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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-29-2002)
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TexAggie011

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-25-2011 20:52:03 | More by TexAggie011
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DMacQ

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

10-22-2012 19:48:57 | More by DMacQ
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Lare453

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-05-2013 01:02:35 | More by Lare453
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abex44

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-04-2012 23:54:22 | More by abex44
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GMB

Japan

3/5  rDev -17.4%

09-03-2012 21:09:51 | More by GMB
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Pesci

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

02-22-2013 20:41:48 | More by Pesci
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canders0927

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-20-2012 23:24:21 | More by canders0927
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duff247

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-18-2011 07:22:30 | More by duff247
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Crack2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-16-2011 03:37:24 | More by Crack2000
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ReyG006

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

09-17-2012 10:47:40 | More by ReyG006
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wtkphoto

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-13-2013 02:44:40 | More by wtkphoto
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Mortarforker

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

09-08-2012 21:02:15 | More by Mortarforker
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SavageHopHead

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

09-14-2013 19:35:57 | More by SavageHopHead
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Tech_Savy


3/5  rDev -17.4%

08-29-2012 05:26:33 | More by Tech_Savy
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 21:49:25 | More by Dogbrick
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 00:01:25 | More by BeerSox
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -16%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 23:14:30 | More by maximum12
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a74gent

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 22:13:23 | More by a74gent
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 18:41:37 | More by MattSweatshirt
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 01:41:57 | More by jlindros
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JDV

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 17:48:51 | More by JDV
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:39:14 | More by AgentZero
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 21:59:46 | More by lackenhauser
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shererjt

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 00:59:06 | More by shererjt
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BEERZILLA

Texas

3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 20:55:32 | More by BEERZILLA
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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