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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Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color, 1 finger of frothy white head, minimal retention, ok lacing. Smell is of roasted and sweet malts and a faint spicing and hoppy background, nice to see some of the toasty whiffs in there. Taste is a a balanced profile of sweet and roasted malts, like the smell there is a faint spice and hoppy finnish. Medium bodied, slightly chewy, good carbonation. Good representation of the style with a little more dark roasted malts than others.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is caramelized malts, grain, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts is very bready up front with flavors of grain and hearty malts. Then there's a mild sweetness that comes in from flavors of caramel, spices and some fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sessionable O-fest to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint glass. No date or info. Thanks to NeroFiddled for this one!

A - The bubbly honeyed golden amber color is brilliantly clear accented by a small but sustained white head. A collar of lacing is left on the glass.

S - The aroma starts with a light toasty malt nose with a subtle caramel hint to it and finishes off with a clean and crisp, possibly noble, hop aroma that's lightly floral. The nose is delicate but not necessarily weak.

T - The flavor is an ever-changing amalgam in the mouth. Starting malty, it's got a light caramel-like sweetness to it that quickly changes to a hop crisp bitterness and back to a toasty and nutty, earthy malt with a hint of wood. Complex and tasty for an oktoberfest.

M - The initial sweetness is washed clean by the lightly bitter hops. Medium-bodied and crisp, it finishes dry with a carbonation kick.

D - I enjoyed my first Stoudt's experience. Tasty and easily drinkable in Liter mugs, it's one of my more favorite oktoberfests this season. It has a complex and delicate malt and hop balance that doesn't beat you over the head. Goes down very nicely.

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Photo of DNICE555
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter
Im liking octoberfests/marzens less and less this season

A - Orangey yellowish... yeah I make up words. No head. No lacing

S - Yeast, rotten apples, and urine.

T - Malty, yeasty, definitley not my favorite from the style.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation.

D - Way too sweet and yeasty for me. I only had a 4oz snifter full and poured the rest down the drain.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a very thick white heading that hardley disapates.Leaves no lacing at all. Kind of flat looking except for the thick collaring.

Smell of toasted malts with a slight twang of hop and spice very subtle. Slightest of nuttiness.

Taste is alot like the aroma. Slight spicy hoppiness with a burnt caramel malt taste. Metallic is left lingering as well.

Mouth is mid-full bodied with a little creaminess felt in the mouth along with some oiliness.

A decent drink nothing worth seeking out for the holiday.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug

Appearance: Light gold to medium amber in color, a nice promising head dissapated quick upon pouring. Decent head retention and lacing all around.

Smell: I get alot of sweet malt up front, a bit of earthy/grassy elements. Lots of true German malts here, a bit of saffron and some light fruitiness.

Taste: Up front you get alot of sweetness from the malts, again, definetley more of a German-bred style Oktoberfest. I also get some honey here, and although sweet, this beer is very reserved as far as any real taste elements popping out. A bit of sour undertones pop up as well. The finish consists of a light grassy/earth taste that would make this beer pair nicely with alot of German dishes.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner then I generally like my Oktoberfests, but not a huge turn-off. Decent amount of carbonation here, and the hops give this a slight bitterness on the tongue.

Drinkability: I seen that there was only one 6 pack of this left so I figured alot of people must have liked this and were scooping it up fast. Not my favorite October I've tried but it has alot of characteristics to make it a decent try. Very drinkable, I can throw back a hell of alot of these in a short period of time. The malt was overly sweet for my palate and the body a bit too light, but otherwise, this a solid drinking O'fest.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mild orangish in color. Nice off-white head that lingers.

S - Sweet/sour malt odor. Mild hops, light caramel.

T - Sweet malt, honey, German hops, I get a little bit of cherry. Nice dry aftertaste. One of the better versions of an Oktoberfest by and American brewery IMHO.

M/F - Lt/ Med. Body. Lively carbonation.

D - A very refreshing Oktoberfest. Would drink it if I could get it around here.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericwo for this!

Pours a nice amber color with a great head. Nice lacing, too.

Decent smell, a little thin, but sweet and style-apropriate.

Lots of sweet malts in here with some nice balance. One of the better American Octoberfests.

Nice carbonation, but a little thin in the mouth. Not bat, but not spectacular.

Good flavor and pretty drinkable. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear dark amber color with about an inch of lingering, fluffy bone white head. Nose and flavor are of mildly sweet malt, toasty bread, light fruitiness, apples, pears. Medium in both body and carbonation with a clean finish. Worth checking out.

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Photo of blackie
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pilsner glass, the beer is a golden amber in color, capped with a healthy white head that retains well and leaves thick lace on the glass

s: sweet pilsner malt body with notes of aromatic munich, a bit nutty, grassy and herbal hop aromas

m: light-medium bodied with a prickly, light-moderate carbonation

t: lager malt body that's pretty sweet for the style and carries some honeyish notes, maybe a delicate sour mash note after the swallow, soft herbal hop flavors and a light bitterness that doesn't balance the sugars

d: a bit sweet to attain the level of drinkability expected from the style, and while this one steps outside of style guidelines it's still a respectable drink

single from Norm's, Vienna, VA

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Photo of thecarster1
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one fingers worth of head, great lacing, deep brown coloring, nice amount of bubbles.

s- caramel malt, slight sweetness, a bit nutty.

t- caramel malt background with a kick of hops on the backend, bit different for an oktoberfest.

m- nice medium body.

d- not too bad overall, not the best oktoberfest that i've had but it's solid.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap.

Pours a mild amber gold with white sudsy head that remains for a bit.

Smells malty and nutty with a hint of hops.

Tastes about the same, slightly sweet malts, a hint of hops and a nutty or grainy undertone.

Moutfeel isn't too full but by no means watery or thin. Mild carbonation.

Pretty good! Would have it again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Malty nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is a mellow bready malt. Dry aftertaste. $1.67 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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Photo of danielharper
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Yellow-orange, transparent, with a thin white head that sticks around. Nice.

Smell: Sweet, malty, slightly nutty. Hints of yeast.

Taste: Syrupy sweetness up front with a bitter back-end. Harsh. Slightly cloying. Hints of yeast. Leaves a dry aftertaste. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with somewhat heavy carbonation.

Drinkability: A disappointing example of the style. I usually enjoy Stoudt's, but this Oktoberfest isn't one of my favorites.

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Photo of FatSean
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another wonderful lager from Stoudt's. This beer shares the biscuity/bready malt profile I loved in their Helles and Pilseners. A bit low on scent, but otherwise an excellent Oktoberfest: easy to drink!

It's even 5.0% which means I can enjoy a few more without getting too intoxicated. This sixer was $11.99 at my local good beer store, which seemed a bit steep. Other Stoudt's product (non-imperial/double) sell for $9.99. A bit expensive I felt, but still a good brew.

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw yellow with a low wispy head that settles out quickly.

Low aroma of doughey malt and grassy notes.

Subtle flavors of delicate biscuit malt, toffee and cinnamon. Light lemon essence in the finish. Mild bitterness, good balance.

Even mouthfeel, full with moderate carbonation, finishes tingly. Tasty and drinkable, good representation of the style.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass...

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color with some decent bubbles from the carbonation, about a half inch of bubbly head that fades pretty quickly leaving behind a bit of sporadic lacing.

Smell: Not much here (though I admit I am a bit congested)...a bit of subdued sweetness with not much else.

Taste: Picks up a bit from the smell, crisp with a nice biscuity sweetness. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation leaves a bit of tingle on the palate. Easy drinking, goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Not a bad Marzen. Stoudts produces some quality, easy drinking brews and this one does not disappoint. I've had better Marzens, but this one is good and I would reach for it again.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A disappointing Oktoberfest from a brewery that usually does German beers really well. Not bad by any stretch, but below average for the style. Granted, there isn't too much variation within the style.

Typical Oktoberfest malt tastes. A little bit of butter. No toasted flavors though. Some other flavor isn't meshing as well.

Again, just alright.

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Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/gold/copper color with a thin one-finger head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is sweet and grainy with a touch of hops. Definitely seems right.

Taste is full of grainy, bready malt with a touch of hops. Not quite as sweet as I first perceived.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grainy malt and sweetness. Very nice.

Drinkable and worth a try. If you enjoy the style, you can't go wrong with this example. I'd love to drink it out of a glass boot.

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Photo of jdskinns
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Yellow-orange transparent body, a little lighter than I expected. Smell was weak, a faint smell of spices and malts. Taste followed the smell, pretty thin and not a lot going on. Gets a little stronger as it warms up but still not much happening. Very drinkable beer though.

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent eggshell head. Aroma is a decent amount of sweet malts and mild Earthy hops. The taste is more sweet malts with subdued Earthy hops. The beer is quite light crisp and refreshing, perfect for the first chilly day in NC in at least 3 months! This is a very respectable Oktoberfest.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- crisp, clear golden beer.

S- slightly toasty aroma, but mainly a cookie malt, almost like a vanilla or shortbread cookie.

T- crisp, with a notable presence of Nobel hops on top of a very mild, sweet malt. Swallow is clean and the aftertaste is very distinctly of cookies.

M- medium body, but with plenty of carbonation.

D- high. This style is meant to be drunk in good volume, and as a good example of the style, this beer is up to that task.

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Photo of paulieatworld
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

alright, so my main beef is that most american breweries take alot of liberties when it comes to "oktoberfest" beers.

this one's pretty spot on for style. not too sweet, toasty malts and a slight bite (noble hops perhaps?). this may be my favorite american oktoberfest beer. goes down super easy like and oktoberfest beer should. has some really nice subtle nuances for a low abv beer. my only stroke against it, is that it is slightly over carbonated for the style. but that being said, this is a marked improvement in the domestic oktoberfest line.

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Photo of hellbilly
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bottle BB 12/05/08 via machfive55...

a brilliant clear copper pour with a soft foamy white head and a few rings of lace left behind.

smells like a rather average maerzen... caramel-y and malty with pumpkin pie spice and a faint earthy hoppiness.

the flavor is pretty much the same plus some woodiness and a very mild bitterness on the finish which lingers into the aftertaste. bland...it tastes a little like it's been watered down?... medium body also feels like it's on the watery side. 5/3/5/2.5/13/2.9

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

Poured from the bottle a clear and fizzy amber-yellow with two fingers of frothy beige head.

Aroma of sweet malts, roasted grains, soap, and floral hops.

This has the taste of a mild Oktoberfest brew with lightly toasted malts, caramel, and grain. Finishes with subtle hoppiness.

Light-to-medium bodied, crisp and dry, with moderate carbonation.

A very sessionable Oktoberfest from Stoudts but a bit too light for my tastes.

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Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 457 ratings.
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