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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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Photo of diamondc
3.24/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of grs8313
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:12oz screw top bottle with no bottling/ freshness date. Pours hazy amber with a slight white head. The head dissolves instantly, leaving no lasting head to speak of.

Smell: Malts, spices alcohol and apple can all be detected.

Taste: Hops, malts and some spice notes. The beer is very well balanced with no one flavor dominating. Slight malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. The beer leaves the mouth feeling clean.

Drinkability: Very drinkable because it does not wreck the pallet. This is a very well balanced beer, but it will not become my go-to beer while available.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer poured a pretty clear slightly reddish orange with a very large (2"+) head after a moderate pour. There were lots of bubbles rising to maintain the head. This is probably one of the most carbonated SA beers that I have had away from the brewery.

Aroma: My first impression after the pour was of some sweet malt with reserved citrus and a good amount of toasty malts like you would expect with an Octoberfest beer. After the beer sits for a while the head is still there, but I don't pick up citrus in it anymore...not quite sure why I did in the beginning. I can definitely pick up some hops in the aroma which seems to be a bit out of place as they come across to me as being at least partially American variety.

Taste: The flavor is definitely dominated by malty sweetness that seems to be mostly from crystal malts rather than just from an overabundance of Toasty malts. There is some in there, but the malty balance is provided by specialty malts. I do get some hops in the flavor, but they are not so much in the bittering so that the malt is in charge in the finish. I don't pick up any alcohol in here, and the crystal malts give you the impression that the beer is quite creamy in the finish.

Opinion: Well, this is a good beer, but a good bit from what I would expect from an Octoberfest. The balance is considerably sweeter than other German versions, which balance toward the dry slightly. Maybe the yeast slighlty under-attenuated, but I seriously think that it was just the grain-bill. There is likely two-row and crystal malts (Maybe cara-munich) to make up for the lightness of the base malts. I am a bigger fan of using almost entirely Munich malt for the grain bill...but that is personal preference. I will probably drink this beer again, but I won't be expecting the exact style that is printed on the bottle. It is a pretty good session beer, regardless of the intended style.

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Photo of lawman834
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured copper colored with a bit of cloudiness. No head, no lacing. Smells of toasted malts with a hint of licorace.

Bright and strongly carbonated in the mouth. Finishes very sweet. Very malty with a bit of vegetable/earthiness.

Pretty nice. I probably won't buy again because it's just too sweet for me. Still, really not bad.

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Photo of D11
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- nice clear medium copper color. light tan-ish head that does not last long.

S- sweet with some hops.

T- some hops with some sweetness. not sure if some citrus. but caramel/syrup yes.

M- good mouthfeel, but some might say its a little on the watery side. very crisp.

O- my first oktoberfest(oct. 1 :D) and i enjoyed it. was refreshing.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
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 miketd
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a nice, ruby/copper with a big off white head. Aroma is malty sweet with some caramel. Also hints of earth and nuts or grain.
Flavor is heavy malt forward and sweet. A bit of roasty malt at the end. Fairly clean and medium dry.
This isn't my favorite style, but not a bad drinker.

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Photo of bmwats
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, brown-white head. Dissipates very quickly. Plenty of rising effervescence and pockets of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Malt, molasses, with a little of a woody character.

T: Molasses, peat, and roasted malt.

M: Syrupy body. Grainy character. Bitter finish. A bit of synthetically sweet aftertaste.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Slight head, no real lacing, lots of carbonation. Nose is sweet malt grains, molasses, with a woody character. Sweet and pungent. Overall, this is pretty good quaff.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before.

A - pours a tight, clear copper with some obvious carbonation in the glass. Very small head that doesn't leave any lacing.

S - notes of caramel and spice; only moderately intense

T - reasonably good traditional Marzen style with initial hops attack with a bit of lemon balanced by moderate malt profile. Finishes with a hint of spiciness.

M - quite light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation

D - quite drinkable, and reasonably good Oktoberfest. Not overly sweet, but lacking a bit of intensity.

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Photo of dungaree
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up this 6 pack yesterday so this should be this season's Oktoberfest batch. As with many of St. Arnold's beers, this one pours with very little carbonation, no head. Very nice amber hue. Would look prettier with some fizz. Good smell, spicy and hoppy. On second whiff, I note light smell of alcohol. Taste- has a definite taste but hard to put my finger on it. Hint of lemon, caramel towards the back of the tongue, molasses, and.... hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. Not the best brew St. Arnold produces but decent.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a long lasting white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of sourdough and hint of grassy hops. Body is medium and smooth. Caramel malt and herbal hops are balanced on the palate. Finish is short and slightly sweet. One of many good Oktoberfests.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I finally found my notes from Fredericksburg, Texas' Oktoberfest! This poured up amber with a light tan, creamy head. Smells of caramel malts. Sweet. The taste starts off with a roasted caramel flavor, almost like maple syrup, with hops at the finish. It had a nice full mouthfeel. It left a ring of sugar feeling on my lips.

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Photo of kennymule
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with brewed on date 07-24-13, so fairly fresh.
You can read all the other professional reviews on this page, but from a strictly pedestrian beer drinking perspective, I appreciate this beer for what it is. It is a malt forward, medium to full bodied beer that would rock in concert with some wings or other tail gating fare. It's an easy drinker and should be enjoyed in moderation, given the above average ABV of 6%. Don't mess with Texas beers, or the Texans. Salud!

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a trade with LadyOfMuchBeer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a transparent amber hue with virtually zero head. The nose is pretty muted, not a lot going on. At most you pick up what seems to be some cinnamon or nutmeg. Maybe a little bit of malt and caramel. The taste is definitely on the malty side with hints of vanilla and caramel. The mouthfeel is very thin and alkaline like. There isn't a lingering aftertaste which is nice. This goes down real clean. Overall, while not one of my favorites, this wouldn't be a bad session beer this time of year on a cool, cloudy day. I wouldn't seek it out, but I wouldn't get mad if I was stuck drinking it either.

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Photo of MirImage
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of rowew
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Nice logo with a background of autumn foilage. No date info.

Appearance: Copper colored with just a hint of haze. Big frothy head has great retention, lots of lacing.

Smell: Bready malt, a bit of spicy hops, and just a slight metallic aroma.

Taste: Typical marzen malt flavor - bready and a hint of metallic/suplhur taste. The hops are not too noticable, finishes just a bit sweet.

Overall impression: Not bad - a rather average Oktoberfest.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy head that leaves some dots of lacing

Smell: Toffee and butterscotch, with a subtle grainy twang

Taste: Toffee and butterscotch up front, with a rather fruity character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, a grainy lager twang joins the sweet parade but barely makes a dent in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If you like a sweet, malty Oktoberfest, this beer will be a favorite

Thanks, ericandersnavy, for the oppportunity

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking, orange and clear with a great big lasting head that left nice lacing.

Aroma is not real strong but has a nice grainy and caramel malt character. Flavor is a little more notable, with a good caramel flavor, a solid maltiness, and maybe a touch of diacetyl.

Body is medium and pretty refreshing and easy to drink. Overall it's pretty much what you expect when you get an octoberfest, even if not particularly outstanding.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug. Recently received this in a BIF from armock.

Pours a clear, coppery colored medium amber with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Thin, sturdy, layer of retention that skims the surface, leaving a good looking cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is fairly sweet smelling, with notes of sticky caramel, citrus, and a tinge of floral hops.

The taste is light bready malts and caramel sweetness that seems to possess some spicier notes of cinnamon or clove. There is just a slight bit of a hop profile in the back but for the most part this is mostly sweet and spicy. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a bit of a flat feel at times.

Decent take on an Oktoberfest here. It could have used a bit more toast or bitterness and the body was a touch thin but it still drank fairly well.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a rich and bright Orange/amber color with a two finger white head that fades to leave a little lace.
S: Very malty and sweet, lightly hopped
T: Sweet malts an almost cloying sweetness. Caramel, fruity, nutty, a little bit of bread. Creamy and smooth
D: Drinkable, but like many American versions this is too sweet to quaff several off in on sitting.

Another good beer from Saint Arnold. If the sweetness was a little less, this would be a great beer. Still, something I would recommend.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear dark amber pour with zero carbonation bubbles in the pour. Swirls evoke a small off white collar foam.

Candy malt scents. Apple and buttered bread. Somewhat vegetal aromas.

First flavors are of sweet bread custard, Maple syrup characters, and sweet table sugar caramel & red apple malt essense.

Medium body that becomes tacky and leaves a coating of fest flavors. A bit one dimensional yet smooth.

Last swigs: Sweetest red apple applesauce Oktoberfest ever! Thanks to Shapudding for sharing.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very fresh 12oz bottle. Pours clear amber with a fluffy off-white head that dies to a collar rather quickly. Smells strongly of caramel malt, with a bit of wet hay in the background. Sweet and bready taste, again with plenty of caramel malt. Some very light, grassy hops. Medium body. Not a bad O-fest.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange deep color, medium clarity. Weak head.

Toasty warmth and sweet Munich/Vienna lager sweetness. Hints of chocolate.

Really sweet attack – luscious malt character. Chocolate notes and toastiness. Toasty semi-dry finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

If anything, it is too sweet. But, not bad.

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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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