StoutBeerReviews (153) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2016 Globe199 (6) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m surprised at the low rating. I think it’s by far Summit’s best regular beer (even if it is a seasonal). I realize that may not be saying much, but I never buy any mainline Summit beers except this. It’s got a real nice carmel appearance and flavor. The high ABV is kind of nice too :)
Much lighter color than typical Octoberfest, little too much carb for my liking, reminds me of some cheaper macro lagers. Probably has lots of flavor, but its unfortunately masked by a distinct alcohol taste. Could have done a better job of working around the 7.1 abv. Don’t get me wrong, this really isn’t bad, but style wise, it is definitely beaten out by staghorn or Sam Adams beer_rookie (566) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 28, 2016
Pours a orange-bronze color. Some light sediment. Pretty good carbonation, but hard to observe because of the sediment. About two fingers khaki head. Long lasting. Very good retention, good lacing. Very nice.ozzy70 (1148) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Aroma is malty. Caramel, toffee. Bread crust. Light maple syrup. Either metallic or alcohol aroma.
Taste is sweet and caramel. Lots of malt. I taste some hops, and it’s weird because it’s right on the borderline of noticeable bitterness. It’s hard to describe. But there’s an underlying dankness in there too.
Mouthfeel is medium body. It’s a little metallic. I don’t necessarily taste the alcohol, but I can feel it in my mouth, it has that burn. There’s a bite right at the end, it’s a little difficult to swallow.
Overall, it’s not bad. It’s a high ABV for the style, and I don’t like them that high. A little too much metallic taste. But otherwise, it’s solid. I probably would recommend it. But there are so many of these out there, there are plenty of better options, so I don’t see myself buying it again.
Sample from bottle at Great Nebraska Beer Fest. Pours dark amber, white head. Aroma was sweet malts, caramel. Taste was medium sweet, caramel malts, nutty. MetalNHopHead (1981) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Summit does a consistently respectable job with capturing German authenticity. Their Oktoberfest is no different. Copper color. Malty aromas redolent of dark bread. Caramel and toast notes. Minimal hop character. Rich and smooth. Finish is quick and clean. Pretty tasty. HuskerTan (2203) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - AUG 28, 2016
A- Caramel, malty, bread.
A- Copper color, clear liquid, off white head.
T- Malty, bready, slightly nutty.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, nutty finish.
O- Decent oktoberfest. Wasn’t a big fan but really liked the nutty finish.
DeveloperGirl (17) - - AUG 23, 2016
This beer is a quality Oktoberfest with rich flavors and aroma. Quality for a good price. mfhennig (285) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Nice cloudy orange, small white head, no lacing. Aroma is fresh bread. Flavor is bread and Carmel. Decent beer. ryanfolty (2553) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2015
December 4, 2015 - bottle at a company event. Best option available and surprised I had not yet rated. Nice flavor and easy to drink. phaleslu (10274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2015
12 oz. bottle from a friend’s house. Pours a mostly clear orange with a small off-white head and some visible carbonation bubbles. Notes of caramel and toasted malts, spiced cracker, faint fruit, sugars, straw, and grass. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a crisp, malty mouthfeel. Well-executed Oktoberfest. csaso (2284) - Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Tap - fair size foamy head, nice medium copper color, sweet malty aroma and flavor, mild nut notes, not bad overall
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