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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold OktoberfestSaint Arnold Oktoberfest

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%


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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Isrealite

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer! Bought it in late September, and after the first six pack, I went out and stocked my fridge with enough to last me until late Dec. Looks like a golden amber autumn leaf, and smells as bittersweet as hooking up with a hot girl and not remembering it because you had too much to drink at Oktoberfest. It really just tastes like what beer should taste like, with perfect balance, and is by far one of the smoothest beers I have ever had. Each drink makes you want another, and against all of the other American Oktoberfest beers, this one is head and shoulders above. A must try!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 10:19:48 | More by Isrealite
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest

Appearance: dark amber, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: malty nut.

Taste: malty biscuit, a nuttiness, and a mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
This is an ok brew. It is fairly light and the initial flavor dissipates. That initial flavor has some good notes, but nothing that really stands out.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 03:49:52 | More by megahurts4
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.34/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 01:10:32 | More by bmwats
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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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kojevergas

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 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.

C

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 02:34:35 | More by kojevergas
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Hdredfern

Texas

4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my second favorite beer from St Arnold's brewery only behind the glorious Pumpkinator. The beer pours a beautiful dark orange with a golden orange head that dissipates quickly. The flavor upfront is a great carmel sweetness with hints of hop in the back end. The smell is really the only disappointing part of this beer, there really is none. It's so weak in the smell department that its a huge disappointment . The mouthfeel is light with a small oily feeling on the back

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 00:26:53 | More by Hdredfern
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 12:44:46 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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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
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kennymule

Texas

3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with brewed on date 07-24-13, so fairly fresh.
You can read all the other professional reviews on this page, but from a strictly pedestrian beer drinking perspective, I appreciate this beer for what it is. It is a malt forward, medium to full bodied beer that would rock in concert with some wings or other tail gating fare. It's an easy drinker and should be enjoyed in moderation, given the above average ABV of 6%. Don't mess with Texas beers, or the Texans. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 18:32:43 | More by kennymule
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 15:35:27 | More by KTCamm
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a long lasting white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of sourdough and hint of grassy hops. Body is medium and smooth. Caramel malt and herbal hops are balanced on the palate. Finish is short and slightly sweet. One of many good Oktoberfests.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 17:54:58 | More by mikeg67
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 13:29:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear amber with a creamy biege head that dissipates at a moderate pace. There are some tiny streaming bubbles visible in the beer. The aroma is of bread with some herbal and earthy notes from the hops. There's not much in the way of sweetness in the aroma. You definitely get the full flavor of Munich malts here with some mild hop bitterness in the background. I pick up those earthy and herbal hop flavors, but like these are mild and allow the malt profile to come through more. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is crisp and smooth, permitting high drinkability. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 00:26:32 | More by acevenom
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Ford

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin, Texas

This is sweeter than the Karbachtoberfest with a bit less flavor overall. Very smooth and easy to drink. I could finish three of these back to back no problem.

A bit sweet, but didn't overpower. Just a good solid beer in my opinion. I would have no problem drinking these again and again. Enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 18:39:58 | More by Ford
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another sent from optimator13. Poured into tapered DuPont glass...

A- Copper color with a tint of orange. Creamy beige head about a finger high rises then falls quickly.

S- Faint bready aroma. Touch of diacetyl with fruity undertones.

T/M- Way too sweet, this is like a honey smothered piece of toast. Not very clean as it finishes sweet and full on the tongue. Diacetyl again in the form of butterscotch. Not a fan and completely out of style. Body needs to be lighter with more carbonation.

O- Entire profile is out of whack per style. Too sweet and not light nor clean enough. I wasn't a fan, but my girlfriend liked it, so this became her beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 20:23:19 | More by TheGordianKnot
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich caramel color with a light colored thin cap of foam which like to stick tTo glass walls.

S: aroma is of sweet caramel and some kind of fruit,maybe an apricot?

T: The first taste that you get is sweet caramel like the smell and the fruitiness is a mix of citrus and apricots with more of the latter in th mix. There is a nice light hop flavor in there as well. Very nice balance of flavors none are more prevalent than the others and they all compliment one another.

M: medium boidied smooth character.

O: Overall a very drinkable beer and you don't even taste the 6% ABV

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 18:06:29 | More by nukem5
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bens0n

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky bronze/orange color with a nice amount of foamy off white head. Not much lacing going on though.

On the nose I can pick up on a spicy note immediately. It has a rather subdued sweet apricot smell too that lingers in the back along with some other things that are sort of sweet but indistinguishable.

Flavor wise its alot like it smells, like a muted apricot with some caramelly / toffee notes the spice is definitely there on the finish.

It has a certain crispness to it but it still has a wet finish. I like the aftertaste that it leaves. I could easily see myself making a session out of these, easy to put down.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 23:15:24 | More by bens0n
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elNopalero

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 19:35:01 | More by elNopalero
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a trade with LadyOfMuchBeer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a transparent amber hue with virtually zero head. The nose is pretty muted, not a lot going on. At most you pick up what seems to be some cinnamon or nutmeg. Maybe a little bit of malt and caramel. The taste is definitely on the malty side with hints of vanilla and caramel. The mouthfeel is very thin and alkaline like. There isn't a lingering aftertaste which is nice. This goes down real clean. Overall, while not one of my favorites, this wouldn't be a bad session beer this time of year on a cool, cloudy day. I wouldn't seek it out, but I wouldn't get mad if I was stuck drinking it either.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 02:43:22 | More by Retail1LO
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a creamy white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is of caramel, toffee, maple syrup, spice and fruity notes.

Big sweet malt, honey tones, maple, and caramels with a fruity finish of apricot and spice.

Nice balance, easy to drink, medium body.

Overall, very good to style.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 19:07:41 | More by JayS2629
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D11

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- nice clear medium copper color. light tan-ish head that does not last long.

S- sweet with some hops.

T- some hops with some sweetness. not sure if some citrus. but caramel/syrup yes.

M- good mouthfeel, but some might say its a little on the watery side. very crisp.

O- my first oktoberfest(oct. 1 :D) and i enjoyed it. was refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 06:15:45 | More by D11
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before.

A - pours a tight, clear copper with some obvious carbonation in the glass. Very small head that doesn't leave any lacing.

S - notes of caramel and spice; only moderately intense

T - reasonably good traditional Marzen style with initial hops attack with a bit of lemon balanced by moderate malt profile. Finishes with a hint of spiciness.

M - quite light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation

D - quite drinkable, and reasonably good Oktoberfest. Not overly sweet, but lacking a bit of intensity.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 23:22:32 | More by DoktorZee
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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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mjurney

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Amber color, clear. Some bubbles. Small head.

Aroma:
Sweet malts. Caramel. Some floral hops.

Taste:
Sweet malts up front along with hoppiness at the end. Sweet caramel malts, slight buttery like. Hop character is very hoppy for an Oktoberfest, I'm getting floral, spicy with touch of citrus.
Body is pretty juicy. Medium carbonation.

Finish:
Crisp-juicy finish. Slight floral aftertaste.

Overall:
Very hoppy for an Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 06:28:03 | More by mjurney
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imasloth

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok. I had this beer out of the bottle and straight out of the fridge the other day while watching football and was wholly unimpressed. This time I let it warm while I ate my dinner and poured it into a pint glass.

A- A lighter orange color than other Marzens I've had. Good carbonation but little head when poured into pint glass. (This is a recurring theme in my posts so maybe it's the fall crop of beers or maybe there's soap or hardwater deposits on my glasses. I don't know.)

S- I found the smell pleasantly sweet and even a bit grainy (not malty, but grainy). Overall, fairly nice.

T- As I mentioned, I was ready for the beer to underwhelm and was delighted when it didn't. It gave me a strong malt flavor followed by a sweetness that was dry and faintly apricot-y. Good stuff.

D- Light and quaffable. A good clean finish with just the slightest grain aftertaste.

O- I like it, but don't love it. However, it was better than the S.A. Oktoberfest I had recently which is saying something since it was one of my faves last season.

Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 01:28:39 | More by imasloth
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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.