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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 394
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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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 twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Slightly hazy copper color. Creamy tan head with really nice lacing.

Smells like hazelnuts, chocolate milkshake, whoppers and baked red apples. AKA Good!

A veritable malt bomb. More roasty malty than sticky sweet malty in the taste. Very easy to drink...is there a hole in the bottom of my glass? Very "fall" tasting with hints of raked leaves and fresh baked apple pie. A bit of grassy hops lend a clean, dry finish. Not sweet or cloying.

Amazed at how this beer is very malty, but yet avoids being overly sweet or sticky. Quite delicious and very easy to drink. A recommended Oktoberfest!

twiggamortis420, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of AgentZero
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

AgentZero, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

champ103, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Lare453, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of maximum12
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
Photo of jophish17
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%

jophish17, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

Visiting family in Houston, we took our son-in-law out for lunch. Alas, no St Arnold Oktoberfest at lunch, had to settle for Shiner Oktoberfest. However, my always thoughtful son-in-law bought me some of this to compare. No comparison.
In a pint glass the beer was a red amber color with a minimal to absent head.
Caramel malt aroma, floral, and a hint of spice.
Caramel malt taste, pretty malty, late piney hops, and a tinge of nutmeg.
A good robust Oktoberfest.

lordofthewiens, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz. bottle into goblet on 2/25/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a clear rusty orange body with moderate carbonation and almost one finger of white foam that quickly diminished into a thin ring of retention and left spotty lacing.

S - Sweet and malty nose with a hefty dose of maple syrup and a touch of buttery diacetyl. Hops are very faint and reminiscent of mild tea. Hints of caramel and toffee round out the malt profile. There is also a slight suggestion of cinnamon spice in the back.

T - Like the aroma, the initial flavor is quite sweet and malty with plenty of caramel, toffee and maple syrup. Some mild hops appear in the backend, with a very slight herbal flair suggesting tea leaves.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and fairly vigorous carbonation on the tongue. Bitterness is very faint overall, lending way to plenty of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Pretty solid Oktoberfest. While not one of my favorite styles, this one is certainly decent enough.

ffejherb, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

This is the first non-German interpretation of the Oktoberfest style that I've sampled. Saint Arnold Oktoberfest pours a very good medium amber, but, unfortunately, follows with almost no head. Smell is good and malty, aroma is biscuity with a little something else I can't quite place. Taste is solidly malty, but finishes a little too sweet. Honey taste is noted in the finish. Fortunately the sweetness never becomes cloying. This is a solid and likable brew, but I prefer the few German examples I've tried so far.

Gagnonsux, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -17.4%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Deuane
3.63/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to jasonjlewis for this one.

A-Slightly hazy copper with a big fluffy off-white head that receded to a thin cap leaving spotty lace.

S-Light caramel sweetness with a bit of breadiness.

T-Light caramel malt flavour with a bit of spice and a soft twang.

M-Medium-light bodied and clean.

D-Nothing spectacular but it all comes together to form a pleasant, easy drinking brew. A very nice effort by St Arnold that I would be happy to drink again.

Deuane, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

gtermi, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance - fairly deep amber pour, a finger of creamy smooth foam on top. Some good beading off the etching on the glass bottom. Not much lace but a good looking beer despite.

Aroma - bready, grainy with a touch of sweetness. Fairly non-assuming.

Taste - a good statement of toasted grain right outta the gate. Lots of grain character, mildly sweet. The swallow doesn't really balance with the hops, just kind of pushes back for a moment before the toastiness returns. Maltiness gains the advantage at the finish, as my more favorite OFests ought to do. A bit of alcohol warmth at the end.

Mouthfeel - a touch crispy on the carbonation, a solid body. Well done.

Drinkability - a superior fall beer, thanks to BGThang for providing a sixer of these for the upcoming Halloween beer tasting. Well, a 'fiver' now... ;-)

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Exiled, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Dicers, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

1-and-a-half 12oz bottles, in a half-liter Ayinger glass. Pours a pretty, clear amber color with a small but lasting head. Sweet malt aroma, rather caramel-like instead of toasty or bready. Flavor reflects aroma well, sweet malt cut by a mild bitterness, and a smooth clean finish. Neutral texture, body on the high side of moderate.

allengarvin, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

WDJersey, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of atsprings
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade! 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp bubbly orange with a nice lasting off white head that eventually diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is a nice amount of sweet caramel malts. The taste is an interesting blend of sweet malts. The beer is strangely thick, like unhardened gelatin. This is an interesting beer, but not likely one I would have again.

atsprings, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +10.2%

jheezee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Redrover
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

I had a pint of this while eating the bratwurst at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

As with most beers at this bar, it was served in a standard pint - the beer is amber bordering on orange with a tight off-white head.

Nice aroma of fresh grains and something sweet (soft chewy caramel).

It is tasty, but falls a bit short of the inviting aroma. Sweet malts, light brown sugar and mild grains. It turns slightly earthy late.

The mouth is crisp but a trifle thin for the style. Still, this is a pretty tasty take on the lighter modern O-fest.

Redrover, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -17.4%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

JamLand, Jun 26, 2013
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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