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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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467 Ratings
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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-29-2002

A full bodied, malty, slightly sweet beer celebrating the Autumn harvest. This rich beer has a round malt flavor and an above average alcohol content perfect for a cool fall evening.

Malt: Three different blended Munich-style malts
Hops: Czech Saaz and Tettnanger.
Original Gravity: 1.061 (15.5° Plato)
Color: Red-Amber
Bitterness: 24 IBU
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Ratings: 467 | Reviews: 153
Reviews by grs8313:
Photo of grs8313
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:12oz screw top bottle with no bottling/ freshness date. Pours hazy amber with a slight white head. The head dissolves instantly, leaving no lasting head to speak of.

Smell: Malts, spices alcohol and apple can all be detected.

Taste: Hops, malts and some spice notes. The beer is very well balanced with no one flavor dominating. Slight malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. The beer leaves the mouth feeling clean.

Drinkability: Very drinkable because it does not wreck the pallet. This is a very well balanced beer, but it will not become my go-to beer while available.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visiting family in Houston, we took our son-in-law out for lunch. Alas, no St Arnold Oktoberfest at lunch, had to settle for Shiner Oktoberfest. However, my always thoughtful son-in-law bought me some of this to compare. No comparison.
In a pint glass the beer was a red amber color with a minimal to absent head.
Caramel malt aroma, floral, and a hint of spice.
Caramel malt taste, pretty malty, late piney hops, and a tinge of nutmeg.
A good robust Oktoberfest.

Photo of shapudding
4.49/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice, golden oakey color with little to no white head in a tiny ring. Smells like a bakery! Molasses and honey... yum...
Very sugary scented, more towards brown sugar. Reminds me of bread pudding and jewish apple cake, but not cloyingly sweet at all. Body is thin, but now watery, feels good, smooth, not heavy. Very easily drinkable. Flavors are well blended and the taste is nice, very enjoyable.
Thanks to Kindestcut for this one!

Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JNBeer for this one...my first new beer on NBS.
Pours a cloudy rust color w/ a full finger of extremely carbonated head...and disappears before I even take a whiff.
Speaking of whiffs, this one is very mild in it's scent...some sweet malt upfront w/ a floral hop in the finish. A hint of spice, cinammon and even an alcohol burn when lingering.
Taste is enjoyable enough...not my favorite style but a decent offering to say the least. The spice takes a back seat in the imbibing...a generous amount of hops to bitter it up front and a definite malty sweetness in the middle...finishes somewhat dry w. none of the alcohol my nose picked up.
Moutfeel is average and the carbonation is much less than I was expecting after the pour.
I'd enjoy a few of these if the opportunity arose...a nice beer for the day ahead.

Photo of badbeer
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat hazy orange/amber color with a nice white head that retains well. Smell is lightly fruity with some breadiness and there seemed to be a little DMS present. Again, taste has some fruitiness and plenty of bread, but the DMS (or something similar?) detracts from the brew for me. Taste would be much higher if not for that. Above medium levels of carbonation and slightly heavier than medium bodied. I'm thinking they could make this Oktoberfest a real winner with a couple changes in procedures, but who am I to judge? Decent brew from what seems to be a pretty darn good brewer.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank in honor of this beer winning a silver medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Fest.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of toffee as well as some brown sugar notes. I also get a little bit of grape, as well as a slight bit of hop bitterness to help balance the flavor. Very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Dizzy
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours transparent orange with an off white head that dissipates quickly. Malty sweetness in both aroma and flavor. Faint hop aroma. Some bitterness and the alcohol is noticeable. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, this makes a decent session beer and tastes ok. Compared to others in the style, I'd have to say I prefer Paulaner's or Spaten's over this, but this is good.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out clear copper with a good white head, little to no lacing.

There's not much of a scent to it, what is there is a little sweet.

The flavor makes up for the lack of scent. Very smooth hops up front to move to the carmal malts.

Mouthfeel is very good amount of carbonation for this style. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, but there are far too many better oktoberfests out there.

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2008 batch of oktoberfest. It pours an clear orangish copper color with a light off white head that lingers to a collar but never fully disappears.

The scent is of fresh caramelized malts and moderately hoppy. Secondary is a toffee sweetness that backs up the initial scents.

Flavor is like other St. Arnold brews and distinctly malty. Warm, caramelized malts combine with a sweetness and mild hop tartness to yield a tasty beverage with a medium bodied and a light bitter finish.

This beer is mellow and a nice end of summer drink. I am currently enjoying this while home-brewing a stout on a cooler summer night. It makes me look forward to the winter months. Excellent beer.

Photo of frequentgear
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. pale orange color with big bubbled head and no lacing.

smells very sweet and malty. tastes like caramel and mild alcohol. no hops really, just malty sweetness. kind of nutty and kind of toffee like. you can tell it's at 6.0, but the sweetness balances it out.

not really a fan, haven't had many oktoberfest's though.

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bonus hitchiker from JonathanL7890, part of a great group of Texas traders who contribute great class of our site.Pleasant malty aroma with some peach fruit. The fruit is in the initial taste, with a modest smoke. Not very drinkable, but it could depend on the night and the food. A bit light on mouthfeel.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle-conditioned Oktoberfest pours a slightly hazy amber body with gold and orange highlights beneath a full head of creamy off-white foam. Its head retention is good, and it slowly drops to a wide, creamy collar and cottony surface covering. Sticky splashes of lace left about the glass add to its appearance. Some delicate tart fruit in the nose is reminiscent of plums and dried apricot, and they're carried over into the flavor wrapped in sweet, lightly doughy and just slightly toasted malt. The hop bitterness is restrained, allowing the sweetness of the malt to dominate the flavor profile without becoming cloying; and a swash of spicy hops comes through clearly, also helping to dry things out. A medium-light body (and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation) also helps to keep its yeasty fruit and malty sweetness in check; and it finishes semi-dry with some lingering maltiness at the back of the throat. This is a really unique beer! It's certainly not a traditional German-style Oktoberfest/Marzen, but more of a Munich-malt based Belgian-style beer. Interesting, satisfying, and refreshing. This would certainly make a good table beer at a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner! Well-done!

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Central Market in Dallas. Poured clear amber-red with a short head.

Like many American O-fest's, this one leaves toward a richer, roasted caramel flavor. That's not a bad thing, it's just different. The aroma, in addition to the toffee and caramel, has a slight hard-water mineral note in the aroma. The flavor also finishes with a mild black pepper note. Worth a stein full.

Photo of miketd
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a nice, ruby/copper with a big off white head. Aroma is malty sweet with some caramel. Also hints of earth and nuts or grain.
Flavor is heavy malt forward and sweet. A bit of roasty malt at the end. Fairly clean and medium dry.
This isn't my favorite style, but not a bad drinker.

Photo of Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug. Recently received this in a BIF from armock.

Pours a clear, coppery colored medium amber with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Thin, sturdy, layer of retention that skims the surface, leaving a good looking cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is fairly sweet smelling, with notes of sticky caramel, citrus, and a tinge of floral hops.

The taste is light bready malts and caramel sweetness that seems to possess some spicier notes of cinnamon or clove. There is just a slight bit of a hop profile in the back but for the most part this is mostly sweet and spicy. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a bit of a flat feel at times.

Decent take on an Oktoberfest here. It could have used a bit more toast or bitterness and the body was a touch thin but it still drank fairly well.

Photo of beveritt
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Thanks to mhewes for hooking me up with this as an extra during a trade. Label shows Saint Arnold (apparently the patron saint of brewers) holding a beer in the midst of trees covered with fall colored leaves. No visible freshness, date, but as this is a fall beer, it is only a few months old.

Appearance: Pours with one finger of big bubble light tan head. This settles very quickly to next to nothing, just a few tiny spots of foam. The beer itself is slightly cloudy and the color of tarnished copper. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Very sweet caramel malt with an almost corn syrup like finish. Slight nuttiness.

Taste: Very strong, sweet malty flavor, with a pumpkin like off flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent, aiding by what seems like a ton of residual sugar.

Drinkability: A very sweet O-fest, sweetest I have ever had. Right at the border of being sugary vice malty, this is an unusual beer. Not too sure I like this one.

Photo of cannabanaceae
2.59/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looked Dark ornge with lots of carbonation bubbles coming to the top. No head.

Smell was mellow malt, bready, sweet candi, Lackluster.

Taste went down smooth. Mild malt in front. Hops play a small roll in the middle. Then followed by a crisp autumn morning breeze taste(best part of this beer). Then it ends with a little sweet n low sugar to it.

This beer does not meet oktoberfest or marzen standards. It almost had no smell, no head retension and the taste was pretty boring.

Photo of dungaree
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up this 6 pack yesterday so this should be this season's Oktoberfest batch. As with many of St. Arnold's beers, this one pours with very little carbonation, no head. Very nice amber hue. Would look prettier with some fizz. Good smell, spicy and hoppy. On second whiff, I note light smell of alcohol. Taste- has a definite taste but hard to put my finger on it. Hint of lemon, caramel towards the back of the tongue, molasses, and.... hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. Not the best brew St. Arnold produces but decent.

Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a fluted beer glass on 12/1 (from notes).

Pours a lighter amber, with good amount of white foam. A light layer remains after the pour. Esthery smell, not dominant but there. Caramel malty taste, very soft, subtle. Butter flavor. Not too sweet, and not much bite. Mostly mellow. Easy finish. Pretty good Octoberfest.

Photo of imasloth
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok. I had this beer out of the bottle and straight out of the fridge the other day while watching football and was wholly unimpressed. This time I let it warm while I ate my dinner and poured it into a pint glass.

A- A lighter orange color than other Marzens I've had. Good carbonation but little head when poured into pint glass. (This is a recurring theme in my posts so maybe it's the fall crop of beers or maybe there's soap or hardwater deposits on my glasses. I don't know.)

S- I found the smell pleasantly sweet and even a bit grainy (not malty, but grainy). Overall, fairly nice.

T- As I mentioned, I was ready for the beer to underwhelm and was delighted when it didn't. It gave me a strong malt flavor followed by a sweetness that was dry and faintly apricot-y. Good stuff.

D- Light and quaffable. A good clean finish with just the slightest grain aftertaste.

O- I like it, but don't love it. However, it was better than the S.A. Oktoberfest I had recently which is saying something since it was one of my faves last season.

Give it a try.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The pour is a tawny, amber color with barely a finger of head. The beer is slightly effervescent, with just a few pieces of lace showing up throughout the tasting.

Smell: The nose has a slightly toasted biscuit aroma as well as some toffee. Some earthy, bittering hops come through as well.

Taste: The tasting starts out with caramel and toffee malt. The beginning of the tasting is a bit sweet, but the hops start to play more of a role and the sweetness levels out at the end of the tasting. Some earthy hop flavors come through as well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was good right after cracking the bottle. Medium to full bodied. Each sip leaves a nice oily coating on the gums and teeth.

Drinkability: I'm having this one a bit late, but it was an enjoyable beer. I don't think I'm ever in the mood for more than one oktoberfest in an evening, but this was an easy beer to sip on.

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

Very fresh 12oz bottle. Pours clear amber with a fluffy off-white head that dies to a collar rather quickly. Smells strongly of caramel malt, with a bit of wet hay in the background. Sweet and bready taste, again with plenty of caramel malt. Some very light, grassy hops. Medium body. Not a bad O-fest.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a fairly average Oktoberfest beer. Easily drinkable and goes well with the fall climate. At colder temps, 40 or so, it is not that great. I let it warm up and it got much better. There is really not much to say other than it's a typical tasting American style Oktoberfest beer. Decent level of sweet maltiness and dry hopped. It was kind of overly carbonated for my taste. I thought it was better than Sam Adams. This beer didn't really invoke much. It didn't give me much to elaborate on - what's to say. It was decent - I would have another if the price was reasonable - it was a good autumn beer.

Photo of goochpunch
1.76/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a chill-hazed orange/amber with lots of bubbles feeding a thinnish head. Smell is overwhelmingly toasty without the typical rich, malty aroma of an Oktoberfest. I pick up a good bit of booze as well. Tastes medicinal, overly toasty, oddly fruity, oddly somewhat roasty, and has a saccharine-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and prickly with bubbles. Not for me. If it didn't have the word "Oktoberfest" on the label, I surely wouldn't think of this as an Oktoberfest.

Photo of BeerSox
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Slightly couldy copper color. Fluffy thick head with good retention. Sticky lacing and a foamy cap result.

Earthy yeast notes and a bready malt background. Mild leafy hops in the background.

Slightly sweet beginning coming from the biscuity malts. Medium bodied with light carbonation giving it a smooth feel until the slight bitterness from the hops kick in at the finish. Bit of an astringint taste in the aftertaste. The overall flavor seems a little bit on the bland side though.

Not a bad Oktoberfest but I feel I have had better. It's maybe okay in a pinch, but there are better ones out there.

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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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