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%
 
 
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13
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111
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02.02.15: Brief impressions below. Full review to follow.

Screw-top, eh? Interesting...

I bought this 6 pack for $8.00 USD at a Target. In hindsight, I find that vaguely depressing.

Healthy white head. Foamy and frothy and that.

Body is clear as hell. Pale copper.

Aroma is shockingly buttery to the point it evokes diacetyl. Equally shocking is the absence of any amber malt whatsoever, let alone toastiness or caramel. How is this an amber? It reeks of ESB-meets-pale lager. Ugh. Weird notes of peanut butter and starch do it no favours.

Buttery and pale-centric, with no amber malts at all and frankly no amber ale characteristics whatsoever. Oddly grainy and light-bodied, with strange English leanings. If I tried this blind, I'd swear English yeast was used. A faint hint of Nutter Butter throws me. Not sure what they're after with this one, but frankly it's rather crappy for an ostensible amber.

Not undrinkable. Certainly below average. An across-the-board failure at its intended style.

High D+ (2.5)

***
02.24.15:

Colour is anything but amber. A clear yellow-copper at best, with an above average head.

Aroma is flat, with helles malts and diacetyl. Below average strength.

Taste is simple and generic. Helles malts, starch, diacetyl, cream, flaked barley. There's nothing going on here. Shallow as a beer can be. Below average duration and intensity of flavour. Has no amber malts or hop character. Lacks balance. Not a gestalt build, nor an intricate one. Why brew this?

Texture is smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and light-bodied. Okay overall presence on the palate. Adequately carbonated. This mouthfeel fails to elevate the beer, and doesn't accentuate any notes in the flavour profile at all.

It's a downable brew, I guess. I won't be buying it again. Even for Saint Arnold, this is shockingly forgettable. And if they're actually going for an amber, this is flat-out pathetic. Is the whole "amber ale" label just a marketing gimmick? A new low in terms of market presence from one of Texas' most whorishly business-focused breweries.

D+

***
.3.16.15: Upon reconsideration, this beer doesn't warrant a full review. Brief notes from a third bottle listed below:

A: 4 inches wide. White colour. Average thickness, fullness, etc.

Body is a clear copper of average vibrance. No yeast or hop sediment is visible.

Sm: Not an amber at all. Light starchy malts provide the only note, insipid as they are.

T: Shallow and insipid, with a subtle starchy Belgian edge.

Pathetic.

D+ (2.5)

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

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Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 506 ratings.
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