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Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 34 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-08-2003)
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

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2.92/5  rDev -17%

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2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of CEversole
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
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 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

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2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.