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Oktober Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 235
Hads: 428
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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Reviews: 235 | Hads: 428
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)

Photo of zimm421
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a nice, clear copper color. Has a creamy off-white head. Good staying power, very little lacing.

Nose is pretty tame and laid-back. Some sweetness and a very slight spiciness. Overall, too muted on the nose. Taste is very sweet. Bready, caramel and toasted malts. Some spices again, and actually pretty well balanced. The taste is good, nose is just too muted.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, average carbonation, and leaves a good film on the inside of your mouth. Very drinkable. Overall, a good beer. A better than average Oktoberfest that is very refreshing and goes down smooth. Not worth seeking out, but glad I picked this up. (685 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, bold gold with thin head an no lace. The aroma is caramel, nuts, and a hint of roasted malt. The flavor has notes of caramel, orange, and spice, mainly ginger. a tiny bit of root beer shows up in the finish. It's mouthfeel is medium-light. Stoudt's Oktober Fest is a good beer, dry and refreshing. A good example of the style. Recommended. (364 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Clear orange with a thin head that lingers.
S: Mostly bready malts with a hint of citrus from hops.
T: Similar to the nose with nondescript malt/hops.
M: Light but not unpleasant.
O: A nice beer for when you just want something simple that you don't have to over-analyze what you're drinking. (332 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 dorianmarley
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is golden, red orange. Frothy head with some lacing.

Nose is fresh, bright hops with a floral component, orange gummy, and yeast.

Taste is light and hoppy, unlike any other Oktoberfest I've tried. Not much malt or harvest taste at all, if any.

Mouthfeel is good carbonation and slightly creamy.

Overall, not true to style and lacks any striking traits. But, it is clean and easy to drink. (403 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy reddish-copper with a creamy ivory head that settles to a nice cap, leaving spotty lacing as it recedes.
S - Crisp, clean aromas of toasted pilsner malt, caramel, honey, and fruity German hops. Really nice.
T - Similar to the nose, sweet malt flavors of caramel and doughy bread, toast, and floral noble hops. One of the easiest-drinking Oktoberfests I've had in some time, this is a nice treat.
M - Smooth and slightly creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation.
O - One of the better American examples of the style I've had, this was a very nice surprise! (579 characters)

Photo of beep71
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, it has a nice 1/2 head that dissipates to a lace that follows down the beer. Really nice rich amber color. A malty smell with a very faint hint of fruitiness. Not as crisp as I prefer, but very drinkable. Overall, another nice beverage from Stoudts- I haven't been disappointed yet! (308 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10-6-11 - Purchased from Siciliano Bro's in Grand Rapids, MI.

A - Golden clear orange color. Frothy and creamy 1/2 inch of bubbly head that quickly dissipated. Not much retention and stick, but good initial suds.

S - Malty and clean. A faint fruity smell comes to the nose as you gather a few more breaths.

T - Very unique combination of flavors. It has a faint hint of dry maltiness, but also has a bit of a hoppy flavor that is enjoyable. It even has a little bit of a wheaty taste.

O - This is a respectable presentation of the fall classic, but definitely not a must have. I was expecting more out of this. (615 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly dark amber with a half inch of head that turns to a slightly sticky lace ring.

S - Slight caramel and toffee hints. Maybe some toasted bread notes. Very faint.

T - Slight bit of toasted malt and caramel like bread. Touches of toffee and a bit of herbal tea flavors.

M - Bit of medium bodied brew.

Overall it was a very decent Oktoberfest and very drinkable. Nice going Stoudts. (403 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear orange-tinted amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Some lacing.

S: Mild caramel malt and fruit. Some spice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light hop bitterness. Caramel malt. Tiny bit of spice. Somewhat toasty finish. Mild flavor overall.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and sort of thin, but good. Crisp.

O: The smell and flavor were a bit mild with this one. Overall not bad, but not great either. (528 characters)

Photo of Morey
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with 1/20/12 stamped on the neck of the bottle.

Pours amber in color with orange hues when held to the light. Off-white colored head stood about one finger tall following my medium pour. Only a thin layer remains after a few minutes of sipping/typing.

Nice malty aroma. A hint of caramel sweetness in there. On point.

Good amount of malt up front. Carbonation massages the tongue, but is on the mild side. Finish is a touch sweet with a trace of hop bitterness.

The initial malt flavor makes for a medium (almost full-bodied) mouthfeel on the front end of this one. It thins out towards the middle through the finish though. Fairly low carbonation.

One of the better Oktoberfest that I've had. Not the best, but not far behind.

Morey's Bottom Line: Super drinkable beer from a brewery that I have a bit of a soft spot for. Not quite as good as Great Lakes. It starts out that way, but it just doesn't finish like GLO does. (942 characters)

Photo of enfield249
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, orange, with golden highlights. Thin white foam head.

S - Very little aroma, but mostly some sweetness and light fruit smells, but overall pretty clean.

T - This is going to sound strange, but the first thought that came to my mind was "pie". It must be some strange mix of the grain flavor and sweetness. No particular fruit, mind, just a nice hearty maltiess.

M - Medium, decent CO2, but slightly creamy.

O - Pretty decent Oktoberfest. (452 characters)

Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of UDbeernut
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amberhue, foamy head with gobs of retention. bubbling carbonation. Nose is clean if not malty, taste is sweet, bready and finishes with light grass and flower. More balanced than many Marzens I've had. drinkable. A much fuller body than many marzens I've tried this year. Nice!! (278 characters)

Photo of crossovert
1.96/5  rDev -46%
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. (336 characters)

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