Smooth Hoperator | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by leftmindedrighty on 05-05-2007

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Photo of william5586
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Burnt copper with one finger white head and some decent lace

S- Very good earthy dry hopped smell

T- Good hops. Earthy hop taste with a nice bitter finish

M- Medium body. Very smooth.

D- Pretty high. The abv kind of surprised me

Overall this a very good beer, however I would have never guessed it is a doppelbock. I could not really find any malt in it and thought that is was more of an IPA. Either way i enjoyed it.

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Photo of abents
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle sweet looking label, stouts has the best labels by far

Pours out a ruby reddish gold with nice big white head that laces well. Really hoppy for a dopplebock in the nose, very floral tinge of citrus and a splash of some sweet roasted caramel malts. Tastes starts out with a nice sweet malt bocky taste, but is rudely interrupted by a hops explosion of bitter citrus and piney nature. Very nicely done. It is like no other doppelbock I've had, but when it's done like this, it's a great pleasure. Very smooth drinking beer with the nice balance achieved with this one. Must try again.

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Photo of ajr24
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing's first; great label! But it's what's on the inside that counts.
A- Pours a golden copper brown with an amber tinge. Initially it has a creamy white colored head that doesn't exactly like to leave lacing.
S- Smells of caramelized malts with a ton of hops. Awesome- a hoppy doppelbock! Doughy and yeasty scents too.
T- Tastes grainy, bready and hoppy. Malty and caramel like a doppelbock along with the hoppy tones of, say an amber ale.
D- At 7% abv, it's strong but not too strong. This beer can stick with you for some time.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, poured a rich red color with a three finger tan head rising and lingering for awhile, the smell was a bit sweet, hops and a strong alcohal aroma. the first flavors that hit my toung was sweet malt and sweet alcohal, then thay are washed away to smooth hop bitterness that almost stings your toung and you can still taste minits later, this is a great beer!

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Grey Lodge. It pours a deep amber with a moderate white head, good lacing. The aroma is full of hops, a heavy amount of citrus. The beer is labeled as a Doppelbock, but it taste like an IPA. The flavor is dominated by citrus, there is a malty backbone, but it is dominated by hops. The beer is a light/medium bodied quaffer. I liked this beer and graded it as if it were an IPA. IMO this is not a doppelbock, but it is a good brew.

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Photo of boralyl
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours 2 fingers of frothy tan head that has a very good retention and leaves some nice lacing. The beer is a clear, dark amber color with hints of red throughout.

S - Some mild citrus and pine mixed in with some caramelized malts. Interesting aroma for a doppelbock.

M - A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It has s smooth feel to it with a bite in the finish.

T - At first taste it's citrus followed by a nice sweet malty backbone. Some grassy hops mixed with a sweet roasted chocolate flavor. It's not bitter in the finish, just nice and smooth.

This is an interesting beer for sure. It's hot a lot more hops flavor/smell then your typical doppelbock, but still has most of the main doppelbock characteristics. It's a very drinkable beer, that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper pour, head is intense at first but diminishes quickly. Really thought this guy was an IPA from the name, but I was delightfully surprised. A nice hoppy lager for sure. I smell grapefruit and citrus, quite strange for a doppelbock. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky, I still am having a hard time classifying this beer. Tastes so much like an IPA. Very smooth, velvety for a lager. Certainly glad I picked up a sixer of this beer, I've been dying to try it due to the name. Love it. Great beer, share it with others.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear copper red with a 2 finger head of billowy foam. Fantastic looking brew in my glass!

The smell is very hoppy with a bucket load of pine and some citrus. Whoa. A Doppelbock?? Ok, there's *some* sweet notes in the nose but it's hard to pull 'em out.

The taste is also very hoppy with the pine and citrus there in abundance. I do notice the malt more than in the smell...some good earthy tones, light caramel that I can taste the most of in the finish. Tastes spicy as well. Interesting. A lot of good flavours here but not close to style. That happens to me on occasion so I always use my rule of thumb: let the drinking experience dictate my review.

The mouthfeel is medium with a rather light amount of carbonation, the overall effect is creamy and a pleasure to drink.

Drinkability? Dang this is easy to drink. Plenty of flavour, great body, reasonable abv for the style, a very good drinker indeed. Oh and head retention is great as is the lacing. I enjoyed every ounce of this brew and was craving more. Well done, Stoudt's!

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Photo of ski271
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack of this, not knowing anything about it. I assumed it was a PA or IPA or some other style known for its hops... not a doppelbock. I found out this was a doppelbock before taking my first sip. Appearance? Gorgeous... but not very typical for a doppelbock. Smell? This is the first doppelbock I've come across in a long time where pungent hops were the focal point of the nose. And even when this beer initially hit my tongue, I was still thinking that this beer HAD to have been mis-categorized on this site. But then that smoooth, sweet malt body that i know and love about doppelbocks comes through in the middle. Very tasty, and big enough to holds its own against the potent hops... but soft enough to be very drinkable. I heard 50 IBUs mentioned for this beer... seems a little sharper than that, but still quite enjoyable. Fantastic treat after an afternoon of snowy trail running. Yet another example why Stoudt's is a brewery worthy of being mentioned among the state's best.
(I know I didn't go into the specifics of the beer like I normally do, but if you want that, read the other reviews. I just felt like summarizing my tasting experience, and now I'm going to get back to my wonderful beer... cheers!)

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at zenos and picked up a 6er. was forced to drink 3 out of the bottle, gave 2 away and I saved one for a review.

Not a looker thats for sure. Bubbly white head that disappears pretty quickly. A very thin light brown amber colored body, that initially shows a lot of carbonation which tones down at a rapid speed to display a nice still beer.

Fresh citrus hops and pine hops pop out right away. Slight touches of caramel and sweet malts matched with sweeter grapes. This smells good doppelbock, very refreshing.

Great smooth caramel right from the beginning, with a hop kick that comes right at you, and doesn't leave you alone until you finish the sip. Overwhelmingly delicious citrus hops with some pine hops mixed in the background. Fairly sweet taste with a moderate texture and one that is fitting for this beer.

I could have a few more of these with out hesitation. Great beer, I really hope I can find more of this stuff.

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Photo of ToddT
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a coppery brown color with a light tan head that diminishes slowly and leaves a well defined lace pattern on the glass.

S- Hops, hops and more hops. Slight malt and fruit undertones.

T- Aggressive bite of hops up front that turns slightly sweet then finishes with just the right twang of hop bitterness. I swore this was an IPA the first time I had one, was surprised to find out it was a doppelbock.

M- Nice medium body beer, just the right amount of carbonation. Finishes clean, crisp and slightly dry. No hint of the 7% ABV.

D- Easy drinking beer that leaves you looking for just one more. It is just as easy to finish off several of these on a hot summer day as well as a cold winter night.

A great twist on a Doppelbock and one that everyone should try. Great one to give to your hop head friends.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/copper with ruby hues with a nice off-white color head. Retention is decent.
Has an aroma of fruits, peach, mango, grapefruit.
Taste is very flavorful, all of the aromatics can be found on the palate, hops, mango, peach, pears, grapefruit, pine and hints of toasted malts as well. Not sure it fits the category, but very interesting and very enjoyable!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, lager yeast, some dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel & dark fruit and bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then there's a strong hops bitterness for the style that comes in to provide a nice bite. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

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

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style with an extra burst of hops that you don't too often in the style, this is a good flavorful beer with substance that is worth drinking for a very long time.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Dark amber, one finger head.

S- Very rich caramel malts, little chocolate aromas.

T- Solid caramel flavors offset by a nice blend of toast and chocolate. Nice dry hoppy finish.

M- Medium full bodied, good carbonation.

D- This went down very nice.

This one leans a little towards a Maibock in terms of color and taste. Not the best by traditional standards, but it is still very good as it plays with the style guidelines a little.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I stumble upon this beer by name and decided "Damn that's a cool name." I gotta get one. It sat on my wants, cold and alone, until the Under 100 BIF, during which it was put in my package as a "wants" extra by super cool BIFer mikereaser. Awesome! You gotta see this bottle. A pimped out Joe Camel stealing your bitch! Awesome!

Pours out an amber-hued caramel with a nice compact almost white mushy head. I must admit, it's pretty good looking.

Smell is fairly pleasant too. Big malt base with a crisp hop rapid punch.

Taste reminds me of tea leaves or fresh tobacco. It's not a super yummy flavor but it's ... compelling. I want to drink more. Nice bitterness.

Medium-full bodied, slightly harsh carbonation.

I wanted it for the name alone and it actually turns out to be a good beer! Double score! I love a win-win.

Overall: a pleasant surprise

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Waterfront, Brooklyn.

Poured a medium to dark copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured an upfront peppery hop followed closely by a sweet cereal malt.

The taste consisted of a vibrant spicy hop and a milky sweet malt. Good residual hop.

The mouthfeel was dynamic - from sharp to smooth and back to sharp.

Overall an interesting and hop driven dopplebock.

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Photo of mcsquint
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jtrockchalk(again!)for the gift bottle. Poured into a pint glass.
A - Dark golden brown in color with 1 12 finger slightly offwhite head. Nice lacing on the glass.
S - Malty aroma
T - Full malty taste with subdued sprucefloral hops.
M - Light to medium mouthfeel with a crisp finish.
D - A little heavy on the hops for me, but interesting nonetheless. I probably wouldn't buy this, but wouldn't turn a free one down.

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Photo of hellomcfly
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an attractive dark ruby red color with a fluffy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves good lacing. Leaves tight rings of lace down the glass.

S - Nice light hop smell. Citrusy and floral for the most part. Caramel malts.

T - This is my second bottle and this tastes better than the first which was kind of funky so I suspected maybe it was off. Glad I decided to review this bottle instead. It's a tasty beer but seems more like a hoppy red ale that's been turned into a lager than a doppelbock. Great taste of citrus hops and caramel malts that balance each other out.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy though sharply carbonated mouthfeel. A little dry.

D - I'd say pretty highly drinkable. Could definitely drink a couple. A nice hoppy beer that hop heads who aren't into doppelbocks can enjoy.

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Photo of AltBock
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with one of the coolest labels ever put on a Stoudt's bottle. This label depicts a 1970's era standing up right ram wearing a leisure suit, a gold chain that says "Smooth" around his neck and some black and white wing tip shoes. This "Smooth" ram is holding a pint glass and giving a wink to all the sexy ladies he sees in the disco. Behind the ram is not a disco ball, but a bunch of hop buds falling from the sky. It's a great picture! The only other stuff on the label is just the mandatory US information. You might find a best before date stamped on the neck of the bottle. Mine was smeared so I couldn't read what was on my bottle.

Appearance: When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, this Americanized Doppelbock was a very intriguing light cranberry red with some copper and orange mixed in with it. I've never seen a beer with this color before. I believe I came to close to what the color actually was. It was a bunch of colors mixed in together. Sitting on top of the mixed colored brew was a small 1/4 of an inch off white colored head of foam. This small head of foam had excellent retention because it never receded. It stayed the same size the entire time. Whenever the beer level went down, this small head of foam did leave behind a few small streaks of lace around the glass. The appearance of the beer was just as interesting as the label on the bottle.

Smell: The first time I ever had this beer, it smelled like liquid bread with toasted malts and a few hops in the background. This one smelled nothing like that one. This one was heavy on the grapefruit and spruce. That aroma came out of left field. I wasn't truly expecting that. Behind the grapefruit and spruce wall was a hint of citrus hops and the slightest touch of toasted caramel malts. These caramel malts came and went as they pleased. In the end, it was a pleasant hoppy aroma coming from a Lager.

Taste: The aroma was the things to come when it came to the taste. Up front is a small and I mean small toasted caramel malt presence. Then all of a sudden, these caramel malts are quickly covered up by citrus hops, a considerable amount of grapefruit, and an abundance of spruce. I could actually taste all the citrus flavors dwindle down from when they busted onto the scene. After the aroma, the taste was no surprise. I knew they were going to be very little malts and a ton of bitter citrus flavors. But what I didn't know was that I had no idea that a hoppy Lager could be so enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Even though this hoppy Doppelbock clocks in at 7% ABV, it was light to medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation and with a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of grapefruit, spruce, and citrus hops. There wasn't any malts in this taste. It tasted like the malts gave up and just gave in to all the citrus flavors. This nice hoppy aftertaste will linger on your tongue for a few minutes.

Drinkability: As you can tell from the score I gave this beer, I now have a new favorite Stoudt's beer. "Smooth Hoperator" was nothing short of being a great easy drinking hoppy Lager. I would have no problems drinking this winner again. If you're thinking this is going to be a take on a traditional German Doppelbock, think again!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with about 1 finger head that dissipates as you watch, but it leaves a layer on top of the beer that laces all the way down the sides of the glass with every sip.

Smell is mostly hops, which I should have expected from the name, but for a doppelbock, I really didn't think it would come through this much. I mean smells like a light IPA almost! The hops contribute a citrusy sweetness as well. I also smell some caramel in there.

The taste is an incredible blending of the caramel malts coupled with the citrusy hops. I don't really know how to characterize this, but I will just say that if there was the perfect way to combine these two flavors, stoudts has figured it out. I'm a big hop head so the hop finish really surprised me and won me over.

Feels creamy and smooth in the mouth, despite the seemingly high carbonation factor. The light texture though (surprising again for a doppelbock) makes this beer more drinkable than others of the same style.

Overall, a great beer by Stoudts. It really smashes out of the doppelbock mold, while certainly holding on to the essence of the style. Very solid beer, and I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of psugrad98
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep reddish amber with thick foam and lace. Biting hop aroma that smells of fresh hop flowers with slight sweet hints. First taste is of sharp biting bitterness that can be a bit surprising even for a hop head. The bitterness gives a slightly dry quality that gives way to a nicely balanced hint of nutty sweetness that then gives way as to the taste of fresh hops as the drink finishes.

This is an outstanding hoppy beer for those who are into bitter hoppy brews. Not for the faint of heart, though this is more balanced and easier drinking than others in its class.

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Photo of treyrab
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nittanybeerfan for this gem...

Poured from the 12oz bottle into my chalice...

A: This is a phenomenal looking beer. Gorgeous deep amber with nice red hues. It has a creamy 2 finger head and laces the glass exceptionally well. There is nice, active carbonation rising up through the glass as well.

S: The hops really come through here. Granted, the name is Smooth Hoperator, but for a doppelbock, I was not expecting this by any means. The smell is of citrus hops and a nice caramel malt as well.

T: The taste is of exceptional citrus hops followed by a creamy (very creamy) malty sweetness. Some cereal grains in there as well, but the flavors of the sweet malt and hops balance the beer so amazingly well. The mouthfeel is so creamy in this one, I was totally surprised.

Overall, this is a great showing buy Stoudts. Probably the best beer I have had by them and definitely one of the best doppelbocks!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am replacing my previous review. Which was ill informed and when I was a newbie.
This beer is very good and I clearly did not appreciate it when I first tried it.
Anyway, here is a make good review.

Deep Amber Color with a 3 finger tan head. The head settled to a creamy 1/8th inch film across the top of the beer. Lots of orange/red tones and very clear. A great deal of lacing remains in the glass.

Aroma is sweet and of molasses and/or dark caramel. Reminds me of pralines a bit. Nice hop aroma as well. A bit fruit aroma from the hops.

Sweet Roasted punch followed quickly by a nice hop bitterness. Really nice. I was totally naive when I first sampled and reviewed this beer. Nice complex flavor.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and just on the edge of sticky. This beer is very drinkable. I am hoping that Stoudts brings this back next year again. I wish I had another bottle.

Now I feel better. By previous review was not fair.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, dark, coppery amber color with a finger of creamy off-white (almost tan) head. A solid 1/2 finger of creamy retention yields massive swathes of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is packed with some nice floral hops and citrus in the front that then melds into some sweeter accents of caramel and bread.

The taste once again posesses a nice floral hoppy bittterness up front that gives way to juicy citrus and that is all set up against a backdrop of bread and caramel sweetness. That tingling earthy hop profile runs all the way through and lingers after the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and smooth feel.

A really unique take on a Doppelbock that is packed with a ton of hops and drinks a lot easier than that style would dictate. Tasty and refreshing, Stoudts has a winner with this one.

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Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six 12oz bottles for $12 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Purchased mid-June 2008 with a mid-August expiry date - seems rather short, especially since it's a new offering at the store which appears to go through stock pretty quickly. Pours a dark copper red - clear with a big head. Nice malty aroma with a good deal of hops. First taste is well balanced between malt and hops. Medium bodied. Decent hops in the aftertaste. Lacing up the yin-yang. Adding to this rating with a later bottle, and the more I have, the more I like. A beer has to be pretty good to have a label that bad.

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Smooth Hoperator from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 473 ratings