Beer Review – St Arnold 5 O’Clock Pils

  • Name: 5 O’Clock Pils
  • Brewery: St Arnold Brewing Company
  • Style: Pilsner
  • Origin: Texas
  • ABV: 5.2%

In response to my previous review of Shiner Light Blonde, I was advised to try St Arnold 5 O’Clock Pils. What I enjoyed about Shiner’s offering is the improved depth and flavor profile compared to the traditional American lagers such as Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Light.

On a recent outing in San Antonio, I found 5 O’Clock Pils on draught and knew I had to try it.

5 O'clock draught
St Arnold 5 O’Clock Pils
5 O’Clock Pils has a straw-colored, slightly hazy consistency and its medium carbonation builds a tall, foamy head. Its aroma retains the bready-ness of many pilsner beers, but also has a sweet hoppy quality about it. As one would expect, this pilsner has a light, crisp texture. Served cold on draught it was dangerously refreshing.

Flavor wise, 5 O’Clock Pils brings much more to the table than the majority of its peers. While it presents traits one would expect of a beer in its class, its flavor profile is impressively deep and complex. One of the more prominent flavors I very much enjoyed was the well balanced quality of the hops, adding just enough bite to what many other brewers have left bland. Its aftertaste continues the positive momentum, retaining the slightest hint of hops.

I’m really glad to have tried this beer. It is far and away the best pilsner I have ever tried. If you are looking for light an refreshing, St Arnold Summer Pils has got it, and it doesn’t come at the expense of flavor. Stop drinking watery beer, drink this instead.


Do yourself a favor and try this beer. It absolutely obliterates the competition in the pilsner category. If you’re looking for a mixture of light and refreshing and flavor, this is your beer.

Rating: 9/10

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Learn more about 5 O’Clock Pils on Saint Arnold’s website, Untappd and Beer Advocate.


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