Saint Arnold Santo - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 487
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 106 | 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 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 HipCzech
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Saint Arnold Brewery, served in a shaker pint, following the Santo de Mayo 5K. Dark cola brown with a decent off white head. Mild, toasted malt aroma. Light, nutty and toasted malt taste. Slight yeast fruitiness and subtle hops in finish. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Simple and straightforward; deceptively drinkable for its color. Not the most exciting, but great after a sunny 5K. (411 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 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 tkelley
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz bottle from beer of the every other month club poured into a shaker pint.

A - brown body with a nice white head. Body is very clear with pretty nice highlights.

N - toasty malts. Sweet smells.

T - very yummy malt flavor, almost between a brown ale and a porter.

M - creamy and effervescent.

O - much better than I anticipated. Good cold weather beer.

Cheers! (371 characters)

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 (393 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 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 mjurney
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Brown color, looks clear. Lots of small bubbles rising to the top. Thin head.

Aroma:
Toasted malts, very clean.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Toasted malts, brown bread, nutty. Very mild hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is dry, crisp. Body is light, crisp, clean, refreshing, dry.

Overall:
It's a good beer. (317 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 a0lbudman
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-clear dark brown with a tan head that faded fast and leave no lace on the glass
S-toffee amd sweet malt
T- slight roast taste with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste that finishes with a roasted taste
M-watery and low carbonation
O-this would be a great beer for those that do not like heavy coffee taste or a hard bitter taste (332 characters)

Photo of dippy
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark reddish brown. It almost looks ruby around the edges. Nice off white head of tight knit bubbles. The smell is a bit of coffee, a touch of sweet malt.

The flavor is a bit thin but malty. It is nice, drinkable. A good session beer.

Reminds me of a negro modelo. (275 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 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 StonedTrippin
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a black kolsch? some may say they were just too lazy to lager this thing, not that it really would have helped a whole lot in my opinion. watery see through brown in color, short lived half inch of tan suds. smells loosely like roasted barley, but not enough of it, its thin and transparent aromatically. faint cocoa notes too, but they seem watered down as well. no hops to speak of. the flavor is a lot like the nose, but the absence of enough malt is more apparent. supposed to be a bold and roasty brew, it lacks that depth. it also lacks enough body to really work in this colder weather. perhaps better in a summer context when a bit of a darker beer is sought, but a light body is still in season. as it stands today, this beer really missed the mark for me, and now after a handful of beers saint Arnold is still yet to really make much of an impression on me. (868 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown color and clear. Little head and no lace.

Dark caramel malt aroma. No hop.

Tastes like a Brown Ale, not a Kölsch. Lots toasted malt. Sweet with some spritz. Full bodied. Short aftertaste. Overall, it's a run of the mill Brown Ale taste wise. (252 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 Bob1966
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
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. (403 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 Gueuzedude
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sampled April 2012
A vigorous pour into my small wine goblet produces a fat-one-finger thick, dirty, pale tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, brown-amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nutty, toasted, dark malt character to it up front, though this doesn’t bowl you over; in fact none of the aromas do. A deeper contemplation of the nose starts to reveal a smooth, roasted grain character, some grassy grain notes and perhaps not a whole lot of other things.

The beer has a touch of sweetness to it that I was not expecting and the finish has a tartness to it that seems to be brought out by the roasted / burnt malt. There is a general fruitiness to this beer that almost seems floral in character somehow. A distinct, roasted nutty notes provides a smooth, pervasive flavor to this beer that is almost the most prominent note. Some brown cracker like notes help contribute to the malt complexity

A malt focused beer, with just a touch of fruitiness from the yeast character. Simple, easy drinking for when you want a roast accented beer. Not bad and even enjoyable, but not all that interesting for me. (1,185 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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. (662 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 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 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)

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Saint Arnold Santo from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.