Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #288
Ranked #38,911
3.66 | pDev: 12.57%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Notes: 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: 173 | Ratings: 583
Photo of 60sFolks
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not much of head to the pour. Nice bronze color. Smell of malt and caramel. Full mouth.

Nice fall beer. See myself going back for another 6. I bet it is great on tap

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L-Certainly looks the part to me. Golden amber brown in color with a decent head that eventually dissipates to a then sheen over the top of the beer. Relatively see through.
S-As expected, toasted bread, cracker, caramel and sweet malt is there. Very sweet and fresh smelling. Typical Marzen smell.
T-Again, as expected, very sweet and malty. Wheat and cracker notes are very present as well. Kind of you're run of the mill marzen flavor to me. Nothing special. But the drinkability is top notch for sure.
F-Again, very nice and drinkable. The mouthfeel is extremely refreshing. Low carbonation, not very thick at all (light bodied). Best part of the beer in my opinion.
O- So, yeah. I wouldn't say this is groundbreaking, but I will always love a decently made marzen. Especially at this time of year. This beer is very sessionable. I would buy again for a party or early fall get together for sure.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed it but I am not sure this is a true Märzen

Look: semi-clear golden with a finger thick white head

Aroma: toasted bread, caramel

Taste: Toasted bread, sweet, caramel, some grassy hops.

Body/Overall: medium body

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Photo of RomeosDelight69
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! Picked up a six pack at favorite liquor store for $4.99! Yea WTF! This is a nice Oktoberfest beer one of my favorites. Pumpkin- Copper colors. Bready and malty smell with creamy and perfect amount of sweetness without being overly sweet. Very smooth. Nice head at first, but then totally disappears. Not much lacing either. Since I like to brew beer also, I looked at St. Arnolds website to get more info on this beer. To my surprise this beer is fermented with an ale yeast. Wow. Oktoberfest beers are usually fermented with lager strain yeasts. I really like this beer will plan on purchasing and drinking more of this delicious beer in the future.

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Photo of JohnDon
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into glass. Look: copper color, poured an inch head which dissipated around 45 seconds, did not leave any lacing. Smell: sweet malty notes. Taste: malt forward, sweet Carmel and toffee flavors. Feel: mild carbonation, smooth, crisp finish. Overall: very good and drinkable oktoberfest.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at Hopdoddy burger joint in Southlake, TX. It poured a clear amber with white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had sweet malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet malt base. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark orange-brown with a half finger of white head. Smells of roasted malt. Medium body with a creamy feel. Taste is malty with caramel sweetness. Very good!

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Photo of gvickery
2.66/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks good, dark amber medium white head. Not much smell. Taste of sweetish toasted malt with an off putting sour finish. A lingering aftertaste but not in a good way. Maybe I’m too English and not Germanic enough. Glad I only bought one. I love St Arnold but this ones not for me.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red, brown color. Pretty well balanced between the malt and hops, maybe a little malt advantage. The abv is 6.6% and does casually make its predence known. This is like a meeting of the German feistbers and American Oktoberfest brews I've had. Good overall, but somewhat reminescent of a red ale.  Happy to have more next Fall

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Photo of Bocifius
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice tall head that diccipates after few minutes. A little lacing. Looks like tea, an Amber color. Smells like a strong ale. Taste is not remarkable a little bitter with a smooth finish. Overall not one of my favorite beers but worth a try.

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Photo of RikMack
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a 12oz. can to my mug, pours a golden amber color, with a large loose white head that goes away fast. To the nose very malty, but nothing special, tastes pretty good, with a bit of a fermented after taste, it's not a bad beer, but to me it's nothing special

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Photo of Mindsculptor
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is more of an American take on an Oktoberfest. Medium-heavy body, dark amber, with a sort of autumn spice background note that another reviewer also noted. No banana phenols to speak of. If you like SA Oktoberfest, this is a beer to try.

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Photo of Jeffrey-J10
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured in Imperial Pint glass
- burnt orange color - almost matches the label
- see-through
- light, lacy head
- alcohol on the top
- fermented
- mildly fermented flavor
- light
- over-carbonated
- OK - not a great example

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Out of a single 12 ounce can purchased in Texas, on to the beer:

Fitting the seasonal theme is the autumn orange color with an inch and a half of head and wispy lace clinging to the glass. The aroma of sweet dough, raisins, and a kiss of booze makes this marzen festive smelling. The beer is pleasantly malty. Sweet dough making the base with red grapes and toffee in the back. Medium-bodied and smooth, this is one Oktoberfest you could use to wash down your pretzels and bratwurst

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Photo of Zimmerman
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer from the fine folks in Texas is smooth and crisp, with a buttery cinnamon-brown sugar overtone to it. Yet it's still easy enough to drink that you could pound plenty of Oktoberfest liter boots of the stuff!

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Photo of JohnDee
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium reddish amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. Moderately malty-sweet and very well balanced. Light bodied, mildly carbonated, clean and crisp. Pleasant.

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Photo of Rcaros
2.44/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pinky ofnoff white creamy head with tightly packed bubbles that dissipated quickly . Dark orange-amber in glassm minimum haze and mild carbonation

Subdued nose overall... mild malty sweetness

Nutty with a dry finish. .. not much going on here for me

Medium to medium plus feel

Overall not good... poured out to move on to the next beer

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Photo of jbmann
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Beautiful looking in the glass, not much head. Sweet aroma, very pleasing. Taste is slightly sweet and mild. Mouthfeel is pretty thin. Overall a refreshing beer, just not too much character.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Its clear and a medium copper/golden color with mild carbonation at first and then just dies out. The head is thick and an off white color and lasts about one minute. The head thins out in a small, thin island around the center, and there’s a thin layer of lacing that partially goes around the glass.
Smell: Leathery notes hit me first, mild hops and malts come second followed by some dark fruit and a little fig.
Taste: The malts take a front row while there’s very little hops flavors coming through. The bitterness that does come through is only tasted on the corners of your mouth, but the overall sweetness make this well balanced. The aftertaste is smooth, mildly sweet and has a mild warming sensation as you swallow.
Mouthfeel: This is a light to medium bodied beer, smooth with little carbonation and is clean but not crisp.
Overall: This is a great beer overall, smooth and very enjoyable.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A pretty standard american märzen. On the sweet side but not cloying, carmelly, bready, with just a faint hint of hops bitterness in the finish. Nothing terribly interesting or unique, but competent, enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of obrike
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a sixer at HEB in Round Rock for just under 7 bucks.

Poured a rich caramel color with a light color head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Certainly getting the sweet malty scent you'd expect from the style, but nothing out of the norm. Taste follows. A decent sweet malt blast but not overly sweet. Very drinkable, although the carbonation is a bit higher than I normally see in the style.

I like it. A decent take of an Oktoberfest at a good price. A nice change of pace from those seeking an IPA break during the fall.

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Photo of sgt_187em
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit mor IBU than I expected, more than Shiner's Oktoberfest but still mild. I recognize the smell to be that of a Saint Arnold brew, maybe because I been to their brewery. Pours a nice amber-copper color with a light, disappearing head. Pretty good, but i think shiner does a better job balancing the flavors

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with slight head. sweet carmel malts. Taste is much better than the smell, its sweet carmel but very tasty. medium body and lots of carbs. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a beer mug.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of off-white foam that halves itself after 45 seconds. Amber in color. Rising bubbles are high in number. Lacing is moderate and thin.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of graham crackers and caramel malts that mix with hints of spicy and bitter hops.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild pale malts and graham crackers. Subtle caramel malts enter immediately after along with subtle spicy hops and hints of bitter hops as graham cracker flavors persist, but pale malt flavors grow stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down smooth despite its high carbaonation. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: This was pretty good! Way better than the Sam Adams one. Pale malts were still a little too much on this one, but manageable.

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Photo of puck1225
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured dark orange into a large mug. Not a great head. Drank this right after a SN Riegele Octoberfest. The St. Arnold's is not as good. The other had many subtle tastes, but the St. Arnold's was sort of one note. I like this beer but will likely stick to the SN offering for the season.

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Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 583 ratings