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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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Reviews: 148 | Hads: 475
Photo of allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of teg8612
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of beerdiablo
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of beertastegood
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of dungaree
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of shapudding
4.49/5  rDev +23%
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! (445 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of hobbes2112
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright amber with a thin tan head that disappears quickly. Nose is faint and malty with a trace of caramel and spice, maybe even a little sour, wet leather.

Taste is very mild for an Oktoberfest. Sweet but not cloying caramel malts and a gentile nutty, spicey flavor, like a nice pumpkin pie. Some elements of dark fruit also to be found.

Very smooth, easy to drink, very sessionable. One of the milder examples of the style. (439 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first non-German interpretation of the Oktoberfest style that I've sampled. Saint Arnold Oktoberfest pours a very good medium amber, but, unfortunately, follows with almost no head. Smell is good and malty, aroma is biscuity with a little something else I can't quite place. Taste is solidly malty, but finishes a little too sweet. Honey taste is noted in the finish. Fortunately the sweetness never becomes cloying. This is a solid and likable brew, but I prefer the few German examples I've tried so far. (518 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle-conditioned Oktoberfest pours a slightly hazy amber body with gold and orange highlights beneath a full head of creamy off-white foam. Its head retention is good, and it slowly drops to a wide, creamy collar and cottony surface covering. Sticky splashes of lace left about the glass add to its appearance. Some delicate tart fruit in the nose is reminiscent of plums and dried apricot, and they're carried over into the flavor wrapped in sweet, lightly doughy and just slightly toasted malt. The hop bitterness is restrained, allowing the sweetness of the malt to dominate the flavor profile without becoming cloying; and a swash of spicy hops comes through clearly, also helping to dry things out. A medium-light body (and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation) also helps to keep its yeasty fruit and malty sweetness in check; and it finishes semi-dry with some lingering maltiness at the back of the throat. This is a really unique beer! It's certainly not a traditional German-style Oktoberfest/Marzen, but more of a Munich-malt based Belgian-style beer. Interesting, satisfying, and refreshing. This would certainly make a good table beer at a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner! Well-done! (1,202 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with a tint of orange and a short white head that quickly fades into a nice lace. Nose has a bit of a sour twang (not an off-putting type of sour but rather something that invites you to continue sniffing) with some additional notes of roasted malts and grains. Moderate in body with a solid mouthfeel. Taste is a good blend of sweet malt, tart fruit, and bitter hops. This is one of the best of the Saint Arnold line of beers. Perfect to pair with some grilled bratwurst. (503 characters)

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

The Saint Arnold Oktoberfest poured a beautiful dark amber. The off-white head was vigorous and lasted a good 5 minuted before it disappeared, leaving a bit of lacing as it retreated.

I noted an obvious sour aroma, as I see noted in another review, but it gave way to a complex variety of smells including roasted malt, an echo of hops and a distant hint of ripe fruit.

When I drink this beer, like a good marzen, it heralds the changing season by bringing something new to your glass. This is a sweet beer, however, the sweetness is definitely balanced with a slight hop bitterness and a distant fruity flavor. While tasty, the beer goes down very easily and doesn't feel heavy to me. (687 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small, grayish-cream head dies fast over the clear, dark, red-amber beer. Sweet, dark caramel in the grapesy nose. The beer starts off like a sugary grape drink. Dark, cooked, caramel malt shows up giving way to a dry, grainsy, bitter, grape drink finish. The aftertaste is like a sweet, grape ice cream. Interesting. It's very grapedrinky. Nothing really wrong with it, but nothing all that special either. (409 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear deep amber color, with a thick tan head, moderate lace. Lots of fine bubbles rise lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Rather sweet aroma of caramel and roasted malt.

Taste: begins with rich sweet malt flavors and caramels, fades into mellow hop flavors and alcohol notes with a crisp, clean finish. The hops are a blend of Czech Saaz and Tettnanger and provide an excellent compliment to the sweet malty character of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly full, little harsh carbonation, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A quite wonderful harbinger of autumn and an excellent example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a short brown glass bottle with a twist off crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass. (760 characters)

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