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Oktober Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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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CHADMC3

Connecticut

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

A copper body rests beneath a foamy, white head that lingers for a while before giving way to a loose, bubbly lacing.

Aromas of German malt waft from the glass, just a bit toasted.

The flavor consists of the same German malt, backed by some hop character, but ending semi-sweet.

Medium in body and carbonation, this beer actually finishes a touch creamy.

Quite an enjoyable example of the style, plenty of flavor, traditional and all around good.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 01:12:10 | More by CHADMC3
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beergod1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a "Cider" color, creamy white head. Good head retention, with some lacing. The aroma was weak consisting of caramel, and sweet toffee. Taste had mainly caramel and toffee. It was a little bitter at times but well done. Nice subtle cocoa notes on the finish. One of the better Oktoberfests I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 00:02:37 | More by beergod1
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 17:55:49 | More by jlindros
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beer2day

North Carolina

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

Caramel gold color. One finger light cream head. No retention. No lacing.

Straw nose with grapes and lemon. Nice and malty.

Bright hit with lemon. Malty, chewy middle with lots of body. Surprisingly sweet. Crisp finish. Dry, but sweet.

Nice session drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 01:44:59 | More by beer2day
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark golden orange color. Two finger white head has amazingly long retention. Ringing lacing left on the sides of the glass as I drink this one down.

S- Sweet bready caramel malts overlay everything in the aroma. A light toasted malt as well. Some grassy earthy hops in the tailend are almost undetectable...a nice clean smelling beer.

T- Taste follows the aroma perfect. A fantastic Oktoberfest beer...the perfect amount of everything in the taste. Wow!

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light caramel malts linger on the palate and long into the aftertaste. Alcohol is lightly drying on the palate. Flavors are blended so well for the style and well most beers.

D- This was a nice drinkable beer that I almost wish they made year round. I would be trading for this all the time if that was the case. A great drinking beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 01:14:37 | More by alleykatking
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours crystal clear, somewhere between dark gold and pale copper, with a solid three finger white, fluffy head with excellent retention. Delicate lacing left on the sides of the glass as the beer recedes.

Nose is light - bready sweet malt, just a hint of toast, just a bit of grassy hops coming through. Very nice aroma, spot on for what I look for.

Taste is excellent as well. A bit dry, the lightly bready body with just a touch of caramel is the perfect foil for the nice layer of grassy hops on top. Finish carries just a kiss of bitterness. Excellent, and quite fresh, example of exactly what I look for in an Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, beautifully carbonated with a light touch. Just a bit dry for the style.

Drinkability is phenomenal. Perfect balance, great flavor, excellent mouthfeel. Beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:48:37 | More by JohnQVegas
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domtronzero

California

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And yet another big thanks to pwoody11 (dude this guy seriously hooked me up!)

A - Clear copper orange with a big, frothy whitish head. Average lasting head retention.

S - Bready, toasty malts. Otherwise quite clean and simple.

F/M - Bready, toasty malts, slight pilsner malt sweetness. Medium low bitterness is just enough to help the beer finish clean, but the malts are still front stage. Medium body with medium high carbonation. Dry finish with a very clean aftertaste.

D - Excellent drinkability. Smooth and balanced, the aftertaste is clean and the full flavors make it a good drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 05:23:41 | More by domtronzero
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Octoberfest mug...

I'm revisiting this one since I was a bit under the weather when I first had it and I didn't do it justice that time.. Now that I'm back in the saddle I'm re-reviewing it as its a terrfic Octoberfest...

A tad lighter than most of the Marzens but still a nice deep golden with a frothy foamy head that sits atop the brew throughout... This looks really fresh...

Lovely bready aromas mingle with soft honey and nuances of the noble hops used...this has a wonderful aroma that brings to mind everything good about the style... Rich and inviting...

A deep sweet bready maltiness that is both smooth and delicious... The hops are bold and crisp and bring a nice bitterness to the finish here without going overboard...a great example of a Marzen in my opinion

I'm glad I revisited this one as its an elite Octoberfest in my opinion... Its fresh and loaded with a balanced rich maltiness and biting finish... Delicious..

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 21:58:35 | More by Tilley4
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a hotel tumbler. Amber colored lager, thin, fizzy white head rises and falls quickly.

Faintly sweet caramel malt aroma, with some grainy characteristics. Tastes grainy as well, a more earthy malt profile than what I'm used to with this style. Still interesting though. It dries out a bit in the finish which is also unexpected.

Seems a touch thin in the mouth, but comes across as tasty and highly drinkable. I measure my American O-fests against Samuel Adams and this one falls short.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:22:57 | More by ZimZamZoom
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JRed

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent orange with white bubbly head. Sweets smell of sugar, slight grains, cereal, honey, and some floral notes. Flavors of cereal, honey, floral notes, slight oranges and tang in the aftertaste. Light in body with light carbonation. A bland octoberfest worth trying but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 23:37:57 | More by JRed
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chaz410

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at the common market in charlotte, nc.
Pours a light amber-orange hued body with a light white head that disappears fairly quickly.
Smells of toasted barley, nutty notes and a little caramel with an obvious lager rounding finish.
Taste almost just as it smells. Heavier toasted malts and a little more caramel finish.
Very easy to drink with a nice mouthfeel that layers the tongue

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:33:14 | More by chaz410
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JMD

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear light amber with rocky off-white head. Light lacing down the glass.

S: Light aroma of bread, carmel and some spice. Faint hops as well.

T: Malty upfront. Carmel and sweetbread, with a light herbalness. Followed by big hop bite. Light grapefruit and lemon zest. The hop profile seems to be a little too pronounced for an Oktoberfest.

M: Light to medium bodied.

D: This is a good beer, but not a typical Oktoberfest. Way too hoppy compared to a traditional Marzen. In my opinion, the brewer pushed the enevelope a little too far, almost to the point where it no longer fits the style. That said, it's still enjoyable, but if you want something more traditional, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 23:10:30 | More by JMD
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle:

Fresh sample. Pours a deep amber orange lager in the glass. Sticky white cap lasts and laces well.

Aroma of baked bread, herbs and toast..very nice!

Great bready-toasty-nutty malts infront are played off with some substantial woody-herbal hopping....big finish...bready and yet drying.

good interpretation of the style

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 00:10:24 | More by pootz
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 13:37:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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diverdown11689

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 21:22:09 | More by diverdown11689
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pretty clear and copper in color... 1 fingers worth of head, that settles to a nice ring with little lacing.

S: I'm not getting alot... very toasty aroma, sweet malt, a little vanilla and some spice.

T: Very much on the sweet malt side with a nice touch of vanilla, nutmeg and other fall spices.... with a hint of cookies in the after taste... Not a lot or any hops to speak of.

M: Medium body & smooth, carbonation is perfect for the type.

D: Very good drink-ability. Good example of the Marzen style... I'd go for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 05:14:37 | More by mralphabet
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BruChef

New York

2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 17:10:46 | More by Slatetank
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DIM

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 13:09:08 | More by DIM
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a big dimpled mug. There is no noticeable freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has a deep rich golden body with visible carbonation and good clarity. A two finger thick and foamy white head sits on top. It slowly fades to a thin layer that hangs on well and some slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma is light and has a delicate light grain note with a slight hint of spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: It has a crisp pale biscuity malt with some light roasted notes as well. There is a mild sweetness from the malt and a nice equal balance of bitterness and leafy/grassy/spicy hop flavor notes. It finishes crisply with a slight balance towards the bitter hop side. The palate has a medium body with plenty of active carbonation.

Notes: Stoudts has an extremely drinkable crisp body and nice simple flavor that I could drink plenty of with some soft sour dough pretzels and mustard.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 02:09:39 | More by generallee
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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

Pour - Darker golden in color with some very good carbonation and a rich, fluffy off-white bed of foam resting on top.

Aroma - Burnt sugar, sour malt and a defined metallic lager yeast smell.

Taste - Very crisp and refreshing. This is more on par with the types of Oktoberfests that you'll find in Germany. Afterall, this is a lager and not an ale. Its a bit sweeter and maltier than your average lager and it most certainly fits the style guidelines better than many other American Oktoberfests. Easy drinking with a nice dry, subtle hop finish.

Overall - A very good example of an American brewery with German roots brewing up a very solid, traditional Oktoberfest. Very drinkable, crisp and delicious.

Would I buy more of it? - Yes, yes I would. I'd love to try it on tap at the brewery in Adamstown along with a big, fresh-from-the-oven, soft pretzel!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 04:22:43 | More by indiapaleale
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Pours a golden amber color, 1 finger of frothy white head, minimal retention, ok lacing. Smell is of roasted and sweet malts and a faint spicing and hoppy background, nice to see some of the toasty whiffs in there. Taste is a a balanced profile of sweet and roasted malts, like the smell there is a faint spice and hoppy finnish. Medium bodied, slightly chewy, good carbonation. Good representation of the style with a little more dark roasted malts than others.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 14:12:18 | More by rfgetz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 21:18:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint glass. No date or info. Thanks to NeroFiddled for this one!

A - The bubbly honeyed golden amber color is brilliantly clear accented by a small but sustained white head. A collar of lacing is left on the glass.

S - The aroma starts with a light toasty malt nose with a subtle caramel hint to it and finishes off with a clean and crisp, possibly noble, hop aroma that's lightly floral. The nose is delicate but not necessarily weak.

T - The flavor is an ever-changing amalgam in the mouth. Starting malty, it's got a light caramel-like sweetness to it that quickly changes to a hop crisp bitterness and back to a toasty and nutty, earthy malt with a hint of wood. Complex and tasty for an oktoberfest.

M - The initial sweetness is washed clean by the lightly bitter hops. Medium-bodied and crisp, it finishes dry with a carbonation kick.

D - I enjoyed my first Stoudt's experience. Tasty and easily drinkable in Liter mugs, it's one of my more favorite oktoberfests this season. It has a complex and delicate malt and hop balance that doesn't beat you over the head. Goes down very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 02:56:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
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DNICE555

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:18:32 | More by DNICE555
Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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