Summer Pils
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #479
Ranked #44,247
3.57 | pDev: 14.85%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Summer PilsSummer Pils
Notes: A golden Munich-style Helles. Crisp and refreshing, this beer is perfect for a hot summer day. Saint Arnold Summer Pils has a delicate, sweet malt taste complemented by an abundant hop aroma and flavor. This beer is brewed with fine German malt, and a copious quantity of "noble" hops imported from the Czech Republic.
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Hooded from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Notes from 5/6/2020.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is pale clear yellow with 1 finger of head. Retention is below average. In a pint glass there's 3 fingers of head.
The intensity of the aroma is medium. There are notes of sweet malt, bisqcuit, and Noble hops.
The intensity of taste is slightly below medium-high. The flavor has sweet malt, maybe a hint of honey, and a wonderfully crisp Noble hop finish with some mineral flavor.
The thickness is somewhat below medium, is somewhat creamy, and has a great carbonation level that is a little above medium.
Overall, the flavor is more bold than the other local German Pilsners I've had. It's a great beer.

May 24, 2020
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ThatBoySisco from Louisiana

4.44/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good drinkable Pilsner. Very few beers have such a satisfying smell as this one, a nice floral aroma. To put it into perspective, on a hot day, the satisfaction of drinking one of this is equivalent to the satisfaction of drinking water when I’m thirsty. In each gulp I just want to keep drinking. The bottles are beautiful and the pour is the color of a light lager. Simply another great seasonal, which is what I love about Saint Arnold.

Apr 27, 2019
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear straw yellow color. Head is white with minimal retention and no lacing.
The nose is floral and a bit sweet. Getting a bit of grass, grains, and lemon. The nose is mediocre.
The taste is full of grains with floral hops bitterness. A hint of lemon shines through. A little better than the nose would let on.
The mouthfeel light and airy. Its crisp and refreshing. Summer beer for sure as advertised.

Jun 29, 2018
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Jbbdrinker from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright floral aroma and pale, fading head. A cloudy lace covers the golden brew. The flavor is simple with a short, sharp carbination and sweet malt balanced with tart hops. With a little cream flavor and a touch of bitterness, this is a tasty brew. Perhaps a bit sweet for a pilsner, but really an interesting beer.

May 18, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter (drinking an saison before it). Light yellow color, little head or lacing. Sweet bread smell and taste. It is as the bottle says " crisp and refreshing "!

Jul 31, 2016
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TM300 from Texas

4.82/5  rDev +35%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer from Saint Arnold. The brewery is about 25-30 mins from my house. But I dealt enjoy this beer on a hot day or on a relaxed night. Super smooth and the taste is great to me. Pilsners are my favorite kind of beer and this one is pretty good.

Jul 20, 2016
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PhilsPils from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very ordinary pils, summer or otherwise. Grainy and boring flavor with a little DMS, non-existent hops flavor. Could easily close my eyes and convince myself it was a Shiner. OK, that was too harsh because it's made well enough...just not very interesting.

Jul 17, 2016
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mpk_tx from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tie-dye six-pack can. Very drinkable and enjoyable, though not flavorful. Smooth, decent taste, could easily drink many. Good for a no-frills-pils.

Jul 15, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden color with great white cap and lacing.

Aroma of mild sweet malt and floral hops.

Flavor is more like a standard Helles than a Pils which is to say rich bready malt, albeit a bit mild, complemented by spicy, floral hops. Taste is malt forward but the hops provide a solid backbone that lingers then asserts a bit in the finish and aftertaste. Not a large number of flavors but complex and very well woven together. This beer has style.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

I was right, when checking the website the brewer calls this "A golden Munich Helles. Crisp and refreshing" to which I fully agree. A long step past ordinary and equally at home with food or company, or both.

May 22, 2016
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Amber gold with a lot of carbonation, smells of grains and pale malts and wheat. Grassy tasting, very low hop presence, and a lingering sweetness on the tongue. True to its style and I likes it.

Apr 14, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma grainy with some disulfide
Head small (<2 cm, aggressive pour), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring and layer
Lacing none
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor initially sharply bitter, quickly fades, some graininess and slight disulfide; no hops flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 2.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.25

Sep 01, 2015
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Kingery from Texas

3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pretty new to the drinking scene, but I can tell this beer is great. Compared to the other pilsners I've tried this has so much more taste and "depth" to its taste. I live down the street from the brewery and at first I thought it was just another one of those hipster local beers, but im glad I tried it; it goes down smooth and is pretty tasty. Definitely worth trying out, especially if you live in Houston(where you can even get it at some Walgreens!) Paired with some Takis fuego chips and an Astros' game and you have yourself a nice saturday

Aug 24, 2015
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kbenson from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm no expert of the style but I found this surprisingly tasty and refreshing. Better than average in my limited experience with the style. Very enjoyable on a hot summer day.

Aug 13, 2015
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FootballAndBeer from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Living in Houston, I get to have this beer anytime I want, which has become often. I love most Saint Arnold beers, but this one is probably #2 or #2 on my list, Only behind their Pumpkinator, and the BoilerRoom with their specialty syrup (I believe this is only done at their brewery). Extremely easy to drink, very light, amazing taste, and the color in my opinion alone says refreshing. Have it in my fridge now.

Aug 13, 2015
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Beermanic from Louisiana

4.98/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is not a Pilsner if you look at their website its a Munich Hells, and has won many awards and I can see why.

A: Very light straw colour with a very nice white head.

S:Classic sweet pilsner aroma, with a touch of warm buiscuits.

T: Wonderful sweet pilsner malt, with that nice bready/grain flavor, over all like eating one of mamma's home made biscuits with out the Steans Syrup.

M: Nice higher carbonation, with a dryish lager finish.

O: A wonderful summer time beer, with great label. Awesome I just don't have enough to say. GABF and World Beer cup have said enough.

Aug 09, 2015
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cowboy1962 from Texas

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Golden without a lot of head.
Smell: Smells like a real beer.
Taste: This is the beer you want to drink if you are trying to move from American Lager to something with more bite. It has a bitter taste if you are use to light beer or regular American Lager but it's so smooth you won't care on the first beer and won't notice by the sixth beer.
Feel: Light not heavy.
Overall: This is what Bud, Coors, and Miller should taste like. Not a real Pilsner, but a lot more than a watered down American Lager.

Jul 04, 2015
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very clear body almost resembles you average macro beer. Head is off white and makes it to about a half inch before it fades to just a skim. Nose is a balance of hops, wheatey malt and a hint of honey. This is a nice summer beer in terms of flavor. It has a very nice body that is full enough to keep you interested but light enough so you could easily drink this brew all day on a hot summer day. Honey, wheat, pilsner malts and a bit of bitterness at the end all play here together. This is a solid pilsner.

Jun 25, 2015
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HipCzech from Texas

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz can (stamped "041615") poured into a Saint Arnold shaker pint.

Appearance: Clear, light, straw yellow gold. Frothy, bubbly but short lived head of white foam, sparse lacing.

Smell: Fresh grass, mild spice, light biscuit malt.

Taste: Clean and crisp, mild Noble hop bitterness; biscuit malt and slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with refreshing carbonation.

Overall: Light, refreshing and drinkable. A shade more Noble hop character wouldn't hurt, but definitely a step ahead of many light American lagers.

Jun 18, 2015
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Northtexan from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale yellow with a thin head that is gone quickly. Not bad for a light summer beer. Crisp taste at an inexpensive price. I'd pick this up again.

May 08, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden bright color with a thin thick head with short retention.
Refreshing light aroma with initial notes of lager yeast then biscuit malt, floral hops and mint.
Crisp and clean flavor with notes of bread, pilsner malt, lager yeast and finishing with floral hops.
Light bordering medium body with mild carbonation with small bubbles.
Not fantastic, but it is a well done Pilsner. Bolder aroma and increased hop bite would take this to another level.

Sep 19, 2014
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Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap featuring "Hop to it!" text, bottled on 07/10/14. Poured into a 2014 Saint Arnold Pub Crawl pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw yellow with a 1/2 finger of head that fades quickly to a thin ring

Smell: Biscuity pilsner malt and soft floral hops

Taste: Noble hop bitterness up front with a biscuit malt middle and a clean sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and clean, crisp feel

Overall: A great american-made pilsner that is perfect for the summer time. For those outside of Texas, if you're a fan of Sierra Nevada Summerfest then you will love this. I personally like my pilsners with more of a hop bite but I'm sure many appreciate the slightly sweet finish.

Aug 06, 2014
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herbee from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing, light pilsner. Malty with a nice hop balance. One of my favorites. I have had this beer on tap and was well impressed. Just tried a bottled version and I was not disappointed. I am only sorry this is a seasonal brew. Excellent accompaniment with summer cookouts.

Jul 22, 2014
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beerdrinker123 from Delaware

2.28/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had this on tap at lowbrow.

Beer is a clear straw yellow color with a minimal amount of head, no lacing, decent amount of carbonation bubbles up from the bottom, but thats about it.

On the nose, it smells kind of wheaty and bready, not hop character, pretty mild.

Flavor wise it goes even further downhill, its got a really funky earthy flavor, almost musty and skunky. Its overcarbonated and almost abrasive going down, I had to slow sip this and I'm used to nursing imperial stouts. It just tasted funky, reminded me of a wad of grass clippings, it wasn't crisp or refreshing, reminds me of nasty macro AAL beer. No hop character, not smooth, not enjoyable at all.

Jul 13, 2014
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Bockrules from New Mexico

3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly translucent light straw with champaign levels of carbonation streaming upwards to the white, rocky, two-finger head. Head is exceptionally fizzy and I will be surprised if it makes it to the bottom of the glass.

S - Musty light malt and a hint of lemon zest upon opening the bottle. More of the same in the glass although slightly subdued. Really just a tick better than some of the macros....

T - Crisp malt upfront. The body is a refreshing blend of clean and light malt and crisp lemon zesty noble hops. Splash of citrus hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and then everything shuts off. Pleasant musty reemergence of lemon zest, noble hops and light malt in the finish.

M - On the thicker side of light bodied with a moderate of carbonation. Could be quite a bit more lively in the mouth as this one looses its carbonation too quickly. Not bad though.

Despite its early impressions, Summer Pils turned out to be a satisfactory brew in the end. At first take, the appearance and smell combine to form a beer that seems to be not much better than PBR. Much of this is forgiven once you take a sip and are greeted by pleasant citrus hop notes and a decent mouthfeel. Not my first choice in Pilsners, but one could surely do much worse while living in Houston for the summer.

Jul 08, 2014
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boddhitree from Germany

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not as deep gold as a German Pils, more yellow-gold, the snow white year dissipated almost instantly, but it's got tons on CO2 exploding up the sides inside the glass, continuously adding more white bubbles around the rim.

Aroma: Pils malts aroma, but not really that strong, really, I'm not impressed with this aroma as its relatively missing. There's some Noble hops, too, hiding inside whatever my super deep breaths manage to pull up.

Up front: Ok, here we get some hefty bitterness with a good deal of tartness/astringency thrown in, verging on becoming heavy handed, yet it seems to pull back just as I start to feel it's bite. I also get some sweetness here, super sweet Pils malts.

Mid: Again, verging on heavy handed bitterness, biting astringency with some citrus and a little lemon bite. On the sides you get even more of above, a bittersweetness that barely registers here with almost extreme sweetness.

Back: Mmmm, more of the same. I'm still waiting for the Pils malt sweetness to show up. Lots of bitter/astringent again. Finally, in the very back the Pils malt sweetness shows up in spades, decent in flavor, but still quite bitter.

Aftertaste: Astringency is pretty much all you have after you swallow.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good, quite thick, creamy, tartness gives it a crisp, dry, snappy feeling over the tongue.

Overall: Maybe it's me, but I really like to taste PILS (malt) in my Pils! It's got some sweetness kicking around in the back and some sides to the front, but it's only when you swig it all around the mouth do you get some as it hits all parts of the tongue at the same time... and then, after awhile, I taste lots of Sweet Pils malt, but still, it's hard to find it. From mouthfeel, it's a typical German, yet the aroma is poor and reminds me of a Fernsehbier. I'm torn whether I like this beer. For the American market, maybe a very bitter beer with little Pils malt flavor is a winner, but not for me. Again, I want Pils in my Pils, and a Pils without a decent amount of the Pils malts showing up is a weak beer. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but I'm not saying I'd drink this as a "summer" beer. A 3.4 of 5.

Jun 01, 2014
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