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Saint Arnold Amber Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Amber AleSaint Arnold Amber Ale

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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001)
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Photo of rquillin
5/5  rDev +41.2%

rquillin, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Dwh689
5/5  rDev +41.2%

Dwh689, Jul 08, 2012
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.

tbone53, Nov 22, 2006
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of corybills
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

corybills, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of brendanmoody
4.53/5  rDev +28%
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!

brendanmoody, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of rugger
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

rugger, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of albertjr21
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

albertjr21, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Bagman007
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Bagman007, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of SheepNutz
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

SheepNutz, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of sirbryan21
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

sirbryan21, Sep 23, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

teg8612, Sep 13, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev +21.5%

gazornenplat, Today at 02:10 AM
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
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).

ChainGangGuy, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 20, 2004
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4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

dungaree, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
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?

VoodooBrew, Mar 05, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Cjhelweg, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

MichaelDobbins, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of BeanBone
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

BeanBone, May 06, 2009
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
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

FreshmanPour77, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Mar 28, 2008
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.

Riccymon, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

HardTarget, Nov 07, 2004
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Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.