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Oktober Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 235
Hads: 429
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | 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 kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single head with little retention and some lacing on a clear golden amber body.

S: breads, barley, biscuits, lager yeast and earthy notes.

T: lots of bread, rye, earthy hops, toasted malts, light spice and barley. hint of pumpkin.

M: medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: this one is strong on the rye bread end. The flavor is very full and different but not really what I look for from the style. (409 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color. A light amount of carbonation is visible and there are lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are aromas of biscuit malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: Flavors of biscuity and grainy malts stand out in the overall taste; there is a mild amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't very difficult to drink. I would consider trying this again because it was an unusual interpretation of the style. (565 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a modest head that drops quickly and fails to stick

Smell: A dirty vegetal aroma, unfortunately

Taste: Despite the funky aroma, the beer opens with a malty graham cracker flavor; after the swallow, a slight bitterness kicks in but the overall flavor profile is on the malty side, as it should be

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although that aroma is pretty foul, the taste more than makes up for it; a decent Oktoberfest (510 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Oktoberfest isn't too bad the pour is nice. The head rises but didn't overflow, the color is a deep amber color. The head is cream colored. The aroma is slightly spicy with some good malts on the nose too. The flavor is pretty standard for most Marzen style, it's earthy with a little spice with some sweeter malts in the back. The mouthfeel is a little light on this brew. If it was a bit heavier it would have probably been better. (438 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Precisely midway between amber and orange, which is definitely on the lighter end of the Oktoberfest color scale. The highlights are bumblebee yellow and the head is two fingers of manila hued foam. No more than a few small scraplets of lace stick.

The nose is very lightly toasted, earthy and musky. Munich malt will do that, but this brew seems to favor the pale side of the malt seesaw. Saaz and Hallertau were used for aroma (Perle and Hallertau for bittering). A barely perceptable hoppiness is never a sin in a beer of this style.

Oktober Fest is nowhere near a classic version. It's lighter on malt-sweetness and heavier on hops-bitterness. That's true roughly half a year past the release date, so it must have been doubly true last fall. Even though I'm a hophead, I want an Oktoberfest to taste like an Oktoberfest and not like a hoppy amber lager.

More total malt, more mid-range malt (caramel would be good) and fewer hops are the suggested fixes. Flavors include lightly toasted white bread, cereal grains, tea leaves, bitter grasses and citrus zest. Does that sound like an O-fest to you? Me neither.

The mouthfeel is light as well. Big surprise. It doesn't quite reach watery on the back end and the bubbles are slightly too prickly for comfort. Not bad, but not better than average.

Stoudts knocks some beer out of the park. Unfortunately, Oktober Fest isn't one of them. Brewing outside the box is fine for some styles, but this one works better if it stays closer to the tried-and-true. (1,509 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (1,346 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber with a reddish hue. There is just under a finger of off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Malty and rather sweet. Hints of caramel, and cherry. Some bready notes in there as well.

Taste: Not as much sweetness as in the smell, but the malt sweetness is still there. Bready with some mild cherry and a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: There is nothing wrong with this beer, but it's very average. I don't think I would have another. (626 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitting up all the fall beers I missed last year. Stoudts makes some decent beers, despite that the name is really hard to spell, so here goes another.

A light very fizzy and airy head rises up to 1/2 a finger and fades at a medium pace over the brilliantly clear light amber honey orange color.

The nose comes on with sweet malts and lager aromas, some crisp lager and marzen like aromas, a light toasty and fruity smell. A faint aroma of light grassy and herbal hops, but they are overpowered by the nice marzen lager and toasty malt aromas.

Taste brings some bitterness right away, with a light grassy and herbal hop taste, and almost an orange peel bitterness but not quite. Also comes with some crisp marzen lager flavors, little fruit and wheat even, as well as toasty malts. THe malts a much more subtle and the hops seem to be the big player here, despite that the hop flavor is lighter than the bitterness. Too light on the malty flavors and overall flavors.

THe mouth is lighter with decent carbonation.

It finishes still somewhat bitter with more of the bittering hop, very little grassy and herbal hop flavors, somewhat dry but a faint sweetness remains. Some of the lager flavors also linger, with a bit of the sweet malt flavors and touch of fruit.

This is a pretty decent Oktoberfest. NIce crispness, nice malts and Marzen lager flavors and aromas, some nice grassy hop additions. THe flavor comes a little light for me, but overall nice. No off flavors either so they did a good job lagering. (1,514 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is caramelized malts, grain, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts is very bready up front with flavors of grain and hearty malts. Then there's a mild sweetness that comes in from flavors of caramel, spices and some fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sessionable O-fest to pound down for a long time. (727 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured chilled into a willybecker - 12oz with German tuba player words 'Oktoberfest' displayed in front of bavarian flag background

A - Light amber w/ great clarity and 2.5 inches of off white foam, the beer is attractive when held to the light w/ visible carbonation. The beading is fine and lace clings, but the head collapses quickly

S - A very pleasant maltiness in the aroma w/ bready yeast odors and mild sweet grainy aroma

M - A lighter bodied feel than most, w/ mild sweetness and crisp dry biscuit textures in the middle w/ moderate carbonation and slightly spicey hopped finish w/ clean overall feel

T - The taste is mild w/ gentle toasted malt and mild caramel munich malt tastes. The lager has slight bready yeast flavor and mild spiced hop accent, but the finish has a honey-like malt essence which adds to the toasted notes w/ a mild clean finish

D - A tasty fest w/ very smooth lager and excellent malt flavors w/ nice hop balance. A very good tasting marzen and worth having with traditional German foods
D - (1,029 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is slightly brownish amber. No head. Nose is almost like there is nothing there. Flavor is very leafy. I feel like someone put dried out leaves right in my beer. And the aftertaste is really staying with me. Nutty as well. Man. Talk about a fall time brew. Seeing as how I am in the middle of August, I feel like it might be a bit early to be having such a seasonal beer. Feel has a nice carbonation to it. Liquid is pretty well bodied. This is a very good beer. A nice example of the style. If you are interested in the style, definitely try this one out. Pretty interesting I have to say. (595 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
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 smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear brass colored pour. NO head and, understandably, no lace. The liquor looks great, but there are no bubbles coming up the glass.

Mild lighter pale malt aromas. No notable hop.

This is a surprisingly dry and hoppy beer for the style. It does have the crispness of well-made lager. Thinner body with high carbonation may be the only detraction. Good pale malt flavors.

Other than the body and the appearance, this is a nice marzen. The flavor is good with interesting differences that give this beer character. (524 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber with a white creamy head that leaves some broken rings of lacing.

The smell is of camelized grainy maltiness with a floral, earthy spicing.

The taste follows the nose - carmelized graininess with a balancing floral, earthy spicing in the balance.

The body thins a bit, with some wateriness showing through. It has lively, but not aggressive, carbonation.

A bit thin, but overall a nice, easy-drinking interpretation of a tradional O-fest. (461 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 2011 bottle straight from the brewery today. I was surprised to see this out a bit early this year, but apparently this comes out in August each year. 12 ounce poured into a tapered glass.

A: Golden rusty bronze, extremely clear body with a slightly off-white creamy, frothy head. A thin retention cap of foam is left on the surface, allowing the beer to give incredible lacing all over. For an Oktoberfest, this is an awesome looking beer.

S: Bready, doughy malts and grains are the focus. Some slight buttery hops come through, as well as a really distinct spice note. It might be clove or cinnamon, something along those lines. It's not overpowering but enough to give it a bit of complexity. Still, there's not too much to the nose.

T: Sweet caramel malt notes are blended fairly well with some faint toasted grains. More caramel comes through and seems to be a central theme throughout the palate. Ending is a dash of bitterness to take off the edge, as well as a hint of sweeter toffee. It's actually really good after the first couple sips. Perhaps my palate just wasn't ready for an Oktoberfest in July!

M: Well carbonated which could be reduced just a bit, but very smooth around the palate. Bubbly and a touch of creaminess from the head lasting throughout.

Having had this before, this is the first time I am giving it an honest review and truthfully, I don't remember it being this enjoyable. It's very true to the style, which Stoudt's seems to do quite well. I really look forward to this beer in the fall but it's still wonderful now. (1,560 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and bisquit malt scent. It's semi-sweet with a dry bisquity aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry, malty flavor that's full of pale and bisquit malts. There is a light sweetness to it. Other than that it's quite simple. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer , although there are plenty of better choices on the market. (532 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Copper in color with a bit of head that recedes to just around the edges. There is some lacing.

S. In the nose are malts, barley and roasted grain.

T. Starts off with a sweet malty note, definate roasted character comes through as well. Hops are herbal, tea like, and balance the beer quite well. Some caramel malt is noticed in the aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied, smooth, refreshing. Crisp. Highly carbonated.

D. A good session beer. Solid example of the style. Rates comparably to other Oktoberfests. (553 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.57/5  rDev -29.2%
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.   (671 characters)

Photo of John_M
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Disappointing. (1,310 characters)

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Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.