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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: 464
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Saint Arnold Summer Pils is on the fence - not quite German, not quite Czech. It pours the typical clear golden body and bright white head that you'd expect of a good pils. The head retention is good, and it leaves thin, streaky rings of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose delivers a bright and fresh combination of lightly sweetish grainy malt and floral, spicy and grassy hops. It's sturdy in the mouth with a medium body and fine-bubbled, gently crisp carbonation. The flavor, however, is where it really shines - although you kind of know you're in for something good at the first whiff! It's richly malty without being big. It's just clean, and fresh, and kind of straw-like, bready, and nutty. And it's almost completely infused from start to finish with spicy, floral, and grassy hops. It even has a touch of lemon; and the slightly acidic pH balances it nicely! It's stunningly rounded, like the best of the best out of Europe, and it's perfectly balanced by a flinty, smooth bitterness from beneath that I'd guess is around 30-something IBU's. It finishes pretty much just as it began, and although it does close fairly quickly, there's some very nice lingering malt and hops left over to remind you to take another sip. Very nicely done!!! A perfect pils!

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Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with notch dating system on side of label. It was a nice clear golden yellow color. It had a small head that slowly whittled to a constant foam that was feed throughout the session by mini carb geyser. The aroma was typical pilsener and was malty with floral hops. The taste was good and went down smooth on a muggy Texas evening. However, after trying several pilseners lately I've decided I'm just not a big fan of the style. I can drink one every so often but they'll never make the rotation. However, I would recommend trying this one as a session candiate if you like the style. (3, RB-OAY, T, O)

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Photo of goochpunch
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a hazed pale straw with a fizzling head leaving no lacing. Smells clean, malty, mildly of grain, and with a floral hop presence. Flavor is like your typical good bready and crackery lager with a sizeable floral hoppiness and bitterness. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is crisp and spritzy. Great for a thirst quencher and definitely Saint Arnold's greatest achievement.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light gold, with a pretty modest head that lasts as an good cap, supported by lively and streaming carbonation.

Aroma is mild, not too hoppy, a little floral, earthy, maybe a touch of grain. In the mouth, a smooth with spritzy carbonation. Cooling. Grain pushes forward more, maybe with a touch of yeast, hops providing a nice complementary bitterness - some mineral notes, very slight sulfur, clean in the finish.

I could do with a bit more flavor, but no off tastes; this is true enough to style and one of the more refreshing pilsners I've had in a while.

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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 skillerified
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very light, looks like pineapple juice. Frothy, snow-white head rises and falls quickly to a longer lasting thin cap. A little hazy with visible carbonation bubbles rising at about a medium speed.

Scent is a mixture of fruits - pineapple, pear, and apple - and some leafy, ripe earthy tones. A little spice is hidden on the backside. A strong aromatic character to this brew.

A little sweet with a creamy, malty flavor and feel on the tongue. The carbonation is surprisingly subdued. The flavor is almost all sweet malt though. A touch of fruitiness hits the back of the tongue after a few sips. Not much complexity here. Just a little hint of hoppy bite on the aftertaste.

Love the creamy feel of this one, but the flavor is too weak to want too many more of these. There's nothing that jumps out as undrinkable, but there's nothing particularly desirable either. Average.

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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 1 1/4" white head that holds for under a minute and falls to a cap. Straw gold color. Lots of visible carbonation. Nice web of lace.

S - Bready malt. Soft hops. Hay, wet grass. Popcorn.

T - Cracker-bread malt. Spicy hop. Black pepper. Some butteriness. Late, light bitterness.

M - Somewhere between thin and medium for the mouthfeel. High carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Nice shot at a German Pilsener.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is my least favorite of the saint arnold brews so far.

appearance: pale yellow color. good head and retention.

smell: hops come out with a malt balance

taste: a little dry tasting and weak for a pilsner

mouthfeel: needs to cling a lot better than this.

drinkability: fairly easy to drink. a good beer to have any time of year.

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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 SkeeterHawk
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale straw color with a 1/4" head of active white bubbles at first pour. There were quite a few bubbles rising at first, but the head only stuck around for about 30 seconds or so. After the head falls, there is a pretty persistent white ring on top of the beer where it meets the glass. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking. This is a pretty nice looking Pilsner.

Aroma: Lots of sweet and somewhat toasty malt along with a pretty healthy dose of German floral hops. There is a little bit of Sulfur here that I would guess is from the malt.

Taste: The flavor is really malt driven with some noticeable hops in there. The hops give it a somewhat bitter presence somewhere in the middle of the profile, but the malt wins out in the end. There is a little metallic note to this beer that comes in pretty late, and sticks with you for some time after the sip. Mixed with the hops, it gives the beer a bit of a bite in the finish after the malt gets through with you.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I have always sampled it in excess at the brewery, and that is only after a few other beers. This is my first of the evening, and it is a bit more aggressive than I recall. I would like this beer a lot more if it didn't have such minerally water. It still drinks easy, but I would take some other Pilsners over this one.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color. The head is off white, about a finger high, with little retention. Spotty lacing from top to bottom.

Strong hop aroma, consisting of a sweet grassy scent with light malt in the background. A citrus like component can also be detected.

Malt is tasted frist, of the sweeter variety. Zesty hops can be tasted throughout, with the bitterness coming at the end. Overall taste is on the sweet side, and the sweetness slowly increases as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish.

This one is recommended for the summer. Refreshing with plenty of flavor. Some may find it a little sweet for a pilsner, but good nonetheless.

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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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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 HoustonTX
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden yellow. Pours a decent head, that dissapates at an average pace. Some lacing apparent.

S - Sweet malts, and grassy tones.

T - Sweet and malty, light hops but nothing that stands out.

M - Average.

D - These go down real easy, which is the strongest point of this beer.

For a German style beer coming from Texas, this is not half bad. Overall, a wonderful thirst quencher.

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Photo of briman
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap into standard pint glass.

Pours a bright, clear straw color. Nice half-inch fluffy white head. Above average retention, settles into a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is mostly lightly roasted malts, maybe a touch of fruit. Pretty mild, nothing really standing out.

Taste is mild sweet malt, with something like lemon seeming to be sifting through. Smooth all the way to the finish. No noticeable hop bitterness on any level.

Medium-light body, moderately carbonated. Light, crisp, clean....pretty refreshing. Not really enough taste to bring me back for many more, though.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice light golden with a small white head.

Smell. grainy with a scent of cooked vegetables.

Taste. more cooked vegetables. a bit sweet. really nothing that is standing out. aftertaste has a sweet honey taste, sort of.

Mouthfeel is decent. decent balance, average body. nice carbonation.

Overall it seems like it could be a decent session beer. a nice one i would like with food, but not all that memorable.

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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 beerdiablo
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

Crisp but not quite the micro-bubble rub of Warsteiner.
Very refreshing, especially in the sauna that is a Texas summer.
This beer falls between a macro and Euro lager on all fronts.

I wouldn't go as far for serving suggestions like I suggested for the
"lawnmower" that it be served like revenge [cold], but I wouldn't
drink this one on the warm side either.

Nothing remarkable but it gets the job done and keeps your
money out of the macro's pockets.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliantly clear gold color and is topped by a frothy, almost white head. The aroma is spicy with grassy-herbal hop notes plus an underlying note of sweet grain. The taste is lightly sweet up front with a immediate hop character that flows through to the finish of this beer. The hop notes taste like a mix of lemon, herbs of various sorts, and a bit of grassy astringency too. This beer is quite light, and seems to be either missing the body/maltiness (for a Czech Pils), or the dry flintiness (of a German Pils) that would make this beer great. It is a little too sweet and thin, but is nice and quenching and certainly an easy quaffer.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a crystal-clear pale brass color with very little head. The aroma consists of a black pepper spice with sweet grassy notes. The taste is a more pronounced pepper spice with a decent malt backbone. It is on the thin side even for a pils, but it makes for high drinkability. I could throw back a few of these on a hot Texas summer day!

Note: Bang for the buck,... some macros might could compete with this. Very cool label though!

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

Pours out a very pale golden color with a touch of chill haze, and a thinnish head. Nose is faint, just a touch of malt. Moderately sweet start, mostly malt with medium bitterness, and little hop flavor. Very clean finish, that lingers just a wee bit longer than a moment. Crisp texture and light bodied, very nice for a summer beer.

Fair beer, nothing too interesting, but a decent refresher in the summer.

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

On-tap at the brewery tour, again. Appearance is a golden color with average carbonation and head. Aroma is of light malts and saaz hops. The taste has a moderate malt flavor with saaz hops bite. Very grainy, but flavorful. I like this beer as a Summer quencher with good flavor, but this isn't the greatest. Still, it is always great to support local brews.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Picked these up to go along with a fish-fry. Poured a light clear yellow with a medium head. Pretty short retention, not much lacing. Smell is bread, malt, corn, grass and some hops floating around at times. Taste is fairly straightforward sweet clean malt with grassy notes and a light hop finish.

This is a good beer during pleasant spring weather, I bet it would be even better in the blazing summer.

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Saint Arnold Summer Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 464 ratings.
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