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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Ratings: 458 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Day eleven of the München Oktoberfest has Pennsylvania's Stoudt's Brewery's seasonal Oktoberfest in tow.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a mug. Freshness date was clearly printed on the bottle.

Produced a clear, light golden-amber color with quickly-disappearing, rocky off-white head. Very little residue remains when the glass is empty.

Smelled of mild herbal hops and an unidentifiable off aroma that wasn't strong, but was detectable nonetheless.

Body was rather light, perhaps light-to-medium in consistency, with a bit of sweet, grainy malt flavors appearing briefly up front and being followed quickly with middling bitter hop flavors and a slight metallic note. Finished long, slightly sweet and dry.

A light, refreshing, drinkable brew, but none-too-impressive as far as Oktoberfests go. Low in alcohol for an Oktoberfest-Märzen, this would make a nice session beer, but lacks some of the proper character of the style.

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

Glad all of the Oktoberfests are arriving in State College. Picked this one up at Zeno's bottle shop to go. Poured it into my pint glass...

A: This pours extremely light for an Oktoberfestbier. Pale copper and slightly orange like a dark macro. Actually it looks like a Munich Helles lager to be more specific. It has a nice foamy head that quickly dissipates to a nice ring. There is some lacing here, but nothing noteworthy.

S: Smells very floral with German hops and a slice spice. The German hops are really what take over in the scent...also smells like a munich helles, not an Oktoberfest.

T: The taste is phenomenal with tons of German hops, pale cereal grains and a nice bitter finish. This does not have much spice at all in it. In fact if you told me there were no spices at all, I would believe you. It tastes like a good Munich Helles, with a nice hop bitterness.

Overall, this is a great, refreshing beer. It is not much in the category of Oktoberfests, but it is a great German style nonetheless!

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a reddish-yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. Not much head, but decent lacing.

S: Had an aroma of malt more than anything. Kind of ill defined smell.

T: Malty, with some sugar elements. A little underwhelming and oddly off-putting. Not the most complex of tastes.

M: An OK amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this beer did nothing for me. There was something about the taste that didn't sit well with me.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a one finger, cream colored cap. OK retention with a slight bit of lace.

Caramel and sweet, toasted malt. A little muddled, not as clean as I would have hoped.

Sweet, burnt caramel with a solid hop bitterness on the finish.

Smooth, light-medium bodied, adequate carbonation.

There really aren't a lot of off flavors to slow you down. An easy drinker.

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Photo of bosco7
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful copper color with a very large rocky head. Lacing is net like. Very nice.

Caramel, almond, mint, very mild spiciness, and some mild lemon in the nose.

Starts a little sweet with those nutty caramel like flavors behind the sweetness. After this there is a little acidity and lemony flavor. The finish is spicy and a bit minty with more of the caramel. Bitterness is balanced and cleanses the palate. Very solid.

Mouthfeel is very balanced and pleasant. This is yet another fantastic lager from Stoudts. All kinds of balance, flavor, and satisfaction. Highly recommended.

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, light amber color with a light tan head that thinned to a ring, leaving spotty bits of lace.

S - sweet malt/caramel aroma.

T - sweet malty taste, a little bitterness on the finish.

F - light bodied, smooth carbonation feel.

D - the taste kind of grew on me as I neared the end of the glass and I would've had another if I would've bought more than 1 bottle.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color, with no head. Aromas that are earthy, and a bit cidery. Same in the taste, a bit cidery, but not big in a fruit presence, and dry. A clean aftertaste, somewhat refreshing. Prefect for a nice warm fall evening, I might have to get a case for Halloween.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A very nice copper colored liquid. Almost a hint of pink with a lot of streams of rising carbonation that gives way to a creamy white head. very appealing.

S- Toasted grain, kind of sweet and fruity.

T- Toasted grain- big time. A little fruity and sweet and a nice hop edge. Ever so slightly sour.

M- A nice carbonation level. A bit dry and thin.

D- A decent beer. Not my favorite or all oktoberfests, but enjoyable.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a clear effervescent coppery amber with creamy white head, about 3/8" thick, and light lacing on the glass as its finished.

Smell is light sweet malt and a hint of hops.

Taste is similar to the smell... lightly sweet malt upfront with a crisp hop finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is very good, I like this take on the classic Oktoberfest, another great beer from Stoudts.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light golden body, very translucent. Big fluffy offwhite head that doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Not a ton of odor. Mostly malts.

Biscuity malt up front followed by some sweet malts. Balanced out by some grassy/earthy hop flavors. Thin crisp mouthfeel.

Fairly drinkable, not bad for the style.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Super Saver Liquors in Somerville...
Stoudts usually produces top-notch brews, so I had rather high hopes for this Autumn seasonal...
Appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a ruddy, tawny, medium-orange, copper hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Excellent, true-to-the-style Oktoberfest aroma bursting with malts, amber, grains, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla...
Taste: Creamy, rich, thick flavor, strongly complementing the aroma... Strong malt backbone, hints of vanilla, caramel, copper thrown into the mix...
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-thick bodie dmouthfeel... Creamy and chewy with rich malts and a great level of drinkability...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured light, clear reddish-orange with a small foamy white head.

S: On the nose was a faint caramel aroma, light breadiness, fresh cereal grains with a soft herbal hopping.

T: For flavor there was light toasted grains with some sweetness and breadiness along with a herbal hopping. The flavor was very clean and refined however lacked that sweet grainy maltiness that you come to expect per style.

M: very light and a tad watery at times lacking substance and residual nature.

D: Overall decent beer but only slightly average for its style with slightly average flavor.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, crystal clear copper color. Medium head that is off-white colored...pretty fluffy.

Caramely sweet malts dominate the nose. Mmmm, smells like fall. One-dimensional, but that dimension is very nice. Super fresh barley and grainy smell. Dont really get any hops or yeast.

Tastes pretty similar to the nose, but has more toasty and bitter flavors. Plenty of carbonation results in nice hop burps.

This is an easy drinking light bodied beer that goes down waaaay too fast. A good 'toberfest!

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Photo of drxandy
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to tulip glass (it feels wrong for the style slightly, but oh well still works out nice) pours a golden orangish shade, cream colored head hangs around for a while then fades

smells of good germanic malts and hops, nice

tastes of malty goodness, nicely blended with slight hops, crisp and sweet, great flavors abund, smooth and highly drinkable, a fine oktoberfest from stoudts!!

mouthfeel is slightly creamy, good carbonation, and pretty true to the style, nice!

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

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Color is a light shade of copper. Rather thin head that fades quicky. Lacing is decent. Moderate carbonation. Smells fruity and lightly malty. It tastes fruitier than other marzens I've had and the fruit kind of hides the malt. There is almost no hint of alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is light for the style and is an easy beer to drink. Certainly a drinkable and enjoyable beer though I've had better Oktoberfests.

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

Stoudt's Oktoberfest
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours an amber shade of brown with frothy trails of sticky lace.

The aroma is rather weak with a whiff of vegetables. The nose is average.

The taste overall is smooth and quite drinkable. The backbone provides a malty caramel sweetness and a solid hop snap on the finish. Lagers can be such treat to drink and this is no exception.

A nice interpretation of the style.

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

Brought a case to a labor day BBQ, as part of our craft brew selections available.

A: An amber color, a tad hazy. A small white foam head. The head stays around for a bit, but not much retention. Decent carbonation.

S: Some caramel, toast and bread smells. Also some fruit, apples or peaches.

T: A somewhat bitter fruity taste, which was quite appealing. Also some bready malt flavoring as well.

M: Was a little more light bodied then expected.

D: A decent session beer. Many at the party, myself included enjoyed the beer. I liked it, although probably not my favorite Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear copper color. Minimal white head with some lacing.

S: Nice fruity smell that dominates. Apples and the usual fall fair.

T: Everything is there as it is supposed to be. The only weird thing is a tea like taste in the middle. The fruit dominates with the malt.

M: Nice mouthfeel. A little thin for the style but it helps drinkability a little.

D: Good beer all around. Not something I would seek out again but solid.

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

A. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Copper in color with a bit of head that recedes to just around the edges. There is some lacing.

S. In the nose are malts, barley and roasted grain.

T. Starts off with a sweet malty note, definate roasted character comes through as well. Hops are herbal, tea like, and balance the beer quite well. Some caramel malt is noticed in the aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied, smooth, refreshing. Crisp. Highly carbonated.

D. A good session beer. Solid example of the style. Rates comparably to other Oktoberfests.

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

On tap at Stoudt's on 4/11/08.

A - Light caramel/copper-colored body with almost two fingers of creamy white head that left decent lacing around the glass. Moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Caramel and toffee sweetness, reminiscent of fresh cream, for some reason. Very sweet overall. Mild earthy hops, but very reserved.

T - Very sweet flavor with lots of caramel maltiness and some breadiness. Not much of a hop presence at all.

M - Medium body with syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Sweet on the tongue with only a mild bitterness in the finish.

D - Super easy to drink and representative of the Oktoberfest style.

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

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark gold hue. Brilliant clarity. Weak thin white head that has a pretty good stand.

S: Good malt aroma. As fitting with German lagers it is subdued though somewhat toasty. Some faint hop bitterness in the background.

T: Has a pretty good taste progression though for an Octoberfest is probably too assertively bitter throughout. The sweet malt character at the front end kind of gets masked by the bitterness. Finishes clean, dry, and not sweet.

MF: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Has a dry mouthfeel.

D, notes: Drinkable. Overly bitter for an Octoberfest. Nothing too exciting or noteworthy here.

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

Red-to-red-orange body, good clarity, plenty of carbonation streams, all topped by three fingers of puffy off-white froth, which laces well.

Strong assertive aroma of fresh bread really sells the beer.

Sweeet malty start, featuring some semi-sweet chocolate. Sweetness yields gracefully and smoothly to the noble hops, which balance but never overcome. Toasty. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full but not heavy at all. Drinkability is excellent, as should be for the style.

Stoudts delivers another fine German lager, how they made their mark. One of the better US O'fests.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is slightly brownish amber. No head. Nose is almost like there is nothing there. Flavor is very leafy. I feel like someone put dried out leaves right in my beer. And the aftertaste is really staying with me. Nutty as well. Man. Talk about a fall time brew. Seeing as how I am in the middle of August, I feel like it might be a bit early to be having such a seasonal beer. Feel has a nice carbonation to it. Liquid is pretty well bodied. This is a very good beer. A nice example of the style. If you are interested in the style, definitely try this one out. Pretty interesting I have to say.

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Photo of Drewcifer
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, mellow amber color with very small amount of white head, dissipating to leave a very tiny amount of lace.

Smell is earthy malt with a hint of sourdough.

The taste is just what the smell promises, a malty, bread-like flavor with a little bit of hops at the end. It is, however, a bit watered down, almost a little bland.

The mouthfeel is light, too light, a bit more watery than I had expected. Nice carbonation, though.

Drinkability is there, and overall, this is a pretty good beer, but not quite as dark or flavorful as I figured they would go far. Not a bad brew in the wide picture of things, but not quite the quality that I expect from Stoudt’s.

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

12oz brown bottle,served in a SA glass.

Slightly hazy,medium amber with a 1" creamy white head,fair retention,good carbination,some tiny bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass,constiant flow of bubbles rising.

The aroma was on the faint side,toasty,sweet malt with some slight metallic,not offensive. A good bit of fruity esters,pear/peach.

Tasted like a German style,very tangy,earthy mineral tastes. Fruity tastes had a nice tartness to them. Some doughyness,toasty/nutty well balanced,finishes witha nice,crisp herbal grassyness that turned dry with a mouthwater bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

Light bodied compaired to most O-fest i've tried with a bit of grainyness. Pleasing,goes down smooth,a sessionable O-fest. Wish I had another. A very good beer overall.

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Oktober Fest from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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