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Saint Arnold Summer PilsSaint Arnold Summer Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Summer

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Added by kbub6f on 05-08-2003

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161
Ratings:
460
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
24.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 460
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.

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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.

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

This has been my favorite daily drinker for a month now although I can only find it in one store here in Baton Rouge. It's a very easy drinker.

Appearance is a little cloudy with head that fades away very quickly.

Smell is very grassy and has that sort of "funk" smell I've come to expect from Saint Arnold products. It's a good quality although I can think of no other word to describe it.

Taste is fantastic. nice malt, lots of grass, very clean.

Mouthfeel is a nice little bite on the tongue. Good body that feels as good as it tastes.

Overall I love this beer. I wish it was available in more stores in Baton Rouge.

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Photo of cowboy1962
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.

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Photo of kbenson
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.

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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.

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Photo of beeragent
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a medium clear straw, creating a large fluffy white head with light lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is a mixture of light hops and malt. Not too much going on in the nose.

T - The taste is a nice light blend of the hops up front, creating a slight citrusy flavor, and end with a smooth light malt finish.

M - Nice smooth clean mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - This is one of the better pilsners that I have tried. Nice flavor without the grainy aftertaste of most lagers, along with an average alcohol content IMO make for a highly sessionable pilsner. Highly recommended.

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Photo of acevenom
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours pale golden with a white head. There are plenty of streaming tiny bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. There is some lacing left behind as the head dissipates. The beer smells of biscuit and cracker with some hops. The taste follows the nose. There is the grainy character from the pale malts that lends the biscuit character. The hops lend some subtle background citrus and bitter flavors. The body is light with plentiful carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of rowew
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle with a tie dyed bottle. St. Arnold appears to be on the beach.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden and bubbly with a nice head that fades immediately.

Smell: Clean grains - refreshing and crisp. Just a bit of nuts in there.

Taste: Clean grains at first, then the noble hops come in to leave a nice crisp finish.

Overall impression: Very nice summer seasonal - I could easily drink a bunch of these on a warm day.

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Photo of bboven
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucent lemon beneath a good three fingers of eggshell colored foam. The head looks a little like whipped marshmallow, although not nearly that sticky. No more than a small handful of transient lace shards make it to the glass.

The aroma is classic German pils... by way of Houston, Texas. The Czech Saaz and Hallertau hops deliver plenty of musky, grassy goodness and even provide a few shavings of lemon zestiness. This is what good pilseners smell like.

The SABC website says that they've worked on this recipe quite a bit over the years and have finally settled on something they're comfortable with. Summer Pils definitely tastes like a winner. Even though there's a generous amount of hop flavor and bitterness, I'd love even more. Since hopheads probably aren't a large percentage of the brewery's customers, that isn't likely to happen. 41 IBUs seems optimistic.

The German pilsener malt does what German pilsener malt is supposed to do. It's provides a bit of flavor, a little underlying sweetness, and then steps aside to the let the hops do their thing. The flavor profile is simplicity itself: untoasted barley, grass and bitter lemon. Tasty, crisp and refreshing.

All things considered, the mouthfeel is fine and dandy. It's just big enough, it doesn't wander away on the back end, and it's adequately bubbled without being buzzy and overly burp-inducing. Good for one bottle, several bottles, or more than several.

Saint Arnold beer is tasty, but I haven't yet been blown away. Summer Pils is one of the better ones because it's a showcase for noble hops; just as a pilsener should be. It would not be surprising if this stuff flies off the shelves during the hot weather months in Texas. In other words, most of the year. Under the cap... nothing at all!

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Photo of Kingery
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

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing for the style as much as possible, here.

Pours a crystal-clear yellow into my pint glass with perhaps a half-finger of very white head which dissipates into lace in about 90 seconds or so. Carbonation bubbles are easily seen rising in the glass.

Aroma is of light semi-sweet malts, noble or perhaps saaz hops, and perhaps cashew-like nuttyness.

Taste is malty-sweet with a nice balance of light bitterness from the hops. The malts come out in the end quite nicely, but the beer is a little sweet for a pils.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, goes down smooth. Nice and carbonated. Very drinkable, light ale. Excellent for a thirst-quencher, especially as it has been over 102 degrees for 3 weeks here.

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Photo of
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Pours out to a bright golden color with a small head of white foam. Some lace, and medium carbonation. Aromas of yeast and barley, nuts, some wheaty grain. Taste is very good; lightly roasted malt, smooth rich hops, touches of biscuts and yeast. Nice. Mouthfeel is zesty and refreshing, as the carbonation carries over to the palate quite well. Good Drinkability. Special thanks to assurbanipaul for the sample.

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

Poured from a cold bottle to a beer mug

This was the second beer style I drink from Saint Arnolds and beer by beer I am becoming a fun of this brewery.

It is a light beer that pours a nice light color and small white head. It formed some nice carbonation on the glass.

The aroma is of citrusy-like notes. It has a refreshing beer smell.

The taste follows with citrusy and grassy notes, very light malts, and a very clean and light bitter finish. As the name states it, it is a very drinkable summer beer. Refreshing is the first word I think about when talking about this beer.

Overall great summer beer; especially when extremely cold. I have also drunk this from a bottle and my opinion of it did not change. Good Texas beer and that is not just because I am from Houston.

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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.

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Photo of Morris729
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber in color with a thick and creamy white head that coats the sides of the glass with spider webs as it fades into a heavy lace. Nose is sweet malts and fruits with some notes of creamy bananas. Light in body with a soft carbonation. Taste also has a lot of sweet malt flavor with some additional notes of dried grass and a bit of peppery hops towards the end to help balance the sweetness. A nice summer brew that’s great on a hot Texas summer day.

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

So, it's summer here in Texas and it's been in the high 90s or over 100 for about the last three or so weeks. What better beer to drink than something light and refreshing? What better to drink than a Texas pilsner? The last Saint Arnold beer I had was their 11th anniversary double IPA and oh boy was it great. I'm expecting to enjoy this one as well.

I poured this into my tall, chilled pilsner glass. It's absolutely clear, a golden-yellow color, and forms a big frothy white head. A lot of bubbles float to the top as the head recedes to a thin film on top. There's a bit of lacing left while drinking.

Summer Pils smells like wheat and grass. I imagine it smelling like being in a field of wheat with an ocean of prairie grass around. For those who have been on a farm you might understand what I'm talking about. It's a tad sweet and nutty as well.

Sweet malts dominate here with a lot of graininess/breadiness that lingers. There's a bit of hoppiness but it's not strong at all. Not very complex with the flavors but I do enjoy the taste.

The mouthfeel is very light but not watery. The higher carbonation adds some bite and makes a crisp beginning but after that it's very smooth. Very drinkable.

While this isn't as hoppy as I'd like it to be for a pilsner, this is still a good beer. This is a damn good beer to choose to drink on a hot summer Texas day.

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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...

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

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.

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

This beer poured a bright clear straw with a firm white white white head. The bubbles in the liquid disappated a bit too quick. A beautiful beer.

Those saaz hops grabbed my nose as soon as the twist off cap left the bottle. Very nice combination of hops and pils malt.

The taste is a bit sweet for my liking. The sweetness stays on the tongue from start to finish. Even when the bittering is kicking in at the end, the sweetness never is completely gone.

The mouthfeel is medium light and full of carbonation. My tongue tingled from the carbonation as well as the hops.

A very nice beer. One that I would recommend for a student of the style. One of the few non-Belgium yellow beers that I have liked in a while.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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