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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold OktoberfestSaint Arnold Oktoberfest

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 500
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 10
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 155 | Hads: 500
Photo of Isrealite
4.72/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer! Bought it in late September, and after the first six pack, I went out and stocked my fridge with enough to last me until late Dec. Looks like a golden amber autumn leaf, and smells as bittersweet as hooking up with a hot girl and not remembering it because you had too much to drink at Oktoberfest. It really just tastes like what beer should taste like, with perfect balance, and is by far one of the smoothest beers I have ever had. Each drink makes you want another, and against all of the other American Oktoberfest beers, this one is head and shoulders above. A must try!

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer goes right on par with all of the other oktoberfests I have had. This beer is a very good beer, and being from a texas brewery I tend to lean that way when hitting the local liquor store for a quick sixer. But compared to all of the octoberfests not brewed in germany, this one is tops in my book. Definatly a good malty flavor and light mouthfeel. To bad this one is only out for a short time :(

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Photo of GANIMAL
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest beers are here, so I stopped by my local beer store, deciding to try St. Arnold's Oktoberfest. I am a huge fan of St. Arnold's beer in general, so I did not expect this one to disappoint.

A - Has a nice soothing red amber color that looks inviting for Fall weather.

S - Nice soft smell with a hint of some sweetness

T - Delightful taste with a small dash of sweetness, but very great blend of autumn fullness taste.

M - Refreshing feel as each sip makes you want another taste

O - Very impressed with this Oktoberfest, so far this is one of my favorite Oktoberfest brews out. It is very well rounded, pleasant taste and overall feel. Each sip is delightful and refreshing. I definitely recommend everyone to try it.

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Photo of shapudding
4.49/5  rDev +23%
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!

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Photo of JMad
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid was dark copper with a nice white head that dissipated quickly.

It had aromas of sweet caramel and butter with just a slight sourness to it.

The beer tastes mostly of toasted caramel, biscuits, and more sweet malt.

When you take a sip you notice a light- medium body, the smoothness, and just a slightly dry finish.

I'm very impressed with Saint Arnold on this one, nothing bad to say about it at all.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as an extra in an in-person trade with brewdlyhooked13. This guy rocks, thanks man!

12 ounce brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a cloudy, bruised peach color with brassy highlights. The head only stuck around for a few seconds, leaving a flat top with little only a couple suds trails coming to the surface.

Smells of malts, apricot, honey and light floral hops. Rather large and very inviting nose on this one!

Perfectly roasted malts come on the front and stay throughout the entire taste. In the malt mix are things like honey, toasted oats, orange rind, apricots and caramel. Very nice. This doesn't have the typical lactose quality like I find in many other Oktoberfest beers. Finishes with the slightest bit of bitterness.

Medium bodied and flavored. Though it's hidden from the eyes, there's ample carbonation in the mouth. Finishes semi-dry. Very nice!

Thanks again, brewdlyhooked13!

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Photo of kindestcut
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Saint Arnold Oktoberfest poured a beautiful dark amber. The off-white head was vigorous and lasted a good 5 minuted before it disappeared, leaving a bit of lacing as it retreated.

I noted an obvious sour aroma, as I see noted in another review, but it gave way to a complex variety of smells including roasted malt, an echo of hops and a distant hint of ripe fruit.

When I drink this beer, like a good marzen, it heralds the changing season by bringing something new to your glass. This is a sweet beer, however, the sweetness is definitely balanced with a slight hop bitterness and a distant fruity flavor. While tasty, the beer goes down very easily and doesn't feel heavy to me.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great balance of malt and hop from St. Arnold

A- Beautiful Autumn colored brown/orange with a decent head

S- Smell is mostly of sweet, bold-earthy malts with a bit of spicy hops in the back.

T- Taste is light and pleasant. Sweet malts dominate but some hops are noticed in the aftertaste.

M- Feels excellent with a medium body and smooth carbonation that slides over the tongue

D- Drink one and than another, and another, and another... and another

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Photo of NefariousR
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours an orange-amber with a thin, foamy head that dissipates after a few moments.

S - Sweet and malty with just a bit of hop edge to it. Some light fruit smells in the peripherals.

T - Malt is definitely the most prominent flavor. Very little bitterness is present, and there's a sweet character to the beer. Alcohol is very slightly present in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied with a light stickiness. Carbonation is present, but not overly assertive.

D - Tasty, refreshing, and highly drinkable, this is a fantastic beer for autumn, particularly here in Houston where the temperatures are still hovering around the mid-80s. Try it if you have access to it.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mccormick&Schmick's Dallas.
Dark amber hue with a thick tan head. Spicy, malty smell with a light touch of perfumy hops. A medium-full body rests heavy on the tongue. Taste has loads of spices, sweet malt flavors of ginger bread cookies, cloves, with a very noticeable hop presence.
Finishes mildly bitter and silky smooth.
Tastes like a very malty Elissa IPA.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a creamy white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is of caramel, toffee, maple syrup, spice and fruity notes.

Big sweet malt, honey tones, maple, and caramels with a fruity finish of apricot and spice.

Nice balance, easy to drink, medium body.

Overall, very good to style.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3-14-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured one finger of foam, nice foam lacing ring, cloudy amber color, and carbonation is present

S - Malts, caramel, not a whole lot of hops in this brew

T/M - Medium to lighter bodied, malty caramel taste comes out, smooth brew with no real hop bitterness

D - Decent brew, lighter than most Oktoberfest beers that I have had. Good brew that I could easily have more than one. Would like to have again and I recommend trying it

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Photo of marc956
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit stronger than Brooklyn Ale's version so drinkability might not be quite as good but this is still very good beer especially paired with traditional German food as I just had it. Little wonder many in TX are switching to this from Shiner (which is good but well, to each our own)

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A- Pours a deep amber color with two finger head, dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing.

S- Heavy caramel malty flavor

T- A good malty bread like flavor throughout. Not a lot of bitterness from the hops but they lend a dry finish to the beer.

M- A good bready texture to the beer. Feels a bit thick but it works.

O- A pretty tasty take on the style. Has a different taste to it because it is an ale but I really like the end product.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear deep amber color, with a thick tan head, moderate lace. Lots of fine bubbles rise lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Rather sweet aroma of caramel and roasted malt.

Taste: begins with rich sweet malt flavors and caramels, fades into mellow hop flavors and alcohol notes with a crisp, clean finish. The hops are a blend of Czech Saaz and Tettnanger and provide an excellent compliment to the sweet malty character of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly full, little harsh carbonation, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A quite wonderful harbinger of autumn and an excellent example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a short brown glass bottle with a twist off crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I realy like this their offering in the fall.

It pours a foggy dark orange and has an off white head.

The flavor is of caramel and a little (little) nutty flavor, and a known hop presence, which is always nice.

Easy on the palate, this beer make the evenings go well.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one!

Pours slightly hazed orange with a creamy white head.

The smell is of caramel maltiness with a touch of noble-type hops. Rich caramel aroma.

The taste is of malty, caramel sweetness. Bright caramel maltiness. Sweetness balanced by some noble hop dryness in the finish.

It has a smooth medium-body.

A malty, but not overly sweet brew. Drinks very well, with higher end of abv for style covered well. It does have an "ale" character to it, and says "ale" (though in Texas it goes by abv level...) I'm assuming it's an ale version of the style, and for that it does well, bringing in malty smoothness that is not overly sweet. I could drink plenty of these when in a malt-accented beer mood!

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Photo of merddyn2002
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I probably wouldn't drink a whole 6er of this stuff straight, but it was pretty awesome. Dark golden color. Excellent head, smooth mouthfeel and great flavor. Rich earthy hoppy aroma with hoppy and earthy flavors, but balanced with a great spiced malt flavor. Balanced is the key phrase here. I would not hesitate to pick up a pack to split with friends.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet amber malt, slightly spicy, perhaps nutmeg and allspice.
Appearance: Great amber/orange color, but a short lived white head didn’t lace.
Flavor: Nice malt accent with some mild fruit cup tastes. Some hints of chocolate, nuts and yeast. A mild alcohol taste comes in as it warms, but melds nicely with the beer.
Mouthfeel: Great semi-flat carbonation level really helps drinkability.
Overall Impression: My review doesn’t do it justice. I’m enjoying the season already. I can pound these, or savor them depending on mood. Not quite the expected taste for the style, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of myost88
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Houston Flying Saucer.

Appearance: Crystal Clear dark amber/copper color. Served with only a ring of head. Very little lacing.

Smell: Malty sweet smell. Smells kind of like caramelized apples or peaches. Hops are not really present in the smell.

Taste: Very sweet tast. Caramel malts make up the biggest taste. Caramelized fruits present again. Reminded me of baked apples with cinnamon. Light hop taste is there as well. But mostly sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very smooth. Very lightly carbonated. On the light side of medium bodied. Finishes dry like a hard cider.

Drinkability: Easy drinker. The sweetness is not overly bad. This one was a hit with my non-beer drinking friends so I think there's a lot to like here.

Overall: This was a pretty good beer. I wouldn't call it amazing but it was solid. I will gladly keep this stocked in my fridge all fall.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from depechemode1983 and TexIndy thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a reddish amber with a quickly fleeting rocky off white head. Smells of caramel bread honey graham cracker and hints of dark fruit. Taste is malty sweet with caramel honey candied dark fruit and just enough hops to keep this from being sweet. Crisp level of carbonation, syrupy/creamy mouthfeel, medium body. Great O-fest from Texas, very well done!

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Photo of beeragent
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a medium copper, forming a 1 inch light tan head that quickly fadeds. No lacing left on the glass. The aroma is a good mix of sweet malt and caramel. The taste is slightly nutty from the sweet malt, but just with a hint of caramel in the finish. About medium mouthfeel. The full smooth flavor makes this a very drinkable ale. Overall, I was impressed by this beer. This is the first Oktoberfest beer that actually stands out in my mind as being above average. A great offering from Saint Arnold, and one that I will be taking advantage of while its available.

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Photo of sgt_187em
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit mor IBU than I expected, more than Shiner's Oktoberfest but still mild. I recognize the smell to be that of a Saint Arnold brew, maybe because I been to their brewery. Pours a nice amber-copper color with a light, disappearing head. Pretty good, but i think shiner does a better job balancing the flavors

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - fairly deep amber pour, a finger of creamy smooth foam on top. Some good beading off the etching on the glass bottom. Not much lace but a good looking beer despite.

Aroma - bready, grainy with a touch of sweetness. Fairly non-assuming.

Taste - a good statement of toasted grain right outta the gate. Lots of grain character, mildly sweet. The swallow doesn't really balance with the hops, just kind of pushes back for a moment before the toastiness returns. Maltiness gains the advantage at the finish, as my more favorite OFests ought to do. A bit of alcohol warmth at the end.

Mouthfeel - a touch crispy on the carbonation, a solid body. Well done.

Drinkability - a superior fall beer, thanks to BGThang for providing a sixer of these for the upcoming Halloween beer tasting. Well, a 'fiver' now... ;-)

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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.