Summer Pils
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #302
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
81
Ranked #46,402
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 14.85%
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
518
From:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  12
Gots
  144
SCORE
81
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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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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a pale yellow/gold color with a two-inch white head.
S: Smells like hay, straw, floral hops.
T: Follows the nose, not funky like I expected from the smell.
F: High carbonation, light-bodied, crisp, smooth, crushable.
O: Decent pilsner.

Jul 03, 2021
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BroBobby70 from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App.: Just over two finger head, nearly translucent yellow, no lacing
Smell: Surprisingly strong malt
Taste: Malty, medium bitterness, some bitter aftertaste
Feel: Light carbonation, lasts a few seconds then goes flat
Overall: Drink with food, or really cold. Better to savor than chug.

Jun 25, 2021
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imasloth from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - highly effervescent; white head that dissipates to a slim cap on the beer; loose lacing remnants on glass. Beer is clear and yellow to golden.

Aroma - grass, some hoppy mustiness, light grain.

Taste - semi-crisp, grassy, with slightly piney bitterness. The mustiness remains. Sweet undertones with a biscuity finish.

Mouthfeel - light to medium body, surprisingly heavy for the look of the beer. A bittersweet ending with my taste buds slightly puckered but feeling coated in sweetness (i expect that will make sense to nobody).

I’ll probably get again next summer, but won’t be racing back for it again right away.

Jun 04, 2021
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gvickery from Texas

1.82/5  rDev -49%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Looks light gold with a medium white head.
Smells strange, kinda sour.
Tastes terrible, this beer is really popular here locally and I’m at a loss as to why. Perhaps it’s the cool looking artwork on the can, I don’t know?
It’s hard to describe the taste, there’s nothing Pilsner-like to it.
It’s slightly sour corn adjunct flavor with a slight amount of generic hop for minimal bittering. I don’t know why anyone would pay craft prices for swill like this. I hate it.

Jan 23, 2021
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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
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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
Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 518 ratings