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Smooth Hoperator - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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433 Ratings
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 32
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: leftmindedrighty on 05-05-2007)
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Photo of guinnessfan


4.63/5  rDev +18.1%

Stoudt's German mug fill from Oktoberfest.

A: Dark amber, crystal clear, with a nice two finger, pillowy IPA head. Awesome lacing and the retention is terrific.

S: Grassy hops aroma fills my nasal caverns, sweetened by a mild malt backbone.

T: Perfect...awesome initial hop punch, ended by a smooth, sweet malty finish.

M: Smooth, creamy, silky...perfect carbonation. No bitterness whatsoever.

D: Virtually perfect. Maybe a slightly strong hop profile for true malt-heads. I really enjoy Stoudt's take on this style.

10-01-2007 03:28:08 | More by guinnessfan
Photo of froggyfrog


4.55/5  rDev +16.1%

From notes.

Enjoyed on tap. Served in a Pilsener glass for some reason.

Red amberish presentaion with a long lasting white head. Mad Cascadesque hop nose. Tastes of charred wood, oranges and spicy alcohol. This beer is super smooth with tons of hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-full. Drinkability is nice. Very "hopflavorful" with a crisp finish.

09-27-2007 04:42:07 | More by froggyfrog
Photo of DrJay


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Very clear orange colour with a fine, whitish head. Great retention with thick, solid lacing. The aroma is all hops - floral and pine, fruity and earthy. Nice balance of hop character. Solid bitterness that's not overpowering. Sweet orange and grapefruit flavours were balanced by short-lived toffee. Intense floral hops with faint pine and a moderately hoppy finish. Smooth, malty texture, lowish carbonation with a little bit of strange slickness. Very drinkable with a great balance of flavours.

08-26-2007 05:07:30 | More by DrJay
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

12 ounce bottle, "Best by 9/23/07" dating etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours almost ruby amber, clear, with a few bubbles rising to the top. Medium tan head and leaving spotty and stringy lacing. Malty, nutty nose, with flourishes of leafy, resiny hops. Full flavor, complex brew. Layers of rich malts and then resin laden waves of hoppy dryness. Nice, well worth a try

08-22-2007 23:46:55 | More by Billolick
Photo of GPHarris


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

from maltygoodness and the Summer Sipper BIF

a - poured a two-fingers thick head into a snifter. the body is a bright amber color and the head is white and leaves sticky sides and a nice sheet throughout. the head really billows and swirls with each turn of the glass.
s - pine, grapefruit and a malty caramel covered apple sweetness.
t - hints of apples, cherries and citrus. the citrus tones are very light.
m - the name of the beer doesn't lie. this is very smooth on the tongue.
d - easily drinkable but could have been a little more flavorful for me but it had some good points.

08-20-2007 14:18:19 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Slatetank


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Served in a Nonic cold.
A - Deep copper/garnet with a very thin sliver of a white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - A nice woody cherry like fruitiness in the aroma along with a citrus hop note. Very sweet odor like a clementine.

M - A lighter body for all the aroma. Slightly slick, easy drinking. Effervescence is moderate and bitterness is not overdone.

T - A decent hoppy sweet lager. The citrus flavors are backed by a bready, almost spicy malt. Interesting acidity and malt synergy tastes like an amped up amber w/ juicy hops giving a nice fruitiness that lasts.

D - The flavor of a nice amber ale. Sweet and plenty of hops it Hoperates well in the league of accentuated hop beers.

08-14-2007 00:19:48 | More by Slatetank
Photo of chefdejour


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle a brilliant ruby-amber with a thick, creamy, dense off white head. delicate lacing

S: Sweet bready malt with loads of resinous piney citrus hop aroma. Some alch. mixed in with dried fruit

T: Rich caramel malts with baked apple on the palate with that same citrusy hops

M: med. carb - nice richness in the mouth,

D: very drinkable - nice blend of malty bock with american IPA and a half.

08-05-2007 02:17:43 | More by chefdejour
Photo of kajerm


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

What a weirdly awesome idea for a beer.

Looks like a doppelbock with an IPA's head on top of it-- it's light caramel and reasonably clear, but with two fingers of big, lacing soap bubbles. The aroma is totally dominated by grassy and citric hops, with only a suggestion of malts. The malt that I can pick up smells light and sweet.

Tastes like it smells, front-loaded with grapefruit and bitter on the finish. The doppelbock in this beer really only creeps out as it warms up. When that happens, a sweet, note comes in that doesn't completely balance the bitterness (and that's not a bad thing.)

The beer is medium-bodied and strongly carbonated-- maybe overcarbonated.

With this beer, Stoudt's answered a question I've been asking for a long time: what would happen if you took a lager and just hopped this shit out of it? It seems to work pretty well here-- it's even more refreshing than a normal IPA, even with all the malt they put in to make this a doppelbock.

07-30-2007 20:34:49 | More by kajerm
Photo of tgbljb


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured a deep amber color with massive off-white head.
Smell is loaded with piney, grassy, citrusy hops with a nice fruity malt character in the background.
Taste is also dominated by hops, but as the flovor develoips in the mouth, the strong fruity malt begins to take over.
At the finish the hops again begin to assert themselves to present the perfect finish.
Extremely drinkable.
This is what you get when hops meet bock. truly an enjoyable beer.

07-17-2007 23:30:35 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: clear reddish orange in color with a nice two finger head that lingers around a while. Thick lacing develops.

Smell: nice fruity and malt sweetness is balanced with a nice floral hop presence.

Taste: big malt profile here. Ripe fruit sweetness, green apples, a mild orange citrus, and a hearty floral bitterness. Alcohol is barely detectable. Definitely more hop presence than expected.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Long malty and floral hop finish. Medium-heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: smooth and enjoyable. This is a great beer from Stoudts. Try this if you see it on tap.

07-13-2007 21:34:27 | More by Gavage
Photo of Gasp100


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

A - the look of this beer floored me. I'm a homebrewer and still searching for true clarity in my brews (probably time more than anything) but this is crystal clear, burnt amber with deep mahogany highlights. I mean, this is truely a beautiful looking beer.
S - The hops are definitely American, no doubt. I don't know enough about the character of Summit hops (yet) but the Amarillo lends a cutting citrus, lemon rind, USA hop nose.
T - This tastes exactly like a bock (or possibly dopplebock) hopped with American hops... which is exactly what it is. No doubt, if someone poured this for me before I read about it on the site I would have said it's a bock but someone f***ed with the hops. Pretty damn good too. Malty, crispy on the edges, hops shine through. It's not too busy in any direction but I must admit the hops do throw me just a little bit. Maybe if they dry hopped with Tettnanger like Hop Devil or something... what fun is that though ;)
M - Full, carbonation is great. Dry crisp finish and alcohol very well hidden.
D - I think this is around 7% - I'm feeling it after 2. Dangerously smooth and very nice indeed. An experiment gone right!

07-13-2007 00:13:02 | More by Gasp100
Photo of tempest


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

I'd wondered for quite a while why there wasn't a lager equivalent to the IPA. Well, here it is, big and hoppy, It has a very American citrus and perfume aroma with matching flavor. The taste, however, adds a bit of citrus rind and very smooth, almost light, caramel malt. Unfortunately, there's a touch of alcohol in the nose, but for the most part the 7% abv is well hidden. It's not the lager version of Two Hearted, but its a great beer.

07-04-2007 23:39:26 | More by tempest
Photo of Phatz


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

A huge thanks to phnphilly for hooking me up with this beer. You are a great friend my man.

Appearance: Pours a perfect transparent copper color with a massive ivory head, impressive retention and some serious sheets of intense lacing absolutely coating the walls of the glass.

Smell: Big nose. Hoppy grapefruit caramel malt, a bitterness so integrated with the sweetness I think they poured pounds of hops in pound of syrupy sweet sap with candy sugar and bread grain to boot. the Pine bitterness balances perfectly making it both malty and hoppy at the same time.

Taste: The flavor is just as the nose suggests and more. Malty and sweet with flavors of sap and fruits, apples and grapefruit doused in honey and covered with herbal piney hops. The depth of flavor in this lager is truly amazing.

Mouthfeel: A slick oily medium body feel gliding smooth across the tongue while bitter hops scratch and pull at the cheeks leaving my mouth with an excellent dry feel.

Drinkability: Excellent. Thanks John for giving me one. Unfortunately, now, I think I am going to need to buy a case.

Hope this is helpful.

06-26-2007 09:56:14 | More by Phatz
Photo of adowney523


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Thick off-white head that fades slowly. Great lacing down the side of the glass.

Toasty aroma blends with the earthy hop aromas well.

Toasted malt along with plums and raisins fade to earthy and grassy hops. Alcohol at the end. Semi-dry finish.

Very tasty and very hoppy for a an amber lager. Recommended!

06-20-2007 23:28:08 | More by adowney523
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance is amber in color, crystal clear, with a touch of white head on top and no real lacing. Nose is mostly floral hops, a touch of sweetness. Taste is solid and well-balanced. Lots of floral hops up front and in the pretty short aftertaste, with a good amount of sweet malt in the middle. This one tastes like a solid APA or mild IPA. Feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Actually one of the better ones I've had from Stoudt's; too bad it's a one-time brew.

06-20-2007 11:26:46 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Reed415


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

A - Pours an amber color with minimal head

S - Piney and floral hops plus some slight spicy scent

T - Piney hops to start that mellow out to reveal some smooth malt characters

M - Light in body with moderate carbonation

D - Very enjoyable hopped beer that is not filling

06-18-2007 23:40:40 | More by Reed415
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.88/5  rDev -1%

Poured a deep amber color with a nice off white head that disapated quickly. Aroma of a sweeter malt and subtle citrus hops. In the taste, I would never guess it is a lager, in tastes just like an IPA. A nice maltly body. I really like this beer, I hope Stoudt's keeps it around for a while.

06-17-2007 00:23:54 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

I'm glad somebody decided to brew a German style bock with some American hops a long overdue experience. Appears a ruby amber tone crystal clear cast to it with a large tan head thick bubbles fomrs large floating above the glass like a biscuit. Aromatics are very nice with full piney and floral hop bouqets with some leafy tobacco and spicy character complemented by a nice warming biscuit caramel malt presence. Flavor comes off upfront leafy herbal bitterness, piney hops really are the highlight with some rolling blended caramel malt rather spicy with a biscuit bready tone to it finishes pretty clean with some hops sticking around. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is rather light despite the large bubbled nice sized head flows even with a slick oily finish. Drinkability is great an original concept with more than ample flavor I like what Stoudt's has done I could have a few of these without a problem.

06-14-2007 23:50:54 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of jackorain


4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

Given that the character on the label is a ram and this beer ends in ator, I have reviewed it as a Dopplebock. I later checked the Stoudt's website and they call it an American Style Dopplebock.

Appearance was dark amber with a nice 2 finger+ tan rocky head. Retention was quite good. As the head did recede it left a nice lace down the glass. As I drank it the much of the lace crawled slowly back down the glass, really nice looking.

There was not a lot to smell here, the aroma was clean and fresh with a malt and tangerine rind hoppy but as I said not strong by any stretch

T-There is a Carmel and biscuit malt character up-front, along with some sweetness. This is quickly beaten back by a good dose of citrus and green hop flavors. The citrus hops dominate with a tangerine and lime zest flavor, there is a contribution of bitter green flavor as well kind of like raw kale. This follows through to the finish and lingers for a nice amount of time.

M-medium body, quite creamy, perfect carbonation for the creamy body.

D-I could have several of these babies, the ABV is hidden well and could creep up on you.

Overall-As I said, I reviewed this as a dopplebock, even though it is listed here on BA at the time I reviewed as an Amber Lager. With that in mind, I don't believe it hits the dopplebock mark head on but it one of the best I've had to date. The out-of-style big hop presence really adds to the style in my mind (which resides in my hophead). So having now been to the Stoudt's website and seeing that it is listed as an American Dopplebock, I say hell yeah, if Americans can their own IPA, then why not the dopplebock. Awesome beer.

06-14-2007 17:09:29 | More by jackorain
Photo of JFazekas


3.45/5  rDev -12%

Presentation: Standard 12oz bottle

Appearance: Medium brown with slight amount of red, head filled a 16oz pint glass and quickly dissipated.

Smell: Moderate hop aroma with a spicy finish.

Taste: For an American amber this is definitely over hopped, but given the name I would expect as much. Unfortunately, there isn't much left to taste except hops. From beginning to end to after taste this beer wants to be an IPA. There is a slight malt taste as the beer warms to room temperature.

Overall: A disappointing amber beer. A pretty decent IPA. Overall a moderate American craft beer offering. Nothing that really stands out about this one. I was a little surprised by the abv because this is a really smooth beer.

06-13-2007 23:19:01 | More by JFazekas
Photo of crookedhalo


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a translucent amber with some copper highlights. Beige head stays for about 15 seconds and then forms a stickage ring around the glass. Light toasty malt character with a good dosage of leafy hop aroma. One wouldn't really expect this to be a lager, but it is pretty clear from the aroma, clean and lagerish smelling with a greater amount of higher alpha hops. Very hoppy tasting, too. Bitter upfront with some tea-like tannins shining through, some residual sweetness pulls through and finishing dry, crisp and smooth. A nice alternative to an IPA. Medium to full bodied, slick on the tongue, with a healthy carbonation level. A very nice lager with hopheads in mind. BTW, the "dude" on the bottle looks like he's the spawn of Joe Camel and Tubbs from Miami Vice...

06-09-2007 18:48:49 | More by crookedhalo
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at Friscos in Columbia.

Dark gold. Clear. Medium sized, creamy, light tan head.

Very hoppy, citrus in character. Very little malt contribution. Maybe bread/cracker in middle?

Very hoppy, bitter much more than sweet. Taste follows aroma. Other hoppy beers from Stoudts have tended to be too balanced or even too malty for my taste. This one is much more to my liking. Hops were citrus and herbal in character. Malt was very mild, perhaps a touch of honey?

Medium in body. Medium to high carbonation. Dry.

Winner in my book! Nice & hoppy, but not too heavy (body or alcohol). Could be a troublemaker though, I had no idea this was 7%.

06-08-2007 19:19:50 | More by
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.43/5  rDev +13%

This brew pours a clear reddish copper with a decent sized off-white head. Nice lacing works its way down the glass. Looks good.

The aroma is a good blend of fresh citrus and pine hops and some gooey sweet caramel malts. Smells delicious and inviting.

The flavor is unlike any amber lager I have ever had...and I like it. The hops make this one stand out from the crowd and well above it, too. Nice bitterness mellows the sweetness out and vice versa. Amazing job. Very fresh tasting all the way around.

Medium body with a drying finish to it. Makes me want another one. Very easy to drink and highly enjoyable. I will have to get some more of this very soon. Still amazed at what they did to an amber lager...great job, Stoudt's!

06-04-2007 16:28:17 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of akorsak


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's. I had the beer on tap there and look forward to this one in a bottle.

A: The lager pours with a clear copper red color and a very thick head. The thick head laces well throughout the glass.

S: The nose is full of sweet malts and a nice undercurrent of fresh citrus hops. The freshness creates a very moist aroma, very pleasing.

T: The malt body is really amped up, creating a full taste with some sweeter green grapes and apples coupled with biscuity grains and dark raisins. That maibock body is nicely paired with the fresh hops that add a citrusy body that shows off some fruit rind flavors. The bigger hop presence really makes the beer stand out.

M: The hops add an enjoyable bitter body to this lager, nicely supplementing the malt body with vibrant kick.

D: The abv is well hidden but can catch up to you. Still, this hybrid harvest maibock really hits the spot.

06-03-2007 20:00:25 | More by akorsak
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear, beautiful, copper color with ruby hues. A small tan head thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma consists of layers of piney hops. Smells very fresh and very inviting.

Taste is a burst of piney hops upfront that quickly reveal a fairly aggressive bitterness. It finishes quite dry with a lingering hop flavor. The finish is a bit dull, which I attribute to the clean finish of a lager. The hops taste great, but the malt backbone just isn't there to carry it to the whole way through.

Medium-light body, zippy carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid beer and quite interesting. There are very few lagers that are hopped this aggressively, and it pleases me that Stoudt's released this one. I'd recommend this one both to hopheads and lager lovers that are looking for something a bit different.

05-30-2007 02:55:26 | More by MaltyGoodness
Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.