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Stoudt's Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
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149 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 12-20-2001)
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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.

Photo of JackTheRipper
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish-amber color. Head was small and faded to a thin layer of foam rather quickly.

Smell: Roasted malty smell, maybe a faint hint of a grainy/bready smell.

Taste: Toasted malty taste, Finish tends toward a slight bitterness. Good, but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel: Nice body, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Again, this is a good beer, but nothing exceptional.

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.

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.

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

Pours a lovely clear copper with a lively little eggshell colored head. Smells wonderfully nutty and malty. Slight retention and lacing.

Tastes like a ofest should. Very caramel and nutty. Carbonation is moderate with mouthfeel being solid. Just a wee bit of a bitter hop twinge at the end but it doesn't distract from this very nice brew.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Marzen that is easily drinkable and worth a try. The slightly hazed copper body sports a minimal off-white head of short life and little lace. The nose is very light and gives hints of the malt, some grain and little else. Medium body with moderate carbonation. The flavor is pleasant and pleases with its dry finish and not overly sweet malts; slight grassy notes in the finish. Very nice.

Photo of Shiloh
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium/dark amber in colour, I believe the colour seems darker due to the murkiness that accompanies this brew. Carbonation is average. The head short, leaving little in its wake.
The nose seems a little bready.
The taste has a roasted caromel like beginning with a light bitter back which continues to the end.
Medium body and smooth going down. Dry.

Photo of Bighuge
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Gasp100
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep, dark copper color with a nice off white head about 1 inch thick that disapated quickly. The smell was of toasted malt with a slight hint of hops. The taste was malty with caramel and a little spice and the mouthfeel was crisp in the beginning but kind of dulled in the end. This was a fairly drinkable Fest, but not the best I've had this year.

Photo of beergeek279
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with a light wisp of white head. The smell is very light malt. The taste has slight hints of caramel malts, with some bitterness...not too well-balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, probably wouldn't have too many more.

Average Oktoberfest...not terrible, not great. As far as having this one next year...well, perhaps I will.

Photo of PatandDavid
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
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

Photo of pezoids
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear orange amber color with a thin head. Some sweet malt aroma with touches of caramel. Beer has a low hop bitterness and the sweetness is right on. Some caramel and fruitiness in the taste. A decent and easy drinking Marzen-style fest beer.

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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.

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

A very intriguing amber Fest bier off the tap, the head was hardly omnipresent, as it faded quickly.

The aroma left something lacking in my mind, although I am not sure what. It was earthy with just a hint of spice. Easily drinkable, this bier goes well with German fare as it cuts through the intense flavors.

Not terrible, by any means. One of the above-average Fests out there. If you can get your hands on it, this one is worth a try. A good job by Stoudt's on this one.

Zum Wohl!

Photo of beerguy101
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of silks636
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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!

Prost!

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.33/5  rDev -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.

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.

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

Another stellar brew from Stoudts. There mazen poured to a nice amber orangish color with a fluffy head. I seemed to detect some vanilla and malt aroma. The taste was very good but it to me it lacked something. Maybe there wasn't enough balance with the malt and hops. Overall a great beer one worthy of a try or two.

Photo of Jarod
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765ml bottle
Printed on label: Best by 8-30-2003
Bought at Stoudt’s brewery fresh

This beer poured an amber/orange color that was crystal clear in color and well carbonated, even at the last sip in the bottle. It produced a thick and creamy head that was beige to light tan in color and at first sat on top of the beer at around 1” and pretty much stayed there until half way down the glass where is formed a simple ring on the edges. It also produced a decent lace that was sticky in places as it slid down the glass. The aromas from the glass were of caramel, malt, vanilla, bread, fruits, some wood, dry leafs, and a real slight hint of alcohol. The flavors were of some flowers, hops (light), malt, burnt caramel, fruit, nut, bread, wood and some dried leafs. It left a slight aftertaste behind of flowers, but nothing real pronounced. It was light to very light-medium bodied. When served fresh from the fridge it was smooth and simple, but when allowed to warm a few degrees it became smoother and a creamy feel came over it. Not a heavy beer (alcohol wise) and one that could be called a good session beer because of its lower ABV. Decent for its style, refreshing, and just an all around non-complex beer that is a good drink.

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

I usually have high expectations whenever trying a new Stoudt's beer. To be honest, I don't feel this tastes very different from yeungling, which my girlfriend happened to order. It had virtually no head and a deep copper color. Somewhat sweet maly flavor that finishes slightly dry. It's nothing to go out of your way to get, but it's still true to the style.

Stoudt's Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.