Saint Arnold Summer Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 420
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 67 | 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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Reviews: 151 | Hads: 420
Photo of andrewinski1
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner flute glass. Looks great. Pours with a two inch head that leaves behind a good layer of foam after it settles. The body is very light and not hazy at all. Smells very malty and slightly sweet; not much hop detection in the nose. The taste is immediately sweet and finishes with a crisp bitterness. This is a nicely flavored and light beer, but it's a touch to sweet for my liking within the style (ideally speaking of course). I would have it again though. (478 characters)

Photo of Douglas14
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The summer pils is by appearance right on the spot, but the head is a little weak. It's aroma is definitely pilsener-esque but it's lacking a bold hop aroma that I expect in German Pilseners...big time. The same goes for the taste. It is such a well made pils though. It had such a nice pils malt flavor and it is super crisp. the finish is very dry which makes this beer unbelievably drinkable. Awesome beer just not "German.". I wonder what St. Arnold classifies it as.

EDIT: Checked the website. S.A. calls it a Boheiman Pils! Score just jumped. This beer nails the style! (577 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Nice golden color with a small, long-standing white head that doesn't really leave much lace.

Smell: Grassy and flowery smells with light butteriness.

Taste: Begins with sweet butteriness and a grassy backbone, finishing with strong grassy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp body with a clean finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and refreshing. Saint Arnold makes some of the most refreshing beers I've had (not surprising given that they're based in Houston). This isn't the best beer out there, but good for a summer BBQ. (595 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a nice golden color with a moderate white head on it.

S: Sweet malt and grain on the nose with a touch of butter and skunk. A light breadiness and not too much in the way of hops.

T: Somewhat bready and primarily sweet in terms of the flavor. The hops aren't very pronounced, unfortunately, and there is not much to really cover up the butter and skunk.

M: Light to medium bodied, as one might expect from a a pilsner. The carbonation is medium as well.

D: Not nearly as bad as the Fancy Lawnmower, but not all that good either. I suppose if it was ice cold you might be able to put a few of these away. (622 characters)

Photo of rfabian
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler it produces a one inch head with light lacing. The appearance is straw and clear. The aroma is of herbal hops and a hint of malts. The taste is mildly bitter and dry. The feel is light bodied with a clean finish.

This is a fine, refreshing pilsener that would make a great session beer for the summer. (325 characters)

Photo of rwf08
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown twist top, shameful! Not that big of a deal I guess but I hope they move to pry tops. Should help with oxidation from what I've read.

Now on to the beer.

A: Extremely clear, with a light honey straw color. Some decent lacing on the glass. Descent head at best. I'd like it to be fuller, fluffier, denser, but it does stick around. Just not much to begin with. The bubbles are constantly flowing up the glass and I'm drinking out of a standard Brit Pub glass. Impressive on that front I'd say.

S: Sweet grainy smell. Very pleasant. But no real hop aroma. I can't say freshness would be an issue because I've had this at the brewery and out of bottle and never really noticed much hops in the aroma. Really think there should be more aroma on this, especially citrus aromas. Some skunky aroma but I find that to be enjoyable.

T:Sweet grain, honey, toasty and kind of bready. Maybe sourdough? I'm terrible with flavors. Pleasing none the less. Just really wish I had more noble hop flavor in this. Slightly bitter on the finish.

M: Between thin and medium bodied I'd have to say. Doesn't quit coat the tongue but isn't so this you forgot you took a sip. Dry finish.

D: Low enough ABV to where you could have a few. Nothing special or anything that makes me run back for more.

Overall this is pretty okay. Hops though, need more. Other than that I don't mind it. I used to look forward to this beer in my younger days but I have moved on. Makes me miss SA Imp. Pils... (1,494 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

POured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

1. poured a pale straw color, 1 finger head that disappeared after a few sips, leaving just a small ring of foam and nice lacing on the glass.

2. Smells like bread with a little bit of funk and some grassy hops, it's nice and crisp.

3. Tastes like bread too, but very crisp and refreshing, a little bitterness with grassy hops and some grain.

4. Not too bubbly, not too heavy, just right for a hot summer day.

5. This is a solid pilsner, nothing special, but well done all around. (524 characters)

Photo of Duttonic
4.85/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Light yellow, dances and shimmers in the light. Poured properly and it produces an inviting finger of head. Cloudy.

S- Sour and citrusy, but not in a nostril stinging way, bold.

T- Faintly floral, bitter, but then counteracted to a pleasant smooth and delicious treat.

M- Just the right amount of heft. Perfect for a hot Texas day.

D- I could drink these all day.

This is by far my favorite German Pilsener and probably my favorite beer period.

Won gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Try it asap. (520 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours clear golden with ample foam. No lace though, and head falls quickly leaving just a very slight collar. Fresh aroma of water crackers with cracked pepper with a Juicy Fruit gum flavor, followed by toasted malt and a crisp, moderately bitter finish. Very quaffable and tasty at the same time on an August evening. Summer Pils indeed. (338 characters)

Photo of spaceycasey
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Clear straw with quickly fading head that leaves no evidence down the glass

S- Slight hop spiciness but a slightly off medicinal aroma

Taste- Medicine does not come through the taste. Slight malt sweetness with hints of hop flavor and bitterness. Well done to style.

Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing, but tastes slightly undercarbonated without the "tingle" I'd expect from this style.

Drinkablility- Certainly could down a few of these as they go down nice and smooth, but doesn't particularly call me over other similar lighter-options. (544 characters)

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lemon glow to a crispy looking beer. Two fingers of sticky head and light lacing action.

S: Spot on for the style! Czech Saaz and Hallertauers are right there with lemon rind.

T: The German Pilsener malts are there, but not too strong. The hops are the feature and provide a bite to accompany the crispness. Fantastic balance between the hop spice and grassy flavors.

M: Sharp and clean. Absolutely spot-on with the carbonation!

D: Forget water! This beer was meant for heat relief! (489 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin line of bubbles for a head. A nice malt and noble hop aroma. It has a very nice fresh floral, almost "sea breeze", type aroma to it. It really complements the flavor and provides a nice segueway into the flavors when you are sipping. The taste is grain, bread, and malt with a great balance of fresh floral, peppery, earthy hops. The aftertaste is bitter from the hops and still a little sweet from the malt. A well crafted pilsner. Good mouthfeel. Carbonation is just about right and the finish is rather dry which makes you go right back for more. Great drinkability. In my opinion, this ranks up there with some of the best pilsners. (668 characters)

Photo of CLBizzle
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer at my local H.E.B grocery store, a Texas chain. The beer's appearance was a light amber color with a tin head. The aroma held a slight citrus smell with a nice balance of hops. The taste started sweet and finished with a little bitterness. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer, great for a nice Texas evening. (331 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, bright yellow. Very thin white head that quickly fades to nothing. Almost no lace left behind either.

S - Strong aroma of noble hops. Grassy with a little spiciness in the nose. Faint hint of sweetbreads as well, but the classic German hop aroma dominates.

T - Spicy and grassy right off the bat. Classic Pils taste. Breadiness provides a nice backing but the hops carry the load on this one. Almost straw like taste in the finish.

M/D - Light can crisp with excellent carbonation. Very easy drinking like a standard Pils should be. Nothing remarkable here, but another solid offering from the folks at St Arnold. (627 characters)

Photo of slatetupelo
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light straw yellowish color with no head at all really, it looks like it's flat. There is no lacing at all.

S -It smells like your average grassy pilsner, nothing special.

T - Like the smell it's just your average pilsener with an odd bite to it, sort of tangy.

D - I don't think I would want to drink more than a couple of these, it's not the worst beer ever just nothing special. (396 characters)

Photo of miket163
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at BJ's brite gold w/ slight haze. 1" white head w/ fairly good lacing.

smell: Spicy and grassy hops. Light grain and malt.

taste: Nice hop bite, a very grassy hop character. Slight bitterness which I thought was refreshing and maybe a touch of citrus zest.

Great summer beer..crisp and refreshing! (310 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours kind of flat, a nice shad of gold but the head's real small and it barely seems carbonated.

Smells like a fresh, weedy pils. Clean, sweet barley, dull hops.

Tastes much more complex than it smells! The weediness is deep, veering from sweet to bitter, grassy cereal to dandelions and pollen. Slight hop finish lingers. (325 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these after the Astros game at the Hyatt near the ballpark.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is light gold with a slight chill haze and a bone white head.

The nose is of subtle but noticeable spicy hops and grains.

Nice balance with some grain based sweetness backed by the hops which add a nice white pepper type of bite. Its a little lemony in the finish.

The mouth is crisp with active carbonation. Easy drinker, seems well calibrated to the Houston heat. (484 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a golden straw color with a bubbly white head. Smells of a wheaty straw with hop fruits. Taste has a nice bite to it. Not so much a hop bite as much of a carbonated one. Aftertaste of noble hops and fruit notes. This is a very drinkable pils. I'm not much of a fan of the Pils because of the bitterness that is usually a trate, but this is a rather smooth Pils that makes it a easy drink. (413 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of BeanBone
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of elniko
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of jpaltan
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
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 (446 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
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. (269 characters)

Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.