The big Oktoberfest celebration in Munich has been canceled this year. However, we still get celebrate with all of the special fall seasonal craft brews we get her in the United States.
Oktoberfest pours a clear orange-amber color with a one-finger head of off-white foam. Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass, the head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma of the beer is very strong of a malty and a caramel aroma mixed with a lightly toasted bread smell and a touch of earthiness. Along with these aromas comes a light bit of must and a touch of hay.
The taste of Oktoberfest begins with a sweet caramel flavor mixed with a lightly toasted doughy taste. There is a little bit of brown sugar as well as a touch of grain. The sweeter caramel flavor gets stronger and stronger as the taste advances. At the same time, some very light harvest fruit tastes come to the tongue, adding to the sweetness even more. Toward the end of the taste, there is a touch of an earthy and herbal taste that comes to the tongue, leaving one with a sweet and malty, lightly toasted, taste to linger on the tongue.
Brewers Description of Oktoberfest
“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.
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest is best consumed at 40° Fahrenheit.
Recommended pairings: Crispy potato cakes, roasted turkey, & spicy sausage.”
Saint Arnold Brewing Company is located in Houston Texas. They lay claim to the title of the “Oldest Craft Brewery in Texas”. Their stated goal is to brew world-class beers and deliver them to our customers as fresh as possible making them the best beers in Texas and Louisiana. They tapped their first keg of beer on June 9th, 1994. The founder, Brock Wagner, was a longtime homebrewer, Like a lot of us in college, he thought about opening a brewery, but it took him seven years after graduating to make that thought come to reality.
Opinion of Oktoberfest
Saint Arnold’s Oktoberfest taste reminds me a lot of a lighter version “Winter Beer” brewed at out local Friedburg Brahouse when I lived in Germany. This is a really good fall beer. I agree with the paring suggestions of potato cakes and spicy sausage (AKA Bratwurst), but I would not serve it with turkey. I would suggest schnitzel instead.
By the Numbers
OG 1.061 (15.5 Plato)