Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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 EnojysAnyBeer
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
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

Photo of xare
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of stumac
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of mentor
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of grs8313
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.05/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of beeragent
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
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!

Photo of jordoo
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Goliath
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of lawman834
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of tayner
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of ruckzuck
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of JonathanL7890
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Photo of drxandy
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of AChamberlain
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of gford217
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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