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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Reviews: 287 | Ratings: 666
Photo of Rmason104
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep copper color, thin sticky head that lasts.

Not much in the nose. Hints of toast, perhaps faint carmel.

Definitely one of the richest Marzens I've ever had. Deep, rich, full mouthfeel. Dominated by a malt sweetness, toast, some caramel or molasses. Finishes with an alcohol warm. The sweetness and alcohol taste give it an almost Belgian quality.

Different than other Marzens I've had. Almost Belgian quality to it. Interesting, pleasant and different.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 9/5/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a pretty copper-amber in color with a thin off-white head like most brews of this style. Just some spotty lacing is seen as well. The aroma is of sweet caramel malts for the most part. More going on with the taste with some toffee, yeast with a hint of nuts. Perfect carbonation and medium bodied. Lots of good flavor and goes down pretty easy. Just a very slight hoppy aftertaste that doesn't last for a few seconds. Overall, a good Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was including in a package from feloniousmonk. I didn't know what to expect, but I enjoyed it. Thanks for the sample.

This is a medium copper color, makes a light head, not too much lacing to speak of. Smell of caramel & has the likeness of a fresh baked oatmeal cookie. Flavor is rich and sweet, more of that nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin goodness that is fresh out of the oven this time of year. Mouthfeel is very smooth, a bit sticky and syrupy on the finish. I could definitely drink more than one, but sadly... I only have one. Oh well... for 7.7% I can't tell at all, this is a really sneaky beer. Good stuff!

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Photo of joedon
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber to copper color. Tawny head with strong lace. Mild aroma with toffee and malt notes. Balanced taste with just the right hoppiness and strong malt flavors. Aftertaste of roasted malt, chocolate, and just a bit of pineapple. Feels great on the tongue with a lively carbonation. I could drink a liter stein of this lager!

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

Pours a clear, bright copper color with a full finger and a half of pearl white head...a half a finger sticks around, but not much lacing happening here.
Decent aroma of spice, earthy yeast and carmelized malt.
Taste is real solid...a nice balance of hop, malt and spice with a decent mouthfeel. Super fresh and clean in the alcohol presence whatsoever. Just a touch sweeter in the end which actually helps the drinkability for me.
Not the thirst quencher I seek, but would enjoy a few of these on any given day...a great start to October for me.

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

An upper Midwest brewery delivers a nice looking copper orange colored harvest time beer that plays nice for celebrating the lost German heritage of the greater region. This is a very nice mellow brew.

A nice malty aroma flows up.

The taste is similar. There's a richness full bodied texture to this beer. Very good. One of the better Marzans in the biz. Nice work. This will become my fall harvest seasonal brew.

Summit Oktoberfest Marzen pairs with Patricia Kass' cd entitled "Piano Bar." Specifically check out the Patricia breathing life into the old tired standard 'Autumn Leaves.'

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

not bad at all for the first beer of the night. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/06/2010.

pours a nice rich clear dark amber color.nice big head of white pops up right away to a height of around three inches before fading back down and coating the sides of the glass rather nicely.

aroma is deep caramel malts, lots of earthy tones and hints of dark hops. warming brings out a rich grainy and malty character that really shines through. clean and crisp flavor as the sweet malts really steal th show here. earthy with loads of bready malts and a light hop bitterness in the finish that seals the deal for me.

overall a very solid example of the style. nothing at all to complain about at all here.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/amber color. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Thick off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Bready, toasty malt aroma, hints of herbal/grassy hops. Strong toasty caramel malt flavor, followed by a bit of bitterness. Finishes sweet. Medium body, carbonation is good. Very easy to drink, even at 7.7%. Pretty solid one here. A bit hoppy for an O-Fest.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Bonfire, MSP airport.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid caramel and earthy sweet malt.

The taste was upfront sweet with a mild spicy smokiness. Finished dry.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty malt driven beer.

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Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 of these because they were on sale (I guess they wanted to get rid of them before they expire). I'm not a big Oktoberfest lover of any brand, but really enjoyed this one.

Appearance: Reddish Bronze with a little head

Smell: Very light sweet, caramel scent

Taste: Similar to the smell, but very strong and sweet. I honesty think it tastes similar to caramel corn.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as I expected...almost a little flat.

Drinkability: Easy to drink a two but I think the sweetness of it would prohibit drinking more than two in one sitting.

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

I picked this little beauty up at a the local package goods store on sale for a mere $5 a sixer and was glad I did! Oktoberfest beers are wonderful brews usually with plenty of character. But I was surpised this American marzen came across as good as it did.

Pours nice with a fairly creamy head and a nutty, balanced aroma. Smooth mouthfeel and crisp finish made me grab another! Not in the same class as German standards like Spaten or Hacker-Pschorr, but a solid effort from Summit.

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

Beer pours a nice creamy orange-like hue. Head is also creamy and pillowy and stays to visit for a while. The smell is robust, carmelly and bready. Not too complex but perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel is darn near perfect, I could probably sit down and cozy up with this for a good long while. Highly recommended!

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

Best before Dec. 28 '05

Brilliantly clear copper orange with racing tiny bubbles forming an off-white fluffy 1/2" steady head. Good lacing.

Fresh cereal grains with a sweet maltiness in the nose. A touch of sugary fruit (candied figs?) in there also.

Quite toasty flavors indeed. Grainy cereal malt flavor with a nice faint hop dryness towards the finish. All the flavors are very clean.

Mouthfeel is good. Light-Med. bodied with a nice amount of fine carbonation.

Drinkability is great. A very quaffable brew to say the least. A perfect match for many different foods.

Overall a sturdy and honest Oktoberfest. A beer that tastes and feels good, requiring no deep thought - just drink and enjoy. I'm impressed.

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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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i dig this on a whole number of levels. as good as any beer i have had from these guys. for one, its much stronger than the industry (or traditional) standard for the style. i suppose that come this time of year way up in minnesota, there is snow on the ground as often as there isnt, so a big burly body and abv on this style make a lot of sense. the flavor resulting from the increased grain is tremendous, its autumnal for sure, german, sweet, rustic. notes of honey and raisin, bready lager yeast, and something i cant quite place, sort of rye-esque spice in the middle there, but i dont know what from. notes of red apple and apple cider too. sweet like that. the hops seem backed off a little bit, the beer is grain driven and on the sweet side all the way through. all the body is really awesome, and the smoothness and creaminess are uncommon in the style. this is a style, especially for american brewers, thats almost like, if youve had one, youve had them all, but thankfully this is a bold statement in a unique direction, and its almost like an imperial octoberfest. creative and well put together, i would buy this again. drinking it by the pint will catch up to you though, trust me...

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

Had on tap at a local St. Paul pub in a 20 oz. Imperial Pint.
Nice amber color, but a bit lighter than some examples of the style. Had a nice 1-inch off-white head.
Good malty aroma with a hint of citrus.
Malty flavor with nice hop balance, but malt was not as pronounced or full-bodied as some Oktoberfests.
Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable beer. Have a couple while watching the leaves turn color.

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Photo of Adamthome1
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being March it's a little late in the game to be reviewing this beer but I will tell you it ages fine, no negative tastes or smells.

Pours a 1 finger head that dissipates into a nice foam and has good lacing, copper color

Smell is mild,spicy, and lager smells

taste is good, well balanced, easy drinking, mild carbonation, moderate hoppy flavor, little aftertaste which makes it pretty easy to drink a few of these at a sitting.

It's not complex at all, exactly how this style should be but does have an above average hop bite than most oktoberfest, but I welcome that.

Worth a try, nice slightly above average American Oktoberfest.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a single-finger, dense head.
The aroma is a big, yeasty bread smell.
This tastes really good. A nice bitter up front, then sweet from the bready and crackery malt and a nice, dry finish.
The mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer. Very smooth and creamy.
Overall, really enjoyed this nicely layered Marzen. Well done.

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Photo of morimech
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice rich copper color on pour. A very small head forms after the pour then dissipates. No lacing to speak of. All activity ceases after a couple of minutes. This is a complaint I have with all of Summit's bottled beers except their witbier which is overdone in this regard.

It smells of roasted malt and caramel. Very pleasant.

The taste of sweet malt, hops, and a malt aftertaste. Nothing overpowering and well balanced.

Medium body and a soothing feeling on the tongue. A good session beer on a cool day or evening.

On second thought the 7.70% ABV doesn't make this a good session beer as I found out this morning.

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Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright amber with a pillowy head of fluffy foam, drippy lacing all around a glass, and a lasting surface skim.
Aroma is lightly sweet with apple esters and nutty toasted malt notes.
Taste is fairly amped up, fully malty with some husky toasted bready notes and light apple esters.
Medium to light bodied, dry finish with a light bitterness and toasty aftertaste.
Overall not bad at all, a touch on the sweet side but fresh and tasty.

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Photo of DrPond
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My brother and I bought a keg so I have this on tap at home. Oh yeah!

The beer pours a clear bright copper color with a large rocky head typical of the all-malt German marzens. Smell is malty and sweet but loses points for a slightly metallic twinge in the aroma. Taste is soft and malty. The sweet malty taste really raps around the toungue and mouth, but the finish is clean with an identifible hop presence. For me the first sip was almost cloyingly sweet, but after another few sips the beer's tremendous balance really shone through. Mouthfeel is good and the drinkablility is devastating. This stuff is 7.7% and goes down smooth enough to be considered dangerous. I quaffed a few litres the other night without a problem but it definately caught up with me as the evening progressed.

I think this is one of the better Oktoberfests around --- German or American.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a light copper color, very clear and crisp looking. A nice sized frothy white head on top. This has the classic oktoberfest taste, nice toasty malt flavor, a slight hop bite, and some spicy alcohol flavors. I am told that this one clocks in at 7.7% abv, so you will have a fun time putting some of these down. A very good oktober.

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Photo of ballz50401
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very clear light bronze color. Some carbonation. One finger thick head with little retention.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma but I detect some caramel, biscuit, and sweet malts.

Taste: Sweet malty and biscuity flavor at first sip with some light hop bitterness at finish. A very good balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Has a light and smooth feel on the palate.

Drinkability: This is a very good smooth drinkable marzen style beer that I would drink again.

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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 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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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) from Summit Brewing Company
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