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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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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a copper-orange colored beer with a nice one finger white head. The head faded rather fast to level a lighter amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of a toasted malt with hints of some caramel and lightly earthy and herbal hop aroma. Overall it was rather light, but nice none the less.

Taste – The flavor begins of roasted malt with a sweet caramel taste. The caramel fades slightly toward the middle of the taste as some hop flavors of a more earthy nature greet the tongue. Toward the end the caramel comes back a bit and with an added arrival of a increase in the roasted flavors, to produce a lightly hopped and roasted smooth finish.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the smoother side with an average body creaminess and a average carbonation level. Good and drinkable for the style

Overall –Overall a very easy drinking brew with a nice flavor blend. Give it a go if you have a chance.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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 garuda
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper, nice white head that retains well with some lacing.

S/T - Bready, caramel malts give way to a noticeable noble hop finish. A tad bit astringent, though.

M - Medium to light in body, mostly dry on the finish, but has that touch of astringency that really shouldn't be there.

O - Overall its a nice marzen, mostly easy drinking like it should be. Much better ones out there, though.

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

Stoudts Oktober Fest pours a perfectly crystal clear light golden amber with an off white head that leaves a modest amount of foamy lacing.

The aroma surprisingly has quite a hop scent along with the malt background.

The taste is not exactly as I would expect from an Oktoberfest but good nonetheless. Hops are prominent and spicy with a lightly toasted bread background with a touch of caramel for the malts. There is a distinct grain flavor as well with a decent bitterness buffered by the malts.

Mouthfeel is on the medium side of light, though somewhat full bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

I'm always glad to get the chance to try a new Oktoberfest and Stoudts fits the bill though perhaps not quite true to style. I'll have to drink a few more before I decide where is ranks with other.

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

A-light amber with a thin white head

S-faint scent of barley and light honey.

T-comes in with a light and bitter taste of adjunct barley, light honey, alcohol, and a biscuity flavor. There's a slight happiness to it. Just okay

M-high carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-not as smooth an easy to drink as I like my Oktoberfest beers to be. It is okay though, just off for the style.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a copper/amber color with a half inch thick head that dissipates after a minute. Has a nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Toasted malts, caramel, and earthy.

Taste - Has a very nice caramel flavor to it.. And is also very sweet with lightly toasted malts. Biscuits in the finish along with a subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - This is a very good Oktoberfest, compared to most..

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Photo of cpolking
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark orange, amber, copper in color. There is a three-quarter inch head of off-white to very light brown head that is thick, foamy and creamy and leaves layers of sticky lacing down the glass.

The aroma is malty, with a spicy, herbal, aromatic bitterness.

The taste is sweetly malty, caramel, toasted, with just enough bitterness to finish smooth and dry.

Not as flavorful as some Oktoberfests, but a very pleasant easy drinker.

Thanks to tone77 for this beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear light orange color. A two-inch bubbly white head boasts great retention. Clumpy, spidery lacing clings everywhere. This beer looks great.

S: Sweet maltiness with a kiss of caramel melanoidin. Toasty grain. Hay and grassy hops. Exactly what the style should be: simple and pleasant.

T: No surprises here, it tastes exactly as it smells. Sweet malt and toasted grain up front. Touch of biscuit and more grainy flavors. Grassy hops and hay bring up the rear. Dries and finishes with hay and dry grain.

M: Light bodied. Well rounded with a light creamy texture and active carbonation that lifts and scrubs.

O: This is one Oktoberfest that I look forward to every year. Simple, tasty, and highly quaffable. A great example of the style; everything you're looking for is here.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pint glass.

A: Clear, light brown pour with a finger of off-white head.

S: Figs, nuttiness, and a little butterscotch.

T: Overly-malted; strong caramel, toffee, and sweet fruitiness.

M: Medium body with medium-light carbonation.

O: A typical bastardization of a wonderful style by Stoudt's.

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Photo of Amalak
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear dark gold color with a redish hue. Great foamy white head and lace. A few bubbles.

S. Mild rye and lagerish scent.

T. The first taste is a wonderful explosion of cinnamon and space, perhaps some rye.

M. It has a crisp and refreshing taste.

O. Definitely one of the best Oktoberfests I've ever had.

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Photo of Clowerweb
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by: 1/20/2012, so we're pretty much right on the freshness date.

A: Orange, slightly cloudy, golden at the bottom of the glass. 3 finger head was impressive at first, but had huge bubbles and faded quickly, leaving little lacing.

S: Sweet, tropical fruity, almost like pears and banana, very good nose, lighter notes of hops, but very sweet and fruity overall.

T: Starts with bitter citrus and hops, mid palate fruity, quickly dries up with some more bitter hops and possibly grapefruit.

M: Average - Slightly watery, light bodied, very dry, medium carbonation.

O: Eh, not great, not bad. It's almost like a watered down HopDevil or very mild Arrogant Bastard. There's not much to complain about, yet not much to love.

I wouldn't choose this beer over others that I would consider to be in the same class. It's got a great smell and above average taste, but the taste really isn't special for a craft beer, and the look and feel just aren't quite there for me. It's *almost* there, but its lack of unique character just doesn't help this beer make the cut.

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

Aroma is malty and sweet like you'd expect from the style. Quite a bit of caramel with a toasty presence there as well. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste isn't quite as sweet as the aroma would let in. It is, in fact, predominantly malty with a caramel malt base, but it's actually tempered pretty decently. There's also a toasty-biscuit quality that comes afterwards. Small twinge of hop bitterness at the finish on the sides of the tongue but very, very minor as it should be.

Marzens generally go by the book and this isn't too much different than most. Not too sweet, but pleasantly so...a little biscuit differentiates it from some others.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a reddish-orange hue with a thick, frothy, 2-finger, white head that lingers for awhile, leaves a great trail down the glass, and ends in solid lace.

S: Spicy malty aroma – with hints of citrus and honey an a earthy hop nose.

T: Slightly sweet and mildly bitter brew. Hints of caramel and biscuity backbone.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This is a really good oktoberfest – a little light on the flavor but very drinkable none the less.

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Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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