Saint Arnold Brewing 5 O’Clock Pils

 

Saint Arnold Brewing 5 O’Clock Pils

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Houston/Downtown

Pilsner

ABV: 5.2%

IBUs: 40

Packaging: Draft, 6 pack 12 ounce cans

It’s 5 O’Clock somewhere.  Words anyone who enjoys what my old college professor called “adult beverages” love to hear.  Although I typically stick to IPA’s and stouts, I branch out sometimes and do enjoy a light lager or pilsner.  Saint Arnold Brewing 5 O’Clock Pils is a refreshing “adult beverage “ perfect for the Texas weather.

Saint Arnold 5 O’Clock Pils has a very sleek look for the label art.  The backdrop is littered with green hops on top of a shiny grey can.  The patron Saint Arnold is holding a clock that reads five o’clock.  Saaz hopped and 5 O’Clock Pils finish out the label.

The nose on Saint Arnold Brewing  5 O’Clock Pils is straight Saaz hops.  The dry hopping definitely stands out compared to normal pilsners. Dis Pils pours a orange almost dark yellow color.  The dry hopping definitely makes it darker than the traditional style.  As with most well made light beers, the head is ample and the lacing is on point.

Pilsners are commonly referred to as “pallet cleansers”. This is a very true statement (especially for hop heads).  Saint Arnold Brewing 5 O’clock Pils doesn’t fall into that category.  There is only one malt and one hop in 5 O’clock Pils.  Sometimes simple is best and uncomplicated is all you need. This traditional Czech Republic pilsner emphasizes flavor and aroma and definitely hits the spot.  The light Pilsner body and light mouthfeel are followed by a hoppy and flavorful low bitter finish. Rumor is it’s also the common choice for the fine folks who work at Houston’s OG brewery.

Pilsners are a dime a dozen but have a place in the beer world.  There are plenty of examples to compare Saint Arnold Brewing 5 O’clock Pils with.  If you have a buddy who loves Miller light have them try 5 O’Clock Pils.  If they don’t love it have them try Back Pew Blue Testament.  This style is a foot in the door for macro conversion to craft beer.

 

If you can’t find Saint Arnold Brewing 5 O’Clock Pils you are one lazy mofo.  Local stores usually have pallets of it, and kegs are everywhere. It also falls into that bar selection where you breathe a sigh of relief when it’s listed under the gates of macro hell. If you want it it’s out there!

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