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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: 378
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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 denflyr


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

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!

08-31-2008 13:27:05 | More by denflyr
Photo of champ103


3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

08-28-2008 15:29:25 | More by champ103
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

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.


08-26-2008 09:55:48 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of jbphoto88


4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

08-23-2008 00:59:46 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

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

08-20-2008 06:20:56 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of grs8313


3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

08-19-2008 00:55:45 | More by grs8313
Photo of elniko


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

08-17-2008 22:49:12 | More by elniko
Photo of BgThang


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

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

04-09-2008 16:08:12 | More by BgThang
Photo of JDV


3.13/5  rDev -14%

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.

02-24-2008 17:48:51 | More by JDV
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.75/5  rDev +3%

Very little head and NO retention, but a nice amber color.

I smell a couple of different malts that have beern caramelized. Hops are faint and not earthy or piney at all.

A little complexity in the malts upfront with a balanced hop bitterness Some cooked corn comes out very slightly it seems and dry tannins are very slight. Alcohol provides for a very slight astringency. The malt flavor is there, but I want it to be thicker.

The mouthfeel is very crisp because of excessive carbonation. Sort of a seltzery mouthfeel

Probably my least favorite st. arnold that I've had.

However, I remember trying a one oz. sample at GABF and liking it ok. Bad Sample from Hills and Dales in San Antonio?

EDIT: I think I did get a bad sample or maybe this years sample is just super fresh and awesome, or maybe this is just a better version. I bought a sixer for extras in a trade. I just cracked it open. Not bad. This is a decent oktoberfest. There is a little bit of dry tannins and a touch of off flavor on the mouth. But overall, this is a decent, full crisp oktoberfest.

11-26-2007 06:14:11 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of briman


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy basic amber color. About a quarter inch off-white head with average retention, settling to average lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with some light toasted malt and toffee aromas.

Flavor is sweet upfront, moving to a decidedly toasted malt character. Just a touch of a hop in the finish, but no bitterness.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is good, smooth with maybe a slighty creamy mouthfeel. Overall a decent example of the style, and certainly a session candidate.

10-14-2007 00:41:43 | More by briman
Photo of hiikeeba


3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

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
Photo of KodyBrannon


4.6/5  rDev +26.4%

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
Photo of badbeer


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

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
Photo of hellcatsjg


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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
Photo of ttu94


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

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
Photo of HotterThanHell


4/5  rDev +9.9%

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
Photo of shererjt


3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

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
Photo of TexIndy


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

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
Photo of RickSawyer


3.53/5  rDev -3%

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
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


2.9/5  rDev -20.3%

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
Photo of beeragent


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

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
Photo of inbeertruth


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

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
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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
Photo of goochpunch


1.73/5  rDev -52.5%

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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