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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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Reviews: 240 | Ratings: 455
Photo of techdiver
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This was a disappointment. Looked good with a light amber color, very modest head, but good carbonation. Initial impression was okay, just something I wouldn't want another of. After that it was all downhill, taste was dismal and left an alltogether unpleasant aftertaste.

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

This Oktoberfest is a great example of the style. Of the ones I've tried this year, this one hits closest to the mark of what I consider a great Marzen Oktoberfest. Plenty of body, good mouthfeel, and higher-than-average drinkability. Just the right amount of maltiness, and the hops are there, although not too present (right on style, IMO). And the aftertaste is nice and refreshing. Definitely the best Oktoberfest I've had this year.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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 cubedbee
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, pours a gorgeous crystal clear copper with a nice white head that sticks around for a long while. Nose is caramel, grainy malt, and a slight vegetal note, nothing too impressive. The taste on the other hand is excellent, a nice full doughy malt, slightly nutty, with a nice gentle touch of hops to finish things out. So smooth and creamy, so delicious, so easy to drink. This is a suberb Oktoberfest, seek this one out if you can find it.

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Photo of nortmand
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey amber pour, with a fluffy head that leaves very little lace.

Sulfury grassy caramel malts in the nose. Not bad, but smells a bit cheap.

Sweet and grainy up front, mellows into an inoffensive bittersweet caramel.

Low to medium bodied, this is a nice drinking beer. Not the best Oktoberfest, but surely worth looking for.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a beautiful copper color with ruby tones. Has a small creamy eggshell head that fades. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a slight fruity smell.

Taste of caramel malt upfront with a slight fruity taste. A mild hop flavor presents itself midway and it washes down rather clean and dry.

Medium body, low carbonation.

Overall a nice Oktoberfest and easy to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
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 FenwaySquid
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with BBD printed on neck poured into an Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: Poured a deep reddish copper color. Head poured about one finger worth, creamy and tan colored. So far so good.

Aroma: Grainy malts mainly, with a fresh hoppy aroma in there as well.

Taste: Sweet and malty, along with some hop flavors similar to the smell.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, carbonation balanced very good.

Overall: Not great, but not horrible. Definitely not my favorite Oktoberfest brew. Worth a shot, but not anything I'd seek out. Oh well.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored with a decent light beige head and nice carbonation. Nutty and grainy malt aromas dominate but with some hop character at the start. Nutty and grainy flavors are very nicely balanced. Light-medium bodied with a dry malty grain finish.

I very nice O-fest albeit a bit pricey...

I wonder if this is the same as the old "Stoudt's Fest" which won the following GABF medals: 1991 - Gold (Marzen-Oktoberfest) and
1992 - Gold (Marzen-Oktoberfest). I had the Fest in the past and seem to think this one is better than that was...

Best Before: 01/13/06 (lasered on neck) / '5252' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 12/21/05

($8.49 / 6-pack)

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Photo of bjohnson
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper with one finger white head evaporating to leave a slight film on top.
S: Smells of fall and leaves. But also some fruit too--caramelmalt is definately noticeable. Toasted grains in the background.
T: Tastes of sweet caramel malt and a bit of dark fruit---Love the taste of fall and leaves. Toasted grains have more of a role on the palate. Very crisp and smooth with a slightly bitter ending.
M & D: Definately a smooth beer, but for me, pretty much only drinkable in the fall, when it reflects the season.

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

Pours a clear amber color with a decent size cream colored head spotty lace left behing.

Aroma is malty light toffee some apples mixed in nice floral hop aroma light herbal spiceiness, very nice smelling. Don't remember the others I had 2 months ago smelling as nice.

Taste is malt light fruitiness with some nice floral/herbal hops in the finish along with some light lingering toffee flavors. Taste is not bad not quite as crisp and refreshing as I enjoy but good.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium lightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability is good not the best Oktoberfest but not as bad as last years.

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Photo of jtell
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a nice coppery color with lively carbonation and a thin head. Smell was fresh. Hard to describe. Nothing really jumping out as a dominating smell. Taste was the same. Tasted good but no distinguishing characteristics to set this beer apart from another. Mouthfeel was crisp and lively. Good carbonation. Overall this is an average beer. The only conisistent thought going through my head while I was drinking this was that it is fresh. Not impressed but not a bad beer. Would rather try another Oktoberfest than this one.

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Photo of jaluria
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Translucent copper color with lacy white foam. The head is thick with a soapy, porous texture. Some malt aromas can be detected, but faint and not much else. Alcohol and malt flavors are up-front with a dry malt, medium-bodied aftertaste. Some bitterness in the aftertaste but flavorful. Overall, this was an enjoyable Oktoberfest beer from a very good brewery; definitely worth a try.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best before 1/13/05

Appearence: Pours a nice, clear dark copper. It seems a bit dark for the style, but all-in-all acceptable. The head is frothy and off-white. Big bubbles flow up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Wonderful, earthy malts arise with a great bready, grainy smell that's dead on. Balance is supreme. Crisp and clean smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is bland. I don't know how else to put it. It's not bad tasting, it's just boring, and has nothing that you'd hope from the smell of it. The bready-ness of the smell has almost dissapeared, and turned into a cereal/corn type flavor. The aftertaste is border-line gross. The mouthfeel, on the other hand, is clean, crisp, and smooth.

Drinkability: This one has the potential to be a solid Oktoberfest beer, but unfourtunatly, it doesn't shine through like it should. It's not bad, but I'd rather go for a Sam Adams O-fest, and I never thought I'd have to choose SA over Stoudt's. Hmmm...

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Photo of Stingray5
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pours fittingly orange, and looks suspiciously pumpkin-ish in my goblet. Thankfully no pumpkin taste. Well, maybe a little.. Fluffy large bubbled head settles to a nice ring. Sweet and spicy malt aroma leads to a creamy mouthful, low carbonation. Big malt taste with more spice. Very tasty. Addicting. I can't put it down for too long before I have to pick it up and drink more.

This is my second offering from Stoudts and I'm really impressed.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the better O'fests I have tried so far this year. Poured a (dare I say?) orange hed brown. No head and it appears almost flat. But I still really liked the color of this beer. Nose is quite pleasanlty of just slightly toasted malts.Taste is simple and straightforward. Not lots of anything. Just some pleasant toasted grains. Hops just barely register. This is how I see an Oktoberfest tasting in Germany. Easily drinkable with some good friends as you sit around the table and chat. Unfortunately, my only negative about this beer is that it is fairly flat in the mouth.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Expiration date on the bottle had been mostly rubbed off by the time i got to it, they need to use a better process for putting this on the bottles.

Really great beer, poured into a clear glass mug and looked about as pretty as a beer could. Very much a fall beer, pours the color of oak leaves come October. Orangey gold with a little bit of an off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly with a little bit of lacing.

Kind of a plain Jane smell, malty, refreshing, good hop note, with a little bit of a biscuity/yeasty thing going on.

Tastes great straight out of the fridge, but it really hides some of it's character. I'd say wait until it's spent at least 5 or 7 minutes out of the fridge before you start in on this one. Refreshing, but hearty, great for fall evenings like last night when I had mine. Once you let it get a little warmer, the finish comes out really well with a flavor like granny smith apples and a hop tartness that's not overdone at all, and doesn't overshadow the malty flavor at all. Great tasting beer.

Hearty feeling in your mouth, not too carbonated, really smooth. Consistency of fresh squeezed apple juice. Once again, great for fall evenings.

Drinkability is where this beer really shines. It's smooth and cool but hearty. It doesn't make you feel loaded down at all. I could definitely stand another. Will buy it again, may have people over for an evening of different brewery's Oktoberfests around mid-October, and this will definitely make an appearance.

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Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this case at the Beer Mart. I drank it in a pilsner glass. No date on the case, which pisses me off. The bottles have expiry date on them (1/2/06), but in Pa. you usually gotta buy a case. Date on the case, please!

Pours a beautiful orange/amber with a 1/2 finger head of beige colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with decent lacing on the glass. Looks pretty well carbonated.

Aroma is delicate bready malt, not even slightly fruity, with a gentle hop spiciness. Smells slightly toasty sweet.

Flavor is delicate toasted doughy malts, an easy hop bitterness, and a kiss of spicy hops. The flavors in this are all soft, clean, and delicious. Aftertaste is so clean and malty and nice!

Mouthfeel is smooth and malty. Perfect amount of residual sugar here. Carbonation is fairly soft. Finish is smooth and sweet.

I can't imagine a much better O'fest. The aroma and flavor are delicate but impressive; makes you want more! Highly recommended.

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Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Oktoberfest bottle as shown on the brewery website, purchased as a single at the Vintage Cellar. My first Festbier of the season. Pours a clear and glowing copper amber body with a khaki head that rises one finger. Good retention before falling into profuse patchy and sticky lace. Munich malt aroma has notes of molasses, maple syrup, and toffee. Spicy floral hops back up the sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel has a light medium body with appropriate medium carbonation. Taste is dominated by the same maltiness noted in the aroma. Munichesque notes of toffee, molasses, caramel, and a definite hint of maple syrup. Restrained, but adequate, presence of floral and spicy German hops. Very tasty, but heavyhanded with the sweet Munich malts. Just a bit too sweet for good drinkability.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed vom Fass at Stoudt's on 08.20.05...

Much has been made about Stoudt's brews being moved entirely in-house. Let me just say this - very well done. Granted, when I had initially tried this brew, some almost 2 years ago, it left me disappointed and scratching my head. Truth be told, I believe this one is heading in the right direction.

The copper brew presented before me with a faint head at first, which left whisps of lace along the innards of the glass through its consumption.

Doughy, bready maltiness in the nose, but overly so. A nice touch of hops just for good measure to round things out.

Smooth, very smooth on the palate. The maltiness was controlled well, and the sprinkling of hops made its way in there as well.

Highly drinkable. Not overly rich like some Marzen's can be. Hardly a malt monster. This is just a very solid Oktoberfest.

Admittedly, I have had only imported Oktoberfests from Germany (having never had them from their respective sources). Nevertheless, I believe this is what an Oktoberfest should really be. A more-malty version of a Munich Helles lager, with a ton of drinkability.

Damn, damn fine. My advice - if you have tried this one before, seek it out and give it another try.

As an aside, I believe this brew, in particular, needs a new listing as "Oktoberfest" if for no other reason than the fact that Stoudt's has brought the brewing of this Bier completely in house (not to be confused with its contract brewed bastard of a counterpart, Stoudt's Fest). In addition, Stoudt's will not be offering the Oktoberfest all year 'round, as they did with the Fest. The Oktoberfest, as it was explained to me, will only be available during the appropriate fall months.

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Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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