Saint Arnold Amber Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Amber AleSaint Arnold Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

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

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Photo of acevenom
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer pours light amber with a finger-length of white head. There are lots of visible tiny bubbles in this beer. The smell is pretty underwhelming. I get the bready malt, but it's faint. There isn't much else in the aroma. There's some caramel sweetness and some malt breadiness with some grassy and woody hop bitterness in the back end of the flavor. The body is light to medium with strong carbonation. The finish is fairly clean and this beer is easily drinkable. This is a good beer.

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Photo of preston_buhler
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-very light for an amber
S-little to no smell at all
T-its very watery, but it beats the hell out of a budwieser lol. Its got a really clean finish, almost more of a lager finish than an ale
M-this is probably the only aspect of the beer that keeps me buying it... its cheap for the quality, and its very crisp and reasonably light for the alcohol content
O-as I expressed it was light for the alc content I thought to myself, u know idk what it actually is hahaha but a 6pack will get anyone wasted haha. But anyways, I would say this beer is mediocre, but it does have a crisp and clean finish that will keep me coming back for more, only to hold me over for the divine reserve releases.... some of which are incredible, especially in casks.

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Photo of homebrewedchristian
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a soft, pale light almost more golden than it does amber. It's not the rich almost copper color that some Amber or Irish Red Ales can be. Nice bright white head on top that stays throughout the course of the beer. Defiantly getting that pale malt build on the nose with almost no hop aroma mixed in. The maltiness come out even more on the tongue with just a slight bitterness on the finish. I was a bit disappointed as I would have loved to see the hops come out a little bit more on this beer, but overall, a solid amber that would go well with a burger, steak, pork, BBQ....pretty any much red meat you can think of. I think this would be a good intro beer to non craft beer drinkers, but at the same time, I don't think it will insult the palate of the seasoned craft beer drinker.

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Photo of VaterRoss
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Appearance is a slightly cloudy, light amber color. Not much head to speak of. Smell is vaguely sweet with tinges of caramel malt but sadly no hop in the nose at all. The mild caramel malt is the the dominant taste with just enough hop bitterness to be noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium in body and carb, interestingly enough, the hops seem to be most noticeable in the mouthfeel, through on second thought, perhaps this is the carb.

Good laid back beer that won't offend anyone but also doesn't really stand out at all. At least it didn't have any diacetyl taste. A good fridge stocker for guests that want to try something local?

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Photo of BlesstheHarvest
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled bottle to a beer mug
This was the first beer from Saint Arnolds I’ve tried and it was fairly good. It pours a light amber color with a 1 to 2 fingers white head that carries minimal lacing.
The aromas I got were of sweet fruity notes almost peach-like, malts, as well as some floral notes.
The taste carries over with a very light malty sweetness that is followed by a balanced bitterness from the hops, has a great mouth feel and for my taste I thought the carbonation was right on.
Overall this is a solid beer for its style. Very drinkable beer; whether it is by itself or with food. It is refreshing especially for the Houston weather I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a restaurant in a pint glass
A: Golden color with a light but tall two-fingered head
S: Biscuity, crisp with hints of herbs and hops
T: Match the smell- primarily light malt/biscuit with a touch of herbs & hops
M: Light-medium bodied & crisp
O: Nothing terribly complex, but plenty refreshing & easy to drink.

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Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear amber color with a nice head and some lacing.

S: herbal aroma with some malt sweetness with a hint of fruit.

T: taste of malty sweetness with hint of citrus. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: fairly medium body, crisp smooth and refreshing. nicely balanced.

O: Another good beer from St. Arnold's. Worth a try.

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Photo of match1112
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a clear bright golden straw colored body with a quick rising and settling head. smell and taste are one in the same. faint grains and cracker biscuit aromas. mouthfeel is medium to thin with decent carbonation. has a clean crisp finish with a touch of bitterness. overall this is a good beer to make an all day session with. really enjoying it while doing yard work.

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Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from a beer trade with Dolph1979...

Great appearance! Crystal clear, transparent golden amber color with a thick, white head. Nice continuing carbonation bubbling up throughout...

The smell is of light grains and an appealing grass-like hop aroma.

Light biscuit flavors predominate. The beer finishes slightly smooth and sweet with only a hint of bitterness.

Medium in body. Extra fine carbonation smooths things out

A fair enough amber beer. Nothing extraordinary, but good enough to go back to again.

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Photo of stercomm
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Hobby Airport while waiting for a flight.

Barkeeps had been at Saint Arnold's Brewery the previous day and were stoked about their beers.

A - Amber, clear color, very minimal off-white head that recedes immediately, very little lacing.

S - Get some citrus, is a relatively clean and crisp nose.

T - Good balanced beer, get the citrus, slight malty character and maybe a bit of spice, leaves a crisp taste in your mouth.

M - medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O - A good session beer, could easily drink a few of these while chatting with friends.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice am amber color, leaning on the brown side. Nice head, the beer has a very crisp look, defiantly makes you want to drink it.

Smell: A nice smell, somewhat toasty. A little hop character in the aroma as well, balanced nicely.

Taste: A good taste, very good projection of the smell. All of the flavors that I could pick up with my nose I can just as easily pick up with my tastebuds. Very drinkable, very good flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slightly intrudes on the flavor. I feel this beer's flavor is not enhanced by high carbonation, it would be better if it were smoother.

Overall: This was a very good beer, as person who has family in Houston it is nice to try all the beers from St. Arnold Brewery, and this is another good product. While I may prefer their IPA, I can see myself getting this again if I am down there.

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Photo of nukem5
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear orange color with a thin tan cap of foam on top.

S: first smell and wow really great hoppiness not overpowering but fruity,floral,spicey...mmm...not a whole buch of malt smell there at all.

T: Sweet honey like character which fades to malt then to hop and all the hoppy notes from the smell come to dance on the tongue as well.

M: medium to light bodied with a leaning to the light side.

O: Would definitely drink this again very well rounded flavor with a fullness to taste and a lightness in body that pleads drink me.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque - wait for it - AMBER colour (I know, right?), with little to no head. Kind of the colour of honey.

The nose is fresh, like spring, and a bit florid. Malty and sweet, with a creamy flourish like the caramel I used to get in HS.

The taste follows the nose, with that creamy sweet caramel swirl caught around the biscuity malts. Less hoppy than I expected, mostl just malty and kind of sweet, but it actually works. Kind of refreshing.

highly carbonated with those tiny bubbles that just pierce the whole tongue, but it finishes rather easy considering.

So my first introduction to Saint Arnold was their lawnmower beer and I was disappointed to say the least. So, my expectations were low for this, but I was pleasantly surprised. I like it. It's fairly crisp, give it a try.

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Photo of D11
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pilsner.

A- pours a nice clear golden orange-ish color. small tanish head that dissipates quickly.

S- very nice smell, slight hops but a nice sweet smell.

T- not too hoppy but still good, and some citrus flavor.

M- i really enjoyed the feeling. crisp and not thin at all. and as 'AgentMunky' pointed out.."wet". Refreshing.

O- i enjoyed this beer, definately worth trying. i really havent been dissapointed with St.Arnold's.

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Photo of schmidtn
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sitting at Bubba’s Seafood in the IAH.

Ordered a St Arnolds Amber.

Served in a pint glass, thin head, not much lacing. Clear amber color. True amber color, the folossilized tree sap kind.

Malty goodness. The flavor is an amber, a bit reminiscent of an Oktoberfest.

A bit higher carbonated than most ambers, but this add a nice touch, adding to the bitterness to help offset the pure malt.

Overall a good beer. Worthy

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Photo of ccrida
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Richmond Arms, St. Arnold's Amber is clear dark gold with a small, off-white head leaving light, scattered lace. Awfully pale for an amber, I had to double-check they brought me the right one!

Smell is soft, a little malt and herbal hops, fuggles or EKGs probably.

Taste is pretty good, balanced beer, just enough malt and hop presence to provide subtle complexity, but it's basically a english pale or even getting in to blonde territory due to the lack of malt. Amber light.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a sessionable, well made, balanced amber. I could use more umph, it's definitely geared for the regional palate (and weather!), but there is a little more to it if you search.

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Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the extra Brad! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Founder's snifter.

A: Pours a clear solid orange color with a little off white head that quickly recedes into a slight bubbly film. I'm very surprised how light colored the brew is as I was expecting a darker color.

S: Big cracker malts right off the nose, this is the maltiest amber ale I've ever smelled. Slight caramel sugars come off as well with a light fruity note.

T: A little hoppy forefront with a very big malt middle. A mix of bread dough and light cracker. There are also some semi-sweet fruity esters in the mix as well.

M: Medium to light bodied with a semi-crisp mouthfeel. Leaves a nice little bitterness on the palate, but it's short lived.

O: The was a very malty amber ale, but it was still a pretty good. Refreshing, just like the other SA brews.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a Rice alum, so I have a soft spot for Brock and his beers. This sixer was bought for me as a graduation present from a friend that also wrote me an incredibly sweet card go to along with it. Needless to say I can't write an unbiased review here. This beer has sentimental taste. Served in a Bud signature glass.

The looks are quite good. Clear amber body with good carbonation running through it. Nice light tan head that initially looks like Duvel, but is a bit denser near the body. Very good looking beer.

The nose is not as good. Very sweet caramel. Slight cereal notes. Not very hoppy or distinct. I'm sure I could assign fruits here, but it would just be an extension of the sweetness.

The taste is along the same lines. Overly sweet. Some fruitiness and caramel. Some bread. However, there are almost no off flaovrs. Very clean. I've had this at room temps and it still delivers. I think that's about all you can ask out of a beer made for mass markets.

I love this beer for reasons other than its tastes, but it doesn't really disappoint there either. Solid, just like St. Arnold.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. No visible best before date (or, for that matter, listed ABV) but I figure the beer is about six months old. It's been in the fridge for a while.

A: Light head, very white, sticks around for a long while. Some visible bubbles. Colour is a light, golden yellow. Quite clear. Great lacing.

S: Malty-sweet with vegetal hops. Bready.

T: I suspect I waited too long to drink this one. It's goodish, but faded. Sweetness is tempered by a sourish fruit, with a touch of dryness on the end. Toasty. Hops balance things out.

M: Bready and robust, while also being vaguely watery and, not thin, but...wet. Good carbonation.

O: Good amber ale. Next time, I'll make an effort to drink it fresher. Tentatively recommended.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very pleasant surprise in the Houston airport!

Colour a clear and pale gold, without the expected reddish or amber hues. However beautiful, bready aroma was a very pleasant surprise. Taste is also delightful, ranging from caramelized malts to pleasant yeasty breadiness, with a nice dry finish.

Well balanced, not too bitter and without the cloying sweetness of some American ambers. Struck me as very sessionable ale and I hope to get the opportunity to try it again!

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Photo of txbrew81
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep golden amber color, lighter than some ambers. Solid two finger head with a strong pour. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet caramel scent, maybye some faint hops. Strong malt presence.

T: Sweet and malty. Caramel with more hop spice than expected from nose.

M: Crisp and refreshing with medium carbonation.

O: A pretty solid amber. A great session beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White head, minimal lace, more golden than amber. Light carbonation. Caramel aroma. Medium carbonation, medium body. Some malt sweetness, earthy hops, but very subtle. Nondescript finish. Nothing differentiates this from many other just above average craft ambers.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to optimator13 for sending me this one in The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF '11! Served from bottle into a Spaten Optimator dimpled mug. Poured a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a two finger bone white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wheat,

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a caramel color with a slight orange/amber tint and a medium-sized off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace. Looks good, but it's not really amber.

Smell: Some sweet fruits and grains, with a grassy hop undertone.

Taste: Begins grainy and lightly citrusy, rounding out to a bready flavor and with a finish that has a balanced hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with balanced carbonation and a finish that is just a tad too watery.

Drinkability: A solid offering from Saint Arnold. This really isn't the best beer out there, but is an enjoyable, reliable session brew.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3-12-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured one finger of foam, nice lacing ring, clear light copper color, carbonation is present

S - Light roasted malts, slight hop and caramel aroma

T/M - Tasty amber, fresh and crisp, caramel flavors come to mind. Very smooth taste after a hop bitterness at the beginning

D - Very drinkable amber ale, crisp at first but settled to a nice smooth brew. Easy for me to have more than one at a sitting. I highly recommend the brew

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Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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