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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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82
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357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 5
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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beeragent

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

1.73/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 18:28:42 | More by warriorsoul
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This oktoberfest beer is an orange/amber color with a 1/4" white head that doesn't hang around long. The head fades to a ring and leaves little lace.

The smell is sweet, rich malt.Toffee. Lightly hopped.

Malty!!!! Caramel. Earthy. Somewhat of a honey flavor and even a little bit of pumpkin spice (is my mind playin' tricks on me?). The sweetness is not as pronounced in the taste as it is in the aroma. Very nice beer!

Nice rich, round mouthfeel. Low carbonation. I really like the fact that the beer is not overly sweet in the finish.

Very drinkable. A solid O-fest. Well made and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 03:28:08 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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beertastegood

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

TGIO - Thank God It's Octoberfest!

Pours a clear copper color with a disappointingly small head. Smells like brown sugar! Also caramel and faint hop spice are evident.

Taste: Sweet Munich malt all the way, followed by a crisp, subtle hop flavor that finishes slightly sweet and spicy with a drying sensation on my tongue. Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with the nice full body expected from an O-fest. Dry finish helps this to be very refreshing.

Drinkability: Very high with this one. If you are a big fan of Octoberfest, this is a great session beer.

Another quality offering from SA.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 16:04:58 | More by beertastegood
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dungaree

Texas

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

Just picked up this 6 pack yesterday so this should be this season's Oktoberfest batch. As with many of St. Arnold's beers, this one pours with very little carbonation, no head. Very nice amber hue. Would look prettier with some fizz. Good smell, spicy and hoppy. On second whiff, I note light smell of alcohol. Taste- has a definite taste but hard to put my finger on it. Hint of lemon, caramel towards the back of the tongue, molasses, and.... hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. Not the best brew St. Arnold produces but decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 18:33:55 | More by dungaree
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mccormick&Schmick's Dallas.
Dark amber hue with a thick tan head. Spicy, malty smell with a light touch of perfumy hops. A medium-full body rests heavy on the tongue. Taste has loads of spices, sweet malt flavors of ginger bread cookies, cloves, with a very noticeable hop presence.
Finishes mildly bitter and silky smooth.
Tastes like a very malty Elissa IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2005 19:25:17 | More by beerceller99
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear dark amber pour with zero carbonation bubbles in the pour. Swirls evoke a small off white collar foam.

Candy malt scents. Apple and buttered bread. Somewhat vegetal aromas.

First flavors are of sweet bread custard, Maple syrup characters, and sweet table sugar caramel & red apple malt essense.

Medium body that becomes tacky and leaves a coating of fest flavors. A bit one dimensional yet smooth.

Last swigs: Sweetest red apple applesauce Oktoberfest ever! Thanks to Shapudding for sharing.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 17:33:20 | More by blitheringidiot
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice, golden oakey color with little to no white head in a tiny ring. Smells like a bakery! Molasses and honey... yum...
Very sugary scented, more towards brown sugar. Reminds me of bread pudding and jewish apple cake, but not cloyingly sweet at all. Body is thin, but now watery, feels good, smooth, not heavy. Very easily drinkable. Flavors are well blended and the taste is nice, very enjoyable.
Thanks to Kindestcut for this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 05:52:11 | More by shapudding
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a clear dark amber color with a thin eggshell white head. Thin lacing too. The aroma is malty sweet. Medium-bodied with a kind of fuzzy mouthfeel. Very, very sweet flavor of malt and little else aside from a bit of caramel. Very one-dimensional, which is saying something for a Marzen. The finish is sweet and bready. Not terrible but definitely too one-sided.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 21:49:25 | More by Dogbrick
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 14 from Assurbanipaul. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" beige head over the orangey copper brew. Head is gone in a flash, and lacing minimal, at best, with just little bubbles left here and there that eventually fall to the liquid. Aroma is malty, with a slight hops component. Taste is sweetly malty, with a tinge of fruit in there, with the slightest hops presence. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. Not a bad Octoberfest, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 22:08:50 | More by ppoitras
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hobbes2112

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazy copper with small (half finger) off-white head that rapidly dissipates. Smell is malty and biscuity with a touch of hops in there for good measure. Taste is again sweet malt, peanut butter (!?) and overall smoothness.

The is an very drinkable beer, one of the better local beers that I have had. I would recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 02:33:39 | More by hobbes2112
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HardTarget

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet amber malt, slightly spicy, perhaps nutmeg and allspice.
Appearance: Great amber/orange color, but a short lived white head didn’t lace.
Flavor: Nice malt accent with some mild fruit cup tastes. Some hints of chocolate, nuts and yeast. A mild alcohol taste comes in as it warms, but melds nicely with the beer.
Mouthfeel: Great semi-flat carbonation level really helps drinkability.
Overall Impression: My review doesn’t do it justice. I’m enjoying the season already. I can pound these, or savor them depending on mood. Not quite the expected taste for the style, but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 05:19:53 | More by HardTarget
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.