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Oktober Fest - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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 plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured a hazy deep copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice grainy malt with a flowery hop and mild honey sweetness.

The flavor consisted of a doughy caramel malt with a solid flowery hop presence and wildflower honey sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full.

Overall a unique tasting Octoberfest. Very nice floral hop. Very drinkable.

10-31-2006 02:16:32 | More by plaid75
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.2/5  rDev +16%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a O'Fest mug. The liquid is light copper with good carbonation. The Head is a nice 2 fingers and off white, with a slight lacing.

The smell is a spicy sweet lightly toasty caramel. Very nice.

The taste backs off just a tad, Very good toasty caramel taste.

The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation.

The drinkability is quite good, Very sessionable. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

10-24-2006 07:03:29 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

i'm working through my oktoberfest beers. this guy's got a nice amber hue with ample carbonation that keeps the head up top strong. it's creamy, interrupted by the occasional bubble

great hop aroma. meadowy and so appropriate with the german malts (i'm getting mostly pils). hops continue as an important roleplayer, as the flavor is full of them. it's lively and a great drinking beer

i was thirsty for a brew, so perhaps any beer would have tasted amazing right now, but this really hit the spot

10-24-2006 03:55:02 | More by bruachan
Photo of JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Had on tap at Tanks Tap Room Tampa FL October 2006. Appearance medium dark, with fair head to start, though it dissipated quickly. The smell is slightly off putting at first, definate caramel, malty and hints of toasted grains as others have said, but also a strange musty aroma too. Taste reflects the caramel, malts and toasted grains, with fairly heavy texture, and light carbonation, though hints of a hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Taste is better than the initial aroma suggests. I enjoyed this, though would not class it as an really good example of an Oktoberfest beer, maybe for my taste a little drier and crisper aftertaste would have made it even better. Worth trying if you see it, though not sure how it compares on tap to that in the bottle.

JohnW (while in Tampa FL Oct 2006)
B'ham UK

10-19-2006 13:43:35 | More by JohnW
Photo of waughbrew


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

Brought back fresh from the brewery by my in-laws. I had started to question whether this style had any merit or not, but this beer halted my growing resentment.

Clear deep gold to light amber, healthy head that stays for a little bit and laces. Fresh gooey dough malt and musty minerally hops greet the nostrils very politely. Soft and full, yet crisp on the tongue. A little bit of everything malt-wise - the crisp, husky pale malt, the toasted, the caramel, and even a hint of chocolate is there. That is all balanced by a very clear, firm bitterness.

By far the best octoberfest that I have had this year. This is a drinking beer with flavor. Recommended.

10-11-2006 22:23:15 | More by waughbrew
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%

While Stoudt's definitely makes some solid brews, I was weary that this one would fall into the trap of being essentially the same as a myriad of other craft Oktoberfests that come out each year. Luckily, this is not the case.

It pours a nice crisp orange colour with a thin head that leaves a slight mark or two on the glass but that's about it.

The aroma is sweet and chalky wit ha bit of malt thrown into the mix. Hints of caramel are definitely present along with a slight touch of hops.

The flavour is more of the same: there is a nice chalkiness to this one along with some sweetness from more hop presence than in the aroma. Malt is a bit more subdued although still present all around. Hints of toasted graininess are apparent as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied and nice and crisp.

I liked this one. It's one of the better Oktoberfests I've had in a while. Definitely worth a shot.

10-10-2006 02:57:51 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of AChamberlain


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date. It was colored a dark honey color and poured a thin but nice head.It was fairly light bodied and had a spicy flavor to it, which I quite enjoyed. Along with the spice flavor, malt was there and subtle. A very drinkable Oktoberfest selection.

10-07-2006 15:17:07 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of Magpie14


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Apperance: presentation good....nice light amber color with a little bit if a golden/copper tint to it. Head was thin and foamy, just shy of two fingers and left quickly and it laced my glass just at the top.

Smell: not much there in smell overall....a little toasted malt scent and a off smelling sweetness to it. Also just a touch of fruit and hops in their somewhere.

Taste/Mouthfeel: somewhat a bland taste. Malt does show through and slight bitter caramel flavor is present. A spicy hoppy flavor taste lingers in my mouth upon completion. This beer however is very smooth and is easily drinkable, perfect carbonation level.

One of the better American "oktoberfest's" beers I have had yet...but not great. I would recommend this beer to others and I plan on looking for other Stoudt beers!

10-02-2006 19:37:28 | More by Magpie14
Photo of techdiver


2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

This was a disappointment. Looked good with a light amber color, very modest head, but good carbonation. Initial impression was okay, just something I wouldn't want another of. After that it was all downhill, taste was dismal and left an alltogether unpleasant aftertaste.

09-28-2006 03:52:18 | More by techdiver
Photo of afdempse


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

This Oktoberfest is a great example of the style. Of the ones I've tried this year, this one hits closest to the mark of what I consider a great Marzen Oktoberfest. Plenty of body, good mouthfeel, and higher-than-average drinkability. Just the right amount of maltiness, and the hops are there, although not too present (right on style, IMO). And the aftertaste is nice and refreshing. Definitely the best Oktoberfest I've had this year.

09-28-2006 00:56:05 | More by afdempse
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3/5  rDev -17.1%

Appearance: Pours a light, brass-hued body with a wispy, off-white head. Well, and I don't want to jump the gun too much on the review, but here's a little preview: the body seems a bit too light.

Smell: Mild, sweet treacle aroma with grains and some sourness.

Taste: To be truthful, the flavor is bland and fleeting. Faint sweet malts mix with a breadiness and a nearly indiscernible hop flavor all the way through to the peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body that's decidely watery. The lack of body is disappointing.

Drinkability: Light and simple. So, you know, that's cool, if that's your thing. Me, I'll stick to other examples of the style or, better yet, Stoudt's other beers.

09-25-2006 01:28:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of cubedbee


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%

12 oz bottle, pours a gorgeous crystal clear copper with a nice white head that sticks around for a long while. Nose is caramel, grainy malt, and a slight vegetal note, nothing too impressive. The taste on the other hand is excellent, a nice full doughy malt, slightly nutty, with a nice gentle touch of hops to finish things out. So smooth and creamy, so delicious, so easy to drink. This is a suberb Oktoberfest, seek this one out if you can find it.

09-17-2006 20:10:01 | More by cubedbee
Photo of nortmand


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Honey amber pour, with a fluffy head that leaves very little lace.

Sulfury grassy caramel malts in the nose. Not bad, but smells a bit cheap.

Sweet and grainy up front, mellows into an inoffensive bittersweet caramel.

Low to medium bodied, this is a nice drinking beer. Not the best Oktoberfest, but surely worth looking for.

09-11-2006 22:09:54 | More by nortmand
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

12oz. bottle

Pours a beautiful copper color with ruby tones. Has a small creamy eggshell head that fades. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a slight fruity smell.

Taste of caramel malt upfront with a slight fruity taste. A mild hop flavor presents itself midway and it washes down rather clean and dry.

Medium body, low carbonation.

Overall a nice Oktoberfest and easy to drink.

09-05-2006 23:51:05 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a modest head that drops quickly and fails to stick

Smell: A dirty vegetal aroma, unfortunately

Taste: Despite the funky aroma, the beer opens with a malty graham cracker flavor; after the swallow, a slight bitterness kicks in but the overall flavor profile is on the malty side, as it should be

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although that aroma is pretty foul, the taste more than makes up for it; a decent Oktoberfest

08-24-2006 00:17:45 | More by brentk56
Photo of FenwaySquid


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with BBD printed on neck poured into an Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: Poured a deep reddish copper color. Head poured about one finger worth, creamy and tan colored. So far so good.

Aroma: Grainy malts mainly, with a fresh hoppy aroma in there as well.

Taste: Sweet and malty, along with some hop flavors similar to the smell.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, carbonation balanced very good.

Overall: Not great, but not horrible. Definitely not my favorite Oktoberfest brew. Worth a shot, but not anything I'd seek out. Oh well.

02-03-2006 01:47:50 | More by FenwaySquid
Photo of RBorsato


4.45/5  rDev +22.9%

Copper colored with a decent light beige head and nice carbonation. Nutty and grainy malt aromas dominate but with some hop character at the start. Nutty and grainy flavors are very nicely balanced. Light-medium bodied with a dry malty grain finish.

I very nice O-fest albeit a bit pricey...

I wonder if this is the same as the old "Stoudt's Fest" which won the following GABF medals: 1991 - Gold (Marzen-Oktoberfest) and
1992 - Gold (Marzen-Oktoberfest). I had the Fest in the past and seem to think this one is better than that was...

Best Before: 01/13/06 (lasered on neck) / '5252' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 12/21/05

($8.49 / 6-pack)

12-23-2005 18:22:13 | More by RBorsato
Photo of bjohnson


3.8/5  rDev +5%

A: Pours a clear copper with one finger white head evaporating to leave a slight film on top.
S: Smells of fall and leaves. But also some fruit too--caramelmalt is definately noticeable. Toasted grains in the background.
T: Tastes of sweet caramel malt and a bit of dark fruit---Love the taste of fall and leaves. Toasted grains have more of a role on the palate. Very crisp and smooth with a slightly bitter ending.
M & D: Definately a smooth beer, but for me, pretty much only drinkable in the fall, when it reflects the season.

12-03-2005 02:00:40 | More by bjohnson
Photo of mntlover


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a clear amber color with a decent size cream colored head spotty lace left behing.

Aroma is malty light toffee some apples mixed in nice floral hop aroma light herbal spiceiness, very nice smelling. Don't remember the others I had 2 months ago smelling as nice.

Taste is malt light fruitiness with some nice floral/herbal hops in the finish along with some light lingering toffee flavors. Taste is not bad not quite as crisp and refreshing as I enjoy but good.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium lightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability is good not the best Oktoberfest but not as bad as last years.

11-18-2005 20:24:27 | More by mntlover
Photo of jtell


3.15/5  rDev -13%

Beer poured a nice coppery color with lively carbonation and a thin head. Smell was fresh. Hard to describe. Nothing really jumping out as a dominating smell. Taste was the same. Tasted good but no distinguishing characteristics to set this beer apart from another. Mouthfeel was crisp and lively. Good carbonation. Overall this is an average beer. The only conisistent thought going through my head while I was drinking this was that it is fresh. Not impressed but not a bad beer. Would rather try another Oktoberfest than this one.

10-27-2005 20:21:50 | More by jtell
Photo of jaluria


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Translucent copper color with lacy white foam. The head is thick with a soapy, porous texture. Some malt aromas can be detected, but faint and not much else. Alcohol and malt flavors are up-front with a dry malt, medium-bodied aftertaste. Some bitterness in the aftertaste but flavorful. Overall, this was an enjoyable Oktoberfest beer from a very good brewery; definitely worth a try.

10-21-2005 14:58:51 | More by jaluria
Photo of santoslhalper


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

Best before 1/13/05

Appearence: Pours a nice, clear dark copper. It seems a bit dark for the style, but all-in-all acceptable. The head is frothy and off-white. Big bubbles flow up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Wonderful, earthy malts arise with a great bready, grainy smell that's dead on. Balance is supreme. Crisp and clean smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is bland. I don't know how else to put it. It's not bad tasting, it's just boring, and has nothing that you'd hope from the smell of it. The bready-ness of the smell has almost dissapeared, and turned into a cereal/corn type flavor. The aftertaste is border-line gross. The mouthfeel, on the other hand, is clean, crisp, and smooth.

Drinkability: This one has the potential to be a solid Oktoberfest beer, but unfourtunatly, it doesn't shine through like it should. It's not bad, but I'd rather go for a Sam Adams O-fest, and I never thought I'd have to choose SA over Stoudt's. Hmmm...

10-20-2005 02:56:20 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of Stingray5

New York

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

12oz pours fittingly orange, and looks suspiciously pumpkin-ish in my goblet. Thankfully no pumpkin taste. Well, maybe a little.. Fluffy large bubbled head settles to a nice ring. Sweet and spicy malt aroma leads to a creamy mouthful, low carbonation. Big malt taste with more spice. Very tasty. Addicting. I can't put it down for too long before I have to pick it up and drink more.

This is my second offering from Stoudts and I'm really impressed.

09-29-2005 02:30:20 | More by Stingray5
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

One of the better O'fests I have tried so far this year. Poured a (dare I say?) orange hed brown. No head and it appears almost flat. But I still really liked the color of this beer. Nose is quite pleasanlty of just slightly toasted malts.Taste is simple and straightforward. Not lots of anything. Just some pleasant toasted grains. Hops just barely register. This is how I see an Oktoberfest tasting in Germany. Easily drinkable with some good friends as you sit around the table and chat. Unfortunately, my only negative about this beer is that it is fairly flat in the mouth.

09-26-2005 00:19:58 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of veggiemafia


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

Expiration date on the bottle had been mostly rubbed off by the time i got to it, they need to use a better process for putting this on the bottles.

Really great beer, poured into a clear glass mug and looked about as pretty as a beer could. Very much a fall beer, pours the color of oak leaves come October. Orangey gold with a little bit of an off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly with a little bit of lacing.

Kind of a plain Jane smell, malty, refreshing, good hop note, with a little bit of a biscuity/yeasty thing going on.

Tastes great straight out of the fridge, but it really hides some of it's character. I'd say wait until it's spent at least 5 or 7 minutes out of the fridge before you start in on this one. Refreshing, but hearty, great for fall evenings like last night when I had mine. Once you let it get a little warmer, the finish comes out really well with a flavor like granny smith apples and a hop tartness that's not overdone at all, and doesn't overshadow the malty flavor at all. Great tasting beer.

Hearty feeling in your mouth, not too carbonated, really smooth. Consistency of fresh squeezed apple juice. Once again, great for fall evenings.

Drinkability is where this beer really shines. It's smooth and cool but hearty. It doesn't make you feel loaded down at all. I could definitely stand another. Will buy it again, may have people over for an evening of different brewery's Oktoberfests around mid-October, and this will definitely make an appearance.

09-20-2005 19:55:16 | More by veggiemafia
Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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