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Smooth Hoperator | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 264 | Ratings: 469
Photo of JFazekas
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Standard 12oz bottle

Appearance: Medium brown with slight amount of red, head filled a 16oz pint glass and quickly dissipated.

Smell: Moderate hop aroma with a spicy finish.

Taste: For an American amber this is definitely over hopped, but given the name I would expect as much. Unfortunately, there isn't much left to taste except hops. From beginning to end to after taste this beer wants to be an IPA. There is a slight malt taste as the beer warms to room temperature.

Overall: A disappointing amber beer. A pretty decent IPA. Overall a moderate American craft beer offering. Nothing that really stands out about this one. I was a little surprised by the abv because this is a really smooth beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent amber with some copper highlights. Beige head stays for about 15 seconds and then forms a stickage ring around the glass. Light toasty malt character with a good dosage of leafy hop aroma. One wouldn't really expect this to be a lager, but it is pretty clear from the aroma, clean and lagerish smelling with a greater amount of higher alpha hops. Very hoppy tasting, too. Bitter upfront with some tea-like tannins shining through, some residual sweetness pulls through and finishing dry, crisp and smooth. A nice alternative to an IPA. Medium to full bodied, slick on the tongue, with a healthy carbonation level. A very nice lager with hopheads in mind. BTW, the "dude" on the bottle looks like he's the spawn of Joe Camel and Tubbs from Miami Vice...

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Photo of
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Friscos in Columbia.

Dark gold. Clear. Medium sized, creamy, light tan head.

Very hoppy, citrus in character. Very little malt contribution. Maybe bread/cracker in middle?

Very hoppy, bitter much more than sweet. Taste follows aroma. Other hoppy beers from Stoudts have tended to be too balanced or even too malty for my taste. This one is much more to my liking. Hops were citrus and herbal in character. Malt was very mild, perhaps a touch of honey?

Medium in body. Medium to high carbonation. Dry.

Winner in my book! Nice & hoppy, but not too heavy (body or alcohol). Could be a troublemaker though, I had no idea this was 7%.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear reddish copper with a decent sized off-white head. Nice lacing works its way down the glass. Looks good.

The aroma is a good blend of fresh citrus and pine hops and some gooey sweet caramel malts. Smells delicious and inviting.

The flavor is unlike any amber lager I have ever had...and I like it. The hops make this one stand out from the crowd and well above it, too. Nice bitterness mellows the sweetness out and vice versa. Amazing job. Very fresh tasting all the way around.

Medium body with a drying finish to it. Makes me want another one. Very easy to drink and highly enjoyable. I will have to get some more of this very soon. Still amazed at what they did to an amber lager...great job, Stoudt's!

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Photo of akorsak
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's. I had the beer on tap there and look forward to this one in a bottle.

A: The lager pours with a clear copper red color and a very thick head. The thick head laces well throughout the glass.

S: The nose is full of sweet malts and a nice undercurrent of fresh citrus hops. The freshness creates a very moist aroma, very pleasing.

T: The malt body is really amped up, creating a full taste with some sweeter green grapes and apples coupled with biscuity grains and dark raisins. That maibock body is nicely paired with the fresh hops that add a citrusy body that shows off some fruit rind flavors. The bigger hop presence really makes the beer stand out.

M: The hops add an enjoyable bitter body to this lager, nicely supplementing the malt body with vibrant kick.

D: The abv is well hidden but can catch up to you. Still, this hybrid harvest maibock really hits the spot.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear, beautiful, copper color with ruby hues. A small tan head thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma consists of layers of piney hops. Smells very fresh and very inviting.

Taste is a burst of piney hops upfront that quickly reveal a fairly aggressive bitterness. It finishes quite dry with a lingering hop flavor. The finish is a bit dull, which I attribute to the clean finish of a lager. The hops taste great, but the malt backbone just isn't there to carry it to the whole way through.

Medium-light body, zippy carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid beer and quite interesting. There are very few lagers that are hopped this aggressively, and it pleases me that Stoudt's released this one. I'd recommend this one both to hopheads and lager lovers that are looking for something a bit different.

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Photo of cichief
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD, poured into a nice mug.

A- A deep amber with a brownish head.

S- Fresh hops prevail, citrusy grapefruit throughout, some grains too.

T- Very complex for a lager, bitter grapefruit, sweet malt, sour citrus/pine, hint of charcoal.

M- Thin to medium on the tongue, dryish finish, well carbonated.

D- At 7% ABV this is not a session beer, but a good quaff nonetheless.

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Photo of psinderson
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, deep red clolor. Thin off-white head...nothing spectacular.

Smell: Strong U.S. citrus hops with a mild caramel malt background.

Taste: Strong hoppy spiciness, with a mild bitter finish. Definitely smooth, as the name suggests.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth, clean and drinkable.

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Photo of KFaulkner
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on-tap at Market Cross in Shippensburg, PA. I had ordered another beer, but the keg kicked and this was the replacement. Good choice!

The Smooth Hoperator is such a cool name; more beers should come up with something like this. It was smooth, not particularly hoppy but definitely had a hoppy mouthfeel. Aftertaste was very nice, which to me was the "smooth."

Overall the beer is an absolute winner and I'd like to see it mass produced.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber colored body with a small white head.Nice carbonation bubbles.

Floral hops and some citrusy hops.

Floral hops and some bitering hops thrown in and some malt to tie it all up.

Mouthful was what is to be expected from this type of beer.Mild carbonation,sorda hard going down but enjoyable in a good way.

Im glad I tried this but I have had better amber,red lager and while it was very hoppy it did live up to its name but the hops seemed kinda bland.

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Photo of TKNOGRL
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a case of 12 oz bottles...served in a chimay-style tulip glass. poured perfectly, right down the middle with about 1/4" of slightly caramel-colored foam. Beautiful reddish-brown hue--one of the prettiest looking beers I've had the pleasure of consuming. Immediately lots of hops are apparent in the aroma--this is going to be good!! maybe a slight hint of banana? Lots of alcohol in this. A bit on the syrupy side, but not in bad way. sweet floral notes are well contrasted by the bitterness of the hop. Very diverse bouquet, perhaps a hint of spice coming through. Improves with every sip.

This is very reminiscent of some significantly more expensive IPA's I've had, so I'm surprised to see it categorized as a lager. All in all, an excellent choice, especially for the price.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour into a flaired tulip glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Clear,reddish/brown color,off white head very thick with good retention and spotty lacing.

Strong hoppy nose,intense pine,earthy with some grapefruit,resinious feel in the aroma,very clean, no malt aromas were present.

Clean taste,pine/grapefriut hop tastes,sugary malt taste with some burnt carmell finishes with cirtus rind and lots of earthyness. Would say some nugget hops were used in this beer.

Very smooth and creamy,syrupy,cloying with some grainyness.
Suprizing drinkability the name of this beer fits it perfectly.
Must try beer for hopheads,enjoyed this one a lot will be drinking this beer again

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Photo of weeare138
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent copper with a small, beige head that quickly fades out into a mild cap and hearty, velvet collar. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass. Tiny amounts of CO2 bubbles slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of hop blasts with consisting notes of floral, herbal, tea leaves, pine sap, grapefruit, dry grapenuts, and caramel malt.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a doughy, fruity yeastiness really taking control of the flavor and making it more English Ale like with notes of herbal tea and sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter from the yeast and hop selection that carries mostly notes of herbs that collapse on the middle of the tongue in a dry fashion after starting off with a caramel sweetness.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Drafting Room Spring House

Smell, very hoppy, little sweetness in the nose. Very hard to believe this is a lager, but we'll press on.

Taste, Twang of sweetness hits the palate, followed in three shakes of a lamb's tail by a very profound hoppiness. Pretty thick in the mouth, comparable to a high ABV IPA. Great balance, love the hops smacking my tastebuds around, but there is a great malt backbone that really makes this a great brew.

Overall, I ended up taking a growler home of this one I liked it so much, Beers like this remind you that other Lagers, besides Bocks, can be so complex and tastey. If you see it, pretend "Stoudt's Smooth Hoperator" are the only words you can say.

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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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