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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold OktoberfestSaint Arnold Oktoberfest

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154 Reviews
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Reviews: 154
Hads: 499
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 22.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 154 | Hads: 499
Photo of nukem5
3.72/5  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

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Photo of bens0n
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of D11
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of mjurney
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, clear. Some bubbles. Small head.

Sweet malts. Caramel. Some floral hops.

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.

Crisp-juicy finish. Slight floral aftertaste.

Very hoppy for an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of imasloth
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, bottled 8/3/11.

This pours a light amberish color with a nice white head which quickly dissipates. The smell is of bready and caramel malts. Feel is medium. The taste is more of the caramel and bready malts, a little lighter than some of the others. Overall a good beer although one of the weaker oktoberfests I've tried recently.

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Photo of GANIMAL
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest beers are here, so I stopped by my local beer store, deciding to try St. Arnold's Oktoberfest. I am a huge fan of St. Arnold's beer in general, so I did not expect this one to disappoint.

A - Has a nice soothing red amber color that looks inviting for Fall weather.

S - Nice soft smell with a hint of some sweetness

T - Delightful taste with a small dash of sweetness, but very great blend of autumn fullness taste.

M - Refreshing feel as each sip makes you want another taste

O - Very impressed with this Oktoberfest, so far this is one of my favorite Oktoberfest brews out. It is very well rounded, pleasant taste and overall feel. Each sip is delightful and refreshing. I definitely recommend everyone to try it.

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Photo of videofrog
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a dimpled stein.

A: Burn orange to amber, 1 finger head dissipates into a thin rim that laces the glass on the way down.

S: Bready and caramel malts, that's about it.

T: Caramel malts up front, then bready malt along with hint of Saaz hops.

M: A bit thin for an Oktoberfest, carbonated just right for the easy-drinking style.

O: If I had to choose a Texas-made Oktoberfest, I'd opt for Rahr or even Shiner over this one. Solid choice and worth trying, though.

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Photo of diamondc
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber, copper shade. Not much head, just a thin cap of foam after the pour.

S: Nutty, caramel, pumpernickel, brown sugar. Smells like autumn.

T: Typical caramel maltiness found in Oktoberfests. Some hints of grape and hot nuts with a brown sugar finish. Hops are minimal here.

M: No huge flavors here. A bit boring after the first pint.

O: Worth a shot if you can score a single. A six pack would take a while to finish.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A- Pours a deep amber color with two finger head, dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing.

S- Heavy caramel malty flavor

T- A good malty bread like flavor throughout. Not a lot of bitterness from the hops but they lend a dry finish to the beer.

M- A good bready texture to the beer. Feels a bit thick but it works.

O- A pretty tasty take on the style. Has a different taste to it because it is an ale but I really like the end product.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Boulevard tumbler...

Appearance-Copper body with a 1 finger off white head the dissipates on contact and leaves almost nothing.

Smell-Malts, Wheat, pretty much nothing.

Taste-Sweet malts. Bready and Spicey. Simple, but good.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, carbonated nicely, can see myself drinking many.

Overall-Pretty simple, but what I expected. I will probably drink this 6 pack by the end of the day.

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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

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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.

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Photo of JMad
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid was dark copper with a nice white head that dissipated quickly.

It had aromas of sweet caramel and butter with just a slight sourness to it.

The beer tastes mostly of toasted caramel, biscuits, and more sweet malt.

When you take a sip you notice a light- medium body, the smoothness, and just a slightly dry finish.

I'm very impressed with Saint Arnold on this one, nothing bad to say about it at all.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The pour is a tawny, amber color with barely a finger of head. The beer is slightly effervescent, with just a few pieces of lace showing up throughout the tasting.

Smell: The nose has a slightly toasted biscuit aroma as well as some toffee. Some earthy, bittering hops come through as well.

Taste: The tasting starts out with caramel and toffee malt. The beginning of the tasting is a bit sweet, but the hops start to play more of a role and the sweetness levels out at the end of the tasting. Some earthy hop flavors come through as well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was good right after cracking the bottle. Medium to full bodied. Each sip leaves a nice oily coating on the gums and teeth.

Drinkability: I'm having this one a bit late, but it was an enjoyable beer. I don't think I'm ever in the mood for more than one oktoberfest in an evening, but this was an easy beer to sip on.

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Photo of marc956
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit stronger than Brooklyn Ale's version so drinkability might not be quite as good but this is still very good beer especially paired with traditional German food as I just had it. Little wonder many in TX are switching to this from Shiner (which is good but well, to each our own)

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of NefariousR
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours an orange-amber with a thin, foamy head that dissipates after a few moments.

S - Sweet and malty with just a bit of hop edge to it. Some light fruit smells in the peripherals.

T - Malt is definitely the most prominent flavor. Very little bitterness is present, and there's a sweet character to the beer. Alcohol is very slightly present in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied with a light stickiness. Carbonation is present, but not overly assertive.

D - Tasty, refreshing, and highly drinkable, this is a fantastic beer for autumn, particularly here in Houston where the temperatures are still hovering around the mid-80s. Try it if you have access to it.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Got this as an extra from Exiled, thanks a bunch man!

A- Orange-amber in color with 1-2 inches of creamy white head, which soon dissipates into a thin film.

S- Doesn't smell like much of anything, but what I am getting is some nice caramel maltiness. Pretty standard Marzen aromas.

T- Also not a ton of flavor here. Whats there is tasty, a good caramel maltiness, but just not very much going on. Tasty, but pretty mild.

M/D- Pretty thin and fizzy, which works fine. Very drinkable, probably the beers strongest suit. Good for sessioning.

A good beer, just not a whole lot going on. Mild in aroma and flavor, but tastes fine. Not worth buying a bunch of, but worth a taste if you like Octoberfests.

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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.