Saint Arnold Santo | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold SantoSaint Arnold Santo
BA SCORE
30.8%
Liked This Beer
3.4 w/ 569 ratings
Saint Arnold SantoSaint Arnold Santo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by zander4dawin on 09-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,671
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
569
Liked:
175
Avg:
3.4/5
pDev:
17.65%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
162
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 569 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of Sammy
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a black kolsch? some may say they were just too lazy to lager this thing, not that it really would have helped a whole lot in my opinion. watery see through brown in color, short lived half inch of tan suds. smells loosely like roasted barley, but not enough of it, its thin and transparent aromatically. faint cocoa notes too, but they seem watered down as well. no hops to speak of. the flavor is a lot like the nose, but the absence of enough malt is more apparent. supposed to be a bold and roasty brew, it lacks that depth. it also lacks enough body to really work in this colder weather. perhaps better in a summer context when a bit of a darker beer is sought, but a light body is still in season. as it stands today, this beer really missed the mark for me, and now after a handful of beers saint Arnold is still yet to really make much of an impression on me.

edit: this is somehow better now in the pint cans than it ever was in the bottles. considerably improved for whatever reason.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 3rd Bar Eating House, Houston Intercontinental Airport (Terminal B), Houston, TX

A: The beer is clear brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose along with notes of green grapes.
T: The taste follows the smell, but isn't nearly as nutty and has stronger notes of green grapes in the background.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of dryness are noticeable.
O: This is a totally different take on a kölsch—it looks like a brown ale, smells a little like one, but tastes like a hybrid between a brown ale and a kölsch.

Serving type; on-tap

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2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretty standard label art and a branded pressure cap acquired as part of a mixed 6 pack at Whole Foods and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given its current ratings. I'm not certain this is actually a kolsch as currently classified, though Saint Arnold's website calls it a "black Kolsch" - which sounds pretty B.S. Reviewed as a schwarzbier.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a three finger wide head of beige colour. Has a nice soft fluffy complexion. No real lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent clear dark amber-brown. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks pretty generic for a schwarzbier.

Sm: Roasted barley, dark malts, hints of coffee, and kilned barley. Any hopping is so minimal it's not discernable. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A poor aroma of mild strength. If this is supposed to be a kolsch, it's absolutely terrible. For a schwarzbier, it's okay. Not looking forward to trying this.

T: Dark malts, pilsner malts, clean barley, a dab of roast, and a fleeting hint of crisp clean munich malts - which reminds the drinker of what this beer actually should be. If they were going for a kolsch, they really missed the mark. And it doesn't commit enough to its dark malts/roasted character to really hit the schwarzbier style. No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol comes through. As it warms, I get some cocoa powder and a bit of earthiness.

Troublesome imbalance. Not gestalt; lacks cohesion and focus. Shallow depth of flavour. Limited duration and intensity of flavour.

There are no off flavours here.

Mf: Nicely clean and crisp. Smooth and wet. A biteen overcarbonated. Okay presence on the palate. Nice body. It suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Kind of refreshing.

Dr: Drinkable, sure, but I wouldn't want to get this again. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Hides its ABV decently, but I'd probably guess it was higher than 4.70% if I tried it blind. A swing and a miss from Saint Arnold. I hate the premise, and the execution isn't much better. Kolsch is one traditional style that doesn't need yanks tinkering with it.

C

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Chris for sharing this beer today!
Live review, served in a tulip glass.

Earthy husky grain aroma. Bright caramel color, thin string of bubbles on the surface. Spotty lacing left behind. Crystal clear with a jewel tone clarity.

Tastes caramel sweet, dry and smooth. Clean and flavorful. Bready, tasty. Something that could be sessioned, an easy drinking beer.

Wouldn't consider this a traditional Kölsch, more of a Maerzen or ESB in character, though they do use a Kölsch yeast. American-Style Dark Lager is the category it won bronze in the World Beer Cup.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of oline73
2.66/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear dark amber/brown with quite a bit of red in it. There is a small layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very mild, the only thing I'm really picking up is slightly sweet bready malt.

Taste: Tastes like an average brown ale. Mildly sweet malt, a bit nutty/roasty, but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Really boring and I'm not sure the style is correct. Not again.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Brewing Co. "Santo"
12 oz. brown glass bottle

Santo is a fairly dark beer in color, but not in flavor - or at least not in dark malt flavor. Think of it as a Vienna lager with additional color and maltiness. It has a bit of caramel to it, but also suggestions of cocoa, and even bittersweet chocolate. It's not roasty though, and it's quite smooth with a moderate bitterness. Worth trying.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What is this, a new style-- Black Kölsch? Well, anyway it's a lot darker, a dark amber, than any Kölsch I've seen.

I just had the Fancy Lawnmower Kölsch, forgetting this one is also from Saint Arnold. Fairly malty and much richer. A distinct taste of roasted malt. Sort of an amber ale but without much in the way of hops. There are some hoppy aromatics, but mostly it's about the toasty barley and without the distinctive perfumey notes. A decent quaff and not a bad entry in the lower-alcohol sweepstakes. Not particularly distinctive but goes down easy and mixes well with a hoppier brew.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Leonard's Market in Lubbock.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown color and clear. Little head and no lace.

Dark caramel malt aroma. No hop.

Tastes like a Brown Ale, not a Kölsch. Lots toasted malt. Sweet with some spritz. Full bodied. Short aftertaste. Overall, it's a run of the mill Brown Ale taste wise.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this on tap at the Airport cantina in Dallas served chilled in a pilsner glass.

The color is brown,dark brown with translucent clarity and thin tan head with fine bead - I understand it is purposely a 'dark' kolsch but just trying to follow the style standard. The smell has a nutty malt scent with light herbal hop aroma that is pleasant. The feel is good with crisp texture and light bitterness with semi dry finish and light toast texture.

The flavor matches the mouthfeel in that it has a mild dry nutty taste with slight herbal hop that is complimentary with a gentle yeast element in the taste with a crisp quality as it finishes with a lager-like dry essence. Overall this is a strange brew sort of like 'black ipa' in that the flavor fits the style but the dark malt color makes you think schwarzbier -worth a try

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Saint Arnold Santo from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 30.8% out of 100 with 569 ratings
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