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Smooth Hoperator - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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455 Ratings
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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 30
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: leftmindedrighty on 05-05-2007

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Photo of AltBock
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with one of the coolest labels ever put on a Stoudt's bottle. This label depicts a 1970's era standing up right ram wearing a leisure suit, a gold chain that says "Smooth" around his neck and some black and white wing tip shoes. This "Smooth" ram is holding a pint glass and giving a wink to all the sexy ladies he sees in the disco. Behind the ram is not a disco ball, but a bunch of hop buds falling from the sky. It's a great picture! The only other stuff on the label is just the mandatory US information. You might find a best before date stamped on the neck of the bottle. Mine was smeared so I couldn't read what was on my bottle.

Appearance: When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, this Americanized Doppelbock was a very intriguing light cranberry red with some copper and orange mixed in with it. I've never seen a beer with this color before. I believe I came to close to what the color actually was. It was a bunch of colors mixed in together. Sitting on top of the mixed colored brew was a small 1/4 of an inch off white colored head of foam. This small head of foam had excellent retention because it never receded. It stayed the same size the entire time. Whenever the beer level went down, this small head of foam did leave behind a few small streaks of lace around the glass. The appearance of the beer was just as interesting as the label on the bottle.

Smell: The first time I ever had this beer, it smelled like liquid bread with toasted malts and a few hops in the background. This one smelled nothing like that one. This one was heavy on the grapefruit and spruce. That aroma came out of left field. I wasn't truly expecting that. Behind the grapefruit and spruce wall was a hint of citrus hops and the slightest touch of toasted caramel malts. These caramel malts came and went as they pleased. In the end, it was a pleasant hoppy aroma coming from a Lager.

Taste: The aroma was the things to come when it came to the taste. Up front is a small and I mean small toasted caramel malt presence. Then all of a sudden, these caramel malts are quickly covered up by citrus hops, a considerable amount of grapefruit, and an abundance of spruce. I could actually taste all the citrus flavors dwindle down from when they busted onto the scene. After the aroma, the taste was no surprise. I knew they were going to be very little malts and a ton of bitter citrus flavors. But what I didn't know was that I had no idea that a hoppy Lager could be so enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Even though this hoppy Doppelbock clocks in at 7% ABV, it was light to medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation and with a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of grapefruit, spruce, and citrus hops. There wasn't any malts in this taste. It tasted like the malts gave up and just gave in to all the citrus flavors. This nice hoppy aftertaste will linger on your tongue for a few minutes.

Drinkability: As you can tell from the score I gave this beer, I now have a new favorite Stoudt's beer. "Smooth Hoperator" was nothing short of being a great easy drinking hoppy Lager. I would have no problems drinking this winner again. If you're thinking this is going to be a take on a traditional German Doppelbock, think again!

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with about 1 finger head that dissipates as you watch, but it leaves a layer on top of the beer that laces all the way down the sides of the glass with every sip.

Smell is mostly hops, which I should have expected from the name, but for a doppelbock, I really didn't think it would come through this much. I mean wow...it smells like a light IPA almost! The hops contribute a citrusy sweetness as well. I also smell some caramel in there.

The taste is an incredible blending of the caramel malts coupled with the citrusy hops. I don't really know how to characterize this, but I will just say that if there was the perfect way to combine these two flavors, stoudts has figured it out. I'm a big hop head so the hop finish really surprised me and won me over.

Feels creamy and smooth in the mouth, despite the seemingly high carbonation factor. The light texture though (surprising again for a doppelbock) makes this beer more drinkable than others of the same style.

Overall, a great beer by Stoudts. It really smashes out of the doppelbock mold, while certainly holding on to the essence of the style. Very solid beer, and I would definitely have it again.

Photo of psugrad98
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep reddish amber with thick foam and lace. Biting hop aroma that smells of fresh hop flowers with slight sweet hints. First taste is of sharp biting bitterness that can be a bit surprising even for a hop head. The bitterness gives a slightly dry quality that gives way to a nicely balanced hint of nutty sweetness that then gives way as to the taste of fresh hops as the drink finishes.

This is an outstanding hoppy beer for those who are into bitter hoppy brews. Not for the faint of heart, though this is more balanced and easier drinking than others in its class.

Photo of treyrab
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nittanybeerfan for this gem...

Poured from the 12oz bottle into my chalice...

A: This is a phenomenal looking beer. Gorgeous deep amber with nice red hues. It has a creamy 2 finger head and laces the glass exceptionally well. There is nice, active carbonation rising up through the glass as well.

S: The hops really come through here. Granted, the name is Smooth Hoperator, but for a doppelbock, I was not expecting this by any means. The smell is of citrus hops and a nice caramel malt as well.

T: The taste is of exceptional citrus hops followed by a creamy (very creamy) malty sweetness. Some cereal grains in there as well, but the flavors of the sweet malt and hops balance the beer so amazingly well. The mouthfeel is so creamy in this one, I was totally surprised.

Overall, this is a great showing buy Stoudts. Probably the best beer I have had by them and definitely one of the best doppelbocks!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am replacing my previous review. Which was ill informed and when I was a newbie.
This beer is very good and I clearly did not appreciate it when I first tried it.
Anyway, here is a make good review.

Deep Amber Color with a 3 finger tan head. The head settled to a creamy 1/8th inch film across the top of the beer. Lots of orange/red tones and very clear. A great deal of lacing remains in the glass.

Aroma is sweet and of molasses and/or dark caramel. Reminds me of pralines a bit. Nice hop aroma as well. A bit fruit aroma from the hops.

Sweet Roasted punch followed quickly by a nice hop bitterness. Really nice. I was totally naive when I first sampled and reviewed this beer. Nice complex flavor.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and just on the edge of sticky. This beer is very drinkable. I am hoping that Stoudts brings this back next year again. I wish I had another bottle.

Now I feel better. By previous review was not fair.

Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, dark, coppery amber color with a finger of creamy off-white (almost tan) head. A solid 1/2 finger of creamy retention yields massive swathes of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is packed with some nice floral hops and citrus in the front that then melds into some sweeter accents of caramel and bread.

The taste once again posesses a nice floral hoppy bittterness up front that gives way to juicy citrus and that is all set up against a backdrop of bread and caramel sweetness. That tingling earthy hop profile runs all the way through and lingers after the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and smooth feel.

A really unique take on a Doppelbock that is packed with a ton of hops and drinks a lot easier than that style would dictate. Tasty and refreshing, Stoudts has a winner with this one.

Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six 12oz bottles for $12 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Purchased mid-June 2008 with a mid-August expiry date - seems rather short, especially since it's a new offering at the store which appears to go through stock pretty quickly. Pours a dark copper red - clear with a big head. Nice malty aroma with a good deal of hops. First taste is well balanced between malt and hops. Medium bodied. Decent hops in the aftertaste. Lacing up the yin-yang. Adding to this rating with a later bottle, and the more I have, the more I like. A beer has to be pretty good to have a label that bad.

Photo of Franchise
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Stoudt's pours a deep mahogeny leaving a thick tan head that is frothy and clings to the glass. The aroma is nutty, sweet caramel, bready, citrus hops, crisp, clean nose. The taste starts tart, very crisp, dry, upfront. The flavor then moves to suttle sweetness of caramel, bready, earthy aroma notes at around 7% the alcohol is present but not overwhelming. The finish leaves you smacking your lips, tartness, bitter hops, not as smooth and malty as I would expect from a doppelbock but nice enough to enjoy a few.

Photo of thethrone
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear deep mahogany, with an off-white head with good retention. Thin lacing.

S - Big hoppy smell, lots of pine. Hints of citrus and caramel sweetness.

T - Lots of hops dominate the flavor at the start. Also notes of sweet caramel malts, which come out a lot more as it warms.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers well after the sip is done.

D - Not as smooth as the label would lead you to believe, but still a great brew. Recommend to hopheads, may catch doppelbock drinkers off guard.

Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a dark brown with a twinge of red in there. Huge three and a half fingered head dwindles down to a nice one finger crown. Cirrius clouds of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

S_Clean smelling with a huge ammount of piney hops. Very nice.

T_Much maltier than the smell. A nice roasted honey covered biscuit malt sets the stage for a mid range dose of pine cone hops. Aftertaste manages to be both sweet and bitter at the same time. All throughout it is very clean tasting. As it warms a little breadiness comes through.

M_Medium bodied with a perfect light carbonation to cut through it.

D_Top notch, I really like this one and will look out for it. Definitely one smooth beer though my only complaint is it could have a little more hop wallop. However if the name wasn't hoperator I would not complain.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: This is perhaps the finest looking beer I've ever seen in my life. The color is amazing and everchanging from a neon orange to a deep mahogany. Decent head retention and lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Very hoppy. Citrus comes through. Very pleasant and flowery. More is going on, but my sense of smell is poor at best.

4.0 T: Quite hoppy. This dopplebock has me thinking it's an IPA (which I'm sure it was in its past lives). Citrus, ginger, and a great bitterness.

3.0 M: Something about this beer just doesn't sit well on my tongue. No idea how to explain that since it tastes pretty good.

4.0 D: I can see putting down a couple of these in a night.

Stoudts is great, nuff said.

Photo of charlesw
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arg! How the heck do I rate this beer??? And what does the goat have to do with bocks? Like, man, I'm just so out of it!

Thanks to dashirey for the chance to try this one! Dude... You rock!

OK... First comment... The label on the example pic is crooked. Sheesh! At least mine is on straight!

But I tasted this and said, "What the heck is this?" And I did some I'net research and I'm not alone in asking that question! I do kinda wonder...

So, now I have to fill in some numbers up there. Shit. This isn't easy! You have to put the beer in a style...

OK, fine. It looks good. Very clear deep amber. Head. Lacing. Could be any beer, sort of.

Smells heck-o malty (sweet caramels, man, sweet caramels. I could eat 'em all day!). In fact, drinking this right after a triple ipa [sic] I can still smell the malts and such - that's malty!

Tastes... Like it's pretty hoppy. Oh, you wouldn't want this one to age - the hops are all light, grassy and floral. Maybe a hint of citrus. Very light bitterness. Aged... Well, aged this might just be a doppelbock and where would the fun be in that?

Poured some more in my glass and upped the appearance. This is one beautiful beer!

Mouth is good and I could drink a lot of these...

Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear amber with a big off-white head and great lacing. I enjoy a beautifully bright lemony sweet grapefruit hops aroma. The flavor offers a crisp citrus hops over a bready malt foundation. Very pleasant, fairly light and very drinkable, uniquely flavorful with tart hops but very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of Kendo
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is clear, dark-reddish amber with a 2-finger beige head. Nice visible carbonation and lacing that leaves behind sheets of sticky foam.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose, but a nice combination of sweet malt -- think toffee and butterscotch -- and hops -- think pine, grass and a bit of a floral bouquet.

T: Toasty malt up front, followed by bitter hops (citric and pine) at the end, leading to a nicely balanced, semi-dry finish. As it warms I get a sense of fruit from the malt. Think of an Oktoberfest that's had some American hops thrown in and you get the basic idea.

M: Light in heft, nice all-around feel.

D: Very good. Goes down easy and yet has some flavor to it. Worth checking out.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to shaebs99 and JoeyBeerBelly for this brew.

Best By: 8/26/08

Pours a very nice golden copper color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, citrus/pines, and caramel. The taste is hoppy mostly with some malt notes, nice citrus/pines, with nice caramel tones. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is not a doppelbock. This is a very tasty IPA all the way. Highly recommended.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up in a trade recently and to be honest was thrilled to death when I had received it. I had been looking for it for a long time. Grabbed this out of the fridge last night and poured it into an imperial pint glass. Rich looking pour, with a deep dark amber color. Nice clarity with a two inch plus head of white that never really did faded much, leaving tons of side glass lace all over the place and really just pulling through a monstrous and wonderful appearance. Lots of visible carbonation streaking up, letting me know this one was definitely alive.

The nose was very nicely balanced, with rich and sweet caramel tinted malts coming through the strongest at first this mellowed into a bready and biscuit like aroma which was accented very nicely by a good dose of floral pine like hops. Very resin like, even in the aroma and this I would find out would soon carry over very nicely into the overall flavor. Started out very smooth, with a thick medium body and more the ample carbonation. A touch coating on the tongue, rich bready malts and sweet notes of caramel and candied sugar took up the lead as this one went down. It then transformed into a nice and well rounded hop mixture, fuggles maybe? Not sure but nice and mellow and nothing harsh and biting about it. Easy and like the name, very smooth drinker here. I could have easily threw down multiples of this one, based on the balance alone.

Overall this was definitely a keeper. One of the better beers I have had lately and definitely a winner in my book. Very well balanced, not sure about the style classification, but still very good indeed. I would have no issues with picking up a good bit of this one down the road.

Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale copper colored with an inch of frothy and lumpy foam atop. Good retention.

Inviting but low aroma of tangerine hops and some light maltiness.

Full and rich flavor of citrusy hops, celery, and sweet malt (without being cloying). Well-balanced, nice mix of malt and hops. Smooth is right. Finishes with some grapefruit rind.

Full and even mouthfeel. Creamy and rich, but finishes a bit crisp. Good beer, very driinkable.

Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's very clear and bronze in color. Almost looks a little too filtered. Sitting atop is a slightly off-white, two finger head. It disappeared pretty quickly and left a very light coat of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is definitely intriguing. It features a nice blend of aromas that, taken together, results in a very distinct smell. There's clearly a nice mix of caramel and light roasted malts. A little sweet smelling, but not overly so. There's also some toasted nut and a bit of yeast. But, there's a really nice hop aroma that is a nice surprise and adds some complexity. Secondary citrus notes emerge toward the end. Very interesting and nice smelling beer.

Taste: It's not materially different from the nose, but the nose is a little more refined and well done. It's malty and sweet up front. Caramel malts give it a solid backbone. Toasted nut flavor is a nice touch. The hops are clearly the x-factor in this beer. They provide a very nice bitter bite that's quite surprising and very welcome. There's a touch of pineapple and grapefruit to add some sweetness on the tail. Finishes a little yeasty and dry. It's a nice flavor, but simply isn't as well done as the nose.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and smooth. Stoudt's definitely got that part right. Carbonation is spot on and it goes down really easy. Drinkability is very good. It's a little short elite, but still impressive. I just don't see myself hammering down a six pack of this in a night. Probably two bottles...tops.

Stoudt's developed a really interesting beer with this one. The hop flavor really is the surprising component that propels it to "very good" status. Given the name, it's not a huge surprise. But, somehow it manages to be when you taste it. It's just hard to imagine the flavor combo that smacks you in the face. I haven't had a beer quite like this one. In any event, it works. Check it out.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma invites sweetness, there is initial caramel sweet followed up immediately by all IPA-level hops. Big malty head. A good bitterness. Amarillo and summit hops. A bit of toasted malt.Smooth drinking with suitable carbonation.Fresh and satisfying.

Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of EGledhill, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear amber color, with a nice white head.

Aromas are doughy, spicy, peppery, vegetal, tea like, and with a bit of earthy hops.

Flavors are crisp and clean. Tea like maltiness, some creaminess and sweet notes. Finish is spicy, with some earthy hop flavors, and a bit of a bite from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking. But certainly not bad.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice easy drinking beer. I could easily enjoy more than one of these in a seating. But it is a bit too high in ABV to be sessionable. Quality brew overall that is well worth trying.

Photo of jakekohut
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer courtesy of mikereaser

Poured a deep amber color

smelled very hoppy at first then settled into a nice malty smell with hops present. Highly enjoyable smell

both taste and mouthfeel were excellent... slightly carbonated with alot of amber flavor.. I really like this beer and at 7% can't session it too much but I will try to get more of this in the future as add in to trades.. very good and recommended

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers melbatoast93 for this one!

Pours orange/copper with 3+ fingers of rocky sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Earthy & citrussy hops

T: Citrussy hops, herbal hops & biscuitty malt up front. Some orange blossom honey, dryness, a bit of astringency, & much hoppyness as this warms. Finishes with slight astringeny, much citrus hoppyness & a bit of caramel, a bit of booze. I penalized this 1 point for style deviation

MF: Chewy, skews way too hoppy for a dopple, low, but noticeable carbonation

Drinks great, just not a dopple, maybe if dopples came outta San Diego or Kent they'd be like this. Good beer, off style though. Would score higher as an AIPA to me

Photo of jordoo
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

Nice dark amber with golden orange outlines. Big sticky super pillowy long lasting off white head. Fresh grassy, piney and citrus hints with sweet toasty malts in the nose. Very slight hint of alcohol comes into play as well. Intense hops sting with some pine, floral and grassy hit while having a super smooth sweet carmelled malt flavor that actually clashes in a very enjoyable way with hop flavors. The malt and hop profile seem to take turns tugging on you senses, and it makes for a unique enjoyable experiance. Feel on the mouth is wonderfull and its easily drinkable.

Photo of Matty1918
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No best before date.
Poured into a pint glass. Pours a amber color with a 2 finger off white head. Nice retention with a good amount of lacing.

A citrus aroma up front...grapefruit with a hint of pine.

A slight bitterness that is overtaken by roasted malts. Citrus up front but then there is a nutty finish. Again hops up front toasted malt finish. Too much hops for this doppelbock.

Watery mouthfeel with a little carbonation. good to try but I won't buy another.

Photo of pittvkyle7
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- crystal clear coper brown. Tan head that starts to fade right away. Visable carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass.

S- Smells dry hopped. piny hops with some sugary biscut hints

T- I would have never guessed it to be a lager, but maybe this dopplebock uses ale yeast (I found out it does not use an ale yeast, it is a lager strain). It really seems like an IPA and a modest one at that. It does have a very smooth bitterness to it. The hops are piney. The malts are rich and cracker like with a touch of toast. A mildly hoped IPA with a stong malt backbone. The finish has an expected bitterness.

M- highly carbonated with a medium light body.

D- Very tastey, very smooth like it says, refreshing and very well made.
Even the head brewer of Stoudt's says it reminds him of an IPA

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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.