Saint Arnold Amber Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Amber AleSaint Arnold Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saint Arnold Amber Ale is the brewery's flagship product and first official brew. A well balanced, full flavored, amber ale, it has a rich, malty body with a pleasant caramel character derived from a specialty Caravienne malt. A complex hop aroma, with a hint of floral and citrus comes from a combination of Cascades and Liberty hops. It has a rich, creamy head with a fine lace. The light fruitiness, characteristic of ales, is derived from a proprietary yeast strain.


Added by kbub6f on 12-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
506
Reviews:
187
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
110
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 506 |  Reviews: 187
Photo of rquillin
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of Dwh689
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of tbone53
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is just a good good beer.pours a nice creamy head and laces nicley down the glass.has a redish appearence and just downright taste good.these come with a screw top so you arent scurring to to find a opner.i have not been able to find this beer outside of houston and only in liquor stores.all in all its a good call.taste more like a ipa than anything else.

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Photo of trojankeg
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of ChefChaos
4.84/5  rDev +35.6%

Photo of BrettStewart
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite Amber. Great spicy notes. Good all year round.

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Photo of corybills
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of gvickery
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My favorite hands down. I've drank it from a glass but mostly from the bottle. Very balanced, just when you think it's sweet some hops come in. The ABV on the one's I get say 6.2, it seems really strong. If I drink more than a 6-pack I'm pretty hammered. It looks more brown than amber to me, clear with slightly brown foam. Average carbonation. I just wish more restaurants carried it...........

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Photo of brendanmoody
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- pours a perfect amber color with a good amount of head
s- a little malty, with some hops as well. biscuits.
t- nothing to complex, malty upfront and a surprisingly hoppy finish. its really tasty inspite of the lack of depth
m- highly carbonated and a medium level of mouthfeel
d- very drinkable without being too tasteless, this is the perfect session beer, has a little bit of everything in the taste. it is not exceptional, but very well rounded which is what makes it so good!

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4.52/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.52/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My all time fave

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Photo of firkingroovin
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rugger
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was my fist time to try this beer and I must say that I am impressed. The Saint Amber flows a nice coppery brown and a nice just off white head tops it off neatly with a little added lace. The smell comes in with a nice big malty aroma with a hint of spice and hops. The first taste brings in that balanced malt/hop combinatin with hints of spice and possibly honey. The aftertasted and mouthfeel are what makes me want to flip my wallet open and buy the brewery. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side to start with and then at the back of the tounge it goes bang and opens up and leaves you wanting more. I do not know what this comes from but I am thinking that it is the yeast that they use. I can't wait to get more. I highly recommend it if you can find it.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Served in a pint glass, this hails a cloudy unfiltered orange-amber color under a thin head.

S: A sweet Christmas candy cane sugar note over a sweet peach nectar backdrop.

M/T: There is a big juicy sweet and lightly tart mild lemon citrus feel upfront followed by a smooth and earthy fruit, malt center. I detect a roasted sweet sugar taste in the finish.

D: Excellent! A great well-balanced treat to carry me through dinner and into the rest of the night...One of my favorites from Texas.

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Photo of davidsuttles
4.36/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of california_republic
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love that they serve this in the KLM Crown Lounge at IAH. I've had it many times here but always forgot to do a review. I'm kind of going off of memory and I'll update this again when I have another one.

Look: Clear, light amber with a medium amount of head.

Smell: Definitely very biscuity/crackery but with also a good helping of herbal hops.

Taste: Very bready with herbal hops and quite a kick of bitterness. Can be described as malty but hoppy, in between a lager and a pale ale. Not as toasty as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but quite bready and maybe buttery.

Feel: Clean, bubbly, but also creamy. To be honest good texture but the bitterness is a bit biting.

Overall: It's good, and I'm quite happy that they offer this as complimentary alcohol in an airport lounge. Saint Arnold is my favorite Houston brewery because even if they are a bit conventional they do a solid job and have a good bready flavor going for them. Definitely good enough to be a staple beer around Houston.

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4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask-conditioned served via hand pump at the Stag's Head. Oh thank you Stag's Head!

Starts out a hazy orange, with a moderately-sized head and plenty of tracings. "Looks like real ale." The aroma includes delicate, earthy hop notes, with malt tones playing against a touch of apricot. Unique and refreshing in the nose. The palate opens up with a soft maltiness to go along with some bitterness in the fore- to mid-palate. Fruity notes give way to a pleasant, gently bitter finish, followed again by a fading sweetness. Either I'm just starting to get used to it or the flavors seem to thin out slightly as I make my way through my pint.

Cask conditioned Amber Ale is so smooth and easy to drink, and it's a great improvement over bottled and regular draft Amber Ale. Almost makes one wonder: what if this beer was really great to begin with?

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Photo of Bagman007
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden copper coloring with about a finger width's of head.

S- Definitely has a hoppy scent to it, but it is not overpowering at all.

T- Very sweet taste initially followed by a light bitterness from the hops.

M- Not overly bitter. Well carbonated. Pretty smooth beer.

D- Very drinkable beer. Can definitely have several of these in a sitting.

Overall it's a great beer on tap and a great beer in the bottle. One of my favorite Amber Ale's. Another great beer from Saint Arnold's.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep hazy apricot color with two fingers of head. There is a decent amount of lacing. The smell is a little sweet at first, but there's lots of hops present. A little light, but very well balanced. The taste has a good malt background, but lots of solid hops on top. Very piney hops coming through. A really pleasing taste, well balanced too. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is great. I really enjoyed this amber.

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4.3/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of teg8612
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- More amber than the bottle edition and suprisingly clear for cask. Nice foamy head that sticks around with nice active carbonation.

S- Very aromatic and pleasent with caramel notes and mildly fruity.

T&M- Medium bodied with a nice crispness to it. Carbonation is fine and at a moderate level so it tickles the palate. Very smooth with nice caramel malt and very rounded, not too sweet. Husky with some fruity flavor that picks up as it warms. Somewhat piney hops balance out a very good beer.

D- As an inexperienced cask ale drinker, this surprised me. I had the amber previously on draft and bottle and I much prefer the cask version. All are good but this was a special treat. I may keep trying this to get a feel for how the beer changes as the cask matures and empties.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.29/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy (as is the wont with Saint Arnold brews), copper body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Pleasant mix of bready, sweet-smelling malts and floral, citrusy hops. It sounds simple, sure, but it's quite nice.

Taste: Malts tasting of sugar and caramel sweetened bread crusts. A nice, bright burst of fresh hops add flavors of citrus, flowers, and dried herbs (yielding a light spiciness). They also impart a medium, balancing bitterness. Finishes dry and with a final touch of hop bitterness, but it doesn't hang around too terribly long.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice, well-balanced juxtaposition of sweetish, bready malts and flavorful hops make for a rather fine amber ale. Good job, Saint Arnold and thanks again, MiguelMandingo (if that even IS his real name).

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Photo of sirbryan21
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my first beer in Texas. I recieved this beer on tap in the houston airport. it is a great beer on tap. Taste is phenominal. The appearance is a amber color and a good smell. A good beer to drink. Overall this beer is a must try. I would have more but in a airport, had to catch my flight. Price was good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This flagship ale from Houston, Texas' first microbrewery is a winner to be sure. Its crystal-clear, deep-golden/amber body rests gently beneath a short head of off-white foam as tiny bubbles slide steadily upwards. The retention in the head is fair, and it leaves minor lacing about the glass. In the aroma, lush, caramel-splashed malts combine with bright notes of floral and citrus-kissed hops. The body is decidedly medium; and it's crisp on the tongue with a fine-bubbled, median-level carbonation from bottle-conditioning. A touch of huskiness, a solid bitterness, and some prominent floral/spicy/piney/citrusy hops balance its rich malt in the flavor, leaving it to finish dry with a lingering bitterness and some swirling hop flavors. Saint Arnold's Amber is a well made, uncompromising, deftly-balanced, richly malty and boldly hopped ale that's sure to please. Certainly worth trying for fans of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and New Belgium's Fat Tire.

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Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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