Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Lager - Helles
3.14 | pDev: 23.57%
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Saint Archer Gold is a light-bodied, flavorful yet refreshing light lager brewed in the tradition of Helles lagers, with just 95 calories and 2.6 grams of carbs.
Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 93 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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md3kcn from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single can from Kroger for $2.00. Poured into a pils glass.

L - Pale gold, thin eggshell head with lacing.
S - Straw, strong yeasty notes, and a slight flowery backing. Smells quite malty yet light.
T - Freshly baked biscuit, pear, white grapes, and grass.
F - Delicate, lightly carbonated - almost creamy. Very refreshing.
O - Although I wasn't sure what to expect, I have to say that I'm not disappointed. For a beer I found on a mild spring day, it sure suits the weather! Easy-drinking, and I'm very surprised it has as much flavor as it does for a light beer. Will buy again.

Apr 03, 2021
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RedbirdRona from Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I guess Saint Archer Gold is trying to positions itself as the premium light craft beer. Other than price I do not really see any difference between this and say miller light, bud light, coors light, busch light, natural. I think this taste like coors light with a little more flavor actually. In a blind taste test though I doubt I could distinguish any of the above. Overall, this is a very uninspiring beer. Why even drink beer if you are that worried about carb/calories. For the premium price you will have to pay for this beer you are better off picking up your favorite bottle of liquor.

Dec 04, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Archer Brewing Co. "Gold"
12 fl. oz. can coded "OCT 1220 C04021038"
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

I see that this is currently listed on BeerAdvocate as a helles lager but it's advertised as a light beer. As such, I'm quite impressed, and I can see why it would have been listed as a helles lager. It's got the appearance, a bit of the aroma, and most of the flavor while still delivering just 4.2% ABV and 95 calories. As a light beer it scores really well.
Review #7,079

Nov 11, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has very slight malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a very slight malt flavor
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent Helles

Oct 11, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 3/23/20. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas and flavors of big cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery earthiness. Bit of fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero hop astringency after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a delicious Munich Helles lager. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish; not aggressive. Great clean and nicely rich pils/Munich malt showcase; with a great level of noble hop presence/balance for the style. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressively spot on style example.

Sep 01, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sadly, I hear they’ve stopped making this. For a low carb beer it’s outstanding.
Very light color, medium carbonation and not much smell.
So much more flavor than Ultra, it’s not what you’d call hoppy but compared to the rest in its class it definitely has an American hop hit to it. Finishes very dry. I almost don’t feel like I’m drinking a diet beer. I bought the last 12 pack from Randall’s, it’s already a month over the best buy date but I don’t notice anything off. Hopefully I can find a few more before it’s all gone. I guess it’s back to natty light, it tastes better than Ultra to me.

Aug 08, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a light golden color that is clear with a soft, bright white head. SRM of 6-7. (3.75)

Aroma: Mild aromas of grains and honey with faint hints of bread. A touch of smooth milk.

Flavor: Flavor follows with a milky cracker flavor with faint bread. It finishes smooth, slightly sweet, and clean.

Feel: Medium-bodied for the style. Low carbonation relatively. Finishes smooth and somewhat milky.

Compared to Coors Light 6/30/20: Pours a slightly lighter color. More milky and smooth. Less carbonation and yeast.

Overall: A nice and smooth drinking light beer with faint hints of honey and milk. Lightly smooth and creamy.

Jul 01, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Straw yellow. Filtered. Moderately foamy with persistent lacing.

S: Mostly malts. I think there is some wheat in it. I can't smell the hops, but I can taste a dash of hops, which is neccesary to cut the natural sweetness of the malt.

T: Nearly flavorless. It's not supposed to have flavor (See Bud Light, White Claw). 4.2% is high strength relative to it's flavor profile.

F: It's off your palate as fast as it enters. The memory is the strongest residual, even that quickly fades.

O: I like it. It's cold, wet, and it is a beer that delivers alcohol. It's priced the same as Michelob Ultra but tastes better. 3/5 is a moderate rating for a moderate beer.

Jun 16, 2020
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JoKo from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard Pilsner glass. The Appearance is spot on, very clear bright golden color and highly carbonated with an inch thick white head that dissipated after a minute or so. Nose is very faint, grainy. For a light lager, this beer really packed quite a bit of flavor, mild grainy malts with a snappy hop finish. Extremely crushable beer, spot on for the style and probably the best beer of the style that I’ve ever had. It reminded me of a light version of Bitburger, it has a German pils quality to it.

Jun 06, 2020
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Spikester from Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale gold with one finger of white head. A few spots of lace.
Smell is some bready malt.
Taste is bready malt with a kiss of grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with strong carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and balanced.
Overall a tasty and refreshing low carb. beer. Well done.
Best by date is 6-01-20.

May 11, 2020
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.01/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I first must admit that this is not my favorite style of beer (lite), however, I am giving this one a try due to it's very low carb and calorie count.

Poured from a thin 12 oz can into a wine glass. Beautiful bright gold liquid with white head. Slight grain aroma. Decent flavor, clean and crisp, lots of grain, light hops, fairly dry for the style. Light-medium mouth feel with appropriate carbonation, but nothing special.

Overall, this is the best light beer I've had, and certainly the best beer on the market with such a low carb count (2.6g).

May 08, 2020
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Saint Archer's Gold has been promoted as a "craft" light beer. I will admit that it might be best described as an elevated adjunct lager. It looks kind of weak with a pale yellow appearance. There's not much of a mouth feel, but it does have a decent taste where I can detect more of a hop presence than you'd find in your average light beer. It smell okay too.

May 06, 2020
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can

Pours a little over a finger of white head into my hour glass. Retention is about average, we’ll see about lacing. Body is a crystal clear whitish yellow, pretty on par for the style. Loads of bubbles coming up. Looks decent so far.

If memory serves, light lagers don’t usually fall off completely until the flavor, so the aromas aren’t often god awful. That said, this might smell a little better than the norm, it has some stuff going on, a tiny bit, maybe. A little corn, but flirts with more of an authentic barley aroma than most of the beers in this style. Some faint hops. Compared to others this isn’t that bad.

The flavor is pretty on par and mostly flavorless, but due to an impressive mouthfeel it comes across better than it is. In addition, it follows suit with the nose and actually has a sprinkle of barley, rather than mostly corn dominating; this comes through significantly more as it warms and becomes actually malty. Not much in the way of hops. Not great but noticeably better than most, very clean.

The mouthfeel is really where this beer gets points. It has a slightly bigger body than most light lagers and sits in the back of your throat with much more authority. A light bready sweetness accompanies this to make for a much fuller palate. This does A LOT of work, considering it somehow makes up for the rest of the beer being relatively flavorless. Carbonation is medium. Bitterness is not noticeable. It drinks slightly less crisp than many of the macros, but waaay smoother.

Drinkability is fine.

Appearance turned out alright. Lacing was somewhat webbed, but pretty cohesive.

Overall a fuller and smoother light lager. It might not be as crisp, but it doesn’t suffer from being watery and bland like most in the style, so I’ll say it’s a step up.

May 05, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

2.87/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a can. Straw in color with a white fluffy head. Smells like a typical adjunct lager. Flavor starts out pretty good but ends rather empty. Ok beer but probably won't get another

Apr 17, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

2.74/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It wasn't awful, had a few redeeming qualities.
Mostly hop, herbal, earthy forward with some malt to back it up.
Tough to score till I thought about how many decent beers I've given a 3.5. This is not even close to something I would try.

Apr 07, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

1.32/5  rDev -58%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

For all its low-class characteristics, this "beer" actually looks alright. It’s got that off-white, gold champagne color going for it, with lots of twinkling bubbles inside that can't quite seem to form a head and instead cling to the surface like a layer of white algae.

I actually burst out laughing at the barest whiff. It hosts a sweaty, sulfide-laden malt smell. The stink of stale, bottom-rung beer that's been knocked over during beer pong and left to oxidize on the dorm carpet overnight. Behind this putrid parade of preservatives are notes of what could best be described as sun-dried gym socks. A stench that promises to provide instant and total remorse should you dare to ingest it.

Okay, here we go. I'm actually putting the glass to my lips now... ugh, I'm gonna need therapy to get through the damage this is about to cause: Light bodied, so unfathomably light it vanishes like air the second it hits the tongue, which would be merciful if not for the lingering tingle of sulfurous swamp-life that loiters afterwards.

I had to put this putrescent bog water in my mouth twice now. TWICE! in order to write this review. So I hope someone out there appreciates the suffering I've endured to bring you this warning: This is a downhill experience that starts low and plummets like the Dow Jones in the 20's from there. Splenda-sweetened malts upfront, coupled closely by the unique and unmistakable flavor of freshly manufactured notebook paper. Then finishes with hints of soggy yeast.

Good for a practical joke and that's about it.

Mar 30, 2020
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dhannes from Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Perfect Pint:
L=Very light yellow with greenish tint; head reached 1" but dissipated in under a minute...not a good start.
S=Surprisingly present...hops and most lagers but with more herbal tones.
T=Hop forward, with a decent amount of malt. More like a traditional AAC...reminds me of a Hamm's or Schlitz.
F=A bit watery, even for a light beer.
O=One of the better light beers on the market...I can't think of any others that are better. Will probably buy again. Molson Coors needs to promote this over Miller Lite in more affluent markets.

Mar 21, 2020
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steve-l from Massachusetts

3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'll stay with slightly the slightly higher carbs but superior flavor of either Sierra Nevada Brut IPA or Lagunitas All Day IPA.
But that's just one man's opinion.

Mar 20, 2020
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3.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This crispy carbonated swill will have your gauntlet thanking you all night. Let’s judge this concoction for what it is — a deliberate attempt at usurping the Ultra Light Lager Throne currently held by *cough, cough* Michelob Ultra. Saint Archer Gold has flavor — it tastes like beer. The same could hardly be said for its counterpart. One might ask, “okay that’s great and all, but is the flavor GOOD?!” — to which I say “Yes, considering you’ve got a mere 2.6 carbs and 95 calories.” Budweiser has nearly 9 more carbs and 50 more calories per 12oz and yet Saint Archer Gold packs more flavor and punch. With that being said, you’re getting more bang for your buck here. There is a fair hop presence here for what it is (more than you’ll find in any other light American macro lager). If you want a beer that you can be proud to drink and call BEER but you’re also trying to fit back into those swimming trunks you grew out of over 20 years ago during your final year of college then this beer is for you.

Mar 19, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 12-pack cans $14.99 Target
5 days before best by date on can
Light clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
High carbonation
Light malt flavors, a little bitterness finish
Overall good for what it is, a low calories low alcohol beer. Better than macro brews.

Mar 19, 2020
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.06/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean crisp light lager....slightly dry on the finish....not loaded with flavor but a bit more than Mich Ultra if I remember right. Clarity is impressive....clean drinking...a touch of graininess.

I'd take a few light beers over this but nothing wrong with this for what it is supposed to be.

Mar 11, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

2.2/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I have a problem with this Helles lager and it should be noted that this is a beer aimed at dethroning Michelob-Ultra from the ultra-light 95cal 2.6carb beer market. Saint Archer's marketing for distributors is to not focus on the 'CRAFTED' beer label but to identify this beer as a high-quality beer that though is mass-produced from CoorsMiller this is still excessively labeled 'crafted' beer on the can, the packaging and on its marketing videos.

Side note, on the lower west coast near San Diego bottles of this beer, has been available and has been in the market for a while... just because a majority of buyers are now sampling this in canned form doesn't mean the former brown bottles are not still being consumed.

The beer pours a delightful yellowish clear gold with a lot of carbonation. The taste is of paper. White paper. There is a fruity note from the yeast, but all I can taste is a watery blended white paper flavor that is just too hard to enjoy when looking for an ultra-drinkable low cal/carb beer option. I tried 6 of these and each time I felt like I was just disappointed in the delivery.

Mar 06, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – THE beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a tiny bit of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is crackery and grainy with a touch of caramel sweetness. Along with these tastes is a touch of light fruit of apricot and pear.
Taste – The taste begins with a crisp cracker malt flavor that has a bit of graininess mixed within. Along with these tastes comes a very light caramel sweetness and a touch of grass. These tastes take the taste to the end and leave one with a crisp and clean taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is high. Its great for the light nature of the brew and the lighter flavors and very refreshing.
Overall – A rather refreshing and super crushable light beer. Quite nice for the style.

Feb 22, 2020
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Tinker60657 from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It looks, smells, tastes, and feels like a typical American Light Lager but is not "the ultimate light beer" as advertised. If you are watching your calories then this could be an alternative to Michelob Ultra or Corona Light. It has less flavor than Adjunct Lagers but less calories too. However, I don't think the very slight improvement in taste warrants the craft price premium here. If you crave this style then go for it (but if you crave this style you're probably better off buying a case of Miller Lite at Costco). If you're looking for a great tasting low-calorie beer, avoid it, and try other styles that have sub-100 calorie offerings (select pilsners, session IPAs, etc.).

Feb 21, 2020
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ckaire69 from Georgia

3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

For a low cal low carb beer, it is head and shoulders above other mass market offerings and has some semblance of a Pilsner. Certainly, bit more flavor than a Michelob ultra.

Feb 19, 2020
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Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 93 ratings