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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: 534
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.


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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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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.


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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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Photo of JayS2629
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a creamy white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is of caramel, toffee, maple syrup, spice and fruity notes.

Big sweet malt, honey tones, maple, and caramels with a fruity finish of apricot and spice.

Nice balance, easy to drink, medium body.

Overall, very good to style.

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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 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 AgentZero
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden amber color with some yellow on the edge. White carbonation head fizzed up to about a finger and disappeared instantly.

S - Sweet malts, caramel, some sort of syrupy honey and something like butterscotch.

T - Taste is pretty sweet and caramelly, with something coming through that reminds me a bit of lager yeast. Pretty malty, with some slight bit of butterscotch. It's okay and easy to drink, but kind of boring and the finish is nondescript.

M - Medium bodied, pretty crisp carbonation.

O - It's a very drinkable beer, but I find it too syrupy sweet with some ho hum flavors. Crushed it easily, but it lost my attention rather quicklly.

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Photo of mjurney
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, clear. Some bubbles. Small head.

Sweet malts. Caramel. Some floral hops.

Sweet malts up front along with hoppiness at the end. Sweet caramel malts, slight buttery like. Hop character is very hoppy for an Oktoberfest, I'm getting floral, spicy with touch of citrus.
Body is pretty juicy. Medium carbonation.

Crisp-juicy finish. Slight floral aftertaste.

Very hoppy for an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of imasloth
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok. I had this beer out of the bottle and straight out of the fridge the other day while watching football and was wholly unimpressed. This time I let it warm while I ate my dinner and poured it into a pint glass.

A- A lighter orange color than other Marzens I've had. Good carbonation but little head when poured into pint glass. (This is a recurring theme in my posts so maybe it's the fall crop of beers or maybe there's soap or hardwater deposits on my glasses. I don't know.)

S- I found the smell pleasantly sweet and even a bit grainy (not malty, but grainy). Overall, fairly nice.

T- As I mentioned, I was ready for the beer to underwhelm and was delighted when it didn't. It gave me a strong malt flavor followed by a sweetness that was dry and faintly apricot-y. Good stuff.

D- Light and quaffable. A good clean finish with just the slightest grain aftertaste.

O- I like it, but don't love it. However, it was better than the S.A. Oktoberfest I had recently which is saying something since it was one of my faves last season.

Give it a try.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, bottled 8/3/11.

This pours a light amberish color with a nice white head which quickly dissipates. The smell is of bready and caramel malts. Feel is medium. The taste is more of the caramel and bready malts, a little lighter than some of the others. Overall a good beer although one of the weaker oktoberfests I've tried recently.

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Photo of GANIMAL
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest beers are here, so I stopped by my local beer store, deciding to try St. Arnold's Oktoberfest. I am a huge fan of St. Arnold's beer in general, so I did not expect this one to disappoint.

A - Has a nice soothing red amber color that looks inviting for Fall weather.

S - Nice soft smell with a hint of some sweetness

T - Delightful taste with a small dash of sweetness, but very great blend of autumn fullness taste.

M - Refreshing feel as each sip makes you want another taste

O - Very impressed with this Oktoberfest, so far this is one of my favorite Oktoberfest brews out. It is very well rounded, pleasant taste and overall feel. Each sip is delightful and refreshing. I definitely recommend everyone to try it.

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Photo of videofrog
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a dimpled stein.

A: Burn orange to amber, 1 finger head dissipates into a thin rim that laces the glass on the way down.

S: Bready and caramel malts, that's about it.

T: Caramel malts up front, then bready malt along with hint of Saaz hops.

M: A bit thin for an Oktoberfest, carbonated just right for the easy-drinking style.

O: If I had to choose a Texas-made Oktoberfest, I'd opt for Rahr or even Shiner over this one. Solid choice and worth trying, though.

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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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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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