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Stoudt's Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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144 Ratings

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | 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 BierFan


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

An inch of off-white head. Clear coppery body. Good head retention, despite the small head. Great lacing. The beer looks rather beautiful. Caramel and toastiness accompanied by some hops. Maybe my palate is playing tricks on me, but the hops seem a bit fruity which is uncharacteristic of this style. Still smells and tastes wonderful, though.

This might be the best oktoberfest I've ever drank.

09-04-2009 22:35:30 | More by BierFan
Photo of treehugger02010


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

08-04-2009 02:11:23 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.63/5  rDev 0%

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear dark amber color with about an inch of lingering, fluffy bone white head. Nose and flavor are of mildly sweet malt, toasty bread, light fruitiness. Medium in both body and carbonation with a clean finish. Worth checking out.

05-28-2009 02:27:55 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of bahumutx


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an orange/copper color with a small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Malt, caramel and a slight bread smell.

Taste: Sweet maltiness throughout. There is a hint of caramel and bread flavor. Ends with a bitterness that balances out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

Not my favorite Oktoberfest style beer. Ends with a little to much bitterness for an Oktoberfest for my liking. I would definitely not pick this one first but it is not terrible. It is a decent offering from Stoudts.

10-26-2008 23:08:03 | More by bahumutx
Photo of albern


2.58/5  rDev -28.9%

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.

09-06-2008 22:23:23 | More by albern
Photo of elinash

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Stoudts Fest (08) pours a light translucent brown with no head retention into a Celebrator glass.

Aroma is all up front malts. Taste is rich and malty with some spiciness and immediate dryness. Mouthfeel is smooth and typically light. Finishes really dry.

Carol Stoudt's strong suit is lagers (she has told me so) but the brewery makes less of them due to the popularity of most ales. This beer definitely showcases how good the brewery's traditional lagers can be. A great prost! to my first Oktoberfest of the season.

08-19-2008 23:32:17 | More by elinash
Photo of AltBock


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

06-11-2008 16:17:47 | More by AltBock
Photo of HugoGrim


4/5  rDev +10.2%

Served on tap at Stoudt's Brewery in Adamstown, PA. Standard gold look, with a nice head which was gone quickly.

Aroma is powerful and full. Sweet grains and fruits. I never expect much from the nose of a Märzen, but this really impressed me.

Flavor boasts sweet grain, hints of sour apples and other fruits, with perfectly balanced hops up front. Bready aftertaste.

I can tell this is a very fresh tap. Probably the best Fest I've had to date.

11-14-2007 23:52:05 | More by HugoGrim
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3.45/5  rDev -5%

a: very nice appearance. lightly amber in color with a nice two finger head.

s: caramel/sweetness coming from the malt, as well as a bit of bready aroma. hops definitely are taking a backseat with this one.

t: a nice balance between the hops and malts. the malty flavor still dominates though. the bready aroma seems quite a bit more mellow in the taste and only starts to shine through towards the finish. one of the better oktoberfest beers i've had this season.

m: light body, easy to drink (i guess it should be), and a pleasure to drink. not overly carbonated.

d: very drinkable, heavier than water..but goes down almost just as easy. could drink this stuff all day long.

11-04-2007 02:49:36 | More by xgrafcorex
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.45/5  rDev +22.6%

Served on draft with touch of a head, not even a finger. Don't let the clear appearence fool you, this one has lots up it's sleeve. Honey aroma as best my nose could detect. Very smooth and perfect ending of a night of craft imbibing. This one could go down as easy as water. Great job Stoudts.

09-27-2007 22:36:40 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.98/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

08-12-2007 17:30:07 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

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

07-08-2007 21:27:57 | More by Zephenbrewid
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

10-23-2006 13:01:00 | More by akorsak
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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

10-16-2006 15:35:33 | More by weeare138
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West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

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

10-01-2006 21:43:14 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of Gaisgeil


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

I'm not going to comment on how (im)perfectly this brew fits into it's style guidelines. To me, this is just a heavily enjoyable, well crafted and ultimately delicious beer. Pours a clear and deep amber with a well formed white head to offset. Nose is malty, quite fresh overall. Taste has a nice sweetness to it, not cloying with good bitterness to offset. Slightly dry finish, quite clean even though the predominate flavors are quite sweet. Easily drinkable, I can and did throw quite a few of these back.

Nice labeling too!


09-26-2006 07:08:35 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of dedrinker


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

First off, the label pictured is old - they now have a full fledged "Oktoberfest" label and packaging complete with the Bavarian blue and white colors. This is a seasonal beer as opposed to the year 'round "fest" of years past. The color is a beautiful amber that was pleasing to look at, and a modest head remained most of the way down. The aroma was a little off-putting - a little eggy, but don't let that dissuade, because the flavor that awaits is a juicy caramel malt sweetness that is not cloying but begs bigger sips. I was at a party and left my six pack unattended when I spied one of the party's many bud light drinkers take one of my beers and open it. I decided to remain silent so I could watch with cynical satisfaction as the culprit would surely waste the beer by taking a few sips and declaring it "weird." To my surprise she finished the whole bottle at a moderate and steady rate! I hope I might have provided a revelation, but who knows. They always seem to justify cost as an excuse to drink lousy beer, and for the price of the six pack, she could have a 12 pack of her "regular" beer.

09-23-2006 16:32:15 | More by dedrinker
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

09-21-2006 04:38:28 | More by dherling
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

Appearance: Served a light brown amber color with a noble beige head.

Smell: Toasted malt and earthy characteristic in the aroma.

Taste: A spicy lightly peppery attribute meets lots of smooth creamy malts and grain with suggestions of caramel, a hint of tart and a subtly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: This style tends to be light and easy in the mouth so this is no exception but the smooth nature or this beer is complimented by the spices and overall is it simply pleasant.

Drinkability: The glory of the Märzen is its drinkability. This is the O-fest beer I have decided to buy a fall case. It is truly approachable and exceptionally quaffable.

Hope this is helpful.

09-12-2006 09:02:18 | More by Phatz
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tall mug. The liquid is a light Carmel color with a good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers thick, off white and smooth and creamy.

The smell is of sweet caramel malt and some light hops, classic O'fest beer.

The taste is of caramel, kind of sweet, a very nice balance and a very good and classic Marzen.

The mouthfeel is medium body good carbonation,

The drinkability very good, well it is a fest beer so 'drink up Johny'! We shall! A very solid brew. MK

09-07-2006 04:34:08 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

This is a quite tasty Octoberfest, only problem is, way too sweet. Not much head, some lacing, pours a dark amber red color. Pretty nice caramel smell and the taste about the same, lots of sweet caramel. Decent texture, cannot complain. This is a good octoberfest, and worth a try.

05-19-2006 04:34:18 | More by bigdeuce
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

This one started out ugly enough, a ruddy orange, no head, some bubbles. Smell was spicy with a touch of malt, nothing overpowering. Taste also had a blend of spiciness, and the malt sweetness dominated. Mouthfeel is medium with the sweetness and fruitiness keeping things wet without being watery. Finish is medium. Easy to quaff. Not too bad for an Octoberfest, which I find, like pumpkins, to be a pleasant if boring style.

11-06-2005 01:37:59 | More by pentathlete
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Crystal clear amber colored pour and rapidly rising active carbonation looked good, nonexistent head and a lack of lacing not so much. Smell was malty with a touch of spice, which is just what I would expect from an Oktoberfest bier. Taste was a showcase of toasty Munich caramel malts. There was a touch of orange peel, and a hint of bitterness to round the taste out, but nothing getting in the way of the reserved and simply drinkable taste. Mouthfeel was on the full side of the style, and quite satisfying. A welcome new addition to the shelves in Georgia.

09-17-2005 04:13:42 | More by rajendra82
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

08-10-2005 01:01:58 | More by tgbljb
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

01-27-2005 21:34:43 | More by NeroFiddled
Stoudt's Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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