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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 TexIndy
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was a copper color with tons of carb. It had a very small head that quickly disappeared. No lacing. The aroma was pleasing with sweet malts and a touch of hops. The taste was pretty good as well. It's a little sweeter than other oktoberfests that I've had lately but not too much. This is not one of favorite styles but I do go thru a short stretch where I like to try em. This one is a keeper and can see drinking a sixer or so every year. Overall, a good beer and recommend trying. (3.5, RB-OAY, T, O)

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Photo of RickSawyer
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saint Arnolds Oktoberfest is a welcomed treat every….errr…. summer? Well, besides that, it brings along hope of cool breezes in the swampy, slow, southeast texas heat. The bottle has the telltale Saint raising cheers to the heavens, err… or the Lonestar of Texas (only a thin line separates the two anyhow…) A background of autumn leaves and rich yellows, oranges and reds make up the label.

The brew pours a rich, ruby amber. Little head resides and what does leaves a thin white glaze of lace across the glass.

Smells of roasted almonds and candied fruit. The beer smell sweet.

Taste of milk chocolate, roasted pecans and burnt apple. Smooth mouthfeel, not thick at all with enough carbonation.

Not your ‘TRUE’ Oktoberfest, but a beer worthy of the season that is highly sessionable and very good.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Good head on the pour, but a fairly pale look for the style, looks much more like a pale ale than an Oktoberfest.

S: Nose is some caramel sweetness along with quite a bit of esters in there as well. While they aren't bad, they just seem out of place for the style.

T & M: The sip starts off with a drop of caramel sweetness on the front of the tongue and then the estercy flavors quickly make their way through. Slight hop bitterness kicks in, and the beer finishes with a slight residual malt sweetness. Mouthfeel isn't bad, but could stand to have more body, especially for the style.

D & Notes: The thing is, this beer actually tastes good. However, if it didn't say "Octoberfest" on the label, I might not even think I probably wouldn't guess I am drinking an O-Fest beer. Saint Arnold admits they are using ale yeast to brew this beer; and, while there isn't anything wrong with that, it simply isn't true to the style. There are way too may estercy flavors in this beer, and according to any brewing book, those are off limits in a O-Fest. Still, an interesting effort and a decently drinkable beer.

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Photo of beeragent
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a medium copper, forming a 1 inch light tan head that quickly fadeds. No lacing left on the glass. The aroma is a good mix of sweet malt and caramel. The taste is slightly nutty from the sweet malt, but just with a hint of caramel in the finish. About medium mouthfeel. The full smooth flavor makes this a very drinkable ale. Overall, I was impressed by this beer. This is the first Oktoberfest beer that actually stands out in my mind as being above average. A great offering from Saint Arnold, and one that I will be taking advantage of while its available.

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

A: Lovely coppery color, carbonation apparently. Poured with a creamy head which fades quickly, leaving behind plenty of residual lacings.

S: Sweet and toasty with a hint of fruit and cocoa-caramel notes.

T: Sweet and malty, with caramel notes. Dry-sweet finish, almost like Madeira or marsala.

MF: Medium body, prickly carbonations.

D: Good, all around beer. Certainly reminds me of the fall with its malty notes and sweetness. While this isn’t a German marzen (and certainly no Paulaner), I guess it would be a Texas take on a German tradition. This beer is something to look forward to in the fall, and I shall enjoy it any chance I get.

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

Nice orange deep color, medium clarity. Weak head.

Toasty warmth and sweet Munich/Vienna lager sweetness. Hints of chocolate.

Really sweet attack – luscious malt character. Chocolate notes and toastiness. Toasty semi-dry finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

If anything, it is too sweet. But, not bad.

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Photo of goochpunch
1.76/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a chill-hazed orange/amber with lots of bubbles feeding a thinnish head. Smell is overwhelmingly toasty without the typical rich, malty aroma of an Oktoberfest. I pick up a good bit of booze as well. Tastes medicinal, overly toasty, oddly fruity, oddly somewhat roasty, and has a saccharine-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and prickly with bubbles. Not for me. If it didn't have the word "Oktoberfest" on the label, I surely wouldn't think of this as an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of rowew
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Nice logo with a background of autumn foilage. No date info.

Appearance: Copper colored with just a hint of haze. Big frothy head has great retention, lots of lacing.

Smell: Bready malt, a bit of spicy hops, and just a slight metallic aroma.

Taste: Typical marzen malt flavor - bready and a hint of metallic/suplhur taste. The hops are not too noticable, finishes just a bit sweet.

Overall impression: Not bad - a rather average Oktoberfest.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big tan head that settled down to half a finger. Cloudy, amber color.

S - Subtle toasted malt, breadiness, very subtle hops.

T - Malty, sweet, nice hops presence, breadiness.

M - Medium body, appropriate carbonation. Clean.

D - Very nice, on par with some German imported O-fests. I would buy and drink this if it were available near me.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours transparent orange with an off white head that dissipates quickly. Malty sweetness in both aroma and flavor. Faint hop aroma. Some bitterness and the alcohol is noticeable. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, this makes a decent session beer and tastes ok. Compared to others in the style, I'd have to say I prefer Paulaner's or Spaten's over this, but this is good.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Slightly couldy copper color. Fluffy thick head with good retention. Sticky lacing and a foamy cap result.

Earthy yeast notes and a bready malt background. Mild leafy hops in the background.

Slightly sweet beginning coming from the biscuity malts. Medium bodied with light carbonation giving it a smooth feel until the slight bitterness from the hops kick in at the finish. Bit of an astringint taste in the aftertaste. The overall flavor seems a little bit on the bland side though.

Not a bad Oktoberfest but I feel I have had better. It's maybe okay in a pinch, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of brendankeenan
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Lovely color to this one. It was coppery amber with a nice white head. The aroma was nice and the taste had an excellent balance of malt and hops. It was not too alchoholic tasting and It was very true to its style. It was drinkable and pleasant on the palate. It was not a revelation, but it is a solid beer executed well.

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

1-and-a-half 12oz bottles, in a half-liter Ayinger glass. Pours a pretty, clear amber color with a small but lasting head. Sweet malt aroma, rather caramel-like instead of toasty or bready. Flavor reflects aroma well, sweet malt cut by a mild bitterness, and a smooth clean finish. Neutral texture, body on the high side of moderate.

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Photo of teg8612
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Warm, hazy amber color with a thin layer for a head.

S- Candied fruit notes with slight honey sweetness and some floral hop.

T&M- Medium bodied with moderate, though fizzy carbonation. Very smooth and slick on the tongue. Bready with some of that candied fruit. Very faint but sweet. Hops don't assert themselves and only add a little spice to the mix. Honey aftertaste but it doesn't become too much. Almost a dry finish.

D- I thoroughly enjoyed this interpretation by Saint Arnold. Some have said it is too one-dimensional but I didn't see it. Sweeter than other Marzens but different can be good.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to the Fall Season being right around the corner. The weather is getting colder, and the fall release beers are hitting the shelves. Today we will look at Saint Arnolds Oktoberfest.

Pours a copper brown. Minimal head, that falls ridiculously fast. Carbonation is still there, though. Smell has a nice subdued fruity malt about it. Simple and unoffensive. Taste upfront has a massive surge of carmalized malts, lots and lots of caramel. Quite unique for an Oktober. Light toffee and semi-bitter hops come in midway and attribute to balance. Finishes almost flavorless, with a residing earthy lingering for only a short while. Mouthfeel is creamy and light. Drinkability is average.

This is a unique rendition of the Oktober style. It's a solid, delicious fall treat, and one with few flaws. Another decent offering from Saint Arnolds.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat cloudy, pale coppery color. Low aroma-some buttery, sweet malt aroma. Malty upfront with a slight bitterness to it. Rather thin body-could sure use a kick to liven it up a tad. Ok beer overall. Take a chance-make your own opinion. I'm not overly impressed. Thanks to mushroomcloud for the bottle.

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

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

Saint Arnold's Oktoberfest isn't as sweet as say, Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest but is a fine entry for linking arms and singing drinking songs, eating wurst, pretzels, etc.

A sweet, malt presence is here but the turnoff is the signature Saint Arnold's dirty malt finish.

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

Thanks to JNBeer for this one...my first new beer on NBS.
Pours a cloudy rust color w/ a full finger of extremely carbonated head...and disappears before I even take a whiff.
Speaking of whiffs, this one is very mild in it's scent...some sweet malt upfront w/ a floral hop in the finish. A hint of spice, cinammon and even an alcohol burn when lingering.
Taste is enjoyable enough...not my favorite style but a decent offering to say the least. The spice takes a back seat in the imbibing...a generous amount of hops to bitter it up front and a definite malty sweetness in the middle...finishes somewhat dry w. none of the alcohol my nose picked up.
Moutfeel is average and the carbonation is much less than I was expecting after the pour.
I'd enjoy a few of these if the opportunity arose...a nice beer for the day ahead.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This oktoberfest beer is an orange/amber color with a 1/4" white head that doesn't hang around long. The head fades to a ring and leaves little lace.

The smell is sweet, rich malt.Toffee. Lightly hopped.

Malty!!!! Caramel. Earthy. Somewhat of a honey flavor and even a little bit of pumpkin spice (is my mind playin' tricks on me?). The sweetness is not as pronounced in the taste as it is in the aroma. Very nice beer!

Nice rich, round mouthfeel. Low carbonation. I really like the fact that the beer is not overly sweet in the finish.

Very drinkable. A solid O-fest. Well made and worth a try.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

TGIO - Thank God It's Octoberfest!

Pours a clear copper color with a disappointingly small head. Smells like brown sugar! Also caramel and faint hop spice are evident.

Taste: Sweet Munich malt all the way, followed by a crisp, subtle hop flavor that finishes slightly sweet and spicy with a drying sensation on my tongue. Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with the nice full body expected from an O-fest. Dry finish helps this to be very refreshing.

Drinkability: Very high with this one. If you are a big fan of Octoberfest, this is a great session beer.

Another quality offering from SA.

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Photo of dungaree
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up this 6 pack yesterday so this should be this season's Oktoberfest batch. As with many of St. Arnold's beers, this one pours with very little carbonation, no head. Very nice amber hue. Would look prettier with some fizz. Good smell, spicy and hoppy. On second whiff, I note light smell of alcohol. Taste- has a definite taste but hard to put my finger on it. Hint of lemon, caramel towards the back of the tongue, molasses, and.... hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. Not the best brew St. Arnold produces but decent.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mccormick&Schmick's Dallas.
Dark amber hue with a thick tan head. Spicy, malty smell with a light touch of perfumy hops. A medium-full body rests heavy on the tongue. Taste has loads of spices, sweet malt flavors of ginger bread cookies, cloves, with a very noticeable hop presence.
Finishes mildly bitter and silky smooth.
Tastes like a very malty Elissa IPA.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear dark amber pour with zero carbonation bubbles in the pour. Swirls evoke a small off white collar foam.

Candy malt scents. Apple and buttered bread. Somewhat vegetal aromas.

First flavors are of sweet bread custard, Maple syrup characters, and sweet table sugar caramel & red apple malt essense.

Medium body that becomes tacky and leaves a coating of fest flavors. A bit one dimensional yet smooth.

Last swigs: Sweetest red apple applesauce Oktoberfest ever! Thanks to Shapudding for sharing.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of shapudding
4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice, golden oakey color with little to no white head in a tiny ring. Smells like a bakery! Molasses and honey... yum...
Very sugary scented, more towards brown sugar. Reminds me of bread pudding and jewish apple cake, but not cloyingly sweet at all. Body is thin, but now watery, feels good, smooth, not heavy. Very easily drinkable. Flavors are well blended and the taste is nice, very enjoyable.
Thanks to Kindestcut for this one!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a clear dark amber color with a thin eggshell white head. Thin lacing too. The aroma is malty sweet. Medium-bodied with a kind of fuzzy mouthfeel. Very, very sweet flavor of malt and little else aside from a bit of caramel. Very one-dimensional, which is saying something for a Marzen. The finish is sweet and bready. Not terrible but definitely too one-sided.

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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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