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Saint Arnold OktoberfestSaint Arnold Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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:
156
Ratings:
513
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
22.74%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
92
For Trade:
1
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Photo of myost88
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Houston Flying Saucer.

Appearance: Crystal Clear dark amber/copper color. Served with only a ring of head. Very little lacing.

Smell: Malty sweet smell. Smells kind of like caramelized apples or peaches. Hops are not really present in the smell.

Taste: Very sweet tast. Caramel malts make up the biggest taste. Caramelized fruits present again. Reminded me of baked apples with cinnamon. Light hop taste is there as well. But mostly sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very smooth. Very lightly carbonated. On the light side of medium bodied. Finishes dry like a hard cider.

Drinkability: Easy drinker. The sweetness is not overly bad. This one was a hit with my non-beer drinking friends so I think there's a lot to like here.

Overall: This was a pretty good beer. I wouldn't call it amazing but it was solid. I will gladly keep this stocked in my fridge all fall.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 DeathbySexyBT
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 beachbum1975
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as an extra in an in-person trade with brewdlyhooked13. This guy rocks, thanks man!

12 ounce brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a cloudy, bruised peach color with brassy highlights. The head only stuck around for a few seconds, leaving a flat top with little only a couple suds trails coming to the surface.

Smells of malts, apricot, honey and light floral hops. Rather large and very inviting nose on this one!

Perfectly roasted malts come on the front and stay throughout the entire taste. In the malt mix are things like honey, toasted oats, orange rind, apricots and caramel. Very nice. This doesn't have the typical lactose quality like I find in many other Oktoberfest beers. Finishes with the slightest bit of bitterness.

Medium bodied and flavored. Though it's hidden from the eyes, there's ample carbonation in the mouth. Finishes semi-dry. Very nice!

Thanks again, brewdlyhooked13!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/1/2007 (bottle refrigerator aged~3mo):

Pours a very clear brownish colored body, but with absolutely no head. Has a very malty sweet smelling aroma. Has a very fizzy palate. A nice malty nutty taste. Very malty tasting, maybe a little too much for me.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into goblet on 2/25/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a clear rusty orange body with moderate carbonation and almost one finger of white foam that quickly diminished into a thin ring of retention and left spotty lacing.

S - Sweet and malty nose with a hefty dose of maple syrup and a touch of buttery diacetyl. Hops are very faint and reminiscent of mild tea. Hints of caramel and toffee round out the malt profile. There is also a slight suggestion of cinnamon spice in the back.

T - Like the aroma, the initial flavor is quite sweet and malty with plenty of caramel, toffee and maple syrup. Some mild hops appear in the backend, with a very slight herbal flair suggesting tea leaves.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and fairly vigorous carbonation on the tongue. Bitterness is very faint overall, lending way to plenty of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Pretty solid Oktoberfest. While not one of my favorite styles, this one is certainly decent enough.

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Photo of beveritt
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Thanks to mhewes for hooking me up with this as an extra during a trade. Label shows Saint Arnold (apparently the patron saint of brewers) holding a beer in the midst of trees covered with fall colored leaves. No visible freshness, date, but as this is a fall beer, it is only a few months old.

Appearance: Pours with one finger of big bubble light tan head. This settles very quickly to next to nothing, just a few tiny spots of foam. The beer itself is slightly cloudy and the color of tarnished copper. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Very sweet caramel malt with an almost corn syrup like finish. Slight nuttiness.

Taste: Very strong, sweet malty flavor, with a pumpkin like off flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent, aiding by what seems like a ton of residual sugar.

Drinkability: A very sweet O-fest, sweetest I have ever had. Right at the border of being sugary vice malty, this is an unusual beer. Not too sure I like this one.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I realy like this their offering in the fall.

It pours a foggy dark orange and has an off white head.

The flavor is of caramel and a little (little) nutty flavor, and a known hop presence, which is always nice.

Easy on the palate, this beer make the evenings go well.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice amber with a white head which dissipated in a few minutes to a pretty thin layer

S - a fair bit of caramel and bready malt. Fairly sweet

T - again, pretty prevalent malt caramel and bready malt. There's a very nice spice to this beer. There's also definitely a small hop bite that was not present in the nose. Overall the taste is pretty enjoyable, and I feel like the nose maybe didn't quite do it justice

M - nicely carbonated. Feels good rolling around the palate and going down

D - although it's a bit past Oktoberfest (my mom bought this for me when it came out and now I'm visiting home for Thanksgiving) I quite like this. A very drinkable Märzen with a nice flavor to it. Would definitely buy again next year

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Photo of Deuane
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jasonjlewis for this one.

A-Slightly hazy copper with a big fluffy off-white head that receded to a thin cap leaving spotty lace.

S-Light caramel sweetness with a bit of breadiness.

T-Light caramel malt flavour with a bit of spice and a soft twang.

M-Medium-light bodied and clean.

D-Nothing spectacular but it all comes together to form a pleasant, easy drinking brew. A very nice effort by St Arnold that I would be happy to drink again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bonus hitchiker from JonathanL7890, part of a great group of Texas traders who contribute great class of our site.Pleasant malty aroma with some peach fruit. The fruit is in the initial taste, with a modest smoke. Not very drinkable, but it could depend on the night and the food. A bit light on mouthfeel.

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Photo of miketd
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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 whoneeds8
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out clear copper with a good white head, little to no lacing.

There's not much of a scent to it, what is there is a little sweet.

The flavor makes up for the lack of scent. Very smooth hops up front to move to the carmal malts.

Mouthfeel is very good amount of carbonation for this style. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, but there are far too many better oktoberfests out there.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
2.59/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looked Dark ornge with lots of carbonation bubbles coming to the top. No head.

Smell was mellow malt, bready, sweet candi, Lackluster.

Taste went down smooth. Mild malt in front. Hops play a small roll in the middle. Then followed by a crisp autumn morning breeze taste(best part of this beer). Then it ends with a little sweet n low sugar to it.

This beer does not meet oktoberfest or marzen standards. It almost had no smell, no head retension and the taste was pretty boring.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a nice Texas trade recently. One of the few from the brewery I had left to try, needless to say I was thrilled to get it. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/29/2008.

The pour was fairly nice. A orange tinted light amber color. Amazing clarity here really allowed it to shine. Great carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session, combining it in a three inch head that quickly faded but did leave behind a great layer of side glass lacing.

The aroma was a touch light for me,. Some nice caramel malts, hints of an earthy, bittering hop and some light grains. Interesting profile here as the aroma seemed to be stronger at first, but then fade off toward the end. The flavor ran out of the gate fairly smooth, very nice choice here as the light hoppiness really served well to draw out the smoothness of the malt and really push the depth to the forefront. Light touches of caramel and grain balancing it all out, and a quick, clean finish sealed the deal in the end.

Overall it was a solid fest bier, though not the greatest in the world, I would not turn my nose up at it if it were offered again. Damn fine selection and something I would love to have again.

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Photo of corey0212
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - fairly deep amber pour, a finger of creamy smooth foam on top. Some good beading off the etching on the glass bottom. Not much lace but a good looking beer despite.

Aroma - bready, grainy with a touch of sweetness. Fairly non-assuming.

Taste - a good statement of toasted grain right outta the gate. Lots of grain character, mildly sweet. The swallow doesn't really balance with the hops, just kind of pushes back for a moment before the toastiness returns. Maltiness gains the advantage at the finish, as my more favorite OFests ought to do. A bit of alcohol warmth at the end.

Mouthfeel - a touch crispy on the carbonation, a solid body. Well done.

Drinkability - a superior fall beer, thanks to BGThang for providing a sixer of these for the upcoming Halloween beer tasting. Well, a 'fiver' now... ;-)

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but slightly darker amber with a creme head. Nose is slightly sweet and nutty. Not much there though. Flavor is tangy sweet. A bit leafy and twig like. But mostly it's sweet and that's it. Feel had a sticky edge on the liquid and the carbonation is low but biting a bit. Overall decent.

Thanks to ballewblake for this one.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew from whoneeds8 for winning the halftime score in SNF squares (week 5), thanks Maston!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy orange color with a small beige cap that didn't leave any lacing.

S - sweet malt, some spice, some earthy yeast.

T - sweet flavor with a bit of a spiced taste to it.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - it was ok.

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Photo of grandq
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mhewes for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, with some yeastyness, slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, with some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad, tasty.

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Photo of joepais
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mhewes for this one
Bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that faded quickly to a ring around the glass, the body of this brew was copper in color

Aromas of sweet malts and light hops filled my nose smells like October

Flavor on this is a good combination in my book. Right on for an Octoberfest sweet Carmel malts and a nice roasted profile really make this brew stand out

A good brew all around will gladly drink more if I had it available. A fine Octoberfest

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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
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