Ale Wagger
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - American
3.66 | pDev: 9.56%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: A beautiful, deep copper brown ale. It has a full, malty body with hints of chocolate, a touch of sweetness and a light hop flavor. A complex malt character is created by combining five different types of malts. It has a rich, creamy head with a fine lace. The light fruitiness, characteristic of ales, is derived from a proprietary yeast strain.

At Saint Arnold, we are passionate about animal rescue. A number of us here are proud to have rescue animals as family members. To this end, we are donating a portion of the sales of Ale Wagger to support local rescue organizations to improve the lives of animals in our communities.
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent hazel with one finger of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: A little toastyness

T: Toastyness, sweet nuttyness & a little woody hop up front. Dryness & toastyness dominate as this warms, plus sweet nuttyness. finishes nutty & dry

MF: Medium body, light carbonation

Solid easy drinking brown, the lack of nose, the only real detractor

Mar 12, 2020
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Robert_G from Texas

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: A nice brown color; the head disappears very fast though; Smell: Malty, but nothing special; Taste: Here's the surprise, this ale tastes good, caramel, walnuts, malt; rich tasting with no hint of sweetness; Feel: Well carbonated, but not watery. Overall: This is a good brown ale, which I can see myself drinking once in a while.

Jun 11, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a stemless wine glass. Cloudy, light caramel sauce colored body, with a thick white head that settles rather quickly. There is a slight vegetal note upon opening the bottle. Once poured and settled, the aromas and flavors of caramel, dried fruits (prunes, raisins, figs), dark bread, and molasses begin to come through. Slightly sweet, with a medium mouthfeel and a little bitterness on the finish. Very tasty!

Aug 26, 2017
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ale wagger brown is a cool little beer! On tap at the brewery. Amber, half opaque ale with a small retaining head and half a glass of very light lacing. Smell is a pale malt, muted and with a little grain. Taste is a clean, sweet caramel malty brown ale with a heavy bit of carbonation. Definitely refreshing and makes for a super clean mouth feel. A really good beer with food too, their veggie burger and fries is a great pairing. I like it with hot sauce because it's so cooling and dope. Surprised me as this isn't usually my fav style. St. Arnold's rules and is the best in Texas.

Dec 28, 2016
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StoutManSeven from Texas

2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the lighter, less flavorful side of brown ales. Not bad for the backyard bbq or someone not into the darker beers. Not a beer for the more experienced brown ale connoisseur.

Dec 23, 2016
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champ103 from Texas

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours crystal clear burnt amber/light brown color. A dense two finger white head forms with good retention and lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Up front is a powerful fruit cake like sweetness and caramel malts. Almost jarring up front in that regard. A nuanced toasted malt and light grainy character comes out as this warms.
T: Again, up front is a large sweetness and fruit cake, almost ester like fruits even. The sweetness becomes a bit cloying in the middle. Though, like the nose, finishes with more of a toasted and grainy character.
M/O: A medium body, actually maybe a touch light for what I like in a Brown. Well carbonated, crisp, and clean though. The nearly cloying sweetness keeps this from being fantastic, but as is still enjoyable every once in a while. No issues putting a few away when in the mood.

I remember the old Saint Arnold Brown Ale, and this is pretty much exactly as I remember. A fairly straight forward, no frills Brown that is not very exciting. A bit to sweet, even for my tastes, but like everything Saint Arnold does this is exactly what they wanted to make. A not exceptional, but serviceable brown.

Aug 04, 2016
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mpk_tx from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thoroughly average brown. The color is unusually pale, and the taste and smell follow with similar weakness, although a semi-entertaining odd sweetness is present. Also, I'm not sure this is too different from their Amber. Oh well, it's average and Saint Arnold can, and does, do much better.

Feb 09, 2016
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burnerfinger from Texas

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

got this at the local market:

A: pours just a bit darker than honey. DISappointing head - almost ZERO! foams a lot like ginger ale, just abrief fizz and settles to clear no head, no lacing at all - LOW marks for appearance. ULTRA clear - light shines right thru

S: not much to the nose - a bit of sweet maltiness

T: mostly fizz to the taste , with a watery after feel

M: BLAND - not much to speak of here, just fuzzy brew

D: guzzle by the dozens - they ought to be free or next to free!

Jun 21, 2015
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much the repackaged Brown Ale. Pours an orangish red color with virtually no head (maybe the way I poured it). What was there was carbonated. No retention or lacing. Has a fruity, apricot like aroma. Maybe some hints of chocolate. Fairly smooth all around. Has more of a fruity taste than I would expect from a brown ale. Not really nutty. Again, maybe some chocolate but not that is a big maybe. Does have a crisp hoppy burst at the end.

Jan 25, 2015
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A tasty, light, easy to drink brown ale. Much of what I've had from St Arnold is real drinkable, and this one is no different. It's got a nice brown ale character but isn't overly sweet, and isn't overly high on ABV, but IS high on refreshing. Another one to enjoy from St Arnold.

Jan 13, 2015
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AtrumAnimus from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a nice brown color like Texas iced tea with a thin short lived head that left no lacing.

The nose is a spicy malty experience with some nice earth a grassy notes.

The taste is fairly good and dry with a crisp hop finish that is reminiscent of a revved up old speckled hen.

The mouthfell is crisp and dry.

Overall an exceptionally good and drinkable ale.

Dec 26, 2014
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 78 ratings