Contains enough Oktoberfest character to fit the style, but not enough to compete with classic German examples. Begins with aromas made up of part malty grains, bread, yeast, and earthy hops, but also partly with ester, fruity ale characters and American hops. Brilliantly clear with a pale copper hue. Sparkling carbonation with fair head retention and lacing. Tastes go back and forth from bready / saaz, to fruity / spicy. Body does lack creaminess, and maltiness, but the beer does finish clean except for a mild metalic hop character late. Good beer but not what I will go for when wanting an true Oktoberfest.

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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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Translucent and bubbly, this copper colored octoberfest had a thin, small, khaki colored head. It left minimal lacing on the pint glass.

S - A nutty, grainy aroma with strong caramel notes. There was also a floral scent.

T - It tasted very much like the aroma; caramel, nuts, grains. It also had a sharp, bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied beer that hides its ABV very well.

D - This is a very good octoberfest. I'm glad I was able to get my hands on some.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep amber/copper body is punctuated by the creamy vanilla head that rests above it. It appears with an almost reddish cast while resting on the bar, but it's clearly more of a straightforward amber with golden highlights when held to the light. The nose displays a grainy, very toasty maltiness and some grassy/floral hops. The body is medium; and its fine carbonation leaves it crisp in the mouth. The rich, distinctly toasted Vienna malt is slightly sweet but well-balanced by a solid bitterness and some limited grassy/piney hop flavor; and it finishes dry with a lingering note of malt, then hops, and finally bitterness and a splash of alcohol. An enjoyable beer with a bit of a bite to it!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange with sparkling brass at the margins. The beige colored cap is tidy, but firm, with a heavily pitted look that I like. What appears to be an acceptable amount of lace is beginning to form on the upper few inches of the glass. This looks like a standard Marzen; perhaps a little lighter than most.

The nose, as well, is standard issue for the style. Malt leads the way (natch) with faint caramel and earthy Munich notes. Since there isn't a great deal of power, a more detailed description isn't possible.

I feel odd drinking an Oktoberfest during late winter, so from now on I'll call this beer a Februarfest. Okay, bad idea. The flavor is enjoyable if you like the style. I can appreciate lightly toasted, earthy, whole grain bread; tea-like notes and a minimal spicy hoppiness. There's actually quite a bit going on.

The hop lineup isn't anything overly original (Northern Brewer, Tettnang and Saaz), but then tradition is tradition for a reason. Simcoe or Amarillo would turn this beer into something else entirely; good maybe, but not really an Oktoberfest. Sweet and bitter are present in roughly equal measure and the beer is the better for it.

Despite the rather lofty 7.7% ABV, I don't really notice alcohol; a tribute to the brewers' skill. The mouthfeel falls within the wide range of medium and is firm rather than smooth or silky. Again, classic for the style. A (tending toward) bitter, drying finish enhances drinkability.

Summit Oktoberfest Marzen and Millstream Oktoberfest are two of the better domestic versions that I've run across. Maybe it has something to do with the high concentration of German immigrants in the Midwest. In any case, this is a beer that I can easily recommend. While it didn't impress the lederhosen off me, it's a definite keeper.

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/orange with a 1" off white head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Fruitty & then some grainny notes

Taste: Malt sweetness, then fruittyness with a faint alcohol burn up front. Slight alcohol & caramel follows. Finishes sweet, dry & slighltly grainy

MF: Medium with some pricklyness & a syruppy feel as it warms

Drinks pretty good, not a bad take, but I'd preffer a little more finese versus the alcohol/grainy taste hammer. Still worth seeking out

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

not bad at all for the first beer of the night. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/06/2010.

pours a nice rich clear dark amber color.nice big head of white pops up right away to a height of around three inches before fading back down and coating the sides of the glass rather nicely.

aroma is deep caramel malts, lots of earthy tones and hints of dark hops. warming brings out a rich grainy and malty character that really shines through. clean and crisp flavor as the sweet malts really steal th show here. earthy with loads of bready malts and a light hop bitterness in the finish that seals the deal for me.

overall a very solid example of the style. nothing at all to complain about at all here.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Yet another Oktoberfest beer to sample. 'Tis the season, I s'pose... It pours a clear light sunrise sienna topped by a finger of dirty off-tan foam. The nose comprises buttery caramel, grass, light greens, earthy flowers, and dry wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel's sweetness is amped up and the graininess steps up enough to duel with it for the duration of the taste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a decent O-Fest, but it doesn't really pop much at all. Not bad at all, but not great.

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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 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 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 Tone
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight yeast, slight caramel malt, slight nut, hint of earthy malt, slight hop, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight hop, sweet malt, slight nut, hint of yeast, slight caramel malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clocks in at 7.4% this year per I've tried this a couple times recently, but I'm drinking a bottle right now. The draft, by memory drank smoother, but wasn't all that different. This beer is a deeper red than most O-fest and has more kick in the finish. The flavor starts with the usual caramel malt, but there's a touch of alcohol burn with grassy, earthy hops. This is a big beer, and not your typical Oktoberfest, definitely not sessionable.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An Old Chicago night. Gave this a try as it's approaching October. Pours a light ruby, earthy brown color. Small head, could be due to OldC pouring. Served very cold.
It had a semi sweet smell, a bit grainy. Light almond hints. Tasted much the same. A nice bready undertone takes the harshness of almond away. Some slightly roasted grain makes it's way to the back of the palate. A bit thin. Chalk this up as average

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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 Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a. Poured into a pint glass on tap. Nice amber color and a bit of head that eventually recedes to nothing.

s. malty and some earthy hop. Not a whole lot going on in the nose.

t. A nicely balanced o-fest that packs plenty of flavor. Roasted and caramel malts, a crisp hopping spices things up and keeps the malt in check. Definately a surprise.

m. Medium bodied and crisp.

d. This is a really good o-fest. One of the better ones I've had in 2008. The 7.7% is not noticable in the taste. recommended.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Bonfire, MSP airport.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid caramel and earthy sweet malt.

The taste was upfront sweet with a mild spicy smokiness. Finished dry.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty malt driven beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts sweet but balanced, subdued caramel finish, higher ABV totally hidden. 99¢ for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

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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 Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear 24K gold with a very healthy 2 finger head of foam. I'll check on the lacing once the foam dies down some.

I'm getting some sweet and bready malt in the nose, maybe a little brown sugar.

The taste, I like. Starts off with caramel malt so it's kind of sweet. There's not much of a bread note that I mentioned above but I'm getting some toasty notes and very little bitterness, which is appropriate for the style. Tastes pretty good.

Lowish carbonation, high end of low for the body, the mouthfeel is also good. It's pretty easy to drink as well; I could have another one back to back but then I'd move on.

Overall, a good brew and stab at the style.

Btw, lacing is spotty but there.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color. Some light froth and lacing.

(S)- A nice sweeter grain profile meets a lightly bitter yeasty breadiness.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A nice underlying sweetness that meets a lightly hopped/spiced bready yeast backbone.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A touch sweeter than the norm for me, but in general, a good balance in the glass.

(O)- Definitely a solid Marzen. Again, a touch sweet for me, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, clear bronze color. Poured a two finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a skim around the edges. Light and inconsistent lacing.

S: Bread and sweet caramel. Some alcohol as it warmed a bit.

T: Caramel taste backed up by biscuity malts.

M: Medium body; fairly big malt fills the mouth. Better balanced after forcibly decanting a bit by swirling it in the glass.

D: Very easy drinking. May have improved a bit for me with more of a bittering hop finish. Good true enough, just not special.

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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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