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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): 6.60%

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

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Photo of BeanBone
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A barely hazy, reddish-orange body capped by a little less than a finger of bubbly and tannish head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Lots of rich caramel malt accompanied by fruit, mild spice, nuts, and a hint of smoke.

Taste: A mix of dark fruit, mildly bitter and earthy hops, nuttiness, and just a hint of dark chocolate over a solid caramel malt backbone. The aftertaste features rich cereal grains and a hint of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, this would be a great choice for the dinner table or the beer garden.

Verdict: A solid Märzen, Saint Arnold's Oktoberfest is a tasty and drinkable taste of fall. Something to look forward to each year, like most of this brewery's seasonal releases.

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

I had a pint of this while eating the bratwurst at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

As with most beers at this bar, it was served in a standard pint - the beer is amber bordering on orange with a tight off-white head.

Nice aroma of fresh grains and something sweet (soft chewy caramel).

It is tasty, but falls a bit short of the inviting aroma. Sweet malts, light brown sugar and mild grains. It turns slightly earthy late.

The mouth is crisp but a trifle thin for the style. Still, this is a pretty tasty take on the lighter modern O-fest.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty red-brown color from the bottle with barely a half-finger of head, despite an exaggerated pour. Smell is a little weak throughout the life of the beer; a little toffee and slightly spicy hops.

Flavor is also on the subdued side, with some sweet cola, orange, apricot, and toffee notes that remind me of an old ale, actually. Still, less sweet and bready than other oktoberfests, with a touch of bitterness I haven't noticed in others. After sipping for a while, I think the light hops actually make this a pretty balanced beer, and I'm liking the effect. Mouthfeel is nice and full and finishes cleanly, thanks to that bitter property. On the whole, not a bad beer at all, though different than I expected.

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Photo of frequentgear
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. pale orange color with big bubbled head and no lacing.

smells very sweet and malty. tastes like caramel and mild alcohol. no hops really, just malty sweetness. kind of nutty and kind of toffee like. you can tell it's at 6.0, but the sweetness balances it out.

not really a fan, haven't had many oktoberfest's though.

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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 myost88
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
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 -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 DeathbySexyBT
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +18.1%
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 -19.8%
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 -2.5%
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 -26.6%
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 +14%
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 +1.9%
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 -0.3%
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 -1.9%
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 -8.5%
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 whoneeds8
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -28.8%
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 +1.1%
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 +9.3%
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 +5.8%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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%
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 -3.8%
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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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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