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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Ratings: 675 |  Reviews: 288
Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tom Reid's: Dull rusty color with a small, densely firm cap of dark ivory sits slim. Lace sticks in big strings and globs.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a lovely caramel breading and candied melon granola bar coating.

Taste is sweet with a moderately low set tang of bready dough that has a bit of brown sugar base and light cinnamon touch to it. Unravels across the palate quite nicely with its sweetness. Quite big with long lasting bready and caramel coated goodness. Very slight tint of roasted/toasted grain and light hop notes adding a bit of low grassy spice.

Feel is big, sweet, bready, smooth, and rich with a fairly heavy set tone and body. Malts do there thing here in a solid fashion of balanced sweetness and sticky bread doughy smack.

A big O-fest thats taken a turn for the better over the last couple of years. Thank goodness. Its a keeper to have around. And watch out, its a sneaker, it warms ya up pretty fast too.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a light coppery color with nearly perfect clarity with fluffy two-finger off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind very good lacing.

S - Sweet caramelized malty smell with a touch of hops. Good balanced blend of hop and malt notes.

T - Sweet caramel malt upfront followed by a malt dominated body with hints of earthy hops in the background. Alcohol and hop flavors crescendo as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, resulting in a well-balanced finish. Leaves a distinctive caramel-sugar aftertaste.

M -Full bodied and rich with plenty of carbonation. Very good for the style.

D - A very tasty oktoberfest with plenty of flavor and body that hides its high alcohol content remarkably well. I found the Summit fall variety pack for $10.00, that's less than a dollar a bottle!! This beer was very well crafted and does an excellent job of adding enough hop flavor to the caramel malt base to keep the beer interesting. I challenge anyone to find a cheaper and better oktoberfest.

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Photo of themorninglark
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Herky21
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of smartens
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of psychotia
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of MichaelDobbins
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of dmadsen
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of vickyreddy
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is kind of intense and strong flavor with bitter taste.... for all those who like strong this would be one of your bucket list try it it good...this is good compared with the taste of Samuel Adams October fest

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Photo of tgbljb
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with massive slightly off-white puffy head. Strong malt notes presnrt in the nose. Taste is malty sweet, with some nice caramel and toffee to be found. Nice, full and creamy in the mouth. Finishes with a mild bitterness which is really a nice ending for this beer. Excellent drinkability. I was shocked to see the 7.7% alcohol. Never would have guessed.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer courtesy of SMF. He had an Oktoberfest party and no one drank his Summit. He then officially OD’d on the stuff over the next month or so trying to get rid of it, so he gladly handed me a bottle when I saw him last. Thanks Jeff! Your misery is my fortune.

This beer poured a beautiful dark earthy orange as if flowed from the bottle to the pint, but once inside, the color looked rather dead and boring. It still has the amber orange color, but there’s a lifeless straw color that makes it look a little sad. The thin head looks nice with an irregular frothy form to it that left some nice spots of lace.

Smells ridiculously sweet with tons of caramel and cotton candy backed up with a little citrus nip.

The sweetness really carries through into the flavor, but not in the way I thought it would. I was a little intimidated by the sugars, thinking that I was in for a big sticky sweet surprise but the malts came through as grainy and not like fake candy. All right! There are some huge light malts here that taste like light and fluffy bread dough and honey with a little hazelnut blended in. At the finish there’s just a subtle nip of hops that come in to balance out the powerful malts. Fantastic! The best part is the finish where all of the sweetness is left behind and I’m left with only a slight film inside my mouth. Considering how sweet this is, I’m impressed.

The mouth feel is big and chewy with only a light sporadic but noticeable carbonation. This seemed to fit well with the big sweet malts.

This beer felt like eating a big old slice of home-made bread slathered in honey. The flavors and the mouth feel really came together to make this a fantastic beer.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Feloniousmonk for this one. Says to either drink or sell this beer by Jan 07, the printing was smudged on the glass.

Two finger head quickly disappeared to nothing with little to no lacing. Looks like pale ice tea with two drops of grenadine.

Smells like straw, malt and earthly tones.

Full bodied malty taste and satisfying mouthfeel.

Fine representative of an Oktoberfest/Marzen Style. Very tasty, satisfying and drinkable.

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Photo of pnkermiz
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Barcade as part of the "Midwest Beer Night" and probably the biggest surprise hit in my opinion. Light reddish copper in color with a big malt aroma. The flavor was very complex with hints of bitter chocolate and smoked malt in with the more traditional toasted maltiness of an oktoberfest. Very strong for the style and it had a little bit of alcohol evident in the finish. Almost a doppelbock oktoberfest. A doppelfest maybe?

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Photo of rabidawg
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear copper with orange leanings. Small head that dissipated quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Munich malts and a pleasant graininess. Definite malt sweetness, with little hop aroma. Alcohol noticeable.

Taste: Initial sweetness, with moderate alcohol burn. Very clean throughout, but this obviously leans toward the heavy side of Oktoberfest. Finish has doppelbock leanings, with lingering residual sweetness, and hops only come through in the very end. High abv causes the drinkability to suffer (for an o'fest), but this is definitely one tasty beer.

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Photo of Buebie
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how I never reviewed this one. Been my autumn staple beer for many years. I was not able to drink it for almost two years after I bought 3 16 gallon kegs and proceeded to get one too many hang overs from this guy. I have finally returned to drinking it. :)
An odd autumn release though in the middle of July.

Poured into my sam adams turbulator. A good 1'' head is formed, receding somewhat quickly. Leaving a small cap and good full coverage lace where the head once sat. Decent legs of lace trails as the beer level has fallen.
Color is a dark amber with glowing red and light copper. Transparent though and a bunch of carbonation rise.

Aroma is flowing with juicy sweet malt and caramel breadyness. Distant cereal grain and grassy hop.

Taste is also flowing well with aroma, the same juicy sweet caramel, buttery really with breadyness and cereal grains. A touch of rye spice and hop bitters through the swallow.
A touch of mineral water.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a slick feel and a small bite of carbonation.

One of my personal favorites, this is very drinkable, no heat, just an all out great beer for the style.
I've heard rumors that each year the alcohol can vary. I think the abv I heard was around 8%

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Photo of teg8612
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear with a amber, almost burnt orange color. Off-white head is firm and good lacing.

S- Strong malt nose, slightly caramelly with a pinch of pine.

T&M- Grainy, toasted malts. Only lightly spicey. Earthy hop finish. I pick up a light alcohol burn as it warms. Pretty balanced with a good malt backbone and just enough hops to leave a nice finish. If the ABV wasn't as high as it is, you could drink these all night, if your night was only two hours long. Medium yet firm bodied.

D- I always get a little giddy when Oktoberfest rolls around because this is one of my favorite beers. I got real lucky as I took the brewery tour the week after they kegged and bottled the first run of this so I got to try this years version before it hit market. It gets better every year.

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Photo of Stillyman11
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vashtar
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
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 ANiklaus
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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 Winter
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear amber body with an off-white head that diminished quickly. Aroma consists of caramel, toasted biscuit and hops. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. Rich caramel malt flavor upfront. A mild hop bitterness rounds out the sweetness towards the back. Finishes mildly sweet with a some linger alcohol.

It's December and nice to know that Oktoberfests still hit the spot sometimes. I might have to add Summit to my list of annual O'fest purchases next year.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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 micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lager from Summit pours a rich copper color.
The body has brilliant clarity. The head foamed out of the glass and was thick and dense and mousse like with a tan or off white color.
Well attenuated with carbonation bubble glowing through the copper liguid.

Aroma was sweet malts with a hint of toasted malts.

Taste is rich and malty with some toffee, and maybe biscuit or cereal. Northern Brew hops are used but really aren't noticable here. Thier purpose is just for balancing. I noticed very sutle alcohol warming at the end.

Mouthfeel falls in the medium area with medium carbonation. It has a slight creamy texture and finishes clean and dry.

This is a very good beer and is a good example of the style. It has a nice color and big head with plenty of lacing and rich flavor.

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Photo of chilidog
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im think'n alittle Wow factor here! My first of the Summit line. The beer poured a good-looking clear copper/bronze color with a nice off-white, cream froth head that maintained well. Carbonation was medium while ring lace was left on the glass, very nice. The aroma is caramel sweet with notes of malted biscuit. The taste starts out sweet with caramel, brown sugar and ends with a spicy hop and alcohol favor. The alcohol is a nice touch as it warms you as the coolness of fall sets in. This is a well balanced, complex for an october, while not being to heavy on body brew. Perhaps one of the best Octobers ive had to date. Drinkability I kicked up for its smoothness at 7.7 abv. While easy to drink, careful, that Wow packs a punch! Good stuff!

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Summit Oktoberfest (Märzen Style) from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 48.1% out of 100 with 675 ratings
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