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 Magic
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, cloudy copper orange. Slight haze to keep out the light. The head is initially a finger and a half thick, but settles quickly to a finger where it stays. The bubbles are slightly offwhite, in varying sizes, and leave a sticky lace on the glass.

Very biscuity nose. Some malt in the background, along with faint spiciness. As it warms, you start to pick up more of the spices and earthy hoppiness.

It's actually very tasty, but I'd not know it was an Oktoberfest unless I read the bottle. Yeasty taste, crackerlike. Hop presence builds as it warms, at which point it starts taking on a bready taste.

It's got a nice smoothness to it. Lacks the spicy feel I was looking for, though the spices are there, they just aren't aggressive. Hops provide a slight sweetness, similar to a Cascade, only different.

Unlike most other Oktoberfests, but still very good nonetheless. Very easy to drink and my guess is the ABV sneaks up on you. Would go very well with certain foods, giving a nice filling meal. Glad I tried this one.

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Summit's Oktoberfest Marzen yesterday for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for some Oktoberfest beers that I haven't tried before and since Summit is a pretty solid brewery I decided to take a chance on this beer, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it's got to be pretty fresh. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is nice, it's pretty simple and clean looking with some nice fall colors on it. It poured a nice lighter amber color that took on a slightly darker amber hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This was a good looking Marzen, the color was a little light but it had lots of nice head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts of with a good amount of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart some grainy, bread crust, caramel, and biscuit like aromas and towards the end I get a slight bit of earthy hops. The aroma is pretty simple but it's a little too one note for my liking, it's a little bland, I think it's pretty average.

T- The taste seems to be pretty much the same as the aroma, it starts of with loads of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness, the malts impart all those aspects that I got in the aroma with the bready flavors seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end comes a lighter amount of earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness and it had a very grainy and bready aftertaste with a slight nutty flavor. The taste was as bland as the aroma but it lacked the depth that the best Marzens have, I would say it's a little above average.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was a little prickly. The mouthfeel was decent but I could go without the prickly carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was ok and it was a pretty average example of an American Marzen, it was crisp and clean but it felt a little too bland and it didn't have the balance that the better Marzens have. This beer had ok drinkability, it was pretty smooth, but the flavors didn't really hold my attention, I could probably drink another one, but it wouldn't be my first choice. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance it looked pretty good for it's style with lots of nice head and lacing. What I liked least about this beer was the the bland aroma and the prickly carbonation, if those things were fixed it would be right around above average. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not hard to find a much better Marzen, I don't really recommend it. All in All this beer was ok at best, but it just couldn't hold my interest, nice try guys but this one needs a little work, I still think Summits a solid brewery but this beer didn't impress me.

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

Poured into a mug, and it produced a 2 finger, off white head. Left some lacing. Beer color was a translucent copper.
Smell was of malt, bread, and a caramel like sweetness.
The taste was the same, but with a hint of hops. The bread taste lingered long after drink. Medium mouth-feel, and medium carbonation.
This is a good local Oktoberfest beer! Easy out, I may have fever to polka.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest Marzen pours a dark golden color, with a decent sized lacy head. A very nice carmalized roasted malty aroma. There is a very nice crisp taste, good malty backbone, strong carmalized flavors, with hints of some spices. Nice crisp taste, full flavor, very drinkable. Overall a very solid marzen style, good full flavors, very well balanced.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Hopstout
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) from Summit Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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