Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) | Summit Brewing Company

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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 shadow1961
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summit Oktoberfest pours 2 fingers of loose foam over a clear deep amber brew.
Carbonation is steady, the nose is fruity and bready. The flavor is sweetish with
fruity notes that make me wonder if there's a little bit of contamination from some
of the English yeast they use (since most of their other brews are English styles).
This is not a criticism. In back there's a bit of an herbal hop finish. Mouthfeel is
round and light, but not thin. Not quite to style, but pretty tasty.

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Photo of Pug
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of csmalley
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App- There is a half finger of white head with tons of lace. It has an amber body with orange highlights.

Smell- There is just the slightest hint of caramel sweet malt. That is about it.

Taste- This has a wheat base that follows into the finish, also some orange that lingers in the finish. There is just a little hint of herbal hops, too. The sweet malt is kind of present, but it is buried. It is good, but it isn’t enough, almost watered down.

Mouth feel- The body is light from the amount of carbonation on the tongue. Still, it is a smooth and easy drink.

Overall- It isn’t bad, just a very run of the mill, ho-hum Oktoberfest / maerzen.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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

Photo of TheDeuce
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summit Oktoberfest….in a bottle

Appearance-amber color, off white head of about two fingers that settles nicely with good lacing.

Smell-the usual Octoberfest notes of sweet malt and spice, very aromatic and smells like fall, in a good way.

Taste/Mouthfeel-malty with a sweet profile, nice balance with the burn of alcohol and light hops on the back, the sweet profile and spice with a chewy medium mouthfeel make this easily drinkable and enjoyable. Warming from the higher alcohol near the end remind you this isn’t your typical fest bier.

Overall-balanced, enjoyable, spot-on. A great version of the style, one that should be had again and again as things turn colder.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of billhelm
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of djchrismac
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Clear orange with a little active carb. Nice white head.

S: Spicey, with some hops, but an underlying malt is there, I think it's pale.

T:Again, a little spicey, sort of like mulling spices, but a definite malty base. Perhaps something a little roasted, or maybe there's some real sugar in there. Nothing great, I want more malt.

M: Creamy and nice.

D: Pretty good for the ABV, but I'm not a hufe fan.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull copper, with an off-white head, a clumpy pour; some alcohol and caramel malts on the nose. Up front, crisp and sweet, malt dominated, some toasty flavoring off the bat. A spicy twinge in the body seems to overpower at first, but blends in rather nicely, a wonderful malty-caramel taste sets in nicely. Somewhat dry and woody throughout, the ABV is masked, yet a decent belly warmer; be careful, this O-Fest will slap you in the face if you don't pay respect, a clear winner from Summit.

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

Summit's Oktoberfest poured a deep bronze/red with good clarity. The foamy head was a good size and held quite well.

The nose was relatively modest, but at first seemed to have good complexity. Clean lager-like phenols, toasty caramel, and a ripe fruit, maybe cherry or apple cider, aroma were all present. There is a slight warmth from the alcohol.

The flavor boasts a bit more earthy hop dryness towards the finish, but for the most part is very sweet. Cidery and dark sugars dominate the taste.

The body is on the light side, carbonation mild. Easy to drink, and enjoyable. A bit to sweet for me to drink too many.

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Photo of happygnome
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice dark copper color with about an eigth inch of head that dissapears kinda fast leaving a slender ring of lacing around the edge of the glass, would have liked a little more head for this style
s: caramely malts, slight floral hop notes and toasted malts
t: sweet toasty caramely flavor, very nice
m: medium bodied beer with little carbonation, very creamy

overall, i really enjoyed this brew, for such a high abv, there is little to no notes of bozziness

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Photo of Acforster2
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of northcoastwolf
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of uwmgdman
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This Oktoberfest pours a beautiful light copper color with a nice white head that diminished into a spotty skim after a few sips. The aroma is highly malty, spicy toasted grains and caramel sweetness, there might be a light hop aroma as well. The flavor is very malty, spicy and sweet initially, followed by a solid balance of hop bitterness, and finally the toasted grain spicyness reappears at the swallow. The carbonation is moderate and the beer has a medium body, giving a good drinkability. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest. The malt aroma and flavor are both very prevalent and well done. I enjoy the toasted spicy flavor from what seems to be a large portion of toasted grains, like Vienna or Munich. The hop bitterness provides a nice balance, definitely keeping this Oktoberfest from being overly sweet. I’d place this in the top 3 Oktoberfests I’ve had.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear light amber with lots of big bubbles and two and a half finger, creamy, off-white head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Fruity and grassy.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Sort of tangy. A bit spicy. The malt sweetness is there but takes a back seat.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth and drinkable. Crisp and just slightly dry. Can't detect the alcohol.

O: Solid Oktoberfest. Looks and smells nice. Interesting taste and very drinkable.

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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 CHSLBrew
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristine amber brew topped with a tan head, large-bubbled and about 2 cm off the pour. Head reduced moderately quickly.

S-Sweet-spicy hoppiness, a slightly sour fruitiness.

T-Toasty, sweet-bready malt with a nicely balanced hop presence, consisting of a spicy, almost hearty flavor and a don't-back-down bitterness. Finishes bitter and malty-sweet.

M-Medium to medium-high carbonation, perhaps approaching a bit too much. Body is moderate, matching well with the flavor and the idea of the fest beer.

D-Very good. A pleasure to drink this one when it comes around each year.

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Photo of invalid665
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a becker glass. The color is copper tinted caramel. Two fingers of dense, buttery, slightly tanned head dissipated slowly to leave a thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: I got a whiff of toffee and a little caramel when popping the cap. After the pour, sweet caramel and toffee are the most prominent aromas. I also get a little hint of burnt hair in a salon, but it is faint and slowly fades as the beer warms.

Taste: It is on the bitter side for a märzen. It is a metallic/burnt hair bitterness, which I thought would fade after a few sips and after the beer continued to warm, but it remained throughout the pint. It really distracted from the toffee and the caramel, the only other favors I was able to pick out.

Drinkability: For me, the bitterness was off-putting. I prefer a little bite with märzen, but not something distracting like this. It really took away from the malts I would enjoy much more. However, it is still very robust for the style, and for that I will commend Summit.

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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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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) from Summit Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 668 ratings.
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