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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Added by stirgy on 12-20-2001

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

Good sized, light brown colored head holds strong. Mild malt aroma, a bit of an apple hop aroma. Clear, amber colored beer, no visibly carbonation. Smooth, mild flavor,light creamy feel. Roasted malt, barely sweet hops, nice balance and a gentle finish.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is solid beer. When I'm looking for a beer that doesn't require a lot of mental energy or interpretation from my pallette, this is the type of beer I go for.

Appearance: Golden brown color with amber tones. Short lived head.

Smell: Has a yeasty and spicy smell that seems to fade after the initial pour.

Taste: A very mellow flavor. There are some mild peppery spices to compliment a matly, wheaty flavor. It has that dry aftertaste that I equate to some breads of sourdough pretzels.

Mouthfeel: Great body on this beer. It has a nice thick texture that is still very smooth flowing.

Drinkability: Great beer for a long drinking session, hot day, or spicy sausage festival.

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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 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 stegmakk
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper orange with a thin but tan head that went away quick left faint lacing.
Aroma was bready malt. Nice aroma.
Taste was an average o'fest. slightly more bitter at the end.
Mouthfeel a little oily slick like butter.
Drinkability. It is a decent O'fest. Not spectacular but not bad at all. I could stand a couple.

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Photo of GnomeKing
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is proof that beauty is skin deep. I liked the vibrant cooper color of this beer when I poured it into the glass, but the taste was sub par. There was a lingering, unpleasant sourness--maybe "staleness" would be more on target--that I couldn't get paste. When it first hits your tongue, the hops come through but there an aspect to it that isn't quite right. The aftertaste really ruins things, though.

I regret giving a local brewery a bad review, but I gotta call 'em like I see 'em.

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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle contract brewed by Frederick Brewing in Maryland. Pours a clear, burnished copper amber with a two finger beige head that quickly drops into rings of lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel with a fruitiness that is either apples or oranges. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet caramel with a nice citrus hop balance. Seems to taste a bit watery about hallfway through. A solid Marzen style amber lager that would make a fine session brew.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish-amber color. Head was small and faded to a thin layer of foam rather quickly.

Smell: Roasted malty smell, maybe a faint hint of a grainy/bready smell.

Taste: Toasted malty taste, Finish tends toward a slight bitterness. Good, but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel: Nice body, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Again, this is a good beer, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of stewart124
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A reddish-gold color with a thick foamy off-white head after a rigorous pour. There is a nice ring of lacing that seems to last. Nose is of a malty/ fruity aroma with slight hints of hoppiness. Taste is lacking the punch I expected but it's still very easy to drink. Slight caramel flavor. Not as much taste as I'd like and seems to be missing something. The aftertaste is a little dry with a sweetness.
Not bad but not something I'd buy a six pack of.

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy reddish gold color with a thin white lace head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It is slightly malty with a breadlike scent. The taste is good. It has a bit of a malty flavor with a bitter dry finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. It is a good drinker. I've had better Fest style beers than this.

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

Pours a lovely clear copper with a lively little eggshell colored head. Smells wonderfully nutty and malty. Slight retention and lacing.

Tastes like a ofest should. Very caramel and nutty. Carbonation is moderate with mouthfeel being solid. Just a wee bit of a bitter hop twinge at the end but it doesn't distract from this very nice brew.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Marzen that is easily drinkable and worth a try. The slightly hazed copper body sports a minimal off-white head of short life and little lace. The nose is very light and gives hints of the malt, some grain and little else. Medium body with moderate carbonation. The flavor is pleasant and pleases with its dry finish and not overly sweet malts; slight grassy notes in the finish. Very nice.

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

Medium/dark amber in colour, I believe the colour seems darker due to the murkiness that accompanies this brew. Carbonation is average. The head short, leaving little in its wake.
The nose seems a little bready.
The taste has a roasted caromel like beginning with a light bitter back which continues to the end.
Medium body and smooth going down. Dry.

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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 oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a nice looking rocky head,the aroma is slightly sweet and a little soapy.I taste a real hop presence in this beer along with some toasted malt not as sweet as some othe fest beers wich is ok with me,wow I can really get a grassy hop taste in the finish here.An easy drinker some complexity to this beer make it a beer to seek out in my opinion.

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Photo of Gasp100
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep, dark copper color with a nice off white head about 1 inch thick that disapated quickly. The smell was of toasted malt with a slight hint of hops. The taste was malty with caramel and a little spice and the mouthfeel was crisp in the beginning but kind of dulled in the end. This was a fairly drinkable Fest, but not the best I've had this year.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with a light wisp of white head. The smell is very light malt. The taste has slight hints of caramel malts, with some bitterness...not too well-balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, probably wouldn't have too many more.

Average Oktoberfest...not terrible, not great. As far as having this one next year...well, perhaps I will.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Redbones. Poured a golden carmelly color. Unfortunately the aroma was slightly metallic. When tasting, I noticed a real caramelly mouthfeel. I thought the carbonation could be a bit more pronounced. Not a bad beer, but there are better versions of this style out there. pat

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Photo of stirgy
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear orange amber color with a thin head. Some sweet malt aroma with touches of caramel. Beer has a low hop bitterness and the sweetness is right on. Some caramel and fruitiness in the taste. A decent and easy drinking Marzen-style fest beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a small sized off white head. The aroma is somewhat lacking as only some sweetness is detected. The taste is far better, packing some nice malts with a lesser balance of fruitiness and bitterness. The malt lasts long on the tongue. This is very drinkable and is smooth going down.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This marzen style beer poured a clear, copper color with white foam that settled. The smell was a mild, slightly sweet malty aroma. The taste was slightly sweet (but less sweet than many other of this style) and tangy, malty, with the hops making their presence felt in the finish. There was also a bit of a dry, oaky flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy up front, but with a dry finish. The body and carbonation were medium. The aftertaste was dry and lingered nicely. This was a good oktoberfest beer.

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

On tap @ Redbones.

Typical tawny hue, a fine head and great clarity. Malty and grainy aroma … a bit toasted. Semi-dry malty palate, the maltiness focuses on toasted grain and a hint of caramel. The sufficient hop bitterness lays down a good balancing act. Went very well with the sausage that was cooked in beer and butter.

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

A very intriguing amber Fest bier off the tap, the head was hardly omnipresent, as it faded quickly.

The aroma left something lacking in my mind, although I am not sure what. It was earthy with just a hint of spice. Easily drinkable, this bier goes well with German fare as it cuts through the intense flavors.

Not terrible, by any means. One of the above-average Fests out there. If you can get your hands on it, this one is worth a try. A good job by Stoudt's on this one.

Zum Wohl!

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Photo of beerguy101
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange amber color, medium foamy head. Malty aroma. A medium bodied marzen. Malts are sweet and there is just enough hop spiciness to balance the sweetness. Mild flavor, kind of sweet and a little bland for a marzen, but drinkable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of silks636
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Label had an area for freshness stamp, but none was applied.

Appealing deep amber, almost copper color. Fluffy beige head with adequate retention. Sheets of lacing left behind. Smell is sweet and reminiscent of pumpkin with some malt and vanilla sneaking in - very light and fresh. Taste is predominantly malt, slightly caramel. A little thin with barely any hop balance. Very nice toasted malt aftertaste lingered. Not at all complex. Mouthfeel was very thin when cold but improved as the beer warmed.

Drinkability is average, it just seemed that something was lacking. Worth a try, but there are better Oktoberfests available.

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