Bottle and Label: Saint Arnold Root Beer has nice label that looks different than its counterparts. This is probably because the brewery did the label with the same overall design that it does with its non-root beer beverages. The well designed label will make this brew easy to spot on a crowded shelf.
Ingredients: Water, cane sugar, caramel color, natural and artificial flavor, vanilla extract, citric acid and sodium benzoate as preservative
Smell: Very strong and pleasing traditional root beer smell with hints of wintergreen and licorice.
Carbonation: Medium level of carbonation. This brew has a nice bite throughout, but it does a good job of not overpowering the flavor.
Color: Very dark brown that is barely transparent. Overall, a nice color that suggests the brew is neither too strong nor too watered down.
Head: Medium head, but very foamy and long lasting when poured into a frosted mug. The head of this brew would lend itself to being very good for root beer floats.
Flavor: Saint Arnold Root Beer is a solid brew in the flavor department. It is very traditional and has a very balanced flavor. There are no overpowering flavors present which allows the drinker to simply savor the brew. The brew is very smooth and leaves no bitter aftertaste. The vanilla extract in the ingredient list is the dominant aftertaste and it is very smooth. Overall, I would call this root beer “full flavored” and if you like a brew that is strong, you’ll like this one.
Conclusion: Saint Arnold Root Beer is another one of those brews that does everything well. It checks all the boxes and you come away from drinking it knowing that you just consumed a quality beverage. If you like a brew that is straightforward and traditional in terms of flavor, you will like Saint Arnold. If you are looking for a brew to serve at a party or give to friends and family, Saint Arnold would be an excellent choice. You might not like this brew if you prefer a more complexly flavored beverage. This brew comes out of a brewery in Houston, TX (I live in Fort Worth) and is one of the first local brews I have tried (granted, Houston is five hours away but Texas is a big state). Saint Arnold does TX proud with it’s big, full bodied flavor and if you are ever passing through TX, be sure to try and find some. Thanks to the excellence of this brew, Saint Arnold Root Beer earns a coveted “Editor’s Choice” award and takes its place on my shelf among the best root beers out there.
RBR’s Grade- A