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Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 427
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 7
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Beermanic
4.98/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is not a Pilsner if you look at their website its a Munich Hells, and has won many awards and I can see why.

A: Very light straw colour with a very nice white head.

S:Classic sweet pilsner aroma, with a touch of warm buiscuits.

T: Wonderful sweet pilsner malt, with that nice bready/grain flavor, over all like eating one of mamma's home made biscuits with out the Steans Syrup.

M: Nice higher carbonation, with a dryish lager finish.

O: A wonderful summer time beer, with great label. Awesome I just don't have enough to say. GABF and World Beer cup have said enough. (583 characters)

Photo of Duttonic
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Light yellow, dances and shimmers in the light. Poured properly and it produces an inviting finger of head. Cloudy.

S- Sour and citrusy, but not in a nostril stinging way, bold.

T- Faintly floral, bitter, but then counteracted to a pleasant smooth and delicious treat.

M- Just the right amount of heft. Perfect for a hot Texas day.

D- I could drink these all day.

This is by far my favorite German Pilsener and probably my favorite beer period.

Won gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Try it asap. (520 characters)

Photo of FootballAndBeer
4.59/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Living in Houston, I get to have this beer anytime I want, which has become often. I love most Saint Arnold beers, but this one is probably #2 or #2 on my list, Only behind their Pumpkinator, and the BoilerRoom with their specialty syrup (I believe this is only done at their brewery). Extremely easy to drink, very light, amazing taste, and the color in my opinion alone says refreshing. Have it in my fridge now. (414 characters)

Photo of KodyBrannon
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a pint glass.
L-It pours a very pale yellow color with a thin white head. Constant bubbles show some slight carbonation, but no lacing left along the glass.

S-The smell is a little bit like a wheat beer, but I pick up more of a buiscuit smell.

T-The taste is very light and clean, with a hoppy flavor and some buiscuit in the after taste.

M-The mouthfeel on this is very light, and easy drinking

D-Very drinkable, this could become my favorite summer beer.

Notes- I would recomend this beer to anybody looking for a sessionable summer beer. Great for grilling, great for just having around the house. Definatly one of my favorite beers. (670 characters)

Photo of ttu94
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yet again I am amazed to find such a good brew from right here in the great state of Texas. St Arnolds has become the best brewerey in the State by a long shot. This beer, I beleive is very true to form. It pours a clear pale gold color and is very pretty to look at. The smell is good with some malty tones and hops to it. Tastes wonderful. very well balaced beer. Nice malty flavor accompanid by the nobel hops. finishes slightly dry but with a tiny bit of sweetness. I could drink this beer all night long, infact I did. This is one beer I will be taking to the beer savant Ungespundet in Munich during Oktoberfest and will let him pass judgment on it. (655 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
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! (1,276 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A decent pilsener with great tie-dye packaging that catches my eye in summer when I'm always high

A- Hazy yellow-golden with a lame head. St. Arnold needs to learn how to make a decent head

S- Smell is of typical pilsener with floral hops and a biscuity backbone

T- Tastes like it smells but the Noble hops have a chance to really barrage your senses

M- Light-body, but not clean and refreshing enough for a pilsener

D- Drinks great, with a refreshing quality found only in a pilsener. I could session this all day (519 characters)

Photo of Douglas14
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The summer pils is by appearance right on the spot, but the head is a little weak. It's aroma is definitely pilsener-esque but it's lacking a bold hop aroma that I expect in German Pilseners...big time. The same goes for the taste. It is such a well made pils though. It had such a nice pils malt flavor and it is super crisp. the finish is very dry which makes this beer unbelievably drinkable. Awesome beer just not "German.". I wonder what St. Arnold classifies it as.

EDIT: Checked the website. S.A. calls it a Boheiman Pils! Score just jumped. This beer nails the style! (577 characters)

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lemon glow to a crispy looking beer. Two fingers of sticky head and light lacing action.

S: Spot on for the style! Czech Saaz and Hallertauers are right there with lemon rind.

T: The German Pilsener malts are there, but not too strong. The hops are the feature and provide a bite to accompany the crispness. Fantastic balance between the hop spice and grassy flavors.

M: Sharp and clean. Absolutely spot-on with the carbonation!

D: Forget water! This beer was meant for heat relief! (489 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mhewes for this one.

This beer pours a slightly hazy lemony gold with a sustained thin film of white.

The aroma starts with a big punch of home-made rye crisp and white flour. The delicate and complex graininess of this one makes me think I'm about to eat something. To round this out there's a sweet strawberry and a crisp snap of birch bark hops.

The flavor starts rather watery; a big let down from the smell, but its not all disappointment yet. There's a distant sweet rye grain and a touch of plumb skin that slowly is subsumed by an electric sparkle of pilsy hops that come out of nowhere, delivered by the carbonation. Finishes with an afterthought of rye crisps.

Feels a little dense, but with a strong, yet unobtrusive carbonation.

This is a tasty one for sure. Seems heavy enough to make a good pairing with dinner, but also exciting enough to have on its own. A solid and well rounded beer! (919 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of BeanBone
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of herbee
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Summer Pils has a very thin, white head and a slightly hazy, straw appearance. Some decent lacing is left behind. The aroma is a delightful bready malt, and the taste is a sugary, confectionery sweet, white bread flavor with a mildly bitter hop bite. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Saint Arnold Summer Pils finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. Overall, this is a delicious offering from the Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

RJT (448 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin line of bubbles for a head. A nice malt and noble hop aroma. It has a very nice fresh floral, almost "sea breeze", type aroma to it. It really complements the flavor and provides a nice segueway into the flavors when you are sipping. The taste is grain, bread, and malt with a great balance of fresh floral, peppery, earthy hops. The aftertaste is bitter from the hops and still a little sweet from the malt. A well crafted pilsner. Good mouthfeel. Carbonation is just about right and the finish is rather dry which makes you go right back for more. Great drinkability. In my opinion, this ranks up there with some of the best pilsners. (668 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, bright yellow. Very thin white head that quickly fades to nothing. Almost no lace left behind either.

S - Strong aroma of noble hops. Grassy with a little spiciness in the nose. Faint hint of sweetbreads as well, but the classic German hop aroma dominates.

T - Spicy and grassy right off the bat. Classic Pils taste. Breadiness provides a nice backing but the hops carry the load on this one. Almost straw like taste in the finish.

M/D - Light can crisp with excellent carbonation. Very easy drinking like a standard Pils should be. Nothing remarkable here, but another solid offering from the folks at St Arnold. (627 characters)

Photo of rfabian
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler it produces a one inch head with light lacing. The appearance is straw and clear. The aroma is of herbal hops and a hint of malts. The taste is mildly bitter and dry. The feel is light bodied with a clean finish.

This is a fine, refreshing pilsener that would make a great session beer for the summer. (325 characters)

Photo of BigBarley
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, bright gold with a nice white head that recedes very quickly to a nice foam cap. Lively carbonation for the first few minutes

Dry aroma of a malty base, with a clear twang of noble hops and the slightest hint of honey. Always a nice and unique take on the pilsner aroma.

Hop flavor comes through up front, with a crisp biscuity malt backbone below. Not excessively bitter, very balanced. A good pilsner for someone who miight complain about Urquell being too bitter or sharp.

Smooth and refreshing, with just a little more heft than many lagers. Easy drinking with a great body

Awesome beer, one of my favorite examples of a pilsner, and lagers in general. (673 characters)

Photo of TXHops
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saint Arnold Summer Pils

-Original Gravity: 1.050
-Final Gravity: 1.013
-ABV: 4.9%
-ABW: 3.82%
-Attenuation: 73%
-Real Extract: 5.01 P
-Calories per 12 oz: 165
-IBU’s: 41
-Malts: German Pils
-Hops: Saaz, Tettenanger

This is Saint Arnold’s summer seasonal and I personally believe that it’s 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 same—a big hit of Cap’n 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 Arnold’s best offering and one I eagerly await each year. It’s not as elegant or complex as it’s European stylistic predecessors, but what it lacks in subtle complexity it makes up for in sheer drinkability. (1,510 characters)

Photo of hobbes2112
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Picked these up to go along with a fish-fry. Poured a light clear yellow with a medium head. Pretty short retention, not much lacing. Smell is bread, malt, corn, grass and some hops floating around at times. Taste is fairly straightforward sweet clean malt with grassy notes and a light hop finish.

This is a good beer during pleasant spring weather, I bet it would be even better in the blazing summer. (423 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a light gold color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is light on the nose, but has some malty and grassy characters, typical pilsener. The taste is typical pils as well. A good malt background with a snappy grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is a little light and watery. The drinkability is great though. A decent very drinkable pils. (437 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of CLBizzle
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer at my local H.E.B grocery store, a Texas chain. The beer's appearance was a light amber color with a tin head. The aroma held a slight citrus smell with a nice balance of hops. The taste started sweet and finished with a little bitterness. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer, great for a nice Texas evening. (331 characters)

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Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.