Oktober Fest
Stoudts Brewing Co.

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #386
Ranked #41,400
3.62 | pDev: 12.43%
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
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Photo of bret717
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Look- clear copper fading to gold around the edges of the glass; big off-white head that settles fairly quickly leaving a thin coating of foam; spotty lacing

Aroma- light crackery malt w/floral and spicy hops

Taste- light crackery malt with a hint of toasted bread gives way to floral and spicy hops, and just a hint of a fruity, green-apple like favor that goes away after a few sips; moderate bitterness

Feel- medium bodied with moderate carbonation; finish is very dry with lingering moderate bitterness

Overall- this stands out from other oktoberfestbiers I've had in that the malt is very delicate and cracker-like rather than the fuller, almost rich and toasty flavor most others have. That being said, it's a very enjoyable beer, and the nice floral/spicy hop character compliment the lighter malt flavors quite well.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, best by January 2018

Clear light amber in color, nice off white colored head. Aroma is bready, mildly sweet. Similar flavor, a little earthy. Thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a clear copper color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about forty seconds leaving some light stringy lacing sliding into the glass. The smell started off with a rich nutty to caramel presence leading into some toasty to bready hops. The taste was moderately sweet with earthy undertones of nutty and caramel malts. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a very good sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed fairly smooth but I’m guessing this was last Autumn’s batch, so that’s no hit on Stoudt’s just the aging of the beer until this time. Overall, pretty decent Oktoberfest that I could give another shot in the Autumn.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: October 28, 2016... OCCASION: Watching the Goonies for the first time with the kids... GLASSWARE: Orioles mug...pours a clear amber copper body that features a nice updraft of effervescence... the frothy single finger head is white and even throughout... the aroma is thick bread and caramel malts, with light herbal aromas... throaty and medium-bodied, but delightfully sessionable.. frothy on the intake... sweet, slightly nutty, and lagerish... a beer that is a great companion for Friday night bar food... versatile... I looked for this one for a while, having had it years ago, and Stoudt's doesn't disappoint...

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a growler via Jungle Jims in a snifter. This nice fest pours a clear and bright orange with a light head of off white foam that subsides to a thin ring and thin layer with light lacing. Nose of moderate breaded malts, herbal hops, and light caramel. Flavors follow the nose with medium amounts of breaded malts and caramel on the front that fade to a light herbal hop on the back that sizzles with the carbonation. Medium carbonation with a medium mouth feel that finishes a touch light and verging on the watery side. A good session brew.


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Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear, dark amber color with a 3/8" ivory white head that soon recedes to a thin film, and an island of foam with a ring around the glass. Sipping creates scattered small patches of foam, some of which remain, some of which slide back down to the liquid and some of which become speckles of liquid on the glass.

The aromas include some light bready character from the malt that rides over a light touch of some grassy hops way in the background and not easily noticed.

The flavors include some light earthy bitterness, a touch of bready malt and a hint of sweetness showing here and there.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and there is some faint persistent carbonation. The finish starts as the bitterness and bread start to fade but the sweetness and bready character fade out first, then followed by the earthy bitterness leaving a dry finish.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and thought it was worth trying both because I've not had it before and because it is local. That said I don't feel its the best of the locally available Oktoberfest beers so I'll probably buy a few it in the future to revisit it but for regular Sep-Oct drinking am more likely to give the nod to a few others, in part because it seems to me that the bitterness in this one should have a more delayed appearance.

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Photo of cmq103
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass. Clear bronze draft pour with a respectable 1/4 head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of brown sugar. I love the style and Stoudts did a fine job with this beer. I'd go back to it again in the fall season.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper. I was unable to get much of a head out of the pour and the thin lace dissapears almost instantly.
The aroma was a bit hard to detect at first. There was a hint of cooked vegetables in the nose. As I got further into the drink, a light bread aroma became present. Further still, as the drink warmed, some light fruit tones were detected.
The taste was mostly malty, slightly sweet but with a mild hops presence for balance. Furthermore, there was a slight peppery and herbal feel in the back of the tongue. The finish was slightly dry.
The feel was my favorite attribute. Strong carbonation pierces the tongue. Medium to light body. Super clean, smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of jp32
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden amber in color. Probably should be called more amber than golden. The aroma is sweet, almost sticky sweet, and seems just a bit less inviting than other octoberfests I've had recently.

Sweet and tangy up front, followed by a bready taste that overwhelms the rest of the sip. I also feel this is less than medium bodied, but does have strong carbonation. It's not a bad beer, but in my opinion there are several better octoberfests out there that are more easily accessible.

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Photo of scotorum
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Clear Amber with an inch thick white head which receded quickly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Hard light fruit, especially pear.

t; Slightly fruitiness over a medium biscuit malt. Light bitterness provides some balance. Dry finish.

m: Light to moderate, ok body, considerable carbonation tingle.

o: OK for a dinner beer but a bit too lightweight for a good Octoberfest, Not nearly malty enough for me in this style.

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Photo of Cogito
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

As far as this style is concerned, this beer has a good flavor with a slight bitterness making it a good Oktoberfest choice for those who tend to prefer IPAs. I give it a 4.5 from within the Märzen / Oktoberfest style and probably a 4.0 overall.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Bottle BB 1/30/15 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head average (3 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to irregular layer between 0 – 3 mm
Lacing excellent - most of the inside of the glass is covered with a reticulum of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor very malty with a slightly bitter aftertaste; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.0625. Final weighted score: 4.025. Passable attempt for this style of beer.

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Photo of IronLover
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Autumn orange in color and very hazy. Poured with a short, rich foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet, bready malt aroma with a hint of floral hops beneath. Smooth, delicate feel with a tangy bite that accompanies the carbonation through the middle. Caramel and toasted malt flavors with delicate, earthy, floral hops benath. A bit of tangy, spicy bop bite near the end ushers in a clean finish with a light bready, toasted malt aftertaste.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear deep copper with a nice two finger head that fades quickly, leaving some decent white lacing on the sides of my glass.

Smell: Malt forward with caramel and amber malt coming to mind, a bit of a citrus and grassy note to it as well.

Taste: Bread, caramel, a bit of earth in there. Not a ton going on but solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bready texture and decent creaminess.

Overall: A pretty good oktoberfest style here from Stoudt's. Wouldn't go out of my way to drink it but this isn't bad.

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Photo of Samp01
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste is of sweet lightly toasted barley. malt, yeast, light fruity notes with a bit of grassy notes.. Palate is a medium body with mild carbonation. Finish is sweet malt, yeast lightly toasted barley and grassy notes with some mild bitterness. Flavor and aroma are a bit weak. Overall an ok brew.

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

growler fill direct from the brewery, poured into a mug.

A- A beautifully clear copper, with a pillowly finger and a half of head. active carbonation. Very pretty

S- a very nice balance of caramel and bready malts, with an earthy hop as well.

T- Better than most of the American examples. Bready malts with a slight caramel tinge are balanced with an earthy/German hops. Not aggressively bitter, but just enough.

M- Nothing off-putting. Light to medium, fairly carbonated, and just a touch dry on the end.

O- This brew is much better on tap than out of the bottle. I love getting growler fills, but rarely buy a case of bottles.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Oktober Fest has a thick, fluffy, off-white head, heavy, splotchy lacing, and a hazy, copper appearance with some streaming bubbles and a lot of suspended, tiny, white particles floating throughout. The aroma is sweet, toasty, bready, and caramel. Taste is similar, with even some hint of citrus in there. The hop bitterness is mild, but it does have enough presence to balance out the beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Stoudts Oktober Fest finishes dry, mellow, drinkable, and delicious. This is a wonderful beer, and I think you should check it out!


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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/8/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, bread, toast, toffee, floral, light citrus, and herbal hops. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of caramel, toast, bread, pear, apple, toffee, floral, light pepper, and herbal hops. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, toffee, bread, floral, and herbal hops on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malty flavors that are fairly robust; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest. Nice balance of fairly robust malty flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering; and nice example of the style as well.

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

I poured this into a pint glass, it has a orange color body with no head or lacing. The smell is of malts and that is all i detect. The taste has that nice malt flavor upfront followed by a little bit of sweetness. No hops are present. The mouth feel is good and overall a good marzen, not the best i have had but defently not the worst.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Neon orange with a half finger head that dissipates fast to big bubbles. Some lacing.

S: Citrus, floral. Light malts.

T: Malty, light hops. Sweet, pungent, earthy, smooth. Banana bread. A light hop finish; astringent.

M: Light to medium. Low carbonation.

O: A decent Oktoberfest. A bit more robust that some I've tried. Sessionable.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light copper with good 1/4 inch white foam that holds. Laces. Lighter malty nose. Good malty base, very light. Sweetness, thinner mouthfeel - designed to be an easy drinbker. Quite sessionable. Touch cloying. Not a hop in sight. Good, not great. Though I had right after the Hooker Octoberfest, and this was clearly inferior to that one.

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Photo of Kooz
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, just a bit darker than Budweiser. Meh.

Faint smell of hops, very average. Nothing interesting about it, but nothing bad about it either.

Tastes sweet with a kiss of hops--not unpleasant, but it's nothing special.

Good mouthfeel--foamy, yet crisp. This is the best aspect of this beer.

It's a good standard Oktoberfest beer. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I will drink it.

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Photo of TurboBrew
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a 1/2 finger head and quickly dissapated. Light copper brown leaves no lace

S: Malt and buscuity lingering smell here

T: Crisp, but not refreshing. Kind of a stale bread taste to me..

M: Bready taste, not much else going on... Average all around, a little too dry for the style in my opinion, little aftertast

O: A solid oktoberfest, but there are better options out there.

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Photo of Brenden
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber-copper in color, this beer has a bit of chill haze to it. It grows a compact tan head about a finger tall that sticks around as a foam after it drops and leaves some spotty lacing.
The aroma's maltier than the flavor, which gives more hops bitterness. It's earthy in all respects, and there's even a touch of funk in the nose. A hint of must remains in the aroma the entire way, though a flash of sulfur on the front drops off quickly. The flavor gets a little more vegetal with a green apple element and more of an herbal and floral hops bitterness to it, leading all the way into a leafy sort of finish.
The body is medium with a biting carbonation which leads to a pretty nice smoothness underneath that's dominated by a crispness that bites too harshly. It has the makings of something that could be good but is too heavily carbonated.

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

This brew pours a golden orange/brown color with a 1.5 finger head and thin lacing which lasts until the end.

The smell is sweet, carmel and sweet malts with a little orange and melon.

The taste follows the nose with sweet malts and carmel, a little orange followed by a grassy, earthy taste with light hop oil sticking to the tongue. Medium carbonation

The mouthfeel is a little oily and a little grassy.

Overall this is a pleasant beer to drink if you like a sweet beer. This is an easy drinking beer which would be good for a cool Autumn night. A few more hops to balance out the sweetness would be nice but I can not complain.

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Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 458 ratings