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Oktober Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%

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 Darkmagus82


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

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a copper-orange colored beer with a nice one finger white head. The head faded rather fast to level a lighter amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of a toasted malt with hints of some caramel and lightly earthy and herbal hop aroma. Overall it was rather light, but nice none the less.

Taste – The flavor begins of roasted malt with a sweet caramel taste. The caramel fades slightly toward the middle of the taste as some hop flavors of a more earthy nature greet the tongue. Toward the end the caramel comes back a bit and with an added arrival of a increase in the roasted flavors, to produce a lightly hopped and roasted smooth finish.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the smoother side with an average body creaminess and a average carbonation level. Good and drinkable for the style

Overall –Overall a very easy drinking brew with a nice flavor blend. Give it a go if you have a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2012 19:22:44 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Merkur


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an orange/amber color.

The smell is very malty.

The taste is very malty on the front, but finishes with almost no flavor. Very clean and almost crisp finish.

This beer is very light and sessionable. Not a bad Oktoberfest, but not very complex either.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 01:22:47 | More by Merkur
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass at the Flying Saucer in Columbia, SC

A: Clear light amber in color. Thin white head with minimal lacing.

S: Mainly bready, malty aromas. Some mild hops.

T&M: Biscuity and grainy malts are prominent. Some mild bitterness in the middle to end. Nice caramel malts up front that is balanced well with the hops. Light to medium bodied, clean and crisp but a slight bit watery on the palate.

Pretty much the same as the bottle. Slightly better.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 01:39:37 | More by cdizinno
Photo of zoso1967


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Oktoberfest is served up a bronze amber color, and is crystal clear with a nice white head. The head is a bit fleeting, and leaves only slight traces of lace on the glass.

The aroma of this beer strikes me as having much more toastyness than some of the other marzens that I've had this season. Perhaps that is more the result of what I perceive to be a lighter than normal malt character that is lacking that richness that I would expect in a beer like this. Grassy hops also make an appearance.

I find the flavor to be quite enjoyable. It is not as caramel malty sweet as some of the more classic examples, but it is definitely a malty brew with the toasted character from the nose also coming through in the flavor. This toastyness is accented by some noble hop character and a slight nuttiness. A bit different, but I really enjoy the flavor profile of this beer.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and it finishes fairly dry for style. The finish consist of a bit a spicy, astringent flavor and some grassy hops.

I drank quite a few of these at the German American Oktoberfest I was at, but that is mostly because the only other beers offered were Spaten. If they had offered a better authentic German marzen, I think I would have taken it over this, but it was still a darn tasty beer. It also went great with my massive sausage platter!

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 13:28:07 | More by zoso1967
Photo of Stigs


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 15:57:06 | More by Stigs
Photo of kingcrowing


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 00:25:17 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of Cylinsier


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap.

Pours a mild amber gold with white sudsy head that remains for a bit.

Smells malty and nutty with a hint of hops.

Tastes about the same, slightly sweet malts, a hint of hops and a nutty or grainy undertone.

Moutfeel isn't too full but by no means watery or thin. Mild carbonation.

Pretty good! Would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2009 14:05:43 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent eggshell head. Aroma is a decent amount of sweet malts and mild Earthy hops. The taste is more sweet malts with subdued Earthy hops. The beer is quite light crisp and refreshing, perfect for the first chilly day in NC in at least 3 months! This is a very respectable Oktoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2009 21:11:34 | More by atsprings
Photo of Gilgemesh


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, after a few issues with the keg and a bit too much CO2 I got everything right on the fifth pour.

A: Poured a clear amber with a slightly off-white head that disappeared fairly quickly.

S: Gave off a bit of an old sox aroma with hints of sweetness and hops. (Side note: I recently kicked the sixtel and the aroma of old sox never wore off)

T: A sweet malty flavor with understated hops. Good clean flavor with a smooth finish.

M: A very nice mouthfeel once I got the carbonation evened out. Crisp and clean.

A great seasonal brew for the price. 2 of these after a day of work was just about perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2009 14:20:47 | More by Gilgemesh
Photo of HopDerek


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

On tap at Stoudt's on 10/31

Poured a clear coppery amber color with thin offwhite head. Little retention and minimal lacing. Smells of toasted grain, caramel, earth, and spicy hops. Tastes of lightly toasted grainy malt, caramel, and bread crust, with a spicy and earthy hop finish. Medium in body and moderately high in carbonation. Grainy but smooth and buttery with a metallic finish. I'd give it a try again, but I wasn't much of a fan of this one this time around.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2008 23:27:19 | More by HopDerek
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I grabbed this one as I walked into Barleys last night as I had never had it before and I have been on a kick with these lately. Served right from the tap, into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/07/2008.

The pour was decent enough with a nice bright, orange amber color coming through right away. Nice carbonation came to the top of the glass and formed a nice little touch of wispy white head on top that quickly faded, leaving little to no side glass lace.

The aroma was rather light, simple bready malts, with a touch of an earthy hop nose. Nothing really sticking out here to me, separating it from the pack in any way. The flavor was more of the same. Just far too light to really make a difference one way or another. Hints of caramel, maybe a touch of biscuit like flavor in the middle, but this was mostly just light grain and bready malts, with no discernable direction to it. The feel was decent, but again far too light, lacking that little bit of extra push that defines the style. A session able marzen for sure, but the flavor just was no strong enough form e to really get a good grasp of it.

Overall not bad at all, though it was entirely forgettable. This will most certainly not go down in my list of favorites for the season by any means. It was just too little with not enough character. Oh well, onto the next one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2008 14:32:37 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of ffejherb


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stoudt's on 4/11/08.

A - Light caramel/copper-colored body with almost two fingers of creamy white head that left decent lacing around the glass. Moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Caramel and toffee sweetness, reminiscent of fresh cream, for some reason. Very sweet overall. Mild earthy hops, but very reserved.

T - Very sweet flavor with lots of caramel maltiness and some breadiness. Not much of a hop presence at all.

M - Medium body with syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Sweet on the tongue with only a mild bitterness in the finish.

D - Super easy to drink and representative of the Oktoberfest style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2008 19:14:16 | More by ffejherb
Photo of tempest


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2007 02:41:53 | More by tempest
Photo of johnmichaelsen


2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 15:21:45 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice dark orange head, creamy lace around the glasses. Malty smell offset by slight alcohol tendencies. Goes down really well, slightly sweet but offset by spice and warmth of subtle hop and alcohol. Smooth drinking, great for a warm-up in the Cold when the fall comes. Much bettter than other versions I've had, they stuck to the proper recipe and made it their own.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2007 22:44:40 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2006 13:43:35 | More by JohnW
Photo of goindownsouth


4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed vom Fass at Stoudt's on 08.20.05...

Much has been made about Stoudt's brews being moved entirely in-house. Let me just say this - very well done. Granted, when I had initially tried this brew, some almost 2 years ago, it left me disappointed and scratching my head. Truth be told, I believe this one is heading in the right direction.

The copper brew presented before me with a faint head at first, which left whisps of lace along the innards of the glass through its consumption.

Doughy, bready maltiness in the nose, but overly so. A nice touch of hops just for good measure to round things out.

Smooth, very smooth on the palate. The maltiness was controlled well, and the sprinkling of hops made its way in there as well.

Highly drinkable. Not overly rich like some Marzen's can be. Hardly a malt monster. This is just a very solid Oktoberfest.

Admittedly, I have had only imported Oktoberfests from Germany (having never had them from their respective sources). Nevertheless, I believe this is what an Oktoberfest should really be. A more-malty version of a Munich Helles lager, with a ton of drinkability.

Damn, damn fine. My advice - if you have tried this one before, seek it out and give it another try.

As an aside, I believe this brew, in particular, needs a new listing as "Oktoberfest" if for no other reason than the fact that Stoudt's has brought the brewing of this Bier completely in house (not to be confused with its contract brewed bastard of a counterpart, Stoudt's Fest). In addition, Stoudt's will not be offering the Oktoberfest all year 'round, as they did with the Fest. The Oktoberfest, as it was explained to me, will only be available during the appropriate fall months.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2005 21:52:13 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of IronLover


3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Autumn orange in color and very hazy. Poured with a short, rich foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet, bready malt aroma with a hint of floral hops beneath. Smooth, delicate feel with a tangy bite that accompanies the carbonation through the middle. Caramel and toasted malt flavors with delicate, earthy, floral hops benath. A bit of tangy, spicy bop bite near the end ushers in a clean finish with a light bready, toasted malt aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 00:41:04 | More by IronLover
Photo of Mikecap


3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear deep copper with a nice two finger head that fades quickly, leaving some decent white lacing on the sides of my glass.

Smell: Malt forward with caramel and amber malt coming to mind, a bit of a citrus and grassy note to it as well.

Taste: Bread, caramel, a bit of earth in there. Not a ton going on but solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bready texture and decent creaminess.

Overall: A pretty good oktoberfest style here from Stoudt's. Wouldn't go out of my way to drink it but this isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 19:47:44 | More by Mikecap
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler fill direct from the brewery, poured into a mug.

A- A beautifully clear copper, with a pillowly finger and a half of head. active carbonation. Very pretty

S- a very nice balance of caramel and bready malts, with an earthy hop as well.

T- Better than most of the American examples. Bready malts with a slight caramel tinge are balanced with an earthy/German hops. Not aggressively bitter, but just enough.

M- Nothing off-putting. Light to medium, fairly carbonated, and just a touch dry on the end.

O- This brew is much better on tap than out of the bottle. I love getting growler fills, but rarely buy a case of bottles.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2013 21:13:51 | More by JWU
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Oktober Fest has a thick, fluffy, off-white head, heavy, splotchy lacing, and a hazy, copper appearance with some streaming bubbles and a lot of suspended, tiny, white particles floating throughout. The aroma is sweet, toasty, bready, and caramel. Taste is similar, with even some hint of citrus in there. The hop bitterness is mild, but it does have enough presence to balance out the beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Stoudts Oktober Fest finishes dry, mellow, drinkable, and delicious. This is a wonderful beer, and I think you should check it out!


Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 16:21:18 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/8/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, bread, toast, toffee, floral, light citrus, and herbal hops. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of caramel, toast, bread, pear, apple, toffee, floral, light pepper, and herbal hops. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, toffee, bread, floral, and herbal hops on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malty flavors that are fairly robust; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest. Nice balance of fairly robust malty flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering; and nice example of the style as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:17:49 | More by superspak
Photo of chefhatt


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass, it has a orange color body with no head or lacing. The smell is of malts and that is all i detect. The taste has that nice malt flavor upfront followed by a little bit of sweetness. No hops are present. The mouth feel is good and overall a good marzen, not the best i have had but defently not the worst.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:22:48 | More by chefhatt
Photo of brewskifan55


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

Poured into a snifter

A: Neon orange with a half finger head that dissipates fast to big bubbles. Some lacing.

S: Citrus, floral. Light malts.

T: Malty, light hops. Sweet, pungent, earthy, smooth. Banana bread. A light hop finish; astringent.

M: Light to medium. Low carbonation.

O: A decent Oktoberfest. A bit more robust that some I've tried. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 15:45:37 | More by brewskifan55
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Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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