First off, Happy Halloween! I know I have been out of the loop for a bit, but I have finally recovered from the shocking loss of the Philadelphia Phillies to the San Fransisco Giants. As it is the last day of October, I thought it appropriate to post about an Oktoberfest. Even though Oktoberfest takes place in September, but who’s keeping track of all of that? Today’s beer comes from Stoudts Brewing Company located in Adamstown, Pa. One thing I love about being back home is that I have been to a lot of the breweries that I drink. In the case of Stoudts, I have been to the brewery, met one of the owners, met one of the brewers, and ate in the restaurant located on the grounds. I also have some glassware from the breweries in the area.
Stoudts Oktoberfest pours an orange color and has a white head the quickly fade. It is totally clear as expected with a lager. The nose is super malty and sweet. There is a slight sulfur smell as well. There are not any hops or heat to be found on the nose. This is not a ccomplicated smelling beer.
As expected, on the first sip I got a lot of malt and caramel sweetness associated with an Oktoberfest style beer. As with the nose, I really didn’t get any hops or heat. I don’t usually expect hops in a beer like this, but I would expect some hints of heat. There was a nice bready aftertaste as well, which if you read this blog often, you know that I love. The only thing I found strange was that it had a slightly metallic flavor to it. It wasn’t awful, but not something that is desired.
Overall I enjoyed this beer. It fits into the style very nicely, minus the metallic flavor. It comes in at 5.0% so it is a little low in the ABV area. If you like this style of beer, you should enjoy Stoudts Oktoberfest.