Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 420
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 67 | 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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Reviews: 151 | Hads: 420
Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Wow this is the lightest colored beer that I've had in a while. Pours a clear light golden/straw color with a bubbly one finger white head that sticks around for a while. Smells of grass, apples, sweet malt, a bit grainy. Taste is grainy and grassy with a hint of fruit and a slight sulfur. Finishes dry with a lingering light fruitiness. Carbonation is crisp, body is light, mouthfeel is lightly syrupy. Very light refreshing beer. Reminds me of a macro, only better. I could see myself drinking many of these on a hot summer day. (592 characters)

Photo of beeragent
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a medium clear straw, creating a large fluffy white head with light lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is a mixture of light hops and malt. Not too much going on in the nose.

T - The taste is a nice light blend of the hops up front, creating a slight citrusy flavor, and end with a smooth light malt finish.

M - Nice smooth clean mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - This is one of the better pilsners that I have tried. Nice flavor without the grainy aftertaste of most lagers, along with an average alcohol content IMO make for a highly sessionable pilsner. Highly recommended. (674 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle with a tie dyed bottle. St. Arnold appears to be on the beach.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden and bubbly with a nice head that fades immediately.

Smell: Clean grains - refreshing and crisp. Just a bit of nuts in there.

Taste: Clean grains at first, then the noble hops come in to leave a nice crisp finish.

Overall impression: Very nice summer seasonal - I could easily drink a bunch of these on a warm day. (457 characters)

Photo of bboven
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold with a big foamy head that scatters quicker than a cockroach when the light's turned on.

Malty and a little skunky, but that's the style.

Lots of malt, pretty sweet

Bubbly and a little sticky, but also a little drying.

Very drinkable, a wonderful introduction to craft beer for BMC swillers. (305 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucent lemon beneath a good three fingers of eggshell colored foam. The head looks a little like whipped marshmallow, although not nearly that sticky. No more than a small handful of transient lace shards make it to the glass.

The aroma is classic German pils... by way of Houston, Texas. The Czech Saaz and Hallertau hops deliver plenty of musky, grassy goodness and even provide a few shavings of lemon zestiness. This is what good pilseners smell like.

The SABC website says that they've worked on this recipe quite a bit over the years and have finally settled on something they're comfortable with. Summer Pils definitely tastes like a winner. Even though there's a generous amount of hop flavor and bitterness, I'd love even more. Since hopheads probably aren't a large percentage of the brewery's customers, that isn't likely to happen. 41 IBUs seems optimistic.

The German pilsener malt does what German pilsener malt is supposed to do. It's provides a bit of flavor, a little underlying sweetness, and then steps aside to the let the hops do their thing. The flavor profile is simplicity itself: untoasted barley, grass and bitter lemon. Tasty, crisp and refreshing.

All things considered, the mouthfeel is fine and dandy. It's just big enough, it doesn't wander away on the back end, and it's adequately bubbled without being buzzy and overly burp-inducing. Good for one bottle, several bottles, or more than several.

Saint Arnold beer is tasty, but I haven't yet been blown away. Summer Pils is one of the better ones because it's a showcase for noble hops; just as a pilsener should be. It would not be surprising if this stuff flies off the shelves during the hot weather months in Texas. In other words, most of the year. Under the cap... nothing at all! (1,773 characters)

Photo of kosmoraios
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing for the style as much as possible, here.

Pours a crystal-clear yellow into my pint glass with perhaps a half-finger of very white head which dissipates into lace in about 90 seconds or so. Carbonation bubbles are easily seen rising in the glass.

Aroma is of light semi-sweet malts, noble or perhaps saaz hops, and perhaps cashew-like nuttyness.

Taste is malty-sweet with a nice balance of light bitterness from the hops. The malts come out in the end quite nicely, but the beer is a little sweet for a pils.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, goes down smooth. Nice and carbonated. Very drinkable, light ale. Excellent for a thirst-quencher, especially as it has been over 102 degrees for 3 weeks here. (722 characters)

Photo of
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Poured a clear, pale gold with a small white head.

Mild aroma. Citrus and yeast, leaning just a bit towards the sweet side.

Taste was fruity and slightly sweet. Nice balance. Yeasty and floral. The word "delicate" comes to mind.

Light body. Medium carbonation. More sweet and refreshing than dry.

Overall, a great summer beer. Highly drinkable. Toned down, of course, but some of the same taste characteristics of St. Arnold's Elissa. (462 characters)

Photo of miket163
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at BJ's brite gold w/ slight haze. 1" white head w/ fairly good lacing.

smell: Spicy and grassy hops. Light grain and malt.

taste: Nice hop bite, a very grassy hop character. Slight bitterness which I thought was refreshing and maybe a touch of citrus zest.

Great summer beer..crisp and refreshing! (310 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Pours out to a bright golden color with a small head of white foam. Some lace, and medium carbonation. Aromas of yeast and barley, nuts, some wheaty grain. Taste is very good; lightly roasted malt, smooth rich hops, touches of biscuts and yeast. Nice. Mouthfeel is zesty and refreshing, as the carbonation carries over to the palate quite well. Good Drinkability. Special thanks to assurbanipaul for the sample. (422 characters)

Photo of BlesstheHarvest
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Nice golden color with a small, long-standing white head that doesn't really leave much lace.

Smell: Grassy and flowery smells with light butteriness.

Taste: Begins with sweet butteriness and a grassy backbone, finishing with strong grassy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp body with a clean finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and refreshing. Saint Arnold makes some of the most refreshing beers I've had (not surprising given that they're based in Houston). This isn't the best beer out there, but good for a summer BBQ. (595 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber in color with a thick and creamy white head that coats the sides of the glass with spider webs as it fades into a heavy lace. Nose is sweet malts and fruits with some notes of creamy bananas. Light in body with a soft carbonation. Taste also has a lot of sweet malt flavor with some additional notes of dried grass and a bit of peppery hops towards the end to help balance the sweetness. A nice summer brew that’s great on a hot Texas summer day. (466 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,371 characters)

Photo of rwf08
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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... (1,494 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow, clear. Moderate carbonation. Moderate head.

Tart fruity hops, decently bitter. Light sweet base.

Thin-medium bodied. Grainy malt. Bitter hops.
Hop: bitter and tart, floral base. Malt: grainy, toasty, fruity sweet.
Smooth and frothy. Perfume/floral tickle in the back.
Finishes a little bit dry, a little bit bitter.

Pretty neat. I’d go for another. (369 characters)

Photo of LarryKemp
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright clear straw with a firm white white white head. The bubbles in the liquid disappated a bit too quick. A beautiful beer.

Those saaz hops grabbed my nose as soon as the twist off cap left the bottle. Very nice combination of hops and pils malt.

The taste is a bit sweet for my liking. The sweetness stays on the tongue from start to finish. Even when the bittering is kicking in at the end, the sweetness never is completely gone.

The mouthfeel is medium light and full of carbonation. My tongue tingled from the carbonation as well as the hops.

A very nice beer. One that I would recommend for a student of the style. One of the few non-Belgium yellow beers that I have liked in a while. (725 characters)

Photo of Dizzy
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this beer back in the beginning of the season. I thought it was very good. I tried it a couple more times, and for some reason it just didn't taste quite the same. Nonetheless, I just poured a fresh one and it tastes very good.

The beer pours a very nice golden pilsner appearence with a good amount of head. As the beer is consumed, it leaves a very good lacing on the glass. The smell is that of a classic german pilsner with hops and hints of lemon and a tad sweet malt. Upon the first sip, I tasted mostly crips hops with some lemmon in there as well. The finish is a slightly bitter bite which rounds things out nicely. One of the best things about this brew is the mouthfeel. It is perfect, not too light, but not heavy. Very refreshing for a summer beer. (776 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours kind of flat, a nice shad of gold but the head's real small and it barely seems carbonated.

Smells like a fresh, weedy pils. Clean, sweet barley, dull hops.

Tastes much more complex than it smells! The weediness is deep, veering from sweet to bitter, grassy cereal to dandelions and pollen. Slight hop finish lingers. (325 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: A nice bready aroma with malt undertones.
Appearance: Very clear bright yellow but no real head to speak of and no lace.
Flavor: A nice Pils profile. The bready smell translated into a nice nutty taste with a clean finish. A generous dose of hops keeps it light and crisp.
Mouthfeel: A long hop soaked but clean finish.
Overall Impression: A light, crisp, refreshing beer. Perfect for a hot summer day. I would have trouble with it as a session, but would understand others that would choose it. Worth a try! (519 characters)

Photo of beerboy9960
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of hiikeeba
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up a slightly cloudy gold color with a thin white head.

S - Smell of malted grains dominate. No hop aroma.

T - Definite malt flavor with a subtle accent of hops. You can taste the grain. Can't tell what kind of hops are used. Finishes slightly bitter on the back of the tongue.

M - Lots of bubbles in the glass. Well carbonated.

D - Extremely drinkable. Doesn't overpower the palette, and goes down smooth. (420 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HardTarget for another good Texas brew!

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow with a foamy white held. I'm scared at first b/c this looks like any macro that we used to quaff in college. But I'm keeping an open mind...

Smell: Grass, grain, and wheat hit the nose. Definitely some hops in there. Smells good. Definitely doesn't smell like macro water.

Taste: Good carbonation balances out the blast of grass, spice, and hop bitterness that I taste. Grass is the first and last thing I taste. It sounds weird but I really like that flavor!

Mouthfeel: Very light. The carbonation and smooth finish really round this bad boy out well.

Drinkability: Full to empty in 10 seconds. Just kidding! But it was easy going down. Almost too cold out (80 degrees) to drink. I would imagine this would taste even better on a 95 degree day with 100% humidity. A great thirst quencher and a good beer.

Overall: Not my choice as far as the style goes but maybe a good introductory beer if you are trying to convert someone from the macro-world. (1,049 characters)

Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.