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Oktober Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of ffejherb
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

On tap at Stoudt's on 4/11/08.

A - Light caramel/copper-colored body with almost two fingers of creamy white head that left decent lacing around the glass. Moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Caramel and toffee sweetness, reminiscent of fresh cream, for some reason. Very sweet overall. Mild earthy hops, but very reserved.

T - Very sweet flavor with lots of caramel maltiness and some breadiness. Not much of a hop presence at all.

M - Medium body with syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Sweet on the tongue with only a mild bitterness in the finish.

D - Super easy to drink and representative of the Oktoberfest style.

ffejherb, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark gold hue. Brilliant clarity. Weak thin white head that has a pretty good stand.

S: Good malt aroma. As fitting with German lagers it is subdued though somewhat toasty. Some faint hop bitterness in the background.

T: Has a pretty good taste progression though for an Octoberfest is probably too assertively bitter throughout. The sweet malt character at the front end kind of gets masked by the bitterness. Finishes clean, dry, and not sweet.

MF: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Has a dry mouthfeel.

D, notes: Drinkable. Overly bitter for an Octoberfest. Nothing too exciting or noteworthy here.

Nipitato, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%

Red-to-red-orange body, good clarity, plenty of carbonation streams, all topped by three fingers of puffy off-white froth, which laces well.

Strong assertive aroma of fresh bread really sells the beer.

Sweeet malty start, featuring some semi-sweet chocolate. Sweetness yields gracefully and smoothly to the noble hops, which balance but never overcome. Toasty. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full but not heavy at all. Drinkability is excellent, as should be for the style.

Stoudts delivers another fine German lager, how they made their mark. One of the better US O'fests.

RonfromJersey, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

Nose is slightly brownish amber. No head. Nose is almost like there is nothing there. Flavor is very leafy. I feel like someone put dried out leaves right in my beer. And the aftertaste is really staying with me. Nutty as well. Man. Talk about a fall time brew. Seeing as how I am in the middle of August, I feel like it might be a bit early to be having such a seasonal beer. Feel has a nice carbonation to it. Liquid is pretty well bodied. This is a very good beer. A nice example of the style. If you are interested in the style, definitely try this one out. Pretty interesting I have to say.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Drewcifer
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a nice, mellow amber color with very small amount of white head, dissipating to leave a very tiny amount of lace.

Smell is earthy malt with a hint of sourdough.

The taste is just what the smell promises, a malty, bread-like flavor with a little bit of hops at the end. It is, however, a bit watered down, almost a little bland.

The mouthfeel is light, too light, a bit more watery than I had expected. Nice carbonation, though.

Drinkability is there, and overall, this is a pretty good beer, but not quite as dark or flavorful as I figured they would go far. Not a bad brew in the wide picture of things, but not quite the quality that I expect from Stoudt’s.

Drewcifer, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev +10.5%

12oz brown bottle,served in a SA glass.

Slightly hazy,medium amber with a 1" creamy white head,fair retention,good carbination,some tiny bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass,constiant flow of bubbles rising.

The aroma was on the faint side,toasty,sweet malt with some slight metallic,not offensive. A good bit of fruity esters,pear/peach.

Tasted like a German style,very tangy,earthy mineral tastes. Fruity tastes had a nice tartness to them. Some doughyness,toasty/nutty well balanced,finishes witha nice,crisp herbal grassyness that turned dry with a mouthwater bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

Light bodied compaired to most O-fest i've tried with a bit of grainyness. Pleasing,goes down smooth,a sessionable O-fest. Wish I had another. A very good beer overall.

jcdiflorio, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and bisquit malt scent. It's semi-sweet with a dry bisquity aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry, malty flavor that's full of pale and bisquit malts. There is a light sweetness to it. Other than that it's quite simple. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer , although there are plenty of better choices on the market.

WesWes, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Bottle courtesy of Riggsy, thanks again!

Pours a light, slightly hazy, gold color, with a small white head.

Aromas are a touch skunky, but not bad. Also a bit bready, and cereal like.

Beer tastes really crisp and clean. There is a very light bready flavor, some creamy malt flavors, and a bit of a sour taste. Finish has a floral and fruity hop bite, that is very crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very full and crisp.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice and easy to drink lager.

flexabull, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%

Light copper with a half finger of white foam, slowly dissipates. Mild citrus, soft florals, slight esters and some honey malt notes. Lightly roasted malts, earthy at the beginning and soon after bitter hops take over adding a touch of pine and florals. Malt character displays a cereal grain up front and honey sweetness in the back. Citrus zest and a little metallic flavor become more apparent. Carbonation is high but manages a good creamy smoothness. The finish shows dry grains and some citrus pith.

cabsandking, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of mnj21655
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass Best By 12/31/07

Pours a perfectly clear light copper in color with just shy of a finger of bone white head that leaves some decent lacing. Nice aroma, malty, namely Munich malts. No hop aroma, diacetyl, or esters. Flavor is definitely malt forward and fairly complex. There is some initial malty sweetness which is followed by some Munich/toasted malts. There is a pleasant hop bitterness that appears in the finish. Rather clean and crisp with just a bit of lingering bitterness. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Seems smooth and somewhat creamy but at times seems a bit slick in the finish. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer but seems more like a Vienna Lager than a marzen in appearance and body. This is an enjoyable fall seasonal that is certainly worth a try.

mnj21655, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +3%

Crystal clear brass colored pour. NO head and, understandably, no lace. The liquor looks great, but there are no bubbles coming up the glass.

Mild lighter pale malt aromas. No notable hop.

This is a surprisingly dry and hoppy beer for the style. It does have the crispness of well-made lager. Thinner body with high carbonation may be the only detraction. Good pale malt flavors.

Other than the body and the appearance, this is a nice marzen. The flavor is good with interesting differences that give this beer character.

smcolw, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of BravoTwo
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

A - poured a clear coppery color, with a medium sized off -white / tan head, with good carbonation. Overall very pleasing to look at

S - Malty, with a touch of hops in the nose but not much else.

T - Good smooth tasting american Oktoberfest, with a good lightly roasted caramel flavoring. Very faint hops flavor, that adds a little depth of interest to the brew.

M - Thinner than some other o-fests, but still good. Carbonation is spot on with a crisp feel.

D - Was talked into buying a case at the beer store, and am not disappointed. Not the strongest O-fest I have had, but easily drinkable and tasty. Easily sessionable, esp. in the cooler months (i.e. October)

BravoTwo, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a medium amber with bright gold highlights and a dusting of a head. Perfect clarity. Aromas of buttery amber malts and a touch of spiciness that I assume is hop-derived. On the palate, mild bitterness at the first, then things turn biscuity and a tad sweet. Balance remains, though, with some nicely scratchy hop notes asserting themselves as balance. Mouthfeel is quite smooth aside from the pleasant hop oils, while carbonation is spot-on for the style. This is a well done Oktoberfest Marzen beer. Good.

geexploitation, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

Cidery orange color. Appears light-bodied but also hazy. Full finger of bone-white head. The look clears up as it warms. Looks very thirst-quenching.

The smell is bitter but sweet/flowery malt. Topped by fresh, bitter hops. The flowery smell of the malt and the bitter hops are a good balance on the nose. Very leafy and autumnal.

The bitterness comes through in hops and malt, but is muted by the smoothness of the oily, fresh hops. Just a tad less fresh and smooth than a harvest ale. Spicy orange and even a hint of nutmeg? Quite a nice ale, indeed.

The feel is spicy on the tongue. Medium-bodied but milky as it warms up. Leaves a light, pleasant film. Overall it's really a terrific brew; a fresher, smoother version of the typical Oktoberfest.

williamherbert, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

12oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a nice, clear copper with a medium sized whitish head. Lacing clings for a little bit but then slowly dissipates off the sides. Aroma is fairly sweet with a touch of fruity hop bitterness.

Toasty sweet caramel dominates the taste but there's that citrusy hop character rearing it's head in the middle and lingering until the end. The mouthfull feels a little thin for a Marzen but is otherwise fine.

Stoudt's brings something a little different to the Marzen style with the hop bitterness of this guy, and I rather like it! Besides my issues with the body, I found this to be a rather tasty and easy drinking Octoberfest.

Kegatron, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

I'd call this a nice American-style Oktoberfest in that this is a nice smooth lager, but the caramel malts have a roasted edge to them. There's a nice malty aroma and taste, but it lacks the subtlety of a great amber lager. Still, a solid beer and a decent example of the traditional American O-fest.

tempest, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

The smooth, drinkable palate features a nice level of toasty character with some good caramel maltiness, but it’s a touch more watery than some of the other American Octoberfests with a slightly thinner mouthfeel as well. Still, it’s very tasty and I had no problem quaffing this one back.


arguemaniac, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Copper-orange in color, clearish and bright. Moderate amount of fast-rising carbonation visible. A very full, 2 inch thick layer of frothy/bubbly off-white head appears with the pour and does not want to go away at first. This leaves a ring of lacing at the top, but very little lacing later on.
S: Sweet and earthy malts at first, with some tinges of fruit. There's a noticeable hop character, as well, that is fairly citrusy; this becomes more prevalent as the beer warms.
T: Strong flavors of caramel and some earthy yet bitter malts lead the way. This leads into a slightly smoother malt flavor in the middle that still has a tiny citrus taste. The finish is rather smoky and woody.
M: Somewhat watery throughout, yet kinda chewy in the middle. The finish is drying and bitter, unexpected.
D: Reasonable but not great. Easy to drink this one down, but I probably won't reach for another.
Overall, a different kind of Oktoberfest beer to me. The taste is fine, not a great balance between malts/hops but certainly not bad. The mouthfeel is tough, though, with an off-key bitter tingling.

LeftyBWS, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

A-Appearance is almost exactly what I expect from a good Oktoberfest. Crystal clear pale(maybe a little too much on the pale side) nutty amber body that pours with a great 3 finger off-white foamy head. Head slowly subsides to 1/2 finger and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Lots of hop aroma almost overshadows the solid caramel malt backbone.

T- Solid caramel malt is upfront with accents of hop flavor. The hops really kick in for the finish and give a little bit of a crisp bite on the swallow then disappear. Lots of sweet caramel malt lingers.

M- Medium to low carbonation and thin, drinkable lager body.

D- This is a classic example of an O-fest but it has a little bit more of a hop bite. Despite low reviews, I really enjoyed this beer and I think it is a great example for the style. Its a tasty, drinkable German lager.

PittBeerGirl, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Part of NEPA BC split #8.

Pours a very pale amber, more golden color with good clarity and about two fingers of thin off-white head. Head recedes to a very thin lace and it leaves no stick whatsoever. This is quite a bit lighter looking than I'd expect in a marzen, and the head is pretty disappointing.

Smell is of toasted biscuit malt, grain and is slightly bready.

Taste is a lot like the smell but with some hop bitterness through the finish. Both the taste and smell are absent of much caramel malt sweetness at all. Subtle toasted flavor, but not as much as expected for the style. Mouthfeel is a bit thin although it's pretty easy drinking.

I bought a case of this last year and remember it being better than this. I don't know if it changed or if my memory is skewed, but this is an average oktoberfest. It's disappointing because I really like Stoudt's and was expecting better here. Maybe they just need to change the name back to Fest, because that doesn't imply that it's an oktoberfest, but rather just a fall seasonal. Or they need a subtitle that says it's not true to the style, because it really isn't. It's not a bad beer, but Stoud'ts can do so much better.

number1bum, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of John_M
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%

Stoudts focus seems to be on ales, so maybe it's not such a good idea for them to try to make a Marzen. Suffice it to say they just don't seem to be very good at it.

Had this on tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a brownish copper color with fair at best head retention and virtually no lacing. Frankly, the beer just looks as if it will be light and watery. I get pretty much nothing on the nose, just some light bitterness from the hops and a whiff of sweet malt. On the palate this beer tastes nothing like a German marzen. In fact, it sort of makes me think of a blend of a mediocre dunkel with a mediocre amber. The beer is pretty light and dry, with some bitterness in the finish. There's almost a burnt toast flavor to this beer.

I guess this is an attempt to make a hoppy version of a marzen. It's an interesting idea, except they didn't get the marzen part right. This beer is very light and watery, and is not very enjoyable to drink. The finish comes across as a bit short, and ultimately I just put the beer aside. There are too many other great beers in the world to waste my time with something like this. It's certainly not what I would call poison, but it just seems like a very weak effort from Stoudts, who typically make much better and more interesting beer.


John_M, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Color was a dark amber brown. Head was an off white foam that lingered around the edges. Aroma smelled like sweet dark bread. Tasted like a sweet oaty bread. Felt slighty carbonated in the mouth with a hint of bitterness. Fairly easy to drink, but not one I would drink many of at once.

mountdew1, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -17.1%

I picked this up during a recent visit to DC (Norm's Beer & Wine, Vienna, VA).

I would say that it is a very average version of this style. If you're a fan of Oktberfests I suppose it is a commendable example of the style, but I didn't find too much that was unique or extraordinarily redeemable in this beer.

It poured a nice copper color, smelled a bit of caramel, and was a somewhat pleasant caramel-cereal-ly in its flavor.

Not bad.

BeerBelcher, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of edskirk3
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Pouring from brown bottle to pint glass.

Lighter shade of amber than the 'Fests I've had this season. Medium-low carbonation. The head is a lighter shade as well and not as tightly beaded. More fluffy than creamy.

The aroma is there as far as the style is concerned. Very lightly toasted grains. Appetizing.

As with the other Oktoberfests I've been sampling lately, this example has its subtleties. Stoudt's has a certain tanginess to it. The grain is a bit more toasted and husky here. But it is nonetheless smooth and easy to drink.

edskirk3, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%

Stoudt's- Oktoberfest

Appearance- Light copper brown with a small soay head.
Smell- Very light caramle, brown sugar, and hay/ straw.
Taste- Caramel brown sugar malt with Saaz hop Pilsner flavor.
Mouthfeel- Very light and watery. Sweet and malty in the end.

Overall- Very disappointed with this one. Stoudt's is usually pretty solid but this years Oktoberfest seems to be dumbed down.

NJpadreFan, Sep 06, 2007
Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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