Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) | Summit Brewing Company

Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Ratings: 674 |  Reviews: 288
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear muted amber color with about a finger of creamy off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of toasted bread, sweet caramel malts, light green and red apple notes, earthy, a touch of alcohol. Decent body for the style and amply carbonated with a bittersweet finish.

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Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppery brown color. Smells of sweet malt with some spices. Really pleased at the taste. Big sweet malts with a nice light blend of holiday spices to compliment. Not the most complex, but satisfying none the less. Smooth mouthfeel, about medium bodied. Can't believe this is almost 8% ABV because it is not noticed. I could easily session these. Perfect for the fall season. Just a nice easy going, warming and satisfying Oktoberfest beer. I would have this again.

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Photo of tewaris
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

OG 16.4° Plato
25 IBUs
12 oz twist off bottle with an enjoy by date of January 09, 2011, poured into a Surly pint glass. No ABV information on the bottle and the ABV is way out of control.

Appearance 4/5
Pours clear, but not brightly clear, honey golden with a nice two finger creamy off white head. Moderate head retention and good lacing. An inviting appearance for sure.

Aroma 4/5
Nice toasted malt aroma with a decent amount of sweetness to it. No hops in the nose. True to style.

Taste 4.5/5
Slightly sweet beginnings with a nice, light and soft, sweet maltiness in the middle and some balancing bitterness in the end, along with toasted flavors. Finish is medium with some residual sweetness and some bitterness. The bitterness certainly helps the finish. Perhaps the best tasting Oktoberfest I have had.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Carbonation is slightly higher than I would like but it's not off putting. Very attenuated and not cloying at all for a malty beer and for its OG.

Drinkability 2/5
I am not going to an Oktoberfest where people are drinking this. Seriously, what were the folks at Summit thinking? As solid as the taste is, are they trying to make a supposedly session beer double as roofies? The alcohol is way too high and the taste and mouthfeel entirely deceptive. At first I thought that the ABV listed on BeerAdvocate might have been an error but I checked at the brewer's website too. Had it been 3.7% ABV (3.7 = 7.4/2!), I could have drank it for hours! What can I say, for a non Belgian beer at this body, the drinkability is below average.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Original review 8-17-12: 12 oz bottle dated 2-July-12, best before 2-Jan-13.

A - Brilliantly clear deep red with moderate brightly colored head that falls quickly. Carbonation appears brisk. Very good lacing.

S - Medium to high german malts with some herbal character. A slight nutty note in the back of the nose on initial pour.

T - Many layers of malt. Bready, biscuity & toast notes with a very subtle background herbal hoppiness. Finish is dry.

M - Light to medium body with medium high carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O - Excellent example of the style.

Update 8-1-13: 12 oz bottled on 27-Jun-13, best before 24-Dec-13. Poured into a Falstaff mug.

A - Brilliantly clear golden amber with creamy off-white head. Carbonation appears brisk.

S - Considerable toasty toffee mixed with cherry esters. Mild alcohol in the background.

T - Malty but not sweet. Moderate cherry esters in the mid. What a beautiful ending - the toasted bread, caramel and doughy malt flavors really shine in the finish.

M - Medium body with considerable carbonation. Carbonation on the high end, but it seems to help cleanse the palate rather than bite. Less sticky than last years batch.

OI - An excellent Marzen. Somewhat ale-like fruity esters were not apparent last year, and less noble hop character. Still an outstanding example of the style.

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Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Luminous bronze in color. Beige head settles out quick.
Toasted and caramel malts on the nose. Little else.
Taste is similar. Starts off mildly toasted, then the sweet caramel notes begin to seep in. Toffeed apple sweetness looms large, as this teeters on the theshold of bockness. Tips the scale mightly on the side of sweet, before a slight spicy, cheese-like hops finishes things. Quite dry and almost woody at the end, with a lingering presence not unlike aged cheddar.
Medium-full bodied, with enough carbonation to keep this from seeming bloated. Though smaller-feeling than the listed 7.7%, it's a bit clunky for session drinking.
However, this is a pretty nice one all the way around.
Too bad the Alt had to be canned.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty, never dusty mug.

A: Nice clear, golden-amber color. Decent white head that laced well, but didn't last long initially.

S: Very sweet and malty on the nose. Gentle roasted barley character melds into creamy caramel notes, with a splash of toffee for good measure. Quite nice, if you like sweet aromas.

T: Malty sweetness dominates initially. Soft, roasty characteristics with some caramel as well. Minimal hop bitterness counteracts some of the sweetness, but not much. Well-rounded and almost fruity on the finish.

M: Heavier side of light-bodied and decently carbonated. Body felt silky smooth and finished as such with a lingering, caramel-like aftertaste.

D: Lighter body lends to excellent drinkability. I could envision making a night of a good sixer here.

What this beer lacks in jaw-dropping power or novelty, it more than makes up for with its pleasant flavors, gorgeous appearance and sublime drinkability. Again, nothing spectacular here, but a very good introduction to the Märzen style. I would very much fancy another round of this one.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hits the glass amber to brown,wit a just-off-white head.

The smell is of spicy hops, with a bit of malt under.

Flavour is tangy- earthy with a bit of clove and banana. It's earthy and spicy at the end.

Carbonation is high and tight, with thin liquid underneath.

It has a good character. I think I'd have more than one.

Be well

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I continually find this Märzen to be drinkable year-in and year-out despite the surprisingly high 7.1% ABV (as per Summit's website).

It pours a gorgeous and clear pumpkin orange with a creme colored head.
The smell is a little weak, but not many Oktoberfest beers come out swinging in the olfactory department.
The taste carries a bit more staying power than the smell, but I may have once again drank this a touch too chilly. As the beer warms, the caramel malt comes out of hiding, and is a truly enjoyable taste as a hint of fall begins to be felt in the air.
With the high ABV comes a decided mouthfeel. It doesn't wimp out, and it almost gives the beer more character -- just being a bit thicker.

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Photo of jakemn91
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CRichardsMN
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange amber with mild carbonation bubbles. Pours a thin white head that holds for a short while but leaves no lacing.

Very nice sweet toasted malt with hints of nuts and citrus fruits. Light alcohol twinge in the background.

Great sweet maltiness up front with a bit of toasted caramel then a light hoppy alcohol finish. If you imagine hard enough, it almost tastes like a sweet nutty peanut butter (weird description but it really works for me...) Very dynamic beer with good character.

A quick carbonation bite then very smooth and full bodied.

Can definitely feel the effects of this beer, even only half way through. I'd really like to do a night around the fire with a pack of these but I'm sure I'd doze off pretty quick.

After rediscovering Octoberfests (this year as I do every year) I am really digging the style. I just went out and bought every brewer's rendition that I could find, including Summit's. Typically I don't agree with Summit's practice of hopping the crap outta everything they make but this one they balanced very nicely and stay much closer to the traditional style. By far my favorite from Summit (I'd also suggest the Maibock for those of you who can't stand the hop waters...)

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Photo of jjanega08
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a great looking deep honey amber looking color with a sad looking small one finger head but it lasts as a thin layer on top of the beer for quite a while. not much but some lacing is present.
S= lots of caramely malts in the odor and a small bite of hops in it i suppose. sort of quiet.
T= not too bad. good malty buttery taste. really light and smooth in the taste and a lingering bitterness from the hops but not really bitter just a touch. Really tasty but sort of quite.
M= Amazingly smooth and crisp.
D= Boozy for a Summit beer. Delicious though. I'll prolly be drinkin this beer quite a bit this Autumn. Impressive for being average. Even has some nice balance to it.

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Photo of dcotom
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.
Look: Beautiful caramel color with tons of of white, sudsy foam that left lots of sticky lacing.
Smell: Not too complex on the nose, sweet malts and a hint of the sort of spiciness that you get with some Belgian yeasts.
Taste/Feel: Again, sweetness dominates. Nothing overpowering on the palate, a little bit of bitterness on the finish with some warmth from the alcohol (7.1% ABV). Creamy mouthfeel, with some lingering sweetness.
Overall: A nice, malty Märzen-style lager, very enjoyable and highly drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of Treycotton
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of birchstick
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours an amberish orange / faint copper without much of a head

S - smells of sweet grainy and cereal malts with a bit of grassy hops

T - the taste is identical to the nose. Very spot on for the style. Grainy and cereal malts add a sweetness that is balanced by the grassy hops on the finish. Not uber complex, but either is this style. However, this is very well put together.

M - bigger bodied than I would have expected, which is a plus with an average amount of carbonation

D - solid Oktoberfest here. I know I would buy this in the fall if Summit was available around here. Thanks go surlytwins fan for this extra!

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Photo of BrewNoob1
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maedhros09
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a sweet caramelly malt driven märzen without too much hop presence. However for being a sweeter example of the style it is pretty tasty. I enjoyed it more than most Summit beers I've tried.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent and as close to true copper as a beer can come. Thin but lasting off white to tan head. Aroma is sweet grains and lightly toasted malts. Flavor is a tad sweet and perhaps under toasted but otherwise spot on. Toast is certainly present as is a sweet, German damp malt flavor. There is a strong nuttiness and even some nice spice in the finish. The yeast adds some sweat generic fruitiness. Slightly buttery with a touch of toffee. On the big side of medium bodied for the style. Well carbonated. The finish is dry and nutty with a carbonation bite that lingers for a while. Very drinkable. I enjoy it more than most.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review completed from notes. I dug the notes out because my wife and I were planning our trip to the State Fair and I commented that I usually see the Summit Octoberfest for the first time at the fair each year. At least that is how I remember it. Anyway, it was copper in color, almost exactly like the color of a copper pipe. Wispy and light head of lacing. Mild malt notes on the nose. Fresh smooth attack and creamy mouthfeel. Creamy taste with a mildly bitter finish. Mild dryness in the mouth at the finish. The creaminess of this octoberfest is what sets it apart from other of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Squat looking 12 ounce bottle, with a predominantly dark bronze colored neck and main labels. Titled as ‘Oktoberfest Märzen Style”, the label has no strength or freshness date. It does however list the ingredients as ‘Water, Malted Barley, Hops & Yeast’ – a simple if somewhat self deprecating list, but a nice honest touch!

Appearance: Pours with an off-white head that rarely gets excited, and lingers around the ¼” plimsol line. The body of the beer is an orange-gold amber color, lucid, with a small amount of streamers that rise continually. Some thin broken lacing but good conditioning in the beer – just the right levels.

Nose: Maybe this is the weak point in this beer, and that is saying something, because it is not weak at all. It is however, well shall we say, a little boring. Rather one-dimensional toasted malts, some grainy aspects and not much else. Strengths are adequate but even a strong boring smell – is still boring.

Taste: Much better than the staid nose would have you believe. Started with some grain malts, lightly toasted sweet malts, light caramel, some sweetness again in the middle all ending with a simple but effective fruity finish. Dry, with a funny “sucking on a saliva soaked wooden tooth pick” taste in the back end at times (I know – but I can’t describe any other way!!!).

Mouthfeel: The carbonation adds above average levels of liveliness to the beer. Above average mouthfeel. I must have missed the 7.7% alcohol (?!) it is well camouflaged, or someone is lying about the ABV.

Drinkability: It pleasantly disappeared with little effort. Clean silky lines offer little reason not to keep picking up the Glass, well until it is empty that is.

Overall: I am not that bothered about so-called “style infringements”, but I have to say that I find the variations in Oktoberfest Beers that I have tried from outside of the Fatherland, to be quite extreme in the least. Not knowing much about Teutonic fermentables, this still confuses me somewhat, and impairs my judgment about how this beer would fit into the general scheme of things. That said, and putting my confusion to one side - this is obviously a well made beer that drinks well, and is certainly worth a try. It just maybe a little ‘too average’ at times. Nicht Schlecht!

Zum Wohl to the F-Monk for delivering this appropriately named beer today!!!

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Photo of jimmah120
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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 elliott1184
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 48.2% out of 100 with 674 ratings
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