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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a coppery amber color with good clarity and two fingers of off-white foamy head that lasts for about three minutes, leaving some light amounts of lacing behind on the glass. Medium-light body and carbonation levels.

Unusually light nose, faint blend of nuts and caramel. The flavor is also relatively restrained (as is the ABV content) with some medium-light caramel sweetness combined with nuttiness and the typical marzen light herbal-earth-spice hopping combo. This is pretty much just a by-the-books marzen that is noteworthy for hiding a slightly higher than typical ABV content, and an unfortunately somewhat muted nose.

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

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small head on a light amber body. Mellow smells of sweetness, maple, touch of hoppiness. Taste was along the same lines, just a bit more pronounced. Hop bite was above average. Carbonation was not too high, not too low, with a crispness that make the brew easy to drink. Not the best example of the style, but not the worst, by far.

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Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear caramel copper color with a foamy one and a half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving substantial lacing.

Caramel malt and buttery, nutty toffee dominate the aroma, with a bit of toasted bread leading to a lightly floral hop finish.

Flavor reveals an underlying subtle citrus hop character, which succumbs to the slightly cloying caramel malt. The finish is decidedly sweet.

Body is moderate, with somewhat spritzy carbonation and a hint of astringency. There's significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, lacking in complexity of malt base, fairly 2 note. Also a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a passable Oktoberfest from Summit. Bright copper-orange color with a miniscule light tan head. Thin lacing as well. Sweet caramel aroma. Light-bodied with a sweet character, containing malt, caramel and some fruit flavors. Kind of thin on all fronts though. The finish is the only place I could detect any hops. All in all this beer doesn’t strive for much in the category but I couldn’t find too much to complain about.

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Photo of steveh
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 Offering. 7.4 ABV, based on the Summit web site.

A -- Clear, orange-amber color with a thick, light tan head.

S -- Mild DMS up front with some vague sweet malt and peppery alcohol back. Maybe just a bit thin.

T -- Nuttiness up front with a little sweet toastiness and a hint of spicy, even slightly citric hops. Some breadiness in the finish with a lingering nuttiness, but a very dry beer -- as would be expected from the 7.4 ABV.

M -- Medium body with a slightly syrupy to crisp mouthfeel. Some warming from alcohol.

D -- Drinkability is questionable. It's a good beer, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

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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 Ottertude
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I remember trying and liking the Extra Pale Ale by Summit quite a bit and thought I would give the Oktoberfest a try when the local liquor store got in a new shipment.

The beer poured a nice coppery amber color with an off-white head thick head. It smelled of caramel and toffee. The taste was sweeter than the other O-fests that I have sampled this year. Lots of sweet malt and caramel flavors that became cloying sweet after a few sips. Any hops were way in the background on this one. The mouthfeel was kinda thin for an O-fest but alright for my taste.

I don't really want to drink more than 1 or 2 of these at a time. This brew is a little too sweet for my personal taste. I think I will stick to the Extra Pale Ale the next time I buy a sixer of Summit.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Caramel, biscuit, butterscotch, and molasses.

Big biscuity malts smothered in caramel. Lighter notes of toffee and butterscotch. This even starts to enter the territory of raisin and molasses. Finishes with a light eathy hop presence.

Medium bodied, slick, oily, sweet, and slightly syrupy.

Sweeter and more robust than its counterparts. The malt is in full force but there seems to be some diacetyl off-flavors that are off-putting.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's not bad. Smells good with some caramel/pumpkin flavoring. Is over carbonated. The alcohol is high for this style and is pretty much undetectable. Body is thin, mouthfeel very thin. Soapy head that disapates quickly leaving no lacing. Taste isn't bad and is an average beer. I would have it again without a doubt, but will not go seeking this one.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a pint glass. 12 oz. bottle of the 2003 batch.

Appearance: Clear pale amber color topped by a modest off-white head that goes away quite quickly.

Smell: Caramel malt and sweet grain smell dominate the nose. Light toasty scents, no real hop presence.

Taste: Strong sweet caramel malt with some toasted malt flavors on the finish. Some bits of pepper throughout the experience.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with no lingering aftertastes. A nice refreshing taste for the fall.

Drinkability: Not too bad, I'd be pleased as punch to have this be my local brewery. A little high on the ABV for what should be a session beer, but Minnesota's falls are a little colder than Germany's.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

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Photo of herman77
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear medium bronze/dark honey gold with two fingers of creamy off white head. Good retention. Nice lacing. Great example of what I think a O-fest beer looks like.

S: Toasted malt. Lots of sweet bready notes as well. No sign of hops. You do get a touch of alcohol too.

T: Sweet carmel and toasted malt. Lots of sweet breadiness. Finishes with more of a toasted malt flavor with a slight hit of alcohol. This is a lot sweeter and less toasted malt flavors than I remember. A little disappointed, maybe its a off this year? Its a fresh bottle too.

M: Medium body. Higher carbonation with some prickles to it.

D: Not digging it too much because of the sweetness. I remembered this being really easy to drink, not so much now. Glad I got only one in a mix six.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice golden amber color. Small head that is gone rather quickly. Low aroma-somewhat toasted malt but theres a metallic wang going on in there. A tad sweet on the flavor side. Malty with a somewhat sulfury finish. Not all together unpleasant. Body is ok though almost too full for the style. An enjoyable enough beer though a bit heavy on the body and abv for a maerzen for me. Worth trying for your own opinion. Thanks to deejaydan for the Great Pumpkin sample.

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Photo of maxpower
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark orange-copper color with a small off- white foamy head that doesn't last very long, not much lacing. Has roasted, malty caramel aromas, sweet and roasty malt flavors, medium body with a full mouthfeel, finishes sweet with noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of aaronh
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice orange body topped by a long-lasting off-white head. Aroma has a nice malt component that is present almost every time I lift the glass. Many beers seem to fade in aroma quickly - this one has decent staying power. A slight herbal hop note is evident after a few sniffs as well. The taste is decent, but not a malt-dominant as I would have expected from the aroma. Then a slight metallic edge creeps in on the finish. Mouthfeel is solid. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the funky metallic edge to the finish.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know it's early, but I've got me a fever...

Poured into Das Boot (albeit a miniature one...) this golden orange, honey colored beer has a large tan head that actually has great retention. Despite the large head, there isn't really any lacing, but that could just be the glass.

The nose is light. It's hard to pick up anything in particular. I get a light malt backbone with bits of caramel and a grassy hop character.

The taste is what gets me. I'm ever so disappointed in this. This is a classic Summit beer, in the way that it is over hopped (and not in a good way) with little to nothing else to back it up. I don't pick up any malt backbone or caramel flavor that I thought I would from the nose.

The mouthfeel is lighter than a good Oktoberfest should be. Lingering earthy hop aftertaste that is more unpleasant than anything is a big turn off. Drinkability is decent, but thats about it.

Another typical Summit offering. It's a decent brewery, but they have a long way to go to hang with the big boys. They could definitely learn a thing or two from their cross town little-brother, Surly.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Sept. 7, 2009: It's that time of year again, when the weather cools, football kicks off, and the 'fest fest is on. Now that we're getting beers from our northern counterparts, it's time to give them a try.

Pretty characteristic in color and head, showing an orange-gold, with a decent creamy white 1/4 inch of head after an aggressive pour. Chunks of rings throughout the course.

For an o-fest, this seems to have a bit more hops on the nose than traditional malts, but is otherwise pretty non-distinct.

Somewhat non-descript in taste as well - it remains as a kinda hoppy, kinda malty, but always subtley reminiscent of better Marzens I've had in the past. Ends with a nice roasted maltiness.

Decent in the mouth, with nice carbonation and lends to an easy drink.

Enjoyable, but far from anything unique or worth a repeat here.

From Nov. 26, 2011:
Two years later, I inadvertantly bought the same beer, something I try to avoid. Seems then this one is pretty unmemorable.

Good rings on the way down, leaving fluffy bits of head each half inch.

My assessment of high hops was accurate - they're floral with a hint of spiciness to close. The malts are what's dominant though, providing a robust roasted base.

Better than I remember, though I wouldn't give it a higher grade - decent for the style, as the balance is better than many.

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Photo of Mdog
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear copper, somewhat thin head.

Smell: Light grain, toasted bread.

Taste: Bready, with a little sweetness. Alcohol is more noticeable than expected.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy even though the beer's a little on the strong side.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty smooth, have to be a little careful since this is over 7%.

Picked up a 12 pack since hey, it's October. Summit's fest beer is all right, nothing too special but pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of kdog630
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber color but not much head. It was gone pretty quickly. Mild carbonation with a malty aroma and flavor. Not very impressed though compared to other Summit brews I've enjoyed. I'd say it stays pretty true to the style as far as color and flavor go, but could use a tad more bubbles for my tastes. Maybe I'll get a chance to sample a draft in the near future.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Strix
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Smells of roasted malt. Tastes like it smells, with roasted malts dominating, with an aftertaste that tasted to me like it was sort of spice or pumpkin. Honestly, the aftertaste didn't float my boat. This was all right, and there were some things going on, but the taste it left in my mouth was just kind of off. This one wasn't amazing for me.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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 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 xav33
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Summit Oktoberfest
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, drank 08/06
Medium pour in a pint glass

Poured clear orange with 1/8 inch whiteish fully diminishing rocky head.

Smelt of roasted grain, almost wheat-like, and a hint of leatheriness.

Initial taste was bready, lightly sweet, acidic and bitter, then finishes in a strong heavy spicy bitterness that clings on for a fairly long finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium with lively carbonation and moderate astringency and a subtle alcoholic warmth.

Overall, a simple yet aggressive Oktoberfest that hides its ABV well.

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Photo of Jredner
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stole this from Hopscotch’s fridge at his post-GABF tasting. It has a low intensity aroma that features a vegetal mash and some sweet malts. The body is lustrous amber and holds a rapidly diminishing wispy white head. Light palate in the fore along with sweet but somehow juicy feeling malt flavors. No bitterness as per the style. Has some hard caramel candy sweetness in the middle ranges. Finish is abrupt with only some faint sweet malt and grains lingering on.

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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) from Summit Brewing Company
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