Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by TXHops:
4.1/5 rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Saint Arnold Summer Pils
-Original Gravity: 1.050
-Final Gravity: 1.013
-Real Extract: 5.01 P
-Calories per 12 oz: 165
-Malts: German Pils
-Hops: Saaz, Tettenanger
This is Saint Arnolds summer seasonal and I personally believe that its their best beer. I drink it quite a bit each summer and never tire of it. The beer pours a deep, light gold in the glass: a bit darker than Bitburger or Dinkel Acker Pils. The head, like all Saint Arnold beers starts off OK, but dies an early, traceless death. The aroma is both Saazy and malty. The sweet corn aroma of the Saaz cuts through more noticeably in the beginning but a moment of contemplation reveals a fairly considerable malty sweetness. The flavor is almost exactly the samea big hit of Capn Crunch-like Saaz hoppiness is slowly but surely replaced by a fairly substantial (for a Pils) sweetness. The maltiness in this beer is exceptionally clean and fresh, though not as delicate as in some of the better German and Czech examples. This Pils is slightly sweeter and slightly softer than those from the Old Country, though the firmness is still substantial and the clean, refreshing, highly carbonated body is true to style.
Like I said, I think this is probably Saint Arnolds best offering and one I eagerly await each year. Its not as elegant or complex as its European stylistic predecessors, but what it lacks in subtle complexity it makes up for in sheer drinkability.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2003 18:41:47 | More by TXHops
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev +21.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 20:35:01 | More by herbee
2.24/5 rDev -36.7%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-13-2014 22:44:18 | More by bens0n
3.45/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 02:41:30 | More by Bockrules
Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.