Saint Arnold Texas Wheat | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Texas WheatSaint Arnold Texas Wheat
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Saint Arnold Texas WheatSaint Arnold Texas Wheat

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: German Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAngel on 07-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.75/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I wish I can review this beer now. I first tried it when I was all about wheat beers, particularly hefeweizens. I had loved this beer at that time. My tastes have changed, though, and am sure the rating would be lower now. I will leave it as it is, though.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nice head and retention.

Smell: wheat, citrusy

Taste: citrusy, wheaty. Would pair nicely with an orange. very easy beer to drink in the summer time.

Mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: easy to drink, very sessionable.

had on tap at the saint arnold's brewery. Very nice and fresh

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Photo of ttu94
4.27/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off let me preface this review with the fact that I’m not a big wheat beer fan. That being said I think this beer is fantastic.
First time I had it I immediately noted that it was a filtered wheat beer and I thought oh boy good luck with that. It had a micro sized head that faded quick and left no lacing. The aroma is that of a wheat beer with a hint of hops. The taste is where I really was impressed. The wheat flavor really comes out and there is no in your face lemon punch that so many wheat beers have. It was incredibly smooth and refreshing. I could drink this beer all day and be happy.
In fact, dare I say this beer is better than Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier. Which I have had at the source.
Maybe I need to revisit Bavaria and do another taste test "I've got to get away....I've got to fly away yeah yeah yeah" .
I have become extremely impressed with this little brewery out of Houston.

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Photo of aebax
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another high-quality St. Arnold brew. Is this stuff really 3.9%ABV?

A- Looks filtered with no sediment/floaty-chunks. Yellow wheat-colored and almost transparent.

S- Smell is of wheat and relaxed hops

T- Taste is refreshing, perhaps due to the low ABV, this beer quenches my thirst as though it were water

M- watery, which is a + for me

D- Drinks like water - the perfect potable

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Photo of rockdick
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
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 jordanmills
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a light wheat ale, lots of citrus. I bet it would go great with a meyer lemon, but I don't think it's mellow enough to go with an orange. Feels light and crisp on the tongue with a smooth finish. Easy to drink, especially on a Texas summer afternoon. I think it would do better with less filtering. It's good, but could be better in some areas.

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Photo of kfoss99
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
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 daleleboeuf
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden amber hue with just enough cloudiness to make it hard to see through. Also had little to no head but left a tiny ring of bubbles around the top.

Has a thick, almost creamy, wheat aroma that one would expect from a wheat beer done well. Slight citrus overtones but not enough to rave about.

Much more crisp in taste than other wheats. The soft aroma plays off this well. Had somewhat of a bitter finish. Could definitely pound about a six pack of these, but would not be m first choice out of a well stocked fridge.

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Photo of diamondc
4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixer on sale for $7.49. Barely visible inkjet imprint 092309, so probably a month old.

I've only had one kristalweizen before, and they're not much to look at. Pale golden color, no haziness, not much head, and minimal lacing.

The aroma is interesting. Its like smelling fresh from the oven wheat bread, with some pears & strawberry in the background. I really dig it.

The taste has that typical wheat twang to it, also red apples and a bit of caramel, then a wave of some pleasant mild bitterness. Very light on the tongue, not watery though. Just the right amount of carbonation.

I've been putting off buying this beer due to not being terribly impressed by Saint Arnold's other beers and, I gotta admit, the low ABV. Still, this is a solid thirst quencher and well worth buying again.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.02/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: "All Hopped Up" is written under the cap. The beer poured aggressively to give about a quarter inch head of fluffy white bubbles that retained for less than a minute. There were a few bubbles rising to keep a small ring of foam around the edge of the glass. The beer itself is a mostly clear slightly orangish straw color.

Aroma: Grainy/biscuity aroma with a subtle fruity presence. There are some yeasty notes detectable, along with a bit of the caramel. I would think that some more assertive carbonation would really bring the aroma to life.

Taste: The beer starts out with a tad of malty sweetness. There are some hops lurking in there too, to give a bit of a citrusy note until the finish. The finish is pretty wet and refreshing. Though the mouthfeel would suggest that this is a lighter beer, it finishes with a mild balance toward the malt.

Opinion: Well, I personally hold the Saint Arnold brewery in the highest regard. I have a lot of respect for Brock Wagner (the owner) because he is so proactive in the home brewing community. For this reason, their beers are one of my most frequent session beers when I am going to somebody's place.

This doesn't have much to do with the beer. This beer is just what it is intended to be...a session beer. You can put away a six-pack of this stuff in the blink of an eye. It has more flavor than the macros, but is about as heavy. It's a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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 shoky01
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of AJN136
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BgThang
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this used to be the krystalweizen but change the name to accomodate the difficult time people were having saying the name
This pours a golden color with alot of clarity
due to filtration I am sure.

The nose is that oven oven fresh bread and is reqal nice.

This is not a hefe, so if you are looking for a hefe go eleswhere, this is a texas wheat.
It has a real bready tast on the mouth and is very nice to drink but will fill you up quickly

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of merddyn2002
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid no-frills wheat beer. I'd be proud if this came out of my brew kettle. Nothing totally exceptional but well balanced and what you expect from a wheat. I could drink them all day with no complaints, but I'd rather have a leinenkugel sunset wheat if i had a choice between the two.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A slightly hazy pale straw body with a huge white head that features brilliant retention and spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, grainy wheat accompanied with apple, citrus, and a slight hint of floral hops

Taste: Sharp lemon and apple over a tasty and grainy wheat backbone. Towards the end, there's enough of a bitter hop dimension to add more complexity. Clean. The aftertaste is grainy with the barest hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and velvety with smooth carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Excellent, as you'd expect from any wheat beer worth a damn.

Verdict: Saint Arnold has created a solid Wheat beer, perfect for a Summer's day here in Texas. While it may not the most complex beer in the world, it does its job well.

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Photo of grs8313
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz screw top bottle with "Ale gate party" under the cap and no freshness date. Pours clear golden yellow with a big two plus finger head made up of big bubbles. The head dies down very fast.

Smell: Sweet malt and fruit, pear or dried pineapple.

Taste: A sweet fruit flavor that then gets mellowed out by a malt flavor. A slight alcohol flavor can be detected at the end, but it does not last long.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, but not so much that is detracts from the beer in any way. A slight warming was felt from the alcohol, but not much. The beer leaves the mouth feeling very clean.

Drinkability: This is a great beer that is extremely drinkable. A superbly well balanced beer that I could drink all night. I would prefer to drink this beer in the summer instead of the seasonal Summer Pils.

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Photo of RickSawyer
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey brown with big stark white pillowy head made up of tiny bubbles. Nose is big whole wheat, honey, raspberries and some orange zest. Taste begins and ends with nice, white bread wheat. Some berry fruit sweetness in the middle and a bit of bitter orange zest to balance the end out. Mouthfeel is beautiful, slick, light and with enough grip to hold onto the tastebuds for a couple seconds. At 3.9% I can drink this without worrying about letting it go to my head. A wonderful offering, and a great lonestar kristalweizen.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into half-liter Paulaner Weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a pretty substantial white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind some lace on the glass. Lots of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Smells of sweet and grainy malt with phenol notes.

Taste: Begins with sweet malt and fruit notes, finishing with a wheaty, almost bread-like flavor and a hint of banana.

Mouthfeel: Light body; sharp carbonation; crisp, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable and very refreshing. Not the best beer around, but this is probably the best beer I've had for those hot Houston summers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light and bright. Golden yellow in color with a nice fizzy white head of foam, quick fade left a nice broken crown and a bit of side glass lace. The aroma is light, small hints of grain and light bread malts, a touch of light yeast coming through and a noticeable light hop note. The flavor though is a bit too light, thin with a shallow aftertaste

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottled a little more than I did on-tap at the brewery. It seems a little fuller and more complex this time around. Appearance is golden-orange, with average head. Aroma is of wheat, and a little bit of lemon and malts. Taste is initially wheaty with a malty finish with a strong hint of lemon. Lingering sweetness in the very end. This is very good for an evening of beering, seems I like Saint Arnold beers better in a bottle than on-tap at their brewery.

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Photo of JonathanCrites
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow into a pint glass with a thick fuzzy head. No lacing.

S - Strong wheat aroma mixed with a yeast/dough smell. Makes me salivate.

T - Strong wheat taste with sour fruit; grapefruit or some other citrus.

M - Fizzy carbonation, crisp finish with a light mouthfeel.

D - Delicious wheat beer that is easy to drink, light and full of citrus without cloying banana or spices.

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Saint Arnold Texas Wheat from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 143 ratings