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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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Reviews: 156
Hads: 432
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 7
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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: 156 | Hads: 432
Photo of positiverpr
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: filtered crystal clear which isn't required for style. Color is gold. Head is underwhelming and too short lived for style.
A:still alot of sulfur here which hopefully will fade(very fresh lager). Appropriate low level of dms. Pilsner and I think some carapils. I would like more of a noble hop aroma in this but it's there. There's an ester profile here and in flavor. with maybe a hint of acetaldehyde that I just can't get past.
F: great pilsner backed by floral hops. Hay and nettle are reassuring. Could be perfect if not for that ester raising it's head. Not sure if it's a fermentation issue or if some of this is just some residual lager ester that may lager out shortly.
M: soft water mouthfeel feels well done. Carbonation is above medium and is right. A little astringency is present late but doesn't deter and may be from the hop bulk in such a pale, small beer.
O: a very good beer that I could drink alot of if not for this ester+/-acetaldehyde issue. It interferes with each sniff taste. O hope that it lagers out and is not an issue from a too warm/too quick fermenation. Maybe nitpicking but for a beer that should be drunk young and fresh, I wouldn't mind a little less filtration(a little haze) for authenticity.

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Photo of diamondc
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Classic pilsener appearance here. Golden, fluffy head, moderate lacing.

S: Grassy & earthiness in there along with some sweet corn.

T: Sweet malts dominate here with some moderate hop bite. Honey and lemon, mainly. There is a bit of corn-y aftertaste which is acceptable.

M: Easy drinking here. Drinks like water, actually. Refreshing during a 90 deg day.

O: Could have had more of the spicy hop bite I like in German/Czech pilseners. A definite step up from the macros. Nothing memorable here, but still worthy of a purchase in the upcoming months.

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Photo of schmidtn
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and golden with a white head. I would like to see better head retention for a Czech Pilsner.

The standard is Urquell.

Nice use of noble hops for aroma.

Taste is malty with the nice flavor that a noble hop provides.

Carbonization is good and the malt lingers nicely.

This is a drinkable beer, just not Urquell. Pils are hard and expensive to make.

This was $7.99 at HEB, to me a nice value and I will buy again when I am in the area. I am tired of $8.99 or $9.99 6 packs.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy straw color with a bubbly white head. The retention was decent - it left a thin lace but eventually settled to nothing leaving only a few straggling bubbles here and there. (poured into a standard pilsner glass)

The aroma was very refreshing and had an almost citrus quality.

The taste was also very good - crisp and refreshing. A nice hops to it - like a pale ale wrote, "I was here," on the wall. The malts helped to round the beer out giving it a nice toasty flavor.

Had a very mellow carbonation. It was very light and I could easily drink a 6-er of this.

Compared to its Texas cousin Shiner 101 Czech Pilsner, which was a bit more aggressive, this one was much more laid back. Between the German Pils of St. Arnold and Czech Pils of Shiner, I am leaning more towards Shiner. I guess I just prefer Czech Pilsners - provided Shiner and St. Arnold's made a brew true to its style. (disclaimer - I just started taste testing pilsners)

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Photo of brownbeer
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to busternuggz for sharing this one.

Pale golden in color with a serious lack of bubbles. Light corn in the aroma with a pleasing grassy hop note. The soft mouthfeel could be crispened up for refreshment purposes. A little corny in the taste with a mild bitterness. I'm not crazy about the aftertaste. All that in mind, it's not horrible and I would drink several of these outside on a hot day.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of rfabian
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of rwf08
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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...

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Photo of JMad
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.85/5  rDev +36.2%
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.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of spaceycasey
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

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Photo of Kromes
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of CLBizzle
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of slatetupelo
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of miket163
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.