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Saint Arnold Amber Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Amber AleSaint Arnold Amber Ale

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%

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 mblk6062


3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 21:49:20 | More by mblk6062
Photo of Hops4Pops


3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 22:37:16 | More by Hops4Pops
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:34:08 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of Shaw


3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 04:52:15 | More by Shaw
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 22:13:31 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of Matt_C


3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 06:26:03 | More by Matt_C
Photo of mjurney


4.19/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:26:21 | More by mjurney
Photo of Bob1966


3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 17:45:01 | More by Bob1966
Photo of Premo88


3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 20:23:09 | More by Premo88
Photo of acevenom


3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 00:26:54 | More by acevenom
Photo of preston_buhler


3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 06:30:09 | More by preston_buhler
Photo of homebrewedchristian

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 20:43:08 | More by homebrewedchristian
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 19:02:13 | More by VaterRoss
Photo of BlesstheHarvest


3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 21:04:16 | More by BlesstheHarvest
Photo of soju6


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 00:25:19 | More by soju6
Photo of match1112


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 16:24:16 | More by match1112
Photo of beergoot


3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 03:09:03 | More by beergoot
Photo of Siriusfisherman


3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice am amber color, leaning on the brown side. Nice head, the beer has a very crisp look, defiantly makes you want to drink it.

Smell: A nice smell, somewhat toasty. A little hop character in the aroma as well, balanced nicely.

Taste: A good taste, very good projection of the smell. All of the flavors that I could pick up with my nose I can just as easily pick up with my tastebuds. Very drinkable, very good flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slightly intrudes on the flavor. I feel this beer's flavor is not enhanced by high carbonation, it would be better if it were smoother.

Overall: This was a very good beer, as person who has family in Houston it is nice to try all the beers from St. Arnold Brewery, and this is another good product. While I may prefer their IPA, I can see myself getting this again if I am down there.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 05:11:05 | More by Siriusfisherman
Photo of nukem5


3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear orange color with a thin tan cap of foam on top.

S: first smell and wow really great hoppiness not overpowering but fruity,floral,spicey...mmm...not a whole buch of malt smell there at all.

T: Sweet honey like character which fades to malt then to hop and all the hoppy notes from the smell come to dance on the tongue as well.

M: medium to light bodied with a leaning to the light side.

O: Would definitely drink this again very well rounded flavor with a fullness to taste and a lightness in body that pleads drink me.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 22:39:15 | More by nukem5
Photo of kemoarps


3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque - wait for it - AMBER colour (I know, right?), with little to no head. Kind of the colour of honey.

The nose is fresh, like spring, and a bit florid. Malty and sweet, with a creamy flourish like the caramel I used to get in HS.

The taste follows the nose, with that creamy sweet caramel swirl caught around the biscuity malts. Less hoppy than I expected, mostl just malty and kind of sweet, but it actually works. Kind of refreshing.

highly carbonated with those tiny bubbles that just pierce the whole tongue, but it finishes rather easy considering.

So my first introduction to Saint Arnold was their lawnmower beer and I was disappointed to say the least. So, my expectations were low for this, but I was pleasantly surprised. I like it. It's fairly crisp, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 23:59:52 | More by kemoarps
Photo of D11


3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pilsner.

A- pours a nice clear golden orange-ish color. small tanish head that dissipates quickly.

S- very nice smell, slight hops but a nice sweet smell.

T- not too hoppy but still good, and some citrus flavor.

M- i really enjoyed the feeling. crisp and not thin at all. and as 'AgentMunky' pointed out.."wet". Refreshing.

O- i enjoyed this beer, definately worth trying. i really havent been dissapointed with St.Arnold's.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 20:57:08 | More by D11
Photo of Treebs


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the extra Brad! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Founder's snifter.

A: Pours a clear solid orange color with a little off white head that quickly recedes into a slight bubbly film. I'm very surprised how light colored the brew is as I was expecting a darker color.

S: Big cracker malts right off the nose, this is the maltiest amber ale I've ever smelled. Slight caramel sugars come off as well with a light fruity note.

T: A little hoppy forefront with a very big malt middle. A mix of bread dough and light cracker. There are also some semi-sweet fruity esters in the mix as well.

M: Medium to light bodied with a semi-crisp mouthfeel. Leaves a nice little bitterness on the palate, but it's short lived.

O: The was a very malty amber ale, but it was still a pretty good. Refreshing, just like the other SA brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 01:09:06 | More by Treebs
Photo of UTCengOwl


3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 04:40:08 | More by UTCengOwl
Photo of AgentMunky


3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. No visible best before date (or, for that matter, listed ABV) but I figure the beer is about six months old. It's been in the fridge for a while.

A: Light head, very white, sticks around for a long while. Some visible bubbles. Colour is a light, golden yellow. Quite clear. Great lacing.

S: Malty-sweet with vegetal hops. Bready.

T: I suspect I waited too long to drink this one. It's goodish, but faded. Sweetness is tempered by a sourish fruit, with a touch of dryness on the end. Toasty. Hops balance things out.

M: Bready and robust, while also being vaguely watery and, not thin, but...wet. Good carbonation.

O: Good amber ale. Next time, I'll make an effort to drink it fresher. Tentatively recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 21:15:47 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very pleasant surprise in the Houston airport!

Colour a clear and pale gold, without the expected reddish or amber hues. However beautiful, bready aroma was a very pleasant surprise. Taste is also delightful, ranging from caramelized malts to pleasant yeasty breadiness, with a nice dry finish.

Well balanced, not too bitter and without the cloying sweetness of some American ambers. Struck me as very sessionable ale and I hope to get the opportunity to try it again!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 22:16:43 | More by hopsolutely
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Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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