Saint Arnold Oktoberfest | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold OktoberfestSaint Arnold Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

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

Added by kbub6f on 08-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
542
Reviews:
162
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.64%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
110
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 542 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Central Market in Dallas. Poured clear amber-red with a short head.

Like many American O-fest's, this one leaves toward a richer, roasted caramel flavor. That's not a bad thing, it's just different. The aroma, in addition to the toffee and caramel, has a slight hard-water mineral note in the aroma. The flavor also finishes with a mild black pepper note. Worth a stein full.

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Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank in honor of this beer winning a silver medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Fest.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of toffee as well as some brown sugar notes. I also get a little bit of grape, as well as a slight bit of hop bitterness to help balance the flavor. Very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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.

3.5/3.5/4/4/4.5

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Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 Dave_Treat
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of maximum12
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to TexasStout for dropping this into a recent trade. I'm getting close to having had most of St. Arnold's lineup here in Minnesota!

Pretty beer. A deep, effervescent, ruddy orange color that borders on Crayola territory. Smell is extremely sweet, sugar-coated-candy sweet. My oh my. That could be very good or very bad, depending on where this ends up.

Saint Arnold Octoberfest is stretching the boundaries of the genre. The sweet malts are there, but held hostage by an odd buttery flavor, & a heavy hand of caramel/toffee mixture. Toss in a bite of apple at the end, & this is one fruity, mixed-up Marzen.

Mouthfeel is pretty raw due to the sweetness; which also knocks the drinkability to average. This one cries out for one-and-done, unless you like puckering up &, like me, your mouth gets sore from too many sweets.

Decent enough beer. Not really representative of the style, but I'm not hung up on that. I just suspect some of these tastes (diacetyl?) might not be what the brewer originally intended. Gimme the Lawnmower any day!

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Photo of ovaltine
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to GregMcQ for hooking me up in a recent trade!

Pours a lightly hazed orange/amber, rich looks colouring, thin off white head forms and quickly settles down to a thin ring, a few lace spots are left on the glass. Smell is a little weak but solid, some caramel and butter, light citrus, bready malts, iron, oranges, honey, nice and clean, reminds me of the Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Taste is nice and malty, biscuit and honey, butterscotch, corn syrup (in a good way), rich and full malty finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, lots of substance, medium carbonation, easy to drink. Very solid Oktoberfest, the malts are real nice in this one. I could definitely have a few. Thanks Greg!

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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 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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of FLima
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber copper color with a thin head with short retention.
Sweet fruity aroma with notes of red apples, caramels and honey.
Flavor of caramels, floral and herbal hops masked by its malty base, red apples and toasted and roasted malts. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light to medium body with mild carbonation.
I found it a bit cloying given its sweetness level, despite of the help from its perceived hops.

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Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 542 ratings.
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