Icon Series: Amarillo Hefe | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Amarillo HefeIcon Series: Amarillo Hefe

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewer Sam Wright's Description: The recipe for Amarillo Hefe came from a beer I developed for my sister and brother in law's wedding. They wanted a hefeweizen for their reception, and I decided to put my own twist on it. Since some people like to put lemon or orange slices in hefes, I figured I could replace that with the bright citrus flavor and aroma of Amarillo hops. The base beer starts as a fairly traditional Hefe. As fermentation starts to putter out, a healthy dose of Amarillos are dry hopped to complement the banana and clove flavors of the yeast. The balance gives an impression of added spice flavor, but no spice was added. Just malt, hops, yeast, and water. Enjoy!

Added by champ103 on 05-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 156
Photo of champ103
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours the requisite hazed golden/yellow color. A two finger pillowing white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: A big burst of citrus and lemon peal in the nose. Zesty, spicy hops that are well balanced with the yeast character. Earthy, husky yeast. Bready, biscuit aromas. I like it.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of citrus and lemon peal. Phenolic yeast and bready malts. I do like it, just not as much umpth as the nose.
M/D: A medium body and effervescent carbonation. A nice dryness as well, though a bit on the watery side for me. Easy to drink and enjoyable to drink. The four pack will be gone in no time.

Nice. Very enjoyable. Not my favorite Hefeweizen. Weissa Versa and Live Oak are still my go to for the style. Still, I am going to enjoy plenty while this is available.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed gold color with a small (for a hefe) cap of white head. Retention is just ok but lacing is really nice.

Nose is more hefe than hoppy, lots of cloves and bananas. There is some bright tropical fruit from the Amarillo though, reminds me of a banana-mango smoothie.

I must say, this beer certainly is...unique. Ive never been a huge fan of yeast-driven beers with lots of hops (i.e. Belgian IPAs), but this one is actually pretty tasty. Amarillo, Citra or maybe Sorachi might be the best bets to pull off something like this. The underlying hefe is nice and smooth with a creamy body...better than weedwacker I think - and Im a fan of Weedwacker. If you're looking for something new to try...this will cure a case of beer boredom!

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Photo of MDDMD
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy golden yellow color with a decent white head and minimal lacing

S-bread, yeast, little orange, hint of spice

T-yeasty bread, orange, little banana, clove, light pine, mild bitter finish with a slightly off aftertaste

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-average hefe with slightly odd aftertaste, but drinkable

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into travel tulip. purchased at Steins Deli in NOLA for like $2.
Pours a golden color with just a thin white bubbly head. Meh...
Nice aromas redeeming itself...fruity hop meets banana clove hefe aroma. Taste is very similar. Crisp golden malty with minimal banana and clove hefe typical flavor, but a nice fruity finish. Its super easy to drink, but nothing spectacular. Cool concept, but it seems to be lacking in wow factor...and more importantly, classic flavor. Its either gotta be wow or classic, and this falls in between. Its good, not great.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saint Arnold Amarillo Hefeweizen (Icon Green) has a very thick, fluffy, off-white head, a hazy, quite bubbly, golden appearance, and good lacing left behind. The aroma is of faint sweetness, banana, and spice, and the flavor is of bread, spice, banana, clove, and a touch of tap water. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Saint Arnold Amarillo Hefeweizen (Icon Green) finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and extremely drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful wheat beer!


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Photo of EgadBananas
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy yellow, white head, maybe a finger, dissipated quickly, only a little lace.

Aroma: light pine and citrus, with and earthy, bubblegum yeast note on the back, with a bit of banana and clove.

Taste: banana and yeast esters up front, with some backing floral and piny hop notes and a very subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light, light carbonation, clean finish, smooth.

Overall: not a bad hefe at all, and the Amarillo touch is good too.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow and a little hazy with a fairly good head and sparse lace.

Aroma is more heffy than I expected, good yeasty component, some hoppiness, interesting.

I like the taste, well, for a hoppy hef or wheat beer, that is. I can't say I'm real fond of this style, but this example of the style is quite tasty, so more power to St Arnold. It's got ample hop presence without blasting away all the things that make a hef, like yeasty taste and a pretty full mouthfeel, despite being pretty light and drinkable.

I kind of think the hoppy hef/wheat beer is somewhat of a distinct style (with some overlap, obviously). I have found all of these beers interesting but just not that compelling. I guess the yeastiness clashes with the hops, IMO. I'm rating this one well tho because you rate to style and this is a tasty beer, regardless of my eccentricities.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, 4/25/13
Jester King glass

A: Slightly hazed golden yellow orange color. Thin layer of bright white. Big bubbles around edges. Good carbonation.

S: Nice Hefe nose: banana and clove and slight bubble gum. But you do pick up more of that bright hop aroma. Some fruity notes. Juicy.

T: Not very bitter bite up front. Expecting more with hops involved. Really getting those banana and clove notes per the Hefe. I think the Amarillo hopping adds more flavor in the mid palate in this one. It's not the traditional Hefe. The finish isn't as expected. Not as dry as I was expecting.

M: Light leading medium. Very sessionable.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to the Champ for adding this beer so I can review it. Iv had a growler fill from Nobi, and now a four pack I picked up from Specs. Pours a cloudy yellow from the bottle with a finger of white foamy head, classic for a hefeweizen. The smell is somewhat familiar to the style with a slight hop forward scent. Taste is that of a hefe, some clove, banana, wheat and some citrus. Overall I thought this was a good interpretation of the style, I heard it was dry hopped and was expecting a little more out of the nose and taste from that, and I didn't get it. If this were packaged as an everyday seller @ $8 a six pack I'd buy it all summer. I have to agree with the review in front of me, Live Oak Hefe and Karbach Weisse Versa have this style pretty much locked down in this area.

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Photo of bmwats
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy light golden hue. Large bubbles of rising effervescence. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. No real lacing.

S: Freshly cut grass, strong lemon and lime citrus.

T: White bread, with a nice bit of citrus, and what seems like a very slight hop bite.

M: Light body, a bit of a metallic feel.

D: Sessionable, but worth savoring.

Atmosphere is okay. Slight bubbly head, no real lacing. Grassy and citrusy nose. Generic bready flavor accentuated with a bit of citrus and a slight hop feel. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this like a regular ol hefe producing a nice sized head(which falls fairly quickly) but there is no reason to do this as there is no yeast in the bottle(whoops). Sudsy white head and a slightly hazy golden yellow body.

The namesake Amarillo hops shine through on the nose bringing a pine and citric orange qualities. Some wheaty notes peek through.

Tastes nice and wheaty for the most part with some spice. The hops definitely aren’t popping quite like the nose but they do provide a good presence.

Drinks nice with a crisp little hit of bitterness. Lighter body with medium carbonation.

Falls a little short in what I like from a hefeweizen. The hops are a nice twist though.

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Photo of goochpunch
1.96/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Poured this into a Saint Arnold Christmas Ale pint glass. Weird hazy - slightly cloudy body. Pale gold. Not much head to speak of. Smell is fairly subdued. What little I get is clove and a hint of those amarillos (but, really, the hops are pretty far in the back). Flavor is SWEET. The requisite hefe flavors are there, but it's all so muted. This is the first beer I've had in a week and a half, so I expected to get a wave of flavor. Not so much. Hops are an afterthought. Weird Saint Arnold house taste that I can never get down with. Why put the hop varietal name in if you aren't going to properly showcase it? This has one of the worst mouthfeels on a hefeweizen I have ever tried in my life. Sorely lacking in carbonation and none of that typical fluffy hefe body. Kind of slick too. This is pretty bad.

Definitely one for the homers.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1.5-2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Has a nice piney hoppy aroma. Slight coriander as well. Wheat taste with a nice hoppy, peppery bitterness. Some citrus flavor at the end. Medium bodied with somewhat moderate to high carbonation. Good beer. Enjoyable.

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Photo of acevenom
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. The beer pours slightly hazy pale golden with a thick, white head and some visible tiny bubbles. Some nice lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head retreats. The aroma is still familiar when it comes to hefeweizen: banana and clove. There's some citrus that also comes through in the nose, which is presumably from the Amarillo. I'm not getting much pine, but it is there. The taste follows the nose. There's no doubting this is a hefeweizen with the banana and clove notes from the yeast and the wheat malt. But there's also the Amarillo bringing some mild citrus and pine to the party. Unlike previous entries into the Icon series, it doesn't stray too far from style roots, but the Amarillo provides a nice flavor/aroma addition. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The beer drinks very easily and it's very refreshing. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Arnold Icon Amarillo Hefe

Appearance: cloudy yellow-orange, very small head, and a little lacing.

Smell: yeast and wheat.

Taste: pleasant malts, light lemon and orange peel, and wheat.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

This is a decent hefeweizen. It is easily drank and has some good, well-balanced flavor.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-hazy gold color with a white head that leaves a slight lacing
S-banana, clove with with an aroma that makes me think it has a tart flavor and a slight bready aroma
T-banana and clove upfront with a medal aftertaste that stays with you
M medium body and medium corbonation
O-this beer was okay

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Photo of HipCzech
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle (marked "05/14/15") poured into a stemmed Pilsener (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Bright, hazy gold with quickly dissipating head of off white foam. Minimal lace and a slight film of bubbles persist.

Smell: Wheat bread, fruity (slight banana) and spicy yeast, lemon and lime zest.

Taste: Malty body with expected wheat and yeast notes, nicely balanced by bright citrus of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light body with effervescent carbonation.

Overall: A solid hefeweizen smartly balanced by bright citrus character of Amarillo hops.

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Photo of Ford
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Nobi Public House in Webster, Texas.

MMM. This is a really good hefe. Not as good as Live Oak, but unlike the previous two reviewers who know their stuff... I actually think I like this more than Weisse Versa from Karbach.

Now that I have it in bottles, I'm going to do a direct comparison soon. That should be fun. If they get it on tap at Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin, then I might do a straight side by side of all three.... as they always seem to have the other two on tap.

On my scale of deliciousness.... it ranks Really Delicious!

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Photo of Cvescalante
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I had to review this one just because its so weird for the style.

A- Its not as cloudy as a lot of hefs, still a dark yellow.

S- The aroma is the main thing that made me review this one. The best way I can describe this smell is like a room that someone farted in and sprayed a tropical air freshener in. Covered up most of the fart, but its still hanging in the background.

T- Tropical, fruity hops (grapefruit, tangerine, miscellaneous tropical fruits, but not many stand out) peppery, random spices.

M- Light body, weird lingering feel, kinda dry.

O- Totally different take on the style, which they did on purpose of course. It's just too all over the place for me. I definitely don't get "hefeweizen" but I also don't get "hoppy wheat beer" either. It's off.. I'd suggest saving your money.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The pour is a nice cloudy golden ale with a decent white head that was short lived with virtually no lacing down the glass.

The nose is sweet and fruity malt with a hint of the hops, vanilla, citrus and some bread.

The taste is a fruity semi sweet malt that has a crisp clean finish with a nice hop finish that is very well balanced.

The moutfeel is effervescent and light with a nice body that is just right for this beer style.

Overall this one is very good and very drinkable. I will definitely be drinking this one again.

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Photo of jamescain
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a SA perfect pint.

It pours a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that slowly fades to a thin lacing over the top of the beer. The smell up front is mostly banana and clove with a touch of hops. It is definitely more hoppy then a standard hefeweizen. The hops provide a profile of grapefruit and citrus. I would have liked more hop nose I guess. I still enjoy the nose as just a hefeweizen but I was hoping for more of an IPA meets a hefeweizen. The taste is very yeasty and bready. Typical hefeweizen flavors with a slightly more assertive bitterness. The beer is light bodied with high carbonation and a nice dry finish. Overall I like this beer a lot and would definitely buy some more. Its a nice alternative to a certain other hefeweizen that does not come in bottles. I'd be happy to see this getting rebrewed.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Icon Green pours from the bottle to a yellowish color and if poured right, produces a good deal of foam that leaves lace as you drink. The nose on this beer is yeasty, spicy, and citrus- like. It is appealing in the sense that you know it is hefeweizen, but you also know it is different.

This beer has a pleasant flavor profile that includes yeast, bread, and citrus, primarily lemon and orange. There is some earthy character as well and a slightly toasted malt taste that is nice and easy on the palate. The beer is medium to light in body and very easy- going and likeable.

This is a nice beer in the Icon series and a good product for hefeweizen fans and others who want a lighter brew that is still flavorful and enjoyable. The added citrus component is not something you expect, but it is certainly a nice addition and it does set the beer apart from others in its class. Icon Blue is still my favorite so far in the series, but this is still a good product and one not to pass up.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy kinda straw color with a thin, quick dissipating head. The smell is typical hefe with banana and clove aromas plus the citrus aroma from the amarillo hops. The tastes reflects the flavor exactly and I am a huge fan of dry hopping using the amarillo. Overall a very interesting interpretation of a hefeweizen beer.

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Icon Series: Amarillo Hefe from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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