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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 475
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | 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: 148 | Hads: 475
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 ffejherb
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (454 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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... ;-) (821 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (333 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest has a medium, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, amber appearance, some streaming bubbles, and a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of medium-roasted malt, brown bread, some sweetness, and that’s about it. Taste is the same, with a slight cherry undertaste and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Saint Arnold Oktoberfest finishes crisp, refreshing, and drinkable. This is a winner.

RJT (448 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a fluted beer glass on 12/1 (from notes).

Pours a lighter amber, with good amount of white foam. A light layer remains after the pour. Esthery smell, not dominant but there. Caramel malty taste, very soft, subtle. Butter flavor. Not too sweet, and not much bite. Mostly mellow. Easy finish. Pretty good Octoberfest. (355 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m starting to regret saying something to the effect of ‘I’ve never tasted an Oktoberfest beer I didn’t like.” This, case in point. Pours a clear, toasty brown color. Good head retention but not a whole lot of aroma at draught temperatures. Light in taste with a bitter hop kick at the end. It’s not the smooth, lightly malted marzen I’ve come to know and love. I’m glad I took a chance on this but I would be hard pressed to finish a sixer at home. (466 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear deep amber color, with a thick tan head, moderate lace. Lots of fine bubbles rise lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Rather sweet aroma of caramel and roasted malt.

Taste: begins with rich sweet malt flavors and caramels, fades into mellow hop flavors and alcohol notes with a crisp, clean finish. The hops are a blend of Czech Saaz and Tettnanger and provide an excellent compliment to the sweet malty character of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly full, little harsh carbonation, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A quite wonderful harbinger of autumn and an excellent example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a short brown glass bottle with a twist off crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass. (760 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (543 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (400 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet amber malt, slightly spicy, perhaps nutmeg and allspice.
Appearance: Great amber/orange color, but a short lived white head didn’t lace.
Flavor: Nice malt accent with some mild fruit cup tastes. Some hints of chocolate, nuts and yeast. A mild alcohol taste comes in as it warms, but melds nicely with the beer.
Mouthfeel: Great semi-flat carbonation level really helps drinkability.
Overall Impression: My review doesn’t do it justice. I’m enjoying the season already. I can pound these, or savor them depending on mood. Not quite the expected taste for the style, but very enjoyable. (605 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with fizzy diaspating head

smell: mild spice, a little gingerbread

taste: nice malt blend, typical bready/caramel flavors from a marzen

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: The winner of the group Ive had from this brewery. (272 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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 JDV
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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 BeerSox
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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 ckeegan04
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange verging on amber in color. Thin, foamy off white head. No retention and very light lacing.

S - Very sweet malt aroma. Hints of a light hop spiciness in the background. Smells like a solid O-Fest beer.

T - Rich, sweet malts up front. Tastes of caramel, candied dark fruits, and lightly bready. A peppery taste kicks in lightly later in the drink.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very creamy. Excellent feel. Alcohol is very well masked making this a very drinkable brew. (488 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3-14-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured one finger of foam, nice foam lacing ring, cloudy amber color, and carbonation is present

S - Malts, caramel, not a whole lot of hops in this brew

T/M - Medium to lighter bodied, malty caramel taste comes out, smooth brew with no real hop bitterness

D - Decent brew, lighter than most Oktoberfest beers that I have had. Good brew that I could easily have more than one. Would like to have again and I recommend trying it (494 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer poured a pretty clear slightly reddish orange with a very large (2"+) head after a moderate pour. There were lots of bubbles rising to maintain the head. This is probably one of the most carbonated SA beers that I have had away from the brewery.

Aroma: My first impression after the pour was of some sweet malt with reserved citrus and a good amount of toasty malts like you would expect with an Octoberfest beer. After the beer sits for a while the head is still there, but I don't pick up citrus in it anymore...not quite sure why I did in the beginning. I can definitely pick up some hops in the aroma which seems to be a bit out of place as they come across to me as being at least partially American variety.

Taste: The flavor is definitely dominated by malty sweetness that seems to be mostly from crystal malts rather than just from an overabundance of Toasty malts. There is some in there, but the malty balance is provided by specialty malts. I do get some hops in the flavor, but they are not so much in the bittering so that the malt is in charge in the finish. I don't pick up any alcohol in here, and the crystal malts give you the impression that the beer is quite creamy in the finish.

Opinion: Well, this is a good beer, but a good bit from what I would expect from an Octoberfest. The balance is considerably sweeter than other German versions, which balance toward the dry slightly. Maybe the yeast slighlty under-attenuated, but I seriously think that it was just the grain-bill. There is likely two-row and crystal malts (Maybe cara-munich) to make up for the lightness of the base malts. I am a bigger fan of using almost entirely Munich malt for the grain bill...but that is personal preference. I will probably drink this beer again, but I won't be expecting the exact style that is printed on the bottle. It is a pretty good session beer, regardless of the intended style. (1,920 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 4 Sep 2007.

Small light brown head. Well carbonated. Clear mahogany brown orange color. Aroma is sweet and caramel with an undertone that is like squash or pumpkins. Lots of sweet maltiness. A touch of caramel through the middle. Just enough bitterness to keep it from becoming too sweet. Finishes lightly bitter sweet. Medium body. Moderate ethanol.

Not quite to style but good except for slightly odd aroma. (431 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well after having this on tap and not being that impressed, I decided to give this another go out of the bottle JUST in case the lines were dirty or something like that... Glad I did... Tastes like a totally different brew...

Pours a wonderful golden color with a very thick head that foams and hisses forever... This even looks different..

Wonderfully sweet bready aromas mix with a sharpness from the hops and have me feeling better about this offering...

Wow... Totally different... None of the fruitiness of the other brew... Just a very good honey covered bread flavor that brings to mind some of the German offerings... Really nice example..

So glad I tried the bottled version of this... It was definitely worth the second chance... (743 characters)

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.