Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +11.3%
Lucent lemon beneath a good three fingers of eggshell colored foam. The head looks a little like whipped marshmallow, although not nearly that sticky. No more than a small handful of transient lace shards make it to the glass.
The aroma is classic German pils... by way of Houston, Texas. The Czech Saaz and Hallertau hops deliver plenty of musky, grassy goodness and even provide a few shavings of lemon zestiness. This is what good pilseners smell like.
The SABC website says that they've worked on this recipe quite a bit over the years and have finally settled on something they're comfortable with. Summer Pils definitely tastes like a winner. Even though there's a generous amount of hop flavor and bitterness, I'd love even more. Since hopheads probably aren't a large percentage of the brewery's customers, that isn't likely to happen. 41 IBUs seems optimistic.
The German pilsener malt does what German pilsener malt is supposed to do. It's provides a bit of flavor, a little underlying sweetness, and then steps aside to the let the hops do their thing. The flavor profile is simplicity itself: untoasted barley, grass and bitter lemon. Tasty, crisp and refreshing.
All things considered, the mouthfeel is fine and dandy. It's just big enough, it doesn't wander away on the back end, and it's adequately bubbled without being buzzy and overly burp-inducing. Good for one bottle, several bottles, or more than several.
Saint Arnold beer is tasty, but I haven't yet been blown away. Summer Pils is one of the better ones because it's a showcase for noble hops; just as a pilsener should be. It would not be surprising if this stuff flies off the shelves during the hot weather months in Texas. In other words, most of the year. Under the cap... nothing at all!
07-23-2008 12:03:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.23/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
12-11-2011 05:35:21 | More by mikesgroove
3.2/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
07-03-2010 21:46:41 | More by womencantsail
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
07-23-2012 02:55:39 | More by emerge077
4.43/5 rDev +25.5%
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!
05-28-2007 13:13:50 | More by NeroFiddled
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops with some bready malt. The flavor is hoppy, but the bread/toffee malt make the beer very well balanced. There is some grassyness in the flavor from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice, easy drinking balanced pilsner. Nothing too exciting, but a good beer to drink the hot months.
05-02-2011 00:45:27 | More by Mora2000
3.38/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
08-07-2005 03:13:27 | More by Gueuzedude
2.98/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
05-10-2014 00:23:08 | More by kojevergas
3.7/5 rDev +4.8%
Thanks to mhewes for this one.
Poured a nice golden with a small white head. Carbonation was average. Yeast, barley and grains make up the nose also a small hop profile. Taste was subtle hops, smooth and the malts were good. Pretty well balanced beer.
07-18-2008 12:26:31 | More by barleywinefiend
4.33/5 rDev +22.7%
(Served in a pokal)
thanks to mhewes for this brew.
A- This beer pours a crystal clear body of golden yellow with a swirl of tiny bubbles supporting a lumpy snow white head for a few sips.
S- The soft smell of fresh rain turns into raw grain with a very light sweetness to it. A soft sulfury gummi candy quality comes through the sweetness followed by a light musty green hop hint at the finish.
T- The flavor of pale malt and raw grain has a faint saltiness to it and a slightly sweet hint aswell. There is a light piney note of soft green that lingers becoming more bitter after the sip has ended.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft tight fizz note coming through as the beer warms.
D- This nice soft flavors are accented, not overpowered by, sulfury lager qualities, and there is a nice complexity and dry flavor that increases a bit as the beer warms slightly. This is a well built beer.
07-31-2008 21:14:19 | More by rhoadsrage
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours a clear, straw-to-gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, wheat, hint of sweet malt, and hint of citrus. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good feel, decent appearance, and good blend. Lacking in body and aroma, though.
07-20-2012 12:27:36 | More by Tone
3.98/5 rDev +12.7%
Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.
Wow this is the lightest colored beer that I've had in a while. Pours a clear light golden/straw color with a bubbly one finger white head that sticks around for a while. Smells of grass, apples, sweet malt, a bit grainy. Taste is grainy and grassy with a hint of fruit and a slight sulfur. Finishes dry with a lingering light fruitiness. Carbonation is crisp, body is light, mouthfeel is lightly syrupy. Very light refreshing beer. Reminds me of a macro, only better. I could see myself drinking many of these on a hot summer day.
05-16-2009 00:37:47 | More by johnnnniee
3.23/5 rDev -8.5%
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!
07-27-2008 19:43:23 | More by twiggamortis420
3.28/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
04-30-2008 01:24:34 | More by gford217
3.1/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
04-12-2008 15:19:22 | More by champ103
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours kind of flat, a nice shad of gold but the head's real small and it barely seems carbonated.
Smells like a fresh, weedy pils. Clean, sweet barley, dull hops.
Tastes much more complex than it smells! The weediness is deep, veering from sweet to bitter, grassy cereal to dandelions and pollen. Slight hop finish lingers.
05-23-2009 01:42:41 | More by mynie
3.2/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
05-17-2011 01:09:17 | More by EgadBananas
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-04-2005 22:41:57 | More by Gagnonsux
Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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