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Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 41 | 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: 400 | Reviews: 147
Reviews by marcobrau:
Photo of marcobrau
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours clear golden with ample foam. No lace though, and head falls quickly leaving just a very slight collar. Fresh aroma of water crackers with cracked pepper with a Juicy Fruit gum flavor, followed by toasted malt and a crisp, moderately bitter finish. Very quaffable and tasty at the same time on an August evening. Summer Pils indeed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.07/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale golden, bubbly lager with a thin and rapidly dissipating white head.

Aroma is sickeningly sweet malt and sweaty wheat like malt. Almost no hops aside from a touch of grass.

Taste is cloying and candylike in a sweet-tart kind of way. Bready.

Mouthfeel: Aggressively carbonated but way too sweet and unbalanced. Not pils like in any way, shape, or form.

Drinkbaility: Low. This is just too sweet with almost no hop presence.

Photo of brownbeer
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to busternuggz for sharing this one.

Pale golden in color with a serious lack of bubbles. Light corn in the aroma with a pleasing grassy hop note. The soft mouthfeel could be crispened up for refreshment purposes. A little corny in the taste with a mild bitterness. I'm not crazy about the aftertaste. All that in mind, it's not horrible and I would drink several of these outside on a hot day.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops with some bready malt. The flavor is hoppy, but the bread/toffee malt make the beer very well balanced. There is some grassyness in the flavor from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice, easy drinking balanced pilsner. Nothing too exciting, but a good beer to drink the hot months.

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 Dizzy
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma is sweet malt and floral hops. Taste is malty balanced with a nice noticeable hop biterness. Crisp and clean with a medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is very prominant. Very drinkable, this is a great warm weather beer.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a golden straw color with a bubbly white head. Smells of a wheaty straw with hop fruits. Taste has a nice bite to it. Not so much a hop bite as much of a carbonated one. Aftertaste of noble hops and fruit notes. This is a very drinkable pils. I'm not much of a fan of the Pils because of the bitterness that is usually a trate, but this is a rather smooth Pils that makes it a easy drink.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a pokal)
thanks to mhewes for this brew.
A- This beer pours a crystal clear body of golden yellow with a swirl of tiny bubbles supporting a lumpy snow white head for a few sips.

S- The soft smell of fresh rain turns into raw grain with a very light sweetness to it. A soft sulfury gummi candy quality comes through the sweetness followed by a light musty green hop hint at the finish.

T- The flavor of pale malt and raw grain has a faint saltiness to it and a slightly sweet hint aswell. There is a light piney note of soft green that lingers becoming more bitter after the sip has ended.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft tight fizz note coming through as the beer warms.

D- This nice soft flavors are accented, not overpowered by, sulfury lager qualities, and there is a nice complexity and dry flavor that increases a bit as the beer warms slightly. This is a well built beer.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light straw yellow colored beer with a light head that barely last through the pour. I expected a thicker head for this style of beer. Its also cloudy which isn't that bad, just a little distracting.

Smell is of malts and light nobel hops. Slightly citrusy and spicy in nature. Very mild scent but what is there smells fresh, clean and refreshing.

Taste is of sweet grains and slightly spicy earthy hops. An excellent carbonation joins forces with the mild hoppiness to give a good bite to the tongue. The body is a little weak and tastes slightly watered down.

Despite the mediocre taste its an easy drinking beer. Its refreshing enough to satisfy a parched palate and the medium to low ABV makes it one you can sip on for hours.

Photo of skillerified
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very light, looks like pineapple juice. Frothy, snow-white head rises and falls quickly to a longer lasting thin cap. A little hazy with visible carbonation bubbles rising at about a medium speed.

Scent is a mixture of fruits - pineapple, pear, and apple - and some leafy, ripe earthy tones. A little spice is hidden on the backside. A strong aromatic character to this brew.

A little sweet with a creamy, malty flavor and feel on the tongue. The carbonation is surprisingly subdued. The flavor is almost all sweet malt though. A touch of fruitiness hits the back of the tongue after a few sips. Not much complexity here. Just a little hint of hoppy bite on the aftertaste.

Love the creamy feel of this one, but the flavor is too weak to want too many more of these. There's nothing that jumps out as undrinkable, but there's nothing particularly desirable either. Average.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light gold, with a pretty modest head that lasts as an good cap, supported by lively and streaming carbonation.

Aroma is mild, not too hoppy, a little floral, earthy, maybe a touch of grain. In the mouth, a smooth with spritzy carbonation. Cooling. Grain pushes forward more, maybe with a touch of yeast, hops providing a nice complementary bitterness - some mineral notes, very slight sulfur, clean in the finish.

I could do with a bit more flavor, but no off tastes; this is true enough to style and one of the more refreshing pilsners I've had in a while.

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 BeardedRiker
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So, it's summer here in Texas and it's been in the high 90s or over 100 for about the last three or so weeks. What better beer to drink than something light and refreshing? What better to drink than a Texas pilsner? The last Saint Arnold beer I had was their 11th anniversary double IPA and oh boy was it great. I'm expecting to enjoy this one as well.

I poured this into my tall, chilled pilsner glass. It's absolutely clear, a golden-yellow color, and forms a big frothy white head. A lot of bubbles float to the top as the head recedes to a thin film on top. There's a bit of lacing left while drinking.

Summer Pils smells like wheat and grass. I imagine it smelling like being in a field of wheat with an ocean of prairie grass around. For those who have been on a farm you might understand what I'm talking about. It's a tad sweet and nutty as well.

Sweet malts dominate here with a lot of graininess/breadiness that lingers. There's a bit of hoppiness but it's not strong at all. Not very complex with the flavors but I do enjoy the taste.

The mouthfeel is very light but not watery. The higher carbonation adds some bite and makes a crisp beginning but after that it's very smooth. Very drinkable.

While this isn't as hoppy as I'd like it to be for a pilsner, this is still a good beer. This is a damn good beer to choose to drink on a hot summer Texas day.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Saint Arnold Summer Pils is on the fence - not quite German, not quite Czech. It pours the typical clear golden body and bright white head that you'd expect of a good pils. The head retention is good, and it leaves thin, streaky rings of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose delivers a bright and fresh combination of lightly sweetish grainy malt and floral, spicy and grassy hops. It's sturdy in the mouth with a medium body and fine-bubbled, gently crisp carbonation. The flavor, however, is where it really shines - although you kind of know you're in for something good at the first whiff! It's richly malty without being big. It's just clean, and fresh, and kind of straw-like, bready, and nutty. And it's almost completely infused from start to finish with spicy, floral, and grassy hops. It even has a touch of lemon; and the slightly acidic pH balances it nicely! It's stunningly rounded, like the best of the best out of Europe, and it's perfectly balanced by a flinty, smooth bitterness from beneath that I'd guess is around 30-something IBU's. It finishes pretty much just as it began, and although it does close fairly quickly, there's some very nice lingering malt and hops left over to remind you to take another sip. Very nicely done!!! A perfect pils!

Photo of beerboy9960
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cfh64 for this extra.

A- This beer pours a light yellow straw like color with about a 1/4 of white head.

S- The smell is of lemon, grass, and some citrusy notes.

T- The taste is of musty wheat and yeast upfront with a citrusy lemon aftertaste.

M- This beer feels really light in the mouth, almost watery. It has a decent amount of carbonation.

O- Overall this is a pretty decent beer from Saint Arnolds. I could see myself buying a six pack of this to help combat the scorching Oklahoma heat right now. Definently a lawn mower beer. I would have it again.

Photo of rwf08
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown twist top, shameful! Not that big of a deal I guess but I hope they move to pry tops. Should help with oxidation from what I've read.

Now on to the beer.

A: Extremely clear, with a light honey straw color. Some decent lacing on the glass. Descent head at best. I'd like it to be fuller, fluffier, denser, but it does stick around. Just not much to begin with. The bubbles are constantly flowing up the glass and I'm drinking out of a standard Brit Pub glass. Impressive on that front I'd say.

S: Sweet grainy smell. Very pleasant. But no real hop aroma. I can't say freshness would be an issue because I've had this at the brewery and out of bottle and never really noticed much hops in the aroma. Really think there should be more aroma on this, especially citrus aromas. Some skunky aroma but I find that to be enjoyable.

T:Sweet grain, honey, toasty and kind of bready. Maybe sourdough? I'm terrible with flavors. Pleasing none the less. Just really wish I had more noble hop flavor in this. Slightly bitter on the finish.

M: Between thin and medium bodied I'd have to say. Doesn't quit coat the tongue but isn't so this you forgot you took a sip. Dry finish.

D: Low enough ABV to where you could have a few. Nothing special or anything that makes me run back for more.

Overall this is pretty okay. Hops though, need more. Other than that I don't mind it. I used to look forward to this beer in my younger days but I have moved on. Makes me miss SA Imp. Pils...

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

It poured a hazy straw color with a bubbly white head. The retention was decent - it left a thin lace but eventually settled to nothing leaving only a few straggling bubbles here and there. (poured into a standard pilsner glass)

The aroma was very refreshing and had an almost citrus quality.

The taste was also very good - crisp and refreshing. A nice hops to it - like a pale ale wrote, "I was here," on the wall. The malts helped to round the beer out giving it a nice toasty flavor.

Had a very mellow carbonation. It was very light and I could easily drink a 6-er of this.

Compared to its Texas cousin Shiner 101 Czech Pilsner, which was a bit more aggressive, this one was much more laid back. Between the German Pils of St. Arnold and Czech Pils of Shiner, I am leaning more towards Shiner. I guess I just prefer Czech Pilsners - provided Shiner and St. Arnold's made a brew true to its style. (disclaimer - I just started taste testing pilsners)

Photo of goochpunch
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a hazed pale straw with a fizzling head leaving no lacing. Smells clean, malty, mildly of grain, and with a floral hop presence. Flavor is like your typical good bready and crackery lager with a sizeable floral hoppiness and bitterness. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is crisp and spritzy. Great for a thirst quencher and definitely Saint Arnold's greatest achievement.

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 BeerSox
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color. The head is off white, about a finger high, with little retention. Spotty lacing from top to bottom.

Strong hop aroma, consisting of a sweet grassy scent with light malt in the background. A citrus like component can also be detected.

Malt is tasted frist, of the sweeter variety. Zesty hops can be tasted throughout, with the bitterness coming at the end. Overall taste is on the sweet side, and the sweetness slowly increases as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish.

This one is recommended for the summer. Refreshing with plenty of flavor. Some may find it a little sweet for a pilsner, but good nonetheless.

Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with notch dating system on side of label. It was a nice clear golden yellow color. It had a small head that slowly whittled to a constant foam that was feed throughout the session by mini carb geyser. The aroma was typical pilsener and was malty with floral hops. The taste was good and went down smooth on a muggy Texas evening. However, after trying several pilseners lately I've decided I'm just not a big fan of the style. I can drink one every so often but they'll never make the rotation. However, I would recommend trying this one as a session candiate if you like the style. (3, RB-OAY, T, O)

Photo of BeanBone
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A clear, pale straw body with a thin white head that disappears rapidly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma: Classic Pils in the nose. Grassy, lemony noble hops over a pale, slightly grainy malt base.

Taste: Up front, the same grassy, lemony noble hop profile found in the aroma. Saint Arnold claim 41 IBUs, but I never would have guessed that high. Underneath, the German Pils malt backbone provides a little body and sweetness, but ultimately knows its place. This really showcases the noble hops well. The aftertaste is grainy and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Clean and dry finish.

Drinkability: Excellent, as you'd expect from a Pilsener.

Verdict: Saint Arnold have brewed up a great Summer seasonal for Texas. It's kind of a mix of the German and Czech Pilsener style, and the result is an tasty, highly drinkable hybrid.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear, straw colored, bright white head. Fizzy.

Aroma was sweet, malty and nutty. Pleasant and crisp.

Taste is nearly the same as the aroma. Sweet, nutty malts, slight herbal hops.

The feel is light, crisp, but creamy. Clean and smooth.

Not bad at all. Very refreshing. Great time of year for this.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

golden amber color to it. Lots of carbonation streaking toward the surface throughout the entire session. A very nice three inch high head of white foamy and fizzy lace formed on the top and hung around for a few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top that lasted until the end.

The aroma was loaded down with cereal grains and a touch of light fruity yeast. The aroma of banana clearly evident as was a nice fresh grass like hoppy nose. The flavor followed right along with it, being very light in profile and feel and very highly carbonated. List grain flavors dominated with a nice earthy feel. Hints of banana and fresh grass running through it as well, with a very nice light, refreshing taste.

Photo of spaceycasey
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Clear straw with quickly fading head that leaves no evidence down the glass

S- Slight hop spiciness but a slightly off medicinal aroma

Taste- Medicine does not come through the taste. Slight malt sweetness with hints of hop flavor and bitterness. Well done to style.

Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing, but tastes slightly undercarbonated without the "tingle" I'd expect from this style.

Drinkablility- Certainly could down a few of these as they go down nice and smooth, but doesn't particularly call me over other similar lighter-options.

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Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.