Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 147
Hads: 466
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 6.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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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: 147 | Hads: 466
Photo of D11
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- nice clear medium copper color. light tan-ish head that does not last long.

S- sweet with some hops.

T- some hops with some sweetness. not sure if some citrus. but caramel/syrup yes.

M- good mouthfeel, but some might say its a little on the watery side. very crisp.

O- my first oktoberfest(oct. 1 :D) and i enjoyed it. was refreshing. (341 characters)

Photo of miketd
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, brown-white head. Dissipates very quickly. Plenty of rising effervescence and pockets of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Malt, molasses, with a little of a woody character.

T: Molasses, peat, and roasted malt.

M: Syrupy body. Grainy character. Bitter finish. A bit of synthetically sweet aftertaste.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Slight head, no real lacing, lots of carbonation. Nose is sweet malt grains, molasses, with a woody character. Sweet and pungent. Overall, this is pretty good quaff. (614 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before.

A - pours a tight, clear copper with some obvious carbonation in the glass. Very small head that doesn't leave any lacing.

S - notes of caramel and spice; only moderately intense

T - reasonably good traditional Marzen style with initial hops attack with a bit of lemon balanced by moderate malt profile. Finishes with a hint of spiciness.

M - quite light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation

D - quite drinkable, and reasonably good Oktoberfest. Not overly sweet, but lacking a bit of intensity. (560 characters)

Photo of dungaree
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a long lasting white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of sourdough and hint of grassy hops. Body is medium and smooth. Caramel malt and herbal hops are balanced on the palate. Finish is short and slightly sweet. One of many good Oktoberfests. (271 characters)

Photo of hiikeeba
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I finally found my notes from Fredericksburg, Texas' Oktoberfest! This poured up amber with a light tan, creamy head. Smells of caramel malts. Sweet. The taste starts off with a roasted caramel flavor, almost like maple syrup, with hops at the finish. It had a nice full mouthfeel. It left a ring of sugar feeling on my lips. (325 characters)

Photo of kennymule
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with brewed on date 07-24-13, so fairly fresh.
You can read all the other professional reviews on this page, but from a strictly pedestrian beer drinking perspective, I appreciate this beer for what it is. It is a malt forward, medium to full bodied beer that would rock in concert with some wings or other tail gating fare. It's an easy drinker and should be enjoyed in moderation, given the above average ABV of 6%. Don't mess with Texas beers, or the Texans. Salud! (489 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a trade with LadyOfMuchBeer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a transparent amber hue with virtually zero head. The nose is pretty muted, not a lot going on. At most you pick up what seems to be some cinnamon or nutmeg. Maybe a little bit of malt and caramel. The taste is definitely on the malty side with hints of vanilla and caramel. The mouthfeel is very thin and alkaline like. There isn't a lingering aftertaste which is nice. This goes down real clean. Overall, while not one of my favorites, this wouldn't be a bad session beer this time of year on a cool, cloudy day. I wouldn't seek it out, but I wouldn't get mad if I was stuck drinking it either. (695 characters)

Photo of MirImage
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 12oz. Bottle poured into Pint Glass

Appearance: Nice Amber color typical to style. Small head that dissipated quickly. Zero lacing and not much head retention.

Smell: Carmel (slightly stuffy nose)

Taste: Sweet, carmel favors. Marked low to aftertaste that was left in mouth. It wasn't the worst tasting beer but wasn't very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and smooth.

Drinkability: Overall with the weird aftertaste I was getting I wouldn't want to drink much more than one. Will try on tap to compare to bottle. (532 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Nice logo with a background of autumn foilage. No date info.

Appearance: Copper colored with just a hint of haze. Big frothy head has great retention, lots of lacing.

Smell: Bready malt, a bit of spicy hops, and just a slight metallic aroma.

Taste: Typical marzen malt flavor - bready and a hint of metallic/suplhur taste. The hops are not too noticable, finishes just a bit sweet.

Overall impression: Not bad - a rather average Oktoberfest. (487 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Boulevard tumbler...

Appearance-Copper body with a 1 finger off white head the dissipates on contact and leaves almost nothing.

Smell-Malts, Wheat, pretty much nothing.

Taste-Sweet malts. Bready and Spicey. Simple, but good.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, carbonated nicely, can see myself drinking many.

Overall-Pretty simple, but what I expected. I will probably drink this 6 pack by the end of the day. (416 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy head that leaves some dots of lacing

Smell: Toffee and butterscotch, with a subtle grainy twang

Taste: Toffee and butterscotch up front, with a rather fruity character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, a grainy lager twang joins the sweet parade but barely makes a dent in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If you like a sweet, malty Oktoberfest, this beer will be a favorite

Thanks, ericandersnavy, for the oppportunity (531 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking, orange and clear with a great big lasting head that left nice lacing.

Aroma is not real strong but has a nice grainy and caramel malt character. Flavor is a little more notable, with a good caramel flavor, a solid maltiness, and maybe a touch of diacetyl.

Body is medium and pretty refreshing and easy to drink. Overall it's pretty much what you expect when you get an octoberfest, even if not particularly outstanding. (441 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of geryeb624
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Got this as an extra from Exiled, thanks a bunch man!

A- Orange-amber in color with 1-2 inches of creamy white head, which soon dissipates into a thin film.

S- Doesn't smell like much of anything, but what I am getting is some nice caramel maltiness. Pretty standard Marzen aromas.

T- Also not a ton of flavor here. Whats there is tasty, a good caramel maltiness, but just not very much going on. Tasty, but pretty mild.

M/D- Pretty thin and fizzy, which works fine. Very drinkable, probably the beers strongest suit. Good for sessioning.

A good beer, just not a whole lot going on. Mild in aroma and flavor, but tastes fine. Not worth buying a bunch of, but worth a taste if you like Octoberfests. (744 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a rich and bright Orange/amber color with a two finger white head that fades to leave a little lace.
S: Very malty and sweet, lightly hopped
T: Sweet malts an almost cloying sweetness. Caramel, fruity, nutty, a little bit of bread. Creamy and smooth
D: Drinkable, but like many American versions this is too sweet to quaff several off in on sitting.

Another good beer from Saint Arnold. If the sweetness was a little less, this would be a great beer. Still, something I would recommend. (496 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear dark amber pour with zero carbonation bubbles in the pour. Swirls evoke a small off white collar foam.

Candy malt scents. Apple and buttered bread. Somewhat vegetal aromas.

First flavors are of sweet bread custard, Maple syrup characters, and sweet table sugar caramel & red apple malt essense.

Medium body that becomes tacky and leaves a coating of fest flavors. A bit one dimensional yet smooth.

Last swigs: Sweetest red apple applesauce Oktoberfest ever! Thanks to Shapudding for sharing.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (549 characters)

Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange deep color, medium clarity. Weak head.

Toasty warmth and sweet Munich/Vienna lager sweetness. Hints of chocolate.

Really sweet attack – luscious malt character. Chocolate notes and toastiness. Toasty semi-dry finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

If anything, it is too sweet. But, not bad. (310 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, bottled 8/3/11.

This pours a light amberish color with a nice white head which quickly dissipates. The smell is of bready and caramel malts. Feel is medium. The taste is more of the caramel and bready malts, a little lighter than some of the others. Overall a good beer although one of the weaker oktoberfests I've tried recently. (376 characters)

Photo of briman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy basic amber color. About a quarter inch off-white head with average retention, settling to average lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with some light toasted malt and toffee aromas.

Flavor is sweet upfront, moving to a decidedly toasted malt character. Just a touch of a hop in the finish, but no bitterness.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is good, smooth with maybe a slighty creamy mouthfeel. Overall a decent example of the style, and certainly a session candidate. (550 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew from whoneeds8 for winning the halftime score in SNF squares (week 5), thanks Maston!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy orange color with a small beige cap that didn't leave any lacing.

S - sweet malt, some spice, some earthy yeast.

T - sweet flavor with a bit of a spiced taste to it.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - it was ok. (383 characters)

Photo of RickSawyer
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saint Arnolds Oktoberfest is a welcomed treat every….errr…. summer? Well, besides that, it brings along hope of cool breezes in the swampy, slow, southeast texas heat. The bottle has the telltale Saint raising cheers to the heavens, err… or the Lonestar of Texas (only a thin line separates the two anyhow…) A background of autumn leaves and rich yellows, oranges and reds make up the label.

The brew pours a rich, ruby amber. Little head resides and what does leaves a thin white glaze of lace across the glass.

Smells of roasted almonds and candied fruit. The beer smell sweet.

Taste of milk chocolate, roasted pecans and burnt apple. Smooth mouthfeel, not thick at all with enough carbonation.

Not your ‘TRUE’ Oktoberfest, but a beer worthy of the season that is highly sessionable and very good. (811 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest

Appearance: dark amber, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: malty nut.

Taste: malty biscuit, a nuttiness, and a mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
This is an ok brew. It is fairly light and the initial flavor dissipates. That initial flavor has some good notes, but nothing that really stands out. (344 characters)

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.