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Icon Series: Texas Common - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Texas CommonIcon Series: Texas Common

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: champ103 on 06-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 13
Photo of ericat78
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

By far my favorite icon

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Duff27
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Short lived off-white head recedes to a cap and collar. Body is a burgundy/red. Patchy lacing as the pint get drankened.

S- Sweet caramel notes in the aroma.

T- Tamed (but present) hop bitterness. On the sweeter-side for the style overall. Wouldn't guess this at 6.7%abv.

M- Mouthfeel is on the thicker side for the style. Medium carbonation.

D/O- Drinkability is there, although you'd be feelin' funny after a few. Not too shabby. Thanks for the (relatively) rarer style kojevergas!

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label design and branded black twist-off pressure cap. Bottled 06/26/14.

Expectations are average given the brewery. I always love to see more Steam beers on the market.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. OFf-white/pale khaki colour. Decent creaminess, frothiness, and thickness. Average complexion and consistency. Retention is pretty good - about 6-8 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent gold of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Generally appealing, but not unique or special.

AROMA: Sweet caramalt, toasted malt, pale malt, a hint of zest, a bit of earthiness, and cream. Not finding the unique yeast character/attenuation inherent in the style. It's a pretty underwhelming aroma overall. Mild in strength.

No overt alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Pale malts, overly sweet caramalt, some floral hop character, a bit of tropical character (papaya, warm tangerine), and noticeable alcohol warmth along with a slightly metallic off-note. It's a subpar build for a steam beer. Overly simple, with no real subtlety or intricacy. Very plain and boring. I'm not a fan of either the choices of malts (too sweet) or hops (too bland).

Imbalanced. Not a big fan of this one.

Average duration and intensity of flavour. Below average depth of flavour.

TEXTURE: Lightly coarse (which doesn't suit it), wet lightly creamy, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, and of average thickness. A bit rough on the palate, dragging across the taste buds.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Overall, this texture isn't a good companion to the taste, and distracts.

OVERALL: A swing and a miss at the Steambier style from Saint Arnold. It's decent, but I wouldn't buy it again - especially with the wide availability of the vastly superior Anchor Steam on store shelves. The discerning drinker will be unimpressed. This one can safely be skipped, but it's downable, sure. Very pedestrian and underwhelming.

High C-

Photo of HardTarget
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark amber glass goes a bit brown and holds a full 2 finger head of off white foam. The body shows waves and waves of tiny bubbles that support the head.

Smell: Wet grain, earthy, dusty European style hops, with a light yeasty note.

Taste: Earthy hops with a pear note.

Feel: Surprisingly creamy given the very active carbonation. A bit lively on the palate, a slight chew to the medium body that dries out and encourages the next sip.

Overall: Not a challenging beer at all, easy drinking, flavorful, satisfying. A very Old World beer with a New World twist.

Photo of Qabil
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Number12
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Good flavor. Golden color. Good head fades to light lace

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ber12
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of FLima
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank it straight from the brewery taps.
Golden copper color with a thin head.
Nice impressive predominant aroma of Liebfraumilch wine or sweet white grapes, and some I going to the country and eat a lot of peaches. Hints of passion fruit and a mild funkiness and sweat.
Flavor with notes of white wine, slight toasted malts, soap, caramels and peaches.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
This was really interesting. Lots of white wines and peaches. Well done. Probably it is not faithful to style, maybe that is the reason they are calling it Texas Common. Anyway, I don’t care.
Ap.3,25 Ar.4,25 Sab.4 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

Photo of Rosendo1too
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of beaulabauve
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Dogleg
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BigRedDog
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Saint Arnold Icon Texas Common has a medium, cream-colored, somewhat Pepsi-Cola fizz head of foam, a hazy, rust-red appearance, tight bubble streams, noticeable powdery sediment throughout, and almost no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of passion fruit and tea-like tannin. Taste is of tropical fruit, sugar, tannin, and white bread crust, with a decent hop bitterness to back it up. Mouthfeel is medium, and Saint Arnold Icon Texas Common finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.


Photo of hoerr
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of rallen1967
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Ford
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dcloeren
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber red color. Slightly hazy with finger width foamy head. Head retention is okay. There is a mild amount of lacing, but it is only evident when you swirl the glass. Aroma is more apple-like to me. Slightly sour and bready. Carbonated, malty taste up front, followed by a mild hoppy bitterness with a more bready and soapy aftertaste. Decent beer. I haven't really tried any other beers of this style, so it is hard to judge. It is one I would drink again, though.

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Icon Series: Texas Common from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.