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Saint Arnold Brown Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Brown AleSaint Arnold Brown Ale

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-24-2002)
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Photo of joepais


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Thanks to ckeegan04 for this one. Bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a thin brownish head that went away quickly. The body was clear and brown in color

Aromas of sweet malts and bread filled my nose

Flavors are the typical sweet malts that I expect in my brown ales not to much in the way of a bitter presence at all. I did pick up a slight metallic taste as well. Good medium mouthfeel with enough carbonation for your tongue

Drinkability is good on this brew. I can say I have enjoyed every brew from these guys that I have tried so far.

09-20-2008 16:06:12 | More by joepais
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.13/5  rDev +15%

An all-around champion of a beer. My 1st Saint Arnold brew

A- Dark amber/copper color with a slight haze; quite transparent. White/caramel head is decent but goes away too quickly after pour.

S- Smells tasty with a very sweet bready malt in front and some light fruits in the back

T- Tastes like it smells but much stronger when in the mouth. Aftertaste is of whole wheat bread with a barely detectable hoppy bitterness.

M- Good medium/light body with decent large-bubbled carbonation make for a smooth delivery

D- Drinks quick and easy, but not much to savor

08-05-2008 04:40:44 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of gford217


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%

Pours a dark amber that has an bright orange tint when held up to the light - doesn't look much like a brown ale really. The head is small and short-lived and leaves a ring with no lacing. It doesn't smell much like a brown ale either with a dominant candy apple sweetness, very fruity with little dark malt or hop aroma at all. Super sweet taste as well with more caramel and toffee than the aroma suggests. There is a hint of hop bitterness in the finish as well, though not much. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied with good carbonation. This is a very unique take on a brown ale though it's probably not one of my favorites.

07-16-2008 01:42:37 | More by gford217
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +10%

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a clear dark amber, almost brown with a thin white head that is stingy. Aroma is of chocolate malts, and some citrusy hops. Smell is really balanced between hops and malts. Taste shows more malt than hops with some cocoa and some caramel with a orangey, grapefruity hop bite towards the end. Mouthfeel is creamy/oily body is medium to thin. Decent session brew, looks a bit light for a brown ale, but drinks great.

07-06-2008 04:00:41 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of ckeegan04


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

A - Clean amber color with frothy one finger khaki colored head. Doesnt last long and very little lacing.

S - Smells like bakers chocolate and some lightly toasted malt.

T - Roasted malt taste with hints of chocolate. A faint spicy hoppiness shows up later.

M/D - A think light to medium bodied feel. Decent carboantion. And decent brown, but nothing spectacular.

06-28-2008 00:03:02 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of jbphoto88


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

06-17-2008 23:33:59 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -10%

Acquired via trade from breity, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, maple, nuts and fruit with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with mildly sweet flavors of maple, caramel and fruit up front. There's a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not one of the better brown ales that I've had. There are definitely several others in the style that I would choose first.

06-08-2008 05:55:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of TheBCrew

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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


3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

05-24-2008 00:57:50 | More by largadeer
Photo of bilyboy65


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle and into a Pilsner style glass. No BBD on the bottle.

A: Pours a golden brown color with a very full head that is about 1.5 fingers thick. The head iis clingy, but falls from the glass quickly leaving behind a heavy liquid film. Medium carbonation can be seen. Not as dark or clear as a brown should be. Seems to have some hints of a wiet beer.

S: Sweet caramel and malts. Slight almond nut scent as well.

T: The malts really come through in this beer with a strong caramel taste. Has a bread - nutty undertone and aftertaste.

M: Medium/Full bodied beer that leaves a nice coating in the mouth. Smooth as there isn't much carbonation.

D: Vary tasty beer. Sweet tasting with nothing really overly strong to chase people away. Everyone should be able to enjoy this beer.

05-19-2008 00:59:52 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of mhewes


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

A : Pours a brown color with a tan head that disappears pretty quickly

S : Malt and caramel

T : Same as the smell and finishes with a little dryness. Also some bready flavors towards the end

M : Medium bodied, good carbonation

D : Easy to drink but it's not one that I would really drink much

05-16-2008 00:30:18 | More by mhewes
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

05-03-2008 00:12:06 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of armock

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Pours mapled, ruby brown with light tan head. Smell is carmel, hints of sweet orange, a nutty almond comes through as well. Taste is carmel, some woody, nutty flavors touch the palate right as a very nice, enjoyable orange citrus finish takes over. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Very nice english brown ale. Great sessionable brown.

04-17-2008 01:11:29 | More by RickSawyer
Photo of BigJTrucker


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Thanks go out to BA "Turbine2475" for sending this brew.

Pours a deep copper/brown color, bright white head. Nice lacing. Has a very bready, caramel smell. Taste is nice and malty, not much hop presence. Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy to start and finishes somewhat dry. Not overly complex, this brown is very drinkable.

04-17-2008 00:46:47 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of BgThang


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

I agree with the warming aspect of this beer.
definitely drink it while its cold.

I am not a browns fan, but I do like this beer.
It pours as you would expect a brown too.
deep brown color a low head on it.
Its a fulling beer. I have drank a six pack of this in one sitting due to the great tastyness of this beer. I have notice that from batch to batch it can very somewhat.

The flavors I got where nutty, chocolate, little roastedness all great aspects of this beer
I do not buy this as much as the other saint arnolds.

04-09-2008 16:36:21 | More by BgThang
Photo of russpowell


4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

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!

03-28-2008 04:37:37 | More by russpowell
Photo of champ103


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

A: A clear brownish/amber color. A 1.5 finger head forms and recedes fast. Leaves some lace.
S: Earthy, sweet, and sugary. Grainy malt and yeast.
T: Lots of sweet caramel malt. Not very complex, but enjoyable.
M/D: A lighter body and a little thin. Not hard to drink. I can session this pretty easy.

Pretty average overall. I use to really like this. I tried it again recently, and either my tastes have changed or the beer has. Worth a try, but not very exciting.

03-09-2008 05:47:58 | More by champ103
Photo of Redrover


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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!

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


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Medium brown very cloudy body with no head or lacing.

Smell is sweet and roasted malt, a great balance of the two.

Taste is bold, not weak at all, lots of complex malt character, definitely not just some crystal thrown in for color like some browns can be.

This could definitely be casked as the forced C02 is a bit lively for the style, but it's all right.

This will be a brown I reach for when I'm in the mood, for sure.

12-24-2007 23:25:50 | More by bboven
Photo of goochpunch


2.65/5  rDev -26.2%

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.

04-20-2007 04:16:45 | More by goochpunch
Photo of BigRedN


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

Part of a mixed case of beer that I brought back from a recent trip to Texas.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz stubby twist off capped bottle into a pint glass. First impressions are that this can't be a brown ale. The beer is more amber and not very brown. The pour produces a 1/4 white head that quickly disappears to nothing. Near soda like, although not brown like a cola. Then I notice that this is an English style brown. Right away I am thinking Newcastle, which I will probably be compairing this to. Whether that is right or wrong, Newcastle just sticks in my mind as a well known example of the style, even if it is just average.

Smell: Sweeter malts, some fruity aromas as well. Not much in the way of hops (I don't expect any either). Better (fresher) than Newcastle. Still, just average.

Taste: Some sweeter malts, a bit of a nice little hoppy bitterness on the finish. Keeping in mind this is English style brown, if it were American I would probably look for more of a roasted malt presence not the sweeter caramel and toffee-like malts found here. Closer to an amber ale IMO.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body than anticipated. Good carbonation, prickly on the tongue and at the back of the throat, lively.

Drinkability: An easy going down drinker. I only had a six. If it was local I would probably purchase this again. I am glad I tried it.

04-19-2007 04:21:03 | More by BigRedN
Photo of BryanCarey


3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

St. Arnold Brown Ale offers a sweet, chocolate candy aroma and a copper hue. Carbonation in this beer is a little less than average and it loses its head of foam rather quickly. It is a little transparent around the edges, which is indicative of a beer that is a little lighter bodied.

This beer tends toward the sweeter end of the spectrum with a flavor that features the taste of chocolate, a dab of roasted malt, a hint of grapes, caramel, nuts, and some butter. The ale finishes with only a small amount of bitterness, but this bitter sensation lingers on the back of the tongue well after drinking, until finally giving way to a slightly chocolate aftertaste.

St. Arnold Brown Ale is brewed using five different malts and three different varieties of Pacific Northwest hops. It is a good tasting brown ale with a good deal of complexity. But a few small problems prevent this beer from being better. It is a little lighter than I prefer and I’m not too crazy about the traces of diacetyl flavor. Take these two small flaws away and you would have a world class product. Still, St. Arnold Brown is a beer worth trying. It offers a nice assortment of flavors and the chocolate malt flavor is enjoyable.

03-31-2007 04:06:26 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of roblowther


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

03-01-2007 00:21:02 | More by roblowther
Saint Arnold Brown Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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