Saint Arnold Brown Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

125 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Saint Arnold Brown AleSaint Arnold Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 04-24-2002

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 294
Photo of Illini5596
2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A mediocre brown ale. The taste was initially on the sweet side but during the glass moved to more of a bland mediocre taste. Color was a good dark brown and very rich, but the lack of head makes the appearance average at best. Like other Saint Arnold's beers it's not bad but not good, as I've said in my other reviews of their beers, it's C+,B- beer. Nothing to write home about.

 381 characters

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.32/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, this beer is really...average. Actually, compared to most other brown ales I've had, it's below average. I spent a few days in Houston, and the beer scene in TX seems pretty lackluster. Despite the fact I loved the Divine Reserve #5, I think that the warm TX whether tends to "lighten" the popular craft beers produced there. That thought neatly explains this particular beer. It looks and smells a lot like a lager, but does have some dark roastiness that tastes like caramel and molasses and brings it into line with other brown ales I've had. Mouthfeel is a little light and watery.

 590 characters

Photo of HardTarget
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle inspection: Classic St. Arnold neck label, askew and off center. Label mentions the 4 basic ingredients that are in all beer, nothing more informative like a date, or an abv.

Aroma: Caramel corn. Malt and yeast aromas on the second smell, but still sweet, smells a bit like malt extract.

Appearance: Orange brown mug shows hazy clarity when backlit. A firm pour produced only a collar of off white that gives a few traces of lace.

Taste: A fairly sweet, nutty taste is a pleasant surprise given the nose. Balance is clearly toward the sweet end, but there must be some bittering hops in there somewhere. There is a faint metallic note in the back end, which is unfortunate.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body, and odd texture. It’s kind of oily.

Overall: Not my favorite St. Arnold. Just a bit too sweet, carbonation level seems too low which gives an odd mouthfeel, and the smell has traces of DMS. I’d recommend the Amber over this.

 964 characters

Photo of goochpunch
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark copper much like an ESB with a sizeable head that fizzles out to being thin, but leaves some nice lacing. I get minimal aromas of nuts and chocolate with mostly just a vague "sweet" smell. Has the typical weird Saint Arnold overbearing fruitiness. Honestly this tastes like a really fruity ESB with a little added chocolate malt and a halt put on the hops. Finishes dry but then feels cloying in the aftertaste. Weird. Mouthfeel is not too weighty but the carbonation needs to ease up a bit. This isn't horrible, jus kind of wonky for a brown ale.

 564 characters

Photo of brystmar
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug at the new brewery location in downtown Houston.

A: on the lighter side for a brown ale, poured with lots of head; moderate lacing on the glass as it disappeared.

S: roasted malt, caramel, a little plain otherwise.

T: starts off malty with some hoppy bitterness, very faint hint of nuttiness. Finishe almost watery with remnants of hops. Not impressed.

M: medium-bodied with light carbonation. Hard to ignore the almost watery flavor though, that really detracts from my enjoyment of its tenure in my mouth.

D: relatively easy drinking, but points off again for the lack of flavor spoiling my potential enjoyment of this brew.

 647 characters

Photo of Squelch
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: slightly hazy with a slight off white ead. Brownish almost copper colored

Smell: excellent ester aroma no hop aroma.

Taste: Slightly astringent. a flavor of tea dominates. Strange. Not my cup of tea (pun intended)

Mouthfeel: very nice. Smooth but slightly tingly with Carbination

Drinkability: not my favorite style of beer. I didn't enjoy this one.

 366 characters

Photo of ppoitras
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head is down to swirls and rimmed bubbles in moments, with some small-bubbled lacing. Aroma is hearty grains, with a bit of a fruity tinge. Taste is kind of damp cardboard with some malt notes, and a light fruitiness in the middle and close that try to make me forget the beginning. Mouthfeel is okay, could use a bit more carbonation, and drinkability is not so great for me. Would recommend most of their other brews over this one.

 644 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy tan head that sits atop a brown beer that shows a hazy ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of fruity notes of cherry, toasted malt, a light astringent burnt grain note; really the fruity note dominates though. The taste is light and sweet up front with a finish of stale malt. There is quite a bit of fruitiness here, with notes of cherry dominant. The finish is lightly phenolic and astringent with a bit of bitterness as well. For some reason this does not jive with my taste-buds, oh well.

 533 characters

Photo of FLima
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drank it straight from the brewery taps.
Light brown color with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of chocolate and caramels. My nose got confused after I got to the brewery tanks with all sort of smells. Out now... I got some nuts.
Mild but pleasant flavor of chocolate, lots of cola and some nuts and yeast.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Very mild Brown Ale, but with decent amount of nuts, quite easy to drink. Don't expect lots of spices and hops found in American Brown Ales.
Ap.3 Ar.3 Sab.3 Sens.3 cj.3

 525 characters

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown, with a very thin(almost non) off white head.

Smell: Mild notes of nutty and fruity smell, with mild malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste is a mild wood/nutty taste, and some malts.

Overall: I am not really a fan of browns personally, but this one is ok. Not really anything special in my opinion.

 382 characters

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery. Had a decent light brown color with a short head. Not too bad for a spring beer. Decent flavor with decent body. Not too much flavor. Goes down easy and was very nice to drink. But nothing too spectacular as I was expecting more.

 261 characters

Photo of BeerSox
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a thin light tan head that settles into a strong cap. Almost no lacing.

Walnut smells mixed with light dry fruit. Light molasses smell.

Nutty malt flavors. Papery taste in the middle with a bitter finish.

Light body with low carbonation. No lingering flavors.

This beer presents well, and smells good, but bland comes to mind with everything else. There are better brown ales out there. For the price, maybe a good session beer.

 499 characters

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogony brown with a full tan head that all too soon vanishes, well carbonated with decent lace. Strong aroma of roasted malt and hops, hints of bitter chocolate. The flavor begins with some maltiness, less than I expected, followed by coffee and bitter cocoa flavors and a strong hop finish. Also a bit watery. Not as good as some other brown ales that I have had, so I was a bit disappointed. This is not a bad beer, but there are better examples of the style to be had.

 491 characters

Photo of beerdiablo
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

Saint Arnold's Brown ale is much like its Amber ale in achievement, average but
still a fine Texas beer.

A sweet, malt prescence is key here but the turnoff is the signature Saint Arnold's dirty malt finish. Perhaps a bit of aging will help this along.

 386 characters

Photo of hoplover82
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, This HAS to be there Amber Ale with a Brown Ale Label for sure. This is why I gave it an average score, it's not really my score because it's the wrong beer for sure. Has to be... This has never happened to me before...hmmm
Has a light amber color
smell of citrus hops and caramel
caramel and floral hops for the flavor
medium creamy body
very drinkable

 357 characters

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 1/4" off white head that does not hang around long. The beer is left with a ring that leaves no lace. More of an orange/amber than a brown.

S - Sweet caramel. Nutty. Muted aroma overall.

T - Earthy sweet malt. Nut brown character. Brown sugar.

M - Clost to a medium bodied mouthfeel. Low to mid-level carbonation. Finishes a little oversweet for me.

D - Decent drinkability. The brown ale is average at best.

 424 characters

Photo of walleye
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

fom the bottle. poured and copper amber with a medium sized off white head. aroma the molasses jumped right out there than came the malts, brown sugar, chocolate. flavor a nice sweetness comes out with the caramel and chocolate, and got hints of malts and hops. not to bad

 272 characters

Photo of aracauna
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a disapointing beer from the get-go with a thin fizzy head and big-bubble carbonation like a soda. The aroma wasn't too bad with a nice citrusy hop presence. A grapefruit-like hop presence shows up first in the flavor, but then is followed by a watery thinness that leaves you wishing there was more to the beer. Would have been better as a lightly hopped pale ale instead of a brown. Browns need more body than this.

 426 characters

Photo of HTownGuy85
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of St. Arnolds year round brew. This brew happens to be their least sought out for.

A - pours a reddish brown. Small head that quickly decipates, no lacing.

S - malty! Some coffee and mild chocolate hints. Tiny bits of hops on the nose.

T - loads of malt. Chocolate is definitely appearant. Coffee blends in and isn't easy to detect. Slightly sweet, not too much.

M - smooth, watery. Lightly carbonated, quite refreshing. Palate cleansing.

Overall, an average representation of an English brown ale. Worth a try, I'd pick it up every now and then.

 556 characters

Photo of BryanCarey
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

St. Arnold Brown Ale offers a sweet, chocolate candy aroma and a copper hue. Carbonation in this beer is a little less than average and it loses its head of foam rather quickly. It is a little transparent around the edges, which is indicative of a beer that is a little lighter bodied.

This beer tends toward the sweeter end of the spectrum with a flavor that features the taste of chocolate, a dab of roasted malt, a hint of grapes, caramel, nuts, and some butter. The ale finishes with only a small amount of bitterness, but this bitter sensation lingers on the back of the tongue well after drinking, until finally giving way to a slightly chocolate aftertaste.

St. Arnold Brown Ale is brewed using five different malts and three different varieties of Pacific Northwest hops. It is a good tasting brown ale with a good deal of complexity. But a few small problems prevent this beer from being better. It is a little lighter than I prefer and I’m not too crazy about the traces of diacetyl flavor. Take these two small flaws away and you would have a world class product. Still, St. Arnold Brown is a beer worth trying. It offers a nice assortment of flavors and the chocolate malt flavor is enjoyable.

 1,214 characters

Photo of largadeer
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This is the amberest brown ale I've ever seen. Is that a coherent sentence? Not too sure, I've had a couple of beers. In any case, this shit isn't brown; I've seen darker IPAs.

Smell: All malt and no hops, which is what I'd expect from a brown. Toffee and toasted grain, semi-sweet, slightly mineral.

Taste/mouthfeel: Lots of malty caramel sweetness but not much of the toasted flavors that I normally associate with brown ales. Mild malty sweetness is present throughout without a lot of change in the finish. This is a pretty simple brew, but it's not half bad.

 577 characters

Photo of joshuadlight
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I really want to love this brewery, if for nothing else so I can have another brewery in my state to support fully. But their beers are just underwhelming. Nothing offensive or horrible, just nothing really good

In the same way that their Amber is more of a Pale, the Brown is almost an Amber. No head, and not the fullness of color I was looking for. Light in the nose, not a lot to pick up in the aroma. Some hops, some sweet malt, but the lack of head makes for a small smell. The taste is equally unimpressive. The mouth is thicker than I thought it would be from the light color of the beer, but it is a nice creamy mouthfeel. And thats the best attribute of this Brown Ale. Low ABV, and you could drink a few if this beer made you think you'd want another one.

Once again, not awful, but nothing I would drink again if there was something else decent available.

 870 characters

Photo of charlesw
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice and brown. Ok, ok, maybe deep amber. But, like, no head. What's up with that? Verra verra light on the nose, eh? I guess it smells a little malty, a little earthy.
It tastes... Um. Well, there's a wee bit o' maltiness to 'er. You can just taste the chocolate...
It's pretty light in the mouth. It's almost like it's overcarbonated (but you remember from the head that it isn't. Weird).
Still, it's light and refreshing - I'd drink this as a summer beer and love it!

 475 characters

Photo of JonathanCrites
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a nice clear brown into a pint glass with a frothy tan head.

S - Nutty smell mixed some malt aroma. Smelled warm and roasted.

T - Nutty smell continued into taste but I did not get a lot of malt out of the beer. Little hop kick at the end.

M - This had the definition of a medium body to me.

D - Drinkable for an ale but still couldn't have to many and be comfortable. Alcohol over 5% but not a big factor for me in having another.

 446 characters

Photo of gford217
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber that has an bright orange tint when held up to the light - doesn't look much like a brown ale really. The head is small and short-lived and leaves a ring with no lacing. It doesn't smell much like a brown ale either with a dominant candy apple sweetness, very fruity with little dark malt or hop aroma at all. Super sweet taste as well with more caramel and toffee than the aroma suggests. There is a hint of hop bitterness in the finish as well, though not much. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied with good carbonation. This is a very unique take on a brown ale though it's probably not one of my favorites.

 635 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Saint Arnold Brown Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.