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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold OktoberfestSaint Arnold Oktoberfest

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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 whoneeds8
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours out clear copper with a good white head, little to no lacing.

There's not much of a scent to it, what is there is a little sweet.

The flavor makes up for the lack of scent. Very smooth hops up front to move to the carmal malts.

Mouthfeel is very good amount of carbonation for this style. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, but there are far too many better oktoberfests out there.

whoneeds8, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of cannabanaceae
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%

This beer looked Dark ornge with lots of carbonation bubbles coming to the top. No head.

Smell was mellow malt, bready, sweet candi, Lackluster.

Taste went down smooth. Mild malt in front. Hops play a small roll in the middle. Then followed by a crisp autumn morning breeze taste(best part of this beer). Then it ends with a little sweet n low sugar to it.

This beer does not meet oktoberfest or marzen standards. It almost had no smell, no head retension and the taste was pretty boring.

cannabanaceae, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Got this bottle in a nice Texas trade recently. One of the few from the brewery I had left to try, needless to say I was thrilled to get it. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/29/2008.

The pour was fairly nice. A orange tinted light amber color. Amazing clarity here really allowed it to shine. Great carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session, combining it in a three inch head that quickly faded but did leave behind a great layer of side glass lacing.

The aroma was a touch light for me,. Some nice caramel malts, hints of an earthy, bittering hop and some light grains. Interesting profile here as the aroma seemed to be stronger at first, but then fade off toward the end. The flavor ran out of the gate fairly smooth, very nice choice here as the light hoppiness really served well to draw out the smoothness of the malt and really push the depth to the forefront. Light touches of caramel and grain balancing it all out, and a quick, clean finish sealed the deal in the end.

Overall it was a solid fest bier, though not the greatest in the world, I would not turn my nose up at it if it were offered again. Damn fine selection and something I would love to have again.

mikesgroove, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Got this in a trade with RickSawyer!!

Pours a nice coppery/amber color, big fluffy white head fades out relatively slowly, settling into a foamy layer and collar around the beer. Sweet caramel aroma, bready/grainy. Lots of caramel malt flavor, but not too sweet, some spice, hearty bready flavors, and a very faint alcohol flavor. Extremely clean-tasting, medium-bodied, and drinkability is perfect for the season. I'd have this again in a heartbeat if Texas weren't so far away. Thanks, Rick!

corey0212, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

12 oz bottle, big thanks to GregMcQ for hooking me up in a recent trade!

Pours a lightly hazed orange/amber, rich looks colouring, thin off white head forms and quickly settles down to a thin ring, a few lace spots are left on the glass. Smell is a little weak but solid, some caramel and butter, light citrus, bready malts, iron, oranges, honey, nice and clean, reminds me of the Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Taste is nice and malty, biscuit and honey, butterscotch, corn syrup (in a good way), rich and full malty finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, lots of substance, medium carbonation, easy to drink. Very solid Oktoberfest, the malts are real nice in this one. I could definitely have a few. Thanks Greg!

Viggo, Oct 23, 2008
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 RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a clear but slightly darker amber with a creme head. Nose is slightly sweet and nutty. Not much there though. Flavor is tangy sweet. A bit leafy and twig like. But mostly it's sweet and that's it. Feel had a sticky edge on the liquid and the carbonation is low but biting a bit. Overall decent.

Thanks to ballewblake for this one.

RblWthACoz, Oct 13, 2008
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 grandq
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a clear amber with a slight off-white head. Smells sweetly malty with strong roasted nuts, a touch of spice. Taste is heavy on caramel malt as one might expect and is nicely layered - plenty of bready notes, toffee, some fruity tones - especially apple, and nutty, roasted qualities. Medium body and carbonation (just a touch high), with a pleasant oily coating that lingers on the tongue. One of the better I've had on my marzen binge this season. Cheers to mhewes for the bottle.

grandq, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

12 oz bottle into a mug. Recently received this in a BIF from armock.

Pours a clear, coppery colored medium amber with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Thin, sturdy, layer of retention that skims the surface, leaving a good looking cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is fairly sweet smelling, with notes of sticky caramel, citrus, and a tinge of floral hops.

The taste is light bready malts and caramel sweetness that seems to possess some spicier notes of cinnamon or clove. There is just a slight bit of a hop profile in the back but for the most part this is mostly sweet and spicy. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a bit of a flat feel at times.

Decent take on an Oktoberfest here. It could have used a bit more toast or bitterness and the body was a touch thin but it still drank fairly well.

Kegatron, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Thanks goes out to mhewes for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, with some yeastyness, slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, with some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad, tasty.

Wasatch, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to mhewes for this one
Bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that faded quickly to a ring around the glass, the body of this brew was copper in color

Aromas of sweet malts and light hops filled my nose smells like October

Flavor on this is a good combination in my book. Right on for an Octoberfest sweet Carmel malts and a nice roasted profile really make this brew stand out

A good brew all around will gladly drink more if I had it available. A fine Octoberfest

joepais, Sep 27, 2008
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 ckeegan04
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

ckeegan04, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured this one from the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

It's a dark bronzish color with an average head. The aroma is very malty, with a definite hint of caramel. The beer hits hard, somewhat bitter at first, very strong, with a significant caramel taste lingering.

A very nice example of an American Oktoberfest!

theboozecruise, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Picked up a single at Central Market in Dallas. Poured clear amber-red with a short head.

Like many American O-fest's, this one leaves toward a richer, roasted caramel flavor. That's not a bad thing, it's just different. The aroma, in addition to the toffee and caramel, has a slight hard-water mineral note in the aroma. The flavor also finishes with a mild black pepper note. Worth a stein full.

tempest, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of denflyr
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

I always look forward to this release every year since I became aware of St. Arnolds brews!

This beer poured out a rich amber color into a St. Arnold Oktoberfest pint glass. It has a nice malty nose to it and a medium size amber hued head.

The alcohol is nicely submurged in the beer and I cannot detect the higher ABV content. It does have the aforementioned slight sweetness to the brew which would account for the maltiness in the brew. I like this aspect to the beer.

As the beer warmed a bit, the maltiness became a bit more pronounced and again this is something that I liked in this beer. Overall a very drinkable beer!

denflyr, Aug 31, 2008
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 JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

Another completely unexpected extra from Mhewes in our recent face to face.. Fantastic and fresh! Shared with Brenda, the lion's share going into my Smokestack goblet.

1" head sticks around for a bit.. brew is almost crystal clear orange amber..

Toasty malts and a little caramel dominate the nose.. pretty clean but some fruity esters are present.... apricot??

Flavor is the same toasty malts with some caramel and mild spicy hops. Fairly clean but still some fruitiness comes around as it warms.. toasty and touches of caramel... pretty nice. Not as clean as I would like on a Marzen style .. but not bad. I would love to know if Saint Arnold uses a German yeast... but.. that said, it is still nice and refreshing.. a good take on the style.

Michael said this was fresh, and I believe it.. fairly clean and no noticeable oxidation.. malty and some subtle spicy hops.. pretty damn good.


JohnGalt1, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +10.2%

From the 2008 batch of oktoberfest. It pours an clear orangish copper color with a light off white head that lingers to a collar but never fully disappears.

The scent is of fresh caramelized malts and moderately hoppy. Secondary is a toffee sweetness that backs up the initial scents.

Flavor is like other St. Arnold brews and distinctly malty. Warm, caramelized malts combine with a sweetness and mild hop tartness to yield a tasty beverage with a medium bodied and a light bitter finish.

This beer is mellow and a nice end of summer drink. I am currently enjoying this while home-brewing a stout on a cooler summer night. It makes me look forward to the winter months. Excellent beer.

jbphoto88, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%

Another great balance of malt and hop from St. Arnold

A- Beautiful Autumn colored brown/orange with a decent head

S- Smell is mostly of sweet, bold-earthy malts with a bit of spicy hops in the back.

T- Taste is light and pleasant. Sweet malts dominate but some hops are noticed in the aftertaste.

M- Feels excellent with a medium body and smooth carbonation that slides over the tongue

D- Drink one and than another, and another, and another... and another

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of grs8313
3.23/5  rDev -11%

Appearance:12oz screw top bottle with no bottling/ freshness date. Pours hazy amber with a slight white head. The head dissolves instantly, leaving no lasting head to speak of.

Smell: Malts, spices alcohol and apple can all be detected.

Taste: Hops, malts and some spice notes. The beer is very well balanced with no one flavor dominating. Slight malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. The beer leaves the mouth feeling clean.

Drinkability: Very drinkable because it does not wreck the pallet. This is a very well balanced beer, but it will not become my go-to beer while available.

grs8313, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from bottle into pilsener glass

A: Rich deep amber coloring. Finger of head that dissipated quickly. Nice looking brew.

S: Heavy spices on the nose, quite strong.

T & M: Taste has bready quality to it. Slight spice is apparent as well. Mouthfeel is slightly watery which I'm learning is to expected with this style.

D: Definitely drinkable as the somewhat high ABV is not apparent at all. This is a very smooth brew that is a good representative of the style.

elniko, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of BgThang
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

this beer in color is a deep amber orange color
has a nice head on it that clears pretty quick.
the nose is that of a malty beer.
its a heavy beer no doubt. Will warm the old gullet up in the winter months.
a great ocktober style beer.

I buy this regularly when its in season.
this beer does not age well.
after storing it for a year it was undrinkable

BgThang, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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