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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): 6.00%

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

Added by kbub6f on 08-29-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
536
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
22.8%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
102
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 536
Photo of Myotus
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a beer mug.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of off-white foam that halves itself after 45 seconds. Amber in color. Rising bubbles are high in number. Lacing is moderate and thin.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of graham crackers and caramel malts that mix with hints of spicy and bitter hops.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild pale malts and graham crackers. Subtle caramel malts enter immediately after along with subtle spicy hops and hints of bitter hops as graham cracker flavors persist, but pale malt flavors grow stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down smooth despite its high carbaonation. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: This was pretty good! Way better than the Sam Adams one. Pale malts were still a little too much on this one, but manageable.

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Photo of puck1225
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured dark orange into a large mug. Not a great head. Drank this right after a SN Riegele Octoberfest. The St. Arnold's is not as good. The other had many subtle tastes, but the St. Arnold's was sort of one note. I like this beer but will likely stick to the SN offering for the season.

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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 mblk6062
3/5  rDev -17.6%

I am very disappointed with this one - I always anxiously await the release of SA Oktoberfest, and have only been disappointed once, until now. This beer has nothing special about it, and quite frankly, is completely forgettable. I give it a 3 purely as a sign of respect to SA, because they generally do everything right.....Hey, everybody can have a bad day, and maybe it's just my palate, but I'm disappointed. Can't wait for the 2014 Christmas Ale to come out though! Love you Saint Arnold!

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Photo of HipCzech
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Saint Arnold tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, dark orange amber. Moderate frothy head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Lightly toasted grains, a bit of yeast and spice.

Taste: Toasty malt and relatively sweet (caramel, dried fruits?). A bit of hop spice and bitterness and hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable with a nice malty body, but a bit too sweet as with some of Saint Arnold's other ale offerings.

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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 Isrealite
4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer! Bought it in late September, and after the first six pack, I went out and stocked my fridge with enough to last me until late Dec. Looks like a golden amber autumn leaf, and smells as bittersweet as hooking up with a hot girl and not remembering it because you had too much to drink at Oktoberfest. It really just tastes like what beer should taste like, with perfect balance, and is by far one of the smoothest beers I have ever had. Each drink makes you want another, and against all of the other American Oktoberfest beers, this one is head and shoulders above. A must try!

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Photo of megahurts4
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest

Appearance: dark amber, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: malty nut.

Taste: malty biscuit, a nuttiness, and a mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
This is an ok brew. It is fairly light and the initial flavor dissipates. That initial flavor has some good notes, but nothing that really stands out.

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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 MattSweatshirt
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep orange with a off-white head with good retention.

Mild and balanced aroma of malt and hop. There is some sweetness and caramel. Hops come across as floral and spicy.

Sweet caramel and honey. Plenty of bready malt character. Spicy and floral. I feel like I'm picking up trace amounts of alcohol on the taste. The carbonation is a little biting.

This was blah for me.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded screw-top cap and decent label art acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a four finger head of subpar creaminess and decent thickness. Body colour is a white-khaki. Okay lacing. Head retention is above average - about 2-3 minutes.

Body colour is a clear amber of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent.

Overall, it's a bit darker in colour than most beers in the style.

Sm: Caramalts, crisp munich malts, mild floral hop character, amber malts, some graininess, and a timid malty sweetness. No surprises here given the style. Mild in strength and appealing.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable, nor are any off notes.

T: Notable caramelization - perhaps excessively so compared to most tradition German beers in the style. Sweet amber malts. Mild floral hop character. It has a vague fruitiness. Munich malts. Some toffee, perchance. Quite simple - as beers in the style tend to be. There's nothing unique or special here, but it's pleasant enough.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Balance is okay. Not much complexity or subtlety, but then it's a festbier, innit?

Mf: Smooth and wet, yet unrefreshing. Lightly crisp. A bit overcarbonated. Okay presence on the palate. Nice body for what it is. A biteen too thick. Kind of biting. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel uniquely tailored to it.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Drinkable, but not quite as much as it should be for the style. I like it in a general sense - I love beer - but there's a myriad of better beers in this style at or below this price point. A very approachable inoffensive brew from Saint Arnold, but I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to friends. Hides its ABV well.

C

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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 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 BEERZILLA
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oktoberfest in august?These seasonal beers keep releasing earlier and earlier, soon we will be drinking christmas ale in september but anyways this is a good beer no matter the season.st arnolds oktoberfest imo is the best of the style,better than sam adams and others that i have had.the smell and the taste is a little on the sweet side but thats the style i guess.drinks well and good abv.this is my halloween beer when trick or treating with my kids, good seasonal beer from st arnold and true to their other seasonal offerings better than their year round beers.

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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 jngrizzaffi
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Yeasty, grainy aroma with some orange peel and mild spice. A little on the weak side. Yeasty taste with some caramel and honey. The taste is bold with some mild spice at the end. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Good beer, but not the best Oktoberfest out there.

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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 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 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.

RJT

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Photo of acevenom
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear amber with a creamy biege head that dissipates at a moderate pace. There are some tiny streaming bubbles visible in the beer. The aroma is of bread with some herbal and earthy notes from the hops. There's not much in the way of sweetness in the aroma. You definitely get the full flavor of Munich malts here with some mild hop bitterness in the background. I pick up those earthy and herbal hop flavors, but like these are mild and allow the malt profile to come through more. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is crisp and smooth, permitting high drinkability. This is a very good beer.

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

On tap at Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin, Texas

This is sweeter than the Karbachtoberfest with a bit less flavor overall. Very smooth and easy to drink. I could finish three of these back to back no problem.

A bit sweet, but didn't overpower. Just a good solid beer in my opinion. I would have no problem drinking these again and again. Enjoyed.

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Photo of nukem5
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich caramel color with a light colored thin cap of foam which like to stick tTo glass walls.

S: aroma is of sweet caramel and some kind of fruit,maybe an apricot?

T: The first taste that you get is sweet caramel like the smell and the fruitiness is a mix of citrus and apricots with more of the latter in th mix. There is a nice light hop flavor in there as well. Very nice balance of flavors none are more prevalent than the others and they all compliment one another.

M: medium boidied smooth character.

O: Overall a very drinkable beer and you don't even taste the 6% ABV

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Photo of bens0n
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky bronze/orange color with a nice amount of foamy off white head. Not much lacing going on though.

On the nose I can pick up on a spicy note immediately. It has a rather subdued sweet apricot smell too that lingers in the back along with some other things that are sort of sweet but indistinguishable.

Flavor wise its alot like it smells, like a muted apricot with some caramelly / toffee notes the spice is definitely there on the finish.

It has a certain crispness to it but it still has a wet finish. I like the aftertaste that it leaves. I could easily see myself making a session out of these, easy to put down.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m starting to regret saying something to the effect of ‘I’ve never tasted an Oktoberfest beer I didn’t like.” This, case in point. Pours a clear, toasty brown color. Good head retention but not a whole lot of aroma at draught temperatures. Light in taste with a bitter hop kick at the end. It’s not the smooth, lightly malted marzen I’ve come to know and love. I’m glad I took a chance on this but I would be hard pressed to finish a sixer at home.

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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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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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