Saint Arnold Oktoberfest - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 147
Hads: 466
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 6.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 64 | 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 AgentZero
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden amber color with some yellow on the edge. White carbonation head fizzed up to about a finger and disappeared instantly.

S - Sweet malts, caramel, some sort of syrupy honey and something like butterscotch.

T - Taste is pretty sweet and caramelly, with something coming through that reminds me a bit of lager yeast. Pretty malty, with some slight bit of butterscotch. It's okay and easy to drink, but kind of boring and the finish is nondescript.

M - Medium bodied, pretty crisp carbonation.

O - It's a very drinkable beer, but I find it too syrupy sweet with some ho hum flavors. Crushed it easily, but it lost my attention rather quicklly. (663 characters)

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

Appearance:
Amber color, clear. Some bubbles. Small head.

Aroma:
Sweet malts. Caramel. Some floral hops.

Taste:
Sweet malts up front along with hoppiness at the end. Sweet caramel malts, slight buttery like. Hop character is very hoppy for an Oktoberfest, I'm getting floral, spicy with touch of citrus.
Body is pretty juicy. Medium carbonation.

Finish:
Crisp-juicy finish. Slight floral aftertaste.

Overall:
Very hoppy for an Oktoberfest. (444 characters)

Photo of imasloth
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok. I had this beer out of the bottle and straight out of the fridge the other day while watching football and was wholly unimpressed. This time I let it warm while I ate my dinner and poured it into a pint glass.

A- A lighter orange color than other Marzens I've had. Good carbonation but little head when poured into pint glass. (This is a recurring theme in my posts so maybe it's the fall crop of beers or maybe there's soap or hardwater deposits on my glasses. I don't know.)

S- I found the smell pleasantly sweet and even a bit grainy (not malty, but grainy). Overall, fairly nice.

T- As I mentioned, I was ready for the beer to underwhelm and was delighted when it didn't. It gave me a strong malt flavor followed by a sweetness that was dry and faintly apricot-y. Good stuff.

D- Light and quaffable. A good clean finish with just the slightest grain aftertaste.

O- I like it, but don't love it. However, it was better than the S.A. Oktoberfest I had recently which is saying something since it was one of my faves last season.

Give it a try. (1,056 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, bottled 8/3/11.

This pours a light amberish color with a nice white head which quickly dissipates. The smell is of bready and caramel malts. Feel is medium. The taste is more of the caramel and bready malts, a little lighter than some of the others. Overall a good beer although one of the weaker oktoberfests I've tried recently. (376 characters)

Photo of GANIMAL
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest beers are here, so I stopped by my local beer store, deciding to try St. Arnold's Oktoberfest. I am a huge fan of St. Arnold's beer in general, so I did not expect this one to disappoint.

A - Has a nice soothing red amber color that looks inviting for Fall weather.

S - Nice soft smell with a hint of some sweetness

T - Delightful taste with a small dash of sweetness, but very great blend of autumn fullness taste.

M - Refreshing feel as each sip makes you want another taste

O - Very impressed with this Oktoberfest, so far this is one of my favorite Oktoberfest brews out. It is very well rounded, pleasant taste and overall feel. Each sip is delightful and refreshing. I definitely recommend everyone to try it. (732 characters)

Photo of videofrog
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a dimpled stein.

A: Burn orange to amber, 1 finger head dissipates into a thin rim that laces the glass on the way down.

S: Bready and caramel malts, that's about it.

T: Caramel malts up front, then bready malt along with hint of Saaz hops.

M: A bit thin for an Oktoberfest, carbonated just right for the easy-drinking style.

O: If I had to choose a Texas-made Oktoberfest, I'd opt for Rahr or even Shiner over this one. Solid choice and worth trying, though. (490 characters)

Photo of diamondc
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber, copper shade. Not much head, just a thin cap of foam after the pour.

S: Nutty, caramel, pumpernickel, brown sugar. Smells like autumn.

T: Typical caramel maltiness found in Oktoberfests. Some hints of grape and hot nuts with a brown sugar finish. Hops are minimal here.

M: No huge flavors here. A bit boring after the first pint.

O: Worth a shot if you can score a single. A six pack would take a while to finish. (430 characters)

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A- Pours a deep amber color with two finger head, dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing.

S- Heavy caramel malty flavor

T- A good malty bread like flavor throughout. Not a lot of bitterness from the hops but they lend a dry finish to the beer.

M- A good bready texture to the beer. Feels a bit thick but it works.

O- A pretty tasty take on the style. Has a different taste to it because it is an ale but I really like the end product. (495 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Boulevard tumbler...

Appearance-Copper body with a 1 finger off white head the dissipates on contact and leaves almost nothing.

Smell-Malts, Wheat, pretty much nothing.

Taste-Sweet malts. Bready and Spicey. Simple, but good.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, carbonated nicely, can see myself drinking many.

Overall-Pretty simple, but what I expected. I will probably drink this 6 pack by the end of the day. (416 characters)

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3-14-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured one finger of foam, nice foam lacing ring, cloudy amber color, and carbonation is present

S - Malts, caramel, not a whole lot of hops in this brew

T/M - Medium to lighter bodied, malty caramel taste comes out, smooth brew with no real hop bitterness

D - Decent brew, lighter than most Oktoberfest beers that I have had. Good brew that I could easily have more than one. Would like to have again and I recommend trying it (494 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with fizzy diaspating head

smell: mild spice, a little gingerbread

taste: nice malt blend, typical bready/caramel flavors from a marzen

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: The winner of the group Ive had from this brewery. (272 characters)

Photo of JMad
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid was dark copper with a nice white head that dissipated quickly.

It had aromas of sweet caramel and butter with just a slight sourness to it.

The beer tastes mostly of toasted caramel, biscuits, and more sweet malt.

When you take a sip you notice a light- medium body, the smoothness, and just a slightly dry finish.

I'm very impressed with Saint Arnold on this one, nothing bad to say about it at all. (462 characters)

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The pour is a tawny, amber color with barely a finger of head. The beer is slightly effervescent, with just a few pieces of lace showing up throughout the tasting.

Smell: The nose has a slightly toasted biscuit aroma as well as some toffee. Some earthy, bittering hops come through as well.

Taste: The tasting starts out with caramel and toffee malt. The beginning of the tasting is a bit sweet, but the hops start to play more of a role and the sweetness levels out at the end of the tasting. Some earthy hop flavors come through as well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was good right after cracking the bottle. Medium to full bodied. Each sip leaves a nice oily coating on the gums and teeth.

Drinkability: I'm having this one a bit late, but it was an enjoyable beer. I don't think I'm ever in the mood for more than one oktoberfest in an evening, but this was an easy beer to sip on. (956 characters)

Photo of marc956
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit stronger than Brooklyn Ale's version so drinkability might not be quite as good but this is still very good beer especially paired with traditional German food as I just had it. Little wonder many in TX are switching to this from Shiner (which is good but well, to each our own) (284 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from depechemode1983 and TexIndy thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a reddish amber with a quickly fleeting rocky off white head. Smells of caramel bread honey graham cracker and hints of dark fruit. Taste is malty sweet with caramel honey candied dark fruit and just enough hops to keep this from being sweet. Crisp level of carbonation, syrupy/creamy mouthfeel, medium body. Great O-fest from Texas, very well done! (434 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visiting family in Houston, we took our son-in-law out for lunch. Alas, no St Arnold Oktoberfest at lunch, had to settle for Shiner Oktoberfest. However, my always thoughtful son-in-law bought me some of this to compare. No comparison.
In a pint glass the beer was a red amber color with a minimal to absent head.
Caramel malt aroma, floral, and a hint of spice.
Caramel malt taste, pretty malty, late piney hops, and a tinge of nutmeg.
A good robust Oktoberfest. (463 characters)

Photo of NefariousR
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours an orange-amber with a thin, foamy head that dissipates after a few moments.

S - Sweet and malty with just a bit of hop edge to it. Some light fruit smells in the peripherals.

T - Malt is definitely the most prominent flavor. Very little bitterness is present, and there's a sweet character to the beer. Alcohol is very slightly present in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied with a light stickiness. Carbonation is present, but not overly assertive.

D - Tasty, refreshing, and highly drinkable, this is a fantastic beer for autumn, particularly here in Houston where the temperatures are still hovering around the mid-80s. Try it if you have access to it. (721 characters)

Photo of geryeb624
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Got this as an extra from Exiled, thanks a bunch man!

A- Orange-amber in color with 1-2 inches of creamy white head, which soon dissipates into a thin film.

S- Doesn't smell like much of anything, but what I am getting is some nice caramel maltiness. Pretty standard Marzen aromas.

T- Also not a ton of flavor here. Whats there is tasty, a good caramel maltiness, but just not very much going on. Tasty, but pretty mild.

M/D- Pretty thin and fizzy, which works fine. Very drinkable, probably the beers strongest suit. Good for sessioning.

A good beer, just not a whole lot going on. Mild in aroma and flavor, but tastes fine. Not worth buying a bunch of, but worth a taste if you like Octoberfests. (744 characters)

Photo of LacquerHead
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a fairly average Oktoberfest beer. Easily drinkable and goes well with the fall climate. At colder temps, 40 or so, it is not that great. I let it warm up and it got much better. There is really not much to say other than it's a typical tasting American style Oktoberfest beer. Decent level of sweet maltiness and dry hopped. It was kind of overly carbonated for my taste. I thought it was better than Sam Adams. This beer didn't really invoke much. It didn't give me much to elaborate on - what's to say. It was decent - I would have another if the price was reasonable - it was a good autumn beer. (608 characters)

Photo of a74gent
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour brings a nice moderate amount of foam. A slight ring remains on top clinging to the edge. A very average amber color.

There is no smell.

The taste is nice with some sweetness that is unusual in the style.

Mouthfeel is not very good although not horrid.

You could drink these quite easily, but there isn't a lot of flavor lingering that would tell you why you just drank a bunch of these.

An ok effort, but nothing about which to get excited. (462 characters)

Photo of Duttonic
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes 08/31/10

A- Orange/amber, 1 1/2cm tan head, dissipates quickly, lots of bubbling.

S- Malt, brown sugar, rye bread, pecans/nuts.

T/M- Sweet, malty, medium bodied, very smooth, surprisingly didn't taste very carbonated for the amount of bubbles.

D- Enjoyable, but it is better on-tap or directly out of the bottle. (327 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank in honor of this beer winning a silver medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Fest.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of toffee as well as some brown sugar notes. I also get a little bit of grape, as well as a slight bit of hop bitterness to help balance the flavor. Very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (442 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade! 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp bubbly orange with a nice lasting off white head that eventually diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is a nice amount of sweet caramel malts. The taste is an interesting blend of sweet malts. The beer is strangely thick, like unhardened gelatin. This is an interesting beer, but not likely one I would have again. (400 characters)

Photo of MirImage
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 12oz. Bottle poured into Pint Glass

Appearance: Nice Amber color typical to style. Small head that dissipated quickly. Zero lacing and not much head retention.

Smell: Carmel (slightly stuffy nose)

Taste: Sweet, carmel favors. Marked low to aftertaste that was left in mouth. It wasn't the worst tasting beer but wasn't very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and smooth.

Drinkability: Overall with the weird aftertaste I was getting I wouldn't want to drink much more than one. Will try on tap to compare to bottle. (532 characters)

Photo of JonathanL7890
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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)

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.