Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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3.45/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2014 18:27:02 | More by boddhitree
2.98/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2014 00:23:08 | More by kojevergas
Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.