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Icon Series: Amarillo Hefe - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 4
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Sammy, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Texasfan549, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

kjkinsey, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

drummermattie02, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

twiggamortis420, May 29, 2013
Photo of champ103
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

champ103, May 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

BGsWo22, Jul 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Dicers, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Gagnonsux, May 12, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

EgadBananas, Jun 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

MSandahl23, Sep 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

st9647v3, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

cdwil, Jun 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

WDJersey, Jul 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

DrinkSlurm, Oct 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

jheezee, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

JohnBender, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jame515, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

MDDMD, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

inlimbo77, Jul 12, 2013
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Icon Series: Amarillo Hefe from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.