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Stoudt's Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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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

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Beer added by: pezoids on 12-20-2001

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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 149
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a nice looking rocky head,the aroma is slightly sweet and a little soapy.I taste a real hop presence in this beer along with some toasted malt not as sweet as some othe fest beers wich is ok with me,wow I can really get a grassy hop taste in the finish here.An easy drinker some complexity to this beer make it a beer to seek out in my opinion.

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

Poured a nice and very clear ruby tinted brown with a good two finger hight head of off white, tannish colored lace. Smell was good, lots of bready ,malts with a kicker of bittering hops. Nothing spetacular but still a quality brew. Nice light feel and good carbonation stayed until the end. Overall this was not a bad beer at all. I have had better, but this was still very sessionable and something that I am sure wood not dissapoint. Defintly a tick above the average Oktoberfest, but nothing that was fall down awesome. Though the finish had a nice touh of sweetnes to it, some caramel and even a tocuh of roasted nuts that seemed to linger and push the flavor forward.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vibrant combination of rich Munich/Vienna malts and spicy/floral hops drives this satisfying and equisitely drinkable lager. It's clear copper body reveals ruby-orange and golden highlights beneath a creamy head of ivory foam that holds well and leaves some nice spots of lace about the glass. The nose is malty and toasty with just a hint of well-integrated hops. In the mouth it's lightly tingly and then creamy across the palate with a medium body and restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation. The malt is lightly toasty, and subtly "juicy"; and it's spicy hop flavor works in unison with its restrained but firm hop bitterness to balance it perfectly. This is a very well-brewed, clean, and exceptionally well-balanced lager that never fails to satisfy and really deserves more attention than it gets.

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Redbones.

Typical tawny hue, a fine head and great clarity. Malty and grainy aroma … a bit toasted. Semi-dry malty palate, the maltiness focuses on toasted grain and a hint of caramel. The sufficient hop bitterness lays down a good balancing act. Went very well with the sausage that was cooked in beer and butter.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Stoudt's Fest beer was contract brewed by Frederick Brewing Company, which took me by suprise. Not a problem because they also make quality beer themselves and they contract brew for Crooked River. The appearance is a slight hazy amber brown, with a full frothing white head to go with it. It is leaving little lace as the glass is emptying. The first thing that jumps out at me about this beer is the wonderful caramel malt in the aroma. The hop character is very slight, but completely perfect for the contrast of the sweet smell. Smells like sweet barley malt, with a sweet full flavor of nutty grain to complement eachother. An excellent medium bodied beer with in the style, that I find this one to be very well-balanced, incredibly drinkable, and reasonbly priced.

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy reddish gold color with a thin white lace head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It is slightly malty with a breadlike scent. The taste is good. It has a bit of a malty flavor with a bitter dry finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. It is a good drinker. I've had better Fest style beers than this.

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Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a small sized off white head. The aroma is somewhat lacking as only some sweetness is detected. The taste is far better, packing some nice malts with a lesser balance of fruitiness and bitterness. The malt lasts long on the tongue. This is very drinkable and is smooth going down.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Creed's in KOP...
Appears a glowing, slightly transparent, orange toned amber with a fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Lots of lacing is left around the tall pilsner glass that it was served in. Plenty of carbonation bubbles quickly rise to the top of the foamy head.
Smell is malty with hints of caramel, grain, spicy hops, and mild corn.
Taste is of the aromas with the flavor having a more spiced up and herbal bittering than I remember having in the past...although it may just be my palate changing. The malts and caramel seem to be washed out by a biscuity and hoppy bite.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and dry in the swallow.
This was alright but I actually switched over to wine for my pairing of a dry aged Delmonico...not very typical of me but it just didn't deliver the package I was hoping for.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color, nice head that goes quickly. More malt than hops in the nose and taste. Finish has a hint of hops. Smooth, medium body - a good Oktoberfest. The ABV is 5.0%

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer as a copper red color with orange amber hints and a thick 2 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: The aroma is a malt biscuity smell with hints of sweetness.

T: The ale has a very strong malt with biscuit and a bit of toffee peaking through. The malts are very strong, to the point of sweetness. The finish is long and leaves a dryness in the mouth.

M: The sweeter malts of an oktoberfestbier always sit well on the palate.

D: The beer has a sweet quality that places it high in the drinkability ratings for the style.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light beige head. Head down to 1/4" after a couple of minutes, lacing well. Clear and dark amber in color. Malty, grain husk aroma, with some slight fruitiness. Taste follows the nose, with the malt balanced well with hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and possibly a bit thin (which I think is not a bad thing for a festbier), and the drinkability is great, both as you would expect from an Octoberfest brew. Better than I expected, worth a try.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Helles O-fest.

A: Bronze with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Steelie grass, floral & herbal with some bread & toffee from the malt.

T: Steelie grass, minty herbalness, floral, toffee, bread, good bitterness, hints of earthy sulfur from the lager yeast.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a crisp, slightly off-dry finish.

D: Lovin' it.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly chill hazed copper. Slight beige head recedes quickly to almost nothing. Big toasted malt aroma. Also some bready, vienna like graininess. The flavors follow suit with the graininess and toasted profile. Also a little bit of husk like astringency. Not in a bad way though. And it's got a nice little snap of hops to clean things up. Body seems to be about medium or so. And the mouthfeel is fairly lively. Pretty good, and a bit unique.

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

Clear deep ruby red to brown color on the pour. Head is majestic, the lace fine sheets, but they do desiccate rather quickly. Nose is malt, caramel, with hints of spice, clean and fresh. Start is somewhat malt sweet, the top is skinny, the finish potently acidic, sparsely hopped, aftertaste dry. A tad on the "Weak" side, but quite a drinkable beer nonetheless. Ranks #658 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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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 tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange-yellow in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and grain

Taste: hints of chocolate, toasted malt, grain, and faint wood

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, moderately high carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability:One of the more interesting and complex marzens I have had in a while. I like the chocolate hints I get. Beat my expectations for this beer. I could easily have a six.

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

2003 edition. This stuff pours to a ligher-than-average light amber colour with a nice, white head. The aromas are all malts, with nothing else going on in the complexity/ies department. The taste is a nice malty one, but nothing to rave about and the mouthfeel is a little thin for an o-fest. The drinkability is pretty good on this beer, but it is eerily reminiscent of this years Sammy Adams O-Fest. Spend a bit more cash and upgrade to a true German O-Fest beer, or Brooklyns version if you can get it in your area!


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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10.24.09 Lost Review

Pours a crystal clear pale copper color with a small tight white head that settles into a sparse cap. The aroma is sweet and a touch fruity. Caramel malt mixed with a fresh juicy hop. Not strong but nice. The taste is of caramel malt with an earthy tea like hop bitterness, hints of lemon and metal. Reminds me more of an APA than marzen. Light to moderate body with fizzy carbonation, good mix of sweet malt and bitter hops makes this easy to drink. A refreshing brew with no off putting flavors though it does seem a bit off style.

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Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color. Thin, cream-colored head that leaves a nice lace on the sides of the glass. With a typical marzen style malty aroma, the beer has a nice sweetness up front and a good hop balance. This is a good session beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium-to-dark copper color (darker than most Deutsch Marzen Biers), thin, fine head, and minimal lace. Had a pleasant, spicy and malty nose. Reminded me of Spaten in Munchen at the Fest. Mouthfeel was cool!. As for flavor, had a good balance of malt and hops, though neither side was pronounced enough to satisfy. Malt could have been sweeter; hops could have have more of a spice-bite. All-in-all, not bad.

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This marzen style beer poured a clear, copper color with white foam that settled. The smell was a mild, slightly sweet malty aroma. The taste was slightly sweet (but less sweet than many other of this style) and tangy, malty, with the hops making their presence felt in the finish. There was also a bit of a dry, oaky flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy up front, but with a dry finish. The body and carbonation were medium. The aftertaste was dry and lingered nicely. This was a good oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle contract brewed by Frederick Brewing in Maryland. Pours a clear, burnished copper amber with a two finger beige head that quickly drops into rings of lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel with a fruitiness that is either apples or oranges. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet caramel with a nice citrus hop balance. Seems to taste a bit watery about hallfway through. A solid Marzen style amber lager that would make a fine session brew.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper color with modest slightly off-white head. Smell is strong of caramel with lighty toasty notes. Taste is mainlyof malt and the hops are extremely light. Balance is good as this type of beer should be. Hops show through a little more in the finish. A good drinking beer.

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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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Photo of Chaney
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into my Stone Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: came out of the bottle a solid gold color, with a purely translucent quality as well. The head was both massive and extremely fluffy.

S: German malty, bready, and with a touch of honey. Not too potent, but still on the radar.

T: No much grainy bitterness for my taste.... sort of like liquified sandpaper. When Marzens really shine for me overall is in the fresh, yeasty aftertaste, but this on didn't possess that quality. Quite the opposite.

M: The carbonation was fine, but the drinkability was hindered by the lack of lusciousness. Not much lacing on the glass, but the mouthcoating was somewhat brown sugary... without the intense sweetness.

O: Sort of bland and not very memorable overall. I've had worse....

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Stoudt's Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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