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Saint Arnold Brown Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Brown AleSaint Arnold Brown Ale

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-24-2002)
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Photo of Richardbeerlover


3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2014 02:30:40 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of Jayman931


3.43/5  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.


Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 17:38:00 | More by Jayman931
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery into a pint glass.

Pours ½ finger of beige head. Color is a clear amber copper. Good head retention.

Aroma: Nuts and toasted malts up front. Some caramel and chocolate with some earthy hops.

Taste: Much hoppier than I was expecting. Tastes like a roasted imperial red. Caramel, toffee, nuts, and light chocolate mixed with grassy, earthy, floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, an interesting brown ale. Very hoppy. Kind of drinkable, but I was a bit surprised with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2010 02:40:13 | More by mothman
Photo of brystmar


2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug at the new brewery location in downtown Houston.

A: on the lighter side for a brown ale, poured with lots of head; moderate lacing on the glass as it disappeared.

S: roasted malt, caramel, a little plain otherwise.

T: starts off malty with some hoppy bitterness, very faint hint of nuttiness. Finishe almost watery with remnants of hops. Not impressed.

M: medium-bodied with light carbonation. Hard to ignore the almost watery flavor though, that really detracts from my enjoyment of its tenure in my mouth.

D: relatively easy drinking, but points off again for the lack of flavor spoiling my potential enjoyment of this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 18:55:15 | More by brystmar
Photo of Spineypanda


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a brown ale, once again, this is not what I expected.

Has a more amber color it, maybe on the darker side, but not as brown as I would expect... for a brown ale.

Even still, its hops are prevalent but pleasant, and the malts are roasted to give it what the brewer obviously strives for.

I would enjoy this beer again, and I am happy to say that Saint Arnold is up on the top of my favorite Texas Brewers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 02:03:09 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/15/2007 (Tap @ Saint Arnold Brewery, Houston, TX):

Pours a clear reddish-brown clear colored body, with a big creamy off-white colored head, with good lacing, and lasting. Has a somewhat nutty aroma, some hops. Okay aroma. Nice malty nutty taste. Tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2009 04:52:53 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of TheBCrew

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2008 13:29:23 | More by TheBCrew
Photo of armock

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a brown color with a tan head that fades fast and leaves a touch of lacing

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Is pretty much how it smells sweet caramel malt

M - This beer has a medium body with lighter carbonation

D - This is one of those beers that I could drink all night it has a good taste thats easy to drink worth having sometime

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2008 22:32:37 | More by armock
Photo of Redrover


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled during a visit to the Elephant Room in downtown Austin. The beer was served in a standard US pint shaker. It is dark brown with a dense beige head.

The nose is of brown bread, brown sugar and raisins.

The taste tracks very close to the smell. It is liquid brown bread with shades of dark fruit and brown sugar. Tasty with a hint of wood smoke late.

Smooth creamy mouth adds to the drinkabilty. I liked it!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2008 21:52:03 | More by Redrover
Photo of turbine2475


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - caramel brown with ruby hues and a one finger head that quickly disipated.
S - Light roasted malt with a hint of maple
T - I greatly enjoyed the taste of this brew. Had a slight sweet with a heavier caramel like malt nature that was in great balance.
M - The fact that it had more substace to it then most European browns that I have tried was a plus in my book. Not overly carbonated or too bland.
D - This beer has become a staple in my collection it is a solid beer that I can enjoy anytime and it is something that I have been able to get my shiner drinking friends to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2008 22:59:49 | More by turbine2475
Photo of roblowther


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I said it was brown, you'd be shocked I'm sure. But it is. Some gold & red tints, but brown it is. The head is tan & thin. The smell is strangely....lacking? Maybe I've got it too cold but I get nothing but a thin, metallic smell. The taste is much improved over the smell. Tastes of hazlenut, with a dry finish. Not much sweetness in there at all, really. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but has a nice smoothness to it. Like a summer silk, really. Or not really, but who's counting? Drinkability is very good. The taste is well balanced & the alcohol low enough (at least by my Belgian-favoring standards) to qualify this one as a session beer in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2007 00:21:02 | More by roblowther
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: thick head and great retention. nice brown color.

Smell: caramel malts pull through most.

Taste: malty and balanced. relaxing beer to drink. very much on the malty side of things.

Mouthfeel: somewhat crisp, could cling to the mouth better.

Drinkability: I could knock a few of these back. easy to drink

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2006 22:10:29 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of Illini5596


2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A mediocre brown ale. The taste was initially on the sweet side but during the glass moved to more of a bland mediocre taste. Color was a good dark brown and very rich, but the lack of head makes the appearance average at best. Like other Saint Arnold's beers it's not bad but not good, as I've said in my other reviews of their beers, it's C+,B- beer. Nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2005 03:20:43 | More by Illini5596
Photo of dungaree


4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2005 14:14:29 | More by dungaree
Photo of a0lbudman


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-clear amber color with an off white head
S-sweet caramel malt, nutty, and a slight roast
T-nutty with a good caramel malt taste that goes to a slight hop bitterness that fades back to a roasted caramel malt finish
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-great flavor, great balance, and a good beer

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:17:45 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of Grrsn22


4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, I have been looking for this brew for a couple of months now. I prefer a more malty ale, with a darker appearance, so I thought this would be just right for me after I fell in love with SA's Oktoberfest but was no longer able to buy it. After reading the description on Saint Arnold's webpage I set out looking and it was definitely worth the wait, and almost reminds me of the oktoberfest brew, considering that SA's oktoberfest is actually an ale.

Poured from a bottle into half-pint glass

A: A deep reddish-copper with good lacing at warmer temps. and a decent head

S: Sweet caramel malt, and slighty fruity, roasted

T: Bready up front, and if warm almost cinnamon, then goes into a caramel malty, then end with a mild hop crispness that doesn't stay on the tongue for long.

M: Medium carbonation, with a creamy head

O: My favorite brew SO FAR from Saint Arnold, and probably my favorite beer to date. It isn't bad chilled, but you get a much more "rounded" experience after it warms slightly.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 04:21:57 | More by Grrsn22
Photo of Cavanaghty


3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 17:59:17 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al


3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: medium copper color, small head, light lacing

S: slightly sweet, touch of fruity odor, odor gives a sense of greater depth than is apparent on the taste

T: Was expecting a more complex depth of flavor, as it warms, it gets a bit of a cinnamon-like finish that is more appealing, would recommend to drink this without chilling in fridge for too long, slightly bitter finish, light hops, not too much of a caramel, or bready taste until it warms a bit

M: medium carbonation

O: Solid brown ale, nothing especially great or earth-shattering, but very good beer to try if you come across it, I wouldn't target this as a must buy

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 02:00:48 | More by Cheshire_Crew_Al
Photo of mjurney


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber-brown color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising up. Thin head.

Malty, caramel, toasted, a little fruity.

Malty, bready, caramel, toasted, nutty. A little fruity. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, leafy-earthy, some floral. Finish is bitter, a little crisp. Body is medium, smooth, semi-dry.

It's a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:39:08 | More by mjurney
Photo of JKingWood


4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My daily drinker. Fresh, unpasteurized.
Good color, brown that lets some light through. Not overly thick or sticky mouthfeel.
Malty and bready, really makes me recall why they call beer liquid bread. Nice sweetness with a dryer than expected finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 16:42:33 | More by JKingWood
Photo of HTownGuy85

3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of St. Arnolds year round brew. This brew happens to be their least sought out for.

A - pours a reddish brown. Small head that quickly decipates, no lacing.

S - malty! Some coffee and mild chocolate hints. Tiny bits of hops on the nose.

T - loads of malt. Chocolate is definitely appearant. Coffee blends in and isn't easy to detect. Slightly sweet, not too much.

M - smooth, watery. Lightly carbonated, quite refreshing. Palate cleansing.

Overall, an average representation of an English brown ale. Worth a try, I'd pick it up every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 07:09:01 | More by HTownGuy85
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Brown Ale has a thin, soapy, cream-colored head and a clear, bubbly, copper appearance. The faint aroma is of sweet brown bread, bread crust, and pecan shell. Taste is of sweet brown bread, with a slight, underlying bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Saint Arnold Brown Ale finishes semi-dry, mellow, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is really well done. I recommend getting it and trying it.


Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 22:09:09 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of JohnnyHopps


3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, the beer was a murky brown color with a slightly off-white head. The aroma was a slightly tinny, malty scent. In others words, it smelled kind of like the inside of a brewery. The initial taste was a smooth malty sweetness with note of chocolate and toasted nuts. The aftertaste was a slightly sour wheat with a medine-like quality at times, that stays nicely on the back of the throat. The moderate thickness and low carbonation aided the staying power that was even equipped with a slight warming sensations. Overall, this is a pretty middle-of-the-road brown ale. Nothing is spectacular about it, yet it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 23:29:06 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of OremLK


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. ~40F

A: Brownish amber, a little hazy, one-finger offwhite head which fades quickly and leaves almost no lacing and not much on top.

S: Some milk chocolate malts and a hint of citrusy hops. Pretty mild.

T: A lot of caramel malty goodness going on here. Very delicious. The chocolate isn't coming through as much in the taste, but that's to my liking. Definitely on the sweet side, but there's enough hops to balance it out.

M: Mild carbonation, moderately creamy mouthfeel. Nothing objectionable, about right for the style.

Even though the appearance is very average, I really like the taste of this brown ale. It manages to be fairly dark and sweet without having an overpowering taste of chocolate or coffee. Might be going into my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 18:20:43 | More by OremLK
Photo of jadpsu


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with a decent off white head, mostly clear with glass clinging laceing.
Aroma is mostly malty with a tinge of citrus, spiced hops.
Taste: Dominated by roasted, toasty malts.

Light, medium in body. Creamy mouthfeel. Definitely thin for a brown ale, but very drinkable. Has some character of a micro brew combined with a hot day refreshing thirst quencher.
Liked the label story about Saint Arnold, the Bishop of Metz.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 22:14:30 | More by jadpsu
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