Saint Arnold Texas Wheat | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

107 Reviews
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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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 143
Photo of wahhmaster
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Paulaner-branded weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a muted golden translucent color. The thin and fizzy head dissipates slowly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Wheaty with a strong citrus fruit smell. Smells pretty good.

Taste: Has the typical bitterness common in some wheat beers. The citrus fruit taste is more muted than I hoped but still tastes pretty good. Leaves a nice wheaty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little thin but not overwhelmingly so.

Drinkability: A decent wheat beer but nothing to write home about. If you can find it (hard outside of Texas), it's worth a try.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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 frequentgear
2.13/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

i'm not sure if this was an expired bottle or what, i enjoy most of saint arnold's malty (while somewhat mislabeled) beers.

yellowish straw-looking pour with decent fluffy head that disappeared quickly. can't smell much, it's very light.

tastes like a poor quality lager to me. a HINT of wheat and fusel alcohol. very disappointed. watery and really reminded me of a budweiser. will try another one someday to make sure.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"I must say as to what I have seen of Texas, it is the garden spot of the world, the best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here" - Alamo hero Davey Crockett

A: Golden yellow...almost, dare I say, the color of wheat!

S: Not a whole lot of smell here, but a bit of a cereal smell comes through the filter.

T: Wheat, barley, and Perle hops.

M: Crisp and clean! Good carbonation and an effervescent feel to it.

D: Very high. This is great for the hot Texas summers.

Notes: This is a basic style that takes no risks. This was Saint Arnold's second beer after their Amber Ale.

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Photo of Kromes
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a fluffy white head that fades down relatively quickly. Aroma is not as strong as most, there are some floral hop and sweet honey malt aromas. The taste is very sweet and somewhat honey. There is a nice bready, wheat flavor and a little citrus tang. A very nice flavor, simple and delicious. The mouthfeel is a bit thin at first but the carbonation is high and adds a nice character and body to the beer. Drinkability is pretty high, only thing is the sweetness can be a little much.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold with 3 fingers of foamy brite-white head that fizzles down pretty quickly into a thin filmy layer, leaving some spotty lace back. The aroma has a good bit of sweet wheat notes mixing in with citric character to really impart a pronounced tang to the nose. Light spice and floral hops pull up the back of this bouquet, adding a touch of zing to the proceedings.

The taste is similar, being sweet and a touch fruity, with a blend of wheat and citrus, as well as a moderate hit of hop bitterness to help pull things back. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a bit of a creamy feel to the carbonation up front but then thickens up a bit towards the back of swallow. Overall, this is pretty crisp and clean in the mouth.

This was decent. Solid wheat tones here that were well balanced by some equally solid hop character. Good crisp nature and the lower ABV guarantees some easy drinkibility. Another well done brew from St. Arnold.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.99/5  rDev +18.8%
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 sinstaineddemon
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy golden amber, thin white head that dissipates almost immediately, some suspended settlement and very few carbonation bubbles

S - a wheaty aroma, co-mingled with a sweet fruit/vegetable-esque aroma, a sugary aroma that entices

T - earthy graininess which i'll assume is the wheat is quickly overwhelmed by the sugariness, a corn syrupy sweetness, almost sickly sweet, but not, just poignant

M&D - smooth and sessionable, an easily down wheat, St. Arnold continues to impress

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Photo of zdk9
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale crystal clear yellow. Coaxed out a fingers worth of white foam on top. Lacing is spidery a decent.

S- Quite corny, some sulfur. Not at all appatizing. After taking a whiff of this I was prepared for a not so great beer. This one really smells like a macro.

T- But the taste more than makes up for it. There's a good bit of light lemon notes, over sweet white bread and a touch of graham cracker. Reminiscent of Oberon, but without the bitterness, and I like that about this beer. It perhaps comes out a bit "wussy" without a lot of bitterness, but I think that it allows some other flavors to shine through.

M- Highly carbonated, which I like on this beer, and easily swillable.

D- This should really be the SA "lawnmower beer", for I can see appreciating it quite a bit on a hot summer day outside. The tastes are delicious and not overbearing, while it goes down easily and leaves you wanting another gulp. Definitely should be drank pretty cold though, as the carbonation starts to wane a bit as the beer warms (or maybe I'm just crazy).

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Photo of Bagman007
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color with not much head at all.

S- Has a slight hoppy lemon scent. Can also smell the wheat as well.

T- Has a sweet wheat taste to it. Not very hoppy, but you can definitely taste some of the hops. Very light bitterness. Also has a slight lemon flavoring.

M- For the most part this is a smooth beer. More grainy than I would like it to be though.

D- Definitely a drinkable beer. The lemon flavor isn't overpowering and it is a fairly smooth beer overall.

Overall I'd say this is a decent beer. Disappointing compared to other Saint Arnold's beers, but still good. Didn't expect the lemon flavor, but I think it was a nice touch and added to the beer. Too grainy overall for me though.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden body with an inch of fizzy, white head.

Smell: Soft, supple wheat aroma with support, though mild notes of spice and watered down lemon juice. Floral hops also bring a vague, distant hint of pine needles.

Taste: Malted wheat with a touch of graininess to it and a light overall sweetness. Floral hop character, though, as with the nose, there's that far off touch of pine. Mild bitterness. The lemons finally make an appearance near the end. Even in the crisp, dry finish you still can't shake that grain flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high, somewhat spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A very bare bones, no thrills wheat ale, but it serves its purpose as a highly drinkable, simple brew with an appealingly low ABV percentage.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to armock for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop, and some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, with spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/19/2005 (12oz bottle):

Pours a very light yellow colored body with virtually no head. Has a light malty aroma. Similar to the domestics in both aroma and appearance. Very light palate with a light malty flavor, and a nutty aftertaste. Not a fan.

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Photo of chemmie
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal yellow with no haze and no head. Smell has a lot of vanilla, wheat and some slight floral notes with a hint of alcohol popping through. The taste is a vanilla honey wheat with a slight alcohol kick. Very light on the palate. Overall, not a bad American Wheat, with none of the characteristics of the European wheats.

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Photo of roblowther
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pale straw....ok, these are my notes and maybe I should have had this earlier in the session because I wrote "hazy clear". As God is my witness, I have no more idea what that means than you do. No head to speak of.
s: honey, vanilla, but very neutral, really
t: tart, some citrus, a sour finish
m: flat-ish with a nice slick feel to it
d: good, very refreshing & easy-drinking
I love supporting my native Texas beers, but this just isn't their best outing.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Central Market in Dallas. Pours a clear gold with white lacing.

This is just a simple American wheat beer. None of the Geran weizen characteristics, but clean, bready wheat malt flavors like Widmer hefe. There's also a pleasant touch of caramel on top of the whole-wheat-like grains (the aroma even reminds me of bread crust) and no real appearance of hops. Not a lot is going on, but this beer could hit the spot of on a hot day and certainly isn't dull.

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Photo of daleleboeuf
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
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 EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
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 brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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 grs8313
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
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 champ103
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow. A good two finger white head forms and gently recedes to leave a bit of lace.
S: Some funky and doughy yeast aromas. A touch of light fruitiness.
T: Sweet yeast flavors. Some biscuit and doughy malts with some spiciness. Again, a touch of banana and clove.
M/D: A very clean and light bodied beer. Dry and a little thin. Very easy and smooth to drink. A good wheat beer for the hot Texas summers.

Not bad at all. A nice quaffable and refreshing beer for the summer.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow color, with a white two finger head that goes away a little to fast, and leaves some lacing around the glass.

Smell is sweet with some yeast notes.

Taste is spicy at first then turns to some yeast like flavor with some hints of banana that is a little sweet and the finsih is some what dry. A little watery but overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beer pours a nearly clear (???) yellow with no head but lots of carbonation.

this beer smells like fresh mown grass. seems their "lawnmower" kolsch had a similar smell. smells like a barnyard.

the taste is light and crisp. grassy and earthy.

the mouthfeel is consistent for the style.

overall, i'm glad i got to try this, but otherwise, probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of bilyboy65
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first ever beer for this style. Seems to be a good cross between a pilsner and a hefeweizen. I may have to update the rankings as I try more in this style.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner style glass. No BBD on bottle.

A: Clean looking dark gold color. Medium level of carbonation can be seen. A very thin head that didn't last to long was created on the poor. The head is not clingy and the film falls quickly.

S: Very simple. Mild malts and hops, soft wheat and a hint of banana (I doubted the banana when I read the description for the style).

T: Simple as well. Nothing different from the smell. The malts and the fruit lead things off with the wheat and hops following behind. Very mild and nice aftertaste.

M: Smooth, light bodied beer with light carbonation.

D: Another good beer to drink plenty of and enjoy. Has the sharp flavor characteristics of a pilsner, but uses the hefeweizen to balance out the bitterness. Great alternative to a pilsner. Easy to drink and light for a good hot day.

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Saint Arnold Texas Wheat from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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