Saint Arnold Amber Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Amber AleSaint Arnold Amber Ale

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 13
Gots: 70 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 467 | Reviews: 178
Photo of albertjr21
4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Photo of mothman
2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery into a pint glass.

Pours ½ finger of white head. Color is a clear straw yellow. Decent retention leaving some lace. Not very amber in color.

Aroma: Straw, grains, corn, earthy hops. Very boring.
Taste: More flavors here. Fresh floral hops with some hop bite. Has a bit of citrus as well. Bready malts and some biscuit. Grain and corn. Kind of macro like.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and dry. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very bland and it lingers on and on.

Overall, the nose was very weak, but at least it had a little taste. Drank kind of like a pale ale. Not bad, but I would have never guessed it to be an amber.

Photo of JonathanCrites
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this as part of a build your own six pack at the Krogers on W Gray in Houston.

A - Poured a clear, pale amber into my pint glass with a thin white head.

S - I thought it had a very nice biscuit aroma but also got a little bit of the smell of hops.

T - Definitely got the malt up front and some sort of floral flavors from the hops as it finished. I did not get much of a sweet taste from this amber but flavors that are present balance nicely.

M - Very clean and easy to drink. Little viscosity, very smooth, thin-medium mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable beer, could have easily had several more.

Photo of MirImage
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber with a white head. Little lacing.

Smell: A slightly sweet character with some floral hop notes.

Taste: A slight sweet risidual sweet flavor as well as a bready flavor. Citrus hops on the back side.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, would probably get bored with the flavors after a few.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at PF Changs while the girls did their shopping. Not an unpleasant way to spend a couple hours.
In a pilsner glass the beer was a light amber color with a medium-sized white head. There was a bit of lace.
Sweet, bready aroma. Somewhat floral.
Average taste. Caramel, a hint of fruit, and just the least little hint of hops.
Nice enough beer, easy drinker.

Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a pale golden color with a very white head.
Smell has a bready aroma and doesn't smell much like an amber, not much sweet malt present.
Tastes of grass, yeast, and has a lemony bitterness.
Feels medium bodied and has good carbonation.
Good beer but not what I was expecting, doesn't seem to fit the amber category.

Photo of sirbryan21
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

The beer pours a dark yellow color, not the amber color that I was expecting. The aroma is toffee with some lemon and orange notes. The flavor has quite a bit of citrus hop character with some toffee malt as well. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of GarrettMD
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark gold with very minimal head.

S - Caramel malts dominate this smell. Very light smell, nothing too complex or noticeable.

T - Fruity, and very sweet. Caramel malt still dominates, but the fruit balances it out pretty well. Once again, nothing too complex happening.

M - Medium bodied, taste fades quickly, finish is sweet and dry.

D - Very simple beer, very easy to drink, seems like a good session beer.

Photo of Kaiser81
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mora2000 for the bottle

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter

A - Slightly hazy peach color with about a finger width of head (::cough:: IPA/APA ::cough::) that dies down fairly quickly. It leaves some nice lacing on my glass.

S - Some nice tropical fruits mixed with a bit of caramel. Kind of odd for an amber ale, but very pleasant none the less.

T - This is a beer that follows the nose. Lots of tropical fruit with some caramel sweetness on the back end.

M - The initial taste gives it a false body. After few minutes, the beer becomes more watery, and the higher carbonation becomes more noticeable.

D - It's good at first, but then the "flaws" kind of come out. I could drink this, but would prefer other stuff.

I'm conflicted on how to rate this. It tastes nothing like an amber ale, to me, but it is a good beer. So should I rate it as I would see an amber ale? Or should I rate it how I liked it.

I think I'll go with the latter, as it is a solid beer.

Photo of merddyn2002
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amber, actually my favorite amber at the moment. Balanced but on the sweet side (how i like it). If i had a choice between this and bud, i'd pick this hands down but it certainly wouldn't top Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. Never tried the 6 pack but it's good on tap.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, dark gold color with a thick cap of fine-bubbled white head. Retention and lacing are both above average.

Nose is very biscuity and toffee. Sweet malts are dominant with a mild fruitiness and hop aroma in tow. Unique smelling amber, I am guessing from the special B malts St. Arnold likes to use so much.

Taste follows suit with an earthy undertone and floral hoppiness. Has a little sweetness, but toasty malts eventually win out. Plenty of breadiness and the hops are mild but provide a light bitterness on the finish. Not my favorite SA offering, just a pretty average amber. It does have a unique flavor profile though and is worth a try every now and again.

Photo of WhiskerWrangler
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very nice dark gold color. Hardly any head. What head is present dissipates quickly and forms a nice film on the top. Carbonated bubbles rising from the bottom constantly. Zero lacing on sides of glass.

T- My first impression is that it tastes like apple juice. Has a apple taste to it to me for some reason. Somewhat carbonated feeling, but not too bad. Not hard on the throat.

S- I got nothing.

M- Very full, easy to swallow, easy on the stomach. The flavor seems almost overwhelming.

D- Very good beer to have by itself but I can not see myself drinking several of these in a sitting. The flavors are full but are good and seem to be put together very well.

Overall this beer just wasnt for me. It has a pleasant enough flavor, but something just doesnt feel right to it for me.

Photo of ppoitras
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 1/2" beige head above the clear golden amber brew. Head recedes slowly, with ample chunky lace. Aroma is lightly sweet, a touch soapy. Taste medium maltiness to start, balancing bitter in the middle, tapers out to the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice brew.

Photo of brendanmoody
4.52/5  rDev +27.7%
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!

Photo of rfabian
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head that leaves little lacing. The appearance is light amber and clear. The aroma is mostly of sweet malts with little hop presence. The taste is slightly bitter with hops but mostly sweet with malt. The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a clean finish. It's pleasant enough but a bit on the sweet side.

Photo of hoplover82
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
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...

Photo of Tilley4
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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...

Photo of Spineypanda
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
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).

Photo of zdk9
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Photo of lonestar1836
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.