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Saint Arnold Santo - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
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399 Ratings
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 43 | 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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4/5  rDev +19.4%

t0rin0, Dec 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

zestar, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

spycow, Apr 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

GRG1313, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

Would Ron endorse? Discuss. Meanwhile, this stuff pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, light chocolate powder, and lighter orange peel. The taste, being insanely conformist and uninteresting, brings in more of the same. Straight up. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an okay beer, but nothing I would ever consider a kolsch. I'm thinking this must be miscategorized or something. Either way, it's alright, but nothing close to special or memorable.

TMoney2591, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Chris for sharing this beer today!
Live review, served in a tulip glass.

Earthy husky grain aroma. Bright caramel color, thin string of bubbles on the surface. Spotty lacing left behind. Crystal clear with a jewel tone clarity.

Tastes caramel sweet, dry and smooth. Clean and flavorful. Bready, tasty. Something that could be sessioned, an easy drinking beer.

Wouldn't consider this a traditional Kölsch, more of a Maerzen or ESB in character, though they do use a Kölsch yeast. American-Style Dark Lager is the category it won bronze in the World Beer Cup.

emerge077, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

StonedTrippin, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of oline73
2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

oline73, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What is this, a new style-- Black Kölsch? Well, anyway it's a lot darker, a dark amber, than any Kölsch I've seen.

I just had the Fancy Lawnmower Kölsch, forgetting this one is also from Saint Arnold. Fairly malty and much richer. A distinct taste of roasted malt. Sort of an amber ale but without much in the way of hops. There are some hoppy aromatics, but mostly it's about the toasty barley and without the distinctive perfumey notes. A decent quaff and not a bad entry in the lower-alcohol sweepstakes. Not particularly distinctive but goes down easy and mixes well with a hoppier brew.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Leonard's Market in Lubbock.

mactrail, Nov 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

mdfb79, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

MarkyMOD, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
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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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

beernads, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

smcolw, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -17%
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

kojevergas, Sep 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

mothman, Jul 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

LXIXME, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

BillRoth, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

dmorgan310, Jun 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

THECPJ, May 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.3%

drummermattie02, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

thagr81us, Nov 21, 2012
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Saint Arnold Santo from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.