Stoudt's Fest | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's FestStoudt's Fest

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Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Fall

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Added by stirgy on 12-20-2001

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft with touch of a head, not even a finger. Don't let the clear appearence fool you, this one has lots up it's sleeve. Honey aroma as best my nose could detect. Very smooth and perfect ending of a night of craft imbibing. This one could go down as easy as water. Great job Stoudts.

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Photo of confer
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious Oktoberfest. The bottle label is different than the one in the photo.
The color is a beautiful gold a trace of head stays around.
The smell is a malt/biscuit, very inviting.
The taste is how I imagine an American Oktoberfest bier should be. A little on the thin side but smooth in flavor, all malt.
This is a great fest bier. Stoudt's does a very good job on everything I have had from them.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Helles O-fest.

A: Bronze with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Steelie grass, floral & herbal with some bread & toffee from the malt.

T: Steelie grass, minty herbalness, floral, toffee, bread, good bitterness, hints of earthy sulfur from the lager yeast.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a crisp, slightly off-dry finish.

D: Lovin' it.

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Photo of psugrad98
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium to dark amber in color with lasting head and thick lace. Slight sweet smell with ample hop floral aroma. Very rich and full tasting. Nice mouth-coating mouthfeel. Full of flavors from slight hop bitterness to touch of sweet carmel sweetness. Finishes slightly bitter and slightly yeasty. Makes you feel you are at a Biergarten!!

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not going to comment on how (im)perfectly this brew fits into it's style guidelines. To me, this is just a heavily enjoyable, well crafted and ultimately delicious beer. Pours a clear and deep amber with a well formed white head to offset. Nose is malty, quite fresh overall. Taste has a nice sweetness to it, not cloying with good bitterness to offset. Slightly dry finish, quite clean even though the predominate flavors are quite sweet. Easily drinkable, I can and did throw quite a few of these back.

Nice labeling too!


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Photo of shapudding
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from the Brewery at the last fest, one of the soon to be forgotten Big Bottles...

Poured with not too much head, left only a little bit of a slight, white ring on the edge... tiny bubbles. Dark amber, almost a light rootbeery colored... nice.

Scents of dry hay. Sweet malt.

Teensiest of a bit from the carbination and flavors, but nice and mild altogether. Leaves alot of flavors in your mouth. Easy drinking and just enough taste to not be boring, but not enough to be heavy or overpowering. Good one overall.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vibrant combination of rich Munich/Vienna malts and spicy/floral hops drives this satisfying and equisitely drinkable lager. It's clear copper body reveals ruby-orange and golden highlights beneath a creamy head of ivory foam that holds well and leaves some nice spots of lace about the glass. The nose is malty and toasty with just a hint of well-integrated hops. In the mouth it's lightly tingly and then creamy across the palate with a medium body and restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation. The malt is lightly toasty, and subtly "juicy"; and it's spicy hop flavor works in unison with its restrained but firm hop bitterness to balance it perfectly. This is a very well-brewed, clean, and exceptionally well-balanced lager that never fails to satisfy and really deserves more attention than it gets.

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Photo of Phatz
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served a light brown amber color with a noble beige head.

Smell: Toasted malt and earthy characteristic in the aroma.

Taste: A spicy lightly peppery attribute meets lots of smooth creamy malts and grain with suggestions of caramel, a hint of tart and a subtly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: This style tends to be light and easy in the mouth so this is no exception but the smooth nature or this beer is complimented by the spices and overall is it simply pleasant.

Drinkability: The glory of the Märzen is its drinkability. This is the O-fest beer I have decided to buy a fall case. It is truly approachable and exceptionally quaffable.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my glass a hazy orange with a thin white head. Has a nice malty smell with a taste that is malty, grainy and has a nice hop balance. I can taste some caramel in the malt. Something about the marzen flavor makes it hard to turn down a second, with its great balance of malty sweetness and savory hoppiness. Maybe I need to try a lot more Octoberfests this fall but I think this one is damn tasty, local, inexpensive, and available all year round, which makes this beer a great one in my opinion.

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Photo of BierFan
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

An inch of off-white head. Clear coppery body. Good head retention, despite the small head. Great lacing. The beer looks rather beautiful. Caramel and toastiness accompanied by some hops. Maybe my palate is playing tricks on me, but the hops seem a bit fruity which is uncharacteristic of this style. Still smells and tastes wonderful, though.

This might be the best oktoberfest I've ever drank.

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Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange, decent creamy head with decent retention. Smells of earthy and spicy hops, nice caramel maltiness. Tastes much the same, decent maltiness that is countered by a fairly strong herbal bitterness backbone. Some soft fruity sweetness complements the maltiness nicely, toasted grain present as well. Finishes very dry with some more bitterness and earthiness.

A really nice Oktoberfest, decent maltiness with a very pronounced hoppiness. Very similar to Victory's festbier, probably some of the best American interpretations.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tall mug. The liquid is a light Carmel color with a good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers thick, off white and smooth and creamy.

The smell is of sweet caramel malt and some light hops, classic O'fest beer.

The taste is of caramel, kind of sweet, a very nice balance and a very good and classic Marzen.

The mouthfeel is medium body good carbonation,

The drinkability very good, well it is a fest beer so 'drink up Johny'! We shall! A very solid brew. MK

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Photo of Murph
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a nice tannish head that never fuly leaves. Toasty malt is all over the nose with some very subtle hop aromas in the background. Sweetly toasted malt hits the tongue with some very smooth characteristics. Mild hop bitterness stays in the background and balances this brew nicely. Smooth, somewhat creamy, and yet not too sweet and cloying. This brew is very drinkable. No big surprises in this one, but definitely a pretty spot on example of the style. This is a brew I would definitely enjoy quaffing again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly chill hazed copper. Slight beige head recedes quickly to almost nothing. Big toasted malt aroma. Also some bready, vienna like graininess. The flavors follow suit with the graininess and toasted profile. Also a little bit of husk like astringency. Not in a bad way though. And it's got a nice little snap of hops to clean things up. Body seems to be about medium or so. And the mouthfeel is fairly lively. Pretty good, and a bit unique.

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Photo of madelf66
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OatmattStout
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer had a real nice sweet malt smell and a nice fluffy head. There was not much residual lacing on the glass and the head did disipate at and average pace. There are great sweet carmael malt characteristecs to this beer and a nice full mouth feel. The hopping was minimal and I didn't expect much from the smell. I liked this beer alot and think it's a good session beer and will drinkk this one again.

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Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color. Thin, cream-colored head that leaves a nice lace on the sides of the glass. With a typical marzen style malty aroma, the beer has a nice sweetness up front and a good hop balance. This is a good session beer.

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Photo of jackndan
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stoudt's Fest: A marzan from Stoudt’s, poured out of a thwelve ounce bottle. Not much head, despite a fairly vigorous pour. Nice deep tan/amber color. Fairly clear, with just a bit of haze. The aroma is very strong, smoky caramel aroma. The taste is exceptional for a marzan, very flavorful, very refreshing. Bright tastes, nicely rolling caramel, bready, rye malt tastes, not much aftertaste due to a nice bite of the hops. Crisp and sparkling carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer (this year?) seems to be called October Fest and has a different blue checkered label...but maybe the recipe's the same??

Watery, extremely clear red amber looks and almost no head besides some hazy scum, which also faded away in time. Nose held whiffs of roasted cereals that hinted at the body of the brew.

I thought the taste was very good for an Octoberfest, or maybe I've just had some bad ones lately. Mild, sweetness with a salty edge in the mouth and then a not overly chewy but very flavorful taste of roasted cereals develops in the aftertaste--and sticks around. Moderately complex taste, with a punch of bitter hops being felt from time to time.

Full mouth body, but light. Very drinkable and enjoyable Octoberfest.

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Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kmwilson76
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of bierman2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well its consistent good in all areas. It's a nice Fets style that could use a little more malt and some darker roasting, leading to the lack of some better flavor. This is a refreshing beer that can be drank with just about any food, as it is not overpowering either in taste or in alcohol.

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Photo of wyonono
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light beige head. Head down to 1/4" after a couple of minutes, lacing well. Clear and dark amber in color. Malty, grain husk aroma, with some slight fruitiness. Taste follows the nose, with the malt balanced well with hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and possibly a bit thin (which I think is not a bad thing for a festbier), and the drinkability is great, both as you would expect from an Octoberfest brew. Better than I expected, worth a try.

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