Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
281
Ratings:
644
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
19.28%
 
 
Wants:
16
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76
For Trade:
1
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Photo of sonata2008
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hardly any head at all. Clear light copper in color. Not much lacing.
Smell: Bread, yeast, and a hint of flowery hops.
Taste: Biscuits, a bit of caramel, and some roasted notes. Nice grain taste with gentle bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel: Substantial mouthfeel. Gentle fizziness to the carbonation. A slightly bitter finish.
Overall: A delicious blend of flavors. Very drinkable. I wish this beer were available year round.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The beer is a nice rich copper color with slowly rising bubbles. A frothy tight head sits on top with huge sheets of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The beer smells malty and sweet with caramel notes, then and slightly tart with some apple notes.

Taste: Spicy, malty, toasted, and acidic. Caramel sweetness and apple tart, mainly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: At 7.1% it's smooth and creamy.

Overall: Excellent across the board but I wish this had a lower ABV.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date into tulip

Look is a dark amber-orange, clear, with a small white head that fades to a ring around the glass. Smell is toasted grain, malt, with a touch of floral, earthy hops. Taste is sweet caramelized malt at first, followed by roasted grain. Burnt toast, pumpkin, spice, light floral/grassy hops. Medium-light feel that is full of malt and feels slightly velvety on the tongue. Decent amount of carbonation.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
6.6% ABV, Enjoy by 01/02/13 printed on neck.

A - Pouring a crystal clear golden amber with a few bubbles trickling upwards here and there, the beer has a huge well-formed head with rock-solid retention and a thick collar of cream-colored lacing.

S - A light honey sweetness accompanies the toasted malts which are apparent but lack depth, instead, grassy, timidly floral hops are a bit more forward. While the beer smells inviting, it's fairly one-dimensional.

T - Initially sweet on the tongue, Summit's Oktoberfest has a big malt presence that turns toasted pretty quickly; think honey-drizzled bread. Unlike the aroma, the hops mellow in flavor, gently suggesting earthy, floral attributes on the back end.

M - The flavor's sweetness carries through and lingers on the tongue for an unbalanced medium-bodied. Moderate hop dryness helps, but there isn't much bitterness in this beer, making it harder to session, liter-style.

O - About half way through the beer, the sweetness becomes more and more cloying as it seems unnatural in this beer. While it's got the maltiness of an Oktoberfest down to a T, it's lacking a crisp hop profile that balances and rounds out the beer, the one aspect which makes the otherwise fuller-bodied beer drinkable in mass quantities. That's certainly not to say that this beer, standing alone, isn't good. In fact, it would be a wonderful transition beer during the cooler fall nights.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-translucent copper color. Nice white head, poured about two fingers but now down to a thin film covering the top.

Aroma: Some grains in there, a little caramel. A little bit of the typical pilsener smell but more refined.

Taste: Really good grain qualities here. Any harsh flavors have been dulled to a smooth finish. Not a very high abv but still get some alcohol on the edges of the palate. A hint of bitterness but nothing overt.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. A little effervescent. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: This is a good brew from a good brewery. It's got a nice malt complexity and would be perfect on a cool autumn afternoon. I'm glad they toned down the abv, it makes this beer more approachable if you are planning on having a longer drinking session.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - A light orange/copper color that's slightly opaque with golden highlights. One finger head of decently tight, eggshell-white foam that slowly dissipates to a fine cover. Active carbonation continues to feed the surface long after the pour.

S - Lightly toasted malt, sweet caramel almost approaching orange extract, floral and citrus hops in the background. Sugars/esters are what's pronounced and define the nose.

T - Grainy malts fresh from the mill, apricot-candy sugars, very similar to the nose. Hops balance sugars in the finish and cut them off. The ABV appears at the very end, giving it almost a bourbon style.

M - Decent body. A bit above moderate carbonation, and somewhat fizzy. Rather short, crisp finish with remnants of malt alcohol lingering in the sinuses.

O - A rather refreshing, clean Marzen that presents orange-hinted sugars and malt up front with enough hops in the finish for balance and cleansing to prevent them from being cloying. It's surprising to see the ABV above 7%, although there's evidence of it when there's some time between swallows. Close enough to the traditional representatives of the style to qualify, but definitely a crisper, malt-booze take on it. I see future enjoyment of this around a late-nite October bonfire with friends and cigars. Probably won't seek it out, but will buy a sixer when I see it just to have for the right time.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this while in Minneapolis for an Iowa football game. Can't remember the name of the bar but anyway, a real solid Oktoberfest beer with the perfect amount of malts balanced by a slight amount of hops. Nice copper pour with a white head. Nice smooth malty taste and finish. A nice fall brew.

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Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Vashtar
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is beautiful. It's a medium brown and it couldn't look any better.

The smell is also quite nice. There's nothing unique about it, but it's really clean.

The taste is nice and drinkable. It reminds me of copper.

The mouthfeel is like a marshmallow in liquid form. Not melted, sticky and thick, but nice. It's very airy, but not in a typical negative way.

It's very drinkable.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A real classic looking marzen oktoberfest beer. A orange amber beer with a thin head. A solid beer with like session drinkability. Nice full body with no overly aggressive feature but with big beer taste. One of the better American craft attempts at a true marzen beer.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 cdkrenz
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear orangish-red body topped by a 1/2 inch of eggshell head with decent stamina.

S - Mild citrus in the malty aroma with no noticeable hop presence.

T - Very mild smokey taste amidst a lightly roasted malt taste.

M - Nice moderate amount of coarse texture going down with each pull. Very easy and enjoyable feel.

~ This is a decent beer but not something I'll get again. I probably wouldn't recommend this Oktoberfest to a friend seeing as there are better and less expensive brews available.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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 deebo
2.42/5  rDev -33.3%
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 BeerNutz324
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- amber and clear. good off white head about an inch. pretty good retention and really good lacing.

Ar- sweet and malty. no real hoppiness

T- same as the nose. sweet and malty like a typical oktoberfest.

M- light/medium body, well carbonated

O- a good oktoberfest. I think it's better than the euro examples.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 ForWhatAlesYou
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Foamy, off-white head pours 2" and holds 1". Autumnal orange color with muddled reddish and ochre tones. Nice lace.

S: Yeasty, beery. Sweetnes like sweet rolls. A light grassy element.

T: Toasty toffee, bagel, dark bread. Hops are bitter, slightly metallic (the good way, like saffron), and crisp. Some dried citrus peel but not bright in flavor.

M: Drying, well carbonated for a Marzen. Slightly oily.

D: A great Oktoberfest. ONe of many this season. A good go-to for an Americanized Marzen.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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 FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light brown color with two fingers of foam. A bit of lacing near the bottom. Aroma is grainy, yet sweet.

First sip is... pretty sweet, but with a nice crisp, dry finish. Quite drinkable actually. A bit of booziness does come through at the end. There is a nice body to this beer as well.

I'm having a bit of difficult describing why, but I really kind of dig this beer. There is a nice malty flavor and just really hits the spot right now.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

Poured into a standard US pint glass at just below room temperature.

Pours an off-white head, medium-to-large bubbles, not dense, 1.5cm initially, but falls to a thin ring around the glass in a minute. No lacing or residual foam. Body is transparent, dark orange-amber color, pleasant. Carbonation is very visible/active.

Scent is mostly of malt, slight metallic notes, slightly perfume-like use of hops, and slight ethanol if inhaled deeply. This is a fairly average, fairly unimpressive set of aromas.

Taste opens with toasted malt sweetness coupled tightly to a mild, strange bitterness that I can't quite place; it's not a particularly pleasing combination. In the mid-taste, this changes to a malty, bready sensation. Closes with toast-like flavors and sweetness. Aftertaste is of sugars from malt.

Beer is too carbonated for the color and ABV, and also too thin. The carbonation causes the beer to foam up too much in the mouth. Aftertaste is not dry.

Overall, this was a fairly average US Oktoberfest. I liked this better than the Schell's version, but still don't think too highly of this either. Probably will not seek out again.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
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 57md
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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 yippiesmoke
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
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 TheQuietMan22
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.
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