Saint Arnold Brown Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Brown AleSaint Arnold Brown Ale

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-24-2002

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Reviews by BeerBelcher:
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.32/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, this beer is really...average. Actually, compared to most other brown ales I've had, it's below average. I spent a few days in Houston, and the beer scene in TX seems pretty lackluster. Despite the fact I loved the Divine Reserve #5, I think that the warm TX whether tends to "lighten" the popular craft beers produced there. That thought neatly explains this particular beer. It looks and smells a lot like a lager, but does have some dark roastiness that tastes like caramel and molasses and brings it into line with other brown ales I've had. Mouthfeel is a little light and watery.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jayman931
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pint was served on draft in the Houston Airport.

Om a hop head so this really isn't my style but it was pretty good. Would be aomething you could drink a few of no problem. Decent nose. Little nutty flavor and more bitterness than expected.


Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light brown color with a white head which quickly dissipates. the aroma is toffee, caramel malt and a light nuttyness. The flavor is light caramel malts, light roasted malts, some nuttyness and a light hop character. The overall flavor is pretty sweet. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown, with a very thin(almost non) off white head.

Smell: Mild notes of nutty and fruity smell, with mild malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste is a mild wood/nutty taste, and some malts.

Overall: I am not really a fan of browns personally, but this one is ok. Not really anything special in my opinion.

Photo of Dizzy
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours kind of a hazy reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma is carmel like malt flavor. Taste is sweet malts, carmel and some toasted malts. Hop bitterness isn't prominant. Medium mouthfeel, noticeable carbonation. Drinkability is good, I enjoy this one but there are better brown ales available.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin, clear but not completely transparent orangish brown with a off white moderate head.

Smell is mostly malts and grains with not much in the way of hops. There is a slight earthy scent (almost like fresh vegetables) but all in all its a rather mild nose.

Taste is mostly about the malts. There is a watery sweetness to them and a timid, thin body. Not very inspiring or complex this beer is kind of a one trick pony. There is a slight metallic almost coppery twang to the finish.

Not a terrible beer but one that falls short of interesting. Easy to drink and enjoyable on a warm summer day but not one I feel compelled to buy again.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rick Sawyer and Team Sinister for this Texas brew.

Deep, dark rusty amber color, mild carbonation and a 1/4" crown rises and falls just as quick. This is a much lighter color than most classic Brown ale's.

The aroma is of very sweet malt, mild chocolate but a very agressive fruity hop smell. Wild Strawberries and chocolate covered raspberries. slight tangy and sour wheat scent.

The flavor is that of light, brown chocolate malt that is very crispy and light feeling and a bit thin for my taste. The flavor also has a deep and slightly overwheling hop profile. I'm surprised by the sweet, fruity hop edge in this Brown ale, but I like it's uniqueness. The finish is a bit more clean than dry on this one.

This is a very off-centered brew but it is also unique.

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Finnman, cheers!

Pours Copper with 3 fingers of pillowy pearl-white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Nice toasty & biscuitty malt & some herbal hops

T: Toast malt, caramel & a slight flinty dryness up front. Biscuitty malt & slight citrus hops as this warms. Finishes with biscuitty malt, a touch of brown sugar dryness & just a bit of orange peel

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation; great balance

Super drinkability, near perfect, a dang good brown!

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Thin looking retention skims the surface, leaving some decent looking patchy swathes of lace back. The aroma has a nice doughy sweetness to it, that mixes with some spicy and floral English hop character to impart an almost gingerbread like quality to this.

The taste is sweet with toasty malt character, with notes of spice and some moderate hop bitterness, which offers some quality balance. Finishes with lingering sweetness and a touch of dry bitterness on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow and creamy feel to to it, that pretty much ensures a nice drinkibility to this.

This seemed just a tad more hopped up than your traditional English Brown but I didn't mind in the least, as it brought a nice spiciness and needed balance to a fairly malty profile. I enjoyed this.

Photo of bditty187
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent and shinny reddish-brown, the slightly off-white head was very quick to dissipate, no lace. Fair nose, too clean… light caramel malt and very faint chocolate. The bouquet is rather neutral. Slightly above-average palate, the hops are excellently controlled yet persuading; the caramel malt and chocolate notes are nicely done. Not as dry as I’d want in a Brown. Good finish… sweet yet faintly bitter. Minimal carbonation. Light-medium body. Very drinkable… pleasing.

Thank you Morris729!

Photo of dungaree
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Arnold pils glass at the St. Arnold brewery on tap by none other than the owner himself, Brock Wagner.

Medium brown color and slightly cloudy. Had a thin head with adequate carbonation. Smelled of caramel, spice, and yummy malt. Hints of fruit in the nose. Tasted of smooth malt, caramel, with a touch of chocolate towards the end. Mouthfeel was a bit gummy. (Should have brought some crackers or nuts like most everyone else did.) Finished with good hoppy dryness. Had a good balance of hops and malt. Recommended.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-copper color with an off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving minimal lacing. Aroma of hazlenuts, caramel and malt. Taste to match, quite malty with a little bit of hop bitterness present. Finishes slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy with decent drinkability. Good example of the style, just not one of my favorite styles anymore as I tend to prefer the hoppier beers.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery. Had a decent light brown color with a short head. Not too bad for a spring beer. Decent flavor with decent body. Not too much flavor. Goes down easy and was very nice to drink. But nothing too spectacular as I was expecting more.

Photo of goochpunch
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark copper much like an ESB with a sizeable head that fizzles out to being thin, but leaves some nice lacing. I get minimal aromas of nuts and chocolate with mostly just a vague "sweet" smell. Has the typical weird Saint Arnold overbearing fruitiness. Honestly this tastes like a really fruity ESB with a little added chocolate malt and a halt put on the hops. Finishes dry but then feels cloying in the aftertaste. Weird. Mouthfeel is not too weighty but the carbonation needs to ease up a bit. This isn't horrible, jus kind of wonky for a brown ale.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy chocolate brown color, with much yeast suspended in the liquid. The head isn't exactly impressive, starting out with a small puff of foam that quickly disappears into a small patchy film right in the middle of my glass. The carbonation appears to be plentiful, and with big burly looking CO2 bubbles rising to the top. There is no lacing whatsoever but rather a slightly watery, slightly viscous film that glazes the side of the glass. Not much to look at to be honest!

S- The aromas are quite pleasant and varied! There are hints of sweet caramel/toffee, maple syrup, richer brown sugar and ripe banana. This is complimented by richer nutty and chocolate aromas and mild earthy tones on the finish....smells more like desert than beer in my opinion!

T- Yum, this is a most delicious brew, that follows the aromas closely overall. The big difference here is in the amount of chocolate, which is what the brewery is going they is a sweet, creamy milk chocolate, that doesn't overpower the palate. Roasted malt, and more of the aforementioned nuttiness create what I could describe as milk chocolate almond bark. The finish has a very mellow bittering hop presence, which just takes the richness off the palate, until the next taste!

M- Contrary to the appearance, this turns out to be a creamy, buttery, and fulfilling brew! The carbonation is actually very settled, allowing the full range of flavors to shine through. The body itself is on the lite side, and doesn't detract from anything, as there is so much else going on that you don't really notice how light it really is....however, with that said, for the style, I'd personally like to enjoy this style with a little more chewiness behind it.

O- This is a very nice beer overall and highly drinkable! The alcohol is non existent, with great flavor & aroma. This is a very nice cozy beer that could be greatly enjoyed on a cold night watching the game! I will look for this next time I'm in the States, and I give this my recommendation!

Photo of BeerSox
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a thin light tan head that settles into a strong cap. Almost no lacing.

Walnut smells mixed with light dry fruit. Light molasses smell.

Nutty malt flavors. Papery taste in the middle with a bitter finish.

Light body with low carbonation. No lingering flavors.

This beer presents well, and smells good, but bland comes to mind with everything else. There are better brown ales out there. For the price, maybe a good session beer.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug:

Appearance: This beer poured a cloudy brown liquid with almost no head just a thin white ring floating on top.

Smell: The aromas are subtle wood notes and slightly fruity.

Taste: The flavors are surprisingly pretty good.Wood and tea flavors with a little fruit,such as apples and just a touch of a citrusy orange.Good hop and malt character to balance the whole thing.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with a good amount of carbonation(Couldn't tell from the head) a very easy drinking beer.

Drinkability: I could see myself sessioning this beer,but there are so many better brown ales out there this one might not be able to stand up to.Overall, not bad it's worth a try.


Photo of charlesw
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice and brown. Ok, ok, maybe deep amber. But, like, no head. What's up with that? Verra verra light on the nose, eh? I guess it smells a little malty, a little earthy.
It tastes... Um. Well, there's a wee bit o' maltiness to 'er. You can just taste the chocolate...
It's pretty light in the mouth. It's almost like it's overcarbonated (but you remember from the head that it isn't. Weird).
Still, it's light and refreshing - I'd drink this as a summer beer and love it!

Photo of TexIndy
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. It was a brownish amber color with some carb streams. No lacing. It had a finger of tan head that quickly settled into a thin collar.

The smell was biscuity malt and sweet. A touch of fruit and hops. Not a very powerful aroma but what is there is very pleasing. The taste is also good. Has a nice smooth taste from start to finish. Good malty backbone. Similar to the aroma, the taste is subtle and goes a long way.

Overall, very drinkable and goes down smooth. Great session beer. Browns don't have the blow you away flavor like a hop bomb but they do a lot with what they have. This is a great example of the style. Recommend. Worthy of a sixer couple times a year.

Photo of BeanBone
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear, but not the color you initially expect from a Brown Ale. This is a somewhat lighter and more orange interpretation of "brown." Up top, an off-white colored head that splits quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, roasty malt with plenty of fruity, nutty, slightly chocolaty qualities. It smells darker than you would expect looking at it. Perhaps some light alcohol notes as it warms.

Taste: Sweet, slightly bitter, roasted biscuity malt accented with chocolate, nut, and fruit notes. Despite not having much hop character, this still has good balance. The aftertaste is roasty and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. Nicely dry.

Drinkability: Lighter in intensity and body than many Brown Ales, this is above average.

Verdict: Saint Arnold Brown Ale is just a little thin for me, I'd love to see a little more oomph in the malt backbone. But, that being said, this is still a tasty and sessionable little brew well worth a try.

Photo of JonathanCrites
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a nice clear brown into a pint glass with a frothy tan head.

S - Nutty smell mixed some malt aroma. Smelled warm and roasted.

T - Nutty smell continued into taste but I did not get a lot of malt out of the beer. Little hop kick at the end.

M - This had the definition of a medium body to me.

D - Drinkable for an ale but still couldn't have to many and be comfortable. Alcohol over 5% but not a big factor for me in having another.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazelnut brown. Almost completly opaque save for a few hints of light that were wondering around on the side of the glass, giving it some tiny little hints of a reddish hue,

nice rich milk chocolate sweetness was coming through and really sweetining it up. There was then some hints of caramel malts in the back coming up and really letting you know this was a sweet little brown ale. The next flavor rocking on the nose was some subtle coffee notes and tons of earthy grains. sugary caramel and some light chcocolate notes are predominant here, with a nice touch of earthy grains making up the backround very nicely. Somel ight hints of wood and vanilla come through as it warms up and really deepen the profile, while keeping it sufficiently light. The finsi hwas dry as could be at first, but no hint of hops at all, a very sweet dry finish

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4-15-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam, ok lacing ring. Dark brown body. Can’t tell if there is any carbonation

S – Malts, caramel with little hops

T/M – Medium bodied malty brew with some sweetness. Pretty smooth taste

D – Tasty brown ale but not overly sweet. Nice malty bodied with little hop bitterness. I would drink this brew again and would recommend it

Photo of Squelch
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: slightly hazy with a slight off white ead. Brownish almost copper colored

Smell: excellent ester aroma no hop aroma.

Taste: Slightly astringent. a flavor of tea dominates. Strange. Not my cup of tea (pun intended)

Mouthfeel: very nice. Smooth but slightly tingly with Carbination

Drinkability: not my favorite style of beer. I didn't enjoy this one.

Photo of largadeer
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This is the amberest brown ale I've ever seen. Is that a coherent sentence? Not too sure, I've had a couple of beers. In any case, this shit isn't brown; I've seen darker IPAs.

Smell: All malt and no hops, which is what I'd expect from a brown. Toffee and toasted grain, semi-sweet, slightly mineral.

Taste/mouthfeel: Lots of malty caramel sweetness but not much of the toasted flavors that I normally associate with brown ales. Mild malty sweetness is present throughout without a lot of change in the finish. This is a pretty simple brew, but it's not half bad.

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Saint Arnold Brown Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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