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Oktober Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Oktober FestOktober Fest

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239 Reviews
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Reviews: 239
Hads: 446
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 239 | Hads: 446
Photo of crossovert
1.96/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of techdiver
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Mthom
2.52/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.  

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Drk93TT
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of diverdown11689
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of DNICE555
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of John_M
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.


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Photo of mdaschaf
2.75/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of DIM
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden amber in color. Probably should be called more amber than golden. The aroma is sweet, almost sticky sweet, and seems just a bit less inviting than other octoberfests I've had recently.

Sweet and tangy up front, followed by a bready taste that overwhelms the rest of the sip. I also feel this is less than medium bodied, but does have strong carbonation. It's not a bad beer, but in my opinion there are several better octoberfests out there that are more easily accessible.

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Photo of clint1019
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of danielharper
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Samp01
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BruChef
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of cabsandking
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mpyle
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jdskinns
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very interesting retro looking label on this one. Poured into my Geordie Schooner. Nice thick head on a dark copper base. Head lasted quite awhile. Aroma was malt-a-mania. Tons of malty sweetness both in the nose and in the mouth. Not much in the hops department. Just a regular basic malty Octoberfest. Would like to try on tap. My first from Stoudt's.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | 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 Halloween.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up during a recent visit to DC (Norm's Beer & Wine, Vienna, VA).

I would say that it is a very average version of this style. If you're a fan of Oktberfests I suppose it is a commendable example of the style, but I didn't find too much that was unique or extraordinarily redeemable in this beer.

It poured a nice copper color, smelled a bit of caramel, and was a somewhat pleasant caramel-cereal-ly in its flavor.

Not bad.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light, brass-hued body with a wispy, off-white head. Well, and I don't want to jump the gun too much on the review, but here's a little preview: the body seems a bit too light.

Smell: Mild, sweet treacle aroma with grains and some sourness.

Taste: To be truthful, the flavor is bland and fleeting. Faint sweet malts mix with a breadiness and a nearly indiscernible hop flavor all the way through to the peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body that's decidely watery. The lack of body is disappointing.

Drinkability: Light and simple. So, you know, that's cool, if that's your thing. Me, I'll stick to other examples of the style or, better yet, Stoudt's other beers.

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Photo of FredTheSeal
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
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

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Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.