Oktoberfest
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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From:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Märzen
Ranked #262
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,740
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 12.84%
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
427
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 02, 2022
Added:
Aug 29, 2002
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  139
SCORE
83
Good
OktoberfestOktoberfest
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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Rated: 4.5 by Stone7Stein from Texas

Oct 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by Lucnifter from California

Sep 28, 2022
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Rated by MattDecker from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Wow, really REALLY impressive Oktoberfest
Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by SteveTheDog from Texas

Sep 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by raust from Texas

Sep 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by lonestarshield from Texas

Aug 31, 2022
 
Rated: 1 by Ajc2936 from Texas

Aug 09, 2022
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Reviewed by HazyLover84

4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This is one of the best Oktoberfest beers I've tried yet. It really has a smooth and rich taste that other Oktoberfest beers are lacking. I prefer this over Samuel Adam's and Shiner Bock's version. Definitely a must drink during the Oktoberfest season. The rating for this beer should be way higher.
Nov 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.89 by Highlonesome1 from Texas

Oct 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.58 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Oct 16, 2021
 
Rated: 2.93 by turfy from Texas

Oct 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.55 by npendres from Wisconsin

Sep 24, 2021
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
O zafpt’s!!

Canned 8/4and opened 9/18/21

Tasting 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

12 ounce can poured into a Delaware Saengerbund glass boot, Produces a four finger off-white frothy foam cap over a clear red amber liquid with active streams of carbonation

Aroma is malty , nutty, bready

Taste is malty, bready , hint of nuttiness

Low sudsing , clean , quaffable

Good beer
Sep 18, 2021
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into Imperial pint glass
Look: Amber color, tan 3-finger head, dissolves fast, no lacing
Smell: Malty with hints of toast
Taste: Light bitterness, malty and some complexity
Feel: Medium mouthfeel, creamy, light carbonation
Overall: Delicious, don't expect fireworks of CO2, but a solid beer.
Pair with Gouda, sausages, grilled pork chops.
Sep 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.49 by TrojanRB from Texas

Sep 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Mortal_Wombat from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can dated 08/11/21 into a pint glass.

Look: Pours a deep copper amber. Very little head to speak of on this one.

Smell: Very malty up front, with ample caramel/toffee, breads and grian. Some light hints of earthy hops. Very nice and classic to the style.

Taste: Sweet toasted malt up front with associated dark breads, caramel and a bit of grain. Very sweet as it continues and finishes with a very light amount of earthy Czech hops. ​Unfortunately also caught a bit of a metallic taste but it doesn't overwhelm the beer.


Feel: Almost perfect for an American rendition. Medium body with some notable heft. Moderate carbonation that doesn't linger very long but still solid. Helps balance out some of the overt sweetness of the malt.

Overall: A good märzen that has some slight flaws that bring it down. Not the best but one that is perfectly acceptable in a pinch.
Sep 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Oct 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.52 by mfigueroa713 from New York

Sep 12, 2020
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Rated by MichaelSneed from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
One of my favorite Oktoberfests. Malty, bold, not too hoppy, just all-around tasty.
Sep 10, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.65 by SMH_NWI from Texas

Oct 21, 2019
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.5 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Sep 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3.67 by thegreatnicoli from Texas

Sep 23, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.24 by Valkyrie23 from Texas

Sep 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.35 by Chipz023 from Texas

May 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.17 by Djon1rpt from Pennsylvania

Jan 31, 2019
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Reviewed by 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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Rated by LouisianaMan from Louisiana

3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Really good Octoberfest beer, not much of a head, flavor is of malt and yeast. It’s good, but not my favorite for the 2018 octoberfest season
Oct 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.2 by RayCannata from Louisiana

Oct 23, 2018
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Rated by Cody_Walker from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Good beer. Pairs well with a nice robust cigar. Fine compliment to a cool fall night.
Oct 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.52 by Jaker07 from Texas

Oct 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by godawgs from Louisiana

Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 606 ratings