YUM! My wife and I wound up at Cricket's this last weekend after taking the ankle-biters to the zoo. They have "a hundred taps" and were advertising all their new beers; this was one of them, and I had it after Live Oak's Oktoberfest. It was good, but the St. Arnold's was outSTANDING. Deep amber color, with a rich malty-sweet aroma. Delicious thick, malty flavor with a nice hops bite. A real knock-out. And to top it off, our waitress was actually attentive, unlike most of the self-important, jiggly Baylor co-eds we've usually been forced to endure. So the whole experience was pleasant--for a change. Needless to say, she was tipped well. Too bad the local liquor stores don't keep this stocked; I could sure re-visit this beer in my fridge.
(Original review, rated 4 in 2004:I'm really trying hard to like this beer. Oktoberfest is a tasty style. I'm afraid this is just an average beer at best. Oh, don't get me wrong, this is far better than the mass-produced garbage, but among Oktoberfests this is pretty underwhelming. Drunk from the bottle, it has an odd chemical flavor. This is partially overcome by pouring it up and letting it "breathe". The color and carbonation are nice, but I'm afraid the taste is just average.)
Reviewed: December 03, 2005