Saint Arnold Santo - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 10
Gots: 98 | 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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Ratings: 479 | Reviews: 82
Photo of tjsmith910
1.5/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

yuck. first bad beer I've had from this brewery. possibly just a bad luck of the draw

Photo of Bob1966
2.15/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer has a clear, dark brown color, with reddish tinge, and is attractive.
There is moderate to thin lacing on the glass.
I get a Sourish aroma and an astringent taste. I find little hop aroma. The bitterness is moderate.
The mouthfeel seems a little watery to me.
Overall, a rather disappointing beer, due to the aroma, taste and mouthfeel, which is surprising coming from a Saint Arnold product.

Photo of apasternak
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark Kolch that didn't interest me. Not much there in terms of flavor

Photo of doubledteague
2.64/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Photo of oline73
2.66/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear dark amber/brown with quite a bit of red in it. There is a small layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very mild, the only thing I'm really picking up is slightly sweet bready malt.

Taste: Tastes like an average brown ale. Mildly sweet malt, a bit nutty/roasty, but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Really boring and I'm not sure the style is correct. Not again.

Photo of jamescain
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one with me, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish hues, almost black, topped off with a thin off white head that quickly fades to a thin lacing.

Aroma: Slight roasted character and a touch of fruit, but nothing much else.

Taste: Again, roasted characteristics and mild fruitiness, plan and somewhat boring.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I'm glad I was allowed to taste this beer before I decided to invest in a 6 pack. I did not like it and to this day have only actually enjoyed a few St. Arnolds beers.

Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretty standard label art and a branded pressure cap acquired as part of a mixed 6 pack at Whole Foods and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given its current ratings. I'm not certain this is actually a kolsch as currently classified, though Saint Arnold's website calls it a "black Kolsch" - which sounds pretty B.S. Reviewed as a schwarzbier.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a three finger wide head of beige colour. Has a nice soft fluffy complexion. No real lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent clear dark amber-brown. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks pretty generic for a schwarzbier.

Sm: Roasted barley, dark malts, hints of coffee, and kilned barley. Any hopping is so minimal it's not discernable. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A poor aroma of mild strength. If this is supposed to be a kolsch, it's absolutely terrible. For a schwarzbier, it's okay. Not looking forward to trying this.

T: Dark malts, pilsner malts, clean barley, a dab of roast, and a fleeting hint of crisp clean munich malts - which reminds the drinker of what this beer actually should be. If they were going for a kolsch, they really missed the mark. And it doesn't commit enough to its dark malts/roasted character to really hit the schwarzbier style. No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol comes through. As it warms, I get some cocoa powder and a bit of earthiness.

Troublesome imbalance. Not gestalt; lacks cohesion and focus. Shallow depth of flavour. Limited duration and intensity of flavour.

There are no off flavours here.

Mf: Nicely clean and crisp. Smooth and wet. A biteen overcarbonated. Okay presence on the palate. Nice body. It suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Kind of refreshing.

Dr: Drinkable, sure, but I wouldn't want to get this again. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Hides its ABV decently, but I'd probably guess it was higher than 4.70% if I tried it blind. A swing and a miss from Saint Arnold. I hate the premise, and the execution isn't much better. Kolsch is one traditional style that doesn't need yanks tinkering with it.

C

Photo of bens0n
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark brown amber color, fairly clear, not murky or cloudy at all. Very minimal amount of foamy head.

Smell wise this beer is not very aromatic, it has a subtle malt that pulls through the mild spiciness, nothing special here.

Flavor wise there is a nice blend of spicy and coffee notes, nothing really stands out though, its well blended but not really smooth.

It was on the watery side and not really easy to put down especially with the meager 4.7 abv it puts out. Its in the moderate sipper category for me and I didn't even bother finishing it. If it had more carbonation, maybe some crispness or a more characteristic finish I would have probably enjoyed it more but its just one of those beers that in a hit or miss game, is a miss. Sip after sip I was hoping it was going to get better as it warmed up but I was really disappointed.

Photo of specksnreds
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a pretty root beer without the head. Smells like not-much-to-right-home-about. Some sweetness on the sniffer, but it's a hunting expedition in the Amazon to find it. Bubbly on the tongue, more so than I expected due to the lack of foamy head. It doesn't taste like much at all. It's soooo subtle with a bit of toasted Grape Nuts in the finish. Hops weren't invented when this beer was brewed. That's the only reason I can think of for there not being any. A black lager/Kolsch (I guess) that needs more flava-flave.

Photo of CEversole
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color, with a half finger white head that dissapates to almost non-existant. Hardly any lacing at all. Very low retention.

S: Not very aromatic at all. Bready and malty. The usual I guess.

T: I can definately taste some heavy malt, as well as some sugar agents. Maybe a small hint of coffee but not really sure. The background flavors are hard to place. I get some nuttiness in the background as well.

M: Great mouthfeel. I think the carbonation is just right. Very clean and crisp, as it should be.

O: I wouldn't say I'm dissapointed by any means, however there are much better examples of the style out there. This is a great average beer for an average (not to over the top) beer drinker. This would be good for intro. to people who are new to the hobby. About what I expected from saint arnold.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of heimbrauer
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pub glass.

A: Pours dark brown from the bottle. About a finger tan head that actually lasted quite a bit.

S: The smell is a little metallic. Not much in the hop or malt department. Though a little breadiness comes through. Could be the munich malt.

T: Almost identical to lawnmower. I thought the different malt bill would have changed the profile completely. No hop bitterness (as expected with a Kolsch), but no truly pronounced dark malt character either. A little in the beginning, but disappears rather quickly.

M: Thin with medium carbonation.

This is an average beer. I was expecting a little more dark malt character. If you are a lawnmower fan, then you will enjoy this. Otherwise, if you are looking for something more complex, look elsewhere.

Photo of kcbearkat
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Saint Arnold Spring Bock pint glass.

A: Pours dark brown from the bottle. It appears to be like dark maple syrup when help up to light and is accompanied by a thin tan head.

S: The smell is kind of basic. Roasted dark malts with a slight bit of floral. Not bad by any means, but average.

T: Dark malts, slightly burnt sugar. Flavor disappears rather quickly, just like a Kolsch. It's refreshing.

M: This has a medium carbonation with a thin mouthfeel.

This is a completely average dark beer with the plus that the flavor doesn't linger very long. It's not mind blowing but I'm not sure it was really trying to be either. A very drinkable beer from Brock at SA.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Okay" is the only way to describe this beer.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Color is deep mahogany. Looks blood red when held to the light. The head is tan and has decent retention. No lacing. The best part of the appearance is definitely the color.

S - Smells like lightly toasted grains, metal, and corn nuts. Original flavor. That's what I get.

T - Toasted grains initially. Then you get a little cocoa. Then a low frequency finish. Pretty single digit. Nothing special.

M - Medium bodied with a soda pop like carbonation. Enough said.

O - Another mediocre Saint Arnold beer. Just an average unremarkable beer. Not bad, but not worthy of a second purchase.

Photo of vande
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - black and flat, like a couple of day old cola... strange for a kolsch, but a black kolsch - eh, something new...

s - roasted/bready malt...nothing crazy though.

t - watery, roasted flavor...some breadiness...but this one didn't do a whole lot for me unfortunately.

m - somewhat thin, like a kolsch should be I spose, but a bit watery...

o - eh... glad i tried, wouldn't necessarily seek out again though.. i like S.A. other brews I've been lucky enough to have...maybe kolsch not my style...

Photo of zander4dawin
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep amber/light brown color with nice clearity and a thin tighty knit head.
Smell - Faint roasted malt smell, slight bit of caramel and floralness.
Taste - Roasted malt, burnt sugar, and other black beer characteristics with the clean finish and bite of a traditional kolsch.
Mouthfeel - Feels just like Lawnmower, very light bodied and thin feeling but with some darker beer taste.

It's a decent beer but I think's there's some better options for a highly drinkable beer with dark beer tastes such as Full Sail Sessions Black.

Photo of gtermi
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is a nice dark brown with a thin head.

S: The smell is very nice with a good amount of roastedness.

T: The taste is a hufe let down. It has a little bit of roastedness, but also is pretty bland.

M: The beer is pretty average, it has a decent amount of carbonation.

O: I was pretty disappointed with this beer. Saint Arnold makes good beers, but this is by far the worst one by them I have had.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle into nonic

A: Cola brown, fairly thin looking body, good carbonation but low retention

S: crisp cracker with a hint of carob, maybe a bit of green apple, heaving co2

T: almost pear-like quality, a bit of toastiness but not much, somewhat chalky/malted milk-like in the finish

M: Very bright, effervescent, final finish is quite dry but clean, good.

O: It's an OK beer. It isn't big enough in any direction to really define its style. I did enjoy the mouthfeel and clean finish.

Photo of SkipWeathers
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crisp, black, malty and clean taste. Mild chalky bitterness lingering. No oil or fruit present. This was kind of a mystery beer to me because of the cool art on the label (also, bottlecap is nice design too) and the lack of any description of the brew. As I understand it's a "black kolsch." Seems to fit Texas to a "T." Burnt roast mild coffee-like flavor with refreshing light brew. Kind of a nice mix.

Photo of DavidST
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well at least the bottle looks pretty cool. Anyways poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, bottled on 12/21/11. This pours a dark brown with a short lived lace leaving off white head. The smells have a biscuit hint along with mild hops but a little mild, a little dark malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is light also, some biscuit malts, a little coco a hint of hop bite, okay but not great.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A reddish-brown color and a good sized (more than two-inch) head. Very clear and plenty of sticky lace.

The aroma is that of a very dark roast iced coffee with a hint of cocoa.

Light and crisp. Very refreshing. The dark roasted flavors are not as pronounced as the aroma led me to expect. There really isn't much flavor up front, but plenty of roasted flavors toward the end. Rather one dimensional but refreshing and tasty.

This beer is somewhat unique in texture and flavor. It's a very good beer for a hot day when you want something light but with more flavor than a light pilsner or koelsch. Otherwise, it's not outstanding.

Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Richmond Arms in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights throughout. A two finger light beige head forms with good retention initially. After a few minutes that recedes to a small ring with light lace.
S: Dry toasted malts and grain up front and center. Bread and biscuit. Not much else.
T: Again, toasted almost burnt grains, bread, and biscuit dominate. Not feeling this one.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp, dry, and effervescent. Not hard to put back a few if in the mood.

This did not really excite me. Besides some toasted and burnt grains, just kind of ho hum and average.

Photo of diamondc
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7.99 a sixer. Bottled on 10/14/11. Cool bottle art.

A: I'm really surprised the amount of head on this beer. Almost every Saint Arnolds year round beer I've had had poor head retention. The head is a tan shade, the actual beer is dark brown. Looks good.

S: Caramel, popcorn, hot nuts. Just a tad chocolate.

T: A big roast flavor on the first sip. Subtle mocha, coffee, dark chocolate in the middle. And then it just disappears.

M: A bit fizzy, could have used a bit more body, but since this is a Black Kolsch (ha ha...), this might be to style.

O: Nothing memorable about this beer. Easy drinking though.

Photo of bmwats
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stange.

A: Medium-dark brown. Pours a 2 finger, bubbly, brown white head. Settles pretty quickly, but not completely; leaving a little residue behind as it does. Plenty of beer ring lacing.

S: Lightly roasted malt, light hints of butterscotch and pecan.

T: Roasted malt, and a little peat, pecan shells, and butterscotch.

M: All components are light. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, thick bubbly head, and some nice lacing. Nose is roasty, with sweet and nutty components. Lightly roasted malt, nuts, and sweetness. All components lightly applied. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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