This has got to be a record for the longest gap between reviews of a brewery. I haven't reviewed anything by Stoudts since January 1, 2009. They're a pretty small craft brewery out of Pennsylvania run by a husband and wife duo. I had it on tap a month or two ago and hated it and wanted to see if the bottled version would be any different. Was it....?
2.5AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug
Appearance: Pretty shade of mostly clear dark amber/orange/ Forms a large, off-white, soapy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Slightly sweet malts but an underlying generic macro lager-like beer smell.
Taste: Have you ever had a beer that was so bad you just had to chalk it up to the bottle being spoiled or the tap being dirty? That’s how most drinkers are likely to react to Stoudt’s Oktoberfest. However, I have had this on tap and again from the bottle and the tastes were the same. A fellow "BeerTuber" also reviewed this and hated it, so I’m quite convinced that this beer tastes the way it’s meant to taste.
And that taste isn’t too bad up front. The first half is mild, slightly sweet generic Oktoberfest flavor with minor toffee notes and dry biscuity maltiness. Then it turns on a dime into something sour, spoiled and astringent. It’s not just hop bitterness, and this certainly isn’t brewed with "Brett" or other such sour-inducing yeast. This is supposed to be a traditional Oktoberfest, but it tastes like an economy lager that’s gone bad. It’s a sharp, scraping sour sensation. It’s repulsive to say the least. And what’s interesting is that there’s no presence of adjuncts, either. I’ve had tastier malt liquors.
Mouthfeel: Fairly light presence, slight effervescence. Mildly dry/cloying aftertaste of lager and candy.
Drinkability: If you had some salty or spicy food, then you might have some semblence of excuse to drink Stoudt’s Oktoberfest for the fact it’s wet and it’s beer. But the off-putting taste can’t make up for the fact that even though it’s only 5% ABV there’s just no reason to drink more than one serving of this - or any at all for that matter.