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Icon Series: Amarillo Hefe - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Amarillo HefeIcon Series: Amarillo Hefe

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewer Sam Wright's Description: The recipe for Amarillo Hefe came from a beer I developed for my sister and brother in law's wedding. They wanted a hefeweizen for their reception, and I decided to put my own twist on it. Since some people like to put lemon or orange slices in hefes, I figured I could replace that with the bright citrus flavor and aroma of Amarillo hops. The base beer starts as a fairly traditional Hefe. As fermentation starts to putter out, a healthy dose of Amarillos are dry hopped to complement the banana and clove flavors of the yeast. The balance gives an impression of added spice flavor, but no spice was added. Just malt, hops, yeast, and water. Enjoy!

(Beer added by: champ103 on 05-06-2013)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-25-2013 02:00:52 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-15-2013 22:27:04 | More by kjkinsey
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-10-2013 03:19:13 | More by Texasfan549
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-09-2013 05:14:28 | More by drummermattie02
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed gold color with a small (for a hefe) cap of white head. Retention is just ok but lacing is really nice.

Nose is more hefe than hoppy, lots of cloves and bananas. There is some bright tropical fruit from the Amarillo though, reminds me of a banana-mango smoothie.

I must say, this beer certainly is...unique. Ive never been a huge fan of yeast-driven beers with lots of hops (i.e. Belgian IPAs), but this one is actually pretty tasty. Amarillo, Citra or maybe Sorachi might be the best bets to pull off something like this. The underlying hefe is nice and smooth with a creamy body...better than weedwacker I think - and Im a fan of Weedwacker. If you're looking for something new to try...this will cure a case of beer boredom!

05-29-2013 00:18:27 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Pours the requisite hazed golden/yellow color. A two finger pillowing white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: A big burst of citrus and lemon peal in the nose. Zesty, spicy hops that are well balanced with the yeast character. Earthy, husky yeast. Bready, biscuit aromas. I like it.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of citrus and lemon peal. Phenolic yeast and bready malts. I do like it, just not as much umpth as the nose.
M/D: A medium body and effervescent carbonation. A nice dryness as well, though a bit on the watery side for me. Easy to drink and enjoyable to drink. The four pack will be gone in no time.

Nice. Very enjoyable. Not my favorite Hefeweizen. Weissa Versa and Live Oak are still my go to for the style. Still, I am going to enjoy plenty while this is available.

05-06-2013 22:37:23 | More by champ103
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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: hazy yellow, white head, maybe a finger, dissipated quickly, only a little lace.

Aroma: light pine and citrus, with and earthy, bubblegum yeast note on the back, with a bit of banana and clove.

Taste: banana and yeast esters up front, with some backing floral and piny hop notes and a very subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light, light carbonation, clean finish, smooth.

Overall: not a bad hefe at all, and the Amarillo touch is good too.

06-14-2013 02:49:28 | More by EgadBananas
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New York

3/5  rDev -18.7%

07-25-2013 19:40:43 | More by BGsWo22
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-12-2013 03:02:57 | More by Gagnonsux
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

06-01-2013 00:00:59 | More by cdwil
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

12-28-2013 05:14:06 | More by jenray
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-04-2013 00:44:55 | More by MSandahl23
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

09-12-2013 01:39:49 | More by Dicers
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-07-2013 00:32:17 | More by WDJersey
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into travel tulip. purchased at Steins Deli in NOLA for like $2.
Pours a golden color with just a thin white bubbly head. Meh...
Nice aromas redeeming itself...fruity hop meets banana clove hefe aroma. Taste is very similar. Crisp golden malty with minimal banana and clove hefe typical flavor, but a nice fruity finish. Its super easy to drink, but nothing spectacular. Cool concept, but it seems to be lacking in wow factor...and more importantly, classic flavor. Its either gotta be wow or classic, and this falls in between. Its good, not great.

10-30-2013 00:55:22 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

08-04-2013 04:03:33 | More by jheezee
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

07-18-2013 04:59:31 | More by duff247
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4.46/5  rDev +20.9%

Saint Arnold Amarillo Hefeweizen (Icon Green) has a very thick, fluffy, off-white head, a hazy, quite bubbly, golden appearance, and good lacing left behind. The aroma is of faint sweetness, banana, and spice, and the flavor is of bread, spice, banana, clove, and a touch of tap water. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Saint Arnold Amarillo Hefeweizen (Icon Green) finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and extremely drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful wheat beer!


07-21-2013 23:13:12 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz, 4/25/13
Jester King glass

A: Slightly hazed golden yellow orange color. Thin layer of bright white. Big bubbles around edges. Good carbonation.

S: Nice Hefe nose: banana and clove and slight bubble gum. But you do pick up more of that bright hop aroma. Some fruity notes. Juicy.

T: Not very bitter bite up front. Expecting more with hops involved. Really getting those banana and clove notes per the Hefe. I think the Amarillo hopping adds more flavor in the mid palate in this one. It's not the traditional Hefe. The finish isn't as expected. Not as dry as I was expecting.

M: Light leading medium. Very sessionable.

07-12-2013 16:06:40 | More by inlimbo77
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-17-2013 20:57:39 | More by Jame515
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

06-19-2013 01:00:59 | More by JohnBender
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3.59/5  rDev -2.7%

A-hazy golden yellow color with a decent white head and minimal lacing

S-bread, yeast, little orange, hint of spice

T-yeasty bread, orange, little banana, clove, light pine, mild bitter finish with a slightly off aftertaste

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-average hefe with slightly odd aftertaste, but drinkable

10-30-2013 23:44:04 | More by MDDMD
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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Yellow and a little hazy with a fairly good head and sparse lace.

Aroma is more heffy than I expected, good yeasty component, some hoppiness, interesting.

I like the taste, well, for a hoppy hef or wheat beer, that is. I can't say I'm real fond of this style, but this example of the style is quite tasty, so more power to St Arnold. It's got ample hop presence without blasting away all the things that make a hef, like yeasty taste and a pretty full mouthfeel, despite being pretty light and drinkable.

I kind of think the hoppy hef/wheat beer is somewhat of a distinct style (with some overlap, obviously). I have found all of these beers interesting but just not that compelling. I guess the yeastiness clashes with the hops, IMO. I'm rating this one well tho because you rate to style and this is a tasty beer, regardless of my eccentricities.

06-05-2013 02:29:45 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy light golden hue. Large bubbles of rising effervescence. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. No real lacing.

S: Freshly cut grass, strong lemon and lime citrus.

T: White bread, with a nice bit of citrus, and what seems like a very slight hop bite.

M: Light body, a bit of a metallic feel.

D: Sessionable, but worth savoring.

Atmosphere is okay. Slight bubbly head, no real lacing. Grassy and citrusy nose. Generic bready flavor accentuated with a bit of citrus and a slight hop feel. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

11-28-2013 04:36:12 | More by bmwats
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-16-2013 17:14:44 | More by bbadger
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Icon Series: Amarillo Hefe from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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