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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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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
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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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:18:27 | More by twiggamortis420
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WritersBlock

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-26-2013 22:02:23 | More by WritersBlock
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BKotch

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

05-26-2013 04:51:41 | More by BKotch
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ilikebeer03

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-25-2013 05:55:19 | More by ilikebeer03
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coldriver

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

05-24-2013 23:27:13 | More by coldriver
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jhamp9

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

05-24-2013 02:30:37 | More by jhamp9
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goochpunch

Texas

1.94/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Poured this into a Saint Arnold Christmas Ale pint glass. Weird hazy - slightly cloudy body. Pale gold. Not much head to speak of. Smell is fairly subdued. What little I get is clove and a hint of those amarillos (but, really, the hops are pretty far in the back). Flavor is SWEET. The requisite hefe flavors are there, but it's all so muted. This is the first beer I've had in a week and a half, so I expected to get a wave of flavor. Not so much. Hops are an afterthought. Weird Saint Arnold house taste that I can never get down with. Why put the hop varietal name in if you aren't going to properly showcase it? This has one of the worst mouthfeels on a hefeweizen I have ever tried in my life. Sorely lacking in carbonation and none of that typical fluffy hefe body. Kind of slick too. This is pretty bad.

Definitely one for the homers.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 00:06:57 | More by goochpunch
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WickedD365

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-23-2013 20:18:25 | More by WickedD365
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tmaestro

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-23-2013 18:59:15 | More by tmaestro
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dcloeren

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-21-2013 20:30:12 | More by dcloeren
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bmurray10

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-21-2013 03:11:50 | More by bmurray10
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UHCougar12

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-20-2013 02:56:32 | More by UHCougar12
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truesolution

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-20-2013 00:52:49 | More by truesolution
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valkyre65

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

05-19-2013 13:17:51 | More by valkyre65
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strib

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-17-2013 23:58:42 | More by strib
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Meleah

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-17-2013 23:37:45 | More by Meleah
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hsus0225

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-17-2013 14:55:10 | More by hsus0225
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Icon Green pours from the bottle to a yellowish color and if poured right, produces a good deal of foam that leaves lace as you drink. The nose on this beer is yeasty, spicy, and citrus- like. It is appealing in the sense that you know it is hefeweizen, but you also know it is different.

This beer has a pleasant flavor profile that includes yeast, bread, and citrus, primarily lemon and orange. There is some earthy character as well and a slightly toasted malt taste that is nice and easy on the palate. The beer is medium to light in body and very easy- going and likeable.

This is a nice beer in the Icon series and a good product for hefeweizen fans and others who want a lighter brew that is still flavorful and enjoyable. The added citrus component is not something you expect, but it is certainly a nice addition and it does set the beer apart from others in its class. Icon Blue is still my favorite so far in the series, but this is still a good product and one not to pass up.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:33:59 | More by BryanCarey
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-15-2013 22:27:04 | More by kjkinsey
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jamescain

Texas

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a SA perfect pint.

It pours a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that slowly fades to a thin lacing over the top of the beer. The smell up front is mostly banana and clove with a touch of hops. It is definitely more hoppy then a standard hefeweizen. The hops provide a profile of grapefruit and citrus. I would have liked more hop nose I guess. I still enjoy the nose as just a hefeweizen but I was hoping for more of an IPA meets a hefeweizen. The taste is very yeasty and bready. Typical hefeweizen flavors with a slightly more assertive bitterness. The beer is light bodied with high carbonation and a nice dry finish. Overall I like this beer a lot and would definitely buy some more. Its a nice alternative to a certain other hefeweizen that does not come in bottles. I'd be happy to see this getting rebrewed.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 17:19:12 | More by jamescain
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-13-2013 03:27:40 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-12-2013 03:02:57 | More by Gagnonsux
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Ford

Texas

4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Nobi Public House in Webster, Texas.

MMM. This is a really good hefe. Not as good as Live Oak, but unlike the previous two reviewers who know their stuff... I actually think I like this more than Weisse Versa from Karbach.

Now that I have it in bottles, I'm going to do a direct comparison soon. That should be fun. If they get it on tap at Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin, then I might do a straight side by side of all three.... as they always seem to have the other two on tap.

On my scale of deliciousness.... it ranks Really Delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2013 02:39:32 | More by Ford
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-10-2013 03:19:13 | More by Texasfan549
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-09-2013 17:22:23 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
Icon Series: Amarillo Hefe from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.