Oktober Fest | Stoudts Brewing Co.

Oktober FestOktober Fest
458 Ratings
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 Stigs
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour at Double-Wide Grill, served in a standard pint glass

A - thin wisp of white foam flashes away almost instantly to some floating bubbles. the beer is crystal clear, bright orange in color.

S - very sweet, biscuity malts. lightly toasted malt aromas slowly creep in as it warms. kiss of grassy hops at the end.

T - biscuity and bready malts, touched with some honey sweetness. turns slightly bittering with a twinge of grasy hops and toasted malts.

M - thin bodied with lively but not overdone carbonation. very clean, with lingering malty sweetness.

D - pretty good, basic example of the style. refreshing and goes down pretty easy...wouldnt mind celebrating Oktoberfest with a few of these.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a .5l fluted glass.

Pours a light amber color with a small white head. Nose is malty and sweet. It's got a light hoppiness to it but fairly muted.

Taste is crisp and creamy with a nice finish. It's got some toffee notes with a light hop presence. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up sixer of this after a side-by-side tasting with Southern Tier's and Ipswitch's octoberfest offerings at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. (I thought this out of the three was the truest representation of the style and the least hop-forward). Sixer was $9.99. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear light orange brew gives a thin bubbly off-white head. Nose is pretty faint but nicely complex... a little spice, florals, hops, malt, etc. Taste is much more forward, fairly hoppy with a moderate marzen-type body, a tiny bit of acidic bite, carbo a bit too fizzy.

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

Pours copper and a half finger head. Nice bready malt with a very light hop bitterness. Smooth yet bubbley on the mouth. Drinking is pretty much on on par with other mazens. Fits style but isn't anything special the write home about. If i was from pa it would be good

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Photo of biggerboat88
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light copper color with a creamy white head that fades slowly with minimal lacing. I got a lot of sweet malty bread off the nose with the signature lager aroma off the nose. It is right in line with the style and gets me excited for the season. The carbonation on this one is very strong, maintaining itself as I finished the glass. Very smooth and fresh to taste with the grains taking the forefront but not aggressively so. The hops add just the slightest bitterness to finish it out. As it should be, this oktoberfest is clean, fully flavored, and extremely drinkable. I'm glad I still have a few in the fridge.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper body rests beneath a foamy, white head that lingers for a while before giving way to a loose, bubbly lacing.

Aromas of German malt waft from the glass, just a bit toasted.

The flavor consists of the same German malt, backed by some hop character, but ending semi-sweet.

Medium in body and carbonation, this beer actually finishes a touch creamy.

Quite an enjoyable example of the style, plenty of flavor, traditional and all around good.

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Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a "Cider" color, creamy white head. Good head retention, with some lacing. The aroma was weak consisting of caramel, and sweet toffee. Taste had mainly caramel and toffee. It was a little bitter at times but well done. Nice subtle cocoa notes on the finish. One of the better Oktoberfests I've had.

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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 beer2day
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel gold color. One finger light cream head. No retention. No lacing.

Straw nose with grapes and lemon. Nice and malty.

Bright hit with lemon. Malty, chewy middle with lots of body. Surprisingly sweet. Crisp finish. Dry, but sweet.

Nice session drinker.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark golden orange color. Two finger white head has amazingly long retention. Ringing lacing left on the sides of the glass as I drink this one down.

S- Sweet bready caramel malts overlay everything in the aroma. A light toasted malt as well. Some grassy earthy hops in the tailend are almost undetectable...a nice clean smelling beer.

T- Taste follows the aroma perfect. A fantastic Oktoberfest beer...the perfect amount of everything in the taste. Wow!

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light caramel malts linger on the palate and long into the aftertaste. Alcohol is lightly drying on the palate. Flavors are blended so well for the style and well most beers.

D- This was a nice drinkable beer that I almost wish they made year round. I would be trading for this all the time if that was the case. A great drinking beer!

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

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours crystal clear, somewhere between dark gold and pale copper, with a solid three finger white, fluffy head with excellent retention. Delicate lacing left on the sides of the glass as the beer recedes.

Nose is light - bready sweet malt, just a hint of toast, just a bit of grassy hops coming through. Very nice aroma, spot on for what I look for.

Taste is excellent as well. A bit dry, the lightly bready body with just a touch of caramel is the perfect foil for the nice layer of grassy hops on top. Finish carries just a kiss of bitterness. Excellent, and quite fresh, example of exactly what I look for in an Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, beautifully carbonated with a light touch. Just a bit dry for the style.

Drinkability is phenomenal. Perfect balance, great flavor, excellent mouthfeel. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And yet another big thanks to pwoody11 (dude this guy seriously hooked me up!)

A - Clear copper orange with a big, frothy whitish head. Average lasting head retention.

S - Bready, toasty malts. Otherwise quite clean and simple.

F/M - Bready, toasty malts, slight pilsner malt sweetness. Medium low bitterness is just enough to help the beer finish clean, but the malts are still front stage. Medium body with medium high carbonation. Dry finish with a very clean aftertaste.

D - Excellent drinkability. Smooth and balanced, the aftertaste is clean and the full flavors make it a good drinking brew.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Octoberfest mug...

I'm revisiting this one since I was a bit under the weather when I first had it and I didn't do it justice that time.. Now that I'm back in the saddle I'm re-reviewing it as its a terrfic Octoberfest...

A tad lighter than most of the Marzens but still a nice deep golden with a frothy foamy head that sits atop the brew throughout... This looks really fresh...

Lovely bready aromas mingle with soft honey and nuances of the noble hops used...this has a wonderful aroma that brings to mind everything good about the style... Rich and inviting...

A deep sweet bready maltiness that is both smooth and delicious... The hops are bold and crisp and bring a nice bitterness to the finish here without going overboard...a great example of a Marzen in my opinion

I'm glad I revisited this one as its an elite Octoberfest in my opinion... Its fresh and loaded with a balanced rich maltiness and biting finish... Delicious..

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

Bottle into a hotel tumbler. Amber colored lager, thin, fizzy white head rises and falls quickly.

Faintly sweet caramel malt aroma, with some grainy characteristics. Tastes grainy as well, a more earthy malt profile than what I'm used to with this style. Still interesting though. It dries out a bit in the finish which is also unexpected.

Seems a touch thin in the mouth, but comes across as tasty and highly drinkable. I measure my American O-fests against Samuel Adams and this one falls short.

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Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent orange with white bubbly head. Sweets smell of sugar, slight grains, cereal, honey, and some floral notes. Flavors of cereal, honey, floral notes, slight oranges and tang in the aftertaste. Light in body with light carbonation. A bland octoberfest worth trying but not the best.

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Photo of chaz410
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at the common market in charlotte, nc.
Pours a light amber-orange hued body with a light white head that disappears fairly quickly.
Smells of toasted barley, nutty notes and a little caramel with an obvious lager rounding finish.
Taste almost just as it smells. Heavier toasted malts and a little more caramel finish.
Very easy to drink with a nice mouthfeel that layers the tongue

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Photo of JMD
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear light amber with rocky off-white head. Light lacing down the glass.

S: Light aroma of bread, carmel and some spice. Faint hops as well.

T: Malty upfront. Carmel and sweetbread, with a light herbalness. Followed by big hop bite. Light grapefruit and lemon zest. The hop profile seems to be a little too pronounced for an Oktoberfest.

M: Light to medium bodied.

D: This is a good beer, but not a typical Oktoberfest. Way too hoppy compared to a traditional Marzen. In my opinion, the brewer pushed the enevelope a little too far, almost to the point where it no longer fits the style. That said, it's still enjoyable, but if you want something more traditional, look elsewhere.

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Photo of pootz
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Fresh sample. Pours a deep amber orange lager in the glass. Sticky white cap lasts and laces well.

Aroma of baked bread, herbs and toast..very nice!

Great bready-toasty-nutty malts infront are played off with some substantial woody-herbal hopping....big finish...bready and yet drying.

good interpretation of the style

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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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Photo of diverdown11689
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Rather light orange/amber in color with a 1 finger white head, did not stay very long.

Smells bread like with some faint herbal hop.

Tastes like some grain and malt, mild sweetness, then a bunch of lingering herb like hops in the back that I don't like in this style. A little out of balance toward the bitterness IMO, but that could be for lack of malt flavor too.

Not super fizzy, just about right. Medium slick feeling in the mouth.

This is the last one out of the case I bought in October, if that's any clue as to how drinkable it is.

I know it's getting near the end of its fridge life, but this one let me down. Although, it seems to have smoothed out since the fall. I was hoping for a nice bready sweet Marzen, but it seems like we want to hop everything up beyond recognition these days.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pretty clear and copper in color... 1 fingers worth of head, that settles to a nice ring with little lacing.

S: I'm not getting alot... very toasty aroma, sweet malt, a little vanilla and some spice.

T: Very much on the sweet malt side with a nice touch of vanilla, nutmeg and other fall spices.... with a hint of cookies in the after taste... Not a lot or any hops to speak of.

M: Medium body & smooth, carbonation is perfect for the type.

D: Very good drink-ability. Good example of the Marzen style... I'd go for this one again.

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Photo of BruChef
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into one of those new sam adams beer glasses (love drinking out of this thing)

First thing i noticed even before opening the bottle was how easily i could see right through it. Low and behold as i poured it i could tell it was a little light in body and color compared to most oktoberfests' and marzens that i've enjoyed. Nice head, relatively quick to dissipate. Good Carbonation and lace. Smell was not very malty but more of rice/corn cereal like grains and hops,like macrobeer type quality. Flavor was mild in maltiness and what i feel to be over-hopped for an oktoberfest, almost making the lack of balance somewhat harsh.

Over all a decent session beer but not my favorite for an oktoberfest.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured chilled into a willybecker - 12oz with German tuba player words 'Oktoberfest' displayed in front of bavarian flag background

A - Light amber w/ great clarity and 2.5 inches of off white foam, the beer is attractive when held to the light w/ visible carbonation. The beading is fine and lace clings, but the head collapses quickly

S - A very pleasant maltiness in the aroma w/ bready yeast odors and mild sweet grainy aroma

M - A lighter bodied feel than most, w/ mild sweetness and crisp dry biscuit textures in the middle w/ moderate carbonation and slightly spicey hopped finish w/ clean overall feel

T - The taste is mild w/ gentle toasted malt and mild caramel munich malt tastes. The lager has slight bready yeast flavor and mild spiced hop accent, but the finish has a honey-like malt essence which adds to the toasted notes w/ a mild clean finish

D - A tasty fest w/ very smooth lager and excellent malt flavors w/ nice hop balance. A very good tasting marzen and worth having with traditional German foods
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Photo of DIM
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a pale, golden coppery color, one of the lighter O-fests I've seen. Not that I've seen that many. It poured with a large fluffy head that faded to moderate lace.

s: Mild overall, a little bread and cereal plus some apples and flowery, mineraly hops.

t: This wan't altogether "clean". Best before date of 3/21/10, so that wasn't the problem. Maybe it's not that isn't clean, surprisingly, I think this might be too hoppy. It starts off with flavors of very mild cereal that quickly give way to flowery bitterness. There is a nice toasty apple flavor at the finish. That bitterness in the middle is off-putting though.

m: Crisply carbonated, light bodied.

d: I don't often reach for O-fests, so maybe my assesment is off. This just seemed pretty far removed from what is tradtional for the style. That doesn't usualy matter much to me, but it did bother me with this one.

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Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a big dimpled mug. There is no noticeable freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has a deep rich golden body with visible carbonation and good clarity. A two finger thick and foamy white head sits on top. It slowly fades to a thin layer that hangs on well and some slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma is light and has a delicate light grain note with a slight hint of spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: It has a crisp pale biscuity malt with some light roasted notes as well. There is a mild sweetness from the malt and a nice equal balance of bitterness and leafy/grassy/spicy hop flavor notes. It finishes crisply with a slight balance towards the bitter hop side. The palate has a medium body with plenty of active carbonation.

Notes: Stoudts has an extremely drinkable crisp body and nice simple flavor that I could drink plenty of with some soft sour dough pretzels and mustard.

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