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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 LeftyBWS
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of number1bum
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of John_M
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.


Photo of mountdew1
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of edskirk3
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

amber color with a white head and some lace. mild smell with a hop character and some nice nutty, malty notes. balanced taste with nutty, sweet (but not too sweet) malt, a little bread and some stinky german hops. medium big body for lager and smooth cream. easy drink. stoudt's

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This past Wednesday at Bocktown Eddie Stoudt came and hosted a tasting. So I have been blessed with draft versions of Stoudt's Pils, APA, and Oktobefest all weekend. Enough about my love for these PA breweries let's talk about this bottled festbier I'm about to crack open.

Pours with a copper body large off white head about two finger width and dwindles down at a slow and steady pace lacing forms in patches pretty evenly with each sip. Since the clarity of the beer is so nice you can see steady streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of my pint.

Aromatics provide mild toasted nut with sweet caramel accents with an even flow of Noble hops bring some spicy grassy, mild citrus, and herbal hop qualities to my senses. There's a somewhat metallic mineral edge with some fresh cut green apple tartness coming through just a bit.

Flavor equates to the reason why we call beer liquid bread. The roasted malt flavor packs enough hearty sweetness with mild toasted almonds and pure breadiness this beer has to offer. The balancing flavor with the mineral water crispness and spicy herbaceous hop character really make this beer the best O fest I've come across so far. Finishes with a tamed skunk herbal tone, grassy, with mild citrus peel hop flavor combo you can't really go wrong especially with ample bitterness to boot.

Medium bodied brew sturdy carbonation that tickles the throat with out being too heavy. Lingering hop bitterness really remains on the palate after the sweetness clears. A really soft velvety texture to it, kinda hard to describe.

By the liter, I can't wait until we get this back on tap the sixtel was gone in a day or two, while the pils didn't last much longer. The Stoudt's did us all justice when they brought all bottling back in house another example of why PA breweries kick ass in the lager categories. If you plan on picking some up grab more than a bottle this one is case worthy if your buying any Oktoberfests this season. For me this isn't a style I'm really crazy for but this one puts it together so well, it's incredible. That's comparing it to Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbrau, Great Lakes, Victory, Penn, Samuel Adams, and Weyerbacher versions that I've already tasted this year.

Photo of shertz
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated best by 12/24/07 into a Pint Glass. Drank on a cool(60's) & rainy day in August, almost October-like.

A- Orange in color with minimal head. Lots of tiny bubbles rise to the top.

S- Faint smells of malty prunes. Really not much here for the nose.

T- Loads of malts with some hints of spice and citrus. Has some orange hints also. Roasted nuts also stick out. Typical of style. Pretty sweet, nice.

M- Pretty good carbonation on this one. Pretty syrupy and thick with numbing alcohol at the finish. Enjoyable.

D- Very, very high. On this cool day, I'll be drinking more than one. Bring on some football, at least, games that count!! Another nice brew for a great brewery...Stoudt's.

Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, this beer is much better than last year's. Last year's batch was a little too sweet in my opinion. This pours a nice oft-brown color with a nice large head. Very nutty on the nose with some nice, bittering hops at the end, keeping the brew dry, which I love. Very malty and toasty, a nice interpretation of the style.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice dark orange head, creamy lace around the glasses. Malty smell offset by slight alcohol tendencies. Goes down really well, slightly sweet but offset by spice and warmth of subtle hop and alcohol. Smooth drinking, great for a warm-up in the Cold when the fall comes. Much bettter than other versions I've had, they stuck to the proper recipe and made it their own.

Photo of mpyle
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful clarity and a moderate, golden color. Creamy white head.

Clean, malty aroma. Generally very little to smell, appropriate to the style.

Taste is a bit malty, but somewhat lifeless. Malt is quickly countered by bittering hops and a dry finish. The dry bitter finish is a bit overdone - malt should have a bigger voice in a beer such as this one. Body and mouthfeel seemed a bit on the thin side.

I don't like the finishing sensation with this beer, and generally don't find enough else positive in it to balance out this negative.

Photo of Minkybut
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler at 50 degrees. Beer had a nice brown rich color and smelled yummy of nuts and pumpkin. Good head that oozed that smell right into your olfactory glands and made you want to gulp it right away. Beer was a great beer and like a bock to me. I will certainly purchase again.

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an attractive copper color with off-white puffy head. Modest lacing.
Smell is of dark fruit and roasted malt and very pleasant.
Taste is notable for roasted malt and some caramel and toffee flavors.
Finish is mainly sweetish malt, and is very refreshing.
Nice middle of the road Oktorberfest with great session drinkability.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has no drink by date and little or no info on the label. Pours a clear amber color with lots of rising bubbles. The head is a thin white that dissipates quickly to a thin crown, leaving specks of Belgian lace.

The aroma is citrusy with a hint of grapefruit. I detect some ginger and spiciness. The taste is similar with some spicy undertones followed by a small amount of hops on the backside of things. I detect some lemon peel and also some bitter metallic flavoring in there too.

The mouthfeel is tangy with a medium body. This is not a bad beer and it is certainly easy to drink.

Photo of alexgash
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright brassy-copper body, clean, with a small, loose, off-white head. Toasted caramel roll malts on the nose with spicy hops and light, sweet fruits. Toasted, grainy flavors up front. Turns to caramel and bread, with light cookie sweetness. Dry, fruitiness coupled with spicy, vegetal hops in the finish. Moderate body with a touch too much carbonation. Otherwise a fine, quaffable O-fest.

Photo of Phatz
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have always thought I really like Stoudt's Oktoberfest. The Fest Beer on tap was terrific but this seems to be more middle of the road for a craft Oktoberfest in the area. Last year I enjoyed it, as well as this year but in the tasting we did at our homebrew club we did a sided by size of 10 O-fests from the area and this one ... eh? much less flare than some f the others.

Appearance: Pours a copper amber color with a beige head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Malty grain aroma, with a hint caramel, apple and nuts.

Taste: Simple straight foreword cracker malt flavors with hints of caramel and grain.

Mouthfeel: The body is smooth and maybe a bit light but great for drinking.

Drinkability: Fall has the best session beers of any season in my opinion. I love the fest beers and this is no exception.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of JohnW
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of waughbrew
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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