Saint Arnold Amber Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Amber AleSaint Arnold Amber Ale

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 13
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
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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 tbone53
5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is just a good good beer.pours a nice creamy head and laces nicley down the glass.has a redish appearence and just downright taste good.these come with a screw top so you arent scurring to to find a opner.i have not been able to find this beer outside of houston and only in liquor stores.all in all its a good call.taste more like a ipa than anything else.

Photo of BrettStewart
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite Amber. Great spicy notes. Good all year round.

Photo of brendanmoody
4.52/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- pours a perfect amber color with a good amount of head
s- a little malty, with some hops as well. biscuits.
t- nothing to complex, malty upfront and a surprisingly hoppy finish. its really tasty inspite of the lack of depth
m- highly carbonated and a medium level of mouthfeel
d- very drinkable without being too tasteless, this is the perfect session beer, has a little bit of everything in the taste. it is not exceptional, but very well rounded which is what makes it so good!

Photo of rugger
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was my fist time to try this beer and I must say that I am impressed. The Saint Amber flows a nice coppery brown and a nice just off white head tops it off neatly with a little added lace. The smell comes in with a nice big malty aroma with a hint of spice and hops. The first taste brings in that balanced malt/hop combinatin with hints of spice and possibly honey. The aftertasted and mouthfeel are what makes me want to flip my wallet open and buy the brewery. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side to start with and then at the back of the tounge it goes bang and opens up and leaves you wanting more. I do not know what this comes from but I am thinking that it is the yeast that they use. I can't wait to get more. I highly recommend it if you can find it.

Photo of albertjr21
4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Served in a pint glass, this hails a cloudy unfiltered orange-amber color under a thin head.

S: A sweet Christmas candy cane sugar note over a sweet peach nectar backdrop.

M/T: There is a big juicy sweet and lightly tart mild lemon citrus feel upfront followed by a smooth and earthy fruit, malt center. I detect a roasted sweet sugar taste in the finish.

D: Excellent! A great well-balanced treat to carry me through dinner and into the rest of the night...One of my favorites from Texas.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask-conditioned served via hand pump at the Stag's Head. Oh thank you Stag's Head!

Starts out a hazy orange, with a moderately-sized head and plenty of tracings. "Looks like real ale." The aroma includes delicate, earthy hop notes, with malt tones playing against a touch of apricot. Unique and refreshing in the nose. The palate opens up with a soft maltiness to go along with some bitterness in the fore- to mid-palate. Fruity notes give way to a pleasant, gently bitter finish, followed again by a fading sweetness. Either I'm just starting to get used to it or the flavors seem to thin out slightly as I make my way through my pint.

Cask conditioned Amber Ale is so smooth and easy to drink, and it's a great improvement over bottled and regular draft Amber Ale. Almost makes one wonder: what if this beer was really great to begin with?

Photo of Bagman007
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden copper coloring with about a finger width's of head.

S- Definitely has a hoppy scent to it, but it is not overpowering at all.

T- Very sweet taste initially followed by a light bitterness from the hops.

M- Not overly bitter. Well carbonated. Pretty smooth beer.

D- Very drinkable beer. Can definitely have several of these in a sitting.

Overall it's a great beer on tap and a great beer in the bottle. One of my favorite Amber Ale's. Another great beer from Saint Arnold's.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep hazy apricot color with two fingers of head. There is a decent amount of lacing. The smell is a little sweet at first, but there's lots of hops present. A little light, but very well balanced. The taste has a good malt background, but lots of solid hops on top. Very piney hops coming through. A really pleasing taste, well balanced too. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is great. I really enjoyed this amber.

Photo of teg8612
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- More amber than the bottle edition and suprisingly clear for cask. Nice foamy head that sticks around with nice active carbonation.

S- Very aromatic and pleasent with caramel notes and mildly fruity.

T&M- Medium bodied with a nice crispness to it. Carbonation is fine and at a moderate level so it tickles the palate. Very smooth with nice caramel malt and very rounded, not too sweet. Husky with some fruity flavor that picks up as it warms. Somewhat piney hops balance out a very good beer.

D- As an inexperienced cask ale drinker, this surprised me. I had the amber previously on draft and bottle and I much prefer the cask version. All are good but this was a special treat. I may keep trying this to get a feel for how the beer changes as the cask matures and empties.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.29/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy (as is the wont with Saint Arnold brews), copper body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Pleasant mix of bready, sweet-smelling malts and floral, citrusy hops. It sounds simple, sure, but it's quite nice.

Taste: Malts tasting of sugar and caramel sweetened bread crusts. A nice, bright burst of fresh hops add flavors of citrus, flowers, and dried herbs (yielding a light spiciness). They also impart a medium, balancing bitterness. Finishes dry and with a final touch of hop bitterness, but it doesn't hang around too terribly long.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice, well-balanced juxtaposition of sweetish, bready malts and flavorful hops make for a rather fine amber ale. Good job, Saint Arnold and thanks again, MiguelMandingo (if that even IS his real name).

Photo of sirbryan21
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my first beer in Texas. I recieved this beer on tap in the houston airport. it is a great beer on tap. Taste is phenominal. The appearance is a amber color and a good smell. A good beer to drink. Overall this beer is a must try. I would have more but in a airport, had to catch my flight. Price was good.

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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a lovely package from a new friend in Texas, which just happened to have most of the St. Arnold lineup in it. These are my favorite type of trades, as I just love being able to sample a whole lineup at once, it just makes it soo much more fun. But anyway, I just decided to start with this one and see where it goes. Poured out a very nice and somewhat hazy pale orange with a nice deep color to it. Lots of carbonation on this one was evident from the very start. Huge chains of bubbles just cascading from the bottom of the glass up towards the top, continually reinforcing the foam layer on top. There were a nice three fingers or so high layer of white foam that formed on the top almost immediately upon the pour, which was very nice to see. This settled after a few moments, but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace. Now, for an amber ale, I have to say this looked more like an IPA, which would suit me just fine.

The aroma was loaded down with rich hop notes. Lots of floral tones here coming off almost immediately, which again was very good to see. Rich orange and tangerine, were interlaced with a good amount of malted grain that gave it a little more depth in the overall scheme of things. Very nice blend of aromas, but still leaning heavily on the hops here for support. The flavor was spot on for an IPA, so I am not sure why it is called an amber. To be honest, I liked this one a good bit more then the IPA, as it had a nice balance to it. Some hints of cereal grains and a touch of what almost tasted like corn was floating around, but by far the most predominant flavors were that of the citrus hops. Light flavors of orange were quite sweet and light, not bending your taste buds, but definitely showing their strength here. Lots of complexity here, especially for an amber, and honestly one the easiest drinking ales I have had in quite some time. The feel was light with lots of carbonation and a very nice dry bitter finish. I have to admit I am impressed. As it warmed some light, caramel notes started poking through and this is probably where the amber ale was coming into play here.

Overall, this was a n excellent beer and really surprised me at how good it was. There is no doubt I would not turn this one down again, in fact I would make this a staple in the fridge if I could. Really a rock solid beer for sure and something I will most certainly turn to again.

Photo of HardTarget
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Intoxicating. Very complex and different from the straight tap or bottle. Rich aromas; allspice, vanilla, malt vinegar, caramelized onions. Odd, I know, but just a lot of interesting smells.
Appearance: Clear yellow amber glass with a nice speckled tan head that lasted and left tide marks.
Flavor: Soft and round. Some rain water tastes with notes of wet wood, spices (listed in aroma) and a dry somewhat sugary end.
Mouthfeel: Warm and smooth. Creamy consistency with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall Impression: YUM! The cask does St. Arnold right. Now, to seek the elusive St. Arnold Christmas Cask. Sampled at the GingerMan/Dallas at the Nov. BA gathering.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Amber Ale

Pours a hazy golden-orange color. Lots of carbonation bubbles which jet towards the top in solo quantum speed fashion. Head was small, and fell quickly, leaving just a ring of lace. Smell is backed with a large caramel malt base. Banana and orange fruit undertones. Sugary, carmelized, sweet smell. Fruity Pebble cereal is the overall smell result, very nice! Man, I can't stop smelling this beer. It's smell is amazing. Picking up a faint vanilla extract smell as well. Delicious.

It was hard to move my nose away from the smell. But, yeah...lets get onto the taste. Upfront just like the nose, has a strong caramel base. Midway through, light fruit tones provide balance. Along, with a nice citrus/piney hop bitter. Vanilla comes in on the finish, along with the citrus hops. Sweet upfront, bitter on finish. A strange mix of flavors, but it definitely works out well. Not as amazing as the smell, but still good. Mouthfeel is creamy, and dry. Drinkabilty is awesome as these are perfect for sessioning.

While this beer may not be spot on for the style, it's quite unique. It's positives by far outweigh the negatives. Making this a great beer in the St. Arnolds line up. Highly recommended.

Photo of Riccymon
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This, err... amber ale... pours an orangey, cider color from the bottle with about a finger and a half of off-white head. Carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass throughout the beer's life. I smell light grapefruit and pine notes, and even more subtle, a hint of toasty grain that just might make the style this beer claims fit. The taste is also largely hoppy, with a medicinal/grapefruit nature, and again, a touch of caramel malt. The beer is very light bodied and leaves the mouth a little dry. Drinkability is particularly high, as the beer's lightness encouraged me to drain my pint glass in no time.

As others have commented, this might remind most of a pale ale. Personally, when I think of amber ales, I think of Fat Tire and Full Sail's representations, where nutty, maltiness dominates. Nevertheless, I can picture Saint Arnold's Amber in the red ale style, and I did find it to be well crafted. I'll enjoy it in the future, albeit with more a more accurate expectation of what I'm getting.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3-12-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured one finger of foam, nice lacing ring, clear light copper color, carbonation is present

S - Light roasted malts, slight hop and caramel aroma

T/M - Tasty amber, fresh and crisp, caramel flavors come to mind. Very smooth taste after a hop bitterness at the beginning

D - Very drinkable amber ale, crisp at first but settled to a nice smooth brew. Easy for me to have more than one at a sitting. I highly recommend the brew

Photo of mjurney
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Amber-gold color, a little sediment floating. Lots of bubbles rising up. Fairly nice head.

Aroma:
Malty, caramel, sweet, citrus hops.

Taste:
Malty, bready, caramel, toasted. Hop bitterness is medium, citrus-spicy, a little floral. Finish is bitter, crisp, dry. Body is medium, slightly cream, smooth, dry, nice carbonation.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer.

Photo of grs8313
4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12oz screw top bottle, no dating. Underside of the cap reads "Ready for another?". Pours a golden brown (amber), with small bubbles and 1 finger of head that goes away.

Smell: Very fragrant, malty and yeasty with hints of lemon.

Taste: Malty, lemony flavors with a slight hop kick at the end. Malty and hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Seltzery feeling in the mouth, and leaves the mouth feeling clean.

Drinkability: Endlessly drinkable. This is my everyday beer, I always have some in the fridge. The beer is very well balanced and dose not overpower the pallet. I look forward to opening one after work on weekdays. Thanks St. Arnold!

Photo of kbub6f
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from the cask at Gingerman, Austin.

There's a nice, dense cm of foam sitting on the orange/amber clear beer. It goes away, leaving plenty of sticky lacing. Nose is flowery, rich, sweetish but tangy. A tangy, hoppy front gives way to a rich, malty, fruity middle. Smooth as milk. Finish is quite hoppy, bitter, and long as the day.

Saint Arnold Amber is a decent beer from the bottle. But the cask version is much more intense and pleasing. Definitely recommended, and not just for the novelty of being a Texas beer on cask.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer seems more like an APA/AIPA than American Amber / Red Ale but it IS named Amber Ale...

A- Pours a transparent pale amber with a decent St. Arnold head- good after pour, two-finger, with minimal lacing and a ring of retention.

S- Smells like buttery malts and spicy IPA hops. As it warms I detect a very slight caramel and fruit flavor

T- Tastes about the same as it smells but allows the flavors to mix together superbly leaving a bitter aftertaste that calls for another sip like an IPA. Malt-dominant but a definant IPA hop background

M- Feel is moderate body with that wonderful St. Arnold carbonation that doesn't get in the way of your tongue and the beer.

D- Simply put, a good, very balanced beer that will go good with almost any food (maybe not dessert :P)

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in a trade with ottovon. Thanks!

Poured into a pint glass and produced a clear golden amber color, lightly carbonated with a decent 3/4 inch head. Decent head retention and a slight bit of lacing during the drinking period.

Aroma is hoppy, like damp earth and balanced out with a sweet caramel brown sugar.

Nice mellow sweet malts up front with a hop punch. The flavor mostly followed the nose of the beer pretty closely. Decent bitterness remains on the palate.

Medium bodied but a little on the light side I would say. Good full flavor for being so light bodied though. The hops cut the sweetness of the malts just right and leave a pleasant taste on your tounge.

Definitely a session beer. Pretty good overall although not the best amber ale. I would definltey have more than one in a night (if it were available to me).

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint class and got a one finger thick head that's was very white bubbly and it completely covered the a dirty blonde body that was slightly hazy, this looks like a very sexy beer ... if that's makes any sense, its just very attractive. Its got some really active carbonation, these bubbles are just whizzing to the top very fast. It has s mild fruity aroma, there are some lemon smells coming through as well as some mild floral aromas. Very good lacing in this beer... its crisp and smooth all around I can pick a few hints of hops and malts, no lemon though, it is slightly spicy and sweet too. This is a very good beer, the first I've had from this brewery, and I'm going out to buy more asap!

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Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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