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Saint Arnold Santo - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 42 | 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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4.93/5  rDev +47.2%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Ford, Sep 15, 2012
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4.21/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Premo88, Jun 13, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

sjones5045, Jul 30, 2014
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Saint Arnold Santo from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.