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Saint Arnold Santo - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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77
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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zander4dawin on 09-28-2011)
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Reviews by VaterRoss:
Photo of VaterRoss
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into shaker, bottled 4/5/12

Pours a clear, dark brown with a small off white head that does stick around for long, very little lacing. Smell is of slightly fruity lager yeast with just a hint of chocolate coming from the malt. The taste is a subdued chocolately roasted malt with the lager yeast coming on pretty strong, perfect amount of mild hop bite to finish. Mouthfeel is medium weight and carb.

This aint no Kölsch, more like a Münchner Dunkel. Way too heavy and toasted and lagery to be a Kölsch, despite that this is a pretty good beer with light dark lager taste and body, pretty refreshing. I have reviewed this as a dark lager, as a Kölsch it is closer to a 2.

Perhaps this beer in its age lost some of the delicacies of the Kölsch and gained a toasted malt profile? /s

VaterRoss, Sep 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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dcevans, Dec 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Mora2000, Oct 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

standardcherry, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

IrishGermanAmerican, Apr 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

SvenHayden, Mar 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

LXIXME, Sep 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

En29356, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

lnashsig, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

ONovoMexicano, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of doubledteague
2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

doubledteague, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

hsus0225, Jan 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

ZombieRes, Jan 08, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look is very brown in the pour. Have to hold it to the light to get any amber, at all. This is darker than I thought it would be.

Bready smell. Very much like a Kölsch.

Much breadier taste than the Lawnmower. Crisp taste and finish with a lot more malt flavor than a regular Kölsch. Aftertaste sticks around for a bit and mouthfeel is a bit chewy and thick, as compared to your typical Kölsch.

Overall, an interesting diversion from the normal. Very drinkable and safe, but also different.

kyleelton, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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1/5  rDev -70.1%

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Saint Arnold Santo from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.