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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 goochpunch
1.76/5  rDev -51.8%
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.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
2.59/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.59/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of beveritt
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 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.


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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of videofrog
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mblk6062
3/5  rDev -17.8%

I am very disappointed with this one - I always anxiously await the release of SA Oktoberfest, and have only been disappointed once, until now. This beer has nothing special about it, and quite frankly, is completely forgettable. I give it a 3 purely as a sign of respect to SA, because they generally do everything right.....Hey, everybody can have a bad day, and maybe it's just my palate, but I'm disappointed. Can't wait for the 2014 Christmas Ale to come out though! Love you Saint Arnold!

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Photo of a74gent
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour brings a nice moderate amount of foam. A slight ring remains on top clinging to the edge. A very average amber color.

There is no smell.

The taste is nice with some sweetness that is unusual in the style.

Mouthfeel is not very good although not horrid.

You could drink these quite easily, but there isn't a lot of flavor lingering that would tell you why you just drank a bunch of these.

An ok effort, but nothing about which to get excited.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a clear dark amber color with a thin eggshell white head. Thin lacing too. The aroma is malty sweet. Medium-bodied with a kind of fuzzy mouthfeel. Very, very sweet flavor of malt and little else aside from a bit of caramel. Very one-dimensional, which is saying something for a Marzen. The finish is sweet and bready. Not terrible but definitely too one-sided.

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Photo of maximum12
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to TexasStout for dropping this into a recent trade. I'm getting close to having had most of St. Arnold's lineup here in Minnesota!

Pretty beer. A deep, effervescent, ruddy orange color that borders on Crayola territory. Smell is extremely sweet, sugar-coated-candy sweet. My oh my. That could be very good or very bad, depending on where this ends up.

Saint Arnold Octoberfest is stretching the boundaries of the genre. The sweet malts are there, but held hostage by an odd buttery flavor, & a heavy hand of caramel/toffee mixture. Toss in a bite of apple at the end, & this is one fruity, mixed-up Marzen.

Mouthfeel is pretty raw due to the sweetness; which also knocks the drinkability to average. This one cries out for one-and-done, unless you like puckering up &, like me, your mouth gets sore from too many sweets.

Decent enough beer. Not really representative of the style, but I'm not hung up on that. I just suspect some of these tastes (diacetyl?) might not be what the brewer originally intended. Gimme the Lawnmower any day!

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Photo of BeerSox
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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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Photo of FLima
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber copper color with a thin head with short retention.
Sweet fruity aroma with notes of red apples, caramels and honey.
Flavor of caramels, floral and herbal hops masked by its malty base, red apples and toasted and roasted malts. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light to medium body with mild carbonation.
I found it a bit cloying given its sweetness level, despite of the help from its perceived hops.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep orange with a off-white head with good retention.

Mild and balanced aroma of malt and hop. There is some sweetness and caramel. Hops come across as floral and spicy.

Sweet caramel and honey. Plenty of bready malt character. Spicy and floral. I feel like I'm picking up trace amounts of alcohol on the taste. The carbonation is a little biting.

This was blah for me.

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Photo of puck1225
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured dark orange into a large mug. Not a great head. Drank this right after a SN Riegele Octoberfest. The St. Arnold's is not as good. The other had many subtle tastes, but the St. Arnold's was sort of one note. I like this beer but will likely stick to the SN offering for the season.

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Photo of JDV
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber pour with a fluffy beige head. Malty, sweetness on the nose. Tastes was a light bodied maltiness, with some almost tartness as well. Perhaps biscuity malt flavored. Somewhat of a quick light finish. Not a bad beer, but not one of my prefered styles either.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat cloudy, pale coppery color. Low aroma-some buttery, sweet malt aroma. Malty upfront with a slight bitterness to it. Rather thin body-could sure use a kick to liven it up a tad. Ok beer overall. Take a chance-make your own opinion. I'm not overly impressed. Thanks to mushroomcloud for the bottle.

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Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Saint Arnold from the mix bag sample pack from TexasStout, this time the Oktoberfest is up. I'm a big fan of Oktoberfests if they are done right, so lets see how this guy stands up.

A: Pours with a decent frothy bubbly head about a finger to start but fades quickly to a light head covering. It has a brilliantly clear toasty maple leaf brown color that gives me vertigo as I stare through it.

N: It has a sweet malty aroma to start, with a crisp marzen feel. Some toasted malt character and syrupy cracker aroma is there. I also get a slight alcohol and a slight porter style roasted malt smell that finishes off the nose. Different but still a decent Oktoberfest nose.

T: Taste is more similar to the finish on the nose than the beginning. It's got some sweet and creamy malt character, lots of roasted porter style malts and slight chocolate... yes this IS an Oktoberfest last time I checked. I get a slight toasty quality, but not much of the Marzen taste that I was expecting. A little sweet and slightly syrupy. I also get a little buttery taste of diacetyl. This is an unusual take on an Oktoberfest, and being a proponent of experimentation, I give them some credit, but an Oktoberfest should be taken from the Bavarian Marzen roots which this seems to have lost along the way. The more I drink and the more the porter tastes fade into memory, the more I can start to get some traditional Oktoberfest tastes, but it's still not where I would expect it to be.

M: A little syrupy and slimy, not much carbonation, but a little light.

F: Finishes semi sweet with more of the diacetyl tastes. Some other strange bitter and syrupy flavors help with the finish, and when I say help I mean it loosely as it takes away from the drinkability. A slight sticky and slimy feel is also left in the mouth for a short time after.

Final thoughts: It started pretty good, great appearance, and nose to start, then the taste was a little interesting with some roasted porter tastes and slight chocolate malt, and some toasty tastes. Then it went downhill with some strange sweet syrupy tastes, diacetyl, and other weird flavors. About halfway through the beer, and all the initial strange flavors blend into the taste buds, its starting to slightly taste more like a traditional Oktoberfest, but not really. I give them some credit for stepping outside the bounds, but perhaps not on an Oktoberfest. Call it Harvest or Autumn or something.

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3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oktoberfest in august?These seasonal beers keep releasing earlier and earlier, soon we will be drinking christmas ale in september but anyways this is a good beer no matter the season.st arnolds oktoberfest imo is the best of the style,better than sam adams and others that i have had.the smell and the taste is a little on the sweet side but thats the style i guess.drinks well and good abv.this is my halloween beer when trick or treating with my kids, good seasonal beer from st arnold and true to their other seasonal offerings better than their year round beers.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden amber color with some yellow on the edge. White carbonation head fizzed up to about a finger and disappeared instantly.

S - Sweet malts, caramel, some sort of syrupy honey and something like butterscotch.

T - Taste is pretty sweet and caramelly, with something coming through that reminds me a bit of lager yeast. Pretty malty, with some slight bit of butterscotch. It's okay and easy to drink, but kind of boring and the finish is nondescript.

M - Medium bodied, pretty crisp carbonation.

O - It's a very drinkable beer, but I find it too syrupy sweet with some ho hum flavors. Crushed it easily, but it lost my attention rather quicklly.

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Photo of shererjt
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, rich copper color with a huge, tan head. Overcarbonated for style but still looks good. Nose was typical Saint Arnold--very fruity, though some rich malt was definitely there in the background. Nice, but needs to have more malt aroma and be cleaner. Body was on the light side of medium. Fruity with a richness that soon follows, just like the nose. Somewhat lacked complexity but not bad by any stretch. Mouthfeel was lively and above average; drinkability would have been enhanced by some more lager-like crispness.

I like it but it's not a great example of an Oktoberfest lager in my opinion. Would make a very nice amber ale, though.

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Photo of diamondc
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber, copper shade. Not much head, just a thin cap of foam after the pour.

S: Nutty, caramel, pumpernickel, brown sugar. Smells like autumn.

T: Typical caramel maltiness found in Oktoberfests. Some hints of grape and hot nuts with a brown sugar finish. Hops are minimal here.

M: No huge flavors here. A bit boring after the first pint.

O: Worth a shot if you can score a single. A six pack would take a while to finish.

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Photo of grs8313
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer poured a pretty clear slightly reddish orange with a very large (2"+) head after a moderate pour. There were lots of bubbles rising to maintain the head. This is probably one of the most carbonated SA beers that I have had away from the brewery.

Aroma: My first impression after the pour was of some sweet malt with reserved citrus and a good amount of toasty malts like you would expect with an Octoberfest beer. After the beer sits for a while the head is still there, but I don't pick up citrus in it anymore...not quite sure why I did in the beginning. I can definitely pick up some hops in the aroma which seems to be a bit out of place as they come across to me as being at least partially American variety.

Taste: The flavor is definitely dominated by malty sweetness that seems to be mostly from crystal malts rather than just from an overabundance of Toasty malts. There is some in there, but the malty balance is provided by specialty malts. I do get some hops in the flavor, but they are not so much in the bittering so that the malt is in charge in the finish. I don't pick up any alcohol in here, and the crystal malts give you the impression that the beer is quite creamy in the finish.

Opinion: Well, this is a good beer, but a good bit from what I would expect from an Octoberfest. The balance is considerably sweeter than other German versions, which balance toward the dry slightly. Maybe the yeast slighlty under-attenuated, but I seriously think that it was just the grain-bill. There is likely two-row and crystal malts (Maybe cara-munich) to make up for the lightness of the base malts. I am a bigger fan of using almost entirely Munich malt for the grain bill...but that is personal preference. I will probably drink this beer again, but I won't be expecting the exact style that is printed on the bottle. It is a pretty good session beer, regardless of the intended style.

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