Saint Arnold Santo - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 483
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 4.94%
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 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 emerge077
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of oline73
2.66/5  rDev -22.7%
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. (547 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 mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (657 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 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 Mora2000
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (487 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 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 champ103
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (622 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 gtermi
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (410 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 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 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 RonaldTheriot
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saint Arnold Santo has a medium, off-white head and a dark copper, yet clear and bubbly appearance. There is a decent amount of lacing left behind. Aroma is of mildly sweet and spicy brown bread, and the flavor is of dark-roasted malt and coffee, plus some very slight chocolate. I detect no bitterness, but there may be some spice from the yeast. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Saint Arnold Santo finishes dry, mild, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a pretty plain and dull beer. It’s worth trying, though.

RJT (525 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep reddish amber when eld to light, with a moderate, persistent, coarse tan head, fine scattered lacing, like some lost ancient writings. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising.

Aroma; Citrus hops, bordering on orange dominate the aroma, as well as roasted and caramel malt, as the taste progresses, the roasted malt flavor intensifies, although pleasantly. Towards the latter part of the taste, there is a moderate cold coffee note. Finishes with lingering roasted malt and a faint herbal hop flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, a bit thin, but still pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. (756 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 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 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 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 bonkers
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to texasfan549, pours deep black with a 2" white head, nice lacing. The aroma has roasted notes, chocolate notes. The first sip has nice roasted and chocolate notes, then it faded a bit. It finishes light. The body is too thin, good carbonation. Black kolsch, maybe not the best idea. Not sure this is the proper style. (326 characters)

Photo of vande
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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... (499 characters)

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