Santo | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 588

#260 ranked German Kölsch | 4.70% ABV

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Notes: Year-round availibility. Santo is a black Kölsch, which technically doesn’t exist as a style, but this is as close as we can come to describing it. Essentially it is brewed using a Kölsch recipe with the addition of Munich and black malt. It is light bodied and floral yet with a distinct dark malt flavor. Our goal was to create a dark yet refreshing beer that would pair perfectly with a plate of enchiladas.

The label artwork is by Houston artist Carlos Hernandez who is known for his Day of the Dead Rock Star series of paintings and prints.
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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 588
Reviews by VaterRoss:
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3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into shaker, bottled 4/5/12

Pours a clear, dark brown with a small off white head that does stick around for long, very little lacing. Smell is of slightly fruity lager yeast with just a hint of chocolate coming from the malt. The taste is a subdued chocolately roasted malt with the lager yeast coming on pretty strong, perfect amount of mild hop bite to finish. Mouthfeel is medium weight and carb.

This aint no Kölsch, more like a Münchner Dunkel. Way too heavy and toasted and lagery to be a Kölsch, despite that this is a pretty good beer with light dark lager taste and body, pretty refreshing. I have reviewed this as a dark lager, as a Kölsch it is closer to a 2.

Perhaps this beer in its age lost some of the delicacies of the Kölsch and gained a toasted malt profile? /s

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More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Drank it straight from the brewery taps.
Mahogany color with a thick thin head with decent retention.
Aroma of creamy chocolates and earthy hops.
Likewise nice creamy chocolate flavor, mild tangy fruitiness and earthy hops, and roasted malts.
Light body with medium carbonation.
This is definitely an improvement from the regular Kolsch version, more fun.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly tasty, give it a try

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

They call this a kolsch but it's way darker and nuttier than most others. A black kolsch? Never heard of such a thing but I dig it.

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Santo from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 588 ratings