Saint Arnold Brown Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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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

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Added by kbub6f on 04-24-2002

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Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled during a visit to the Elephant Room in downtown Austin. The beer was served in a standard US pint shaker. It is dark brown with a dense beige head.

The nose is of brown bread, brown sugar and raisins.

The taste tracks very close to the smell. It is liquid brown bread with shades of dark fruit and brown sugar. Tasty with a hint of wood smoke late.

Smooth creamy mouth adds to the drinkabilty. I liked it!

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Photo of turbine2475
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - caramel brown with ruby hues and a one finger head that quickly disipated.
S - Light roasted malt with a hint of maple
T - I greatly enjoyed the taste of this brew. Had a slight sweet with a heavier caramel like malt nature that was in great balance.
M - The fact that it had more substace to it then most European browns that I have tried was a plus in my book. Not overly carbonated or too bland.
D - This beer has become a staple in my collection it is a solid beer that I can enjoy anytime and it is something that I have been able to get my shiner drinking friends to enjoy.

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Photo of bboven
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown very cloudy body with no head or lacing.

Smell is sweet and roasted malt, a great balance of the two.

Taste is bold, not weak at all, lots of complex malt character, definitely not just some crystal thrown in for color like some browns can be.

This could definitely be casked as the forced C02 is a bit lively for the style, but it's all right.

This will be a brown I reach for when I'm in the mood, for sure.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.65/5  rDev -26%
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.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed case of beer that I brought back from a recent trip to Texas.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz stubby twist off capped bottle into a pint glass. First impressions are that this can't be a brown ale. The beer is more amber and not very brown. The pour produces a 1/4 white head that quickly disappears to nothing. Near soda like, although not brown like a cola. Then I notice that this is an English style brown. Right away I am thinking Newcastle, which I will probably be compairing this to. Whether that is right or wrong, Newcastle just sticks in my mind as a well known example of the style, even if it is just average.

Smell: Sweeter malts, some fruity aromas as well. Not much in the way of hops (I don't expect any either). Better (fresher) than Newcastle. Still, just average.

Taste: Some sweeter malts, a bit of a nice little hoppy bitterness on the finish. Keeping in mind this is English style brown, if it were American I would probably look for more of a roasted malt presence not the sweeter caramel and toffee-like malts found here. Closer to an amber ale IMO.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body than anticipated. Good carbonation, prickly on the tongue and at the back of the throat, lively.

Drinkability: An easy going down drinker. I only had a six. If it was local I would probably purchase this again. I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of roblowther
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I said it was brown, you'd be shocked I'm sure. But it is. Some gold & red tints, but brown it is. The head is tan & thin. The smell is strangely....lacking? Maybe I've got it too cold but I get nothing but a thin, metallic smell. The taste is much improved over the smell. Tastes of hazlenut, with a dry finish. Not much sweetness in there at all, really. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but has a nice smoothness to it. Like a summer silk, really. Or not really, but who's counting? Drinkability is very good. The taste is well balanced & the alcohol low enough (at least by my Belgian-favoring standards) to qualify this one as a session beer in my book.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - brown of course, with small amount of tan head with slight lacing
S - hop aroma first hits the nose then the presence of the malts follow
T - bitter hops with some chocolate malts and the maris otter flavor that i attribute to SA brews. Nice balance between the malts and the hops
M - med body, med carb, tasty mouth feel
D - I do enjoy this brew, but they never have it on tap at the brewery so I'm stuck to drinking it out of the bottle. Plus none of the bars here ever carry this one, typically just the amber, lawnmower and seasonal, which is disappointing because this is a fine brew

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep amber/orange color, clear and translucent. Almost no head or carbonation.

Buttery/toasty, apple/grape. Very light.

Buttery/toasty biscuit-like malt. Apple/grape fruity vibe.

Nice carbonation, mild foamation.

Closer to an Amber Ale than a Brown Ale. Fairs well, but could do with a bit more kick or complexity.

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Photo of beeragent
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, with no head, and very little lacing. The aroma is slightly nutty, with the flavor, very much the same. Nice medium mouthfeel, making the beer very easy to drink. This is a great example of a brown ale! Definitely a session ale.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: thick head and great retention. nice brown color.

Smell: caramel malts pull through most.

Taste: malty and balanced. relaxing beer to drink. very much on the malty side of things.

Mouthfeel: somewhat crisp, could cling to the mouth better.

Drinkability: I could knock a few of these back. easy to drink

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Photo of Dizzy
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours kind of a hazy reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma is carmel like malt flavor. Taste is sweet malts, carmel and some toasted malts. Hop bitterness isn't prominant. Medium mouthfeel, noticeable carbonation. Drinkability is good, I enjoy this one but there are better brown ales available.

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Photo of briman
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear dark copper color. Half-inch off-white head, average retention. Not much lacing.

Aroma is malty, with caramel and chocolate notes.

Flavor is fairly sweet, more towards caramel in the beginning. A litte bit of chocolate comes through in the finish, with a subtle hop presence. Just a slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is pretty good, maybe just a little on the thin side. Good drinkability, and certainly good enough for more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of BeerSox
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug:

Appearance: This beer poured a cloudy brown liquid with almost no head just a thin white ring floating on top.

Smell: The aromas are subtle wood notes and slightly fruity.

Taste: The flavors are surprisingly pretty good.Wood and tea flavors with a little fruit,such as apples and just a touch of a citrusy orange.Good hop and malt character to balance the whole thing.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with a good amount of carbonation(Couldn't tell from the head) a very easy drinking beer.

Drinkability: I could see myself sessioning this beer,but there are so many better brown ales out there this one might not be able to stand up to.Overall, not bad it's worth a try.


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Photo of HardTarget
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear copper with a minimal fluffy head. Aromas of nuts, caramel, raisin, and chocolate, with a slight piney hop smell in the background.

Taste: first comes some Cascade hops, which are quickly doused by the sweet caramelly malt flavor that seems to dominate the beer. Bready, biscuit-like flavor as well, with a slight spiciness and tartness towards the end. Finishes slightly sweet, with faint citrus hop notes.

Carbonation is medium, which is nice - allows the malt to really come through and shine. Body is medium-light; I would like a little more body, but it is well within the range for a brown ale.

Drinkability is medium to high; it is a little sweet for me to be downing several, but it is a good session beer nonetheless.

One of Saint Arnold's year-round brews, and a very good one at that.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery/amber in color. Fairly low carbonation. Not a lot of aroma. Fairly subdued actually. Nice mellow malt flavor. Low hop bitterness. Great finish of caramel like sweetness. Good body for style. Overall an enjoyable beer. Might be a tad sweet for a brown ale but I find it quite enjoyable. Thanks mushroomcloud!

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Photo of mntlover
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light brown with a small tan head that falls fast.

Aroma is malty with some nice nutty notes and some light spicey hops.

Taste is malty good nutty flavors mixed with a dash of brown sugar sweetness. Good toasted graininess. Not to complex or robust but a decent brown. Finish is light hops somewhat spicey.

Mouthfeel is smooth and going on medium.

Drinkability is ok a decent brown ale wouldn't seek it out but worth a try. Thanks go to TxBeer for this one.

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Photo of beerdiablo
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of walleye
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of Illini5596
2.26/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

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Saint Arnold Brown Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 295 ratings