Stoudt's Fest | Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudt's FestStoudt's Fest
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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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Added by stirgy on 12-20-2001

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of kshankar
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour, medium sized foam with decent retention. Aroma is of caramel, some toastiness, and minimal hops.

Taste is more of the same...a caramel toastiness and a hop profile that is unusually fruity..atypical for this type of beer, but a pleasant touch anyways.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light to medium bodied, and works with the taste well, resulting in good drinkability.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color (amazingly clear) with a thick, frothy white head that retains well...a real looker. The aroma has some fresh hay and grassy notes upfront, along with some caramel and toffee, toasted bread, and a hint of noble hops. The flavor also has fresh hay and grass upfront, followed by a caramel and toffee malt sweetness, floral and grassy noble hops, toasted bread, and a little alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is good but not gread. Solid but not spectacular octoberfest from Stoudts.

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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 Natural510
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color with minimal soda-pop head which dissipates into a faint ring of lacing and not much more.
Hints of toffee malt, corn and a faint hop to the nose.
A bit sweet, but mostly tart and bitter in flavor. What malts exist are overpowered by bitterness and astringency. Although a proper yeast character balances out a quality marzen well, this does not have the delicious maltiness to create said balance.
Fairly light in body, but not to a watery effect. Crisp, but average.
Average is a description which keeps coming to mind here. Not as sweet or full-bodied as I prefer my Oktoberfest lagers. They did get the yeast/hop dryness correct, but could use more assertiveness in the malt department.

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

10.24.09 Lost Review

Pours a crystal clear pale copper color with a small tight white head that settles into a sparse cap. The aroma is sweet and a touch fruity. Caramel malt mixed with a fresh juicy hop. Not strong but nice. The taste is of caramel malt with an earthy tea like hop bitterness, hints of lemon and metal. Reminds me more of an APA than marzen. Light to moderate body with fizzy carbonation, good mix of sweet malt and bitter hops makes this easy to drink. A refreshing brew with no off putting flavors though it does seem a bit off style.

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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 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 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 treehugger02010
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this ontap at Stoudts Black Angus Brew Pub in Adamstown, PA. It came in a stemed small water glass
Appearance: The body is a clear amber color. The head is a white color, a finger tall, no retention, no lacing and tiny bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are absent, some roast and some toast.
Taste: The flavors are earthy hop, malty and caramel.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and clean.
Drinkability: This beer is good plus.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear dark amber color with about an inch of lingering, fluffy bone white head. Nose and flavor are of mildly sweet malt, toasty bread, light fruitiness. Medium in both body and carbonation with a clean finish. Worth checking out.

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Photo of bahumutx
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an orange/copper color with a small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Malt, caramel and a slight bread smell.

Taste: Sweet maltiness throughout. There is a hint of caramel and bread flavor. Ends with a bitterness that balances out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

Not my favorite Oktoberfest style beer. Ends with a little to much bitterness for an Oktoberfest for my liking. I would definitely not pick this one first but it is not terrible. It is a decent offering from Stoudts.

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Photo of albern
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm a bit disappointed in this Octoberfest. It just doesn't have the caramel maltiness, the medium body, the sweetness, and the creaminess to be a representative beer of the style. The pour is amber with a nice white creamy head, retention, and lacing. The aroma is a bit off. It starts out a bit skunky, a bit too much sulfer, and then settles down into a very lagery type grainy smell. Not bad, once things settle.

The taste is just not enough caramel, too pungent, some biting hops on the back end, and a bit too watery for the style. This is one of my lest favorite Octoberfest beers. There is a bit of a sulfery and slightly metallic taste in the finish as well. The tea like hop bite in the finish is the deal breaker for me. The hops or whatever is going on in this beer are just biting, without being nice and bittering. The creaminess in the head just isn't there in the taste. The metallic sulfery taste lingers into the aftertaste and makes it a not so pleasant experience.

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Photo of elinash
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Fest (08) pours a light translucent brown with no head retention into a Celebrator glass.

Aroma is all up front malts. Taste is rich and malty with some spiciness and immediate dryness. Mouthfeel is smooth and typically light. Finishes really dry.

Carol Stoudt's strong suit is lagers (she has told me so) but the brewery makes less of them due to the popularity of most ales. This beer definitely showcases how good the brewery's traditional lagers can be. A great prost! to my first Oktoberfest of the season.

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Photo of AltBock
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try this Stoudt's beer fresh at the brewpub on 5/8/2008. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

"Fest" poured a clear golden color that had a small tint of orange along the sides. The head of foam was about 1/2 inch in height and white in color. This head of foam had decent retention that left behind foamy white rings and quite a few streaks of white lace around the glass.

The aroma was plain and simple with lightly toasted malts, a hint of juicy fruits in the middle, and ended with a whiff of bitter floral hops.

The taste was well balanced and crispy with lightly toasted malts and bitter floarl hops. That was it for the taste. I didn't expect a big gush of flavors to come popping out, but a few more flavors would have been nice to see.

The mouthfeel was light and crispy with a nice sized aftertaste of toasted malts and bitter floral hops.

Simply put, it's just a refreshing summer session beer. And since it has a low ABV% and has little flavor, you could drink a few of these without even noticing it.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Stoudt's Brewery in Adamstown, PA. Standard gold look, with a nice head which was gone quickly.

Aroma is powerful and full. Sweet grains and fruits. I never expect much from the nose of a Märzen, but this really impressed me.

Flavor boasts sweet grain, hints of sour apples and other fruits, with perfectly balanced hops up front. Bready aftertaste.

I can tell this is a very fresh tap. Probably the best Fest I've had to date.

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Photo of xgrafcorex
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: very nice appearance. lightly amber in color with a nice two finger head.

s: caramel/sweetness coming from the malt, as well as a bit of bready aroma. hops definitely are taking a backseat with this one.

t: a nice balance between the hops and malts. the malty flavor still dominates though. the bready aroma seems quite a bit more mellow in the taste and only starts to shine through towards the finish. one of the better oktoberfest beers i've had this season.

m: light body, easy to drink (i guess it should be), and a pleasure to drink. not overly carbonated.

d: very drinkable, heavier than water..but goes down almost just as easy. could drink this stuff all day long.

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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 OWSLEY069
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color, with no head. Aromas that are earthy, and a bit cidery. Same in the taste, a bit cidery, but not big in a fruit presence, and dry. A clean aftertaste, somewhat refreshing. Prefect for a nice warm fall evening, I might have to get a case for Holloween.

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Photo of Zephenbrewid
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type: On-Tap 5 oz taster

A: Med-Amber, remarkably lingering head, concentrated streams of rising bubbles, transparent

S: faint malt, little else present

T: a little on the bitter side, dry as well

M: Nothing out of the ordinary, pretty standard for style

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer as a copper red color with orange amber hints and a thick 2 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: The aroma is a malt biscuity smell with hints of sweetness.

T: The ale has a very strong malt with biscuit and a bit of toffee peaking through. The malts are very strong, to the point of sweetness. The finish is long and leaves a dryness in the mouth.

M: The sweeter malts of an oktoberfestbier always sit well on the palate.

D: The beer has a sweet quality that places it high in the drinkability ratings for the style.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Creed's in KOP...
Appears a glowing, slightly transparent, orange toned amber with a fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Lots of lacing is left around the tall pilsner glass that it was served in. Plenty of carbonation bubbles quickly rise to the top of the foamy head.
Smell is malty with hints of caramel, grain, spicy hops, and mild corn.
Taste is of the aromas with the flavor having a more spiced up and herbal bittering than I remember having in the past...although it may just be my palate changing. The malts and caramel seem to be washed out by a biscuity and hoppy bite.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and dry in the swallow.
This was alright but I actually switched over to wine for my pairing of a dry aged Delmonico...not very typical of me but it just didn't deliver the package I was hoping for.

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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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Stoudt's Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 41.7% out of 100 with 151 ratings
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