Stoudt's Fest | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's FestStoudt's Fest

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass,a creamy off white head,slight lacing on the sides of the glass.The head dissipated quickly,left a thin layer of foam through the beer.
The color was a medium light copper with a reddish hue.
A clean toasty,slight malt smell.not real aromamatic.
A nutty,bisquity.toasty with a very slight hint of a burnt flavor.a medium mouthfeel,not a lot of carbination,a little on the thin side.
A dry,clean finish with a little tartness near the end.
Very drinkable,just a little lacking in the flavor department.Overall not a bad beer. It seemed to me the last time I drank this beer it was a bit better

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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 dedrinker
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, the label pictured is old - they now have a full fledged "Oktoberfest" label and packaging complete with the Bavarian blue and white colors. This is a seasonal beer as opposed to the year 'round "fest" of years past. The color is a beautiful amber that was pleasing to look at, and a modest head remained most of the way down. The aroma was a little off-putting - a little eggy, but don't let that dissuade, because the flavor that awaits is a juicy caramel malt sweetness that is not cloying but begs bigger sips. I was at a party and left my six pack unattended when I spied one of the party's many bud light drinkers take one of my beers and open it. I decided to remain silent so I could watch with cynical satisfaction as the culprit would surely waste the beer by taking a few sips and declaring it "weird." To my surprise she finished the whole bottle at a moderate and steady rate! I hope I might have provided a revelation, but who knows. They always seem to justify cost as an excuse to drink lousy beer, and for the price of the six pack, she could have a 12 pack of her "regular" beer.

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Photo of dherling
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out orange bronze with a thin lacy head. Lots of lemony citrus in the nose with some grapefruit. Lots of good spice in the flavor, balanced malt and hops. Finishes fairly clean with some lingering hops. Had this on tap at Andy's in Bogota, NJ tonight.

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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 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 bigdeuce
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a quite tasty Octoberfest, only problem is, way too sweet. Not much head, some lacing, pours a dark amber red color. Pretty nice caramel smell and the taste about the same, lots of sweet caramel. Decent texture, cannot complain. This is a good octoberfest, and worth a try.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one started out ugly enough, a ruddy orange, no head, some bubbles. Smell was spicy with a touch of malt, nothing overpowering. Taste also had a blend of spiciness, and the malt sweetness dominated. Mouthfeel is medium with the sweetness and fruitiness keeping things wet without being watery. Finish is medium. Easy to quaff. Not too bad for an Octoberfest, which I find, like pumpkins, to be a pleasant if boring style.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber colored pour and rapidly rising active carbonation looked good, nonexistent head and a lack of lacing not so much. Smell was malty with a touch of spice, which is just what I would expect from an Oktoberfest bier. Taste was a showcase of toasty Munich caramel malts. There was a touch of orange peel, and a hint of bitterness to round the taste out, but nothing getting in the way of the reserved and simply drinkable taste. Mouthfeel was on the full side of the style, and quite satisfying. A welcome new addition to the shelves in Georgia.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper color with modest slightly off-white head. Smell is strong of caramel with lighty toasty notes. Taste is mainlyof malt and the hops are extremely light. Balance is good as this type of beer should be. Hops show through a little more in the finish. A good drinking beer.

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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 soulfly967
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice reddish amber color with minimal head. The smell was of hops and some fruit notes. The taste was sweet at first, with a slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was above average, with nice carbonation and a smooth texture. This is a pretty drinkable beer. A lot better than I had expected.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bright looking amber with red highlights. The small head fades quickly. The smell is average. The taste is a little more interesting. It is slightly fruity and sweet with just a bit of hops. Mouthfeel is good, not too thin. There is a lot of carbonation. It is very easy to drink as Octoberfest beers should be. All in all it's good, but not my prefered style.

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Photo of mntlover
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light clear amber with a off white head that is gone in no time few bubbles rising here and there no real lace. Aroma of malt light chocolate light hops smell does not last long gone way to fast about have to have your nose in the glass while pouring. Taste lightly toasted malt, sweet some chocolate with a lingering light spicey hop finish. Overall nothing to get excited about didn't relize this was a year around brew for them no date printed on bottle so who knows its age. Mouthfeel light side of medium drinkability is so so wouldn't purchase again much better Oktoberfest then this.

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Photo of barleysangel
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color was reddish-brown with a foamy, then creamy head. No major lacing. It smelled a little yeasty and fruity. Very smooth, not hoppy and not malty, just middle of the road. There was a very slight aftertaste. There was not a lot of carbonation.
I would have another.

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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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Photo of budsboy
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish red with a small white head that disappears in a hurry.

Smell is bread and malty with a spicey hop accent. Very full in the nose.

Taste is bulbous, full malt with a pleasant bitter finish. Mmm. Well balanced, if a wee on the sweet side. Very satisfying. Hit the spot.

Fairly full-bodied, almost chewy. Clean finish but not dry.

Very drinkable. On my back deck, the smell of fall leaves and this brew ... a wonderful combination.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Clear amber colored liquid with a nice fluffy off-white head. Small bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass, but not a terrible amount. The head disappeared too quickly. Fair amount of lace on the glass. Smells like carmel, maybe a touch skunky. Good carmel flavor in the malt, followed by very little hop bitterness. Some astringency and slight sourness at the end. Something seems off in the finish, but does not make this terrible. Light body, with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this is still a very easy to drink beer, and one of the decent American O'fests. Even though something seemed off in the finish, still a decent one to check out.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear dark amber with a low off-white head which fell quickly.

The aroma was vienna and caramel and a slight cardboard indicating and oxidation issue. Also present was some DMS (cooked corn).

The flavor was crisp with a slight sourness, but vienna and caramel flavors and a nice hop backbone to keep the malty flavors in check. A slight cardboard flavor was also present.

The finish was dry with a nice crisp bittering on the palate. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle marked Oktoberfest. I checked the website and the only difference between this and the fest is the label which is changed during a three month window. Some definite issues, but all in all a drinkable brew.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft, this brew has a light amber color with not much head or lace. It went down easy with a light malt flavor with a little caramel and barely a trace of hops. A true fest beer meant to be consumed quickly and in large quantity. The best thing it had going for it was that it went down real easily. A potential oktober session beer but overall tasted pretty thin.

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Photo of frazbri
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange-amber in color. Cream colored short head with a little bit of lace. Raisin, apple, and bread in the aroma. Slightly fruity flavor. All-grain bread. Modest carbonation and light body.

All the hop flavor lingers in the background. The aroma was that of boiling wort (for you brewers out there). Overall, it was malty in its impression.

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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 oxmasterscream
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange amber in color, clear, with a small head that disappeared almost instantly, leaving just a light tan ring.
Smell: Full-on sweet caramel malt, smells of raisins, dates and molasses with just a faint whiff of hops.
Taste: Average for an Oktoberfest. It had a nice malty flavor which seemed to get sweeter as the beer warmed. Hints of spice and honey. Slightly fruity... raisins and dates maybe. A touch of hops came post-swallow.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Nice carbonation.
Drinkability: I gave this an average score because it's certainly drinkable and enjoyable but I wouldn't have one after another. It's just not that exciting a beer (especially for Stoudt's). It's average at best.

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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 abcsofbeer
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I call this one an average brew, just not that special. Pours an orange amber, pretty clear. Very little carbonation and hardly any head at all. There is no lace on the glass whatsoever.

Taste is similar to apples and spicy cinnamon. It is very smooth with almost no hop flavor. There is no bite in the aftertaste either. The aroma is a very apply flavor. Good beer but nothing to write home about.

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Stoudt's Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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