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Saint Arnold Summer PilsSaint Arnold Summer Pils

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 463
Photo of mjurney
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw color, slight hazy. Lots of fine carbonation rising up. Thin head.

Pale malts, bready, sweet, crisp, clean.

Pale malts, white bread, biscuity, slight sugary. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, spicy-herbal, a little lemony. Finish is dry, very crisp. Body is light, crisp, refreshing, dry, well carbonated.

It's a very good beer.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with 2 finger width foamy head with some carbonated bubbles. Head quickly dissipates leaving very little lacing on glass. Aroma of stale fruits that is typical of lagers. Taste of pilsner malts up front followed by mild hop bitterness and stale fruit - possibly banana. Not really a fan of lagers but this one is refreshing and decent to drink in the summer around the pool.

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Photo of sam_wise
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours like budlight with a surprisingly thick and aromatic head. Surprising because this beer is a pilsner. There was slightly more carbonation that I expected, too.

Smell: A nice light grassy smell. The head brought some aroma with it, couldn't quite nail it down in words-- but it was crisp, light, and nice.

Taste: This is a better than average pilsner that has a nice clean, quick, and crisp aftertaste. The taste is not empty, but rather has a subtle, even nuanced, hoppy flavor. Sweet malt taste comes after a carbonation settles.

Mouthfeel: As stated previously, there is more carbonation than I expected. It is not as smooth as you would expect with a pislner, but the bite seems to bring out some of the hoppy flavor. It is a thin beer, but not watery. Thin, crisp, light.

Overall: After the first, I enjoyed this with homemade guacamole and it was a perfect match for fresh jalapeno and cilantro. I plan on buying several 6 packs of this for entertaining people who drink light beer alongside Mexican meals. A superior pilsner to most market bulk buys.

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Photo of Premo88
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

04/03/13 printed on bottle

L: straw yellow; very light, pale crystal clear yellow with ULTRA white head about 1 inch with strong pour. decent lacing, nothing spectacular.

S: grain ... dare I say even corn? it smells very much like a standard American adjunct lager, mostly stale grain. ocassionally you get a bit of sweetness in there, just the slightest hint of malt.

T: a range that fluctuates from good to poor. on the good side -- sweet, crisp, clean taste of good barley, wheat flavors with that sweetness hinting at just a bit of malt while some solid hops shine through. damn good. on the bad side -- corn. the best part of the taste, however, is that the grainy/corn taste never overpowers and takes hold; there's always a nice bit of sweet malt and barley in there.

F: very nice, full carbonation, good weight.

O: this is what our average American beer should taste like, because make no mistake: It does have some good flavor. I love the bits of sweetness, and the fact that it's got at times a grainy taste in it with a relatively weak nose does not mean it's just another American macro brew. it's not. in fact, it's much better than Saint Arnold's amber ale, with enough flavor to distinguish it from the average adjunct lager.

but it's not spectacular. I'd love to say it is, but it's overall character is just a tick above average, nothing more.

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

So it's April in Houston and that means its Summer time again. I saw Saint Arnold's seasonal change once again, so I grab a six as I always do. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass although sometimes I drink this one straight from the bottle. Aggressive pour right down the center makes a huge white foamy head that I know won't stick around. Golden yellow with little lacing as the glass goes down. Little nose on it, just a wheaty scent. Just an average pils for me, I use to drink this more but it seems my tastes have changed over the years. It's a good sessionable beer but that's about all. Just average in my opinion.

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Photo of hmph
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks so much to tofuspeedstar for this and a few other St. Arnold/texas goodies!

A - super yellow, super clear, super white head, nice looking for a Pilsener

S - a sunny wheat smell to it with some slight malt sweetness, almost

T - subtle hop notes with a nice light malt sweetness and the grainy wheat/barley taste to it. Finishes clean with a bit tiny bitterness lingering.

O - An awesome summer beer, definitely sessionable and would be great to drink on a riding lawnmower on a hot summers day. Good stuff!

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for sharing this beer today!
Live review, served in a tulip glass.

Bright gold, high clarity, spotty ring of lacing on the surface. Jewel tone color, biscuity pils malt flavor, a hint of herbal hops too. Clean and crisp feel, nice dry finish. Simple but well put together, no off flavors to speak of.

A good pils that I could drink more of on a hot summer day.

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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 Tone
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw-to-gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, wheat, hint of sweet malt, and hint of citrus. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good feel, decent appearance, and good blend. Lacking in body and aroma, though.

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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 pgfault
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is what I would call an "American Pils". It's a standard golden color. Pour it vertically if you want any amount of head on it, because it'll be gone in a couple minutes. It otherwise maintains its carbonation throughout. There's very little scent from this. The taste is light and crisp, similar to an American lager. It's just bitter enough to leave a small bit of aftertaste. My personal preference is a pils with big hops. This is on the other end of the spectrum, and you'll want to hammer it down lest it get warm. It's probably worth a putting a six pack on the fridge this summer to see if you like it. I'll be moving on to a good Kolsch or a hoppier Pils, tho' I might just pick up another six of SA Summer Pils.

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Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a good head and decent lacing.

S: Grainy aroma with a hint of pine and malt sweetness.

T: taste of malt sweetness with some grain and bit of fruit. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, nicely balanced.

O: Good summertime beer. Goes best with the hot Texas weather.

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

Saint Arnold has done it again. They don't mess around when they make a light beer. See Also: Fancy Lawnmower, Weedwacker, Spring Bock. These are all very solid beers which you could hand to a BMC drinker and blow his mind without blowing out his tastebuds.

A: Pure, translucent gold with a solid two-finger head which lingers leaving lacing on the side. Lots of carbonation bubbling up within.

S: Grass! Nice, strong smell of freshly mowed lawn coming off this one. Fantastic for a summer day. Not too complex, but you didn't buy this for a rich feast, did you?

T: Mild, clean gold malt and basic hop bitterness. It's just a simple, clean, well-executed brew--nothing fancy, but very drinkable.

M: Watery and well-carbonated, as you'd expect from the appearance. Clearly a session beer--you can down these fast and easy.

The taste and mouthfeel in this brew are going to seem a bit weak to hopheads and craft beer enthusiasts, but they're cleanly done and come through exactly as intended, with no off-flavors or skunkiness. Pleasant to knock back a couple of these after working in the yard on a summer day.

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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 mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

golden amber color to it. Lots of carbonation streaking toward the surface throughout the entire session. A very nice three inch high head of white foamy and fizzy lace formed on the top and hung around for a few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top that lasted until the end.

The aroma was loaded down with cereal grains and a touch of light fruity yeast. The aroma of banana clearly evident as was a nice fresh grass like hoppy nose. The flavor followed right along with it, being very light in profile and feel and very highly carbonated. List grain flavors dominated with a nice earthy feel. Hints of banana and fresh grass running through it as well, with a very nice light, refreshing taste.

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Photo of BigBarley
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, bright gold with a nice white head that recedes very quickly to a nice foam cap. Lively carbonation for the first few minutes

Dry aroma of a malty base, with a clear twang of noble hops and the slightest hint of honey. Always a nice and unique take on the pilsner aroma.

Hop flavor comes through up front, with a crisp biscuity malt backbone below. Not excessively bitter, very balanced. A good pilsner for someone who miight complain about Urquell being too bitter or sharp.

Smooth and refreshing, with just a little more heft than many lagers. Easy drinking with a great body

Awesome beer, one of my favorite examples of a pilsner, and lagers in general.

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Photo of nukem5
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color slight head little lacing.

S: Aroma is of light floral and piney notes almost reminds one of European style pilsner.

T: Taste is of hops and malt nice balance.

M: Medium to light bodied.

D: Very drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of CEversole
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint-glass.

A- straw colored, golden appearance. 1.5 finger head, and decent lacing.All is right for the style.

S- Very grassy/earthy as well as some malty background very pleasing to the nose.

T- Malty almost corn flavor. I get a taste of hay and bread when I drink this beer.

M- Very good carbonation,leaves the tingle on my tongue, nice for the season.

O- I am biased toward liking St. Arnold. However, I like other S.A. styles better. Average.

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A- Light golden color with one finger white head. Very clear.

S- Very bready and wheat like smell

T- Really sweet. Tastes like honey and wheat.

M- Nicely carbonated. Dry towards the finish.

O- Decent pilsner. Heavier than most.

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Photo of jonandhisflask
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear yellow with a lingering 1 inch white head with some lacing

S- smells of grassy grains, some citrus in the backgroung. and thats about it

T-im actually suprised at the taste i get the usual pils malts with some subtle lemon grass floral hops

M- medium carb, leaves a wierd lingering mouth as if i had eatin movie theater popcorn with mountains of butter(not the flavor just the feel)

O-i actually like this pils. although i am not a fan of the style if im ever in texas on a budget ina hot summers day. ill grab a few why not.

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Photo of beerboy9960
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cfh64 for this extra.

A- This beer pours a light yellow straw like color with about a 1/4 of white head.

S- The smell is of lemon, grass, and some citrusy notes.

T- The taste is of musty wheat and yeast upfront with a citrusy lemon aftertaste.

M- This beer feels really light in the mouth, almost watery. It has a decent amount of carbonation.

O- Overall this is a pretty decent beer from Saint Arnolds. I could see myself buying a six pack of this to help combat the scorching Oklahoma heat right now. Definently a lawn mower beer. I would have it again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Summer Pils has a very thin, white head and a slightly hazy, straw appearance. Some decent lacing is left behind. The aroma is a delightful bready malt, and the taste is a sugary, confectionery sweet, white bread flavor with a mildly bitter hop bite. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Saint Arnold Summer Pils finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. Overall, this is a delicious offering from the Saint Arnold Brewing Company.


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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 NefariousR
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pale straw with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Slight hop astringency with a sweet, bready aroma.

T - Starts out with a mild, sweet malt palate but ends with a fairly crisp hop bite.

M - Light-bodied and very drinkable.

O - A good pilsener and a great summer session beer overall.

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

Poured a nice golden color with white one-finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very little grassy aroma. Taste is a bit bready, nutty, and grassy. Mouth feel is good and this has proper carbonation. Had this after Stoudt Pils which is a superior beer and might have influenced my rating. Still, this is a decent Pils that is refreshing. Actually liked this better than the first bottle I tried. Somewhat of a disappointment as every other St. Arnold beer I have had ( Fancy Lawnmower, Winter Stout, Spring Bock, and Divine Reserve) have been way above average.

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Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 463 ratings.
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