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Saint Arnold Santo - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold SantoSaint Arnold Santo

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 499
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 17.73%
Wants: 10
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zander4dawin on 09-28-2011

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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
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3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at the "new" Spec's on 1960 and Cutten road. I am always behind the curve on the new Saint Arnold offerings out there and picked this up before I even realized that it was from SA. It is an unusual goal, to produce a black Koelsch, but I commend the innovation nonetheless. Let's review this one properly:

Appearance: Poured into my glass stein a clear brownish color with a small creamy head of light tan bubbles. Earlier bottles had a lasting head, but this one faded to a small ring within about 30 seconds. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer. I am going to score it a little higher on the appearance as other beers in this six-pack were notable on how long they held the head.

Aroma: The aroma reminds me of brown malt in that it is a little chocolaty with some earthy notes mixed in. I am getting some sweet toasty notes in here that seem Munich derived, and maybe there a little bit of dark Munich in here too? The yeast is muted as it should be for the style, but the Koelsch fruity characteristics are getting buried in the malts, so you could call this a "black Pilsner" for all I care and it would still fit the bill. The aroma is moving slightly toward Coffee as it warms a bit and there are no hops really noticeable at all except as a very subtle floral component.

Taste: There is a little bit of the subtle fruit in the flavor that would kick it out of the lager category. The overall presentation is a little thin like you would expect from a Koelsch, but the dark malts are adding a bit of acidity that sets in on the back of the throat and is playing with the carbonation and light hops to dry out the finish quite a bit. There is no alcohol noticeable anywhere in here.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. It has enough character that it sets itself apart a bit in the craft-beer market so that it might lead a Lawnmower drinker to try different beers. That said, the beer lacks the complexity that I would like to put it in the outstanding category. Even a black Koelsch should showcase some of the fruity aspects of the yeast while still having good head retention and more of a sweet aspect to the dark malts, so maybe this would have just necessitated taking out the very dark malts for some dark crystal and fermenting it a tad warmer. This may have brought it a little closer in, but regardless, it is a pretty good attempt at something that doesn't exist.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Drank it straight from the brewery taps.
Mahogany color with a thick thin head with decent retention.
Aroma of creamy chocolates and earthy hops.
Likewise nice creamy chocolate flavor, mild tangy fruitiness and earthy hops, and roasted malts.
Light body with medium carbonation.
This is definitely an improvement from the regular Kolsch version, more fun.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and toasted malt, with some earthy hops. There is also a little bit of chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is somewhat strange. I get some toffee and roasted malt, but there is also some earthy and grass notes. The finish is pretty clean like you would expect from a kolsch, but other than that this tastes more like a standard dunkel lager or something similar. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Dwbrju2
4.41/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff, good refreshing dark beer.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A new offering from my local Houston brewery Saint Arnolds...here we go. A "Black Kolsch"- basically Lawnmower with roasted malts, right?

Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a murky brown/black color, reminiscent of brown tea as it leaves the bottle. Dark in color as it gets into the glass, but light gets through. Smell- roasted malt, tea leaves, a little bit of coffee and mocha. reminds me of a dobblebock in appearance and smell. Taste- tea leaves, a faint bitterness, maybe some coffee flavors again. Overall, not much here. A little bland and boring. Really rich carbonation here too. A realize that they are trying to make a session beer here, but I don't see ever making a session out of this. A little blah on this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a stein.

A swift pour produces a monstrous, foamy head that persists well and retains a two-finger plateau. Beneath is a medium-brown body with blonde hues and visible, aggressive carbonation.

A sweet, floral and bready aroma touches the nose. There's something sticky about the aroma, it's quite pungently sweet. Maybe lightly molasses like. On second examination, the hops are very earthy too.

Roasted malt and a hint of smokiness punctuate this otherwise very light beer. Sweet floral hops are there to provide a balance and they too are subtle and light. You really have to pay attention as you drink this beer, because the flavors can go unnoticed as you throw it back easily.

This beer is impressively light considering the dark color suggests otherwise. There's light carbonation to tickle the tongue---I'd like more as it almost seems flat--- and enough thickness that it doesn't feel like drinking water.

This is what you'd call a lawnmower beer. A beach beer. BBQ beer. Wherever you need a light go-to, this qualifies. I'd prefer a can though.

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Photo of doubledteague
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a frosty pint glass.

A- Dark redish brown, nice brownish white head, dissipates rather quickly but leaves some very nice lacing.

S- Not much of an aroma to this one, slighlty malty, maybe just a very slight hint of caramel.

T- Same can be said for taste as for smell, not much taste to it. Again little malty, i missed the caramel though. This beer tasted like a very very weak bock.

M- Light bodied, medium carbonation, dont get any kind of suttle hints of the abv in this either.

O- This beer is not bad, but far from great also. I could see having several of these in a sitting with a meal, however this is not a full flavored beer, or something I would highly recommend to the beer connoisseur. A good start though for someone who is used to the typical big brewery beers and looking to try something new.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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Saint Arnold Santo from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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