Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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3.34/5 rDev -8.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.
A: Amber hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, brown-white head. Dissipates very quickly. Plenty of rising effervescence and pockets of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: Malt, molasses, with a little of a woody character.
T: Molasses, peat, and roasted malt.
M: Syrupy body. Grainy character. Bitter finish. A bit of synthetically sweet aftertaste.
Atmosphere is pretty decent. Slight head, no real lacing, lots of carbonation. Nose is sweet malt grains, molasses, with a woody character. Sweet and pungent. Overall, this is pretty good quaff.
09-21-2013 01:10:32 | More by bmwats
3.09/5 rDev -15.1%
Pours a clear deep orange with a off-white head with good retention.
Mild and balanced aroma of malt and hop. There is some sweetness and caramel. Hops come across as floral and spicy.
Sweet caramel and honey. Plenty of bready malt character. Spicy and floral. I feel like I'm picking up trace amounts of alcohol on the taste. The carbonation is a little biting.
This was blah for me.
09-06-2013 18:41:37 | More by MattSweatshirt
2.93/5 rDev -19.5%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded screw-top cap and decent label art acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a four finger head of subpar creaminess and decent thickness. Body colour is a white-khaki. Okay lacing. Head retention is above average - about 2-3 minutes.
Body colour is a clear amber of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent.
Overall, it's a bit darker in colour than most beers in the style.
Sm: Caramalts, crisp munich malts, mild floral hop character, amber malts, some graininess, and a timid malty sweetness. No surprises here given the style. Mild in strength and appealing.
No alcohol or yeast character is detectable, nor are any off notes.
T: Notable caramelization - perhaps excessively so compared to most tradition German beers in the style. Sweet amber malts. Mild floral hop character. It has a vague fruitiness. Munich malts. Some toffee, perchance. Quite simple - as beers in the style tend to be. There's nothing unique or special here, but it's pleasant enough.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Balance is okay. Not much complexity or subtlety, but then it's a festbier, innit?
Mf: Smooth and wet, yet unrefreshing. Lightly crisp. A bit overcarbonated. Okay presence on the palate. Nice body for what it is. A biteen too thick. Kind of biting. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel uniquely tailored to it.
Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.
Dr: Drinkable, but not quite as much as it should be for the style. I like it in a general sense - I love beer - but there's a myriad of better beers in this style at or below this price point. A very approachable inoffensive brew from Saint Arnold, but I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to friends. Hides its ABV well.
09-06-2013 02:34:35 | More by kojevergas
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.