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Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Summer PilsSaint Arnold Summer Pils

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 430
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 25%
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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Reviews: 156 | Hads: 430
Photo of acrawf6
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Probably the coolest label ever!

Poured into (what else?)...a pilsner glass. Light straw color with ample 2 finger head that is slightly off-white and has large bubbles.

Very distinctive German malt nose (Munich?)
Not exactly an overly pleasent nose, nearly kolsh-esque. Saaz hops are pretty prevelent. Mild, but aromatic.

Mild-sweet German malts fit the bill on this one. Very flavorful for a Pils. Almost has a corn-like taste to it, but not in a macro/unpleasant way. Fairly crisp and aftertaste is nil. Plenty of carbonation.

One of the more unique pilsners out there. Could probably pick this one out in a blind tasting.

I would be interested to see what true pilsner fans think of this one!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a nice golden color with a moderate white head on it.

S: Sweet malt and grain on the nose with a touch of butter and skunk. A light breadiness and not too much in the way of hops.

T: Somewhat bready and primarily sweet in terms of the flavor. The hops aren't very pronounced, unfortunately, and there is not much to really cover up the butter and skunk.

M: Light to medium bodied, as one might expect from a a pilsner. The carbonation is medium as well.

D: Not nearly as bad as the Fancy Lawnmower, but not all that good either. I suppose if it was ice cold you might be able to put a few of these away.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear, straw colored, bright white head. Fizzy.

Aroma was sweet, malty and nutty. Pleasant and crisp.

Taste is nearly the same as the aroma. Sweet, nutty malts, slight herbal hops.

The feel is light, crisp, but creamy. Clean and smooth.

Not bad at all. Very refreshing. Great time of year for this.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

golden amber color to it. Lots of carbonation streaking toward the surface throughout the entire session. A very nice three inch high head of white foamy and fizzy lace formed on the top and hung around for a few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top that lasted until the end.

The aroma was loaded down with cereal grains and a touch of light fruity yeast. The aroma of banana clearly evident as was a nice fresh grass like hoppy nose. The flavor followed right along with it, being very light in profile and feel and very highly carbonated. List grain flavors dominated with a nice earthy feel. Hints of banana and fresh grass running through it as well, with a very nice light, refreshing taste.

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Photo of gford217
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottles courtesy of mhewes poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear bubbly golden color with a small bubbly head that dissipated to a minimal wisp of head on top. No lacing of any sort.

S: Bready malts, grain, and a hint of hops in the smell. Smells a bit like fresh cut grass.

T: Taste is dominated by a light malt and grain flavor with only the slightest bit of hop kick in the finish. I did get a little bit of fruity sweetness in the taste.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel with moderate corbonation.

D: This is a decent micro pils, but I probably prefer others to this.

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Photo of skillerified
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very light, looks like pineapple juice. Frothy, snow-white head rises and falls quickly to a longer lasting thin cap. A little hazy with visible carbonation bubbles rising at about a medium speed.

Scent is a mixture of fruits - pineapple, pear, and apple - and some leafy, ripe earthy tones. A little spice is hidden on the backside. A strong aromatic character to this brew.

A little sweet with a creamy, malty flavor and feel on the tongue. The carbonation is surprisingly subdued. The flavor is almost all sweet malt though. A touch of fruitiness hits the back of the tongue after a few sips. Not much complexity here. Just a little hint of hoppy bite on the aftertaste.

Love the creamy feel of this one, but the flavor is too weak to want too many more of these. There's nothing that jumps out as undrinkable, but there's nothing particularly desirable either. Average.

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Photo of Northtexan
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale yellow with a thin head that is gone quickly. Not bad for a light summer beer. Crisp taste at an inexpensive price. I'd pick this up again.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden yellow. Pours a decent head, that dissapates at an average pace. Some lacing apparent.

S - Sweet malts, and grassy tones.

T - Sweet and malty, light hops but nothing that stands out.

M - Average.

D - These go down real easy, which is the strongest point of this beer.

For a German style beer coming from Texas, this is not half bad. Overall, a wonderful thirst quencher.

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Photo of nukem5
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color slight head little lacing.

S: Aroma is of light floral and piney notes almost reminds one of European style pilsner.

T: Taste is of hops and malt nice balance.

M: Medium to light bodied.

D: Very drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a good head and decent lacing.

S: Grainy aroma with a hint of pine and malt sweetness.

T: taste of malt sweetness with some grain and bit of fruit. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, nicely balanced.

O: Good summertime beer. Goes best with the hot Texas weather.

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Photo of hmph
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks so much to tofuspeedstar for this and a few other St. Arnold/texas goodies!

A - super yellow, super clear, super white head, nice looking for a Pilsener

S - a sunny wheat smell to it with some slight malt sweetness, almost

T - subtle hop notes with a nice light malt sweetness and the grainy wheat/barley taste to it. Finishes clean with a bit tiny bitterness lingering.

O - An awesome summer beer, definitely sessionable and would be great to drink on a riding lawnmower on a hot summers day. Good stuff!

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light straw yellow colored beer with a light head that barely last through the pour. I expected a thicker head for this style of beer. Its also cloudy which isn't that bad, just a little distracting.

Smell is of malts and light nobel hops. Slightly citrusy and spicy in nature. Very mild scent but what is there smells fresh, clean and refreshing.

Taste is of sweet grains and slightly spicy earthy hops. An excellent carbonation joins forces with the mild hoppiness to give a good bite to the tongue. The body is a little weak and tastes slightly watered down.

Despite the mediocre taste its an easy drinking beer. Its refreshing enough to satisfy a parched palate and the medium to low ABV makes it one you can sip on for hours.

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Photo of kfoss99
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle with a funk tie-dyed label with an equally funky caricature of Saint Arnold, patron saint of brewers, wearing sun glasses and holding a beer mug. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance – light straw yellow, a white head quickly evaporated quickly. A lot of tiny bubbles.

Smell – popcorn and moderate hops.

Taste – popcorn, sweet and nutty

Mouthfeel – very smooth with a spark to the finish

Drinkability – A good American pilsner, I can imagine it hits the spot on those scorching Texas summer days.

Thanks to Assurbanipaul for the this refreshing pils.

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Photo of jonandhisflask
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear yellow with a lingering 1 inch white head with some lacing

S- smells of grassy grains, some citrus in the backgroung. and thats about it

T-im actually suprised at the taste i get the usual pils malts with some subtle lemon grass floral hops

M- medium carb, leaves a wierd lingering mouth as if i had eatin movie theater popcorn with mountains of butter(not the flavor just the feel)

O-i actually like this pils. although i am not a fan of the style if im ever in texas on a budget ina hot summers day. ill grab a few why not.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to busternuggz for sharing this one.

Pale golden in color with a serious lack of bubbles. Light corn in the aroma with a pleasing grassy hop note. The soft mouthfeel could be crispened up for refreshment purposes. A little corny in the taste with a mild bitterness. I'm not crazy about the aftertaste. All that in mind, it's not horrible and I would drink several of these outside on a hot day.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliantly clear gold color and is topped by a frothy, almost white head. The aroma is spicy with grassy-herbal hop notes plus an underlying note of sweet grain. The taste is lightly sweet up front with a immediate hop character that flows through to the finish of this beer. The hop notes taste like a mix of lemon, herbs of various sorts, and a bit of grassy astringency too. This beer is quite light, and seems to be either missing the body/maltiness (for a Czech Pils), or the dry flintiness (of a German Pils) that would make this beer great. It is a little too sweet and thin, but is nice and quenching and certainly an easy quaffer.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly translucent light straw with champaign levels of carbonation streaming upwards to the white, rocky, two-finger head. Head is exceptionally fizzy and I will be surprised if it makes it to the bottom of the glass.

S - Musty light malt and a hint of lemon zest upon opening the bottle. More of the same in the glass although slightly subdued. Really just a tick better than some of the macros....

T - Crisp malt upfront. The body is a refreshing blend of clean and light malt and crisp lemon zesty noble hops. Splash of citrus hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and then everything shuts off. Pleasant musty reemergence of lemon zest, noble hops and light malt in the finish.

M - On the thicker side of light bodied with a moderate of carbonation. Could be quite a bit more lively in the mouth as this one looses its carbonation too quickly. Not bad though.

Despite its early impressions, Summer Pils turned out to be a satisfactory brew in the end. At first take, the appearance and smell combine to form a beer that seems to be not much better than PBR. Much of this is forgiven once you take a sip and are greeted by pleasant citrus hop notes and a decent mouthfeel. Not my first choice in Pilsners, but one could surely do much worse while living in Houston for the summer.

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Photo of NefariousR
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pale straw with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Slight hop astringency with a sweet, bready aroma.

T - Starts out with a mild, sweet malt palate but ends with a fairly crisp hop bite.

M - Light-bodied and very drinkable.

O - A good pilsener and a great summer session beer overall.

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Photo of brurevu
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Summer Pils poured a light straw color with a substantial head. It had a bright, light taste and body that helped beat the hot afternoon. There was enough flavor to keep things interesting and bold but without weighing itself down. While not being on the level of some of the top Pilsners in the world it is a solid Texas pilsner.

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Photo of boddhitree
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not as deep gold as a German Pils, more yellow-gold, the snow white year dissipated almost instantly, but it's got tons on CO2 exploding up the sides inside the glass, continuously adding more white bubbles around the rim.

Aroma: Pils malts aroma, but not really that strong, really, I'm not impressed with this aroma as its relatively missing. There's some Noble hops, too, hiding inside whatever my super deep breaths manage to pull up.

Up front: Ok, here we get some hefty bitterness with a good deal of tartness/astringency thrown in, verging on becoming heavy handed, yet it seems to pull back just as I start to feel it's bite. I also get some sweetness here, super sweet Pils malts.

Mid: Again, verging on heavy handed bitterness, biting astringency with some citrus and a little lemon bite. On the sides you get even more of above, a bittersweetness that barely registers here with almost extreme sweetness.

Back: Mmmm, more of the same. I'm still waiting for the Pils malt sweetness to show up. Lots of bitter/astringent again. Finally, in the very back the Pils malt sweetness shows up in spades, decent in flavor, but still quite bitter.

Aftertaste: Astringency is pretty much all you have after you swallow.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good, quite thick, creamy, tartness gives it a crisp, dry, snappy feeling over the tongue.

Overall: Maybe it's me, but I really like to taste PILS (malt) in my Pils! It's got some sweetness kicking around in the back and some sides to the front, but it's only when you swig it all around the mouth do you get some as it hits all parts of the tongue at the same time... and then, after awhile, I taste lots of Sweet Pils malt, but still, it's hard to find it. From mouthfeel, it's a typical German, yet the aroma is poor and reminds me of a Fernsehbier. I'm torn whether I like this beer. For the American market, maybe a very bitter beer with little Pils malt flavor is a winner, but not for me. Again, I want Pils in my Pils, and a Pils without a decent amount of the Pils malts showing up is a weak beer. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but I'm not saying I'd drink this as a "summer" beer. A 3.4 of 5.

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Photo of FLima
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden bright color with a thin thick head with short retention.
Refreshing light aroma with initial notes of lager yeast then biscuit malt, floral hops and mint.
Crisp and clean flavor with notes of bread, pilsner malt, lager yeast and finishing with floral hops.
Light bordering medium body with mild carbonation with small bubbles.
Not fantastic, but it is a well done Pilsner. Bolder aroma and increased hop bite would take this to another level.

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Photo of lawman834
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-I marked it as average because I was in a dark room and couldn't see.

S-Smells light and hoppy. A tad fruity/

T-Tasty. A nice example of a Pils. It's light and crisp with a good hop bite. Goes down smooth and clean. Maybe just a tad fruity.

D-I could drink plenty of these. A real nice lawnmower beer.

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Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.