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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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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 14
Gots: 42 | 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 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 pwsoldier
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

pwsoldier, May 02, 2009
Photo of drunkboxer1
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

drunkboxer1, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of diamondc
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

diamondc, Apr 26, 2009
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 joshuadlight
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

joshuadlight, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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

brentk56, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Hojaminbag, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Wasatch, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

jujubeast6000, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Squelch
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Squelch, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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

SirChugsAlot, Jan 07, 2009
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 barleywinebrewer
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

wagenvolks, Dec 31, 2008
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 stephens101
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with golden hues into a pint glass. Two-fingers worth of thick off-white head sticks around for a bit as the bubbles endlessly rush to the top. A small, choppy lacing hangs out all the way around the glass and a thin layer of pocked head resides on the surface. There's not a lot going on aromatically except for some malts, and maybe even a slight undercurrent of citrus notes. Taste, however, is more bold, with a nice sweet malty essence up front, backed up by some hops for balance and some light fruits as well. Not bad at all, and would make for a great session brew.

stephens101, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen at the Houston George Bush International Airport. Review from notes on the back of a coaster. Here are my exact notes:

A- Not really an amber color, pale orange, yellow highlights.

S- Citrusy aroma, hoppy, sweet

T- Nice hoppiness, not much sweet malt for an amber, a little watery, doughy, bready

M- Crisp, refreshing

D- Easy to drink. More of a Pale Ale than an Amber. Not bad at all.

KeefD, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Rich amber coloring, head quickly dissipated. Carbonation apparent. Solid looking brew.

S: Sweet malty nose with just a tinge of hoppiness.

T & M: This is a nice amber brew, maltiness and breadiness comes through initially with a surpisingly hoppy tinged finish. Mouthfeel is just a tad on the watery side but not overwhelmingly so. Solid.

D: Definitely drinkable, I've yet to have a Saint Arnold brew that has left me disappointed. Would definitely seek out again.

elniko, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dating info not even the usual StA notching) into my StA shaker pint. It was a clear copper with several carb streams. Good lacing. It had a nice two finger light tan head that slowly settled into a constant thin foam.

The aroma was strong citrus hops with floral hops mixed in as well. Sweet malt. The taste was pretty good with a nice hop finish.

Overall, another good beer from StA. Over the years, I've really drifted away from this style so it won't get the high scores from me but this is a nice drinkable beer. Probably won't be buying sixers of it but could see getting out the singles section once a year. Also would like to try on tap.

TexIndy, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color befitting the name into a pine glass. Not much head on this one.

The aroma is definitely one of citrus, and the beer tastes sweet, with definite hops. Not too much of an aftertaste, and a very drinkable beer.

It's not my favorite amber ale but it's a solid choice.

theboozecruise, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber Ale is more tangerine than amber. After a high-altitude pour and a quick slurp of foam, a pretty snazzy looking eggshell colored crown is seen. Fine, filagreed lace sticks with tenacity... at least prior to drinking. Solid.

The nose is a good one due to one word: hops. The citrusiness of the Cascade and the herbal spiciness of the Liberty are still going strong and give this beer a leg up on most ambers. Let's hope the aroma translates, somewhat intact, to the palate.

Close, but no stogie. The toasted earthiness of the Belgian caravienne malt plays too big a role. In addition, there's more hop bitterness than hop flavor. Not that it isn't there, it just isn't as prominent as it could be. In the end, the ingredients seem to (mildly) clash rather than cooperate.

The flavor profile includes toasted bread crusts, steely caramel, bitter grapefruit pith and a peppery spiciness that could stand to be toned down. I can't believe too many non-BAs buy this stuff on a regular basis. Then again, it could be Saint Arnold's biggest seller. If you like aggressive amber ales, belly up to the bar.

The mouthfeel is very nice. It's more full than the style average and has absolutely no rough edges. It can't be easy to produce a creamy amber ale (or more breweries would do it), but these guys have managed to pull it off. Kudos.

SABC Amber Ale is a pretty good effort that, for some reason, doesn't hit me exactly right. It's a few changes away from being ready for prime time. I'm still glad I had the opportunity to give it a go. Thanks mhewes.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber in color with a foamy two finger head. Quickly fades away leaving decent lacing and a thin foamy cap.

S - Rich malt aroma with hints of fruitiness. Very sweet aroma primarily.

T - Rather sweet beer with hints of toffee. A light fruity hoppiness comes through but this is definitely a malt-centric beer.

M/D - Medium bodied with a buttery feel.

ckeegan04, Sep 10, 2008
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)

EnojysAnyBeer, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

vickersspitfire, Jul 30, 2008
Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.