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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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-08-2003)
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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
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.

tayner, Jun 03, 2008
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.

bilyboy65, Jun 03, 2008
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.

ruckzuck, May 30, 2008
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.

BryanCarey, May 25, 2008
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.

hiikeeba, May 23, 2008
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.

JonathanL7890, May 23, 2008
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.

drxandy, May 22, 2008
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.

AChamberlain, May 20, 2008
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.

gford217, Apr 30, 2008
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.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 28, 2008
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.

jbphoto88, Apr 22, 2008
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.

RickSawyer, Apr 13, 2008
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.

champ103, Apr 12, 2008
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.

turbine2475, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of armock
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

armock, Mar 31, 2008
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.

JDV, Jan 07, 2008
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.

bboven, Aug 30, 2007
Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.