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Oktober Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jakester on 08-20-2005)
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Photo of crossovert


1.98/5  rDev -45.3%

12 oz bottle. Best by: 1/20/12.

IT pours a light orange with a frothy whit head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

The smell is pretty poor. IT is cotton candy-like, smells like sugar, even like this odd ice cream smell.

The flavor is bland. There are some mild hops, water, and mild malt.

Terrible rendition of an oktoberfest.

09-14-2011 22:48:06 | More by crossovert
Photo of biercycle


2/5  rDev -44.8%

04-08-2012 23:04:34 | More by biercycle
Photo of techdiver


2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

This was a disappointment. Looked good with a light amber color, very modest head, but good carbonation. Initial impression was okay, just something I wouldn't want another of. After that it was all downhill, taste was dismal and left an alltogether unpleasant aftertaste.

09-28-2006 03:52:18 | More by techdiver
Photo of Zbeetleman


2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

07-10-2013 01:38:27 | More by Zbeetleman
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

09-06-2007 20:46:17 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Mthom


2.53/5  rDev -30.1%

After spending $8.99 for a six-pack, I was disappointed. Light in color and body, lacking any distinctive taste, surely not of the true marzen style. Taste mediocre, alcohol kick sorely missing, particularly for the style. Definitely a step down from other Stoudt's products.

10-07-2008 14:38:22 | More by Mthom
Photo of jmarsh123


2.55/5  rDev -29.6%

Pours a clearish amber/orange hue with a finger of foamy white head. Decent lacing down the glass.

Has the signature Oktoberfest smell although a bit muted on the malt compared to others.

Very malty up front, but a little too sweet and a different sweetness than the usual. Finishes a little astringent with some unpleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a tad light, but not detracting. Carb level good.

Not one of the better Oktoberfest out there. I usually like stuff from Stoudts, but this one needs to go back to the drawing board.

11-17-2011 22:43:46 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of corby112


2.58/5  rDev -28.7%

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy off-white head.  Decent retention only slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Slightly spicy aroma with sweet malt notes and faint hops.  Brown sugar and cinnamon with caramel, toffee and biscuit.  Kind of weak really.  All of these elements are subtle.  

Medium bodied with a prominent autumnal spice character up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish.  Slight crisp hop presence compliments the spices but doesn't overpower.  Not bitter.  Sweet malt backbone is kind of watered down with caramel toffee and nut.  Mediocre.  

10-24-2011 02:12:00 | More by corby112
Photo of diverdown11689


2.6/5  rDev -28.2%

Rather light orange/amber in color with a 1 finger white head, did not stay very long.

Smells bread like with some faint herbal hop.

Tastes like some grain and malt, mild sweetness, then a bunch of lingering herb like hops in the back that I don't like in this style. A little out of balance toward the bitterness IMO, but that could be for lack of malt flavor too.

Not super fizzy, just about right. Medium slick feeling in the mouth.

This is the last one out of the case I bought in October, if that's any clue as to how drinkable it is.

I know it's getting near the end of its fridge life, but this one let me down. Although, it seems to have smoothed out since the fall. I was hoping for a nice bready sweet Marzen, but it seems like we want to hop everything up beyond recognition these days.

02-24-2010 21:22:09 | More by diverdown11689
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2.68/5  rDev -26%

A: Poured a 1/2 finger head and quickly dissapated. Light copper brown leaves no lace

S: Malt and buscuity lingering smell here

T: Crisp, but not refreshing. Kind of a stale bread taste to me..

M: Bready taste, not much else going on... Average all around, a little too dry for the style in my opinion, little aftertast

O: A solid oktoberfest, but there are better options out there.

10-10-2012 02:32:34 | More by Drk93TT
Photo of DNICE555


2.68/5  rDev -26%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter
Im liking octoberfests/marzens less and less this season

A - Orangey yellowish... yeah I make up words. No head. No lacing

S - Yeast, rotten apples, and urine.

T - Malty, yeasty, definitley not my favorite from the style.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation.

D - Way too sweet and yeasty for me. I only had a 4oz snifter full and poured the rest down the drain.

10-16-2009 01:18:32 | More by DNICE555
Photo of John_M


2.7/5  rDev -25.4%

Stoudts focus seems to be on ales, so maybe it's not such a good idea for them to try to make a Marzen. Suffice it to say they just don't seem to be very good at it.

Had this on tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a brownish copper color with fair at best head retention and virtually no lacing. Frankly, the beer just looks as if it will be light and watery. I get pretty much nothing on the nose, just some light bitterness from the hops and a whiff of sweet malt. On the palate this beer tastes nothing like a German marzen. In fact, it sort of makes me think of a blend of a mediocre dunkel with a mediocre amber. The beer is pretty light and dry, with some bitterness in the finish. There's almost a burnt toast flavor to this beer.

I guess this is an attempt to make a hoppy version of a marzen. It's an interesting idea, except they didn't get the marzen part right. This beer is very light and watery, and is not very enjoyable to drink. The finish comes across as a bit short, and ultimately I just put the beer aside. There are too many other great beers in the world to waste my time with something like this. It's certainly not what I would call poison, but it just seems like a very weak effort from Stoudts, who typically make much better and more interesting beer.


10-01-2007 15:21:45 | More by John_M
Photo of mdaschaf


2.73/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

10-18-2010 13:10:31 | More by mdaschaf
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

01-20-2014 00:50:30 | More by Lehighace06
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

a: This was a pale, golden coppery color, one of the lighter O-fests I've seen. Not that I've seen that many. It poured with a large fluffy head that faded to moderate lace.

s: Mild overall, a little bread and cereal plus some apples and flowery, mineraly hops.

t: This wan't altogether "clean". Best before date of 3/21/10, so that wasn't the problem. Maybe it's not that isn't clean, surprisingly, I think this might be too hoppy. It starts off with flavors of very mild cereal that quickly give way to flowery bitterness. There is a nice toasty apple flavor at the finish. That bitterness in the middle is off-putting though.

m: Crisply carbonated, light bodied.

d: I don't often reach for O-fests, so maybe my assesment is off. This just seemed pretty far removed from what is tradtional for the style. That doesn't usualy matter much to me, but it did bother me with this one.

11-17-2009 13:09:08 | More by DIM
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

09-23-2013 02:43:14 | More by mikehillman
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

05-27-2013 04:54:09 | More by Giantspace
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2.83/5  rDev -21.8%

A - Medium Amber in color with a creamy colored frothy head.

S - Light malt aroma with a even lighter spice aroma.

T - Has a clean malt flavor and a slight hop spicyness.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Not that great of a beer. It just doesn't have much in the way of aroma or flavor. I thought maybe it was last years beer, but the best by date is 01/20/12. I definately won't be buying this game again.

08-25-2011 02:28:19 | More by clint1019
Photo of danielharper


2.83/5  rDev -21.8%

Appearance: Yellow-orange, transparent, with a thin white head that sticks around. Nice.

Smell: Sweet, malty, slightly nutty. Hints of yeast.

Taste: Syrupy sweetness up front with a bitter back-end. Harsh. Slightly cloying. Hints of yeast. Leaves a dry aftertaste. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with somewhat heavy carbonation.

Drinkability: A disappointing example of the style. I usually enjoy Stoudt's, but this Oktoberfest isn't one of my favorites.

09-26-2009 02:27:35 | More by danielharper
Photo of BruChef

New York

2.88/5  rDev -20.4%

Poured into one of those new sam adams beer glasses (love drinking out of this thing)

First thing i noticed even before opening the bottle was how easily i could see right through it. Low and behold as i poured it i could tell it was a little light in body and color compared to most oktoberfests' and marzens that i've enjoyed. Nice head, relatively quick to dissipate. Good Carbonation and lace. Smell was not very malty but more of rice/corn cereal like grains and hops,like macrobeer type quality. Flavor was mild in maltiness and what i feel to be over-hopped for an oktoberfest, almost making the lack of balance somewhat harsh.

Over all a decent session beer but not my favorite for an oktoberfest.

12-03-2009 00:20:09 | More by BruChef
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New Jersey

2.89/5  rDev -20.2%

Pours a clear orange amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste is of sweet lightly toasted barley. malt, yeast, light fruity notes with a bit of grassy notes.. Palate is a medium body with mild carbonation. Finish is sweet malt, yeast lightly toasted barley and grassy notes with some mild bitterness. Flavor and aroma are a bit weak. Overall an ok brew.

07-08-2013 01:56:09 | More by Samp01
Photo of mpyle


2.9/5  rDev -19.9%

Beautiful clarity and a moderate, golden color. Creamy white head.

Clean, malty aroma. Generally very little to smell, appropriate to the style.

Taste is a bit malty, but somewhat lifeless. Malt is quickly countered by bittering hops and a dry finish. The dry bitter finish is a bit overdone - malt should have a bigger voice in a beer such as this one. Body and mouthfeel seemed a bit on the thin side.

I don't like the finishing sensation with this beer, and generally don't find enough else positive in it to balance out this negative.

12-17-2006 01:33:27 | More by mpyle
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2.95/5  rDev -18.5%

Light copper with a half finger of white foam, slowly dissipates. Mild citrus, soft florals, slight esters and some honey malt notes. Lightly roasted malts, earthy at the beginning and soon after bitter hops take over adding a touch of pine and florals. Malt character displays a cereal grain up front and honey sweetness in the back. Citrus zest and a little metallic flavor become more apparent. Carbonation is high but manages a good creamy smoothness. The finish shows dry grains and some citrus pith.

10-31-2007 16:09:28 | More by cabsandking
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2.98/5  rDev -17.7%

Poured from a bottle. Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Yellow-orange transparent body, a little lighter than I expected. Smell was weak, a faint smell of spices and malts. Taste followed the smell, pretty thin and not a lot going on. Gets a little stronger as it warms up but still not much happening. Very drinkable beer though.

09-11-2009 04:34:40 | More by jdskinns
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-09-2012 01:33:12 | More by acurtis
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Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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