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Oktober Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | 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 argock
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of jackorain
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Amber waves of grain color with an off-white head with great retention and stick.

S- a liitle caramel-nut, yeasty with an earthy hop note at the end

T- Very similat to the nose only better, the earthy hops at th end carry a mild but long lasting bittenrness that is very nice.

M-medium body, medium carbonation

D-Quite possibly the best Oktobefest I'v had in 2008

Photo of scottg
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper color with very thin white head with light retention and no lacing. Lots of toasted and carmelized malt aromas that mix with noble hops. Again, toffee and caramel flavors with some vanilla mix nicely with a muted hoppy finish. Low carb, medium body, this is a clean refreshing beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Poured a light copper color with a thick dome of white carbonation which left a good amount of lace on the glass walls. Good clarity with a lively amount of carbonation.

S: Smells a bit on the spiced and fruity side, with just a hint of toasted caramel malt in the nose. A degree of floral bitterness is picked up too.

T: Taste is a little creamy at first, but quickly asserts a slight floral, fruity bitterness near mid palate before finishing with a clean, bready malt sweetness and what seemed to be a little hazelnut.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-balanced.

D: Despite being a rather mundane offering from the brewery, it's not a half bad marzen. A decent blend of flavors brought together by a sessionable ABV and smoothness make it a pretty drinkable brew.

I wasn't overwhelmed by the flavor of this marzen, but it's well balanced and really doesn't have any off flavors to speak of. You might be wise to pick up a different brewer's version, which is surprising given Stoudt's track record.

Photo of Mthom
2.52/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After spending $8.99 for a six-pack, I was disappointed. Light in color and body, lacking any distinctive taste, surely not of the true marzen style. Taste mediocre, alcohol kick sorely missing, particularly for the style. Definitely a step down from other Stoudt's products.

Photo of thain709
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The color is an orangish, copper color. A little too light for an Oktoberfest

S - I get a floral smell mixed with some citrus

T - The taste goes right along with the nose, flowers and fruit

M - Very light, but smooth, once again a little of an Oktoberfest, but is great tasting

D - Great drinkability, I think I'm going to grab a case before Oktoberfest if over.

Photo of BMoney575
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10-6-08
Best before 12-22-08

Pours a clear and light orange/amber, with a filmy white head and awesome, foamy lacing.

Smell is clean and almost imperceptible. Light malt, light hops, maybe a little rubbery.

Taste is much better than the smell, quite earthy with a pleasant back-of-the-tongue bitter hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is just right for an Oktober.

Drinkability is good, but the hops are surprising.

Overall, a good beer but too Americanized. Not sweet enough, and a little too hoppy.

Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Best Before 01/19/08

A- Pours an amber color with orange hues an a nice off-white head that possesses good lacing and retention.

S- Very nice malty aroma with toasted malt and caramel, and a slight metallic twang that is a bit distracting.

T- The taste like the aroma is dominated by the toasted malt with a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

D- This is a pretty good American produced Oktoberfest that is worth a shot.

Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper gold with a fluffy white head. Good retention and a very nice lace. Aroma is grainy and buttery. Body is light and carbonated. Taste has some nice spices up front with a rich bread and butter finish. Some hints of honey make this a really enjoyable brew!

Photo of philbe311
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Lively two finger off white head made of large bubbles... Rapid carbonation dances to the top... Pale golden copper color... Highly translucent... Seems to have a faint "glow" to it...

S - Grassy herbal spiciness... Malt... Hints of citrus... Very pleasant... Similar to, but yet different when compared to other Marzens...

T - Herbal spiciness followed by subtle malts... Mild hints of pepper and smoke on finish...

M - Light bodied... Slight carbonation... Silky smooth, but a little too thin for my liking...

D - Easy drinking, but slightly thin... Interesting interpretation on the genre... Good and interesting, but not great...

Bottle / Artwork - Blue and white diamond background is brought to life by a tubby tuba player in octoberfest gear... Great bottle...

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fan of the Stoudts line, but not to impressed with this one. Don't get me wrong its a good beer, but compared to the rest it didn't really fit in.

Poured a light brown color with no head. Smelled of light watery malts. The taste was a typical oktoberfest, some malts a spices. All around nothing wrong with it, but nothing stood out. I'll pass next time.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Golden amber in color. Thick head that doesn't retain all that well, but leaves lot of pathy lacing.

3.5 S: Herbal hops and spice. There is also something else that I can't put my finger on and it's a scent that is new to me, but isn't necessarily bad or good.

3.5 T: Sweet and grainy with a medium hop profile. A slight metalic taste toward end.

3.5 M: Not bad but nothing special. Smooth and good amount of carbonation.

3.5 D: Very drinkable in that it isn't overpowering, but it isn't anything special either.

I expected a lot more from Stoudts.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Day eleven of the München Oktoberfest has Pennsylvania's Stoudt's Brewery's seasonal Oktoberfest in tow.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a mug. Freshness date was clearly printed on the bottle.

Produced a clear, light golden-amber color with quickly-disappearing, rocky off-white head. Very little residue remains when the glass is empty.

Smelled of mild herbal hops and an unidentifiable off aroma that wasn't strong, but was detectable nonetheless.

Body was rather light, perhaps light-to-medium in consistency, with a bit of sweet, grainy malt flavors appearing briefly up front and being followed quickly with middling bitter hop flavors and a slight metallic note. Finished long, slightly sweet and dry.

A light, refreshing, drinkable brew, but none-too-impressive as far as Oktoberfests go. Low in alcohol for an Oktoberfest-Märzen, this would make a nice session beer, but lacks some of the proper character of the style.

Photo of treyrab
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad all of the Oktoberfests are arriving in State College. Picked this one up at Zeno's bottle shop to go. Poured it into my pint glass...

A: This pours extremely light for an Oktoberfestbier. Pale copper and slightly orange like a dark macro. Actually it looks like a Munich Helles lager to be more specific. It has a nice foamy head that quickly dissipates to a nice ring. There is some lacing here, but nothing noteworthy.

S: Smells very floral with German hops and a slice spice. The German hops are really what take over in the scent...also smells like a munich helles, not an Oktoberfest.

T: The taste is phenomenal with tons of German hops, pale cereal grains and a nice bitter finish. This does not have much spice at all in it. In fact if you told me there were no spices at all, I would believe you. It tastes like a good Munich Helles, with a nice hop bitterness.

Overall, this is a great, refreshing beer. It is not much in the category of Oktoberfests, but it is a great German style nonetheless!

Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a reddish-yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. Not much head, but decent lacing.

S: Had an aroma of malt more than anything. Kind of ill defined smell.

T: Malty, with some sugar elements. A little underwhelming and oddly off-putting. Not the most complex of tastes.

M: An OK amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this beer did nothing for me. There was something about the taste that didn't sit well with me.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a one finger, cream colored cap. OK retention with a slight bit of lace.

Caramel and sweet, toasted malt. A little muddled, not as clean as I would have hoped.

Sweet, burnt caramel with a solid hop bitterness on the finish.

Smooth, light-medium bodied, adequate carbonation.

There really aren't a lot of off flavors to slow you down. An easy drinker.

Photo of bosco7
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful copper color with a very large rocky head. Lacing is net like. Very nice.

Caramel, almond, mint, very mild spiciness, and some mild lemon in the nose.

Starts a little sweet with those nutty caramel like flavors behind the sweetness. After this there is a little acidity and lemony flavor. The finish is spicy and a bit minty with more of the caramel. Bitterness is balanced and cleanses the palate. Very solid.

Mouthfeel is very balanced and pleasant. This is yet another fantastic lager from Stoudts. All kinds of balance, flavor, and satisfaction. Highly recommended.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, light amber color with a light tan head that thinned to a ring, leaving spotty bits of lace.

S - sweet malt/caramel aroma.

T - sweet malty taste, a little bitterness on the finish.

F - light bodied, smooth carbonation feel.

D - the taste kind of grew on me as I neared the end of the glass and I would've had another if I would've bought more than 1 bottle.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color, with no head. Aromas that are earthy, and a bit cidery. Same in the taste, a bit cidery, but not big in a fruit presence, and dry. A clean aftertaste, somewhat refreshing. Prefect for a nice warm fall evening, I might have to get a case for Halloween.

Photo of david131
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A very nice copper colored liquid. Almost a hint of pink with a lot of streams of rising carbonation that gives way to a creamy white head. very appealing.

S- Toasted grain, kind of sweet and fruity.

T- Toasted grain- big time. A little fruity and sweet and a nice hop edge. Ever so slightly sour.

M- A nice carbonation level. A bit dry and thin.

D- A decent beer. Not my favorite or all oktoberfests, but enjoyable.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a clear effervescent coppery amber with creamy white head, about 3/8" thick, and light lacing on the glass as its finished.

Smell is light sweet malt and a hint of hops.

Taste is similar to the smell... lightly sweet malt upfront with a crisp hop finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is very good, I like this take on the classic Oktoberfest, another great beer from Stoudts.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light golden body, very translucent. Big fluffy offwhite head that doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Not a ton of odor. Mostly malts.

Biscuity malt up front followed by some sweet malts. Balanced out by some grassy/earthy hop flavors. Thin crisp mouthfeel.

Fairly drinkable, not bad for the style.

Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Super Saver Liquors in Somerville...
Stoudts usually produces top-notch brews, so I had rather high hopes for this Autumn seasonal...
Appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a ruddy, tawny, medium-orange, copper hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Excellent, true-to-the-style Oktoberfest aroma bursting with malts, amber, grains, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla...
Taste: Creamy, rich, thick flavor, strongly complementing the aroma... Strong malt backbone, hints of vanilla, caramel, copper thrown into the mix...
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-thick bodie dmouthfeel... Creamy and chewy with rich malts and a great level of drinkability...

Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.