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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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Reviews: 177
Hads: 473
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 13
Gots: 77 | 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 mrcharlie
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had 2 of these at the Houston Zoo yesterday. It was incredibly hot and humid out there. I was glad to have this over the other choices available there, but would not seek it out under normal conditions. It was poured from the bottle into a plastic cup and it was pretty refreshing and had a nice look to it. Not familiar with the style, so nothing to compare it too. (368 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Saint Arnold nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, light gold amber. Bubbly white head - recedes quickly with little lacing.

Smell: Cereal grain, butter.

Taste: Slightly coarse, grainy maltiness; faintly toasted sweetness and fruity yeast. Mildly hoppy, herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Far from the best SA or Houston have to offer, but a flavorful and relatively drinkable option in days past when there weren't other local options - a Houston classic at this point. (549 characters)

Photo of MikeyLegend
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (181 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light amber color with a head that goes away rather quickly. A tad bit more bitter than most ambers I have tried, and it honestly leaves a bit do be desired. overall it is an ok brew. Definitely one of the weaker saint arnold beers I have tried, but with that said, it is still a fairly good beer. (304 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

02.02.15: Brief impressions below. Full review to follow.

Screw-top, eh? Interesting...

I bought this 6 pack for $8.00 USD at a Target. In hindsight, I find that vaguely depressing.

Healthy white head. Foamy and frothy and that.

Body is clear as hell. Pale copper.

Aroma is shockingly buttery to the point it evokes diacetyl. Equally shocking is the absence of any amber malt whatsoever, let alone toastiness or caramel. How is this an amber? It reeks of ESB-meets-pale lager. Ugh. Weird notes of peanut butter and starch do it no favours.

Buttery and pale-centric, with no amber malts at all and frankly no amber ale characteristics whatsoever. Oddly grainy and light-bodied, with strange English leanings. If I tried this blind, I'd swear English yeast was used. A faint hint of Nutter Butter throws me. Not sure what they're after with this one, but frankly it's rather crappy for an ostensible amber.

Not undrinkable. Certainly below average. An across-the-board failure at its intended style.

High D+ (2.5)


Colour is anything but amber. A clear yellow-copper at best, with an above average head.

Aroma is flat, with helles malts and diacetyl. Below average strength.

Taste is simple and generic. Helles malts, starch, diacetyl, cream, flaked barley. There's nothing going on here. Shallow as a beer can be. Below average duration and intensity of flavour. Has no amber malts or hop character. Lacks balance. Not a gestalt build, nor an intricate one. Why brew this?

Texture is smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and light-bodied. Okay overall presence on the palate. Adequately carbonated. This mouthfeel fails to elevate the beer, and doesn't accentuate any notes in the flavour profile at all.

It's a downable brew, I guess. I won't be buying it again. Even for Saint Arnold, this is shockingly forgettable. And if they're actually going for an amber, this is flat-out pathetic. Is the whole "amber ale" label just a marketing gimmick? A new low in terms of market presence from one of Texas' most whorishly business-focused breweries.


.3.16.15: Upon reconsideration, this beer doesn't warrant a full review. Brief notes from a third bottle listed below:

A: 4 inches wide. White colour. Average thickness, fullness, etc.

Body is a clear copper of average vibrance. No yeast or hop sediment is visible.

Sm: Not an amber at all. Light starchy malts provide the only note, insipid as they are.

T: Shallow and insipid, with a subtle starchy Belgian edge.


D+ (2.5) (2,511 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank it straight from the brewery taps.
Amber color with a thin head with short retention.
Very light aroma with hints of papaya and bread malt. Maybe some cinnamon.
Flavor is bolder with predominant notes of caramels, mild spices, papaya, grains and herbal and floral hops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
An amber ale that gets increasingly herbal hoppy, relatively to traditional low profilers of the style off course. Pleasant Amber Ale that is very well balanced and doesn't want to show off.
Ap.2,75 Ar.3 Sab.3,25 Sen.3,25 Cj.3,25 (581 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first review here on BA so Ill start with the oldest craft beer in my hometown of Houston, Tx.

12 oz twist-off brown bottle with a bottled on date of 03/21/14 poured into 8oz Saint Arnold tour glass. Text under the bottle cap says "Draft dodger".

Appearance: clear golden amber color with 1 finger of white head that dissipates into a fine lace

Smell: Maltiness and biscuit with a slight floral hop aroma but very subdued

Taste: similar to the aroma with malt upfront balancing into a delicate floral hop finish

Mouthfeel: Slight creaminess from the Saint Arnold house yeast but very well carbonated

Overall: This is a beer that seems to be overshadowed now by Saint Arnold's newer beers and other craft beer in Texas. This amber ale still deserves much respect to its greatest characteristic: balance. The caravienne malt works very well with the floral notes from the liberty hops with neither side getting too overpowering. This beer is very versatile and can pair excellently with a wide range of foods. (1,017 characters)

Photo of mblk6062
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the first craft brews I ever enjoyed, since it is made in Houston and that is my hometown. I have been a big fan of Saint Arnold since day one, and have always enjoyed their offerings. This one, however is a bread and butter staple and a very welcome daily drinker in my beer fridge. (299 characters)

Photo of Hops4Pops
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle dated 10-17-13
A: Side pour into a beer mug. Creamy off-white head 1 inch thick. Quickly receding. Sticky lacing. Good carbonation. Bubble sizes from foam to 1/16" of an inch. Brown amber in color.
S: Not very strong. Pale malt base, citrus from hops, a bit of bitterness.
T: Very much like the nose. A bit more hoppy bitterness than in smell. Not very complex.
M: Rather light and crisp and refreshing.
O: Not a very complex beer. Certainly very drinkable and nothing is really off with this beer. Good as a gateway beer for a person new to craft brew. (566 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a 3 Floyds pint glass

A- almost 1 fingers worth of white bubbly head, dissipates quickly. Allot of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Clear, golden brown/orange color.
S- Not much going on in the aroma. Big malt presence, slight hops, slight sweetness, but pretty bland.
T- Taste is very similar, the hops are a little more present in the taste, but very plain overall.
M- Light mouthfeel, clean finish, refreshing.
O- Not terrible, but nothing special. Would be refreshing in the summer, but does not quite hit the spot in this -6 degree weather. (574 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle provided by Saint Arnold ahead of their Florida debut.

Pale amber in color with a pretty white head.

Good grape-like aroma with a hint of hops.

Nice flavor of biscuit and bread that mixes with herbal hop flavors and a nice bitterness. There's a hint of smoke flavor too.

Solid mouthfeel.

Overall this is a fine beer. (329 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of Matt_C
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bottle I got from a local HEB, poured into my 16 oz. mug.

App: A nice gold-amber, and a nice amount of bubbling. The head looks good, but is minimal.

Smell: Sweet. Malt with a bit of hoppiness.

Taste: I like it. Malty, grainy, and sweet. Enough hops. More crisp than other ambers I've had. The after taste is a bit too bitter for me, but some might like it.

Feel: A pretty nice medium. Good balance of carbonation and viscosity. Smooth and a bit foamy.

Overall: A good beer. I think I prefer other ambers, but this is a solid choice. (544 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Malty, caramel, sweet, citrus hops.

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.

It's an excellent beer. (371 characters)

Photo of Bob1966
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clear amber ale. Reddish amber, the white head clings to the glass well. Malty nose, not too much aroma from the hops. No diacetyl. Some hop bitterness, but not over powering. Slightly sweet, Mouthfeel is medium and typical of amber ales Perhaps a slight alcohol warmth. A good level of carbonation for this style.
Overall, an outstanding beer. (351 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: gold; very standard pale gold; ultra-white head about 3/8-inch with a little lacing; ironically, i see no amber in this one, for what it's worth.

S: nice bit of sweet malt; moves into stale grain

T: little hop bite that smooths out; grain, rice and corn ... too much grain masks the bit of sweetness trying to break through

F: fine all around

O: tastes a bit too much like an adjunct lager, very grainy; there *is* some malt sweetness in here at times, just not often enough. a much better option than the standard B-M-C offerings at most public places, and an easy one to order in those situations where the options are limited, but i won't seek this one out for the house. Saint Arnold alone makes much, much better. (725 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer pours light amber with a finger-length of white head. There are lots of visible tiny bubbles in this beer. The smell is pretty underwhelming. I get the bready malt, but it's faint. There isn't much else in the aroma. There's some caramel sweetness and some malt breadiness with some grassy and woody hop bitterness in the back end of the flavor. The body is light to medium with strong carbonation. The finish is fairly clean and this beer is easily drinkable. This is a good beer. (523 characters)

Photo of preston_buhler
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-very light for an amber
S-little to no smell at all
T-its very watery, but it beats the hell out of a budwieser lol. Its got a really clean finish, almost more of a lager finish than an ale
M-this is probably the only aspect of the beer that keeps me buying it... its cheap for the quality, and its very crisp and reasonably light for the alcohol content
O-as I expressed it was light for the alc content I thought to myself, u know idk what it actually is hahaha but a 6pack will get anyone wasted haha. But anyways, I would say this beer is mediocre, but it does have a crisp and clean finish that will keep me coming back for more, only to hold me over for the divine reserve releases.... some of which are incredible, especially in casks. (744 characters)

Photo of homebrewedchristian
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a soft, pale light almost more golden than it does amber. It's not the rich almost copper color that some Amber or Irish Red Ales can be. Nice bright white head on top that stays throughout the course of the beer. Defiantly getting that pale malt build on the nose with almost no hop aroma mixed in. The maltiness come out even more on the tongue with just a slight bitterness on the finish. I was a bit disappointed as I would have loved to see the hops come out a little bit more on this beer, but overall, a solid amber that would go well with a burger, steak, pork, BBQ....pretty any much red meat you can think of. I think this would be a good intro beer to non craft beer drinkers, but at the same time, I don't think it will insult the palate of the seasoned craft beer drinker. (795 characters)

Photo of VaterRoss
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Appearance is a slightly cloudy, light amber color. Not much head to speak of. Smell is vaguely sweet with tinges of caramel malt but sadly no hop in the nose at all. The mild caramel malt is the the dominant taste with just enough hop bitterness to be noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium in body and carb, interestingly enough, the hops seem to be most noticeable in the mouthfeel, through on second thought, perhaps this is the carb.

Good laid back beer that won't offend anyone but also doesn't really stand out at all. At least it didn't have any diacetyl taste. A good fridge stocker for guests that want to try something local? (644 characters)

Photo of BlesstheHarvest
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled bottle to a beer mug
This was the first beer from Saint Arnolds I’ve tried and it was fairly good. It pours a light amber color with a 1 to 2 fingers white head that carries minimal lacing.
The aromas I got were of sweet fruity notes almost peach-like, malts, as well as some floral notes.
The taste carries over with a very light malty sweetness that is followed by a balanced bitterness from the hops, has a great mouth feel and for my taste I thought the carbonation was right on.
Overall this is a solid beer for its style. Very drinkable beer; whether it is by itself or with food. It is refreshing especially for the Houston weather I would definitely drink it again. (699 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a restaurant in a pint glass
A: Golden color with a light but tall two-fingered head
S: Biscuity, crisp with hints of herbs and hops
T: Match the smell- primarily light malt/biscuit with a touch of herbs & hops
M: Light-medium bodied & crisp
O: Nothing terribly complex, but plenty refreshing & easy to drink. (319 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear amber color with a nice head and some lacing.

S: herbal aroma with some malt sweetness with a hint of fruit.

T: taste of malty sweetness with hint of citrus. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: fairly medium body, crisp smooth and refreshing. nicely balanced.

O: Another good beer from St. Arnold's. Worth a try. (336 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a clear bright golden straw colored body with a quick rising and settling head. smell and taste are one in the same. faint grains and cracker biscuit aromas. mouthfeel is medium to thin with decent carbonation. has a clean crisp finish with a touch of bitterness. overall this is a good beer to make an all day session with. really enjoying it while doing yard work. (366 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from a beer trade with Dolph1979...

Great appearance! Crystal clear, transparent golden amber color with a thick, white head. Nice continuing carbonation bubbling up throughout...

The smell is of light grains and an appealing grass-like hop aroma.

Light biscuit flavors predominate. The beer finishes slightly smooth and sweet with only a hint of bitterness.

Medium in body. Extra fine carbonation smooths things out

A fair enough amber beer. Nothing extraordinary, but good enough to go back to again. (516 characters)

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Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.