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Saint Arnold Amber Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Amber AleSaint Arnold Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
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369 Ratings
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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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GarrettMD

New York

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 18:26:06 | More by GarrettMD
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Kaiser81

California

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 04:54:42 | More by Kaiser81
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merddyn2002

Texas

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 15:40:31 | More by merddyn2002
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 17:35:21 | More by twiggamortis420
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WhiskerWrangler

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 01:41:14 | More by WhiskerWrangler
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 21:36:14 | More by ppoitras
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brendanmoody

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 08:45:58 | More by brendanmoody
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rfabian

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 22:30:41 | More by rfabian
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hoplover82

Texas

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
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Tilley4

Tennessee

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
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Spineypanda

Texas

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
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davexisxrabid

California

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
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zdk9

Texas

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
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DeathbySexyBT

Texas

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
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

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
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lonestar1836

Texas

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
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maximum12

Minnesota

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
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BeanBone

Texas

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
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pwsoldier

Texas

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
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drunkboxer1

Texas

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
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diamondc

Texas

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
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Riccymon

Texas

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
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joshuadlight

Texas

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
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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
Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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