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Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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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gford217

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

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

Wisconsin

2.05/5  rDev -41.9%

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.

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

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

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

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

04-12-2008 15:19:22 | More by champ103
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turbine2475

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

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

New York

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%

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

03-31-2008 22:49:26 | More by armock
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JDV

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

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

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

08-08-2007 22:25:36 | More by EPICAC
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ttu94

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +26.6%

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.

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

Texas

3/5  rDev -15%

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.

06-20-2007 02:30:26 | More by tbone53
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3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +25.5%

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!

05-28-2007 13:13:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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TexIndy

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%

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)

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

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

04-21-2007 01:34:10 | More by goochpunch
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Melchizedek

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours light gold, with a pretty modest head that lasts as an good cap, supported by lively and streaming carbonation.

Aroma is mild, not too hoppy, a little floral, earthy, maybe a touch of grain. In the mouth, a smooth with spritzy carbonation. Cooling. Grain pushes forward more, maybe with a touch of yeast, hops providing a nice complementary bitterness - some mineral notes, very slight sulfur, clean in the finish.

I could do with a bit more flavor, but no off tastes; this is true enough to style and one of the more refreshing pilsners I've had in a while.

04-15-2007 18:25:58 | More by Melchizedek
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

Yellow, clear. Moderate carbonation. Moderate head.

Tart fruity hops, decently bitter. Light sweet base.

Thin-medium bodied. Grainy malt. Bitter hops.
Hop: bitter and tart, floral base. Malt: grainy, toasty, fruity sweet.
Smooth and frothy. Perfume/floral tickle in the back.
Finishes a little bit dry, a little bit bitter.

Pretty neat. I’d go for another.

03-20-2007 03:29:57 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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skillerified

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours very light, looks like pineapple juice. Frothy, snow-white head rises and falls quickly to a longer lasting thin cap. A little hazy with visible carbonation bubbles rising at about a medium speed.

Scent is a mixture of fruits - pineapple, pear, and apple - and some leafy, ripe earthy tones. A little spice is hidden on the backside. A strong aromatic character to this brew.

A little sweet with a creamy, malty flavor and feel on the tongue. The carbonation is surprisingly subdued. The flavor is almost all sweet malt though. A touch of fruitiness hits the back of the tongue after a few sips. Not much complexity here. Just a little hint of hoppy bite on the aftertaste.

Love the creamy feel of this one, but the flavor is too weak to want too many more of these. There's nothing that jumps out as undrinkable, but there's nothing particularly desirable either. Average.

02-23-2007 04:12:56 | More by skillerified
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +2%

A - 1 1/4" white head that holds for under a minute and falls to a cap. Straw gold color. Lots of visible carbonation. Nice web of lace.

S - Bready malt. Soft hops. Hay, wet grass. Popcorn.

T - Cracker-bread malt. Spicy hop. Black pepper. Some butteriness. Late, light bitterness.

M - Somewhere between thin and medium for the mouthfeel. High carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Nice shot at a German Pilsener.

12-06-2006 03:10:39 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%

this is my least favorite of the saint arnold brews so far.

appearance: pale yellow color. good head and retention.

smell: hops come out with a malt balance

taste: a little dry tasting and weak for a pilsner

mouthfeel: needs to cling a lot better than this.

drinkability: fairly easy to drink. a good beer to have any time of year.

10-29-2006 02:45:52 | More by jasonjlewis
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Dizzy

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma is sweet malt and floral hops. Taste is malty balanced with a nice noticeable hop biterness. Crisp and clean with a medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is very prominant. Very drinkable, this is a great warm weather beer.

10-24-2006 01:05:34 | More by Dizzy
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale straw color with a 1/4" head of active white bubbles at first pour. There were quite a few bubbles rising at first, but the head only stuck around for about 30 seconds or so. After the head falls, there is a pretty persistent white ring on top of the beer where it meets the glass. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking. This is a pretty nice looking Pilsner.

Aroma: Lots of sweet and somewhat toasty malt along with a pretty healthy dose of German floral hops. There is a little bit of Sulfur here that I would guess is from the malt.

Taste: The flavor is really malt driven with some noticeable hops in there. The hops give it a somewhat bitter presence somewhere in the middle of the profile, but the malt wins out in the end. There is a little metallic note to this beer that comes in pretty late, and sticks with you for some time after the sip. Mixed with the hops, it gives the beer a bit of a bite in the finish after the malt gets through with you.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I have always sampled it in excess at the brewery, and that is only after a few other beers. This is my first of the evening, and it is a bit more aggressive than I recall. I would like this beer a lot more if it didn't have such minerally water. It still drinks easy, but I would take some other Pilsners over this one.

09-23-2006 00:44:47 | More by SkeeterHawk
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color. The head is off white, about a finger high, with little retention. Spotty lacing from top to bottom.

Strong hop aroma, consisting of a sweet grassy scent with light malt in the background. A citrus like component can also be detected.

Malt is tasted frist, of the sweeter variety. Zesty hops can be tasted throughout, with the bitterness coming at the end. Overall taste is on the sweet side, and the sweetness slowly increases as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish.

This one is recommended for the summer. Refreshing with plenty of flavor. Some may find it a little sweet for a pilsner, but good nonetheless.

09-17-2006 05:34:49 | More by BeerSox
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

I first had this beer back in the beginning of the season. I thought it was very good. I tried it a couple more times, and for some reason it just didn't taste quite the same. Nonetheless, I just poured a fresh one and it tastes very good.

The beer pours a very nice golden pilsner appearence with a good amount of head. As the beer is consumed, it leaves a very good lacing on the glass. The smell is that of a classic german pilsner with hops and hints of lemon and a tad sweet malt. Upon the first sip, I tasted mostly crips hops with some lemmon in there as well. The finish is a slightly bitter bite which rounds things out nicely. One of the best things about this brew is the mouthfeel. It is perfect, not too light, but not heavy. Very refreshing for a summer beer.

08-29-2006 01:01:24 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.