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

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

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
a little red glow, not much.

smell: light hop aroma

taste: mostly carmamel malt flavor, decently balanced aiwht ow hop presence.

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: an avg amber ale at best, well done, just not for BA's

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The pour is an amber and cadmium orange color with nearly no head. Quite effervescent and there are a few splashes of thin lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: The nose is mostly malt with biscuity, bready and caramel malts coming through. The hop aroma is faint, but is perhaps contributing some earthiness to it.

Taste: The tasting starts out with bready malt. The bittering hops come in quickly, with some sweeter caramel malt starting to take over the majority of the flavor. The tasting ends with a slight citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel: Too highly carbonated in my book. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: I don't think I'd trade or put this in my crate again. Enjoyable, but forgettable.

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

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A- light yellow/amber - head dissipates quickly with no lacing. Tons of carbonation visible.

S - sweet malts and a bit of grass. Slight sour odor.

T - slight bitterness resolving into a mid-palate solid breach malt and finishing with a little more bitter bite and a hint of iron(

M - light and highly carbonated; coats the mouth slightly

D - very drinkable - nice warm weather beer

Pretty solid for an Amber. Decent but not outstanding beer.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerindex for sending this in a recent trade.

A: Light golden color...lighter in color than I would have expected for an amber ale. Decent amount of carbonation..slippery lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Maybe a little floral hops, but faint enough that I could be imagining it.

T: Bready malt sweetness. Hops are there, but a little spicier than I would have guessed from the nose. Not bad.

M: Surprised by how full this beer is. One of the highlights for sure.

D: I could drink a ton of these. It'd make a great grill out, canoe down the river type beer.

Thanks Caleb.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I crack it open and smell a skunky lager funk, not what I'm hoping for with this brown bottled ale with a monkish figure adorning the label. I wait and re-sniff, this time I get a more malty, bready note (but that skunk is still there).

Once this beer hits my tongue I get a really bready taste and not much else. Light-bodied, light-tasting, boring. It's as if this beer dreams that it is a really great beer, but in morning after it wakes up, it looks in the mirror and realizes it's not any better (or any worse) than your average Joe 6-pack.

That being said, this beer would be delicious washing down some brisket, ribs & sausage BBQ & smart enough to let the tangy, tomato-based BBQ sauce do the talking.

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

Pours a transparent amber color with a one finger off white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is biscutey with a little bit of floral hops. Taste also includes a little more bready sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. Overall it's a pretty decent beer, I'll have another next time I am in Texas.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale, light orange color. If this was a pale ale, I'd give it a 4. Light white near finger of head thats there and gone. No real lacing.

Aroma is faintly sweet and malty, somewhat biscuity and bready. With a touch of caramel.

Taste is lightly sweet and nutty, hints of spicy hops. Finish is a bit lingering. Not much else, though whats there isn't bad.

Feel is light in body, though it has substance, slightly bubbly, and a bit creamy and slick and smooth.

Drink ability is ok. There's nothing horrible, but it's just not good enough to drink many or revisit.

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

Thanks for the tick, Bobby.

A: The pour is a clear light amber color with a finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells like a handful of gummy bears. There's a strong aroma of yeast and peaches as well, but I just can't the thought of gummy bears out of my head.

T: Sweet bready malts with a definite peach flavor. A bit of a citrus peel thing going on, floral hops, and a mild bitterness. I seem to pick up some hints of corn on the back end as well.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: A really weird arrangement of flavors. I didn't mind it, necessarily, but I don't think I'd go for this one again.

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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 mothman
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery into a pint glass.

Pours ½ finger of white head. Color is a clear straw yellow. Decent retention leaving some lace. Not very amber in color.

Aroma: Straw, grains, corn, earthy hops. Very boring.
Taste: More flavors here. Fresh floral hops with some hop bite. Has a bit of citrus as well. Bready malts and some biscuit. Grain and corn. Kind of macro like.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and dry. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very bland and it lingers on and on.

Overall, the nose was very weak, but at least it had a little taste. Drank kind of like a pale ale. Not bad, but I would have never guessed it to be an amber.

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Photo of JonathanCrites
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this as part of a build your own six pack at the Krogers on W Gray in Houston.

A - Poured a clear, pale amber into my pint glass with a thin white head.

S - I thought it had a very nice biscuit aroma but also got a little bit of the smell of hops.

T - Definitely got the malt up front and some sort of floral flavors from the hops as it finished. I did not get much of a sweet taste from this amber but flavors that are present balance nicely.

M - Very clean and easy to drink. Little viscosity, very smooth, thin-medium mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable beer, could have easily had several more.

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

Appearance: Light amber with a white head. Little lacing.

Smell: A slightly sweet character with some floral hop notes.

Taste: A slight sweet risidual sweet flavor as well as a bready flavor. Citrus hops on the back side.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, would probably get bored with the flavors after a few.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at PF Changs while the girls did their shopping. Not an unpleasant way to spend a couple hours.
In a pilsner glass the beer was a light amber color with a medium-sized white head. There was a bit of lace.
Sweet, bready aroma. Somewhat floral.
Average taste. Caramel, a hint of fruit, and just the least little hint of hops.
Nice enough beer, easy drinker.

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Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a pale golden color with a very white head.
Smell has a bready aroma and doesn't smell much like an amber, not much sweet malt present.
Tastes of grass, yeast, and has a lemony bitterness.
Feels medium bodied and has good carbonation.
Good beer but not what I was expecting, doesn't seem to fit the amber category.

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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 Mora2000
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

The beer pours a dark yellow color, not the amber color that I was expecting. The aroma is toffee with some lemon and orange notes. The flavor has quite a bit of citrus hop character with some toffee malt as well. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark gold with very minimal head.

S - Caramel malts dominate this smell. Very light smell, nothing too complex or noticeable.

T - Fruity, and very sweet. Caramel malt still dominates, but the fruit balances it out pretty well. Once again, nothing too complex happening.

M - Medium bodied, taste fades quickly, finish is sweet and dry.

D - Very simple beer, very easy to drink, seems like a good session beer.

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Photo of Kaiser81
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mora2000 for the bottle

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter

A - Slightly hazy peach color with about a finger width of head (::cough:: IPA/APA ::cough::) that dies down fairly quickly. It leaves some nice lacing on my glass.

S - Some nice tropical fruits mixed with a bit of caramel. Kind of odd for an amber ale, but very pleasant none the less.

T - This is a beer that follows the nose. Lots of tropical fruit with some caramel sweetness on the back end.

M - The initial taste gives it a false body. After few minutes, the beer becomes more watery, and the higher carbonation becomes more noticeable.

D - It's good at first, but then the "flaws" kind of come out. I could drink this, but would prefer other stuff.

I'm conflicted on how to rate this. It tastes nothing like an amber ale, to me, but it is a good beer. So should I rate it as I would see an amber ale? Or should I rate it how I liked it.

I think I'll go with the latter, as it is a solid beer.

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Photo of merddyn2002
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amber, actually my favorite amber at the moment. Balanced but on the sweet side (how i like it). If i had a choice between this and bud, i'd pick this hands down but it certainly wouldn't top Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. Never tried the 6 pack but it's good on tap.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, dark gold color with a thick cap of fine-bubbled white head. Retention and lacing are both above average.

Nose is very biscuity and toffee. Sweet malts are dominant with a mild fruitiness and hop aroma in tow. Unique smelling amber, I am guessing from the special B malts St. Arnold likes to use so much.

Taste follows suit with an earthy undertone and floral hoppiness. Has a little sweetness, but toasty malts eventually win out. Plenty of breadiness and the hops are mild but provide a light bitterness on the finish. Not my favorite SA offering, just a pretty average amber. It does have a unique flavor profile though and is worth a try every now and again.

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

A- Very nice dark gold color. Hardly any head. What head is present dissipates quickly and forms a nice film on the top. Carbonated bubbles rising from the bottom constantly. Zero lacing on sides of glass.

T- My first impression is that it tastes like apple juice. Has a apple taste to it to me for some reason. Somewhat carbonated feeling, but not too bad. Not hard on the throat.

S- I got nothing.

M- Very full, easy to swallow, easy on the stomach. The flavor seems almost overwhelming.

D- Very good beer to have by itself but I can not see myself drinking several of these in a sitting. The flavors are full but are good and seem to be put together very well.

Overall this beer just wasnt for me. It has a pleasant enough flavor, but something just doesnt feel right to it for me.

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

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 1/2" beige head above the clear golden amber brew. Head recedes slowly, with ample chunky lace. Aroma is lightly sweet, a touch soapy. Taste medium maltiness to start, balancing bitter in the middle, tapers out to the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice brew.

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

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head that leaves little lacing. The appearance is light amber and clear. The aroma is mostly of sweet malts with little hop presence. The taste is slightly bitter with hops but mostly sweet with malt. The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a clean finish. It's pleasant enough but a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear deep golden color with no hints of amber in it... Never had that before... has a medium fluffy head that goes away too fast and leaves barely any lacing.

S-The smell is mainly of pale malt and maybe some sweet biscuit dough in there. No hops... Smells almost like an English pale ale.

T-The flavor is much of the same, but with some tangy, spicy hop bitterness. More hop bitterness than flavor, but I think there is some hop flavor... maybe.

M-It has an astringent, medium body that is zangy and a little crispy-dry in the finish. Maybe nice for a hot summer day.

D-It ok drinkable. I would'nt buy any of this. It's more like an English Pale Ale in every way. It's not even an amber color. No real hop presence... I don't know why they still make this. They should do a bigger better version of this and call it the "New Amber Ale" like Lagunitas did with their Pale Ale. They made a very nice change. I think it's time St Arnold. I think It's time...

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Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 504 ratings.
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