Saint Arnold Santo - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 484
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.92/5  rDev +43%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a pleasant surprise. I had no idea it was out till I was at the Rammstein concert at Toyota center in Houston and saw it was available. I have been drinking it every day since I found it!

This beer pours a dark brown with amber highlights (when held up to the light). The head is a frothy white that has staying power and leaves rather elegant lacing down the sides of the glass.

The nose is sweet malt, coffee floral hops and a tinge of citrus. All I can say is WOW!
The taste is just as complex as the nose with a very noticeable blend of coffee and dark chocolate mixed with sweet malty tones that are perfectly blended with eh hops winding through the flavors giving it a complexity that is mysterious and elegant. This beer has real panache and the flavors are just something to be savored.

I absolutely love this one and I now have a new local favorite from the master brewers at Saint Arnolds. These guys have pulled off a masterful brew.

I don’t recommend this beer; I declare it a mandatory beer. A recommendation is just not good enough. Any serious hop head should absolutely consider it mandatory to taste this wonderfully crafted beer. (1,165 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't sure how to review this. It is very obviously not a kolsh, at least based on appearance. Maybe a dark kolsch?

That said I liked it. Dark brown (very slightly hazy) with a white head.

Nice toasty aroma.

Flavor is nice and dry. Lots of malt but balanced by a good amount of hops.

Medium mouthfeel. (308 characters)

Photo of Ford
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin, Texas (also most Buffalo Wild Wings in Houston)

Love this beer.

Plenty of caramelness in there. Not really any bitterness. To me Saint Arnold makes flavorful easy to drink beers and Santo is right up there with their best.

Being in Houston, this beer is easy to find even in those establishments that just tend to serve the big, bad, American beers. I'll take a Santo over those any day. (432 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into craft beer glass (wide-mouthed stick)

L: brown with amber highlights ... black-brown unless you hold up to light; only 1/4-inch head of creamy tan foam -- didn't pour it hard enough; it's produced much bigger heads on harder pours (and without losing carbonation); light lacing at best; the amber sometimes looks like orange; it's crystal clear

S: lots of grain swirled into a good malt presence; malt is the lighter, sweet biscuits/bread kind, very nice; the malt gets just dark enough to conjure up raisin bread -- not the full-on raisin force of a belgian strong dark. for someone who doesn't like raisins, it's very pleasant.

T: malt. nutty, sweet malt to the point that if you'd have told me i was drinking an English brown ale, i would've believed 100%. man, does thing have some good taste ... follows the nose with a bit of grain but mostly sweet biscuits/nuts from a wonderful toasted barley. hops are present enough to add a bit of spice through the swallow, not necessarily up front with the bite -- just enough to remind you it's beer.

F: light to medium weight, not watery, solid carbonation. looks dark but drinks like a kolsch in the mouthfeel ...

O: a very easy beer to get behind; loads of malty goodness and at just 4.7% ABV, it's damn near heaven-sent for those of us looking for an American-made brew that mimics the lighter malty brews of England (pale ale, IPA, brown ale, bitter) and is sessionable. it's simple in the nose, taste, feel -- good beer; but it's complex in that it's a kolsch, a "black" kolsch, that may or may not be a style ... frankly, i don't care.

a fantastic break from the hop-bomb craze. i hope SA keeps making this year-round ... a perfect option when i want a lighter malt malt-bomb. (1,764 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spent the past three weeks in Texas and I found that in general Texas beers tend to be mediocre at best. Was leaving Dallas and had a few St. Arnold's. The Santo stood out not just from the St. Arnold's I tried but from all the Texas beers. The color was a dark brown with an ok head but look like a nice nut brown ale color which I appreciate.

The smell was sweet and nutty. Smelled more like a nutty brown ale like the color.

The taste was very good, sweet yet the hops and malts brought the right balance to make this a little more than a sipper. Each sip remained consistent with that nutty flavor throughout.

The mouthfeel might have been a little thin and watery for my liking but overall it didn't drop the enjoyment of the beer.

Overall, I had one and enjoyed it. I went to put my score in and saw that this was not rated all that well. Went with an IPA next than came back for anther Santo to try confirm if I was off or the rating was. I really enjoyed the second as much as the first. Not sure why this beer gets a bad rap but I would surely buy it again if I see it on tap or in a store. Definitely recommend trying and keeping your mind open and not let the low scores sour your opinion. (1,206 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Melbourne Bros.
Described as a "Black Koelsch"
A ~ Black-Brown w/ an off white head. Slight lace.

S ~ Spicy greens, crackers, toasted white breads. . . bit of caramel. Smells a lot like Weedwacker, one of my favorite Sessions!

T ~ Toast following through w/ steamed greens, grains, wheat, & a light sweetness with a bready dry finish.

M ~ Great flavors with a meaty Robust feel on a palette. Nice finish with a slight metallic note.

D ~ Would gladly drink again. I like Saint Arnold A LOT! Great American expressions of German styles. This is not a traditional Koelsch by any means, but it's still pretty tasty. Thanks brad! (632 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown body with a frothy cream colored head. Lacing and head retention are good.

Smell is of fresh baked biscuits, slightly burned. Also getting faint coffee and chocolate. No hops or alcohol.

Taste is of crisp pale, straw malts but nicely contrasted with chalky, roasted, biscuity malts. Alcohol is undetected, hops are very light, good flavors for such a light beer.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, as you'd expect from a kolsch. Where this beer is different is in the chalky aftertaste that you get from some dry porters. Beer is well carbonated, head added a small amount of body.

Overall this is a good, highly sessionable beer. Similar in body to saint arnolds lawnmower beer but with a deeper flavor profile. Too bad it's not available in Colorado, another reason for me to take more trips to Texas. (838 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to one of my co-workers for bringing me this one to tick! Served from bottle into a Mother Earth strange. Poured a deep ruby red dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, spice, grain, dark chocolate, and toasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, wheat, grain, toasted malt, and cream. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I honestly went into this one not expecting very much. What I found was actually quite nice and well balanced. There was a nice roastiness/toastiness going on in this one that really added a nice touch to this brew and was definitely different for the style. This was a welcomed change in the way that they executed it. Really glad I got the chance to try this one and suggest you do the same if you get the opportunity! (997 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide chalice, this is a very dark beer with a head that fades away pretty quickly. Nice aroma, though: light coffee roast, perhaps a faint hint of smokiness. It's a solid dark malt. I'm not sure why this is classified as a Kolsch: it clearly doesn't fit the style at all. The flavor resembles the nose mostly, but adds a touch of cocoa. A moderate amount of bitterness dries things out, but I don't get any hop flavor. Again, I get a hint of smokiness that adds a nice dimension. Clean flavor yeast-wise, with a lingering maltiness.

I'd call it a schwarz myself. In any case, it's pretty drinkable. The low strength makes for a nice session beer as well. (669 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark kolsh? I gave it a vigorous pour and got a good couple of fingers of foam. It’s a dark ruby-cola color in the glass. Slight biscuity aroma, but very light. Tastes of light roast and some honeyed sweetness rounding it out. To be honest I haven’t heard anyone speak highly of this so I’m going to stick my neck out and say it: for what it is, it ain’t half bad. (382 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Brewing Co. "Santo"
12 oz. brown glass bottle

Santo is a fairly dark beer in color, but not in flavor - or at least not in dark malt flavor. Think of it as a Vienna lager with additional color and maltiness. It has a bit of caramel to it, but also suggestions of cocoa, and even bittersweet chocolate. It's not roasty though, and it's quite smooth with a moderate bitterness. Worth trying. (403 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color, with a light tan head. Theres a faint roasted malt smell. Tastes very similar to the lawnmower but with some roasted malt flavors. overall a good beer (181 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark amber color - cloudy and almost brown really. A brown finger width foamy head that quickly dissipates. There is a small amount of lacing that quickly recedes after swirling. It does not persist on the glass. There is a sour, bready and almost fruity aroma. Almost roasted malty taste up front with a very slight bitterness, followed by a very mild sweetness at the end. As a "black kolsch", it is definitely a unique beer. I have had it before and will most likely drink it if available again. It is one of my wife's favorite beers, otherwise, I probably wouldn't stock it in the fridge that often. (614 characters)

Photo of Vashtar
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was good

The smell was clean. It was too exotic to just be caramel. I'm not sure what it was. The scent stops short, though.

The taste was good for a dark beer.

I took notes on my phone, so I'm not writing this as I drink it.

There was a bit of slime in the mouthfeel but no after-slime.

Overall, it was pretty good for such a dark beer.

I took notes on my phone so I'm not writing this as I drink it. (418 characters)

Photo of Lee17
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great black lager. Very full taste, hearty without a strong bite. Slight roasty flavor, yet surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. A great beer to have with chips and guacamole, or while barbequing steaks out back. I will buy this again to enjoy on a Friday or Saturday night. (278 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint glass...

Appearance-Brown, pretty dark, some red hues. Head was about a finger of tannish bubble head that lasted for a bit.

Smell-Had that typical St Arnolds aroma. Earthy and Floral. Some subtle Chocolate Malts as well.

Taste-Definitely reminds me of Lawnmower w/ some added chocolate malts. It's subtle, and not very chocolatey, but it's there. Very clean.

Mouthfeel-Clean and Refreshing, Light bodied w/ medium carbonation. I could suck down a few of these.

Overall-Only had one, but could definitely drink plenty of these. Glad this beer is in the rotation. Very drinkable. (603 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Provided by the brewery. A black Kolsch? Fine by me.

Deep amber in color with a short tan head.

Malty aroma, which carries into the taste. Backed up by toasted flavors and vinous notes. Mild bitterness.

Solid body.

Overall a pretty good brew. (251 characters)

Photo of xmorgan
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish brown with small head and very little lacing

Smell: a little sweet but almost undistinguishable

Taste: malty and crisp a very mellow brown beer quite drinkable and great food companion

Mouthfeel: medium dry up frount but finishes slightly malty and slightly bitter sweat

Overall: a decent malty medium body lager (336 characters)

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. (1,098 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear dark brown with a biege head that dissipates moderately fast. The appearance of this beer is almost like a dunkel. There are plentiful tiny bubbles in the beer. There are hints of chocolate and coffee with the dark roasted malt. The aromas are pretty subtle. The taste follows the nose. The beer is chocolately and a the malt profile really comes across like a good dunkel. The hop bitterness is low to non-existant. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean and the drinkability is high. This beer drinks like a dunkel, but is labeled a Kölsch. This is a very good beer, but ultimately loses some points for being something it shouldn't. (700 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bought this based on the label art (really!) I kinda liked the dia de los muertos theme:

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new Belgium goblet:

A pours the color of honey, seemed to me rather flat on the pour.
nearly opaque , with a HINT of cherry red when held up to a light.
very disappointing head, fizzled quick and left no lacing at all

S: just a bit of an ABV to the nose, and a bit of a matiness

T - here's where this one comes thru for me, reminiscent of a stout. much more fizzy to the mouth than the pour. sweet and a bit chocolaty

M foamy, heavy.

D really not what I was hoping for, disappointing. (616 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Fat Grass: This one pours a clear, dark caramel color. There was a wisp of an off-white head on it that left no lacing. The aroma is a touch light but good. Light roastiness and chocolate, maybe some earthiness and toffee. The taste is good. A touch of malt sweetness. Some roasted malts, chocolate and graininess. Perhaps a touch of smokiness and a slightly dry finish. Nice. (386 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark ruby body with a rich, foamy head; excellent lacing on the glass. Lightly roasted grains predominate the smell; nutty earthiness. Taste follows aroma. Medium-light body (leaning more towards the light-side of things); crisp, clean, semi-dry finish.

A very good, roasted grain ale that really emphasizes the malts. The hop presence is pretty subdued, especially with bitterness, yet the lightly charred character of the malt sugars hold their own and make the beer a winner. (479 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of floral hops. Taste is a bit different for the style. Malts, bready, nutty, some hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. (258 characters)

Photo of kyleelton
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (498 characters)

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Saint Arnold Santo from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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