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Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Summer PilsSaint Arnold Summer Pils

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Ratings: 307
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-08-2003)
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Photo of jdense


3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Friendly Spot, San Antonio, TX, 4.21.11, $4.50 a pint in shaker glass.

Clear gold body, medium carbonation under gleaming bright white body, slow dissipation with good lacing, a nice looking beer. Nose is sweet and dry bready malts, floral hops. Taste mirrors nose. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and dry finish. The best Texas Pilsener I've had so far.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 18:57:58 | More by jdense
Photo of Douglas14


4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The summer pils is by appearance right on the spot, but the head is a little weak. It's aroma is definitely pilsener-esque but it's lacking a bold hop aroma that I expect in German Pilseners...big time. The same goes for the taste. It is such a well made pils though. It had such a nice pils malt flavor and it is super crisp. the finish is very dry which makes this beer unbelievably drinkable. Awesome beer just not "German.". I wonder what St. Arnold classifies it as.

EDIT: Checked the website. S.A. calls it a Boheiman Pils! Score just jumped. This beer nails the style!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 20:50:06 | More by Douglas14
Photo of ckeegan04


4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, bright yellow. Very thin white head that quickly fades to nothing. Almost no lace left behind either.

S - Strong aroma of noble hops. Grassy with a little spiciness in the nose. Faint hint of sweetbreads as well, but the classic German hop aroma dominates.

T - Spicy and grassy right off the bat. Classic Pils taste. Breadiness provides a nice backing but the hops carry the load on this one. Almost straw like taste in the finish.

M/D - Light can crisp with excellent carbonation. Very easy drinking like a standard Pils should be. Nothing remarkable here, but another solid offering from the folks at St Arnold.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2009 15:50:53 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of miket163


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at BJ's brite gold w/ slight haze. 1" white head w/ fairly good lacing.

smell: Spicy and grassy hops. Light grain and malt.

taste: Nice hop bite, a very grassy hop character. Slight bitterness which I thought was refreshing and maybe a touch of citrus zest.

Great summer beer..crisp and refreshing!

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2009 06:55:35 | More by miket163
Photo of Redrover


3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these after the Astros game at the Hyatt near the ballpark.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is light gold with a slight chill haze and a bone white head.

The nose is of subtle but noticeable spicy hops and grains.

Nice balance with some grain based sweetness backed by the hops which add a nice white pepper type of bite. Its a little lemony in the finish.

The mouth is crisp with active carbonation. Easy drinker, seems well calibrated to the Houston heat.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2009 00:02:27 | More by Redrover
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 lawman834


3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2008 22:22:31 | More by lawman834
Photo of ruckzuck


3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Rudyard's while visiting home.

A - Golden body with a very thin white head

S - sweet and bready malts with a tiny citrus hop presence

T - much like the taste, there's a lot of sweet/bready malt action and a tiny, tiny hint of hop bitterness

M - light bodied with a bit of carbonation

D - while this beer is nothing amazing, it is really, really drinkable, especially during a Houston summer! Refreshing and not too heavy. I could certainly put away a lot of these. Good work from the boys at Saint Arnold's overall IMO. Worth a shot if you're seeking out a pils or just want to go outside.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2008 23:45:01 | More by ruckzuck
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 armock

New York

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a thin white head

S - Has some sweetness to it with grassy hops

T - Is good for the style little sweet with an average hop taste

M - Has a medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pilsners aren't one of my favorite styles but this one is easy for me to drink it has a good taste its worth trying

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2008 22:49:26 | More by armock
Photo of EPICAC


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hans Bierhaus in Houston.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden. Topped by a fluffy, white head that fades to a thin film, leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Very clean, some light tart aromas with light grassiness.

Taste: Bready, sweet malts upfront. Moves through a lightly tart center to a grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Refreshing and light. This was perfect for the humid Houston evening.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2007 22:25:36 | More by EPICAC
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Saint Arnold Summer Pils is on the fence - not quite German, not quite Czech. It pours the typical clear golden body and bright white head that you'd expect of a good pils. The head retention is good, and it leaves thin, streaky rings of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose delivers a bright and fresh combination of lightly sweetish grainy malt and floral, spicy and grassy hops. It's sturdy in the mouth with a medium body and fine-bubbled, gently crisp carbonation. The flavor, however, is where it really shines - although you kind of know you're in for something good at the first whiff! It's richly malty without being big. It's just clean, and fresh, and kind of straw-like, bready, and nutty. And it's almost completely infused from start to finish with spicy, floral, and grassy hops. It even has a touch of lemon; and the slightly acidic pH balances it nicely! It's stunningly rounded, like the best of the best out of Europe, and it's perfectly balanced by a flinty, smooth bitterness from beneath that I'd guess is around 30-something IBU's. It finishes pretty much just as it began, and although it does close fairly quickly, there's some very nice lingering malt and hops left over to remind you to take another sip. Very nicely done!!! A perfect pils!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2007 13:13:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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 Gagnonsux


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery tour, again. Appearance is a golden color with average carbonation and head. Aroma is of light malts and saaz hops. The taste has a moderate malt flavor with saaz hops bite. Very grainy, but flavorful. I like this beer as a Summer quencher with good flavor, but this isn't the greatest. Still, it is always great to support local brews.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2005 22:41:57 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze, thin white head that lingered, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild Malts, hops, and maybe banana.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste of mild bitter hops and some grassy earthy notes.

Overall: This was an ok brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 18:07:56 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of brurevu


3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 21:07:41 | More by brurevu
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good looking, clear and tan with rising bubbles and a good white head that left some sheets of lacing.

Aroma is a bit grainy, with some sweetness, a little citrus, a little corn. Flavor profile is pretty similar, but with a touch more corn. There's not a lot of bitterness and not a lot of hops.

The body is light and easy to drink, with the right amount of carbonation.

Overall it's refreshing and summery, a fine summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 21:57:34 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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 mjurney


4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw color, slight hazy. Lots of fine carbonation rising up. Thin head.

Pale malts, bready, sweet, crisp, clean.

Pale malts, white bread, biscuity, slight sugary. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, spicy-herbal, a little lemony. Finish is dry, very crisp. Body is light, crisp, refreshing, dry, well carbonated.

It's a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 23:52:13 | More by mjurney
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 Premo88


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

04/03/13 printed on bottle

L: straw yellow; very light, pale crystal clear yellow with ULTRA white head about 1 inch with strong pour. decent lacing, nothing spectacular.

S: grain ... dare I say even corn? it smells very much like a standard American adjunct lager, mostly stale grain. ocassionally you get a bit of sweetness in there, just the slightest hint of malt.

T: a range that fluctuates from good to poor. on the good side -- sweet, crisp, clean taste of good barley, wheat flavors with that sweetness hinting at just a bit of malt while some solid hops shine through. damn good. on the bad side -- corn. the best part of the taste, however, is that the grainy/corn taste never overpowers and takes hold; there's always a nice bit of sweet malt and barley in there.

F: very nice, full carbonation, good weight.

O: this is what our average American beer should taste like, because make no mistake: It does have some good flavor. I love the bits of sweetness, and the fact that it's got at times a grainy taste in it with a relatively weak nose does not mean it's just another American macro brew. it's not. in fact, it's much better than Saint Arnold's amber ale, with enough flavor to distinguish it from the average adjunct lager.

but it's not spectacular. I'd love to say it is, but it's overall character is just a tick above average, nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 06:57:54 | More by Premo88
Photo of StArnoldFan


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So it's April in Houston and that means its Summer time again. I saw Saint Arnold's seasonal change once again, so I grab a six as I always do. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass although sometimes I drink this one straight from the bottle. Aggressive pour right down the center makes a huge white foamy head that I know won't stick around. Golden yellow with little lacing as the glass goes down. Little nose on it, just a wheaty scent. Just an average pils for me, I use to drink this more but it seems my tastes have changed over the years. It's a good sessionable beer but that's about all. Just average in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 21:22:05 | More by StArnoldFan
Photo of hmph


3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 00:25:58 | More by hmph
Photo of emerge077


3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for sharing this beer today!
Live review, served in a tulip glass.

Bright gold, high clarity, spotty ring of lacing on the surface. Jewel tone color, biscuity pils malt flavor, a hint of herbal hops too. Clean and crisp feel, nice dry finish. Simple but well put together, no off flavors to speak of.

A good pils that I could drink more of on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 02:55:39 | More by emerge077
Photo of acevenom


3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours pale golden with a white head. There are plenty of streaming tiny bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. There is some lacing left behind as the head dissipates. The beer smells of biscuit and cracker with some hops. The taste follows the nose. There is the grainy character from the pale malts that lends the biscuit character. The hops lend some subtle background citrus and bitter flavors. The body is light with plentiful carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 02:52:12 | More by acevenom
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Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.