Oktober Fest | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Oktober FestOktober Fest

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by jakester on 08-20-2005

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Ratings: 458 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single head with little retention and some lacing on a clear golden amber body.

S: breads, barley, biscuits, lager yeast and earthy notes.

T: lots of bread, rye, earthy hops, toasted malts, light spice and barley. hint of pumpkin.

M: medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: this one is strong on the rye bread end. The flavor is very full and different but not really what I look for from the style.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Oktoberfest isn't too bad the pour is nice. The head rises but didn't overflow, the color is a deep amber color. The head is cream colored. The aroma is slightly spicy with some good malts on the nose too. The flavor is pretty standard for most Marzen style, it's earthy with a little spice with some sweeter malts in the back. The mouthfeel is a little light on this brew. If it was a bit heavier it would have probably been better.

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color. A light amount of carbonation is visible and there are lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are aromas of biscuit malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: Flavors of biscuity and grainy malts stand out in the overall taste; there is a mild amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't very difficult to drink. I would consider trying this again because it was an unusual interpretation of the style.

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Photo of oline73
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber with a reddish hue. There is just under a finger of off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Malty and rather sweet. Hints of caramel, and cherry. Some bready notes in there as well.

Taste: Not as much sweetness as in the smell, but the malt sweetness is still there. Bready with some mild cherry and a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: There is nothing wrong with this beer, but it's very average. I don't think I would have another.

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Photo of brentk56
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a modest head that drops quickly and fails to stick

Smell: A dirty vegetal aroma, unfortunately

Taste: Despite the funky aroma, the beer opens with a malty graham cracker flavor; after the swallow, a slight bitterness kicks in but the overall flavor profile is on the malty side, as it should be

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although that aroma is pretty foul, the taste more than makes up for it; a decent Oktoberfest

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitting up all the fall beers I missed last year. Stoudts makes some decent beers, despite that the name is really hard to spell, so here goes another.

A light very fizzy and airy head rises up to 1/2 a finger and fades at a medium pace over the brilliantly clear light amber honey orange color.

The nose comes on with sweet malts and lager aromas, some crisp lager and marzen like aromas, a light toasty and fruity smell. A faint aroma of light grassy and herbal hops, but they are overpowered by the nice marzen lager and toasty malt aromas.

Taste brings some bitterness right away, with a light grassy and herbal hop taste, and almost an orange peel bitterness but not quite. Also comes with some crisp marzen lager flavors, little fruit and wheat even, as well as toasty malts. THe malts a much more subtle and the hops seem to be the big player here, despite that the hop flavor is lighter than the bitterness. Too light on the malty flavors and overall flavors.

THe mouth is lighter with decent carbonation.

It finishes still somewhat bitter with more of the bittering hop, very little grassy and herbal hop flavors, somewhat dry but a faint sweetness remains. Some of the lager flavors also linger, with a bit of the sweet malt flavors and touch of fruit.

This is a pretty decent Oktoberfest. NIce crispness, nice malts and Marzen lager flavors and aromas, some nice grassy hop additions. THe flavor comes a little light for me, but overall nice. No off flavors either so they did a good job lagering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is caramelized malts, grain, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts is very bready up front with flavors of grain and hearty malts. Then there's a mild sweetness that comes in from flavors of caramel, spices and some fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sessionable O-fest to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a nice, clear copper with a medium sized whitish head. Lacing clings for a little bit but then slowly dissipates off the sides. Aroma is fairly sweet with a touch of fruity hop bitterness.

Toasty sweet caramel dominates the taste but there's that citrusy hop character rearing it's head in the middle and lingering until the end. The mouthfull feels a little thin for a Marzen but is otherwise fine.

Stoudt's brings something a little different to the Marzen style with the hop bitterness of this guy, and I rather like it! Besides my issues with the body, I found this to be a rather tasty and easy drinking Octoberfest.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear brass colored pour. NO head and, understandably, no lace. The liquor looks great, but there are no bubbles coming up the glass.

Mild lighter pale malt aromas. No notable hop.

This is a surprisingly dry and hoppy beer for the style. It does have the crispness of well-made lager. Thinner body with high carbonation may be the only detraction. Good pale malt flavors.

Other than the body and the appearance, this is a nice marzen. The flavor is good with interesting differences that give this beer character.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light, brass-hued body with a wispy, off-white head. Well, and I don't want to jump the gun too much on the review, but here's a little preview: the body seems a bit too light.

Smell: Mild, sweet treacle aroma with grains and some sourness.

Taste: To be truthful, the flavor is bland and fleeting. Faint sweet malts mix with a breadiness and a nearly indiscernible hop flavor all the way through to the peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body that's decidely watery. The lack of body is disappointing.

Drinkability: Light and simple. So, you know, that's cool, if that's your thing. Me, I'll stick to other examples of the style or, better yet, Stoudt's other beers.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours light amber in color with a small, off white head. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Malty aroma, not much else though, relatively boring aroma.

T: Again, pretty boring. Some sweet malts and a biscuit flavor as well. No hop flavor, unmemorable.

M/D: On the thinner side, seemed watered down. Had high hopes for this beer, but it was a let down for me. Will reach for other beers in this style in the future.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Precisely midway between amber and orange, which is definitely on the lighter end of the Oktoberfest color scale. The highlights are bumblebee yellow and the head is two fingers of manila hued foam. No more than a few small scraplets of lace stick.

The nose is very lightly toasted, earthy and musky. Munich malt will do that, but this brew seems to favor the pale side of the malt seesaw. Saaz and Hallertau were used for aroma (Perle and Hallertau for bittering). A barely perceptable hoppiness is never a sin in a beer of this style.

Oktober Fest is nowhere near a classic version. It's lighter on malt-sweetness and heavier on hops-bitterness. That's true roughly half a year past the release date, so it must have been doubly true last fall. Even though I'm a hophead, I want an Oktoberfest to taste like an Oktoberfest and not like a hoppy amber lager.

More total malt, more mid-range malt (caramel would be good) and fewer hops are the suggested fixes. Flavors include lightly toasted white bread, cereal grains, tea leaves, bitter grasses and citrus zest. Does that sound like an O-fest to you? Me neither.

The mouthfeel is light as well. Big surprise. It doesn't quite reach watery on the back end and the bubbles are slightly too prickly for comfort. Not bad, but not better than average.

Stoudts knocks some beer out of the park. Unfortunately, Oktober Fest isn't one of them. Brewing outside the box is fine for some styles, but this one works better if it stays closer to the tried-and-true.

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