StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Transparent copper in color with a few random bubbles for the head. Aroma is a bit of a put off - perfume, sage, musk, orange extract, caramel, band aids and skunk. Rich and over sweetened flavor profile. Honey roasted peanuts come in amidst the maple syrup. Caramel and a touch of stale, decrepit white chocolate butt heads with Summit’s choice of pilsener malt. Other discrepancies reveal corn mash, ginger and sap from a spruce tree. Syrupy body and a stinging presence on the palate, finishing like Cracker Jacks. Terminus (3738) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2005
bottle-pours orange with a small white head. some funky german lager character here-a good use of german yeast. some notes of earth, fallen wet leaves, and a malty carmel malt. sweet flavors dominate with some good earthy tones and a touch of spicy hops. palate is very good-round and full. 7.7? Where? nowhere to be found! a very good marzen. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Heavy aroma is choked full of bready malt that is doughy and sweet. Some light fruitiness is present as well, but rather weak and lacking for the style. Medium body is spicy and drinkable, considering the unusually high ABV. More fruitiness comes through in the body - good, but a rather interesting take on the style. heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Big body and high abv for an Oktoberfest. Poured a light orange The aroma was caramel, leaves and tobacco. The taste had old caramel and some leaves. This finishes with a little aspartame. Sampled at the 2005 Iowa City Beer Festival. Aos sampled again in the bottle. mybrainhurts (400) - North Dakota, USA - SEP 23, 2005
At 7.7% this brew can kick some serious butt! Very malty and grainy in the aroma. Some alcohol spice and pepper also detectable in the nose. Flavors of Toffee, light caramel, and hard candy fruit. I think the sweet coating in the mouth would wear after awhile, but still a well crafted beer for sure. I like Summit.
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Reddish brown in appearance, small light tan head. Medium body with a sweet malt flavor. There is a presence of hops which I detected immediately, has a slight bite. I am surprised this has an alcohol level of 7.7%, can not taste the high content. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2005
BLBF. No aroma. Nice headstrong amber pour. Malty and sugary, but lacking any decent characteristics, that distingush it as an Oktoberfest. Finish is skanky. smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle - mild maltiness in the aroma. A copperish-amber body with a beige head. Medium-bodied. Some malt in the flavor as well. No hops to be found, but that is pretty much to style. Okay, but certainly not a threat to the Germans. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2005
(12oz bottle) Clear amber body with smallish off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, toffee/caramel, faint earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some earthy, floral, cookie, light toffee. Medium body with some stickiness. No alcohol in the flavor, but you can sense its presence. This, and the sweetness, prevent the beer from being especially drinkable, which defeats much of the pleasure of drinking an O-fest. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Unsure of the head. Copper/red hue with a fairly malty aroma with a hint of toffee. Mostly sweet with a nice appearance of german hops. I would have liked it a bit better if it was a little...thicker. Better than average, but for the price I can find better.