Saint Arnold Amber Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Amber AleSaint Arnold Amber Ale

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 13
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.34/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of nem2006
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MikeyLegend
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Little head, no lacing. Poured a nice reddish gold with slight carbonation. Bready malt smell out of the glass with a smooth ale taste.

Photo of Dizzy
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of pwoods
2.64/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WhiskerWrangler
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very nice dark gold color. Hardly any head. What head is present dissipates quickly and forms a nice film on the top. Carbonated bubbles rising from the bottom constantly. Zero lacing on sides of glass.

T- My first impression is that it tastes like apple juice. Has a apple taste to it to me for some reason. Somewhat carbonated feeling, but not too bad. Not hard on the throat.

S- I got nothing.

M- Very full, easy to swallow, easy on the stomach. The flavor seems almost overwhelming.

D- Very good beer to have by itself but I can not see myself drinking several of these in a sitting. The flavors are full but are good and seem to be put together very well.

Overall this beer just wasnt for me. It has a pleasant enough flavor, but something just doesnt feel right to it for me.

Photo of bditty187
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tawny-goldish hue, small white head with poor retention and no lace. The nose is a mix of sweet graininess, malt, and chocolate… fruitiness emerging towards the end. The palate is much hoppier than expected… nice; the malt is sweet… kind of like a hoppy Märzen. The finish is abrupt, clean, very little residual sweetness and only a murmur of bitterness. The body is medium-light, not watery. Drinkable. This is an agreeable beer with a satisfying mesh of flavors, understated yet intricate.

Thanks Morris729.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer pours a bright and light golden color. I was expecting more copper/red hues, but oh well. It leaves 1 finger of bright white head after an agressive pour. The foam fades very quickly, but a thin layer of it remains for the duration of the drink.

S- The aromas I pick up are alot alike: Biscuity! I catch yeast, bread, dough and the nice buttery biscuit smell that I love.

T- The tastes follow VERY closely with the nose, but there is a bitterness in there that is undetectable in the smell. The yeasty, bready, doughy taste takes over the whole tongue. The aftertaste, however, takes it to another level. It starts off like a sweet caramel or peanut butter, then WHAM!, burnt and bitter. It leaves the mouth kind of dry from all that bitterness. It is a kind of neat surprise.

M- High on carbonation, and the mouthfeel is kind of thin and oily.

D- It is definitely an easy drinking beer. Low enough on the ABV to make a great session beer, but high enough to give you a nice buzz after a few.

Overall- Just a tad above average to me. Maybe it is the style that is not my favorite, but just OK. I always seem to rate this style lower than most for some reason, and this one is consistant with that. I enjoyed it, don't get me wrong, but nothing to write home about IMO.

Photo of thagr81us
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to optimator13 for sending me this one in The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF '11! Served from bottle into a Spaten Optimator dimpled mug. Poured a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a two finger bone white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wheat,

Photo of dungaree
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a plastic cup at the St. Arnold's brewery.

Enticing light brown color with thin head. A smell that draws one in to take the first sip. Smells of spicy hops, light alcohol, and fruit. The fruity tastes of orange and lemon are well balanced by fresh-tasting hops. Good portion of malt makes a very well balanced brew. Carbonation is adequate. All around a good beer. You really get the sense that all the ingredients are fresh and not tampered with by processes.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a clear amber with 2 fingers of white head. Head dissipates leaving lacing behind. Slight malt aroma with a hint of roastiness. Flavor to match with a bit of bitterness to bring balance. Mouthfeel is somewhat light, lending to good drinkability.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Typical beer with not much body

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The pour is an amber and cadmium orange color with nearly no head. Quite effervescent and there are a few splashes of thin lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: The nose is mostly malt with biscuity, bready and caramel malts coming through. The hop aroma is faint, but is perhaps contributing some earthiness to it.

Taste: The tasting starts out with bready malt. The bittering hops come in quickly, with some sweeter caramel malt starting to take over the majority of the flavor. The tasting ends with a slight citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel: Too highly carbonated in my book. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: I don't think I'd trade or put this in my crate again. Enjoyable, but forgettable.

Photo of ibrewaletx
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Was a little less 'amber' then expected, poured out as a pale ale by looks.

Smell: Did a nice job with the malt tones, which an amber should showcase. A slight spicy hop aroma is present. Nice smell overall

Taste: Malt does dominate, the bitterness of the hops came through balancing fairly well with the malt. Maybe just a little too much bitterness for this malt bill.

Overall impression: A decent amber, and reading their website where they mention their first batch of this (in 1994?) was accidentaly an IPA, made me think of this as more of a pale ale, and less Amber. That is probably being more technical then needed though. As an amber, a nice average example.

Photo of goochpunch
2.67/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out a honey color with a nice looking head that fizzles out to near nothing, leaving no lacing, OBTW. Has a typical pale ale smell of light, toasty malt along with a punch of some citrus hops. Alcohol is all too present and kind of stings the nose. Taste starts off big on hops, citrus fruit and grass. Turns into something fruity, with a lot of Juicy Fruit gum. Finishes sweet and sticky. Mouthfeel manages to be flat, syrupy, and slick all at the same time. I have little interest in drinking this again, but I guess it'd be better than most of their other offerings.

How is this an amber? More like a half-assed pale ale.

Photo of BeerSox
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a light amber orange. The head is decent and holds well. Not very much lacing though.

Malty aromas start out the nose, with hop aromas following. Some mild fruitiness is in the background.

Strong hop presence (American Ale, duh) along with a good amount of malt flavor. Light fruity notes are in the background.

Light bodied, light carbonation, slightly dry finish.

Not a bad amber ale. Good complexity with a touch of fruitiness. Go for it.

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a Rice alum, so I have a soft spot for Brock and his beers. This sixer was bought for me as a graduation present from a friend that also wrote me an incredibly sweet card go to along with it. Needless to say I can't write an unbiased review here. This beer has sentimental taste. Served in a Bud signature glass.

The looks are quite good. Clear amber body with good carbonation running through it. Nice light tan head that initially looks like Duvel, but is a bit denser near the body. Very good looking beer.

The nose is not as good. Very sweet caramel. Slight cereal notes. Not very hoppy or distinct. I'm sure I could assign fruits here, but it would just be an extension of the sweetness.

The taste is along the same lines. Overly sweet. Some fruitiness and caramel. Some bread. However, there are almost no off flaovrs. Very clean. I've had this at room temps and it still delivers. I think that's about all you can ask out of a beer made for mass markets.

I love this beer for reasons other than its tastes, but it doesn't really disappoint there either. Solid, just like St. Arnold.

Photo of TexIndy
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dating info not even the usual StA notching) into my StA shaker pint. It was a clear copper with several carb streams. Good lacing. It had a nice two finger light tan head that slowly settled into a constant thin foam.

The aroma was strong citrus hops with floral hops mixed in as well. Sweet malt. The taste was pretty good with a nice hop finish.

Overall, another good beer from StA. Over the years, I've really drifted away from this style so it won't get the high scores from me but this is a nice drinkable beer. Probably won't be buying sixers of it but could see getting out the singles section once a year. Also would like to try on tap.

Photo of BeanBone
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, golden-amber body with a bubbly whitish head that recedes quickly and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy and herbal hops over a toasty caramel malt base. Much hoppier than the average Amber.

Taste: Lots of juicy fruit and hop flavors. Not quite as hoppy in the mouth, but still probably hoppier than average for the style. Underneath, a sweet and toasty malt backbone. The aftertaste is toasty with a hint of juicy fruit.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, medium body with moderate carbonation. Dries a little in the finish.

Drinkability: Excellent; this would make for a great session beer.

Verdict: Saint Arnold's Amber Ale is a very solid example of the style, and really fits the bill of a brilliant session beer. All of the juicy fruit and hop notes make this a more attractive proposition than most of the Ambers I've tried.

Photo of JonathanCrites
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this as part of a build your own six pack at the Krogers on W Gray in Houston.

A - Poured a clear, pale amber into my pint glass with a thin white head.

S - I thought it had a very nice biscuit aroma but also got a little bit of the smell of hops.

T - Definitely got the malt up front and some sort of floral flavors from the hops as it finished. I did not get much of a sweet taste from this amber but flavors that are present balance nicely.

M - Very clean and easy to drink. Little viscosity, very smooth, thin-medium mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable beer, could have easily had several more.

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Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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