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 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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Photo of jifigz
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: This beer pours the typical copper/malty brown that most Oktoberfests appear. The head was creamy white and disappeared rather fast.

S: I am picking up some sweet malts in the nose and that is about it. Maybe I'll drink this slowly to see if the aroma changes as it warms.

T: This tastes like, well, a Marzen. It is malty and bready with that slightly stale burnt taste that I seem to find in all Oktoberfests. The aftertaste is slightly bitter but mostly stale malty flavors.

M: The body of this beer is thin and watery. It would be an easy beer to quaff.

O: This isn't a bad Marzen, but it's not an overly good one. This is an average beer which I find rather surprising because I have praised some of Stoudt's other lagers. Obviously this is better than the Mickey's and Yuengling which slightly higher or similar marks from me, but based as an Oktoberfest it is lacking. This would be a good beer for a hot sausage sandwich on a nice fall day.

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Photo of oline73
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
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 tone77
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some spices. Taste is rather mild, malts, a touch of spice, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I have had better Oktoberfest's.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clearish amber/orange hue with a finger of foamy white head. Decent lacing down the glass.

Has the signature Oktoberfest smell although a bit muted on the malt compared to others.

Very malty up front, but a little too sweet and a different sweetness than the usual. Finishes a little astringent with some unpleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a tad light, but not detracting. Carb level good.

Not one of the better Oktoberfest out there. I usually like stuff from Stoudts, but this one needs to go back to the drawing board.

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Photo of samie85
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear, light copper/orange color with a finger of white head.

S-Herbal and spicy noble hops with some sweet, bready malts backing it all up.

T-Bitter, herbal hops upfront with a light malt backing.

M-Light bodied and well carbonated with a prickly and drying feel.

D-Not a bad beer, but I really would like a stronger malt presence on this one.

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Photo of zimm421
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a nice, clear copper color. Has a creamy off-white head. Good staying power, very little lacing.

Nose is pretty tame and laid-back. Some sweetness and a very slight spiciness. Overall, too muted on the nose. Taste is very sweet. Bready, caramel and toasted malts. Some spices again, and actually pretty well balanced. The taste is good, nose is just too muted.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, average carbonation, and leaves a good film on the inside of your mouth. Very drinkable. Overall, a good beer. A better than average Oktoberfest that is very refreshing and goes down smooth. Not worth seeking out, but glad I picked this up.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, bold gold with thin head an no lace. The aroma is caramel, nuts, and a hint of roasted malt. The flavor has notes of caramel, orange, and spice, mainly ginger. a tiny bit of root beer shows up in the finish. It's mouthfeel is medium-light. Stoudt's Oktober Fest is a good beer, dry and refreshing. A good example of the style. Recommended.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Clear orange with a thin head that lingers.
S: Mostly bready malts with a hint of citrus from hops.
T: Similar to the nose with nondescript malt/hops.
M: Light but not unpleasant.
O: A nice beer for when you just want something simple that you don't have to over-analyze what you're drinking.

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Photo of corby112
2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy off-white head.  Decent retention only slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Slightly spicy aroma with sweet malt notes and faint hops.  Brown sugar and cinnamon with caramel, toffee and biscuit.  Kind of weak really.  All of these elements are subtle.  

Medium bodied with a prominent autumnal spice character up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish.  Slight crisp hop presence compliments the spices but doesn't overpower.  Not bitter.  Sweet malt backbone is kind of watered down with caramel toffee and nut.  Mediocre.  

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is golden, red orange. Frothy head with some lacing.

Nose is fresh, bright hops with a floral component, orange gummy, and yeast.

Taste is light and hoppy, unlike any other Oktoberfest I've tried. Not much malt or harvest taste at all, if any.

Mouthfeel is good carbonation and slightly creamy.

Overall, not true to style and lacks any striking traits. But, it is clean and easy to drink.

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Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy reddish-copper with a creamy ivory head that settles to a nice cap, leaving spotty lacing as it recedes.
S - Crisp, clean aromas of toasted pilsner malt, caramel, honey, and fruity German hops. Really nice.
T - Similar to the nose, sweet malt flavors of caramel and doughy bread, toast, and floral noble hops. One of the easiest-drinking Oktoberfests I've had in some time, this is a nice treat.
M - Smooth and slightly creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation.
O - One of the better American examples of the style I've had, this was a very nice surprise!

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Photo of beep71
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, it has a nice 1/2 head that dissipates to a lace that follows down the beer. Really nice rich amber color. A malty smell with a very faint hint of fruitiness. Not as crisp as I prefer, but very drinkable. Overall, another nice beverage from Stoudts- I haven't been disappointed yet!

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

10-6-11 - Purchased from Siciliano Bro's in Grand Rapids, MI.

A - Golden clear orange color. Frothy and creamy 1/2 inch of bubbly head that quickly dissipated. Not much retention and stick, but good initial suds.

S - Malty and clean. A faint fruity smell comes to the nose as you gather a few more breaths.

T - Very unique combination of flavors. It has a faint hint of dry maltiness, but also has a bit of a hoppy flavor that is enjoyable. It even has a little bit of a wheaty taste.

O - This is a respectable presentation of the fall classic, but definitely not a must have. I was expecting more out of this.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly dark amber with a half inch of head that turns to a slightly sticky lace ring.

S - Slight caramel and toffee hints. Maybe some toasted bread notes. Very faint.

T - Slight bit of toasted malt and caramel like bread. Touches of toffee and a bit of herbal tea flavors.

M - Bit of medium bodied brew.

Overall it was a very decent Oktoberfest and very drinkable. Nice going Stoudts.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear orange-tinted amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Some lacing.

S: Mild caramel malt and fruit. Some spice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light hop bitterness. Caramel malt. Tiny bit of spice. Somewhat toasty finish. Mild flavor overall.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and sort of thin, but good. Crisp.

O: The smell and flavor were a bit mild with this one. Overall not bad, but not great either.

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Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 455 ratings.
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