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Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Summer PilsSaint Arnold Summer Pils

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%

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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Photo of jujubeast6000


2.03/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/22/2008 (Tap @ Brewery):

Pours an amber pale colored body, withe very little head, white in color. Has a very malty sweet aroma, kind of like a grainy domestic beery. That same malty, graininess is present in the taste also. Not a fan, but it is refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 03:20:07 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of DaPeculierDane


2.05/5  rDev -42.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 13:57:21 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of FtownThrowDown


2.05/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I was wondering why my host was so eager to offer me this beer from his fridge. Wow, what a palate killer.
This beer pours a very light golden in color. Crystal clear with a slight, white head sitting atop. Smell is slightly funky, skunky and bready. Oh, and the taste only gets better. More of the skunk shows up in the taste, as well as some smoke like qualities. And it lingers on way longer than it needs to. I couldn't get this taste out of my mouth. This is a far cry from the Victory Prima Pils I had about a week ago.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 02:53:04 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of JonathanL7890


2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up as a single at my local liquor store. Poured into a pint glass. 1 finger of foam. Light yellow color. Nice noble hoppy nose. Taste is strange. A bit bitter like a pilsner but seems watered down. But the good parts of a pilsner were not kept. Bit of a corny aftertaste. I'm not a fan of this beer. Disappointing selection from Saint Arnold.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 00:26:49 | More by JonathanL7890
Photo of pitasoup


2.28/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

thanks to optimator13 for this bottle.

A: pours clear light golden yellow with half a finger of rapidly subsiding head. might as well be a still beer if you let it sit for more than 10 seconds.

S: corn. pils malt rather than dms i assume. not much else, perhaps a hint of dirt at the end. one can force floral hops on the after breath, but it is nothing to wait for.

T: hop bitterness, then corny grains. nothing more to report on. hard to pin point the hops, perhaps saaz. a hint of sweetness at the end.

M: light to medium-light body. slick on the tongue and marginally effervescent. not much to write about here.

O: a bit better than bmc b/c of hop bitterness. the smell and body are underwhelming at best. probably a good summer beer, as the title suggests. I'd chug one after mowing the lawn, but that's about it. i'm fairly sure i've over rated this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 01:09:08 | More by pitasoup
Photo of pgfault


2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is what I would call an "American Pils". It's a standard golden color. Pour it vertically if you want any amount of head on it, because it'll be gone in a couple minutes. It otherwise maintains its carbonation throughout. There's very little scent from this. The taste is light and crisp, similar to an American lager. It's just bitter enough to leave a small bit of aftertaste. My personal preference is a pils with big hops. This is on the other end of the spectrum, and you'll want to hammer it down lest it get warm. It's probably worth a putting a six pack on the fridge this summer to see if you like it. I'll be moving on to a good Kolsch or a hoppier Pils, tho' I might just pick up another six of SA Summer Pils.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 00:38:51 | More by pgfault
Photo of theboozecruise


2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another that I picked up at Spec's in Houston... bought the 12 oz. bottles, poured into a pint glass.

This one pours a golden color, cloudy with a nice head. Definite hints of citrus and hops in the aroma, which carry through to the taste. This one has a bitter aftertaste that I'm not a fan of.

A nice beer, but not one of St. Arnold's best.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 01:37:06 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of CEversole


2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint-glass.

A- straw colored, golden appearance. 1.5 finger head, and decent lacing.All is right for the style.

S- Very grassy/earthy as well as some malty background very pleasing to the nose.

T- Malty almost corn flavor. I get a taste of hay and bread when I drink this beer.

M- Very good carbonation,leaves the tingle on my tongue, nice for the season.

O- I am biased toward liking St. Arnold. However, I like other S.A. styles better. Average.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 22:24:04 | More by CEversole
Photo of assurbanipaul


2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow with a white, fizzy head. Nose is strongly grassy, corn with faint malt and hops background.

Taste is fruity, tart hops. Floral, a little corny sweetness. Light malt flavor and a slight nuttiness emerges later in the taste, growing stronger towards the end.

Mouthfeel is light with a dry aftertaste. Refreshing, easy to drink. Not a bad effort but a little too restrained for a good pils.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 03:29:54 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of beerdiablo


3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

Crisp but not quite the micro-bubble rub of Warsteiner.
Very refreshing, especially in the sauna that is a Texas summer.
This beer falls between a macro and Euro lager on all fronts.

I wouldn't go as far for serving suggestions like I suggested for the
"lawnmower" that it be served like revenge [cold], but I wouldn't
drink this one on the warm side either.

Nothing remarkable but it gets the job done and keeps your
money out of the macro's pockets.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 03:53:50 | More by beerdiablo
Photo of tbone53


3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well this definetly a summer beer. very very lite
a:light straw color. good white head but last about thirty seconds.what little head there was did lace nicly down the side of the glass.
s:not much there
t:light ok nothing to rave about but beats all the macro lite beers.
m:smooth tasting and smooth going down
d:a fellow could drink a few of these and still make it home.a good session beer.i would probably show up at a party with a six pack of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 02:30:26 | More by tbone53
Photo of tayner


3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz stubby bottle, colorful label.

Pours a light gold color with very little wispy white head that disipates to nothing. looks sorta flat in my glass.

Smell is a bready malt nose, pretty light and straightforward.

Taste is bready, sweet malt, although light. No hops that I could find really. Pretty one dimensional, but i find that alot in the style.

This one felt nice and mediumbodied at first, but there is not enough carbonation to keep it from feeling just sort of oily going down. There is not enough hops in the back end to help it dry crisp and clean, but instead the oily, heavy, sweetness of the bready malt sticks around and makes me feel the need to clear my throat.

If this had a bit more hops in it to help it dry crisper and cleaner i could see drinking this all summer as a session, but as it stands there are many better ones out there to choose from, but worth a try if you are in the area.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 22:04:57 | More by tayner
Photo of ATLbeerDog


3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a twelve ounce brown bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy pale/yellow with a ¼ inch white head. Smells of citrusy saaz hops. First sip is bitter sweet. This Pilsner is clean and refreshing. It seems to have a higher hop profile than others in its class.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 18:33:24 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of briman


3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap into standard pint glass.

Pours a bright, clear straw color. Nice half-inch fluffy white head. Above average retention, settles into a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is mostly lightly roasted malts, maybe a touch of fruit. Pretty mild, nothing really standing out.

Taste is mild sweet malt, with something like lemon seeming to be sifting through. Smooth all the way to the finish. No noticeable hop bitterness on any level.

Medium-light body, moderately carbonated. Light, crisp, clean....pretty refreshing. Not really enough taste to bring me back for many more, though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2006 03:24:27 | More by briman
Photo of TexIndy


3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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)

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 23:01:32 | More by TexIndy
Photo of xare


3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the Summer Pils on my trip to Austin. Probably the most rockin' beer packaging I've ever seen, with the tie-dyed cardboard box and labels. Definitely stands out and easy to identify this beer. Beer's appearance was nice as well.

Smell was of a typical pilsener. Not much difference here.

Taste was corny, light, crisp, and had sufficient hops. Nothing really stood out but it was melded together well for an average pilsener.

Mouthfeel was crisp and clean. Not much else to report.

Drinkability was decent. I'd buy another sixer of this but not if it's hard for me. If St. Arnold expands to the North, I'd definitely pick this up in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 21:07:30 | More by xare
Photo of HopsKeepDroppin


3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A- Light golden color with one finger white head. Very clear.

S- Very bready and wheat like smell

T- Really sweet. Tastes like honey and wheat.

M- Nicely carbonated. Dry towards the finish.

O- Decent pilsner. Heavier than most.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 05:45:31 | More by HopsKeepDroppin
Photo of RickSawyer


3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Lemonade/straw yellow with a bit of a disappointing head. Smell is strange... The noble hops are there, but a sweet, whipped cream, dessert smell hits the nose. Strange. Taste is ok. Grilled corn, hints of lemon zest, a bit of bready sweetness. The silver lining of this gray cloud is the mouthfeel. Light, wonderfully carbonated, champaign bubbles! Not a bad middle of the day beer, but my least favorite Saint Arnolds beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 21:19:08 | More by RickSawyer
Photo of sam_wise


3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours like budlight with a surprisingly thick and aromatic head. Surprising because this beer is a pilsner. There was slightly more carbonation that I expected, too.

Smell: A nice light grassy smell. The head brought some aroma with it, couldn't quite nail it down in words-- but it was crisp, light, and nice.

Taste: This is a better than average pilsner that has a nice clean, quick, and crisp aftertaste. The taste is not empty, but rather has a subtle, even nuanced, hoppy flavor. Sweet malt taste comes after a carbonation settles.

Mouthfeel: As stated previously, there is more carbonation than I expected. It is not as smooth as you would expect with a pislner, but the bite seems to bring out some of the hoppy flavor. It is a thin beer, but not watery. Thin, crisp, light.

Overall: After the first, I enjoyed this with homemade guacamole and it was a perfect match for fresh jalapeno and cilantro. I plan on buying several 6 packs of this for entertaining people who drink light beer alongside Mexican meals. A superior pilsner to most market bulk buys.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:31:34 | More by sam_wise
Photo of JDV


3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, simple slight yeasty smell. Good clean taste, and aftertaste, and not as yeasty as the smell. Very subtle sweetness througout. Nicely carbonated. Drinkability is good, but I prefer even less yeasty and musty pilsners such as North Coast's Scrimshaw.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 22:35:40 | More by JDV
Photo of champ103


3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden straw color. A small bubbly white head forms and recedes fast. Very light lace.
S: Yeasty floral aroma that is grainy and a bit chemical.
T: A husky/earthy graininess that follows the nose. Cereal and a light sweetness. Not much else.
M/D: Crisp and medium body in the mouth. A bit over carbonated for my tastes though. Easy to drink for the style.

I can quaff several at a BBQ, though nothing more than a slightly above average lager. Saint Arnold does much better.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2008 15:19:22 | More by champ103
Photo of Jimmys


3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. bottled in late may of this year if I am reading this correctly.

A: very clear. crystal clear light blonde brew. bright white head, retention is minimal. virtually no lacing.

S: a mild malt aroma starts things off. a mild DMS as well. getting virtually no hop aroma is lending nothing towards this being a German styled pilsner. more like a munich helles with how this thing is hopped.

T: the DMS is a bit stronger on the palate. bitterness is mild. hop flavor even more mild. getting a bit of bready malt. comes out more and more as the brew warms up.

M: carb is a bit mild. light bodied for sure.

D: DMS has kind of stamped it's way onto this brew and is not letting go. from the nose to the palate it is a bit distracting. without much hop presence this is a big pass from me.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 02:37:00 | More by Jimmys
Photo of acrawf6


3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice light golden with a small white head.

Smell. grainy with a scent of cooked vegetables.

Taste. more cooked vegetables. a bit sweet. really nothing that is standing out. aftertaste has a sweet honey taste, sort of.

Mouthfeel is decent. decent balance, average body. nice carbonation.

Overall it seems like it could be a decent session beer. a nice one i would like with food, but not all that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 20:20:38 | More by acrawf6
Photo of BryanCarey


3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

St. Arnold Summer Pilsner has qualities that are typical of most pilsner beer products. It pours to a straw color with an aroma that is grassy and a little bit malty, and offers the scent of noble hops. The carbonation level of this beer is very lively and it produces a good head of foam that eventually falls apart but does leave some lacing.

This beer offers a taste that emphasizes the flavors of biscuit- like malts and it offers a light toasty flavor that makes for a sweet taste up front, giving way to a slight bitterness and spiciness in the finish when the hop flavor kicks in. The hops are mostly of the grassy variety, with only a touch of bitterness.

St. Arnold Summer Pilsner is a medium- bodied brew that is intended as a refreshing beer for the warmer months. This beer is a little on the light side, but it flavors certainly make it a good choice for a warm- weather brew, with thirst quenching qualities and distinct flavors that will satisfy both beer connoisseurs and amateurs alike.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 19:22:46 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of bilyboy65


3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner style glass. No BBD on bottle.

A: Very inviting beer. Lots of carbonation that fuels what seems to be an everlasting thin white head. The beer is a crisp- clear gold color. The head is very clingy and the beer leaves a nice thin film on the glass as well.

S: Is very yeasty and bready. Slight hint of floral hops and alcohol. Stays true to a pilsner in being a simple scent.

T: Almost exactly like it smells. Nothing hidden. Slightly bitter, medium-heavy bodied beer and lightly coats your mouth.

M: Carbonation reminds you that you are drinking something as the smooth oily liquid passes through.

D: Is a great summer beer. Can easily enjoy a few of these to relax on a nice hot summer day. Most pilsners a to bitter for me, but this is a nice mild flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 01:39:58 | More by bilyboy65
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Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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