Saint Arnold Texas Wheat | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Texas WheatSaint Arnold Texas Wheat
143 Ratings
Saint Arnold Texas WheatSaint Arnold Texas Wheat

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAngel on 07-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 107
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 goochpunch
1.49/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Wow, this looks bad. Pours out nearly still (there's one stream of slow bubbles that climbs up the side of the glass). The color is a dull brass. There is no head. Smells wheaty and brothy. Really, this smells like Kitchen Basics brand chicken broth. Tastes pretty much like chicken broth too, but with a hint of citrus and some wheat malt. Where are the phenolics and the esters? This is terrible. Surprisingly, even though this looks like it would be the flattest beer imaginable, the carbonation goes to work overtime: stinging my tongue like one thousand Tomball bees. Mouthfeel is also slick and sticky. Not drinkable at all. What the hell is this? Drain pour.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
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 tbone53
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a real pale light color yellow. pours a nice head but it doesnt last.the lite foam laces nicely down the glass.taste ok nothing spectacular. i make sound like i dont like this beer but nothing could be further from the truth. this is a smooth tasting easy going beer.a session to take to a party. one to introduce your freinds to to get them to stop drinking that lite crap.its a good call ill buy more.

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Photo of mcallister
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale hay colored with a white thick head. No lace and highly carbonated.

Very wheaty with hints of citrusy fruit. A musty aroma seems to lie over the top of this. Hard too really pull anything out seperately.

Sweet sugar cane flavors with a nice wheaty creamy mid palate. Citrus notes are hidden but add to the beer nicely. Good balance and easy too drink. A beer better than the reviews indicate.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer poured a yellow hue with a bright white head that only stood up roughly one inch high and settled at a quarter inch. Lots of beading inside and no much lace to speak of.

Smell: The aromas are of corn husks, wheats, rye, vague piney hops and some earthy tones.

Taste: Sharp wheat at the front, faint pines, rye and corn are the main characters.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with a medium amount of carbonation and finishes bubbely. Smooth, easy to drink kind of beer.

Drinkability: Overall, this is not a bad beer just nothing overly exciteing to me. A new beer is always worth a try in my book, but if your looking for the best beers out there you may wanna try somewhere else.


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Photo of beeragent
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear straw color, forming a fluffy 1 inch head, leaving light lacing on the glass. The appearance is alot like a Miller Lite or Bud. The aroma is very faint, smelling of light wheat, and maybe a little sweet citrus. The taste has a nice, almost lemon flavor to it. Light wheat notes, and maybe a little grain and corn. Almost like a citrus flavored light beer. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall, this is an easy enough beer to enjoy. I would imagine, this would be a great beer to have on a summer afternoon. Better than most wheat beers I've tried.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am surprised there is not more reviews for this beer.

Anyways, this beer pours with bright yellow, with a frothy large white head.

The smell gives off light fruit esters. Apple being most prominent. A large amount of wheat, with a solid citrus backing.

Taste is light and pleasantly wheaty. In fact this beer has some of the most prominent wheat presence of any beer I have had to date. This may be a plus or minus depending on if you're a fan of wheat. Layers of delicate citrus and florals surround the bottom end. Making the finish quite enjoyable, and making you want another sip. Drinkability is very good.

This is an awesome Wheat Beer, I recommend this one.

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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 rowew
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, St Arnold holding a beer and surrounded by wheat on the label. No date info.

Appearance: Pours clear yellow with a bit of an orange tint, very thin head fades quickly.

Smell: Very muted aroma - a bit of wheat and hints of citrus.

Taste: Crisp carbonation and light to medium mouthfeel. Again, the flavors are subtle - some wheat, citrus, and grassy flavors.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable, but definitely not the most exciting beer out there.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold color, with a head that fades within seconds. Aroma is very grainy, somewhat sweet. Decent malt flavor up front, with a good deal of wheat flavor; bitterness is moderate with no taste of hops; no yeast character at all. Very clean finish. Thinnish body. Needs more carbonation.

Completely run-of-the-mill American wheat (not a krystalweizen apart from being filtered).

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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 BeerSox
2.35/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

Pours clear golden yellow. Very little head, especially for a wheat beer. Almost no head retention.

Grassy smell along with wheat like malt. Some fruity scents.

Tastes like peas or something.

Smooth, but with a musty afterteaste. Medium carbonation.

Probably a renaming of their Kristall Weizen. There is nothing great about this beer.

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Photo of briman
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a bright golden yellow color. Just the slightest amount of haze. Small white head, not much retention, and pretty much no lacing.

Aroma is mild wheat malt. Not really getting any sort of phenols.

Taste has some very slight malt sweetness, somewhat bready. Pretty mild overall. Finish is pretty clean, no bitterness. No real noticeable hop contribution on any level.

Medium light body, moderate carbonation. Pretty refreshing, good for a summer day, which is more or less to be expected. Not bad certainly, but feels like it's missing other reviewers noted seems like a little less filtering might make a big difference in the overall enjoyment of this one. It is drinkable, though, and I wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of shererjt
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale, oh-so-light copper with a large-ish rocky head. A different sort of appearance; not cloudy like a traditional weizen, but a bit darker than most kristals (though not enough to be called a dunkel, if there is actually such a thing as a dunkelkristelweizen--and I don't know why there wouldn't be). I called the appearance average. Nose was fairly clean--maybe some cloves there, definitely wheat, and the typical St. Arnold's smell that is present in all their beers (but it was probably less in this one than the others I've tried). Fairly typical if somewhat subdued weizen flavor. Was on the fence about whether this was made with a "real" weizen yeast, but it must be, in part at least. Not a bad flavor, though I think it would be better if they went all-out weizen or kept it nice and clean and focused on the wheat. Would say the mouthfeel was a bit flat and lacked the typical wheat creaminess. Drinkability was good.

Overall, a decent enough beer. Wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but I wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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 ibrewaletx
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light light amber, slightly cloudy which is fine for this style. A very light malty smell with a slight hint of orange, citrus. A good balance between the hops and malt, giving a slightly thin body, and good drinkability. This is the beer I would give to non craft beer friends who are used to American pilsners.
Overall is good, not great.

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Photo of damifino
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah yes, this is the rebranded Kristal Weizen, one of the oringal four from St. Arnold's. I am certain they rebranded it because of the Bubbas in Texas didn't know what a "Kristal Weizen" is/was. Oh well!

This one pours a pale yellow with fine bubbles with a head that sticks around after the first few sips.

It was a bit malty with a hint of banana.

Slight sweetness to it, but it was a very smooth beer.

Not as thick as other Kristal Weizen's, but it sure makes for a good thirst quencher after cutting the grass.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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 mntlover
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
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 beerdiablo
3/5  rDev -10.4%
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 HardTarget
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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 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 Dubblebock
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Saint Arnold Texas Wheat from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 143 ratings
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