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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: 358
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-08-2003)
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Photo of lawman834


3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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 tayner


3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz stubby bottle, colorful label.

Pours a light gold color with very little wispy white head that disipates to nothing. looks sorta flat in my glass.

Smell is a bready malt nose, pretty light and straightforward.

Taste is bready, sweet malt, although light. No hops that I could find really. Pretty one dimensional, but i find that alot in the style.

This one felt nice and mediumbodied at first, but there is not enough carbonation to keep it from feeling just sort of oily going down. There is not enough hops in the back end to help it dry crisp and clean, but instead the oily, heavy, sweetness of the bready malt sticks around and makes me feel the need to clear my throat.

If this had a bit more hops in it to help it dry crisper and cleaner i could see drinking this all summer as a session, but as it stands there are many better ones out there to choose from, but worth a try if you are in the area.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 22:04:57 | More by tayner
Photo of bilyboy65


3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner style glass. No BBD on bottle.

A: Very inviting beer. Lots of carbonation that fuels what seems to be an everlasting thin white head. The beer is a crisp- clear gold color. The head is very clingy and the beer leaves a nice thin film on the glass as well.

S: Is very yeasty and bready. Slight hint of floral hops and alcohol. Stays true to a pilsner in being a simple scent.

T: Almost exactly like it smells. Nothing hidden. Slightly bitter, medium-heavy bodied beer and lightly coats your mouth.

M: Carbonation reminds you that you are drinking something as the smooth oily liquid passes through.

D: Is a great summer beer. Can easily enjoy a few of these to relax on a nice hot summer day. Most pilsners a to bitter for me, but this is a nice mild flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 01:39:58 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of ruckzuck


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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 BryanCarey


3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

St. Arnold Summer Pilsner has qualities that are typical of most pilsner beer products. It pours to a straw color with an aroma that is grassy and a little bit malty, and offers the scent of noble hops. The carbonation level of this beer is very lively and it produces a good head of foam that eventually falls apart but does leave some lacing.

This beer offers a taste that emphasizes the flavors of biscuit- like malts and it offers a light toasty flavor that makes for a sweet taste up front, giving way to a slight bitterness and spiciness in the finish when the hop flavor kicks in. The hops are mostly of the grassy variety, with only a touch of bitterness.

St. Arnold Summer Pilsner is a medium- bodied brew that is intended as a refreshing beer for the warmer months. This beer is a little on the light side, but it flavors certainly make it a good choice for a warm- weather brew, with thirst quenching qualities and distinct flavors that will satisfy both beer connoisseurs and amateurs alike.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 19:22:46 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of hiikeeba


3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up a slightly cloudy gold color with a thin white head.

S - Smell of malted grains dominate. No hop aroma.

T - Definite malt flavor with a subtle accent of hops. You can taste the grain. Can't tell what kind of hops are used. Finishes slightly bitter on the back of the tongue.

M - Lots of bubbles in the glass. Well carbonated.

D - Extremely drinkable. Doesn't overpower the palette, and goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 20:27:30 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of JonathanL7890


2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up as a single at my local liquor store. Poured into a pint glass. 1 finger of foam. Light yellow color. Nice noble hoppy nose. Taste is strange. A bit bitter like a pilsner but seems watered down. But the good parts of a pilsner were not kept. Bit of a corny aftertaste. I'm not a fan of this beer. Disappointing selection from Saint Arnold.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 00:26:49 | More by JonathanL7890
Photo of drxandy


3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My family went to Texas without me, so I asked them to pick me up some saint arnolds (hoping for some divine reserve or the elissa ipa) but apparently they couldn't find either at the whole foods place they went to in (I think?) Austin. They did pick me up some of this. I'm not the biggest pilsner fan, but hey can't argue that they were cool enough to get it for me :D

Poured from 12oz to pilsner glass, pours golden with a white head, very high carbonation and the glass shows off the bubble show very nicely.

smells of sweet grain and slight bitterness

at first taste, it's just a run of the mill pils, but has a lot more under that. Crisp hopping/malt combo plays in nicely. kinda vegetably (corn) but not in a abrasive way.

mouthfeel is where the carbonation shone, making for a creamy pilsner that would be refreshing for a hot texas day, smooth but bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 01:12:16 | More by drxandy
Photo of AChamberlain


3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fizzy white head...crystal clear yellow color... effervescent, constant bubbling. The bubbling made it a really beautiful beer throughout. Malty aroma...a bit "grainy" some pilsener spiciness...smells German. Dry malty flavor. Tingly at first and then quite quaffable. A really good drinkin' summer time beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 02:03:52 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of gford217


3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 01:24:34 | More by gford217
Photo of DaPeculierDane


2.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 13:57:21 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of jbphoto88


3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light straw yellow colored beer with a light head that barely last through the pour. I expected a thicker head for this style of beer. Its also cloudy which isn't that bad, just a little distracting.

Smell is of malts and light nobel hops. Slightly citrusy and spicy in nature. Very mild scent but what is there smells fresh, clean and refreshing.

Taste is of sweet grains and slightly spicy earthy hops. An excellent carbonation joins forces with the mild hoppiness to give a good bite to the tongue. The body is a little weak and tastes slightly watered down.

Despite the mediocre taste its an easy drinking beer. Its refreshing enough to satisfy a parched palate and the medium to low ABV makes it one you can sip on for hours.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 01:10:55 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of RickSawyer


3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Lemonade/straw yellow with a bit of a disappointing head. Smell is strange... The noble hops are there, but a sweet, whipped cream, dessert smell hits the nose. Strange. Taste is ok. Grilled corn, hints of lemon zest, a bit of bready sweetness. The silver lining of this gray cloud is the mouthfeel. Light, wonderfully carbonated, champaign bubbles! Not a bad middle of the day beer, but my least favorite Saint Arnolds beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 21:19:08 | More by RickSawyer
Photo of champ103


3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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 turbine2475


3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour clear gold with a thick two fnger white head that disipated into a decent lacing.
S - Corn, grass, with some sour and yeasty accent that is awkward, but true to the style.
T - Corn, butter, light earthy hops, and a salty clean finish.
M - Light and chrisp with good carbonation.
D - Not a bad beer, definately not my drink of choice but was one of the most flavorful I have had of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 04:31:35 | More by turbine2475
Photo of armock

New York

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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 JDV


3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 22:35:40 | More by JDV
Photo of bboven


3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold with a big foamy head that scatters quicker than a cockroach when the light's turned on.

Malty and a little skunky, but that's the style.

Lots of malt, pretty sweet

Bubbly and a little sticky, but also a little drying.

Very drinkable, a wonderful introduction to craft beer for BMC swillers.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 02:15:28 | More by bboven
Photo of EPICAC


3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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 ttu94


4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yet again I am amazed to find such a good brew from right here in the great state of Texas. St Arnolds has become the best brewerey in the State by a long shot. This beer, I beleive is very true to form. It pours a clear pale gold color and is very pretty to look at. The smell is good with some malty tones and hops to it. Tastes wonderful. very well balaced beer. Nice malty flavor accompanid by the nobel hops. finishes slightly dry but with a tiny bit of sweetness. I could drink this beer all night long, infact I did. This is one beer I will be taking to the beer savant Ungespundet in Munich during Oktoberfest and will let him pass judgment on it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 04:05:51 | More by ttu94
Photo of tbone53


3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well this definetly a summer beer. very very lite
a:light straw color. good white head but last about thirty seconds.what little head there was did lace nicly down the side of the glass.
s:not much there
t:light ok nothing to rave about but beats all the macro lite beers.
m:smooth tasting and smooth going down
d:a fellow could drink a few of these and still make it home.a good session beer.i would probably show up at a party with a six pack of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 02:30:26 | More by tbone53
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3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Poured a clear, pale gold with a small white head.

Mild aroma. Citrus and yeast, leaning just a bit towards the sweet side.

Taste was fruity and slightly sweet. Nice balance. Yeasty and floral. The word "delicate" comes to mind.

Light body. Medium carbonation. More sweet and refreshing than dry.

Overall, a great summer beer. Highly drinkable. Toned down, of course, but some of the same taste characteristics of St. Arnold's Elissa.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 15:44:44 | More by
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
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 TexIndy


3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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)

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 23:01:32 | More by TexIndy
Photo of goochpunch


3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 01:34:10 | More by goochpunch
Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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