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Saint Arnold OktoberfestSaint Arnold Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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: 160 | Ratings: 536
Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2008 batch of oktoberfest. It pours an clear orangish copper color with a light off white head that lingers to a collar but never fully disappears.

The scent is of fresh caramelized malts and moderately hoppy. Secondary is a toffee sweetness that backs up the initial scents.

Flavor is like other St. Arnold brews and distinctly malty. Warm, caramelized malts combine with a sweetness and mild hop tartness to yield a tasty beverage with a medium bodied and a light bitter finish.

This beer is mellow and a nice end of summer drink. I am currently enjoying this while home-brewing a stout on a cooler summer night. It makes me look forward to the winter months. Excellent beer.

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Photo of BeanBone
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A barely hazy, reddish-orange body capped by a little less than a finger of bubbly and tannish head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Lots of rich caramel malt accompanied by fruit, mild spice, nuts, and a hint of smoke.

Taste: A mix of dark fruit, mildly bitter and earthy hops, nuttiness, and just a hint of dark chocolate over a solid caramel malt backbone. The aftertaste features rich cereal grains and a hint of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, this would be a great choice for the dinner table or the beer garden.

Verdict: A solid Märzen, Saint Arnold's Oktoberfest is a tasty and drinkable taste of fall. Something to look forward to each year, like most of this brewery's seasonal releases.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev +9.9%

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap featuring "Beer's looking at you" text and bottled on 07/29/2014. Poured into an imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Caramel malts and a little esters from the yeast

Taste: Bready malt with an underlying noble hop bitterness with a sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy with moderate carbonation

Overall: So as far as the Märzen style goes, this features an ale yeast so its a bit creamier than most Oktoberfest and less of a crisp finish. Besides that, this is still very tasty and enjoyable in the same price point at Sam Adams Oktoberfest. This has more of a cloying finish than most Oktoberfests, so in my opinion this is just begging to be paired with a nice hearty fall meal. Makes me want to smoke a brisket.

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Photo of teg8612
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Not great, but good. Oktoberfests are pretty hit or miss from my perpective and there are very few that just knock me on my ass. So for me, there are only two categories of Marzens: good and awful. This is one of the good ones.

A: Pours hazy amber with a puffy head and decent lacing. This beer has a captivating glow about it that earned a 4 in my book.

S: The nose is greeted with preserved apricots and malts.

T: Texas Peaches replace the apricot smell in the tasting arena. The flavor of this brew is based on its malts. The hops are in there, to be sure, but malts are the key to this Marzen.

M: Medium-light on the body and medium-high on the carbonation.

D: Fairly high depending on the pairing. Alone, maybe not so much, but with a hearty meal this would be mighty nice.

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well after having this on tap and not being that impressed, I decided to give this another go out of the bottle JUST in case the lines were dirty or something like that... Glad I did... Tastes like a totally different brew...

Pours a wonderful golden color with a very thick head that foams and hisses forever... This even looks different..

Wonderfully sweet bready aromas mix with a sharpness from the hops and have me feeling better about this offering...

Wow... Totally different... None of the fruitiness of the other brew... Just a very good honey covered bread flavor that brings to mind some of the German offerings... Really nice example..

So glad I tried the bottled version of this... It was definitely worth the second chance...

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Photo of Hdredfern
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my second favorite beer from St Arnold's brewery only behind the glorious Pumpkinator. The beer pours a beautiful dark orange with a golden orange head that dissipates quickly. The flavor upfront is a great carmel sweetness with hints of hop in the back end. The smell is really the only disappointing part of this beer, there really is none. It's so weak in the smell department that its a huge disappointment . The mouthfeel is light with a small oily feeling on the back

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Photo of HotterThanHell
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer from TTU94 as he has become a Saint Arnold ambassador of sorts.

Pours a nice auburn/copper/orange color with a bubbly off-white head that is a bit on the carbonated side and dissapated to 1/16 of an inch quickly.

Smell was of malt with a fruit/bread aroma on the fringe. Typical of a Marzen/Oktoberfest, but a bit on the lite side.

The beer taste wonderful, with a nice maltiness but not much else. Not quite complex enough to compete with the tops of the style, but definitely above average and borderline excellent for an American Brewery in this style.

Mouthfeel was solid, and I think that the beer being a bit lite for the style would actually help its popularity here in the states as you could easily drink 6 or more of these without passing out.

If you see it, give it a try and I'm sure you'll be impressed with this Houston Brewery. I know I am. Thanks TTU94! And remember..the thickah the waistband, the deepah the quicksand....or so I have heard.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy copper color. Creamy tan head with really nice lacing.

Smells like hazelnuts, chocolate milkshake, whoppers and baked red apples. AKA Good!

A veritable malt bomb. More roasty malty than sticky sweet malty in the taste. Very easy to drink...is there a hole in the bottom of my glass? Very "fall" tasting with hints of raked leaves and fresh baked apple pie. A bit of grassy hops lend a clean, dry finish. Not sweet or cloying.

Amazed at how this beer is very malty, but yet avoids being overly sweet or sticky. Quite delicious and very easy to drink. A recommended Oktoberfest!

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Photo of corey0212
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with RickSawyer!!

Pours a nice coppery/amber color, big fluffy white head fades out relatively slowly, settling into a foamy layer and collar around the beer. Sweet caramel aroma, bready/grainy. Lots of caramel malt flavor, but not too sweet, some spice, hearty bready flavors, and a very faint alcohol flavor. Extremely clean-tasting, medium-bodied, and drinkability is perfect for the season. I'd have this again in a heartbeat if Texas weren't so far away. Thanks, Rick!

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3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a fluted beer glass on 12/1 (from notes).

Pours a lighter amber, with good amount of white foam. A light layer remains after the pour. Esthery smell, not dominant but there. Caramel malty taste, very soft, subtle. Butter flavor. Not too sweet, and not much bite. Mostly mellow. Easy finish. Pretty good Octoberfest.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another completely unexpected extra from Mhewes in our recent face to face.. Fantastic and fresh! Shared with Brenda, the lion's share going into my Smokestack goblet.

1" head sticks around for a bit.. brew is almost crystal clear orange amber..

Toasty malts and a little caramel dominate the nose.. pretty clean but some fruity esters are present.... apricot??

Flavor is the same toasty malts with some caramel and mild spicy hops. Fairly clean but still some fruitiness comes around as it warms.. toasty and touches of caramel... pretty nice. Not as clean as I would like on a Marzen style .. but not bad. I would love to know if Saint Arnold uses a German yeast... but.. that said, it is still nice and refreshing.. a good take on the style.

Michael said this was fresh, and I believe it.. fairly clean and no noticeable oxidation.. malty and some subtle spicy hops.. pretty damn good.


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Photo of BgThang
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer in color is a deep amber orange color
has a nice head on it that clears pretty quick.
the nose is that of a malty beer.
its a heavy beer no doubt. Will warm the old gullet up in the winter months.
a great ocktober style beer.

I buy this regularly when its in season.
this beer does not age well.
after storing it for a year it was undrinkable

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnDee
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Zimmerman
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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 ppoitras
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is this the more caramelized, toffee-ized Octoberfest I've had? Maybe so.

The pour brings a deep copper color with some darker highlights. A meager yet creamy off-white head forms a thin lace that shyly lasts the session. Light on lacing.

Aromas are very deep and comples with the malt blends. Heavy caramels; near toffee and toast give a hearty malt base. Light on hops, the malts also give slight hints of butterscotch, sweet breads, with a light flowery and herbal hop scent.

Flavors gather even more caramel and toffee boldness and give a deep melanoidin, bready, heavy caramelized taste that is much deeper and bolder than I have ever found in an Oktoberfest; these are usually given to Bock beers.

A definate sweet balance gives a bready and confectionate texture that crispens up in the end for a semi-dry finish. This one probably lasts longer on the sweet side before drying out than most.

A nice, new, refreshing take on this classic style, the beer showcases the complex caramels and melanoidin character that U.S. brewers rarely display. Even if a hint of buttery notes persist, this is one nice beer.

Thanks Exiled!

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Photo of grandq
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a slight off-white head. Smells sweetly malty with strong roasted nuts, a touch of spice. Taste is heavy on caramel malt as one might expect and is nicely layered - plenty of bready notes, toffee, some fruity tones - especially apple, and nutty, roasted qualities. Medium body and carbonation (just a touch high), with a pleasant oily coating that lingers on the tongue. One of the better I've had on my marzen binge this season. Cheers to mhewes for the bottle.

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Photo of ttu94
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of my American oktoberfest beer reviews. Next week I will be at the real deal and see how these young pups stand up. Again it looks identical to other American marzens dark amber and clear with a nice white head. I like the smell on this a bit more it has more force to it? I get a nutty malty flavor to it. Kudos to St Arnold for changing it up a bit. I don't LOVE HATE LOVE it, but an A for effort. See you all in Munchin.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest has a medium, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, amber appearance, some streaming bubbles, and a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of medium-roasted malt, brown bread, some sweetness, and that’s about it. Taste is the same, with a slight cherry undertaste and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Saint Arnold Oktoberfest finishes crisp, refreshing, and drinkable. This is a winner.


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