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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold OktoberfestSaint Arnold Oktoberfest

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3/5  rDev -17.4%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

animal69, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

TexAggie011, Dec 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

DMacQ, Oct 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

abex44, Nov 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

GMB, Sep 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

IvanJ126, Monday at 05:22 PM
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

ReyG006, Sep 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

wtkphoto, Nov 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Tech_Savy, Aug 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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!

mblk6062, Sunday at 09:53 PM
Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

Dogbrick, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of BeerSox
3.05/5  rDev -16%

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.

BeerSox, Oct 12, 2006
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3.05/5  rDev -16%

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!

maximum12, Dec 25, 2009
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3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

a74gent, Sep 27, 2010
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3.09/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

MattSweatshirt, Sep 06, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

jlindros, Oct 01, 2009
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.