Oktober Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: jakester on 08-20-2005

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10-6-11 - Purchased from Siciliano Bro's in Grand Rapids, MI.

A - Golden clear orange color. Frothy and creamy 1/2 inch of bubbly head that quickly dissipated. Not much retention and stick, but good initial suds.

S - Malty and clean. A faint fruity smell comes to the nose as you gather a few more breaths.

T - Very unique combination of flavors. It has a faint hint of dry maltiness, but also has a bit of a hoppy flavor that is enjoyable. It even has a little bit of a wheaty taste.

O - This is a respectable presentation of the fall classic, but definitely not a must have. I was expecting more out of this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with scant head and lacing.

Evenly carbonated with sweet malt and autmnal spice notes at the nose.

Mild brew with little character up front but goes from sweet to only a touch bitter on the finish. Not overly sweet and the spiciness on the nose does not translate well to the pallet. Interesting, I expected the sweetness to over power the spice, but I struggle to detect an abundance of either.

Light bodied and pleasant, a shade above too thin or watery.

Over a descent interpretation of the Marzen, I could easily drink many, but as far as innovation and character go, I would say just a touch on the bland and unexciting side.

Photo of warnerry
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from fall 2010

Pours a translucent dark golden brown with maybe 1/2 finger of head. Nice carbonation rising throughout. Smell is faint, slightly sweet smelling malts, but nothing more distinct than that. Tastes like a lager, but not in the Marzen style. Crisp and pretty clean, but taste doesn't really stand out in any way. Mouthfeel is light with a high carbonation level, too much for my liking. Overall, this is okay but not at all memorable.

Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a big dimpled mug. There is no noticeable freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has a deep rich golden body with visible carbonation and good clarity. A two finger thick and foamy white head sits on top. It slowly fades to a thin layer that hangs on well and some slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma is light and has a delicate light grain note with a slight hint of spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: It has a crisp pale biscuity malt with some light roasted notes as well. There is a mild sweetness from the malt and a nice equal balance of bitterness and leafy/grassy/spicy hop flavor notes. It finishes crisply with a slight balance towards the bitter hop side. The palate has a medium body with plenty of active carbonation.

Notes: Stoudts has an extremely drinkable crisp body and nice simple flavor that I could drink plenty of with some soft sour dough pretzels and mustard.

Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Oktoberfest bottle as shown on the brewery website, purchased as a single at the Vintage Cellar. My first Festbier of the season. Pours a clear and glowing copper amber body with a khaki head that rises one finger. Good retention before falling into profuse patchy and sticky lace. Munich malt aroma has notes of molasses, maple syrup, and toffee. Spicy floral hops back up the sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel has a light medium body with appropriate medium carbonation. Taste is dominated by the same maltiness noted in the aroma. Munichesque notes of toffee, molasses, caramel, and a definite hint of maple syrup. Restrained, but adequate, presence of floral and spicy German hops. Very tasty, but heavyhanded with the sweet Munich malts. Just a bit too sweet for good drinkability.

Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this case at the Beer Mart. I drank it in a pilsner glass. No date on the case, which pisses me off. The bottles have expiry date on them (1/2/06), but in Pa. you usually gotta buy a case. Date on the case, please!

Pours a beautiful orange/amber with a 1/2 finger head of beige colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with decent lacing on the glass. Looks pretty well carbonated.

Aroma is delicate bready malt, not even slightly fruity, with a gentle hop spiciness. Smells slightly toasty sweet.

Flavor is delicate toasted doughy malts, an easy hop bitterness, and a kiss of spicy hops. The flavors in this are all soft, clean, and delicious. Aftertaste is so clean and malty and nice!

Mouthfeel is smooth and malty. Perfect amount of residual sugar here. Carbonation is fairly soft. Finish is smooth and sweet.

I can't imagine a much better O'fest. The aroma and flavor are delicate but impressive; makes you want more! Highly recommended.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle,served in a SA glass.

Slightly hazy,medium amber with a 1" creamy white head,fair retention,good carbination,some tiny bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass,constiant flow of bubbles rising.

The aroma was on the faint side,toasty,sweet malt with some slight metallic,not offensive. A good bit of fruity esters,pear/peach.

Tasted like a German style,very tangy,earthy mineral tastes. Fruity tastes had a nice tartness to them. Some doughyness,toasty/nutty well balanced,finishes witha nice,crisp herbal grassyness that turned dry with a mouthwater bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

Light bodied compaired to most O-fest i've tried with a bit of grainyness. Pleasing,goes down smooth,a sessionable O-fest. Wish I had another. A very good beer overall.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a .5l fluted glass.

Pours a light amber color with a small white head. Nose is malty and sweet. It's got a light hoppiness to it but fairly muted.

Taste is crisp and creamy with a nice finish. It's got some toffee notes with a light hop presence. Very drinkable.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw yellow with a low wispy head that settles out quickly.

Low aroma of doughey malt and grassy notes.

Subtle flavors of delicate biscuit malt, toffee and cinnamon. Light lemon essence in the finish. Mild bitterness, good balance.

Even mouthfeel, full with moderate carbonation, finishes tingly. Tasty and drinkable, good representation of the style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This past Wednesday at Bocktown Eddie Stoudt came and hosted a tasting. So I have been blessed with draft versions of Stoudt's Pils, APA, and Oktobefest all weekend. Enough about my love for these PA breweries let's talk about this bottled festbier I'm about to crack open.

Pours with a copper body large off white head about two finger width and dwindles down at a slow and steady pace lacing forms in patches pretty evenly with each sip. Since the clarity of the beer is so nice you can see steady streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of my pint.

Aromatics provide mild toasted nut with sweet caramel accents with an even flow of Noble hops bring some spicy grassy, mild citrus, and herbal hop qualities to my senses. There's a somewhat metallic mineral edge with some fresh cut green apple tartness coming through just a bit.

Flavor equates to the reason why we call beer liquid bread. The roasted malt flavor packs enough hearty sweetness with mild toasted almonds and pure breadiness this beer has to offer. The balancing flavor with the mineral water crispness and spicy herbaceous hop character really make this beer the best O fest I've come across so far. Finishes with a tamed skunk herbal tone, grassy, with mild citrus peel hop flavor combo you can't really go wrong especially with ample bitterness to boot.

Medium bodied brew sturdy carbonation that tickles the throat with out being too heavy. Lingering hop bitterness really remains on the palate after the sweetness clears. A really soft velvety texture to it, kinda hard to describe.

By the liter, I can't wait until we get this back on tap the sixtel was gone in a day or two, while the pils didn't last much longer. The Stoudt's did us all justice when they brought all bottling back in house another example of why PA breweries kick ass in the lager categories. If you plan on picking some up grab more than a bottle this one is case worthy if your buying any Oktoberfests this season. For me this isn't a style I'm really crazy for but this one puts it together so well, it's incredible. That's comparing it to Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbrau, Great Lakes, Victory, Penn, Samuel Adams, and Weyerbacher versions that I've already tasted this year.
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Photo of FredTheSeal
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured with almost no head and no lacing at all. What head I saw was fizzy and dissipated immediately. Crysral clear light orange in color.

S - Spicy malt character followed by alcohol. Not as much malt and roasted aroma as other oktoberfests.

T - Tastes better than it smells. Malt: Light, Spicy, Biscuity/Grainy. Hops: A little hop bitterness in the end but that's it.

M - Light bodied and highly carbonated

D - It's a light, drinkable beer but not worth craft brew money in my opinion

Photo of JohnW
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Tanks Tap Room Tampa FL October 2006. Appearance medium dark, with fair head to start, though it dissipated quickly. The smell is slightly off putting at first, definate caramel, malty and hints of toasted grains as others have said, but also a strange musty aroma too. Taste reflects the caramel, malts and toasted grains, with fairly heavy texture, and light carbonation, though hints of a hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Taste is better than the initial aroma suggests. I enjoyed this, though would not class it as an really good example of an Oktoberfest beer, maybe for my taste a little drier and crisper aftertaste would have made it even better. Worth trying if you see it, though not sure how it compares on tap to that in the bottle.

JohnW (while in Tampa FL Oct 2006)
B'ham UK

Photo of Brenden
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber-copper in color, this beer has a bit of chill haze to it. It grows a compact tan head about a finger tall that sticks around as a foam after it drops and leaves some spotty lacing.
The aroma's maltier than the flavor, which gives more hops bitterness. It's earthy in all respects, and there's even a touch of funk in the nose. A hint of must remains in the aroma the entire way, though a flash of sulfur on the front drops off quickly. The flavor gets a little more vegetal with a green apple element and more of an herbal and floral hops bitterness to it, leading all the way into a leafy sort of finish.
The body is medium with a biting carbonation which leads to a pretty nice smoothness underneath that's dominated by a crispness that bites too harshly. It has the makings of something that could be good but is too heavily carbonated.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours light amber in color with a small, off white head. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Malty aroma, not much else though, relatively boring aroma.

T: Again, pretty boring. Some sweet malts and a biscuit flavor as well. No hop flavor, unmemorable.

M/D: On the thinner side, seemed watered down. Had high hopes for this beer, but it was a let down for me. Will reach for other beers in this style in the future.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stoudt's- Oktoberfest

Appearance- Light copper brown with a small soay head.
Smell- Very light caramle, brown sugar, and hay/ straw.
Taste- Caramel brown sugar malt with Saaz hop Pilsner flavor.
Mouthfeel- Very light and watery. Sweet and malty in the end.

Overall- Very disappointed with this one. Stoudt's is usually pretty solid but this years Oktoberfest seems to be dumbed down.

Photo of Stigs
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour at Double-Wide Grill, served in a standard pint glass

A - thin wisp of white foam flashes away almost instantly to some floating bubbles. the beer is crystal clear, bright orange in color.

S - very sweet, biscuity malts. lightly toasted malt aromas slowly creep in as it warms. kiss of grassy hops at the end.

T - biscuity and bready malts, touched with some honey sweetness. turns slightly bittering with a twinge of grasy hops and toasted malts.

M - thin bodied with lively but not overdone carbonation. very clean, with lingering malty sweetness.

D - pretty good, basic example of the style. refreshing and goes down pretty easy...wouldnt mind celebrating Oktoberfest with a few of these.

Photo of Magpie14
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: presentation good....nice light amber color with a little bit if a golden/copper tint to it. Head was thin and foamy, just shy of two fingers and left quickly and it laced my glass just at the top.

Smell: not much there in smell overall....a little toasted malt scent and a off smelling sweetness to it. Also just a touch of fruit and hops in their somewhere.

Taste/Mouthfeel: somewhat a bland taste. Malt does show through and slight bitter caramel flavor is present. A spicy hoppy flavor taste lingers in my mouth upon completion. This beer however is very smooth and is easily drinkable, perfect carbonation level.

One of the better American "oktoberfest's" beers I have had yet...but not great. I would recommend this beer to others and I plan on looking for other Stoudt beers!

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Total Wine on special. It's the 2010 release but I was desperate for a change from the watered down summer offerings so I figured $1 was a gamble I could afford for a taste of what the next few months have to offer.

Pours a dark straw color with a mountain of head overflowing the pint glass. There's very noticeable carbonation and great head retention. Smells malty and a little soapy. Taste is caramel and roasted malt, a little nutty, and smooth with very little hop bitterness. This beer is very carbonated lending to a lighter than expected mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm not all that impressed. This was OK. I hate to judge a Stoudts offering on only a single bottle. I'll buy one fresh and revisit.

Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Best Before 01/19/08

A- Pours an amber color with orange hues an a nice off-white head that possesses good lacing and retention.

S- Very nice malty aroma with toasted malt and caramel, and a slight metallic twang that is a bit distracting.

T- The taste like the aroma is dominated by the toasted malt with a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

D- This is a pretty good American produced Oktoberfest that is worth a shot.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd call this a nice American-style Oktoberfest in that this is a nice smooth lager, but the caramel malts have a roasted edge to them. There's a nice malty aroma and taste, but it lacks the subtlety of a great amber lager. Still, a solid beer and a decent example of the traditional American O-fest.

Photo of Stingray5
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pours fittingly orange, and looks suspiciously pumpkin-ish in my goblet. Thankfully no pumpkin taste. Well, maybe a little.. Fluffy large bubbled head settles to a nice ring. Sweet and spicy malt aroma leads to a creamy mouthful, low carbonation. Big malt taste with more spice. Very tasty. Addicting. I can't put it down for too long before I have to pick it up and drink more.

This is my second offering from Stoudts and I'm really impressed.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericwo for this!

Pours a nice amber color with a great head. Nice lacing, too.

Decent smell, a little thin, but sweet and style-apropriate.

Lots of sweet malts in here with some nice balance. One of the better American Octoberfests.

Nice carbonation, but a little thin in the mouth. Not bat, but not spectacular.

Good flavor and pretty drinkable. Not a bad brew.

Photo of ebby82
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber into a pint glass with very little head retention.

The aroma is very sweet. Sweet, bready malts, perhaps a bit of toffee.

The taste is quite sweet and malt forward. Toasty bread like malt. Little to no hop presence.

Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

A bit early for the Oktoberfests, but I could definitely drink lots of this in a few weeks. A very enjoyable brew.

Photo of zimm421
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a nice, clear copper color. Has a creamy off-white head. Good staying power, very little lacing.

Nose is pretty tame and laid-back. Some sweetness and a very slight spiciness. Overall, too muted on the nose. Taste is very sweet. Bready, caramel and toasted malts. Some spices again, and actually pretty well balanced. The taste is good, nose is just too muted.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, average carbonation, and leaves a good film on the inside of your mouth. Very drinkable. Overall, a good beer. A better than average Oktoberfest that is very refreshing and goes down smooth. Not worth seeking out, but glad I picked this up.

Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a nice, clear copper with a medium sized whitish head. Lacing clings for a little bit but then slowly dissipates off the sides. Aroma is fairly sweet with a touch of fruity hop bitterness.

Toasty sweet caramel dominates the taste but there's that citrusy hop character rearing it's head in the middle and lingering until the end. The mouthfull feels a little thin for a Marzen but is otherwise fine.

Stoudt's brings something a little different to the Marzen style with the hop bitterness of this guy, and I rather like it! Besides my issues with the body, I found this to be a rather tasty and easy drinking Octoberfest.

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Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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