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Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-08-2003)
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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 25, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

SFASteve, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
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.


RonaldTheriot, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Kromes
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Kromes, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

ckeegan04, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of BigBarley
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

BigBarley, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of rfabian
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

rfabian, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of TXHops
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

TXHops, May 09, 2003
Photo of hobbes2112
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

hobbes2112, May 01, 2005
Photo of marcobrau
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

marcobrau, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

SheepNutz, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pale malts, bready, sweet, crisp, clean.

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.

It's a very good beer.

mjurney, Jun 13, 2013
Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.