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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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:
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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hiikeeba

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

I finally found my notes from Fredericksburg, Texas' Oktoberfest! This poured up amber with a light tan, creamy head. Smells of caramel malts. Sweet. The taste starts off with a roasted caramel flavor, almost like maple syrup, with hops at the finish. It had a nice full mouthfeel. It left a ring of sugar feeling on my lips.

10-13-2007 03:05:27 | More by hiikeeba
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KodyBrannon

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +26.7%

This beer goes right on par with all of the other oktoberfests I have had. This beer is a very good beer, and being from a texas brewery I tend to lean that way when hitting the local liquor store for a quick sixer. But compared to all of the octoberfests not brewed in germany, this one is tops in my book. Definatly a good malty flavor and light mouthfeel. To bad this one is only out for a short time :(

10-10-2007 19:01:29 | More by KodyBrannon
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badbeer

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Somewhat hazy orange/amber color with a nice white head that retains well. Smell is lightly fruity with some breadiness and there seemed to be a little DMS present. Again, taste has some fruitiness and plenty of bread, but the DMS (or something similar?) detracts from the brew for me. Taste would be much higher if not for that. Above medium levels of carbonation and slightly heavier than medium bodied. I'm thinking they could make this Oktoberfest a real winner with a couple changes in procedures, but who am I to judge? Decent brew from what seems to be a pretty darn good brewer.

10-06-2007 07:04:36 | More by badbeer
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Appearance: Deep amber color with no head to be seen.

Smell: Sweet caramel and toffee mixed with a good malty aroma. Good smelling beer.

Taste: Starts off with a mildly sweet caramel and toffee flavor, just like the nose. Also present is a bit of malty flavor and finishes with a slight hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: A bit light in the mouth. Could also use a bit more carbonation to help in this category. The beer feels a bit flat and would be helped with a bit more bubbles.

Drinkablity: Though the mouth got a low score, this is still very drinkable. Mild and smooth with a good sweet flavor helps this go down easy and at 6% ABV, you can have a few without thinking.

10-01-2007 02:06:39 | More by hellcatsjg
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ttu94

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

The last of my American oktoberfest beer reviews. Next week I will be at the real deal and see how these young pups stand up. Again it looks identical to other American marzens dark amber and clear with a nice white head. I like the smell on this a bit more it has more force to it? I get a nutty malty flavor to it. Kudos to St Arnold for changing it up a bit. I don't LOVE HATE LOVE it, but an A for effort. See you all in Munchin.

09-28-2007 04:41:11 | More by ttu94
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HotterThanHell

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.2%

Received this beer from TTU94 as he has become a Saint Arnold ambassador of sorts.

Pours a nice auburn/copper/orange color with a bubbly off-white head that is a bit on the carbonated side and dissapated to 1/16 of an inch quickly.

Smell was of malt with a fruit/bread aroma on the fringe. Typical of a Marzen/Oktoberfest, but a bit on the lite side.

The beer taste wonderful, with a nice maltiness but not much else. Not quite complex enough to compete with the tops of the style, but definitely above average and borderline excellent for an American Brewery in this style.

Mouthfeel was solid, and I think that the beer being a bit lite for the style would actually help its popularity here in the states as you could easily drink 6 or more of these without passing out.

If you see it, give it a try and I'm sure you'll be impressed with this Houston Brewery. I know I am. Thanks TTU94! And remember..the thickah the waistband, the deepah the quicksand....or so I have heard.

09-19-2007 03:03:33 | More by HotterThanHell
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shererjt

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

Poured a clear, rich copper color with a huge, tan head. Overcarbonated for style but still looks good. Nose was typical Saint Arnold--very fruity, though some rich malt was definitely there in the background. Nice, but needs to have more malt aroma and be cleaner. Body was on the light side of medium. Fruity with a richness that soon follows, just like the nose. Somewhat lacked complexity but not bad by any stretch. Mouthfeel was lively and above average; drinkability would have been enhanced by some more lager-like crispness.

I like it but it's not a great example of an Oktoberfest lager in my opinion. Would make a very nice amber ale, though.

09-16-2007 00:59:06 | More by shererjt
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TexIndy

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was a copper color with tons of carb. It had a very small head that quickly disappeared. No lacing. The aroma was pleasing with sweet malts and a touch of hops. The taste was pretty good as well. It's a little sweeter than other oktoberfests that I've had lately but not too much. This is not one of favorite styles but I do go thru a short stretch where I like to try em. This one is a keeper and can see drinking a sixer or so every year. Overall, a good beer and recommend trying. (3.5, RB-OAY, T, O)

09-11-2007 01:30:42 | More by TexIndy
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RickSawyer

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Saint Arnolds Oktoberfest is a welcomed treat every….errr…. summer? Well, besides that, it brings along hope of cool breezes in the swampy, slow, southeast texas heat. The bottle has the telltale Saint raising cheers to the heavens, err… or the Lonestar of Texas (only a thin line separates the two anyhow…) A background of autumn leaves and rich yellows, oranges and reds make up the label.

The brew pours a rich, ruby amber. Little head resides and what does leaves a thin white glaze of lace across the glass.

Smells of roasted almonds and candied fruit. The beer smell sweet.

Taste of milk chocolate, roasted pecans and burnt apple. Smooth mouthfeel, not thick at all with enough carbonation.

Not your ‘TRUE’ Oktoberfest, but a beer worthy of the season that is highly sessionable and very good.

09-11-2007 01:26:29 | More by RickSawyer
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Good head on the pour, but a fairly pale look for the style, looks much more like a pale ale than an Oktoberfest.

S: Nose is some caramel sweetness along with quite a bit of esters in there as well. While they aren't bad, they just seem out of place for the style.

T & M: The sip starts off with a drop of caramel sweetness on the front of the tongue and then the estercy flavors quickly make their way through. Slight hop bitterness kicks in, and the beer finishes with a slight residual malt sweetness. Mouthfeel isn't bad, but could stand to have more body, especially for the style.

D & Notes: The thing is, this beer actually tastes good. However, if it didn't say "Octoberfest" on the label, I might not even think I probably wouldn't guess I am drinking an O-Fest beer. Saint Arnold admits they are using ale yeast to brew this beer; and, while there isn't anything wrong with that, it simply isn't true to the style. There are way too may estercy flavors in this beer, and according to any brewing book, those are off limits in a O-Fest. Still, an interesting effort and a decently drinkable beer.

09-08-2007 04:27:49 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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beeragent

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +11%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a medium copper, forming a 1 inch light tan head that quickly fadeds. No lacing left on the glass. The aroma is a good mix of sweet malt and caramel. The taste is slightly nutty from the sweet malt, but just with a hint of caramel in the finish. About medium mouthfeel. The full smooth flavor makes this a very drinkable ale. Overall, I was impressed by this beer. This is the first Oktoberfest beer that actually stands out in my mind as being above average. A great offering from Saint Arnold, and one that I will be taking advantage of while its available.

09-06-2007 22:09:54 | More by beeragent
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inbeertruth

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Lovely coppery color, carbonation apparently. Poured with a creamy head which fades quickly, leaving behind plenty of residual lacings.

S: Sweet and toasty with a hint of fruit and cocoa-caramel notes.

T: Sweet and malty, with caramel notes. Dry-sweet finish, almost like Madeira or marsala.

MF: Medium body, prickly carbonations.

D: Good, all around beer. Certainly reminds me of the fall with its malty notes and sweetness. While this isn’t a German marzen (and certainly no Paulaner), I guess it would be a Texas take on a German tradition. This beer is something to look forward to in the fall, and I shall enjoy it any chance I get.

09-01-2007 23:44:00 | More by inbeertruth
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Nice orange deep color, medium clarity. Weak head.

Toasty warmth and sweet Munich/Vienna lager sweetness. Hints of chocolate.

Really sweet attack – luscious malt character. Chocolate notes and toastiness. Toasty semi-dry finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

If anything, it is too sweet. But, not bad.

09-01-2007 16:56:24 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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goochpunch

Texas

1.73/5  rDev -52.3%

Pours out a chill-hazed orange/amber with lots of bubbles feeding a thinnish head. Smell is overwhelmingly toasty without the typical rich, malty aroma of an Oktoberfest. I pick up a good bit of booze as well. Tastes medicinal, overly toasty, oddly fruity, oddly somewhat roasty, and has a saccharine-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and prickly with bubbles. Not for me. If it didn't have the word "Oktoberfest" on the label, I surely wouldn't think of this as an Oktoberfest.

08-29-2007 02:19:32 | More by goochpunch
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rowew

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Nice logo with a background of autumn foilage. No date info.

Appearance: Copper colored with just a hint of haze. Big frothy head has great retention, lots of lacing.

Smell: Bready malt, a bit of spicy hops, and just a slight metallic aroma.

Taste: Typical marzen malt flavor - bready and a hint of metallic/suplhur taste. The hops are not too noticable, finishes just a bit sweet.

Overall impression: Not bad - a rather average Oktoberfest.

12-07-2006 01:15:25 | More by rowew
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BlackAngus

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

A - Big tan head that settled down to half a finger. Cloudy, amber color.

S - Subtle toasted malt, breadiness, very subtle hops.

T - Malty, sweet, nice hops presence, breadiness.

M - Medium body, appropriate carbonation. Clean.

D - Very nice, on par with some German imported O-fests. I would buy and drink this if it were available near me.

11-17-2006 02:18:51 | More by BlackAngus
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Dizzy

Texas

3.63/5  rDev 0%

Pours transparent orange with an off white head that dissipates quickly. Malty sweetness in both aroma and flavor. Faint hop aroma. Some bitterness and the alcohol is noticeable. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, this makes a decent session beer and tastes ok. Compared to others in the style, I'd have to say I prefer Paulaner's or Spaten's over this, but this is good.

10-22-2006 00:58:53 | More by Dizzy
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -16%

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.

10-12-2006 00:01:25 | More by BeerSox
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brendankeenan

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Lovely color to this one. It was coppery amber with a nice white head. The aroma was nice and the taste had an excellent balance of malt and hops. It was not too alchoholic tasting and It was very true to its style. It was drinkable and pleasant on the palate. It was not a revelation, but it is a solid beer executed well.

10-05-2006 00:14:00 | More by brendankeenan
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allengarvin

Texas

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.

10-03-2006 00:28:27 | More by allengarvin
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teg8612

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%

A- Warm, hazy amber color with a thin layer for a head.

S- Candied fruit notes with slight honey sweetness and some floral hop.

T&M- Medium bodied with moderate, though fizzy carbonation. Very smooth and slick on the tongue. Bready with some of that candied fruit. Very faint but sweet. Hops don't assert themselves and only add a little spice to the mix. Honey aftertaste but it doesn't become too much. Almost a dry finish.

D- I thoroughly enjoyed this interpretation by Saint Arnold. Some have said it is too one-dimensional but I didn't see it. Sweeter than other Marzens but different can be good.

09-18-2006 12:48:32 | More by teg8612
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Cheers to the Fall Season being right around the corner. The weather is getting colder, and the fall release beers are hitting the shelves. Today we will look at Saint Arnolds Oktoberfest.

Pours a copper brown. Minimal head, that falls ridiculously fast. Carbonation is still there, though. Smell has a nice subdued fruity malt about it. Simple and unoffensive. Taste upfront has a massive surge of carmalized malts, lots and lots of caramel. Quite unique for an Oktober. Light toffee and semi-bitter hops come in midway and attribute to balance. Finishes almost flavorless, with a residing earthy lingering for only a short while. Mouthfeel is creamy and light. Drinkability is average.

This is a unique rendition of the Oktober style. It's a solid, delicious fall treat, and one with few flaws. Another decent offering from Saint Arnolds.

09-04-2006 18:20:05 | More by HoustonTX
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

12-31-2005 21:59:46 | More by lackenhauser
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beerdiablo

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

Saint Arnold's Oktoberfest isn't as sweet as say, Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest but is a fine entry for linking arms and singing drinking songs, eating wurst, pretzels, etc.

A sweet, malt presence is here but the turnoff is the signature Saint Arnold's dirty malt finish.

10-26-2005 04:17:13 | More by beerdiablo
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Thanks to JNBeer for this one...my first new beer on NBS.
Pours a cloudy rust color w/ a full finger of extremely carbonated head...and disappears before I even take a whiff.
Speaking of whiffs, this one is very mild in it's scent...some sweet malt upfront w/ a floral hop in the finish. A hint of spice, cinammon and even an alcohol burn when lingering.
Taste is enjoyable enough...not my favorite style but a decent offering to say the least. The spice takes a back seat in the imbibing...a generous amount of hops to bitter it up front and a definite malty sweetness in the middle...finishes somewhat dry w. none of the alcohol my nose picked up.
Moutfeel is average and the carbonation is much less than I was expecting after the pour.
I'd enjoy a few of these if the opportunity arose...a nice beer for the day ahead.

10-02-2005 18:28:42 | More by warriorsoul
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.