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Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-08-2003

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Ratings: 399 | Reviews: 147
Photo of FLima
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden bright color with a thin thick head with short retention.
Refreshing light aroma with initial notes of lager yeast then biscuit malt, floral hops and mint.
Crisp and clean flavor with notes of bread, pilsner malt, lager yeast and finishing with floral hops.
Light bordering medium body with mild carbonation with small bubbles.
Not fantastic, but it is a well done Pilsner. Bolder aroma and increased hop bite would take this to another level.

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap featuring "Hop to it!" text, bottled on 07/10/14. Poured into a 2014 Saint Arnold Pub Crawl pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw yellow with a 1/2 finger of head that fades quickly to a thin ring

Smell: Biscuity pilsner malt and soft floral hops

Taste: Noble hop bitterness up front with a biscuit malt middle and a clean sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and clean, crisp feel

Overall: A great american-made pilsner that is perfect for the summer time. For those outside of Texas, if you're a fan of Sierra Nevada Summerfest then you will love this. I personally like my pilsners with more of a hop bite but I'm sure many appreciate the slightly sweet finish.

Photo of herbee
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing, light pilsner. Malty with a nice hop balance. One of my favorites. I have had this beer on tap and was well impressed. Just tried a bottled version and I was not disappointed. I am only sorry this is a seasonal brew. Excellent accompaniment with summer cookouts.

Photo of bens0n
2.28/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had this on tap at lowbrow.

Beer is a clear straw yellow color with a minimal amount of head, no lacing, decent amount of carbonation bubbles up from the bottom, but thats about it.

On the nose, it smells kind of wheaty and bready, not hop character, pretty mild.

Flavor wise it goes even further downhill, its got a really funky earthy flavor, almost musty and skunky. Its overcarbonated and almost abrasive going down, I had to slow sip this and I'm used to nursing imperial stouts. It just tasted funky, reminded me of a wad of grass clippings, it wasn't crisp or refreshing, reminds me of nasty macro AAL beer. No hop character, not smooth, not enjoyable at all.

Photo of Bockrules
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly translucent light straw with champaign levels of carbonation streaming upwards to the white, rocky, two-finger head. Head is exceptionally fizzy and I will be surprised if it makes it to the bottom of the glass.

S - Musty light malt and a hint of lemon zest upon opening the bottle. More of the same in the glass although slightly subdued. Really just a tick better than some of the macros....

T - Crisp malt upfront. The body is a refreshing blend of clean and light malt and crisp lemon zesty noble hops. Splash of citrus hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and then everything shuts off. Pleasant musty reemergence of lemon zest, noble hops and light malt in the finish.

M - On the thicker side of light bodied with a moderate of carbonation. Could be quite a bit more lively in the mouth as this one looses its carbonation too quickly. Not bad though.

Despite its early impressions, Summer Pils turned out to be a satisfactory brew in the end. At first take, the appearance and smell combine to form a beer that seems to be not much better than PBR. Much of this is forgiven once you take a sip and are greeted by pleasant citrus hop notes and a decent mouthfeel. Not my first choice in Pilsners, but one could surely do much worse while living in Houston for the summer.

Photo of boddhitree
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not as deep gold as a German Pils, more yellow-gold, the snow white year dissipated almost instantly, but it's got tons on CO2 exploding up the sides inside the glass, continuously adding more white bubbles around the rim.

Aroma: Pils malts aroma, but not really that strong, really, I'm not impressed with this aroma as its relatively missing. There's some Noble hops, too, hiding inside whatever my super deep breaths manage to pull up.

Flavor:
Up front: Ok, here we get some hefty bitterness with a good deal of tartness/astringency thrown in, verging on becoming heavy handed, yet it seems to pull back just as I start to feel it's bite. I also get some sweetness here, super sweet Pils malts.

Mid: Again, verging on heavy handed bitterness, biting astringency with some citrus and a little lemon bite. On the sides you get even more of above, a bittersweetness that barely registers here with almost extreme sweetness.

Back: Mmmm, more of the same. I'm still waiting for the Pils malt sweetness to show up. Lots of bitter/astringent again. Finally, in the very back the Pils malt sweetness shows up in spades, decent in flavor, but still quite bitter.

Aftertaste: Astringency is pretty much all you have after you swallow.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good, quite thick, creamy, tartness gives it a crisp, dry, snappy feeling over the tongue.

Overall: Maybe it's me, but I really like to taste PILS (malt) in my Pils! It's got some sweetness kicking around in the back and some sides to the front, but it's only when you swig it all around the mouth do you get some as it hits all parts of the tongue at the same time... and then, after awhile, I taste lots of Sweet Pils malt, but still, it's hard to find it. From mouthfeel, it's a typical German, yet the aroma is poor and reminds me of a Fernsehbier. I'm torn whether I like this beer. For the American market, maybe a very bitter beer with little Pils malt flavor is a winner, but not for me. Again, I want Pils in my Pils, and a Pils without a decent amount of the Pils malts showing up is a weak beer. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but I'm not saying I'd drink this as a "summer" beer. A 3.4 of 5.

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired in an Austin, TX grocery store and served into a Saint Arnold branded pilsner glass in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are slightly above average given the brewery. Reviewed as a pilsner; Saint Arnold doesn't specify on the label whether it's German or Czech style.

Presentation: I dig the tie-die label art and the fun vibe of the bottle label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Head: Four fingers wide. White colour. Fizzy. Lacks fullness and thickness. Not very frothy or creamy at all. Weak. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Recedes fully inside about 4 minutes, which is above average.

Body: Clear pale yellow with pale copper hues. Not the weak straw yellow of the worst pilseners. Average vibrance. Clean looking; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears adequately (perhaps over) carbonated. Good clarity.

Overall, it's a pretty rudimentary appearance for a pilsner. No-frills. I'm optimistic; there are no egregious flaws. Not a unique or special look by any means.

Aroma: Already I'm thinking this is a German pilsner just from the aromatics. German pils malts, barley, some cereals, and faint hints of lightly herbal German noble hops. Crystal malt too.

Any yeast character is too reticent for me to notice. No alcohol is detectable either. I don't find any off-notes per se, but the barley does seem a biteen dirty or stale, and the cereals aren't very appealing in a pilsner. It doesn't evoke a crisp clean pilsner like the best offerings in the style.

Overall, it's an inoffensive aroma of average strength.

Texture: Smooth and wet. Like the aroma, the texture doesn't feel clean. It's unrefreshing - which is criminal in a beer of this style. Well-carbonated. Lacks the crisp fresh feel it should have. I will say it hides its modest ABV well, but so does damn near every pilsner ever brewed. Light in body and not too thick, which is to style.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, or harsh.

Overall presence on the palate is unremarkable but average. There's ample room for improvement.

Taste: A bit too sweet. Certainly too cereal-dominant for a pilsner. German pils malts provide the simple foundation. Noble hops - herbal and light floral character. Unclean barley.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

It's fairly balanced, but this build is pretty mediocre for a pilsner - German or otherwise. Not a gestalt build, but a cohesive one. It's simple - which is expected given the style - but I've definitely had pilsners with more depth of flavour and nuance. Maybe triple decoction would help?

I like it, but I can't find anything remarkable about it.

Final Thoughts: A forgettable pilsner from Saint Arnold. Buy once to try it if you crave the style, but don't expect it to stack up to good beers in the style - domestic or otherwise. Even Prima Pils is available right around this price point, so I can't justify getting this again. That said, it's damn drinkable. I just wish it was more inspired and stuck more to what works in traditional style paradigms. Ultimately, the main problems here concern what isn't present; it's not fresh, crisp, or clean; it's unrefreshing, and there isn't much depth of flavour.

High C

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze, thin white head that lingered, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild Malts, hops, and maybe banana.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste of mild bitter hops and some grassy earthy notes.

Overall: This was an ok brew.

Photo of brurevu
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Summer Pils poured a light straw color with a substantial head. It had a bright, light taste and body that helped beat the hot afternoon. There was enough flavor to keep things interesting and bold but without weighing itself down. While not being on the level of some of the top Pilsners in the world it is a solid Texas pilsner.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good looking, clear and tan with rising bubbles and a good white head that left some sheets of lacing.

Aroma is a bit grainy, with some sweetness, a little citrus, a little corn. Flavor profile is pretty similar, but with a touch more corn. There's not a lot of bitterness and not a lot of hops.

The body is light and easy to drink, with the right amount of carbonation.

Overall it's refreshing and summery, a fine summer beer.

Photo of Jimmys
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. bottled in late may of this year if I am reading this correctly.

A: very clear. crystal clear light blonde brew. bright white head, retention is minimal. virtually no lacing.

S: a mild malt aroma starts things off. a mild DMS as well. getting virtually no hop aroma is lending nothing towards this being a German styled pilsner. more like a munich helles with how this thing is hopped.

T: the DMS is a bit stronger on the palate. bitterness is mild. hop flavor even more mild. getting a bit of bready malt. comes out more and more as the brew warms up.

M: carb is a bit mild. light bodied for sure.

D: DMS has kind of stamped it's way onto this brew and is not letting go. from the nose to the palate it is a bit distracting. without much hop presence this is a big pass from me.

Photo of mjurney
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Straw color, slight hazy. Lots of fine carbonation rising up. Thin head.

Aroma:
Pale malts, bready, sweet, crisp, clean.

Taste:
Pale malts, white bread, biscuity, slight sugary. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, spicy-herbal, a little lemony. Finish is dry, very crisp. Body is light, crisp, refreshing, dry, well carbonated.

Overall:
It's a very good beer.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with 2 finger width foamy head with some carbonated bubbles. Head quickly dissipates leaving very little lacing on glass. Aroma of stale fruits that is typical of lagers. Taste of pilsner malts up front followed by mild hop bitterness and stale fruit - possibly banana. Not really a fan of lagers but this one is refreshing and decent to drink in the summer around the pool.

Photo of sam_wise
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours like budlight with a surprisingly thick and aromatic head. Surprising because this beer is a pilsner. There was slightly more carbonation that I expected, too.

Smell: A nice light grassy smell. The head brought some aroma with it, couldn't quite nail it down in words-- but it was crisp, light, and nice.

Taste: This is a better than average pilsner that has a nice clean, quick, and crisp aftertaste. The taste is not empty, but rather has a subtle, even nuanced, hoppy flavor. Sweet malt taste comes after a carbonation settles.

Mouthfeel: As stated previously, there is more carbonation than I expected. It is not as smooth as you would expect with a pislner, but the bite seems to bring out some of the hoppy flavor. It is a thin beer, but not watery. Thin, crisp, light.

Overall: After the first, I enjoyed this with homemade guacamole and it was a perfect match for fresh jalapeno and cilantro. I plan on buying several 6 packs of this for entertaining people who drink light beer alongside Mexican meals. A superior pilsner to most market bulk buys.

Photo of Premo88
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

04/03/13 printed on bottle

L: straw yellow; very light, pale crystal clear yellow with ULTRA white head about 1 inch with strong pour. decent lacing, nothing spectacular.

S: grain ... dare I say even corn? it smells very much like a standard American adjunct lager, mostly stale grain. ocassionally you get a bit of sweetness in there, just the slightest hint of malt.

T: a range that fluctuates from good to poor. on the good side -- sweet, crisp, clean taste of good barley, wheat flavors with that sweetness hinting at just a bit of malt while some solid hops shine through. damn good. on the bad side -- corn. the best part of the taste, however, is that the grainy/corn taste never overpowers and takes hold; there's always a nice bit of sweet malt and barley in there.

F: very nice, full carbonation, good weight.

O: this is what our average American beer should taste like, because make no mistake: It does have some good flavor. I love the bits of sweetness, and the fact that it's got at times a grainy taste in it with a relatively weak nose does not mean it's just another American macro brew. it's not. in fact, it's much better than Saint Arnold's amber ale, with enough flavor to distinguish it from the average adjunct lager.

but it's not spectacular. I'd love to say it is, but it's overall character is just a tick above average, nothing more.

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

So it's April in Houston and that means its Summer time again. I saw Saint Arnold's seasonal change once again, so I grab a six as I always do. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass although sometimes I drink this one straight from the bottle. Aggressive pour right down the center makes a huge white foamy head that I know won't stick around. Golden yellow with little lacing as the glass goes down. Little nose on it, just a wheaty scent. Just an average pils for me, I use to drink this more but it seems my tastes have changed over the years. It's a good sessionable beer but that's about all. Just average in my opinion.

Photo of hmph
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks so much to tofuspeedstar for this and a few other St. Arnold/texas goodies!

A - super yellow, super clear, super white head, nice looking for a Pilsener

S - a sunny wheat smell to it with some slight malt sweetness, almost

T - subtle hop notes with a nice light malt sweetness and the grainy wheat/barley taste to it. Finishes clean with a bit tiny bitterness lingering.

O - An awesome summer beer, definitely sessionable and would be great to drink on a riding lawnmower on a hot summers day. Good stuff!

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Bright gold, high clarity, spotty ring of lacing on the surface. Jewel tone color, biscuity pils malt flavor, a hint of herbal hops too. Clean and crisp feel, nice dry finish. Simple but well put together, no off flavors to speak of.

A good pils that I could drink more of on a hot summer day.

Photo of acevenom
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours pale golden with a white head. There are plenty of streaming tiny bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. There is some lacing left behind as the head dissipates. The beer smells of biscuit and cracker with some hops. The taste follows the nose. There is the grainy character from the pale malts that lends the biscuit character. The hops lend some subtle background citrus and bitter flavors. The body is light with plentiful carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer.

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw-to-gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, wheat, hint of sweet malt, and hint of citrus. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good feel, decent appearance, and good blend. Lacking in body and aroma, though.

Photo of BlesstheHarvest
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cold bottle to a beer mug

This was the second beer style I drink from Saint Arnolds and beer by beer I am becoming a fun of this brewery.

It is a light beer that pours a nice light color and small white head. It formed some nice carbonation on the glass.

The aroma is of citrusy-like notes. It has a refreshing beer smell.

The taste follows with citrusy and grassy notes, very light malts, and a very clean and light bitter finish. As the name states it, it is a very drinkable summer beer. Refreshing is the first word I think about when talking about this beer.

Overall great summer beer; especially when extremely cold. I have also drunk this from a bottle and my opinion of it did not change. Good Texas beer and that is not just because I am from Houston.

Photo of pgfault
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is what I would call an "American Pils". It's a standard golden color. Pour it vertically if you want any amount of head on it, because it'll be gone in a couple minutes. It otherwise maintains its carbonation throughout. There's very little scent from this. The taste is light and crisp, similar to an American lager. It's just bitter enough to leave a small bit of aftertaste. My personal preference is a pils with big hops. This is on the other end of the spectrum, and you'll want to hammer it down lest it get warm. It's probably worth a putting a six pack on the fridge this summer to see if you like it. I'll be moving on to a good Kolsch or a hoppier Pils, tho' I might just pick up another six of SA Summer Pils.

Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a good head and decent lacing.

S: Grainy aroma with a hint of pine and malt sweetness.

T: taste of malt sweetness with some grain and bit of fruit. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, nicely balanced.

O: Good summertime beer. Goes best with the hot Texas weather.

Photo of OremLK
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold has done it again. They don't mess around when they make a light beer. See Also: Fancy Lawnmower, Weedwacker, Spring Bock. These are all very solid beers which you could hand to a BMC drinker and blow his mind without blowing out his tastebuds.

A: Pure, translucent gold with a solid two-finger head which lingers leaving lacing on the side. Lots of carbonation bubbling up within.

S: Grass! Nice, strong smell of freshly mowed lawn coming off this one. Fantastic for a summer day. Not too complex, but you didn't buy this for a rich feast, did you?

T: Mild, clean gold malt and basic hop bitterness. It's just a simple, clean, well-executed brew--nothing fancy, but very drinkable.

M: Watery and well-carbonated, as you'd expect from the appearance. Clearly a session beer--you can down these fast and easy.

The taste and mouthfeel in this brew are going to seem a bit weak to hopheads and craft beer enthusiasts, but they're cleanly done and come through exactly as intended, with no off-flavors or skunkiness. Pleasant to knock back a couple of these after working in the yard on a summer day.

Photo of BestOfBatonRouge
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has been my favorite daily drinker for a month now although I can only find it in one store here in Baton Rouge. It's a very easy drinker.

Appearance is a little cloudy with head that fades away very quickly.

Smell is very grassy and has that sort of "funk" smell I've come to expect from Saint Arnold products. It's a good quality although I can think of no other word to describe it.

Taste is fantastic. nice malt, lots of grass, very clean.

Mouthfeel is a nice little bite on the tongue. Good body that feels as good as it tastes.

Overall I love this beer. I wish it was available in more stores in Baton Rouge.

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Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.