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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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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-08-2003)
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Photo of Kromes
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin line of bubbles for a head. A nice malt and noble hop aroma. It has a very nice fresh floral, almost "sea breeze", type aroma to it. It really complements the flavor and provides a nice segueway into the flavors when you are sipping. The taste is grain, bread, and malt with a great balance of fresh floral, peppery, earthy hops. The aftertaste is bitter from the hops and still a little sweet from the malt. A well crafted pilsner. Good mouthfeel. Carbonation is just about right and the finish is rather dry which makes you go right back for more. Great drinkability. In my opinion, this ranks up there with some of the best pilsners.

Kromes, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of CLBizzle
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer at my local H.E.B grocery store, a Texas chain. The beer's appearance was a light amber color with a tin head. The aroma held a slight citrus smell with a nice balance of hops. The taste started sweet and finished with a little bitterness. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer, great for a nice Texas evening.

CLBizzle, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

ckeegan04, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of slatetupelo
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light straw yellowish color with no head at all really, it looks like it's flat. There is no lacing at all.

S -It smells like your average grassy pilsner, nothing special.

T - Like the smell it's just your average pilsener with an odd bite to it, sort of tangy.

D - I don't think I would want to drink more than a couple of these, it's not the worst beer ever just nothing special.

slatetupelo, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of miket163
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

miket163, May 23, 2009
Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mynie, May 23, 2009
Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Redrover, May 21, 2009
Photo of whoneeds8
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a golden straw color with a bubbly white head. Smells of a wheaty straw with hop fruits. Taste has a nice bite to it. Not so much a hop bite as much of a carbonated one. Aftertaste of noble hops and fruit notes. This is a very drinkable pils. I'm not much of a fan of the Pils because of the bitterness that is usually a trate, but this is a rather smooth Pils that makes it a easy drink.

whoneeds8, May 18, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

johnnnniee, May 16, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A clear, pale straw body with a thin white head that disappears rapidly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma: Classic Pils in the nose. Grassy, lemony noble hops over a pale, slightly grainy malt base.

Taste: Up front, the same grassy, lemony noble hop profile found in the aroma. Saint Arnold claim 41 IBUs, but I never would have guessed that high. Underneath, the German Pils malt backbone provides a little body and sweetness, but ultimately knows its place. This really showcases the noble hops well. The aftertaste is grainy and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Clean and dry finish.

Drinkability: Excellent, as you'd expect from a Pilsener.

Verdict: Saint Arnold have brewed up a great Summer seasonal for Texas. It's kind of a mix of the German and Czech Pilsener style, and the result is an tasty, highly drinkable hybrid.

BeanBone, May 13, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

stephens101, May 06, 2009
Photo of elniko
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my new Pilsner Urquell glass.

A: Frothy head that quickly faded, nice lacing as well. Very high carbonation apparent. Solid looking brew.

S: Nice malty, grassy tones along with just a hint of hoppiness as well.

T & M: For a German style pilsener taste is pretty much spot on. Taste is nearly all malt with just a slight tinge of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and full, no watery textures but the carbonation is a little strong.

D: Highly drinkable but given the choice I would rather have the Saint Arnold Lawnmower on a hot summer day.

elniko, May 03, 2009
Photo of jpaltan
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow pours with a big pillowy head then is gone. no lacing. tons of bubbles cascade up from the bottom. smell had a sulfur smell straight out of the gate, but that dies down quickly. smell is grainy with some graham cracker there too. floral hop aroma is in the background. taste is citrusy, lemony, slight bitterness in the finish. mouthfeel is a bit sticky and coats the tongue. wish there was a bit more of a hop presence. kind of dissapointing

jpaltan, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.03/5  rDev -42.5%
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.

jujubeast6000, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of theboozecruise
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another that I picked up at Spec's in Houston... bought the 12 oz. bottles, poured into a pint glass.

This one pours a golden color, cloudy with a nice head. Definite hints of citrus and hops in the aroma, which carry through to the taste. This one has a bitter aftertaste that I'm not a fan of.

A nice beer, but not one of St. Arnold's best.

theboozecruise, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a twelve ounce brown bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy pale/yellow with a ¼ inch white head. Smells of citrusy saaz hops. First sip is bitter sweet. This Pilsner is clean and refreshing. It seems to have a higher hop profile than others in its class.

ATLbeerDog, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of KodyBrannon
4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a pint glass.
L-It pours a very pale yellow color with a thin white head. Constant bubbles show some slight carbonation, but no lacing left along the glass.

S-The smell is a little bit like a wheat beer, but I pick up more of a buiscuit smell.

T-The taste is very light and clean, with a hoppy flavor and some buiscuit in the after taste.

M-The mouthfeel on this is very light, and easy drinking

D-Very drinkable, this could become my favorite summer beer.

Notes- I would recomend this beer to anybody looking for a sessionable summer beer. Great for grilling, great for just having around the house. Definatly one of my favorite beers.

KodyBrannon, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
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

EnojysAnyBeer, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of xare
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the Summer Pils on my trip to Austin. Probably the most rockin' beer packaging I've ever seen, with the tie-dyed cardboard box and labels. Definitely stands out and easy to identify this beer. Beer's appearance was nice as well.

Smell was of a typical pilsener. Not much difference here.

Taste was corny, light, crisp, and had sufficient hops. Nothing really stood out but it was melded together well for an average pilsener.

Mouthfeel was crisp and clean. Not much else to report.

Drinkability was decent. I'd buy another sixer of this but not if it's hard for me. If St. Arnold expands to the North, I'd definitely pick this up in the summer.

xare, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of stumac
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

stumac, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of mentor
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

mentor, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of grs8313
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz bottle with a screw top, no bottling or freshness date. "Ale-O how ru?" under the cap. Pours a hazy golden yellow with very few bubbles that go away quickly.

Smell: Slight hops scent, yeast notes and slight honey and pineapple notes.

Taste: Seltzer flavor, with malt and slight hop bitterness at the back of the mouth. Malt after taste.

Mouthfeel: Feels like seltzer, highly carbonated, leaves the mouth feeling dry and wanting to be quenched.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable if you are a fan of the style. Not the best in this style, but a good local summer beer.

grs8313, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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!

twiggamortis420, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

BuckeyeNation, Jul 23, 2008
Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.