Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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1.73/5 rDev -52.3%
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.
08-29-2007 02:19:32 | More by goochpunch
2.17/5 rDev -40.2%
Another sent from optimator13. Poured into tapered DuPont glass...
A- Copper color with a tint of orange. Creamy beige head about a finger high rises then falls quickly.
S- Faint bready aroma. Touch of diacetyl with fruity undertones.
T/M- Way too sweet, this is like a honey smothered piece of toast. Not very clean as it finishes sweet and full on the tongue. Diacetyl again in the form of butterscotch. Not a fan and completely out of style. Body needs to be lighter with more carbonation.
O- Entire profile is out of whack per style. Too sweet and not light nor clean enough. I wasn't a fan, but my girlfriend liked it, so this became her beer.
11-18-2011 20:23:19 | More by TheGordianKnot
2.58/5 rDev -28.9%
Received from jasonlewis on a trade. Thanks Jason!
Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
A - copper/golden, more of an orange tint. thick white head, does not last long, but leaves a white ring on top. nice lace as you drink it.
S - sweet malt, toffee - a little buttery, which is a flaw in an o'fest.
T - first sip: malt, toffee butteriness at end. no hops to speak of, as appropriate. A little carbonation bite. mild astrigency.
M - thin, toffee malt, a little carbonic bite.
D - not a bad o'fest, but not in the big leagues either.
Comparing this with a recent Spaten O'Fest on draft, this misses the malty mouthfeel and the drinkability.
Glad I got to try it. But won't seek it out.
10-10-2009 00:18:26 | More by JamnesCameron
2.6/5 rDev -28.4%
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.
11-10-2008 23:49:27 | More by cannabanaceae
2.65/5 rDev -27%
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.
01-03-2009 01:54:57 | More by beveritt
2.88/5 rDev -20.7%
Reviewed 12/1/2007 (bottle refrigerator aged~3mo):
Pours a very clear brownish colored body, but with absolutely no head. Has a very malty sweet smelling aroma. Has a very fizzy palate. A nice malty nutty taste. Very malty tasting, maybe a little too much for me.
02-26-2009 23:37:32 | More by jujubeast6000
2.9/5 rDev -20.1%
Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. No freshness date.
A: Good head on the pour, but a fairly pale look for the style, looks much more like a pale ale than an Oktoberfest.
S: Nose is some caramel sweetness along with quite a bit of esters in there as well. While they aren't bad, they just seem out of place for the style.
T & M: The sip starts off with a drop of caramel sweetness on the front of the tongue and then the estercy flavors quickly make their way through. Slight hop bitterness kicks in, and the beer finishes with a slight residual malt sweetness. Mouthfeel isn't bad, but could stand to have more body, especially for the style.
D & Notes: The thing is, this beer actually tastes good. However, if it didn't say "Octoberfest" on the label, I might not even think I probably wouldn't guess I am drinking an O-Fest beer. Saint Arnold admits they are using ale yeast to brew this beer; and, while there isn't anything wrong with that, it simply isn't true to the style. There are way too may estercy flavors in this beer, and according to any brewing book, those are off limits in a O-Fest. Still, an interesting effort and a decently drinkable beer.
09-08-2007 04:27:49 | More by AustinBeerLvr
2.93/5 rDev -19.3%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded screw-top cap and decent label art acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a four finger head of subpar creaminess and decent thickness. Body colour is a white-khaki. Okay lacing. Head retention is above average - about 2-3 minutes.
Body colour is a clear amber of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent.
Overall, it's a bit darker in colour than most beers in the style.
Sm: Caramalts, crisp munich malts, mild floral hop character, amber malts, some graininess, and a timid malty sweetness. No surprises here given the style. Mild in strength and appealing.
No alcohol or yeast character is detectable, nor are any off notes.
T: Notable caramelization - perhaps excessively so compared to most tradition German beers in the style. Sweet amber malts. Mild floral hop character. It has a vague fruitiness. Munich malts. Some toffee, perchance. Quite simple - as beers in the style tend to be. There's nothing unique or special here, but it's pleasant enough.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Balance is okay. Not much complexity or subtlety, but then it's a festbier, innit?
Mf: Smooth and wet, yet unrefreshing. Lightly crisp. A bit overcarbonated. Okay presence on the palate. Nice body for what it is. A biteen too thick. Kind of biting. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel uniquely tailored to it.
Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.
Dr: Drinkable, but not quite as much as it should be for the style. I like it in a general sense - I love beer - but there's a myriad of better beers in this style at or below this price point. A very approachable inoffensive brew from Saint Arnold, but I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to friends. Hides its ABV well.
09-06-2013 02:34:35 | More by kojevergas
2.95/5 rDev -18.7%
Poured a 12oz bottle into a dimpled stein.
A: Burn orange to amber, 1 finger head dissipates into a thin rim that laces the glass on the way down.
S: Bready and caramel malts, that's about it.
T: Caramel malts up front, then bready malt along with hint of Saaz hops.
M: A bit thin for an Oktoberfest, carbonated just right for the easy-drinking style.
O: If I had to choose a Texas-made Oktoberfest, I'd opt for Rahr or even Shiner over this one. Solid choice and worth trying, though.
09-19-2011 02:33:27 | More by videofrog
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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