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Oktober Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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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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.

Cylinsier, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Malty nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is a mellow bready malt. Dry aftertaste. $1.67 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

jdhilt, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of danielharper
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Yellow-orange, transparent, with a thin white head that sticks around. Nice.

Smell: Sweet, malty, slightly nutty. Hints of yeast.

Taste: Syrupy sweetness up front with a bitter back-end. Harsh. Slightly cloying. Hints of yeast. Leaves a dry aftertaste. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with somewhat heavy carbonation.

Drinkability: A disappointing example of the style. I usually enjoy Stoudt's, but this Oktoberfest isn't one of my favorites.

danielharper, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of FatSean
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another wonderful lager from Stoudt's. This beer shares the biscuity/bready malt profile I loved in their Helles and Pilseners. A bit low on scent, but otherwise an excellent Oktoberfest: easy to drink!

It's even 5.0% which means I can enjoy a few more without getting too intoxicated. This sixer was $11.99 at my local good beer store, which seemed a bit steep. Other Stoudt's product (non-imperial/double) sell for $9.99. A bit expensive I felt, but still a good brew.

FatSean, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw yellow with a low wispy head that settles out quickly.

Low aroma of doughey malt and grassy notes.

Subtle flavors of delicate biscuit malt, toffee and cinnamon. Light lemon essence in the finish. Mild bitterness, good balance.

Even mouthfeel, full with moderate carbonation, finishes tingly. Tasty and drinkable, good representation of the style.

far333, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass...

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color with some decent bubbles from the carbonation, about a half inch of bubbly head that fades pretty quickly leaving behind a bit of sporadic lacing.

Smell: Not much here (though I admit I am a bit congested)...a bit of subdued sweetness with not much else.

Taste: Picks up a bit from the smell, crisp with a nice biscuity sweetness. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation leaves a bit of tingle on the palate. Easy drinking, goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Not a bad Marzen. Stoudts produces some quality, easy drinking brews and this one does not disappoint. I've had better Marzens, but this one is good and I would reach for it again.

krisandajt, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A disappointing Oktoberfest from a brewery that usually does German beers really well. Not bad by any stretch, but below average for the style. Granted, there isn't too much variation within the style.

Typical Oktoberfest malt tastes. A little bit of butter. No toasted flavors though. Some other flavor isn't meshing as well.

Again, just alright.

GeoffFromSJ, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/gold/copper color with a thin one-finger head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is sweet and grainy with a touch of hops. Definitely seems right.

Taste is full of grainy, bready malt with a touch of hops. Not quite as sweet as I first perceived.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grainy malt and sweetness. Very nice.

Drinkable and worth a try. If you enjoy the style, you can't go wrong with this example. I'd love to drink it out of a glass boot.

Brad007, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of jdskinns
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Yellow-orange transparent body, a little lighter than I expected. Smell was weak, a faint smell of spices and malts. Taste followed the smell, pretty thin and not a lot going on. Gets a little stronger as it warms up but still not much happening. Very drinkable beer though.

jdskinns, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of atsprings
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.

atsprings, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- crisp, clear golden beer.

S- slightly toasty aroma, but mainly a cookie malt, almost like a vanilla or shortbread cookie.

T- crisp, with a notable presence of Nobel hops on top of a very mild, sweet malt. Swallow is clean and the aftertaste is very distinctly of cookies.

M- medium body, but with plenty of carbonation.

D- high. This style is meant to be drunk in good volume, and as a good example of the style, this beer is up to that task.

WalrusJockey, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of paulieatworld
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

alright, so my main beef is that most american breweries take alot of liberties when it comes to "oktoberfest" beers.

this one's pretty spot on for style. not too sweet, toasty malts and a slight bite (noble hops perhaps?). this may be my favorite american oktoberfest beer. goes down super easy like and oktoberfest beer should. has some really nice subtle nuances for a low abv beer. my only stroke against it, is that it is slightly over carbonated for the style. but that being said, this is a marked improvement in the domestic oktoberfest line.

paulieatworld, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of hellbilly
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bottle BB 12/05/08 via machfive55...

a brilliant clear copper pour with a soft foamy white head and a few rings of lace left behind.

smells like a rather average maerzen... caramel-y and malty with pumpkin pie spice and a faint earthy hoppiness.

the flavor is pretty much the same plus some woodiness and a very mild bitterness on the finish which lingers into the aftertaste. bland...it tastes a little like it's been watered down?... medium body also feels like it's on the watery side. 5/3/5/2.5/13/2.9

hellbilly, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear and fizzy amber-yellow with two fingers of frothy beige head.

Aroma of sweet malts, roasted grains, soap, and floral hops.

This has the taste of a mild Oktoberfest brew with lightly toasted malts, caramel, and grain. Finishes with subtle hoppiness.

Light-to-medium bodied, crisp and dry, with moderate carbonation.

A very sessionable Oktoberfest from Stoudts but a bit too light for my tastes.

Monkeyknife, Jan 12, 2009
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.

Gilgemesh, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of AltBock
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a blue and white checkerboard patterned label. On this checkerboard is a fat oompa band member with his tuba in one hand and a big stein of beer in the other. I even think he was wearing wooden clogs. I honestly don't know how they do it. This oompa band member is hovering over a picture of the Stoudt's brewery like he's going to go Godzilla over the brewery. Stamped onto the neck of the bottle should be a best before date. Mine was best before 1/23/2008.

I had to pour this beer into my Stoudt's pint glass. There was no other choice. This Oktoberfest poured a clear honey amber with a thin and fizzy head of bubbles. It wasn't foam, just a bunch of bubbles. These bubbles quickly fizzled away into nothing. It didn't bother to leave behind any lace or rings. It was sad to see a Stoudt's beer like thins. The color was good, but the head needs a little work.

The aroma was simply toasted with toasted caramel malts, a spatter of juicy fruits, a tiny hint of wild flowers, and a subtle touch of yeast. It was just a plain and simple Oktoberfest aroma. Nothing more than that.

The taste was pretty much the same as the aroma, simply toasted. It started off with some lightly toasted caramel malts and then the taste went directly into the crispy floral hops. There wasn't anything in between the malts or hops. Simply put, the taste was just malts and hops.

This was a crispy light bodied beer with an aftertaste of toasted caramel malts and crispy floral hops.

It was an easy drinking Oktoberfest, but there wasn't much to it. I don't expect much out of a Oktoberfest, but a little more of anything would have been nice. Would I drink it again? I might because I like Stoudt's. Not one of their best beers, but at least it's drinkable. If you like crispy German style Lagers, then you should probably try this one.

AltBock, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Octoberfest pours a light orange with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mild, malty and a touch sweet. The flavor is also malty, with a biscuit like flavor. There is a bit of noticeable hops that balance out the flavor. Decent, worth a try.

Drew966, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Phillyduke
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz NR poured into a SA glass. Beer is crystal clear and a bright amber orange with loads of active carbonation. A small head of foam recedes to a thin cap with some wispy lacing.

S: Lager yeastiness dominates the nose initially, then gives way to hints of roasted grains and a malty sweetness.

T/M: Not as malt-forward as I would have expected for the style. The sweet malt backbone is somewhat understated compared to the noble hop bite and bitter finish. There's some spiciness in there as well. Overall taste is crisp and clean, with a tingle from the tight carbonation.

D/O: An easy-to-drink, yet rather tame interpretation of the style. A nice, year-round lager with a good balance between malt and hop, but there are better, bolder American Märzens out there.

Phillyduke, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of eagles22
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance of this Ofest is amazing a 2finger white creamy head that last through the beer and also the lacing is very cool all the way down to the last sip. and the color is copper orange

Smell: i get jus a alittle bite of malts and roasted malts and also carmel

Taste: for an Ofest beer it is very light..but it does not disappoint its start out with a little bite of a bit but the ends sweet and smooth

Mouthfeel: is very nice ..leaves you wanting more and more of this beer

Drinkability: is awesome you can drink this beer all day and night its a great ofest beer

eagles22, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured a clear amber color with a nice white/slightly off-white head that disappeared too quickly.

S: The beer gave off a nice aroma. A little sweet, hoppy and probably more malty and grainy than anything else, but the combination was really well done.

T: The taste is malt with some hops mixed in and some grains as well. Follows the nose well. I think that I might have gotten some carmel or toffee as well, but it was very secondary.

M/D: The carbonation may have been a little high, but it did not really detract from the beer. It was crisp, smooth, dry and left a nice aftertaste. The six-pack was gone quickly. This one will be a staple this fall season.

PhillyStyle, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Buggies
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with a finger with head that disappeared quickly.

S: Mostly of floral hops with a little malt

T: Starts out with a nice malt taste. Nice crisp mouthful. It finishes nicely with hops. It seemed pretty well balance to me.

Very nice drinkable beer. There are plenty of ofests out there that are much better. But this one is very simple and drinkable. Would make a nice session beer.

Buggies, Nov 05, 2008
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.

HopDerek, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright, clear amber color with a nice white head which left a fair amount of carbonation down the sides of my glass.

S- Smells of sweet and caramel malts, also a little bready, could pick up some floral hops as well.

T- Follows the nose here. Tons of malts, along with graininess and finishing with floral hops.
Has a pretty good balance with it.

M- Rather lighter than I expected other than that it was pretty much right on.

D- Pretty much middle of the road. Its easy to drink I just think there are better examples of the style.

nrbw23, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- pours a light orange color with minimal head. A light spiderweb lacing but nothing to get excited about. Also some yellow highlights in the beer as well.

S- clove and nutmeg. Cereal grains and caramel malts. Some grassy/earthy undertones round it out quite nicely.

T- Sweet and sugary caramel toasted malts. Some clove and other spicy spices as well. Earthy hops can be found in the aftertaste which is a very nice complement to the malts.

M- dry and bittersweet. Full bodied but not filling as an oktoberfest would be.

D- good beer and a nice session brew. A sixer would be perfect for the hockey game.

Dodo2step, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No obvious freshness date.

A: Clear, slightly orange lager with healthy foamy 1-2 finger head with one rim of undulating lacing.

S: Mostly caramel and crystal malts, some cereal grains, and leafy noble hops; a bit light overall.

T: Full-flavored marzen which improves with a bit of warming, and it is certainly more sweet than bitter or spicy. Some initial graininess gives way to a lot of sweet crystal, caramel, and Munich malts which are front and center with a mild hops snap in the finish with a lot of dryness with a bit of a mineral edge.

M: Could have a bit fuller body but all in all is good with active carbonation and a pleasant sweet malt and dry aftertaste.

D: An admirable offering in the Oktoberfest style, but in the middle of the pack when the whole package is considered.

argock, Oct 22, 2008
Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.