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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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80
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398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of Crack2000
5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of nukem5
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color slight head little lacing.

S: Aroma is of light floral and piney notes almost reminds one of European style pilsner.

T: Taste is of hops and malt nice balance.

M: Medium to light bodied.

D: Very drinkable and smooth.

Photo of CEversole
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
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 HopsKeepDroppin
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A- Light golden color with one finger white head. Very clear.

S- Very bready and wheat like smell

T- Really sweet. Tastes like honey and wheat.

M- Nicely carbonated. Dry towards the finish.

O- Decent pilsner. Heavier than most.

Photo of jonandhisflask
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear yellow with a lingering 1 inch white head with some lacing

S- smells of grassy grains, some citrus in the backgroung. and thats about it

T-im actually suprised at the taste i get the usual pils malts with some subtle lemon grass floral hops

M- medium carb, leaves a wierd lingering mouth as if i had eatin movie theater popcorn with mountains of butter(not the flavor just the feel)

O-i actually like this pils. although i am not a fan of the style if im ever in texas on a budget ina hot summers day. ill grab a few why not.

Photo of beerboy9960
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cfh64 for this extra.

A- This beer pours a light yellow straw like color with about a 1/4 of white head.

S- The smell is of lemon, grass, and some citrusy notes.

T- The taste is of musty wheat and yeast upfront with a citrusy lemon aftertaste.

M- This beer feels really light in the mouth, almost watery. It has a decent amount of carbonation.

O- Overall this is a pretty decent beer from Saint Arnolds. I could see myself buying a six pack of this to help combat the scorching Oklahoma heat right now. Definently a lawn mower beer. I would have it again.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Summer Pils has a very thin, white head and a slightly hazy, straw appearance. Some decent lacing is left behind. The aroma is a delightful bready malt, and the taste is a sugary, confectionery sweet, white bread flavor with a mildly bitter hop bite. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Saint Arnold Summer Pils finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. Overall, this is a delicious offering from the Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

RJT

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So, it's summer here in Texas and it's been in the high 90s or over 100 for about the last three or so weeks. What better beer to drink than something light and refreshing? What better to drink than a Texas pilsner? The last Saint Arnold beer I had was their 11th anniversary double IPA and oh boy was it great. I'm expecting to enjoy this one as well.

I poured this into my tall, chilled pilsner glass. It's absolutely clear, a golden-yellow color, and forms a big frothy white head. A lot of bubbles float to the top as the head recedes to a thin film on top. There's a bit of lacing left while drinking.

Summer Pils smells like wheat and grass. I imagine it smelling like being in a field of wheat with an ocean of prairie grass around. For those who have been on a farm you might understand what I'm talking about. It's a tad sweet and nutty as well.

Sweet malts dominate here with a lot of graininess/breadiness that lingers. There's a bit of hoppiness but it's not strong at all. Not very complex with the flavors but I do enjoy the taste.

The mouthfeel is very light but not watery. The higher carbonation adds some bite and makes a crisp beginning but after that it's very smooth. Very drinkable.

While this isn't as hoppy as I'd like it to be for a pilsner, this is still a good beer. This is a damn good beer to choose to drink on a hot summer Texas day.

Photo of NefariousR
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pale straw with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Slight hop astringency with a sweet, bready aroma.

T - Starts out with a mild, sweet malt palate but ends with a fairly crisp hop bite.

M - Light-bodied and very drinkable.

O - A good pilsener and a great summer session beer overall.

Photo of biggmike
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with white one-finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very little grassy aroma. Taste is a bit bready, nutty, and grassy. Mouth feel is good and this has proper carbonation. Had this after Stoudt Pils which is a superior beer and might have influenced my rating. Still, this is a decent Pils that is refreshing. Actually liked this better than the first bottle I tried. Somewhat of a disappointment as every other St. Arnold beer I have had ( Fancy Lawnmower, Winter Stout, Spring Bock, and Divine Reserve) have been way above average.

Photo of txbrew81
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pale straw color with good clarity. Decent head that dissapates quickly, some lacing.

S:Faint grassy aroma and malty, not overpowering.

T: Strong malt presence followed bit a small but pleasant noble hop bite. Grassy with maybye a little lemony citrus. Very clean.

M: Good refreshing mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

O: Not the best pils in the world, but I really like this beer on a hot day. Could easily down a sixer of these. Refreshing with enough taste to keep it interesting. At the price point I will probably make this a regular in my fridge during the texas summer.

Photo of jdense
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of pitasoup
2.24/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

thanks to optimator13 for this bottle.

A: pours clear light golden yellow with half a finger of rapidly subsiding head. might as well be a still beer if you let it sit for more than 10 seconds.

S: corn. pils malt rather than dms i assume. not much else, perhaps a hint of dirt at the end. one can force floral hops on the after breath, but it is nothing to wait for.

T: hop bitterness, then corny grains. nothing more to report on. hard to pin point the hops, perhaps saaz. a hint of sweetness at the end.

M: light to medium-light body. slick on the tongue and marginally effervescent. not much to write about here.

O: a bit better than bmc b/c of hop bitterness. the smell and body are underwhelming at best. probably a good summer beer, as the title suggests. I'd chug one after mowing the lawn, but that's about it. i'm fairly sure i've over rated this beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of positiverpr
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: filtered crystal clear which isn't required for style. Color is gold. Head is underwhelming and too short lived for style.
A:still alot of sulfur here which hopefully will fade(very fresh lager). Appropriate low level of dms. Pilsner and I think some carapils. I would like more of a noble hop aroma in this but it's there. There's an ester profile here and in flavor. with maybe a hint of acetaldehyde that I just can't get past.
F: great pilsner backed by floral hops. Hay and nettle are reassuring. Could be perfect if not for that ester raising it's head. Not sure if it's a fermentation issue or if some of this is just some residual lager ester that may lager out shortly.
M: soft water mouthfeel feels well done. Carbonation is above medium and is right. A little astringency is present late but doesn't deter and may be from the hop bulk in such a pale, small beer.
O: a very good beer that I could drink alot of if not for this ester+/-acetaldehyde issue. It interferes with each sniff taste. O hope that it lagers out and is not an issue from a too warm/too quick fermenation. Maybe nitpicking but for a beer that should be drunk young and fresh, I wouldn't mind a little less filtration(a little haze) for authenticity.

Photo of diamondc
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Classic pilsener appearance here. Golden, fluffy head, moderate lacing.

S: Grassy & earthiness in there along with some sweet corn.

T: Sweet malts dominate here with some moderate hop bite. Honey and lemon, mainly. There is a bit of corn-y aftertaste which is acceptable.

M: Easy drinking here. Drinks like water, actually. Refreshing during a 90 deg day.

O: Could have had more of the spicy hop bite I like in German/Czech pilseners. A definite step up from the macros. Nothing memorable here, but still worthy of a purchase in the upcoming months.

Photo of schmidtn
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and golden with a white head. I would like to see better head retention for a Czech Pilsner.

The standard is Urquell.

Nice use of noble hops for aroma.

Taste is malty with the nice flavor that a noble hop provides.

Carbonization is good and the malt lingers nicely.

This is a drinkable beer, just not Urquell. Pils are hard and expensive to make.

This was $7.99 at HEB, to me a nice value and I will buy again when I am in the area. I am tired of $8.99 or $9.99 6 packs.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy straw color with a bubbly white head. The retention was decent - it left a thin lace but eventually settled to nothing leaving only a few straggling bubbles here and there. (poured into a standard pilsner glass)

The aroma was very refreshing and had an almost citrus quality.

The taste was also very good - crisp and refreshing. A nice hops to it - like a pale ale wrote, "I was here," on the wall. The malts helped to round the beer out giving it a nice toasty flavor.

Had a very mellow carbonation. It was very light and I could easily drink a 6-er of this.

Compared to its Texas cousin Shiner 101 Czech Pilsner, which was a bit more aggressive, this one was much more laid back. Between the German Pils of St. Arnold and Czech Pils of Shiner, I am leaning more towards Shiner. I guess I just prefer Czech Pilsners - provided Shiner and St. Arnold's made a brew true to its style. (disclaimer - I just started taste testing pilsners)

Photo of brownbeer
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to busternuggz for sharing this one.

Pale golden in color with a serious lack of bubbles. Light corn in the aroma with a pleasing grassy hop note. The soft mouthfeel could be crispened up for refreshment purposes. A little corny in the taste with a mild bitterness. I'm not crazy about the aftertaste. All that in mind, it's not horrible and I would drink several of these outside on a hot day.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner flute glass. Looks great. Pours with a two inch head that leaves behind a good layer of foam after it settles. The body is very light and not hazy at all. Smells very malty and slightly sweet; not much hop detection in the nose. The taste is immediately sweet and finishes with a crisp bitterness. This is a nicely flavored and light beer, but it's a touch to sweet for my liking within the style (ideally speaking of course). I would have it again though.

Photo of Douglas14
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
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!

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Nice golden color with a small, long-standing white head that doesn't really leave much lace.

Smell: Grassy and flowery smells with light butteriness.

Taste: Begins with sweet butteriness and a grassy backbone, finishing with strong grassy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp body with a clean finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and refreshing. Saint Arnold makes some of the most refreshing beers I've had (not surprising given that they're based in Houston). This isn't the best beer out there, but good for a summer BBQ.

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