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Saint Arnold Texas Wheat - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Texas WheatSaint Arnold Texas Wheat

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BA SCORE
77
okay

143 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAngel on 07-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 107
Reviews by chemmie:
Photo of chemmie
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal yellow with no haze and no head. Smell has a lot of vanilla, wheat and some slight floral notes with a hint of alcohol popping through. The taste is a vanilla honey wheat with a slight alcohol kick. Very light on the palate. Overall, not a bad American Wheat, with none of the characteristics of the European wheats.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

Saint Arnold gives a different twist to the Kristalweizen by fermenting it with a Kolsch yeast strain rather than the traditional clovey-banana German Wheat beer strain, not unlike a handful of brewers in Germany.

A tiny-bubbled white head forms from a somewhat lively carbonation. Clear golden-straw color. Bready, doughy and biscuity aroma emanates from the malt. The yeast drops a note of lilac smell, mingling well with the herbal hops in the nose. Big smoothness up front, with more than enough crispness to bring the drinkability to life. Both barley malt and wheat malt go back and forth on the taste buds with suggestions of a fresh baguette to more of a light cracker flavor. Clean palate, for the most part, the yeast does give a unique flowery flavor throughout, hop bitterness jumps in to help balance and leaves a faint herbal/leafy taste. Finishes dry with a long linger of fresh grain on the tongue.

Very refreshing to break away from the usual clovey-banana combo, and this, without a doubt, more flavorful than your typical American Wheat Ale. An easy pick for a session beer, but bold enough to pair with a hearty fish or even a pork loin.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is about what you would expect, with a lot of wheat as well as some lemony and orange notes. The flavor is a lot of wheat with some lemon. Not very complex, but fairly refreshing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of whoneeds8
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm really starting into this whole microbrew hobby. So I have no acquired taste as of yet.

Having said that, I am not impressed by this beer. For a wheat, this is awfully similar with a lager. Has a nice wheat head, pours golden. Smell is pretty good, nothing special. Taste is bland that ends with a slight bite. Carbonation is very noticeable.

Photo of pwoods
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into a weizen glass. Notes.

A: Pours a light straw color with some yeast clouding and lots of carbonation. Nice big head with good retention and some lacing.

S: very wheaty and grainy. Not much in the banana/clove/bubblegum.

T/M: Again, mostliy malt and wheat based. Earthy and husky but tasty. Very little banana and just a touch of clove. Body is light and crisp and carbonation is high and lively.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of frequentgear
2.13/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

i'm not sure if this was an expired bottle or what, i enjoy most of saint arnold's malty (while somewhat mislabeled) beers.

yellowish straw-looking pour with decent fluffy head that disappeared quickly. can't smell much, it's very light.

tastes like a poor quality lager to me. a HINT of wheat and fusel alcohol. very disappointed. watery and mild...it really reminded me of a budweiser. will try another one someday to make sure.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Central Market in Dallas. Pours a clear gold with white lacing.

This is just a simple American wheat beer. None of the Geran weizen characteristics, but clean, bready wheat malt flavors like Widmer hefe. There's also a pleasant touch of caramel on top of the whole-wheat-like grains (the aroma even reminds me of bread crust) and no real appearance of hops. Not a lot is going on, but this beer could hit the spot of on a hot day and certainly isn't dull.

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold with 3 fingers of foamy brite-white head that fizzles down pretty quickly into a thin filmy layer, leaving some spotty lace back. The aroma has a good bit of sweet wheat notes mixing in with citric character to really impart a pronounced tang to the nose. Light spice and floral hops pull up the back of this bouquet, adding a touch of zing to the proceedings.

The taste is similar, being sweet and a touch fruity, with a blend of wheat and citrus, as well as a moderate hit of hop bitterness to help pull things back. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a bit of a creamy feel to the carbonation up front but then thickens up a bit towards the back of swallow. Overall, this is pretty crisp and clean in the mouth.

This was decent. Solid wheat tones here that were well balanced by some equally solid hop character. Good crisp nature and the lower ABV guarantees some easy drinkibility. Another well done brew from St. Arnold.

Photo of dungaree
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden hue. Has no head with good amount of bubbles. Smells of orange, lemon, lime, and light spicy hops.

Tastes of orange and lemon dominate the first sips. As it warms, nice malty taste peeks out. Nice mouthfeel as the carbonation and lemon tickle the tastebuds. Finishes with some gooeyness in the mouth. In the aftertaste, the hops become a bit more prevalent.

There's a taste I can't quite put my finger on that takes away from the experience-- almost a slight buttery taste at times. The St. Arnie's Spring Bock has the same taste only stronger. Maybe it's the malt, I don't know--- or maybe wonderful city of Houston water!

Photo of ibrewaletx
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light light amber, slightly cloudy which is fine for this style. A very light malty smell with a slight hint of orange, citrus. A good balance between the hops and malt, giving a slightly thin body, and good drinkability. This is the beer I would give to non craft beer friends who are used to American pilsners.
Overall is good, not great.

Photo of goochpunch
1.49/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Wow, this looks bad. Pours out nearly still (there's one stream of slow bubbles that climbs up the side of the glass). The color is a dull brass. There is no head. Smells wheaty and brothy. Really, this smells like Kitchen Basics brand chicken broth. Tastes pretty much like chicken broth too, but with a hint of citrus and some wheat malt. Where are the phenolics and the esters? This is terrible. Surprisingly, even though this looks like it would be the flattest beer imaginable, the carbonation goes to work overtime: stinging my tongue like one thousand Tomball bees. Mouthfeel is also slick and sticky. Not drinkable at all. What the hell is this? Drain pour.

Photo of BeerSox
2.35/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

Pours clear golden yellow. Very little head, especially for a wheat beer. Almost no head retention.

Grassy smell along with wheat like malt. Some fruity scents.

Tastes like peas or something.

Smooth, but with a musty afterteaste. Medium carbonation.

Probably a renaming of their Kristall Weizen. There is nothing great about this beer.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer poured a yellow hue with a bright white head that only stood up roughly one inch high and settled at a quarter inch. Lots of beading inside and no much lace to speak of.

Smell: The aromas are of corn husks, wheats, rye, vague piney hops and some earthy tones.

Taste: Sharp wheat at the front, faint pines, rye and corn are the main characters.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with a medium amount of carbonation and finishes bubbely. Smooth, easy to drink kind of beer.

Drinkability: Overall, this is not a bad beer just nothing overly exciteing to me. A new beer is always worth a try in my book, but if your looking for the best beers out there you may wanna try somewhere else.


Cheers2Beers

Photo of charlesw
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange/yellow with a small white head. Head is gone in a flash. Smells just off - a touch of fermented apricots or something like that.
Nice light flavor with a touch of citrus - maybe ahint of clove.
I suppose I'd drink one on a hot day with a lemon wedge thrown in - but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it! Well, actually, I imagine I could always find something I like more, so I just wouldn't buy it.

Photo of TexIndy
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into a weizen glass. It had a two finger head that quickly dissipated. No laciing or collar. The color was a very pale yellow which was wit-like. The smell was hard to pin down but reminded me more of a pilsner or kolsch then a wheat. Not bad but just not what I expected or wanted. The taste was OK. It was sorta bland and watery. I'm finding that I love hefes, dunkels, american pale wheats but not so much the kristal weizens. They really seem dumbed down. Overall, my least favorite from StA and a bit of a disappointment since I really like their other beers. On the plus side, it's a low ABV and not bad tasting so could be a good session when looking for something to occasionally throw into the rotation. (3, RB, Tie, O)

Photo of BeanBone
3.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A slightly hazy pale straw body with a huge white head that features brilliant retention and spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, grainy wheat accompanied with apple, citrus, and a slight hint of floral hops

Taste: Sharp lemon and apple over a tasty and grainy wheat backbone. Towards the end, there's enough of a bitter hop dimension to add more complexity. Clean. The aftertaste is grainy with the barest hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and velvety with smooth carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Excellent, as you'd expect from any wheat beer worth a damn.

Verdict: Saint Arnold has created a solid Wheat beer, perfect for a Summer's day here in Texas. While it may not the most complex beer in the world, it does its job well.

Photo of JonathanCrites
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this as part of a build your own six pack at the Krogers on W Gray in Houston.

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow into a pint glass with a thick fuzzy head. No lacing.

S - Strong wheat aroma mixed with a yeast/dough smell. Makes me salivate.

T - Strong wheat taste with sour fruit; grapefruit or some other citrus.

M - Fizzy carbonation, crisp finish with a light mouthfeel.

D - Delicious wheat beer that is easy to drink, light and full of citrus without cloying banana or spices.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light and bright. Golden yellow in color with a nice fizzy white head of foam, quick fade left a nice broken crown and a bit of side glass lace. The aroma is light, small hints of grain and light bread malts, a touch of light yeast coming through and a noticeable light hop note. The flavor though is a bit too light, thin with a shallow aftertaste

Photo of HotterThanHell
2.35/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

TTU94 must have been drunk when he said this beer may be better than Wiehestephan's Wheat.

This beer had no head and no lacing with an aroma so mild and faint that I wasn't sure it was beer until I tasted it.

On to the taste...very, very , very mild with no clove or banana or any other spices to speak of. Just a hint of hops and a hit of sourness. Maybe I got a bad one, and I'll edit this the next time I try it, but for now this is a marginal wheat beer at best.

Photo of daleleboeuf
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden amber hue with just enough cloudiness to make it hard to see through. Also had little to no head but left a tiny ring of bubbles around the top.

Has a thick, almost creamy, wheat aroma that one would expect from a wheat beer done well. Slight citrus overtones but not enough to rave about.

Much more crisp in taste than other wheats. The soft aroma plays off this well. Had somewhat of a bitter finish. Could definitely pound about a six pack of these, but would not be m first choice out of a well stocked fridge.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am surprised there is not more reviews for this beer.

Anyways, this beer pours with bright yellow, with a frothy large white head.

The smell gives off light fruit esters. Apple being most prominent. A large amount of wheat, with a solid citrus backing.

Taste is light and pleasantly wheaty. In fact this beer has some of the most prominent wheat presence of any beer I have had to date. This may be a plus or minus depending on if you're a fan of wheat. Layers of delicate citrus and florals surround the bottom end. Making the finish quite enjoyable, and making you want another sip. Drinkability is very good.

This is an awesome Wheat Beer, I recommend this one.

Photo of grs8313
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz screw top bottle with "Ale gate party" under the cap and no freshness date. Pours clear golden yellow with a big two plus finger head made up of big bubbles. The head dies down very fast.

Smell: Sweet malt and fruit, pear or dried pineapple.

Taste: A sweet fruit flavor that then gets mellowed out by a malt flavor. A slight alcohol flavor can be detected at the end, but it does not last long.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, but not so much that is detracts from the beer in any way. A slight warming was felt from the alcohol, but not much. The beer leaves the mouth feeling very clean.

Drinkability: This is a great beer that is extremely drinkable. A superbly well balanced beer that I could drink all night. I would prefer to drink this beer in the summer instead of the seasonal Summer Pils.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Not exactly crystal clear, but plenty more so than a regular hefe. Large, fluffy white foam that is always nice to see on a wheat beer. This one fades a bit faster than average and leaves some spotty lacing.

Nose is kind of a crossbreed of a wiezen and an American wheat. Mostly wheat tangy aroma with the slightest bit of cloves and bubblegum. Not much banana. A bit of sweet grains there as well, but this is a far cry from Weihenstephaner Kristalweissbier.

Taste falls along the same line with a bit more sweetness than I expected and an earthy, biscuit malt presence that seems a bit out of place too. SA Texas Wheat cannot decide if it wants to go German or American wheat and ends of falling short on both accounts. It is still fairly drinkable and I will not have much trouble finishing off my sixer, but I was hoping for a bit more from a kristalweizen. I have had it more than a few times at the brewery and now I remember why it has taken me so long to getting around to reviewing this one.

Photo of Kromes
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a fluffy white head that fades down relatively quickly. Aroma is not as strong as most, there are some floral hop and sweet honey malt aromas. The taste is very sweet and somewhat honey. There is a nice bready, wheat flavor and a little citrus tang. A very nice flavor, simple and delicious. The mouthfeel is a bit thin at first but the carbonation is high and adds a nice character and body to the beer. Drinkability is pretty high, only thing is the sweetness can be a little much.

Photo of MTNboy
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has yellow body with some cloudiness but not much. There was about a finger and a half of white head with average lacing.

Smell: The aroma was weak for this style. I did not notice much of anything other than grain.

Taste: The taste is very mellow. There are some very mild pepper, citrus and banana esters but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Super thin with a weak carbonation bite.

Overall: I thought this was a good mowing my lawn beer but not what I want for the price

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Saint Arnold Texas Wheat from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.