Saint Arnold Amber Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by Illini5596:
2.63/5 rDev -25.7%
Tried this at the brewery in Houston, TX. Not impressed. The owner of the brewery stands up and gives a huge speech before serving about how he wants a beer with flavor and life is too short for bad beer
Unfortunately his beers fall flat on their back. Don't get me wrong, not a *bad* beer per se, but not a good one either. It's C+, B- variety. The taste is thin and a bit on the sour side (not bitter mind you or good and hoppy, just kind of a sour bad beer after taste) at the same time being weak for an ale. The head is non-existant but the color is rich enough.
Overall not something I'd ever pay for, but might drink if it is all that was available.
05-22-2005 03:16:30 | More by Illini5596
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2.3/5 rDev -35%
This beer is confusingly called an amber, so I rated it as such. It seems much more like a pale ale to me and would have fared better if I was thinking of it in that way, so I kind of tried to rate it somewhere in between. Anyway, as either style it leaves something to be desired.
It is a light yellow beer with large rocky head and sticky lacing that offers up softly resinous, perfumey hop aroma. The taste is basically watered down red hook ipa with a strange juicy-fruit gum character. Mouthfeel would be nice for a pale. Its light, soft, and kind of fuzzy, but is all wrong for an amber. There is really nothing "amber" about this beer at all. WTF.
11-19-2006 03:19:48 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.3/5 rDev -6.8%
On tap at PF Changs while the girls did their shopping. Not an unpleasant way to spend a couple hours.
In a pilsner glass the beer was a light amber color with a medium-sized white head. There was a bit of lace.
Sweet, bready aroma. Somewhat floral.
Average taste. Caramel, a hint of fruit, and just the least little hint of hops.
Nice enough beer, easy drinker.
10-22-2010 01:00:48 | More by lordofthewiens
2.8/5 rDev -20.9%
The smell of the beer was malty. Poured amber with a nice head. Had a hoppy finish to it. The beer has a medium body to it. I did not think the beer had a very smooth finish. Almost a little sour.
The aftertaste left in my mouth was overly bitter and not at all tasteful.
05-07-2008 04:00:06 | More by nem2006
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
Sampled on tap at the brewery.
The beer pours a dark yellow color, not the amber color that I was expecting. The aroma is toffee with some lemon and orange notes. The flavor has quite a bit of citrus hop character with some toffee malt as well. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
08-23-2010 05:08:01 | More by Mora2000
3.28/5 rDev -7.3%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Slightly darker amber color with a slight haze. Thin white head that lingered, no lacing on the glass.
Smell: Malts, Hops and a hint of cloves.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste of grains and grassy, earthy like flavors. Bitter hops.
Overall: Not a bad brew, glad to have tried it out.
10-27-2013 22:13:31 | More by Cavanaghty
3.98/5 rDev +12.4%
Pours a hazy golden color with an off white head. Aroma is maltiness with floral and some citrusy hop aroma. This one is pretty malty, but its balanced with a fair amount of hop bitterness. Medium bodied. This is a good beer, easy to drink but still plenty of flavor. This makes a good session beer.
10-23-2006 01:19:20 | More by Dizzy
2.65/5 rDev -25.1%
Thanks to jasonjlewis for this extra.
12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. No dating.
A: Pours a orangish - light amber, good visibility. 2 fingers worth of lightly tinted head forms a bit rocky but holds for a few minutes. A bit of lacing.
S: Pretty dull. A bit of grainy malts and some subtle sweetness.
T/M: Sweet malts with a touch of caramel, but mostly grainy. A dab of hops and bitterness up front, mostly floral with a bit of light citrus. A metallic taste pops out a bit at the end, just before a lightly dry finish. Body is medium light with decent carbonation.
D: Easy to drink and low ABV, but it's just not interesting enough and has some off flavors.
07-17-2008 22:36:39 | More by pwoods
3.7/5 rDev +4.5%
A dark yellow with a small head faded but stuck around.
Primarily apple in fragrance with some citrus hops and a yeast character to balance the beer.
A fruity beer with lots of apple esters. A malt character is present and a lingering bitterness finishes the beer.
A good body and carbonation were it is expected.
A well balanced beer that I will have again when I make my way to Texas
05-29-2009 01:19:28 | More by alovesupreme
4.28/5 rDev +20.9%
This flagship ale from Houston, Texas' first microbrewery is a winner to be sure. Its crystal-clear, deep-golden/amber body rests gently beneath a short head of off-white foam as tiny bubbles slide steadily upwards. The retention in the head is fair, and it leaves minor lacing about the glass. In the aroma, lush, caramel-splashed malts combine with bright notes of floral and citrus-kissed hops. The body is decidedly medium; and it's crisp on the tongue with a fine-bubbled, median-level carbonation from bottle-conditioning. A touch of huskiness, a solid bitterness, and some prominent floral/spicy/piney/citrusy hops balance its rich malt in the flavor, leaving it to finish dry with a lingering bitterness and some swirling hop flavors. Saint Arnold's Amber is a well made, uncompromising, deftly-balanced, richly malty and boldly hopped ale that's sure to please. Certainly worth trying for fans of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and New Belgium's Fat Tire.
06-20-2004 20:11:49 | More by NeroFiddled
Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.