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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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387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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 hoplover82


3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear deep golden color with no hints of amber in it... Never had that before... has a medium fluffy head that goes away too fast and leaves barely any lacing.

S-The smell is mainly of pale malt and maybe some sweet biscuit dough in there. No hops... Smells almost like an English pale ale.

T-The flavor is much of the same, but with some tangy, spicy hop bitterness. More hop bitterness than flavor, but I think there is some hop flavor... maybe.

M-It has an astringent, medium body that is zangy and a little crispy-dry in the finish. Maybe nice for a hot summer day.

D-It ok drinkable. I would'nt buy any of this. It's more like an English Pale Ale in every way. It's not even an amber color. No real hop presence... I don't know why they still make this. They should do a bigger better version of this and call it the "New Amber Ale" like Lagunitas did with their Pale Ale. They made a very nice change. I think it's time St Arnold. I think It's time...

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 04:05:51 | More by hoplover82
Photo of Tilley4


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a very light golden with a thick head... Very light for an amber...

Very sweet malty aromas, very breadlike.. Minimal hop presence here... Amost brown ale like...

Very very sweet and malty... Was hoping for a little hops anyway but this is all malts and sweetness... Wow, this seems overly sweet... A little disappointing...

Probably wouldn't reach for this one again... Just not quite balanced enpugh, too malt heavy...

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 22:21:42 | More by Tilley4
Photo of Spineypanda


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold's Amber was a surprise. I bought the beer expecting a nice easy to drink amber, something similar to Fat Tire... but it was hoppy!

I was startled by the bitterness, but it was not something i disliked. The appearance was about what one could expect from an amber, the smell was not as hoppy as a pale ale but the flavor was on those lines. It had good body and was enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 03:55:14 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of davexisxrabid


4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 15:35:32 | More by davexisxrabid
Photo of zdk9


3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A honey orange color with 1/2 a finger of head.

S- Weak smelling. A touch of straw

T- Much better than the smell. Nice light honey sweetness and then a wave of bitterness. There's a lot of good stuff going on but it's not very well blended together.

M- Lingering bitterness way more than any other amber I've had. Interesting, but not spectacular.

D- I could have another. But after that I might be done with this one. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 01:31:25 | More by zdk9
Photo of DeathbySexyBT


3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: Let's be clear about something here first, I am of the opinion that this beer is more of a PA than an Amber or Red Ale. That having been said, 'style' is subject to interpretation (within reason) by each brewer/drinker and is not supposed to weigh too heavily on the review.

A: Hazy orange with a thin off-white head and some moderate lacing.

S: Hops, Oranges, and a hint of brown sugar.

T: Light on the hop flavor. Biscuit/grainy malt overtones. Fruity esters and decently balanced.

M: Finishes wet and fruity.

D: This is a beer that can be enjoyed often. There is nothing that comes out and wows you about this brew, but it is decent enought to drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 18:22:11 | More by DeathbySexyBT
Photo of DefenCorps


2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ballewblake was exceedingly generous, and this is yet another awesome extra he sent me. Thanks, man!

A: Not really amber, this is more of PA/IPA territory with a slightly hazy orange body capped by a thin, off-white disk. Retention is OK, and there is a little lacework too

S: Mild citrus hops with juicy tangerine and a little peach.

T: Opens up with a rather weak hop character that's mildly citrus in nature with some lemon and orange. The rest of the beer is poor, with a very watery body, not much of malt character apart from a light sweetness. The finish is acceptable, dry and mildly juicy and bitter. However, this beer is far from where it needs to be

M: Apart from the watery body, the carbonation and finish as where they need to be

D: I'm not really a fan. Not just this, but most other SA beers I've tried, too.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 01:07:39 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of alovesupreme


3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:19:28 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of lonestar1836


3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a cloudy orange amber with a light white head

S: warm malty sweetness with hint of orangey citrus

T: slightly fruity and bready malts and slightly metalic hoppy bitterness

M: smooth with a sprizy carbonation

D: not bad, a little heavy for summer drinking though

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 23:52:30 | More by lonestar1836
Photo of maximum12


2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to mhewes for sending a box with a bunch of St. Arnold goodness north during the reluctant Minnesota spring of '09.

Beer is very pretty in my New Belgium snifter, a coppery, golden amber. Very nice. Smell is slight but sweet.

Taste is a bit disjointed. The oily hops upfront are at active war with the malty sweetness that comes rushing behind it, leading to something that doesn't really taste...right. Malt is good. Hops are good. Combo is good. But there's something about these that isn't working for me. I dunno.

Straightforward enough, but the oddness lowers the drinkability for me significantly. Decent beer, but not one of the better ambers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 01:07:02 | More by maximum12
Photo of BeanBone


4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 21:53:03 | More by BeanBone
Photo of pwsoldier


3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a decent off-white head that has pretty good retention. A moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Grassy hop aromas dominate with citrus notes and an almost berry-like sweetness coming through in the background. Some very faint New Belgium-esque biscuit notes come through as well.

T - Soft hop bitterness up front, with plenty of malt sweetness coming through in the finish. The flavors aren't overly complex, but they're assertive enough to make for a very tasty beer.

M - Medium-bodied with a fairly wet finish. Some sweet berry-like flavors linger gently on the palate.

D - Nothing to write home about, but it's definitely enjoyable. Very sessionable with just enough flavor to keep it from being too boring. Yet another rock-solid beer from the guys at Saint Arnold.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 20:00:06 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of drunkboxer1


3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know I've had this before, but I must have just drank it out of the bottle since I don't recall it being so pale. Pale golden color, white head that leaves moderate amounts of lacing. Smells faintly of citrusy American hops. Tastes like a pale ale honestly. Only enough hops to balance it its moderate malt flavors. Fairly sessionable. Not a bad beer but its not really an amber.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 17:54:31 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of diamondc


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Sometimes I forget how amber looks like .. let's just say this is a bit more lighter than orange, yet slightly darker than yellow. The head is fluffy for a while, but dissipates shortly thereafter. I haven't been impressed by visually by a St. Arnolds beer yet.

The smell is heavy on the citrus, tangerine especially, a whiff of celery, and some faint fusel alcohol with some heavy swirling...

Which leads to a nice dose of hoppiness that hits the tongue on impact. A pleasant orange/tangerine flavor that overshadows the malt. Amber ale huh? I'd say it's more like an English Pale Ale since there is barely any sweetness or nuttiness present.

If I think about it, I do taste some toffee and caramel flavors. Just needs to warm up a bit!

This is a pretty basic beer. I've had this with some grilled asparagus and it makes a nice combo. This is way better than the macro crap that takes up 85% of the store shelves, but there is nothing that stands out flavor-wise nor any complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 09:37:24 | More by diamondc
Photo of Riccymon


4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 23:20:46 | More by Riccymon
Photo of joshuadlight


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color (and just about everything else about this beer) does not suggest amber or red. It looks, smells, and tastes like a nicely balance average APA. Lightly colored and decently carbonated, the head doesn't last. Nice malt/hop balance. The hops actually surprised me, there is a bitterness that is appealing. If I were to compare this to something most would understand, I would say its a slightly milder Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. If SNPA was average instead of very good, if that makes sense. Its a solid beer, worth a try, maybe good as a crossover offering, but it isn't spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 02:30:47 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color (which was a surprise for an amber), with a modest head that disappears fairly quickly without much of a trace

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy, with pineapple and lemon esters

Taste: While the pineapple and lemon flavors parade themselves from the outset, the malt base here is very sweet, almost sugary; after the swallow, the sweetness tends to overwhelm the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but ultimately a bit disappointing after the anticipation generated from the smell; a nice crossover beer

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 03:37:43 | More by brentk56
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good looking beer, I would like the body to be a little darker in color though. I guess it leans toward the "amber" more than the "red." Copper colored body with a good two fingers of head that has above average retention, leaving behind some nice sticky rings of lacing.

This has an extremely fruity bouquet is mostly hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, some grass aromas. A touch of sweet malt in the background.

The biggest and first flavor is definitely a sweet, pineapple flavor that reminds me of an English style hop. Also a sweetness that reminds me a little bit of cornbread along with a toffee type of sweetness. Finishes bitter with grapefruit-tasting hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. The slightest bit oily with a drying, bitter finish.

Fairly drinkable, a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 20:09:25 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to BeerZack for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy/creamy head, which some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop. The taste is sweet, malty, slight spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 22:51:11 | More by Wasatch
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/20/2006 (On tap @ Brewery):

Pours an amber brownish-reddish colored body, with a decent sized head, white, a good sized head. It has an aroma of malts, hops, some bitter freshness, but there's not much aroma present. Clean smelling too. Has a clean malty taste, slightly bitter. Not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 13:48:38 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear Yellow beer? The bottle says Amber. This is a Blonde/Cream ale by the color

Smell: Interesting aleish malt aromas abound. No hop aroma present. Nice

Taste: Lacks Umph of typical amber ales. Not impressed. Taste's like a blond/cream ale.

Mouthfeel: Tingly from the carb. Light. very nice.

Drinkability: Doesn't match the style real well but a very drinkable beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 01:33:27 | More by Squelch
Photo of SirChugsAlot


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

slightly amber color pour with a finger white head that fades rather quickly. Scent smells of slight hops and some sweet malts. Taste is semi sweet with a decent hop finish. Mouthfeel is okay with a light to medium body and decent carbonation.
Overall not too bad, but i think i'd look elsewhere in the future

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 23:32:44 | More by SirChugsAlot
Photo of Bagman007


4.33/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 04:07:43 | More by Bagman007
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

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

103 reviews as of this writing. had this with dinner and found it pleasant. nice looking red color with a general good balance between malts and hops. slightly more hop bitterness than hop flavor but overall it worked for me. If this was local for me I'd order it out at restaurants as a nice change from the usual mainstream.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 21:03:21 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of wagenvolks


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review from my new apartment in Austin, TX!
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

There's nothing fundamentally wrong with the appearance of Saint Arnold's Amber Ale, except for the fact that it's neither amber nor red in color. Rather, it takes on a clear, golden-straw hue. A moderate carbonation activity fuels a fleeting, off-white head that retreats to a ring of bubbles; no lacing to be found. The aroma is a step in the right direction, with a nice grassy hoppiness that leads the way, quickly followed by that signature amber malt sweetness. Notes of mandarin orange and caramel tucked into the aroma as well.

This beer tastes great, and starts off with a crisp bubbliness and amber malt note that gives way to some grain husks and caramel sweetness. An excellent hoppy finish gets a bit metallic as it drys, but not offensively so. Body is on the medium side of thin, with lots of carbonation and a crisp, clean body. This is a highly drinkable brew, and I'm looking forward to the rest of Saint Arnold's lineup.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 02:34:56 | More by wagenvolks
Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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