Oktober Fest | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Oktober FestOktober Fest

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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 Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of Gilgemesh
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, after a few issues with the keg and a bit too much CO2 I got everything right on the fifth pour.

A: Poured a clear amber with a slightly off-white head that disappeared fairly quickly.

S: Gave off a bit of an old sox aroma with hints of sweetness and hops. (Side note: I recently kicked the sixtel and the aroma of old sox never wore off)

T: A sweet malty flavor with understated hops. Good clean flavor with a smooth finish.

M: A very nice mouthfeel once I got the carbonation evened out. Crisp and clean.

A great seasonal brew for the price. 2 of these after a day of work was just about perfect.

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Photo of AltBock
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a blue and white checkerboard patterned label. On this checkerboard is a fat oompa band member with his tuba in one hand and a big stein of beer in the other. I even think he was wearing wooden clogs. I honestly don't know how they do it. This oompa band member is hovering over a picture of the Stoudt's brewery like he's going to go Godzilla over the brewery. Stamped onto the neck of the bottle should be a best before date. Mine was best before 1/23/2008.

I had to pour this beer into my Stoudt's pint glass. There was no other choice. This Oktoberfest poured a clear honey amber with a thin and fizzy head of bubbles. It wasn't foam, just a bunch of bubbles. These bubbles quickly fizzled away into nothing. It didn't bother to leave behind any lace or rings. It was sad to see a Stoudt's beer like thins. The color was good, but the head needs a little work.

The aroma was simply toasted with toasted caramel malts, a spatter of juicy fruits, a tiny hint of wild flowers, and a subtle touch of yeast. It was just a plain and simple Oktoberfest aroma. Nothing more than that.

The taste was pretty much the same as the aroma, simply toasted. It started off with some lightly toasted caramel malts and then the taste went directly into the crispy floral hops. There wasn't anything in between the malts or hops. Simply put, the taste was just malts and hops.

This was a crispy light bodied beer with an aftertaste of toasted caramel malts and crispy floral hops.

It was an easy drinking Oktoberfest, but there wasn't much to it. I don't expect much out of a Oktoberfest, but a little more of anything would have been nice. Would I drink it again? I might because I like Stoudt's. Not one of their best beers, but at least it's drinkable. If you like crispy German style Lagers, then you should probably try this one.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Octoberfest pours a light orange with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mild, malty and a touch sweet. The flavor is also malty, with a biscuit like flavor. There is a bit of noticeable hops that balance out the flavor. Decent, worth a try.

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Photo of Phillyduke
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz NR poured into a SA glass. Beer is crystal clear and a bright amber orange with loads of active carbonation. A small head of foam recedes to a thin cap with some wispy lacing.

S: Lager yeastiness dominates the nose initially, then gives way to hints of roasted grains and a malty sweetness.

T/M: Not as malt-forward as I would have expected for the style. The sweet malt backbone is somewhat understated compared to the noble hop bite and bitter finish. There's some spiciness in there as well. Overall taste is crisp and clean, with a tingle from the tight carbonation.

D/O: An easy-to-drink, yet rather tame interpretation of the style. A nice, year-round lager with a good balance between malt and hop, but there are better, bolder American Märzens out there.

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Photo of eagles22
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance of this Ofest is amazing a 2finger white creamy head that last through the beer and also the lacing is very cool all the way down to the last sip. and the color is copper orange

Smell: i get jus a alittle bite of malts and roasted malts and also carmel

Taste: for an Ofest beer it is very light..but it does not disappoint its start out with a little bite of a bit but the ends sweet and smooth

Mouthfeel: is very nice ..leaves you wanting more and more of this beer

Drinkability: is awesome you can drink this beer all day and night its a great ofest beer

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

A: The beer poured a clear amber color with a nice white/slightly off-white head that disappeared too quickly.

S: The beer gave off a nice aroma. A little sweet, hoppy and probably more malty and grainy than anything else, but the combination was really well done.

T: The taste is malt with some hops mixed in and some grains as well. Follows the nose well. I think that I might have gotten some carmel or toffee as well, but it was very secondary.

M/D: The carbonation may have been a little high, but it did not really detract from the beer. It was crisp, smooth, dry and left a nice aftertaste. The six-pack was gone quickly. This one will be a staple this fall season.

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Photo of Buggies
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with a finger with head that disappeared quickly.

S: Mostly of floral hops with a little malt

T: Starts out with a nice malt taste. Nice crisp mouthful. It finishes nicely with hops. It seemed pretty well balance to me.

Very nice drinkable beer. There are plenty of ofests out there that are much better. But this one is very simple and drinkable. Would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stoudt's on 10/31

Poured a clear coppery amber color with thin offwhite head. Little retention and minimal lacing. Smells of toasted grain, caramel, earth, and spicy hops. Tastes of lightly toasted grainy malt, caramel, and bread crust, with a spicy and earthy hop finish. Medium in body and moderately high in carbonation. Grainy but smooth and buttery with a metallic finish. I'd give it a try again, but I wasn't much of a fan of this one this time around.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright, clear amber color with a nice white head which left a fair amount of carbonation down the sides of my glass.

S- Smells of sweet and caramel malts, also a little bready, could pick up some floral hops as well.

T- Follows the nose here. Tons of malts, along with graininess and finishing with floral hops.
Has a pretty good balance with it.

M- Rather lighter than I expected other than that it was pretty much right on.

D- Pretty much middle of the road. Its easy to drink I just think there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- pours a light orange color with minimal head. A light spiderweb lacing but nothing to get excited about. Also some yellow highlights in the beer as well.

S- clove and nutmeg. Cereal grains and caramel malts. Some grassy/earthy undertones round it out quite nicely.

T- Sweet and sugary caramel toasted malts. Some clove and other spicy spices as well. Earthy hops can be found in the aftertaste which is a very nice complement to the malts.

M- dry and bittersweet. Full bodied but not filling as an oktoberfest would be.

D- good beer and a nice session brew. A sixer would be perfect for the hockey game.

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Photo of argock
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No obvious freshness date.

A: Clear, slightly orange lager with healthy foamy 1-2 finger head with one rim of undulating lacing.

S: Mostly caramel and crystal malts, some cereal grains, and leafy noble hops; a bit light overall.

T: Full-flavored marzen which improves with a bit of warming, and it is certainly more sweet than bitter or spicy. Some initial graininess gives way to a lot of sweet crystal, caramel, and Munich malts which are front and center with a mild hops snap in the finish with a lot of dryness with a bit of a mineral edge.

M: Could have a bit fuller body but all in all is good with active carbonation and a pleasant sweet malt and dry aftertaste.

D: An admirable offering in the Oktoberfest style, but in the middle of the pack when the whole package is considered.

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

A-Amber waves of grain color with an off-white head with great retention and stick.

S- a liitle caramel-nut, yeasty with an earthy hop note at the end

T- Very similat to the nose only better, the earthy hops at th end carry a mild but long lasting bittenrness that is very nice.

M-medium body, medium carbonation

D-Quite possibly the best Oktobefest I'v had in 2008

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Photo of scottg
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper color with very thin white head with light retention and no lacing. Lots of toasted and carmelized malt aromas that mix with noble hops. Again, toffee and caramel flavors with some vanilla mix nicely with a muted hoppy finish. Low carb, medium body, this is a clean refreshing beer.

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

I grabbed this one as I walked into Barleys last night as I had never had it before and I have been on a kick with these lately. Served right from the tap, into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/07/2008.

The pour was decent enough with a nice bright, orange amber color coming through right away. Nice carbonation came to the top of the glass and formed a nice little touch of wispy white head on top that quickly faded, leaving little to no side glass lace.

The aroma was rather light, simple bready malts, with a touch of an earthy hop nose. Nothing really sticking out here to me, separating it from the pack in any way. The flavor was more of the same. Just far too light to really make a difference one way or another. Hints of caramel, maybe a touch of biscuit like flavor in the middle, but this was mostly just light grain and bready malts, with no discernable direction to it. The feel was decent, but again far too light, lacking that little bit of extra push that defines the style. A session able marzen for sure, but the flavor just was no strong enough form e to really get a good grasp of it.

Overall not bad at all, though it was entirely forgettable. This will most certainly not go down in my list of favorites for the season by any means. It was just too little with not enough character. Oh well, onto the next one.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Poured a light copper color with a thick dome of white carbonation which left a good amount of lace on the glass walls. Good clarity with a lively amount of carbonation.

S: Smells a bit on the spiced and fruity side, with just a hint of toasted caramel malt in the nose. A degree of floral bitterness is picked up too.

T: Taste is a little creamy at first, but quickly asserts a slight floral, fruity bitterness near mid palate before finishing with a clean, bready malt sweetness and what seemed to be a little hazelnut.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-balanced.

D: Despite being a rather mundane offering from the brewery, it's not a half bad marzen. A decent blend of flavors brought together by a sessionable ABV and smoothness make it a pretty drinkable brew.

I wasn't overwhelmed by the flavor of this marzen, but it's well balanced and really doesn't have any off flavors to speak of. You might be wise to pick up a different brewer's version, which is surprising given Stoudt's track record.

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Photo of Mthom
2.52/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After spending $8.99 for a six-pack, I was disappointed. Light in color and body, lacking any distinctive taste, surely not of the true marzen style. Taste mediocre, alcohol kick sorely missing, particularly for the style. Definitely a step down from other Stoudt's products.

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Photo of thain709
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The color is an orangish, copper color. A little too light for an Oktoberfest

S - I get a floral smell mixed with some citrus

T - The taste goes right along with the nose, flowers and fruit

M - Very light, but smooth, once again a little of an Oktoberfest, but is great tasting

D - Great drinkability, I think I'm going to grab a case before Oktoberfest if over.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10-6-08
Best before 12-22-08

Pours a clear and light orange/amber, with a filmy white head and awesome, foamy lacing.

Smell is clean and almost imperceptible. Light malt, light hops, maybe a little rubbery.

Taste is much better than the smell, quite earthy with a pleasant back-of-the-tongue bitter hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is just right for an Oktober.

Drinkability is good, but the hops are surprising.

Overall, a good beer but too Americanized. Not sweet enough, and a little too hoppy.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Best Before 01/19/08

A- Pours an amber color with orange hues an a nice off-white head that possesses good lacing and retention.

S- Very nice malty aroma with toasted malt and caramel, and a slight metallic twang that is a bit distracting.

T- The taste like the aroma is dominated by the toasted malt with a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

D- This is a pretty good American produced Oktoberfest that is worth a shot.

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper gold with a fluffy white head. Good retention and a very nice lace. Aroma is grainy and buttery. Body is light and carbonated. Taste has some nice spices up front with a rich bread and butter finish. Some hints of honey make this a really enjoyable brew!

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Photo of philbe311
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Lively two finger off white head made of large bubbles... Rapid carbonation dances to the top... Pale golden copper color... Highly translucent... Seems to have a faint "glow" to it...

S - Grassy herbal spiciness... Malt... Hints of citrus... Very pleasant... Similar to, but yet different when compared to other Marzens...

T - Herbal spiciness followed by subtle malts... Mild hints of pepper and smoke on finish...

M - Light bodied... Slight carbonation... Silky smooth, but a little too thin for my liking...

D - Easy drinking, but slightly thin... Interesting interpretation on the genre... Good and interesting, but not great...

Bottle / Artwork - Blue and white diamond background is brought to life by a tubby tuba player in octoberfest gear... Great bottle...

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber with a white creamy head that leaves some broken rings of lacing.

The smell is of camelized grainy maltiness with a floral, earthy spicing.

The taste follows the nose - carmelized graininess with a balancing floral, earthy spicing in the balance.

The body thins a bit, with some wateriness showing through. It has lively, but not aggressive, carbonation.

A bit thin, but overall a nice, easy-drinking interpretation of a tradional O-fest.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fan of the Stoudts line, but not to impressed with this one. Don't get me wrong its a good beer, but compared to the rest it didn't really fit in.

Poured a light brown color with no head. Smelled of light watery malts. The taste was a typical oktoberfest, some malts a spices. All around nothing wrong with it, but nothing stood out. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Golden amber in color. Thick head that doesn't retain all that well, but leaves lot of pathy lacing.

3.5 S: Herbal hops and spice. There is also something else that I can't put my finger on and it's a scent that is new to me, but isn't necessarily bad or good.

3.5 T: Sweet and grainy with a medium hop profile. A slight metalic taste toward end.

3.5 M: Not bad but nothing special. Smooth and good amount of carbonation.

3.5 D: Very drinkable in that it isn't overpowering, but it isn't anything special either.

I expected a lot more from Stoudts.

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