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: 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 Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is about what you would expect, with a lot of wheat as well as some lemony and orange notes. The flavor is a lot of wheat with some lemon. Not very complex, but fairly refreshing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass, this poured a clear and bright yellow golden color bordering on a light amber. A minor display of carbon bubbles float to the top but result in no head. There is a mellow apricot-like hint over a hard sugar candy nose. This opens up with a lightly tart plum skin taste and a moderately sweet and crisp palate. There is a juicy plum taste to the center and a smooth malt dominated follow through. I'm thinking of sugared plum candies. A good "session" if you're that into the unique sweetness this has to offer. I could enjoy a couple before I'd have to move on to something bigger from Saint Arnold's.

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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 twiggamortis420
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Not exactly crystal clear, but plenty more so than a regular hefe. Large, fluffy white foam that is always nice to see on a wheat beer. This one fades a bit faster than average and leaves some spotty lacing.

Nose is kind of a crossbreed of a wiezen and an American wheat. Mostly wheat tangy aroma with the slightest bit of cloves and bubblegum. Not much banana. A bit of sweet grains there as well, but this is a far cry from Weihenstephaner Kristalweissbier.

Taste falls along the same line with a bit more sweetness than I expected and an earthy, biscuit malt presence that seems a bit out of place too. SA Texas Wheat cannot decide if it wants to go German or American wheat and ends of falling short on both accounts. It is still fairly drinkable and I will not have much trouble finishing off my sixer, but I was hoping for a bit more from a kristalweizen. I have had it more than a few times at the brewery and now I remember why it has taken me so long to getting around to reviewing this one.

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Photo of mjurney
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Appearance]: Golden color, clear (maybe some dash of hazy), very carbonated, foamy head, leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Very clean and crisp aroma, bready wheat, citrus, dash of earthly.
[Taste]: Bready wheat up front, some touch of red apples, slight hint of pepper lemon in the mid-palate, I could taste some little earthliness, clean with slight dryness at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Very clean and crisp, carbonation is a little high.
[Drinkability]: Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra in a recent trade, low priority want but I do love me some wheat beers, thanks!

Beer is CLEAR! I didn't know it was a krystalweiss when I was pouring it, I thought "This had better be a kristalweiss." Yellow to orange. No real head, carbonation low, this style should be 3 - 4 volumes of carb, missing out on the appearance. Looks OK.

Sweet, slightly grainy aroma. I don't smell many esters. Oh no, am I going to like this beer?

Beer is medium to light in body. Aftertaste of grains. Not a lot of forward sweetness or back bitterness. Definitely no banana or clove flavors. Second taste, there is some carbonation in the mouth but not much. The aftertaste wasn't as bad that time. I'm not enjoying this beer. Sorry, I'm kind of a German-style ale guy so I know what I'm talking about when I say this is close to the worst kristalweiss I've had. Its more like a Kolsch...

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color topped by a modest head that quickly becomes a ringlet while leaving a few strands of lace behind

Smell: Bready aroma with hints of grain

Taste: Bready, up front, with a rough grainy aspect arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the breadiness returns and, in a twist, the finish has some toffee sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and light; clearly a different twist on the style

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Photo of brystmar
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the new brewery location.

A: golden in color; pours a good amount of non-retentive head which left minimal lacing on my mug.

S: wheat, banana, a bit of yeast too.

T: a bit lighter than most witbiers. Everything from the nose is here, and it concludes with a pleasantly crisp finish. More watery than most good witbiers though.

M: light and crisp; light carbonation matches the style well.

D: easy drinking here -- great for a warm day in the sun. Sessionable for sure, but I'd much prefer a tastier wit like Paulaner or Augustiner.

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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 pwoods
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into a weizen glass. Notes.

A: Pours a light straw color with some yeast clouding and lots of carbonation. Nice big head with good retention and some lacing.

S: very wheaty and grainy. Not much in the banana/clove/bubblegum.

T/M: Again, mostliy malt and wheat based. Earthy and husky but tasty. Very little banana and just a touch of clove. Body is light and crisp and carbonation is high and lively.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a wheat, it is not the best wheat beer I have had but it is an extremely tasty beer in general.

As I look at this beer I notice that it has a light straw color, and is clear as can be.

It has a very floral and citrus smell to it. Very odd, yet pleasant smell to it.

Tastes good, like a light wheat beer, but not as potent as I prefer in a wheat beer.

Nonetheless I would buy it again although it was mild.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.82/5  rDev +14%
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 +16.4%
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 frequentgear
2.13/5  rDev -36.4%
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 +4.5%
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 +12.8%
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 +7.5%
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 +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 sinstaineddemon
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
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 +10.1%
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 -8.4%
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 +8.1%
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 +5.4%
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 -25.1%
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 -7.5%
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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Saint Arnold Texas Wheat from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 143 ratings