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Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | 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 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
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.05/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

barleywinefiend, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pale yellow color. solid white head. nice lacing and good to mild retention.

S: some hay. some sweet breakfast corn malts. nice bittering hop aroma.

T: Tastes like rich corn malts mostly. Better flavors than a macro lager, but pretty close to it.

M: smooth and crisp. very mellow mouthfeel. carbonation was a little high.

D: very drinkable and a very fine summer beer. not a huge fan of pilseners but this one is rather nice.

paulthebeerguru, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of beeragent
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a medium clear straw, creating a large fluffy white head with light lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is a mixture of light hops and malt. Not too much going on in the nose.

T - The taste is a nice light blend of the hops up front, creating a slight citrusy flavor, and end with a smooth light malt finish.

M - Nice smooth clean mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - This is one of the better pilsners that I have tried. Nice flavor without the grainy aftertaste of most lagers, along with an average alcohol content IMO make for a highly sessionable pilsner. Highly recommended.

beeragent, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of jordoo
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade from mhewes, thanks!

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Pale light clear yellow colored with a sticky white head that looked like it should leave more lacing than it did. Smells of bready malts with sweet malt hints and a pretty standard pilsner hop bill of floral, grassy and spicey smells. Its pretty much as advertised in the nose with a decent ballance of noble hops and bready slightly sweet malts throughout. Its a decent finish and has a nice medium mouth feel, very drinkable. Over all this is a nice Pils, while not the best i've had certainly would never pass it up on a hot summer day.

jordoo, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a large one inch white head. Very nice retention with a little spotty lace.

Nice aroma. Typical pils profiles, including a pale malt sweetness.

Nice taste. A pale malty sweetness, kind of bready.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is relatively high as the flavors are nice and beer is quite sessionable at 4.9%. A great summer beer indeed.

Goliath, Jun 19, 2008
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.

lawman834, Jun 12, 2008
Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.