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Stoudt's Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's FestStoudt's Fest

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105 Reviews

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 149
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 12-20-2001

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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 149
Photo of albern
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm a bit disappointed in this Octoberfest. It just doesn't have the caramel maltiness, the medium body, the sweetness, and the creaminess to be a representative beer of the style. The pour is amber with a nice white creamy head, retention, and lacing. The aroma is a bit off. It starts out a bit skunky, a bit too much sulfer, and then settles down into a very lagery type grainy smell. Not bad, once things settle.

The taste is just not enough caramel, too pungent, some biting hops on the back end, and a bit too watery for the style. This is one of my lest favorite Octoberfest beers. There is a bit of a sulfery and slightly metallic taste in the finish as well. The tea like hop bite in the finish is the deal breaker for me. The hops or whatever is going on in this beer are just biting, without being nice and bittering. The creaminess in the head just isn't there in the taste. The metallic sulfery taste lingers into the aftertaste and makes it a not so pleasant experience.

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Photo of GnomeKing
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is proof that beauty is skin deep. I liked the vibrant cooper color of this beer when I poured it into the glass, but the taste was sub par. There was a lingering, unpleasant sourness--maybe "staleness" would be more on target--that I couldn't get paste. When it first hits your tongue, the hops come through but there an aspect to it that isn't quite right. The aftertaste really ruins things, though.

I regret giving a local brewery a bad review, but I gotta call 'em like I see 'em.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Redbones. Poured a golden carmelly color. Unfortunately the aroma was slightly metallic. When tasting, I noticed a real caramelly mouthfeel. I thought the carbonation could be a bit more pronounced. Not a bad beer, but there are better versions of this style out there. pat

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Photo of abcsofbeer
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I call this one an average brew, just not that special. Pours an orange amber, pretty clear. Very little carbonation and hardly any head at all. There is no lace on the glass whatsoever.

Taste is similar to apples and spicy cinnamon. It is very smooth with almost no hop flavor. There is no bite in the aftertaste either. The aroma is a very apply flavor. Good beer but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color, with no head. Aromas that are earthy, and a bit cidery. Same in the taste, a bit cidery, but not big in a fruit presence, and dry. A clean aftertaste, somewhat refreshing. Prefect for a nice warm fall evening, I might have to get a case for Holloween.

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Photo of aaronh
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper beer with a slight haze pours with a thin, light tan head that quickly fades away. Very nice malt aroma with a strong tobacco note and some caramel and vanilla mixed in as well. I have never experienced such a strong tobacco aroma in a beer. The taste reveals a hint of the tobacco, but a much stronger caramel and burnt sugar flavor. Vanilla does creep in as well. The smooth sweetness is balanced well by some mildly earthy flavored hops. The tobacco note is a little distracting, though I'm not sure if it's malt, hops, or yeast (or a defect) that's causing the flavor. The mouthfeel is robust with moderate carbonation. This marzen is less about sweetness than just about every other example I've tried, and it shows a bit more bitterness. The slight off flavors detract from the drinkability and the overall satisfaction of drinking this beer. I'll have to revist this one at a later date, but at this point I'd have to say there are much better marzen beers available.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured nicely with a bit of a lumpy head that fades quickly, serious amber-red color, looks really rich.

Nose is mostly malt, toasted, with an almost "hot cereal" like bite to it.
The taste was actually less sweet then I expected and had, what I thought, was a bit of an unusual back taste to it. To me, this was a real negative and is the sole reason why I did not rate it higher. If you ever tasted Malto Goya, you would know the taste I am talking about. This style should be cleaner.

With that being said, it still was a solid drinkable beer that I did enjoy.

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Photo of Natural510
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color with minimal soda-pop head which dissipates into a faint ring of lacing and not much more.
Hints of toffee malt, corn and a faint hop to the nose.
A bit sweet, but mostly tart and bitter in flavor. What malts exist are overpowered by bitterness and astringency. Although a proper yeast character balances out a quality marzen well, this does not have the delicious maltiness to create said balance.
Fairly light in body, but not to a watery effect. Crisp, but average.
Average is a description which keeps coming to mind here. Not as sweet or full-bodied as I prefer my Oktoberfest lagers. They did get the yeast/hop dryness correct, but could use more assertiveness in the malt department.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft, this brew has a light amber color with not much head or lace. It went down easy with a light malt flavor with a little caramel and barely a trace of hops. A true fest beer meant to be consumed quickly and in large quantity. The best thing it had going for it was that it went down real easily. A potential oktober session beer but overall tasted pretty thin.

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Photo of nomad
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a brawny tawny amber and quite opaque - not the glow a marzen could have. Also had lots of carbonation helping a soft little bubbly head, off-white and sitting thin but respectfully and beautifully so. Weak lace.

Smelled of sweetish malt, and here and there some hearty baked bread notes. Taste was of whole wheat honey bread, some roasted notes emerging in the middle, kinda woody, and with a toasty sort of bitter capping them off. In time it tasted more lemon in character. Had a short toasty finish, faintly drying. In short, a bit thin tasting, in part from the highly thin mouthfeel. Easy to drink but not enticing.

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Photo of stewart124
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A reddish-gold color with a thick foamy off-white head after a rigorous pour. There is a nice ring of lacing that seems to last. Nose is of a malty/ fruity aroma with slight hints of hoppiness. Taste is lacking the punch I expected but it's still very easy to drink. Slight caramel flavor. Not as much taste as I'd like and seems to be missing something. The aftertaste is a little dry with a sweetness.
Not bad but not something I'd buy a six pack of.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is solid beer. When I'm looking for a beer that doesn't require a lot of mental energy or interpretation from my pallette, this is the type of beer I go for.

Appearance: Golden brown color with amber tones. Short lived head.

Smell: Has a yeasty and spicy smell that seems to fade after the initial pour.

Taste: A very mellow flavor. There are some mild peppery spices to compliment a matly, wheaty flavor. It has that dry aftertaste that I equate to some breads of sourdough pretzels.

Mouthfeel: Great body on this beer. It has a nice thick texture that is still very smooth flowing.

Drinkability: Great beer for a long drinking session, hot day, or spicy sausage festival.

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Photo of dherling
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out orange bronze with a thin lacy head. Lots of lemony citrus in the nose with some grapefruit. Lots of good spice in the flavor, balanced malt and hops. Finishes fairly clean with some lingering hops. Had this on tap at Andy's in Bogota, NJ tonight.

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Photo of Zephenbrewid
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type: On-Tap 5 oz taster

A: Med-Amber, remarkably lingering head, concentrated streams of rising bubbles, transparent

S: faint malt, little else present

T: a little on the bitter side, dry as well

M: Nothing out of the ordinary, pretty standard for style

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Photo of silks636
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Label had an area for freshness stamp, but none was applied.

Appealing deep amber, almost copper color. Fluffy beige head with adequate retention. Sheets of lacing left behind. Smell is sweet and reminiscent of pumpkin with some malt and vanilla sneaking in - very light and fresh. Taste is predominantly malt, slightly caramel. A little thin with barely any hop balance. Very nice toasted malt aftertaste lingered. Not at all complex. Mouthfeel was very thin when cold but improved as the beer warmed.

Drinkability is average, it just seemed that something was lacking. Worth a try, but there are better Oktoberfests available.

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Photo of frazbri
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange-amber in color. Cream colored short head with a little bit of lace. Raisin, apple, and bread in the aroma. Slightly fruity flavor. All-grain bread. Modest carbonation and light body.

All the hop flavor lingers in the background. The aroma was that of boiling wort (for you brewers out there). Overall, it was malty in its impression.

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Photo of AltBock
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try this Stoudt's beer fresh at the brewpub on 5/8/2008. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

"Fest" poured a clear golden color that had a small tint of orange along the sides. The head of foam was about 1/2 inch in height and white in color. This head of foam had decent retention that left behind foamy white rings and quite a few streaks of white lace around the glass.

The aroma was plain and simple with lightly toasted malts, a hint of juicy fruits in the middle, and ended with a whiff of bitter floral hops.

The taste was well balanced and crispy with lightly toasted malts and bitter floarl hops. That was it for the taste. I didn't expect a big gush of flavors to come popping out, but a few more flavors would have been nice to see.

The mouthfeel was light and crispy with a nice sized aftertaste of toasted malts and bitter floral hops.

Simply put, it's just a refreshing summer session beer. And since it has a low ABV% and has little flavor, you could drink a few of these without even noticing it.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this ontap at Stoudts Black Angus Brew Pub in Adamstown, PA. It came in a stemed small water glass
Appearance: The body is a clear amber color. The head is a white color, a finger tall, no retention, no lacing and tiny bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are absent, some roast and some toast.
Taste: The flavors are earthy hop, malty and caramel.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and clean.
Drinkability: This beer is good plus.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep amber like an O’Fest but is far thinner than it appears. A thin beige head rests on top as wisps of stringy lace cling to the sides. The malt aroma is not as forward as one would normally associate with the style. A whiff of hops and mild alcohol are on equal footing with the sweet malt in both aroma and flavor. A lime-like citrusy, light metallic tang and slight spiciness are quite nice. A mildly astringent flavor can be detected as can a woody background. An odd fizziness is noticed on the sides of the tongue. Not my favorite Fest-style beer.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper orange with a thin but tan head that went away quick left faint lacing.
Aroma was bready malt. Nice aroma.
Taste was an average o'fest. slightly more bitter at the end.
Mouthfeel a little oily slick like butter.
Drinkability. It is a decent O'fest. Not spectacular but not bad at all. I could stand a couple.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange amber in color, clear, with a small head that disappeared almost instantly, leaving just a light tan ring.
Smell: Full-on sweet caramel malt, smells of raisins, dates and molasses with just a faint whiff of hops.
Taste: Average for an Oktoberfest. It had a nice malty flavor which seemed to get sweeter as the beer warmed. Hints of spice and honey. Slightly fruity... raisins and dates maybe. A touch of hops came post-swallow.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Nice carbonation.
Drinkability: I gave this an average score because it's certainly drinkable and enjoyable but I wouldn't have one after another. It's just not that exciting a beer (especially for Stoudt's). It's average at best.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange amber color, medium foamy head. Malty aroma. A medium bodied marzen. Malts are sweet and there is just enough hop spiciness to balance the sweetness. Mild flavor, kind of sweet and a little bland for a marzen, but drinkable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass,a creamy off white head,slight lacing on the sides of the glass.The head dissipated quickly,left a thin layer of foam through the beer.
The color was a medium light copper with a reddish hue.
A clean toasty,slight malt smell.not real aromamatic.
A nutty,bisquity.toasty with a very slight hint of a burnt flavor.a medium mouthfeel,not a lot of carbination,a little on the thin side.
A dry,clean finish with a little tartness near the end.
Very drinkable,just a little lacking in the flavor department.Overall not a bad beer. It seemed to me the last time I drank this beer it was a bit better

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Photo of mntlover
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light clear amber with a off white head that is gone in no time few bubbles rising here and there no real lace. Aroma of malt light chocolate light hops smell does not last long gone way to fast about have to have your nose in the glass while pouring. Taste lightly toasted malt, sweet some chocolate with a lingering light spicey hop finish. Overall nothing to get excited about didn't relize this was a year around brew for them no date printed on bottle so who knows its age. Mouthfeel light side of medium drinkability is so so wouldn't purchase again much better Oktoberfest then this.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear dark amber with a low off-white head which fell quickly.

The aroma was vienna and caramel and a slight cardboard indicating and oxidation issue. Also present was some DMS (cooked corn).

The flavor was crisp with a slight sourness, but vienna and caramel flavors and a nice hop backbone to keep the malty flavors in check. A slight cardboard flavor was also present.

The finish was dry with a nice crisp bittering on the palate. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle marked Oktoberfest. I checked the website and the only difference between this and the fest is the label which is changed during a three month window. Some definite issues, but all in all a drinkable brew.

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Stoudt's Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.