Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
Bonus hitchiker from JonathanL7890, part of a great group of Texas traders who contribute great class of our site.Pleasant malty aroma with some peach fruit. The fruit is in the initial taste, with a modest smoke. Not very drinkable, but it could depend on the night and the food. A bit light on mouthfeel.
11-16-2008 02:44:25 | More by Sammy
3.48/5 rDev -4.1%
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
03-21-2010 17:14:10 | More by brentk56
3.93/5 rDev +8.3%
Is this the more caramelized, toffee-ized Octoberfest I've had? Maybe so.
The pour brings a deep copper color with some darker highlights. A meager yet creamy off-white head forms a thin lace that shyly lasts the session. Light on lacing.
Aromas are very deep and comples with the malt blends. Heavy caramels; near toffee and toast give a hearty malt base. Light on hops, the malts also give slight hints of butterscotch, sweet breads, with a light flowery and herbal hop scent.
Flavors gather even more caramel and toffee boldness and give a deep melanoidin, bready, heavy caramelized taste that is much deeper and bolder than I have ever found in an Oktoberfest; these are usually given to Bock beers.
A definate sweet balance gives a bready and confectionate texture that crispens up in the end for a semi-dry finish. This one probably lasts longer on the sweet side before drying out than most.
A nice, new, refreshing take on this classic style, the beer showcases the complex caramels and melanoidin character that U.S. brewers rarely display. Even if a hint of buttery notes persist, this is one nice beer.
10-16-2009 02:52:39 | More by BEERchitect
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
Got this bottle in a nice Texas trade recently. One of the few from the brewery I had left to try, needless to say I was thrilled to get it. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/29/2008.
The pour was fairly nice. A orange tinted light amber color. Amazing clarity here really allowed it to shine. Great carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session, combining it in a three inch head that quickly faded but did leave behind a great layer of side glass lacing.
The aroma was a touch light for me,. Some nice caramel malts, hints of an earthy, bittering hop and some light grains. Interesting profile here as the aroma seemed to be stronger at first, but then fade off toward the end. The flavor ran out of the gate fairly smooth, very nice choice here as the light hoppiness really served well to draw out the smoothness of the malt and really push the depth to the forefront. Light touches of caramel and grain balancing it all out, and a quick, clean finish sealed the deal in the end.
Overall it was a solid fest bier, though not the greatest in the world, I would not turn my nose up at it if it were offered again. Damn fine selection and something I would love to have again.
11-03-2008 11:26:33 | More by mikesgroove
4.13/5 rDev +13.8%
This bottle-conditioned Oktoberfest pours a slightly hazy amber body with gold and orange highlights beneath a full head of creamy off-white foam. Its head retention is good, and it slowly drops to a wide, creamy collar and cottony surface covering. Sticky splashes of lace left about the glass add to its appearance. Some delicate tart fruit in the nose is reminiscent of plums and dried apricot, and they're carried over into the flavor wrapped in sweet, lightly doughy and just slightly toasted malt. The hop bitterness is restrained, allowing the sweetness of the malt to dominate the flavor profile without becoming cloying; and a swash of spicy hops comes through clearly, also helping to dry things out. A medium-light body (and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation) also helps to keep its yeasty fruit and malty sweetness in check; and it finishes semi-dry with some lingering maltiness at the back of the throat. This is a really unique beer! It's certainly not a traditional German-style Oktoberfest/Marzen, but more of a Munich-malt based Belgian-style beer. Interesting, satisfying, and refreshing. This would certainly make a good table beer at a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner! Well-done!
12-22-2003 21:22:33 | More by NeroFiddled
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a clear but slightly darker amber with a creme head. Nose is slightly sweet and nutty. Not much there though. Flavor is tangy sweet. A bit leafy and twig like. But mostly it's sweet and that's it. Feel had a sticky edge on the liquid and the carbonation is low but biting a bit. Overall decent.
Thanks to ballewblake for this one.
10-13-2008 12:19:44 | More by RblWthACoz
3.48/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
10-08-2008 16:27:47 | More by Kegatron
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.
10-01-2009 01:41:57 | More by jlindros
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
Drank in honor of this beer winning a silver medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Fest.
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of toffee as well as some brown sugar notes. I also get a little bit of grape, as well as a slight bit of hop bitterness to help balance the flavor. Very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
09-19-2010 03:07:34 | More by Mora2000
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
Thanks to Wasatch for this one!
Pours slightly hazed orange with a creamy white head.
The smell is of caramel maltiness with a touch of noble-type hops. Rich caramel aroma.
The taste is of malty, caramel sweetness. Bright caramel maltiness. Sweetness balanced by some noble hop dryness in the finish.
It has a smooth medium-body.
A malty, but not overly sweet brew. Drinks very well, with higher end of abv for style covered well. It does have an "ale" character to it, and says "ale" (though in Texas it goes by abv level...) I'm assuming it's an ale version of the style, and for that it does well, bringing in malty smoothness that is not overly sweet. I could drink plenty of these when in a malt-accented beer mood!
01-08-2010 02:27:28 | More by jwc215
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
3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
Picked up a single at Central Market in Dallas. Poured clear amber-red with a short head.
Like many American O-fest's, this one leaves toward a richer, roasted caramel flavor. That's not a bad thing, it's just different. The aroma, in addition to the toffee and caramel, has a slight hard-water mineral note in the aroma. The flavor also finishes with a mild black pepper note. Worth a stein full.
09-14-2008 18:51:01 | More by tempest
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
Thanks goes out to mhewes for this brew.
Pours a cloudy golden dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, with some yeastyness, slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, with some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad, tasty.
10-01-2008 01:17:45 | More by Wasatch
3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 14 from Assurbanipaul. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" beige head over the orangey copper brew. Head is gone in a flash, and lacing minimal, at best, with just little bubbles left here and there that eventually fall to the liquid. Aroma is malty, with a slight hops component. Taste is sweetly malty, with a tinge of fruit in there, with the slightest hops presence. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. Not a bad Octoberfest, for sure.
11-01-2004 22:08:50 | More by ppoitras
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
12 oz bottle, big thanks to GregMcQ for hooking me up in a recent trade!
Pours a lightly hazed orange/amber, rich looks colouring, thin off white head forms and quickly settles down to a thin ring, a few lace spots are left on the glass. Smell is a little weak but solid, some caramel and butter, light citrus, bready malts, iron, oranges, honey, nice and clean, reminds me of the Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Taste is nice and malty, biscuit and honey, butterscotch, corn syrup (in a good way), rich and full malty finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, lots of substance, medium carbonation, easy to drink. Very solid Oktoberfest, the malts are real nice in this one. I could definitely have a few. Thanks Greg!
10-23-2008 02:10:11 | More by Viggo
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
Another completely unexpected extra from Mhewes in our recent face to face.. Fantastic and fresh! Shared with Brenda, the lion's share going into my Smokestack goblet.
1" head sticks around for a bit.. brew is almost crystal clear orange amber..
Toasty malts and a little caramel dominate the nose.. pretty clean but some fruity esters are present.... apricot??
Flavor is the same toasty malts with some caramel and mild spicy hops. Fairly clean but still some fruitiness comes around as it warms.. toasty and touches of caramel... pretty nice. Not as clean as I would like on a Marzen style .. but not bad. I would love to know if Saint Arnold uses a German yeast... but.. that said, it is still nice and refreshing.. a good take on the style.
Michael said this was fresh, and I believe it.. fairly clean and no noticeable oxidation.. malty and some subtle spicy hops.. pretty damn good.
08-26-2008 09:55:48 | More by JohnGalt1
4.05/5 rDev +11.6%
Received in trade from depechemode1983 and TexIndy thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a reddish amber with a quickly fleeting rocky off white head. Smells of caramel bread honey graham cracker and hints of dark fruit. Taste is malty sweet with caramel honey candied dark fruit and just enough hops to keep this from being sweet. Crisp level of carbonation, syrupy/creamy mouthfeel, medium body. Great O-fest from Texas, very well done!
11-25-2010 06:15:21 | More by johnnnniee
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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