Saranac’s Summer Pils is a refreshing effort that will be appreciated by fans of traditional American lagers as well as those that want to have a hoppier effort. The beer pours with a straw yellow and has a little wheat on its nose. The overall taste of Summer Pils is dry, slightly hoppy, and possesses a number of hay, grain, and wheat elements. Taken together, the beer is something that perform admirably alongside burgers, chicken, or a bevy of other plates.
The 5.2% ABV of Summer Pils means that one can knock back a few beers at a camp site or standing around a campfire. The beer is much more varied than a number of lagers on the shelves and opens up to provide one with a set of sweeter notes. The beer holds up well as it continues to warm, with the overall nucleus of the beer – hop, light bits of malt, and grain – staying consistent even through the last sips. It is this ability to shift and change without losing its core essence that should make Summer Pils into a go-to beer through the latter spring and early summer months.
Check out our Saranac Legacy IPA and Immortality reviews for our coverage of other Saranac brews, while additional information about the rest of Saranac’s year-round and seasonal offerings can be located at their domain. The brewery’s Twitter is a good source of information about festivals the company will be attending, new products, and tap takeovers.