Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #344
Ranked #41,143
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
Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 590 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange amber color with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is very strong of a malty and caramel aroma mixed with a lightly toasted bread smell and a touch of earthiness. Along with these aromas comes a light bit of must and a touch of hay.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel flavor mixed with a lightly toasted doughy taste. There is a little bit of brown sugar as well as a touch of grain, with the sweeter caramel flavor gets stronger and stronger as the taste advances. At the same time, some very light harvest fruit tastes come to the tongue, adding to the sweetness even more. Toward the end of the taste there is a touch of an earthy and herbal taste that comes to the tongue, leaving one with a sweet and malty, lightly toasted, taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. For the style and the flavors, the feel is great as it nicely balances the sweet and malt all while keeping the brew very approachable and drinkable.

Overall – A very nice renditioning of an Oktoberfest. Sweet and malty, but very balanced and drinkable. Rather well done.

Aug 19, 2020
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Premo88 from Texas

3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

two 12 oz. bottles poured into 24 oz. glass mug — Moon Tower Inn mug if you're scoring at home
(9/3/19 bottled date printed on neck of bottle)

L: clear dark orange/copper, loads of red in it, topped by thick head of offwhite/beige foam over 1.5 inches tall; almost no sticking or lacing but keeps a thick collar of beige foam and most of a skin

S: roasted peach, roasted apricot, molasses ... very bready and as bread-malt sweet as a Vienna lager; if you dig deep for it, there's a pinch of earthy hops in the background, but the sweeter malt aromas are the main show

T: much, much hoppier than the aroma, maybe even a bit of burnt-malt flavor contributing to the earthy flavor; still plenty of malt flavor but not as sweet as the aroma, burnt peaches, burnt apricots, charred peach/apricot kolache; loads and loads of the copper penny flavor found in many darker Oktoberfests, toes the line on becoming medicinal; doesn't sweeten much as it warms ... the hops/yeast/alcohol earthy bitterness dominates throughout

F: pure joy ... good heft to this midweight with plenty of carbonation to both lighten the load and fill the mouth

O: if it tasted like it smelled, it'd be world class; as it is, I'm not complaining ... the extra bitter/earthy flavor stays on the good side of the medicinal line by just enough; not an Oktoberfest I'll seek out again, but as a fan of the style, the 6-pack was worth grabbing

AGING NOTE: This beer gets MUCH better with some age. I had one on Nov. 10, about three weeks after the original review, and the malt is alive and sweetening the flavor tremendously. My bet is it can handle 3-4 months of age and taste very good.

Oct 20, 2019
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60sFolks from Texas

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

Oct 04, 2019
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

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.

Oct 04, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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

Sep 23, 2019
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RomeosDelight69 from Texas

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.

Nov 15, 2018
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JohnDon from Texas

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.

Oct 06, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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

Oct 03, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

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!

Sep 19, 2018
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gvickery from Texas

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.

Dec 12, 2017
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Jbbdrinker from Texas

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

Nov 14, 2017
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Bocifius from Texas

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.

Sep 25, 2017
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RikMack from Texas

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

Sep 10, 2017
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Mindsculptor from Texas

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.

Jul 07, 2017
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Jeffrey-J10 from Kansas

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

Jan 07, 2017
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

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

Oct 16, 2016
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Zimmerman from Louisiana

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!

Oct 12, 2016
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JohnDee from Texas

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.

Sep 25, 2016
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Rcaros from Texas

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

Aug 29, 2016
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jbmann from Louisiana

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.

Dec 21, 2015
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vickersspitfire from Texas

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.

Nov 26, 2015
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maedhros09 from Minnesota

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.

Oct 28, 2015
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obrike from Texas

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.

Sep 27, 2015
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sgt_187em from Texas

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

Sep 20, 2015
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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.

Sep 11, 2015
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