Texas Wheat | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Texas WheatTexas Wheat

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: German Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 143
Reviews by WTexas:
Photo of WTexas
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly darker than expected color into a Weizen glass from a 12oz bottle. Smell was non-distinct to absent. Taste was disappointing as I look forward to sampling any Weizen that I can get my hands on. Reminded me of a micro version of MGD. The traditional Weizen flavors were missing and I continued to taste corn instead of wheat. Good balanced carbonation, but nothing noteworthy regarding its mouthfeel. Easy to drink, and potentially refreshing, but ultimately disappointing.

Just to ensure that my taste buds weren't fooling me, I went back to the refrigerator a pulled out a Franziskaner Club-Weisse for a Kristal Weizen point of reference. A couple of sips confirmed that the Saint Arnold was deficient, and not my taste buds. This was my second underwhelming experience with a Saint Arnold product (see my 3-17-2005 review of Saint Arnold Amber Ale). Hoping that my third time is a charm.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

Saint Arnold gives a different twist to the Kristalweizen by fermenting it with a Kolsch yeast strain rather than the traditional clovey-banana German Wheat beer strain, not unlike a handful of brewers in Germany.

A tiny-bubbled white head forms from a somewhat lively carbonation. Clear golden-straw color. Bready, doughy and biscuity aroma emanates from the malt. The yeast drops a note of lilac smell, mingling well with the herbal hops in the nose. Big smoothness up front, with more than enough crispness to bring the drinkability to life. Both barley malt and wheat malt go back and forth on the taste buds with suggestions of a fresh baguette to more of a light cracker flavor. Clean palate, for the most part, the yeast does give a unique flowery flavor throughout, hop bitterness jumps in to help balance and leaves a faint herbal/leafy taste. Finishes dry with a long linger of fresh grain on the tongue.

Very refreshing to break away from the usual clovey-banana combo, and this, without a doubt, more flavorful than your typical American Wheat Ale. An easy pick for a session beer, but bold enough to pair with a hearty fish or even a pork loin.

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Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of BeerAngel
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a small head that dissipates fairly quickly yet still leaves a lace down the glass. The smell is that of a faint wheat beer with some sweetness too. The taste is surprisingly refreshing with plenty of carbonation and hop bite with a toned down wheat flavor. Not too bad...but not great for the style. Cheers from Texas!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden color, with a moderate white head, scattered patchy lacing, and very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Bready, slighty spicey aroma dominates, hop presence is ghostly, if present at all.

Taste: Opens with a classically tart wheat note, midway through there is a mild, but solid herbal hop note, finishes with a mildly bitter note.

Mouth feel: Soft, pleasant, fairly full.

Drinkability/notes: Unassuming, but eminently drinkable, a quintessential summer beer, well worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of rockdick
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being a fellow Houstonian and supporter of this local micro-brewery, I'll try to be objective as possible.
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with not much head.
Smells sweat and malty. Taste is malty with a hint of wheat and small hop bite at the end. The head leaves a thin lace down the glass. This is my second favorite St. Arnold's brew behind the Brown. A better than average wheat beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright medium gold color, cyrstal clear (so the name isn't trying to be clever...). Fulffy white head with fairly good retention. Smell is very light and crips, maybe some cotton candy sweetness, and light hops. Taste is very malt intensive, slightly grassy and has a definite metallic twang to it. Not huge amount of hops on the backside. Decent beer, probably great for a hot summer's day in the Texas heat, not in a Minnesota winter. Thanks to assurbanipaul for the sample.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, with virtually no head. Typical wheat aromas are found, with a hint of hop. The beer is very crisp, and has many characteristics of a pale ale. Very hoppy and slightly bitter, the malt sweetness helps balance things. The is slight carbonation to the beer, but nothing very outstanding. This isnt a bad beer, but its far from being great. Very thin, but quite refreshing. Overall its quite an average beer, however its much better than most other beers that I've sampled from Texas.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark gold color with a thin off-white head. Very light lacing. The aroma is faintly hopped with some apricot and malt thrown in. Light-bodied and easy to drink. The flavor is mildly wheaty, along with a bit of hops to give it a small bite. The finish is lightly bitter and sparkly. Overall this beer is not very complex at all but I found myself enjoying it a bit.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a hazy straw color with a thin cap of white watery suds. Pretty hefty bead coming up from the bottom.

Aroma - standard grain, slightly sweet with yeast.

Taste - decent wheat flavor, a touch of sweetness that is right where I think it should be. The carbonation and maybe a breath of hops provide a little balance on the swallow, though not much is really required. Tasty finish, slightly sweet with a touch of tart.

Mouthfeel - crisp, light, and though this was served quite cold, it was absolutely refreshing.

Drinkability - not the most flavorful beer, but an ideal thirst quencher. Thanks to BGThang for the bottle.

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Photo of Morris729
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale golden color with almost no head. Aroma is sweet wheat and malt with a faint hint of citrus. It’s a bit thin in the mouth, but it is quite crisp and refreshing. Medium wheat flavors with a light hop bitterness in the finish. There are better American wheat beers out there.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into a weizen glass. It had a two finger head that quickly dissipated. No laciing or collar. The color was a very pale yellow which was wit-like. The smell was hard to pin down but reminded me more of a pilsner or kolsch then a wheat. Not bad but just not what I expected or wanted. The taste was OK. It was sorta bland and watery. I'm finding that I love hefes, dunkels, american pale wheats but not so much the kristal weizens. They really seem dumbed down. Overall, my least favorite from StA and a bit of a disappointment since I really like their other beers. On the plus side, it's a low ABV and not bad tasting so could be a good session when looking for something to occasionally throw into the rotation. (3, RB, Tie, O)

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy medium orange color (despite being a Kristal Weizen) with two fingers of head. There is a good deal of lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of maltiness and wheat. Not too fruity like other weizens. The taste is very malty as well, with lots of wheat and yeast character. A bit of lemon and a little pepper on the finish. Not much going on in the hops department. The mouthfeel is very thick and heavy for this style. The drinkability is good too. Not too bad of a kristal weizen.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is small, white, noisy, bumpy, the beer a clear, rich gold. Nuts and sugar in the nose. Starts with some nice bitter hops and a pleasant fruitiness. Sweet malt through the middle morphs into a bitter, hoppy finish. Quite nutty. This is fairly full-flavored: fruity, nutty, bitter. Nice.

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Photo of kfoss99
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into a pilsner/small hefeweizen glass.

Appearance – Slightly cloudy golden with a white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell – balance of hops and yeast in the nose.

Taste – No taste detected until the finish, then sweet toasted notes are detected alongside subtle hops.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth, slightly heavy, and well carbonated.

Drinkability – Could I, and would I, want to drink a case of this? Yes. There’s not much complexity but it was a very smooth and balanced beer.

Thanks to Assurbanipaul for this fine Texas beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. twisty, “made only with the finest malt, hops, yeast and water”. Only other useful information is that Saint Arnold lived from 580-640 A.D. Classic St. Arnold, the neck label is askew.

Aroma: Wet grain with a perfumed note containing hops and yeast. Very mild aroma.

Appearance: Poured with a solid white head but it died back to a thin medium bubbled cover that left the slightest trails of short lived lace. Glass is a very clear pale gold with slow rising fine bubbles.

Flavor: The graininess comes through in the flavor with a very mild hop level. Hops are somewhere between peppery and citric.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, watery texture, good carbonation level.

Overall Impression: I pretty sure this is a re-branding of the Kristall Weizen. The Weizen doesn’t show up in their lineup on the webpage, and this one does, AND it tastes just like the Weizen, which in my book is a shame. The re-labeling would have been an excellent time to tweak the recipe a bit to bring out a little more character. I’m thinking a yeast change to bring out a little more bubble gum or a dash of some spice would give this beer a little character. As it stands, there just isn’t a lot to love here. It’s clean, nothing “wrong” with this; it’s just that there is nothing “special” about it. Still my least favorite St. Arnold

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A rebranding of SA's former Kristall Weizen, as they seem to be doing with a lot of their beers. Pours a medium gold, clear throughout with almost no head. Aroma is sweet and grassy.

Taste is smooth and sweet, nice lightly toasted malt flavor. Looks like a lager but lacks the lager fruity sweetness, has more of a grain, mild hay flavor.

Body is medium to light, filtered a little too much. Weizens should be hefty, thick and cloudy and I feel too much good stuff has been filtered out of this beer. Nothing special but still makes for a good summer quaffer.

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Photo of Loki
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled in a 12 oz. bottle.

This Kristal wheat poured a pale sun yellow with a slight haze and a very small, white head. Left very little lacing and there was little head retention.

The aroma was of sweet malt and with hints of citrus and other fruits. Maybe some white grape thought I?m not positive on that.

The taste was malty with subtle wheat and hints of citrus and hops. Medium-high carbonation helps with a crisp mouthfeel and it had a slight hop bite at the end.

Thank you kindescut for the sample.

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Photo of charlesw
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange/yellow with a small white head. Head is gone in a flash. Smells just off - a touch of fermented apricots or something like that.
Nice light flavor with a touch of citrus - maybe ahint of clove.
I suppose I'd drink one on a hot day with a lemon wedge thrown in - but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it! Well, actually, I imagine I could always find something I like more, so I just wouldn't buy it.

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Photo of mntlover
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lace.

Aroma is lemony citrus on a bready/wheat malt background. Some hints of bananas and peaches along with light hops.

Taste is light lemon grassy on bready malt with some wheat notes. Some light fruit present in the taste banana and peach again mixed with some light grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfell is light, smooth easy drinking beer great lawn mower brew.

Drinkability is ok for me this one is true to style but not a style I would go for personally. Why would you want to ruin a good hefe by filtering it? Beyond me, thanks go to TxBeer for this sample.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, perhaps a hint of hazy, full gold color and is topped by a frothy pale white head. The aroma has notes of sweet grain, a hint of spicy hops and a dab of zesty lemon; really the aroma is all around quite faint. The taste is light on the palate with a surprising amount of malty sweetness, that is so apparent because there is nothing really to balance it in this beer. This beer is nice and refreshing and is quite easily quaffed on a hot summer evening. There is a bit of herbal, spicy hop character here in the middle and finish of this beer that is pleasant and it is joined by a soft fruitiness reminiscent of apricots and peaches. Overall this is a simple brew, yet still entirely pleasing and I would definitely grab this one again, but I don't live in Texas so I guess I won't.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big cheers to fellow BA dungaree who was exceptionally generous in shipping this brew to NY. Cheers to you man!

Comes in a 12oz twist top bottle with no best by date. Pours a clear gold pilsner-like color, but almost no head whatsoever. Taste is adequate, with moderate Saaz-like hops. Slight fruitiness apparent. Malt profile is light. Aftertaste is almost bland, perhaps just a touch acidic. This reminds me somewhat of a uninteresting pale ale. Other than the aftertaste, there are no obvious flaws to the flavor of this brew. But there isn't enough interest here for me to look for another.

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Arnold's brewery in Houston makes a pretty significant lineup of beers, and the Kristall Weizen is a solid, if unspectacular addition to the stable. One of my few beefs with St. Arnold's lies in the way they label their beers. The label on the Weizen is sloppy at best, with crooked and off-center body and neck labels. The neck label tells nothing of the beer within, content instead to relate the legend of St. Arnold's funeral where the mystical beer flagon never went dry until all of the mourners had been satisfied. Nice story for the website, but let's hear a little bit about the beer in the bottle. Good idea, boys?

The beer itself looks strictly average. Minimal head on the pour, and what does manifest doesn't hang around for long. The body is clear and straw-orange. No real nose to speak of, just a slight tinge of citrus.

The taste is good. A cracker-like malt body is the main feature, with enough hoppiness to balance things out. The taste is crisp and fresh. Citrus notes appear, along with a slight hint of peaches.

Decent mouthfeel, good drinkability. I don't usually go for the filtered wheats very often, as I typically prefer the cloudy and less tamed traditional weizens. Still, this is a good summertime beer for sitting out on the deck with. Pair with chicken or pork chops for a nice, light meal. Not bad, but shape up on that label, fellers.

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Photo of beerdiablo
3/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Kristall Weizen is not the best style they do.
Thought the signature Saint Arnold's dirty malt finish is not present,
this beer lacks the body, spice and presence of its northern brother,
Live Oak, which is one of the best.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word. A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner".

--John Steinbeck

Medium maize with weak lemonade edges. Nothing but a few lines of bubbles is present to disturb the kristal clear calmness of the beer. The three finger cap is cumulus cloud white and looks good in all ways that matter. I'm not sure what else one could want or expect from a kristalweizen.

Beer of this style often struggles on the olfactory front. The typical fruit and spice of the hefeweizen yeast strain can't help but be muted since the beer, by definition, is filtered. None of that matters because this ale uses a kolsch yeast. In the end, Texas Wheat smells like untoasted wheat and is just a touch lemony. Not bad.

Grain is the unchallenged focal point of the flavor profile. If you like grain-flavored beer then you'll like Texas Wheat. I do, on both counts. There's nothing real exciting here... just good, honest, clean, fresh, no frills barley and wheat. Actually, Perle and Liberty hops add just enough flavor-bitterness to sneak in another dimension. There may be a few twists of lemon peel as well.

The mouthfeel is closer to medium than light. The additional heft allows the flavor to linger longer on the taste buds, which is a good thing in this case.

Saint Arnold Texas Wheat isn't likely to impress any craft beer lover with its magnificence. Then again, it wasn't designed to do so. It was designed to be a high-quality, basic ale that beats America's best selling lagers at their own game. Mission accomplished. Under the cap... 'The end is beer'.

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Texas Wheat from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 143 ratings