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Oktober Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 235
Hads: 426
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | 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: 235 | Hads: 426
Photo of chefhatt
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light copper with good 1/4 inch white foam that holds. Laces. Lighter malty nose. Good malty base, very light. Sweetness, thinner mouthfeel - designed to be an easy drinbker. Quite sessionable. Touch cloying. Not a hop in sight. Good, not great. Though I had right after the Hooker Octoberfest, and this was clearly inferior to that one. (393 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, just a bit darker than Budweiser. Meh.

Faint smell of hops, very average. Nothing interesting about it, but nothing bad about it either.

Tastes sweet with a kiss of hops--not unpleasant, but it's nothing special.

Good mouthfeel--foamy, yet crisp. This is the best aspect of this beer.

It's a good standard Oktoberfest beer. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I will drink it. (397 characters)

Photo of Drk93TT
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a golden orange/brown color with a 1.5 finger head and thin lacing which lasts until the end.

The smell is sweet, carmel and sweet malts with a little orange and melon.

The taste follows the nose with sweet malts and carmel, a little orange followed by a grassy, earthy taste with light hop oil sticking to the tongue. Medium carbonation

The mouthfeel is a little oily and a little grassy.

Overall this is a pleasant beer to drink if you like a sweet beer. This is an easy drinking beer which would be good for a cool Autumn night. A few more hops to balance out the sweetness would be nice but I can not complain. (635 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (973 characters)

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 garuda
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper, nice white head that retains well with some lacing.

S/T - Bready, caramel malts give way to a noticeable noble hop finish. A tad bit astringent, though.

M - Medium to light in body, mostly dry on the finish, but has that touch of astringency that really shouldn't be there.

O - Overall its a nice marzen, mostly easy drinking like it should be. Much better ones out there, though. (401 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stoudts Oktober Fest pours a perfectly crystal clear light golden amber with an off white head that leaves a modest amount of foamy lacing.

The aroma surprisingly has quite a hop scent along with the malt background.

The taste is not exactly as I would expect from an Oktoberfest but good nonetheless. Hops are prominent and spicy with a lightly toasted bread background with a touch of caramel for the malts. There is a distinct grain flavor as well with a decent bitterness buffered by the malts.

Mouthfeel is on the medium side of light, though somewhat full bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

I'm always glad to get the chance to try a new Oktoberfest and Stoudts fits the bill though perhaps not quite true to style. I'll have to drink a few more before I decide where is ranks with other. (805 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-light amber with a thin white head

S-faint scent of barley and light honey.

T-comes in with a light and bitter taste of adjunct barley, light honey, alcohol, and a biscuity flavor. There's a slight happiness to it. Just okay

M-high carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-not as smooth an easy to drink as I like my Oktoberfest beers to be. It is okay though, just off for the style. (386 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a copper/amber color with a half inch thick head that dissipates after a minute. Has a nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Toasted malts, caramel, and earthy.

Taste - Has a very nice caramel flavor to it.. And is also very sweet with lightly toasted malts. Biscuits in the finish along with a subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - This is a very good Oktoberfest, compared to most.. (437 characters)

Photo of cpolking
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark orange, amber, copper in color. There is a three-quarter inch head of off-white to very light brown head that is thick, foamy and creamy and leaves layers of sticky lacing down the glass.

The aroma is malty, with a spicy, herbal, aromatic bitterness.

The taste is sweetly malty, caramel, toasted, with just enough bitterness to finish smooth and dry.

Not as flavorful as some Oktoberfests, but a very pleasant easy drinker.

Thanks to tone77 for this beer. (484 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear light orange color. A two-inch bubbly white head boasts great retention. Clumpy, spidery lacing clings everywhere. This beer looks great.

S: Sweet maltiness with a kiss of caramel melanoidin. Toasty grain. Hay and grassy hops. Exactly what the style should be: simple and pleasant.

T: No surprises here, it tastes exactly as it smells. Sweet malt and toasted grain up front. Touch of biscuit and more grainy flavors. Grassy hops and hay bring up the rear. Dries and finishes with hay and dry grain.

M: Light bodied. Well rounded with a light creamy texture and active carbonation that lifts and scrubs.

O: This is one Oktoberfest that I look forward to every year. Simple, tasty, and highly quaffable. A great example of the style; everything you're looking for is here. (840 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pint glass.

A: Clear, light brown pour with a finger of off-white head.

S: Figs, nuttiness, and a little butterscotch.

T: Overly-malted; strong caramel, toffee, and sweet fruitiness.

M: Medium body with medium-light carbonation.

O: A typical bastardization of a wonderful style by Stoudt's. (309 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear dark gold color with a redish hue. Great foamy white head and lace. A few bubbles.

S. Mild rye and lagerish scent.

T. The first taste is a wonderful explosion of cinnamon and space, perhaps some rye.

M. It has a crisp and refreshing taste.

O. Definitely one of the best Oktoberfests I've ever had. (312 characters)

Photo of Clowerweb
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by: 1/20/2012, so we're pretty much right on the freshness date.

A: Orange, slightly cloudy, golden at the bottom of the glass. 3 finger head was impressive at first, but had huge bubbles and faded quickly, leaving little lacing.

S: Sweet, tropical fruity, almost like pears and banana, very good nose, lighter notes of hops, but very sweet and fruity overall.

T: Starts with bitter citrus and hops, mid palate fruity, quickly dries up with some more bitter hops and possibly grapefruit.

M: Average - Slightly watery, light bodied, very dry, medium carbonation.

O: Eh, not great, not bad. It's almost like a watered down HopDevil or very mild Arrogant Bastard. There's not much to complain about, yet not much to love.

I wouldn't choose this beer over others that I would consider to be in the same class. It's got a great smell and above average taste, but the taste really isn't special for a craft beer, and the look and feel just aren't quite there for me. It's *almost* there, but its lack of unique character just doesn't help this beer make the cut. (1,111 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is malty and sweet like you'd expect from the style. Quite a bit of caramel with a toasty presence there as well. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste isn't quite as sweet as the aroma would let in. It is, in fact, predominantly malty with a caramel malt base, but it's actually tempered pretty decently. There's also a toasty-biscuit quality that comes afterwards. Small twinge of hop bitterness at the finish on the sides of the tongue but very, very minor as it should be.

Marzens generally go by the book and this isn't too much different than most. Not too sweet, but pleasantly so...a little biscuit differentiates it from some others. (647 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a reddish-orange hue with a thick, frothy, 2-finger, white head that lingers for awhile, leaves a great trail down the glass, and ends in solid lace.

S: Spicy malty aroma – with hints of citrus and honey an a earthy hop nose.

T: Slightly sweet and mildly bitter brew. Hints of caramel and biscuity backbone.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This is a really good oktoberfest – a little light on the flavor but very drinkable none the less. (520 characters)

Photo of jifigz
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: This beer pours the typical copper/malty brown that most Oktoberfests appear. The head was creamy white and disappeared rather fast.

S: I am picking up some sweet malts in the nose and that is about it. Maybe I'll drink this slowly to see if the aroma changes as it warms.

T: This tastes like, well, a Marzen. It is malty and bready with that slightly stale burnt taste that I seem to find in all Oktoberfests. The aftertaste is slightly bitter but mostly stale malty flavors.

M: The body of this beer is thin and watery. It would be an easy beer to quaff.

O: This isn't a bad Marzen, but it's not an overly good one. This is an average beer which I find rather surprising because I have praised some of Stoudt's other lagers. Obviously this is better than the Mickey's and Yuengling which slightly higher or similar marks from me, but based as an Oktoberfest it is lacking. This would be a good beer for a hot sausage sandwich on a nice fall day. (992 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 tone77
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some spices. Taste is rather mild, malts, a touch of spice, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I have had better Oktoberfest's. (282 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear, light copper/orange color with a finger of white head.

S-Herbal and spicy noble hops with some sweet, bready malts backing it all up.

T-Bitter, herbal hops upfront with a light malt backing.

M-Light bodied and well carbonated with a prickly and drying feel.

D-Not a bad beer, but I really would like a stronger malt presence on this one. (358 characters)

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