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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 475
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | 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:
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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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On sale at Specs figured I'd pick some up.
Appearance: light copper color , moderate carbonation.
smell: yeasty, malty, some noble hop character.
taste: malty, slightly sweet but not lingering. little to no bitterness.
mouthfeel: medium body. good level of carbonation.
drinkability: A good session beer. One of the better octoberfests I've had this year. (357 characters)

Photo of merddyn2002
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I probably wouldn't drink a whole 6er of this stuff straight, but it was pretty awesome. Dark golden color. Excellent head, smooth mouthfeel and great flavor. Rich earthy hoppy aroma with hoppy and earthy flavors, but balanced with a great spiced malt flavor. Balanced is the key phrase here. I would not hesitate to pick up a pack to split with friends. (354 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 4 Sep 2007.

Small light brown head. Well carbonated. Clear mahogany brown orange color. Aroma is sweet and caramel with an undertone that is like squash or pumpkins. Lots of sweet maltiness. A touch of caramel through the middle. Just enough bitterness to keep it from becoming too sweet. Finishes lightly bitter sweet. Medium body. Moderate ethanol.

Not quite to style but good except for slightly odd aroma. (431 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy head that leaves some dots of lacing

Smell: Toffee and butterscotch, with a subtle grainy twang

Taste: Toffee and butterscotch up front, with a rather fruity character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, a grainy lager twang joins the sweet parade but barely makes a dent in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If you like a sweet, malty Oktoberfest, this beer will be a favorite

Thanks, ericandersnavy, for the oppportunity (531 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one!

Pours slightly hazed orange with a creamy white head.

The smell is of caramel maltiness with a touch of noble-type hops. Rich caramel aroma.

The taste is of malty, caramel sweetness. Bright caramel maltiness. Sweetness balanced by some noble hop dryness in the finish.

It has a smooth medium-body.

A malty, but not overly sweet brew. Drinks very well, with higher end of abv for style covered well. It does have an "ale" character to it, and says "ale" (though in Texas it goes by abv level...) I'm assuming it's an ale version of the style, and for that it does well, bringing in malty smoothness that is not overly sweet. I could drink plenty of these when in a malt-accented beer mood! (725 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to TexasStout for dropping this into a recent trade. I'm getting close to having had most of St. Arnold's lineup here in Minnesota!

Pretty beer. A deep, effervescent, ruddy orange color that borders on Crayola territory. Smell is extremely sweet, sugar-coated-candy sweet. My oh my. That could be very good or very bad, depending on where this ends up.

Saint Arnold Octoberfest is stretching the boundaries of the genre. The sweet malts are there, but held hostage by an odd buttery flavor, & a heavy hand of caramel/toffee mixture. Toss in a bite of apple at the end, & this is one fruity, mixed-up Marzen.

Mouthfeel is pretty raw due to the sweetness; which also knocks the drinkability to average. This one cries out for one-and-done, unless you like puckering up &, like me, your mouth gets sore from too many sweets.

Decent enough beer. Not really representative of the style, but I'm not hung up on that. I just suspect some of these tastes (diacetyl?) might not be what the brewer originally intended. Gimme the Lawnmower any day! (1,051 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is this the more caramelized, toffee-ized Octoberfest I've had? Maybe so.

The pour brings a deep copper color with some darker highlights. A meager yet creamy off-white head forms a thin lace that shyly lasts the session. Light on lacing.

Aromas are very deep and comples with the malt blends. Heavy caramels; near toffee and toast give a hearty malt base. Light on hops, the malts also give slight hints of butterscotch, sweet breads, with a light flowery and herbal hop scent.

Flavors gather even more caramel and toffee boldness and give a deep melanoidin, bready, heavy caramelized taste that is much deeper and bolder than I have ever found in an Oktoberfest; these are usually given to Bock beers.

A definate sweet balance gives a bready and confectionate texture that crispens up in the end for a semi-dry finish. This one probably lasts longer on the sweet side before drying out than most.

A nice, new, refreshing take on this classic style, the beer showcases the complex caramels and melanoidin character that U.S. brewers rarely display. Even if a hint of buttery notes persist, this is one nice beer.

Thanks Exiled! (1,134 characters)

Photo of Spineypanda
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As an Oktoberfest brew this is not bad.

It is a nice dark golden color, with a decent head, not much lacing.

Smells what I think an Oktoberfest should smell like, but I can smell a little more alcohol in it.

Tastes a bit sweet. Not enough to actually mention that it has a sweet note to it, but just a bit... to add a nice aftertaste. The malts come through just like they should in a märzen style brew (in my opinion).

A bit thick feeling, which is nice. A good Oktoberfest, one I would prefer over others.
If it was still available I would buy it again, only if my favorites were out. (592 characters)

Photo of lawman834
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured copper colored with a bit of cloudiness. No head, no lacing. Smells of toasted malts with a hint of licorace.

Bright and strongly carbonated in the mouth. Finishes very sweet. Very malty with a bit of vegetable/earthiness.

Pretty nice. I probably won't buy again because it's just too sweet for me. Still, really not bad. (331 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
2.59/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received from jasonlewis on a trade. Thanks Jason!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - copper/golden, more of an orange tint. thick white head, does not last long, but leaves a white ring on top. nice lace as you drink it.

S - sweet malt, toffee - a little buttery, which is a flaw in an o'fest.

T - first sip: malt, toffee butteriness at end. no hops to speak of, as appropriate. A little carbonation bite. mild astrigency.

M - thin, toffee malt, a little carbonic bite.

D - not a bad o'fest, but not in the big leagues either.

Comparing this with a recent Spaten O'Fest on draft, this misses the malty mouthfeel and the drinkability.

Glad I got to try it. But won't seek it out. (684 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well after having this on tap and not being that impressed, I decided to give this another go out of the bottle JUST in case the lines were dirty or something like that... Glad I did... Tastes like a totally different brew...

Pours a wonderful golden color with a very thick head that foams and hisses forever... This even looks different..

Wonderfully sweet bready aromas mix with a sharpness from the hops and have me feeling better about this offering...

Wow... Totally different... None of the fruitiness of the other brew... Just a very good honey covered bread flavor that brings to mind some of the German offerings... Really nice example..

So glad I tried the bottled version of this... It was definitely worth the second chance... (743 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Saint Arnold from the mix bag sample pack from TexasStout, this time the Oktoberfest is up. I'm a big fan of Oktoberfests if they are done right, so lets see how this guy stands up.

A: Pours with a decent frothy bubbly head about a finger to start but fades quickly to a light head covering. It has a brilliantly clear toasty maple leaf brown color that gives me vertigo as I stare through it.

N: It has a sweet malty aroma to start, with a crisp marzen feel. Some toasted malt character and syrupy cracker aroma is there. I also get a slight alcohol and a slight porter style roasted malt smell that finishes off the nose. Different but still a decent Oktoberfest nose.

T: Taste is more similar to the finish on the nose than the beginning. It's got some sweet and creamy malt character, lots of roasted porter style malts and slight chocolate... yes this IS an Oktoberfest last time I checked. I get a slight toasty quality, but not much of the Marzen taste that I was expecting. A little sweet and slightly syrupy. I also get a little buttery taste of diacetyl. This is an unusual take on an Oktoberfest, and being a proponent of experimentation, I give them some credit, but an Oktoberfest should be taken from the Bavarian Marzen roots which this seems to have lost along the way. The more I drink and the more the porter tastes fade into memory, the more I can start to get some traditional Oktoberfest tastes, but it's still not where I would expect it to be.

M: A little syrupy and slimy, not much carbonation, but a little light.

F: Finishes semi sweet with more of the diacetyl tastes. Some other strange bitter and syrupy flavors help with the finish, and when I say help I mean it loosely as it takes away from the drinkability. A slight sticky and slimy feel is also left in the mouth for a short time after.

Final thoughts: It started pretty good, great appearance, and nose to start, then the taste was a little interesting with some roasted porter tastes and slight chocolate malt, and some toasty tastes. Then it went downhill with some strange sweet syrupy tastes, diacetyl, and other weird flavors. About halfway through the beer, and all the initial strange flavors blend into the taste buds, its starting to slightly taste more like a traditional Oktoberfest, but not really. I give them some credit for stepping outside the bounds, but perhaps not on an Oktoberfest. Call it Harvest or Autumn or something. (2,443 characters)

Photo of BeanBone
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A barely hazy, reddish-orange body capped by a little less than a finger of bubbly and tannish head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Lots of rich caramel malt accompanied by fruit, mild spice, nuts, and a hint of smoke.

Taste: A mix of dark fruit, mildly bitter and earthy hops, nuttiness, and just a hint of dark chocolate over a solid caramel malt backbone. The aftertaste features rich cereal grains and a hint of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, this would be a great choice for the dinner table or the beer garden.

Verdict: A solid Märzen, Saint Arnold's Oktoberfest is a tasty and drinkable taste of fall. Something to look forward to each year, like most of this brewery's seasonal releases. (812 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this while eating the bratwurst at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

As with most beers at this bar, it was served in a standard pint - the beer is amber bordering on orange with a tight off-white head.

Nice aroma of fresh grains and something sweet (soft chewy caramel).

It is tasty, but falls a bit short of the inviting aroma. Sweet malts, light brown sugar and mild grains. It turns slightly earthy late.

The mouth is crisp but a trifle thin for the style. Still, this is a pretty tasty take on the lighter modern O-fest. (543 characters)

Photo of Riccymon
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty red-brown color from the bottle with barely a half-finger of head, despite an exaggerated pour. Smell is a little weak throughout the life of the beer; a little toffee and slightly spicy hops.

Flavor is also on the subdued side, with some sweet cola, orange, apricot, and toffee notes that remind me of an old ale, actually. Still, less sweet and bready than other oktoberfests, with a touch of bitterness I haven't noticed in others. After sipping for a while, I think the light hops actually make this a pretty balanced beer, and I'm liking the effect. Mouthfeel is nice and full and finishes cleanly, thanks to that bitter property. On the whole, not a bad beer at all, though different than I expected. (722 characters)

Photo of frequentgear
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. pale orange color with big bubbled head and no lacing.

smells very sweet and malty. tastes like caramel and mild alcohol. no hops really, just malty sweetness. kind of nutty and kind of toffee like. you can tell it's at 6.0, but the sweetness balances it out.

not really a fan, haven't had many oktoberfest's though. (361 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer poured a pretty clear slightly reddish orange with a very large (2"+) head after a moderate pour. There were lots of bubbles rising to maintain the head. This is probably one of the most carbonated SA beers that I have had away from the brewery.

Aroma: My first impression after the pour was of some sweet malt with reserved citrus and a good amount of toasty malts like you would expect with an Octoberfest beer. After the beer sits for a while the head is still there, but I don't pick up citrus in it anymore...not quite sure why I did in the beginning. I can definitely pick up some hops in the aroma which seems to be a bit out of place as they come across to me as being at least partially American variety.

Taste: The flavor is definitely dominated by malty sweetness that seems to be mostly from crystal malts rather than just from an overabundance of Toasty malts. There is some in there, but the malty balance is provided by specialty malts. I do get some hops in the flavor, but they are not so much in the bittering so that the malt is in charge in the finish. I don't pick up any alcohol in here, and the crystal malts give you the impression that the beer is quite creamy in the finish.

Opinion: Well, this is a good beer, but a good bit from what I would expect from an Octoberfest. The balance is considerably sweeter than other German versions, which balance toward the dry slightly. Maybe the yeast slighlty under-attenuated, but I seriously think that it was just the grain-bill. There is likely two-row and crystal malts (Maybe cara-munich) to make up for the lightness of the base malts. I am a bigger fan of using almost entirely Munich malt for the grain bill...but that is personal preference. I will probably drink this beer again, but I won't be expecting the exact style that is printed on the bottle. It is a pretty good session beer, regardless of the intended style. (1,920 characters)

Photo of myost88
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Houston Flying Saucer.

Appearance: Crystal Clear dark amber/copper color. Served with only a ring of head. Very little lacing.

Smell: Malty sweet smell. Smells kind of like caramelized apples or peaches. Hops are not really present in the smell.

Taste: Very sweet tast. Caramel malts make up the biggest taste. Caramelized fruits present again. Reminded me of baked apples with cinnamon. Light hop taste is there as well. But mostly sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very smooth. Very lightly carbonated. On the light side of medium bodied. Finishes dry like a hard cider.

Drinkability: Easy drinker. The sweetness is not overly bad. This one was a hit with my non-beer drinking friends so I think there's a lot to like here.

Overall: This was a pretty good beer. I wouldn't call it amazing but it was solid. I will gladly keep this stocked in my fridge all fall. (888 characters)

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

Very fresh 12oz bottle. Pours clear amber with a fluffy off-white head that dies to a collar rather quickly. Smells strongly of caramel malt, with a bit of wet hay in the background. Sweet and bready taste, again with plenty of caramel malt. Some very light, grassy hops. Medium body. Not a bad O-fest. (302 characters)

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Not great, but good. Oktoberfests are pretty hit or miss from my perpective and there are very few that just knock me on my ass. So for me, there are only two categories of Marzens: good and awful. This is one of the good ones.

A: Pours hazy amber with a puffy head and decent lacing. This beer has a captivating glow about it that earned a 4 in my book.

S: The nose is greeted with preserved apricots and malts.

T: Texas Peaches replace the apricot smell in the tasting arena. The flavor of this brew is based on its malts. The hops are in there, to be sure, but malts are the key to this Marzen.

M: Medium-light on the body and medium-high on the carbonation.

D: Fairly high depending on the pairing. Alone, maybe not so much, but with a hearty meal this would be mighty nice. (804 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as an extra in an in-person trade with brewdlyhooked13. This guy rocks, thanks man!

12 ounce brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a cloudy, bruised peach color with brassy highlights. The head only stuck around for a few seconds, leaving a flat top with little only a couple suds trails coming to the surface.

Smells of malts, apricot, honey and light floral hops. Rather large and very inviting nose on this one!

Perfectly roasted malts come on the front and stay throughout the entire taste. In the malt mix are things like honey, toasted oats, orange rind, apricots and caramel. Very nice. This doesn't have the typical lactose quality like I find in many other Oktoberfest beers. Finishes with the slightest bit of bitterness.

Medium bodied and flavored. Though it's hidden from the eyes, there's ample carbonation in the mouth. Finishes semi-dry. Very nice!

Thanks again, brewdlyhooked13! (918 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/1/2007 (bottle refrigerator aged~3mo):

Pours a very clear brownish colored body, but with absolutely no head. Has a very malty sweet smelling aroma. Has a very fizzy palate. A nice malty nutty taste. Very malty tasting, maybe a little too much for me. (264 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into goblet on 2/25/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a clear rusty orange body with moderate carbonation and almost one finger of white foam that quickly diminished into a thin ring of retention and left spotty lacing.

S - Sweet and malty nose with a hefty dose of maple syrup and a touch of buttery diacetyl. Hops are very faint and reminiscent of mild tea. Hints of caramel and toffee round out the malt profile. There is also a slight suggestion of cinnamon spice in the back.

T - Like the aroma, the initial flavor is quite sweet and malty with plenty of caramel, toffee and maple syrup. Some mild hops appear in the backend, with a very slight herbal flair suggesting tea leaves.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and fairly vigorous carbonation on the tongue. Bitterness is very faint overall, lending way to plenty of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Pretty solid Oktoberfest. While not one of my favorite styles, this one is certainly decent enough. (1,001 characters)

Photo of beveritt
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Thanks to mhewes for hooking me up with this as an extra during a trade. Label shows Saint Arnold (apparently the patron saint of brewers) holding a beer in the midst of trees covered with fall colored leaves. No visible freshness, date, but as this is a fall beer, it is only a few months old.

Appearance: Pours with one finger of big bubble light tan head. This settles very quickly to next to nothing, just a few tiny spots of foam. The beer itself is slightly cloudy and the color of tarnished copper. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Very sweet caramel malt with an almost corn syrup like finish. Slight nuttiness.

Taste: Very strong, sweet malty flavor, with a pumpkin like off flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent, aiding by what seems like a ton of residual sugar.

Drinkability: A very sweet O-fest, sweetest I have ever had. Right at the border of being sugary vice malty, this is an unusual beer. Not too sure I like this one. (1,065 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I realy like this their offering in the fall.

It pours a foggy dark orange and has an off white head.

The flavor is of caramel and a little (little) nutty flavor, and a known hop presence, which is always nice.

Easy on the palate, this beer make the evenings go well. (273 characters)

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.