Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 58 | 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 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 FtownThrowDown
2.08/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.08/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

Photo of pitasoup
2.24/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Photo of bens0n
2.28/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had this on tap at lowbrow.

Beer is a clear straw yellow color with a minimal amount of head, no lacing, decent amount of carbonation bubbles up from the bottom, but thats about it.

On the nose, it smells kind of wheaty and bready, not hop character, pretty mild.

Flavor wise it goes even further downhill, its got a really funky earthy flavor, almost musty and skunky. Its overcarbonated and almost abrasive going down, I had to slow sip this and I'm used to nursing imperial stouts. It just tasted funky, reminded me of a wad of grass clippings, it wasn't crisp or refreshing, reminds me of nasty macro AAL beer. No hop character, not smooth, not enjoyable at all.

Photo of JonathanL7890
2.32/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

Photo of pgfault
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of theboozecruise
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of CEversole
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of assurbanipaul
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired in an Austin, TX grocery store and served into a Saint Arnold branded pilsner glass in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are slightly above average given the brewery. Reviewed as a pilsner; Saint Arnold doesn't specify on the label whether it's German or Czech style.

Presentation: I dig the tie-die label art and the fun vibe of the bottle label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Head: Four fingers wide. White colour. Fizzy. Lacks fullness and thickness. Not very frothy or creamy at all. Weak. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Recedes fully inside about 4 minutes, which is above average.

Body: Clear pale yellow with pale copper hues. Not the weak straw yellow of the worst pilseners. Average vibrance. Clean looking; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears adequately (perhaps over) carbonated. Good clarity.

Overall, it's a pretty rudimentary appearance for a pilsner. No-frills. I'm optimistic; there are no egregious flaws. Not a unique or special look by any means.

Aroma: Already I'm thinking this is a German pilsner just from the aromatics. German pils malts, barley, some cereals, and faint hints of lightly herbal German noble hops. Crystal malt too.

Any yeast character is too reticent for me to notice. No alcohol is detectable either. I don't find any off-notes per se, but the barley does seem a biteen dirty or stale, and the cereals aren't very appealing in a pilsner. It doesn't evoke a crisp clean pilsner like the best offerings in the style.

Overall, it's an inoffensive aroma of average strength.

Texture: Smooth and wet. Like the aroma, the texture doesn't feel clean. It's unrefreshing - which is criminal in a beer of this style. Well-carbonated. Lacks the crisp fresh feel it should have. I will say it hides its modest ABV well, but so does damn near every pilsner ever brewed. Light in body and not too thick, which is to style.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, or harsh.

Overall presence on the palate is unremarkable but average. There's ample room for improvement.

Taste: A bit too sweet. Certainly too cereal-dominant for a pilsner. German pils malts provide the simple foundation. Noble hops - herbal and light floral character. Unclean barley.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

It's fairly balanced, but this build is pretty mediocre for a pilsner - German or otherwise. Not a gestalt build, but a cohesive one. It's simple - which is expected given the style - but I've definitely had pilsners with more depth of flavour and nuance. Maybe triple decoction would help?

I like it, but I can't find anything remarkable about it.

Final Thoughts: A forgettable pilsner from Saint Arnold. Buy once to try it if you crave the style, but don't expect it to stack up to good beers in the style - domestic or otherwise. Even Prima Pils is available right around this price point, so I can't justify getting this again. That said, it's damn drinkable. I just wish it was more inspired and stuck more to what works in traditional style paradigms. Ultimately, the main problems here concern what isn't present; it's not fresh, crisp, or clean; it's unrefreshing, and there isn't much depth of flavour.

High C

Photo of tayner
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of beerdiablo
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of tbone53
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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 briman
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of xare
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of RickSawyer
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of sam_wise
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of Jimmys
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of acrawf6
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.