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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: 429
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 7
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 429
Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, simple slight yeasty smell. Good clean taste, and aftertaste, and not as yeasty as the smell. Very subtle sweetness througout. Nicely carbonated. Drinkability is good, but I prefer even less yeasty and musty pilsners such as North Coast's Scrimshaw.

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Photo of mentor
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TexasStout for the opportunity. Pours a half-finger off-white head over a clear rich straw-colored liquid. Smells spicy saaz hop with zing and muddled earthiness. Dusty. Biscuity/light-toasty, vegetal (cooked bell peppers), and a twist on lemon/orange aroma.

Tastes lightly biscuit malt with noticable hop flavor and noticable grassy hop bitter. Bitter is not quite a peppery zing. Carbonation sting is strong and detracting. Hop flavor is lemon and unripe oranges with what I envision tumbleweeds taste like. Just a touch of sour character that's hinting at acetic, but more likely arises from carbonation acid and hop bitter. Md-light body holds a dull proteinaceous bleh on the tongue after the strong carbonation burn on the papillae.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color. The head is off white, about a finger high, with little retention. Spotty lacing from top to bottom.

Strong hop aroma, consisting of a sweet grassy scent with light malt in the background. A citrus like component can also be detected.

Malt is tasted frist, of the sweeter variety. Zesty hops can be tasted throughout, with the bitterness coming at the end. Overall taste is on the sweet side, and the sweetness slowly increases as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish.

This one is recommended for the summer. Refreshing with plenty of flavor. Some may find it a little sweet for a pilsner, but good nonetheless.

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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 stumac
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a straw yellow with a bubbly white head. aromas of straw, pale malts, crisp light hops, pretty plain jane. the taste of slight sweet malts is the only thing going for this beer. crisp hops, medium bodied, nice medium carbo. a decent pils. i would buy this if there were no other better true German pils in the store.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Pours out to a bright golden color with a small head of white foam. Some lace, and medium carbonation. Aromas of yeast and barley, nuts, some wheaty grain. Taste is very good; lightly roasted malt, smooth rich hops, touches of biscuts and yeast. Nice. Mouthfeel is zesty and refreshing, as the carbonation carries over to the palate quite well. Good Drinkability. Special thanks to assurbanipaul for the sample.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.19/5  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.

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Photo of stephens101
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky gold brew with a quickly receding white head. Little to no lacing is left behind. Smells of straw, sweet malts and light fruits. Tastes a little spicy and malty, not bad at all, but could be just a little tastier. Very light bodied and sessionable just like a pils should be. While it could be a bit more interesting, I have no big complaints and could definitely get to a few of these.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.07/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale golden, bubbly lager with a thin and rapidly dissipating white head.

Aroma is sickeningly sweet malt and sweaty wheat like malt. Almost no hops aside from a touch of grass.

Taste is cloying and candylike in a sweet-tart kind of way. Bready.

Mouthfeel: Aggressively carbonated but way too sweet and unbalanced. Not pils like in any way, shape, or form.

Drinkbaility: Low. This is just too sweet with almost no hop presence.

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3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very clear body almost resembles you average macro beer. Head is off white and makes it to about a half inch before it fades to just a skim. Nose is a balance of hops, wheatey malt and a hint of honey. This is a nice summer beer in terms of flavor. It has a very nice body that is full enough to keep you interested but light enough so you could easily drink this brew all day on a hot summer day. Honey, wheat, pilsner malts and a bit of bitterness at the end all play here together. This is a solid pilsner.

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Photo of jdense
3.61/5  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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma grainy with some disulfide
Head small (<2 cm, aggressive pour), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring and layer
Lacing none
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor initially sharply bitter, quickly fades, some graininess and slight disulfide; no hops flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 2.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.25

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale straw color with a 1/4" head of active white bubbles at first pour. There were quite a few bubbles rising at first, but the head only stuck around for about 30 seconds or so. After the head falls, there is a pretty persistent white ring on top of the beer where it meets the glass. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking. This is a pretty nice looking Pilsner.

Aroma: Lots of sweet and somewhat toasty malt along with a pretty healthy dose of German floral hops. There is a little bit of Sulfur here that I would guess is from the malt.

Taste: The flavor is really malt driven with some noticeable hops in there. The hops give it a somewhat bitter presence somewhere in the middle of the profile, but the malt wins out in the end. There is a little metallic note to this beer that comes in pretty late, and sticks with you for some time after the sip. Mixed with the hops, it gives the beer a bit of a bite in the finish after the malt gets through with you.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I have always sampled it in excess at the brewery, and that is only after a few other beers. This is my first of the evening, and it is a bit more aggressive than I recall. I would like this beer a lot more if it didn't have such minerally water. It still drinks easy, but I would take some other Pilsners over this one.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mhewes for this one.

This beer pours a slightly hazy lemony gold with a sustained thin film of white.

The aroma starts with a big punch of home-made rye crisp and white flour. The delicate and complex graininess of this one makes me think I'm about to eat something. To round this out there's a sweet strawberry and a crisp snap of birch bark hops.

The flavor starts rather watery; a big let down from the smell, but its not all disappointment yet. There's a distant sweet rye grain and a touch of plumb skin that slowly is subsumed by an electric sparkle of pilsy hops that come out of nowhere, delivered by the carbonation. Finishes with an afterthought of rye crisps.

Feels a little dense, but with a strong, yet unobtrusive carbonation.

This is a tasty one for sure. Seems heavy enough to make a good pairing with dinner, but also exciting enough to have on its own. A solid and well rounded beer!

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Photo of goochpunch
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a hazed pale straw with a fizzling head leaving no lacing. Smells clean, malty, mildly of grain, and with a floral hop presence. Flavor is like your typical good bready and crackery lager with a sizeable floral hoppiness and bitterness. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is crisp and spritzy. Great for a thirst quencher and definitely Saint Arnold's greatest achievement.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with notch dating system on side of label. It was a nice clear golden yellow color. It had a small head that slowly whittled to a constant foam that was feed throughout the session by mini carb geyser. The aroma was typical pilsener and was malty with floral hops. The taste was good and went down smooth on a muggy Texas evening. However, after trying several pilseners lately I've decided I'm just not a big fan of the style. I can drink one every so often but they'll never make the rotation. However, I would recommend trying this one as a session candiate if you like the style. (3, RB-OAY, T, O)

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.08/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I was wondering why my host was so eager to offer me this beer from his fridge. Wow, what a palate killer.
This beer pours a very light golden in color. Crystal clear with a slight, white head sitting atop. Smell is slightly funky, skunky and bready. Oh, and the taste only gets better. More of the skunk shows up in the taste, as well as some smoke like qualities. And it lingers on way longer than it needs to. I couldn't get this taste out of my mouth. This is a far cry from the Victory Prima Pils I had about a week ago.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is my least favorite of the saint arnold brews so far.

appearance: pale yellow color. good head and retention.

smell: hops come out with a malt balance

taste: a little dry tasting and weak for a pilsner

mouthfeel: needs to cling a lot better than this.

drinkability: fairly easy to drink. a good beer to have any time of year.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A decent pilsener with great tie-dye packaging that catches my eye in summer when I'm always high

A- Hazy yellow-golden with a lame head. St. Arnold needs to learn how to make a decent head

S- Smell is of typical pilsener with floral hops and a biscuity backbone

T- Tastes like it smells but the Noble hops have a chance to really barrage your senses

M- Light-body, but not clean and refreshing enough for a pilsener

D- Drinks great, with a refreshing quality found only in a pilsener. I could session this all day

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.08/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HardTarget for another good Texas brew!

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow with a foamy white held. I'm scared at first b/c this looks like any macro that we used to quaff in college. But I'm keeping an open mind...

Smell: Grass, grain, and wheat hit the nose. Definitely some hops in there. Smells good. Definitely doesn't smell like macro water.

Taste: Good carbonation balances out the blast of grass, spice, and hop bitterness that I taste. Grass is the first and last thing I taste. It sounds weird but I really like that flavor!

Mouthfeel: Very light. The carbonation and smooth finish really round this bad boy out well.

Drinkability: Full to empty in 10 seconds. Just kidding! But it was easy going down. Almost too cold out (80 degrees) to drink. I would imagine this would taste even better on a 95 degree day with 100% humidity. A great thirst quencher and a good beer.

Overall: Not my choice as far as the style goes but maybe a good introductory beer if you are trying to convert someone from the macro-world.

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