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Oktober Fest | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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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 moosejaw7
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a fantastic Oktoberfest beer. You could put this up against any Bavarian offering and it would still stand out as great.

A very nicely malted nose leads the mouth into a beautiful harmony of flavor and drinkability. I had to stop myself from finishing a whole sixer in an hour's time. It just goes down so nicely, but not in that way where you don't notice. Every sip makes me happy.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber with a desent size head. Head is off white and pretty dense leaving spotty lacing and settles into surface foam.

Aroma is malty, of course, and has a slight bready or ceral aroma also.

Taste is of biscuits and malts.

Medium mouthfeel with a touch of creaminess.
Slightly dry finish.

Been having my fair share of Oktoberfest this weekend and this one ranks pretty good.
I'd like to try this on tap.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with scant head and lacing.

Evenly carbonated with sweet malt and autmnal spice notes at the nose.

Mild brew with little character up front but goes from sweet to only a touch bitter on the finish. Not overly sweet and the spiciness on the nose does not translate well to the pallet. Interesting, I expected the sweetness to over power the spice, but I struggle to detect an abundance of either.

Light bodied and pleasant, a shade above too thin or watery.

Over a descent interpretation of the Marzen, I could easily drink many, but as far as innovation and character go, I would say just a touch on the bland and unexciting side.

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Photo of clint1019
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Medium Amber in color with a creamy colored frothy head.

S - Light malt aroma with a even lighter spice aroma.

T - Has a clean malt flavor and a slight hop spicyness.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Not that great of a beer. It just doesn't have much in the way of aroma or flavor. I thought maybe it was last years beer, but the best by date is 01/20/12. I definately won't be buying this game again.

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Photo of ebby82
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber into a pint glass with very little head retention.

The aroma is very sweet. Sweet, bready malts, perhaps a bit of toffee.

The taste is quite sweet and malt forward. Toasty bread like malt. Little to no hop presence.

Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

A bit early for the Oktoberfests, but I could definitely drink lots of this in a few weeks. A very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Clear deep amber color, poured with a fizzy off white head that dissipated to a frothy ring.

S: Bread, toffee, malty. Hints of spice and diacetyl.

T: Same as nose, sweet malt, a little more prominent grain flavor, and less spice than in the nose.

M: Fizzy carbonation, a little creamy once the carbonation settles a bit. Very very drinkable, just a little too fizzy for a better rating here.

O: My first bottle from this batch I was a little disappointed, but the more I have this beer, the more I enjoy it. Although it's not extravagant in any way, it's a damn good session beer. In my opinion, this is what the standard of commercial beer should be.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Total Wine on special. It's the 2010 release but I was desperate for a change from the watered down summer offerings so I figured $1 was a gamble I could afford for a taste of what the next few months have to offer.

Pours a dark straw color with a mountain of head overflowing the pint glass. There's very noticeable carbonation and great head retention. Smells malty and a little soapy. Taste is caramel and roasted malt, a little nutty, and smooth with very little hop bitterness. This beer is very carbonated lending to a lighter than expected mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm not all that impressed. This was OK. I hate to judge a Stoudts offering on only a single bottle. I'll buy one fresh and revisit.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 2011 bottle straight from the brewery today. I was surprised to see this out a bit early this year, but apparently this comes out in August each year. 12 ounce poured into a tapered glass.

A: Golden rusty bronze, extremely clear body with a slightly off-white creamy, frothy head. A thin retention cap of foam is left on the surface, allowing the beer to give incredible lacing all over. For an Oktoberfest, this is an awesome looking beer.

S: Bready, doughy malts and grains are the focus. Some slight buttery hops come through, as well as a really distinct spice note. It might be clove or cinnamon, something along those lines. It's not overpowering but enough to give it a bit of complexity. Still, there's not too much to the nose.

T: Sweet caramel malt notes are blended fairly well with some faint toasted grains. More caramel comes through and seems to be a central theme throughout the palate. Ending is a dash of bitterness to take off the edge, as well as a hint of sweeter toffee. It's actually really good after the first couple sips. Perhaps my palate just wasn't ready for an Oktoberfest in July!

M: Well carbonated which could be reduced just a bit, but very smooth around the palate. Bubbly and a touch of creaminess from the head lasting throughout.

Having had this before, this is the first time I am giving it an honest review and truthfully, I don't remember it being this enjoyable. It's very true to the style, which Stoudt's seems to do quite well. I really look forward to this beer in the fall but it's still wonderful now.

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Photo of warnerry
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from fall 2010

Pours a translucent dark golden brown with maybe 1/2 finger of head. Nice carbonation rising throughout. Smell is faint, slightly sweet smelling malts, but nothing more distinct than that. Tastes like a lager, but not in the Marzen style. Crisp and pretty clean, but taste doesn't really stand out in any way. Mouthfeel is light with a high carbonation level, too much for my liking. Overall, this is okay but not at all memorable.

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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 stewart124
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a little out of season but I found it in the back of the fridge. No dates on the bottle but I know it's from last fall.

Pours a golden orange with a head that doesn't linger.

Some bread and malt in the nose.

Taste is quite malty with some light caramel notes. Plenty of carbonation. Slight bitterness but really doesn't challenge the malt character. Some grape esters or maybe that's just more of the malt. There is a bit of spice character, almost a cinnamon.

Aftertaste is malty/bready with a dry finish. Lingering caramel.

Tasty Oktoberfest with nothing spectacular but tasty all-around.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Fall brew ranking notes: Pours a nice dark amber but almost no head. A bit of lacing, but nothing to write home about. The nose was a pleasant maltiness carried by the lively carbonation. Hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. Mouthfeel was also pleasant, heavy but carried by the nice carbonation. Good mix, didn't weight you down and the carbonation didn't pull the beer from your tongue. Taste was dominated by the toasty caramel malts. There was a touch of orange peel, and a hint of bitterness to round the taste out, but nothing getting in the way of the reserved and simply drinkable taste. Pretty above average in every way. Not the top of the line for this style, but a really solid attempt.

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

Aroma: Pilsner malt. Some earthy notes.

Appearance: Pours thick off-white head. Medium lacing. Color is deep golden with a reddish hue

Flavor: Toasty malts dominate. Medium-high bitterness. Earthy and floral hop character. Getty a tart sugary taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Seems a little thin. Dry puckering in finish. Somewhat astringent. Alcohol present, but not overpowering.

Overall: A pretty hoppy version of the style. I would like to see more of a malt backbone to back it up. Lacking the smoothness of a good lager. Still, I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

I thought I could count on Stoudts to come up with a solid authentic Marzen, but instead this tastes decidedly like a maibock. It even looks like a maibock, in color - a light yellowy-amber with a faint haze. Looks pretty flat, as far as carbonation. There's some maltiness to the aroma, but there's also some uncharacteristic hoppiness and spiciness as well. As far as the nature of the spiciness, it's a toss-up between whether or not it's derived from the yeast (which could be lending the fruity notes, too) or from the specialty grain. The malt in the flavor, once again, having a rye bent to it, and body is of moderate concentration. The apparent deficit of CO2, in the form of visual foam and bubbles, as previously noted, can be detected as well in the smooth, yet surprisingly watery feel. Ya, boring. What's up, Stoudts?

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Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark orange with a fuzzy white head which has decent retention. A nice pillow leaves good rings of creamy lace.

S- Malty. Buttery sweet, slightly nutty profile. Big bread notes. Hint of dark fruit. Fades a bit.

T- Sweet caramel malt with dark fruit. Also hints of nuts, grass and bread. A bit of hops come in the finish.

MF- Light creamy body with moderate carbonation. Slight bitterness in the finish.

DB- A pleasant, easy drinking flavor. Fairly standard for yhe style but enjoyable without any major flaws.

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Photo of weller1js
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a clear yellowish-orange with moderate carbonation, little foam and very slight foamy lacing.

smell: light harvest scent gives off notes of apple-cinnamon.

taste: harvest malts are faint and subdued, but taste is very clean and refreshing, finishing with a mellow hoppy bitterness with apple-like undertones.

drinkability: for the Märzen style, it is sudued and not overly prounounced, but in general the very light hop notes complement the mellow taste.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber with a quickly dropping head.

S - Nose is malty and very fruity, light floral hops.

T - Medium-sweet. A bit of toasted grain and a good dose of fruit. A bit of chalky earth in the back end a moderately bitter finish. Fruity-malty with a hint of herbal hops.

M - Good body is smooth and slightly slick.

D - Good session brew. Clean and drinkable, but doesn't stand out.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another festbier on my list for this autumn. I've wanted to try this one for awhile. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a much lighter than expected, pale orange. A thin off-white head rests atop. Leaves some light lace behind. There's not much to the nose of this beer. Some faint grain and malts. Nothing stands out.

Good moderately full body. Given the low ABV, I'm surprised at how "heavy" this feels. This is really a secretly-full beer. Great beer that's full of flavor. Lots of tasty breadiness finished with a kiss of sweetness. Nice grainy aftertaste. This really is one of my favorite of the season. Great flavor, excellent drinkability. Just tweak the nose a bit, and this is stellar.

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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 FredTheSeal
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured with almost no head and no lacing at all. What head I saw was fizzy and dissipated immediately. Crysral clear light orange in color.

S - Spicy malt character followed by alcohol. Not as much malt and roasted aroma as other oktoberfests.

T - Tastes better than it smells. Malt: Light, Spicy, Biscuity/Grainy. Hops: A little hop bitterness in the end but that's it.

M - Light bodied and highly carbonated

D - It's a light, drinkable beer but not worth craft brew money in my opinion

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Photo of cdizinno
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass at the Flying Saucer in Columbia, SC

A: Clear light amber in color. Thin white head with minimal lacing.

S: Mainly bready, malty aromas. Some mild hops.

T&M: Biscuity and grainy malts are prominent. Some mild bitterness in the middle to end. Nice caramel malts up front that is balanced well with the hops. Light to medium bodied, clean and crisp but a slight bit watery on the palate.

Pretty much the same as the bottle. Slightly better.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Oktoberfest is served up a bronze amber color, and is crystal clear with a nice white head. The head is a bit fleeting, and leaves only slight traces of lace on the glass.

The aroma of this beer strikes me as having much more toastyness than some of the other marzens that I've had this season. Perhaps that is more the result of what I perceive to be a lighter than normal malt character that is lacking that richness that I would expect in a beer like this. Grassy hops also make an appearance.

I find the flavor to be quite enjoyable. It is not as caramel malty sweet as some of the more classic examples, but it is definitely a malty brew with the toasted character from the nose also coming through in the flavor. This toastyness is accented by some noble hop character and a slight nuttiness. A bit different, but I really enjoy the flavor profile of this beer.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and it finishes fairly dry for style. The finish consist of a bit a spicy, astringent flavor and some grassy hops.

I drank quite a few of these at the German American Oktoberfest I was at, but that is mostly because the only other beers offered were Spaten. If they had offered a better authentic German marzen, I think I would have taken it over this, but it was still a darn tasty beer. It also went great with my massive sausage platter!

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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 bonkers
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The color is medium orange with a 2 finger white head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet, bisquity. The flavor is sweet and bready, with a light finish. The body is a solid medium with moderate carbontation, and it drinks very easy. Not best in class,but a solid marzen.

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Photo of jkrich
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with freshness date stamped on bottle. This festbier is a clear, deep golden to bronze color with a quickly receding white head.

The faint aroma is largely perfumy sweet malt and some noble hop odors.

The lager begins with a solid malty profile with a hint of molasses in the aftertaste. The refreshing crispness keeps this one from becoming cloying.

The body is light to medium with crisp, zesty carbonation. The mouthfeel is rather sweet; in fact my lips were coated with sweet malt flavor.

Another fine product from Stoudts. This is an excellent beer for an early, slight cool autumn day. Despite the low ABV, the overall sweetness may keep this one from being truly sessionable. Still, an excellent lager.

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Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 458 ratings
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