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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: garymuchow on 12-30-2001

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Ratings: 353 | Reviews: 164
Reviews by ChopperSmith:
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a nice white head that fades fast but leaves some lacing.

Smell: Grain and corn, with grass notes and light malt aromas.

Taste: Grainy and sweet with light malts. A fairly average Pils.

Mouth feel: Medium to light body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably one of my least favorite of the Summit line. It's not a bad beer at all, but it's pretty unremarkable for the Pils style. I like the local August Schell's Pils much better.

More User Reviews:
Photo of skybluewater
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale gold color. Smells like a typical pilsner. Tastes...well, like most other pilsners: Nothing special, but nothing offensive either.

Overall, not a bad pils. Even though it's not my favorite style (it's one of my least favorites actually), I'd try this one again.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.71/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - A golden amber color with a light foamy head which quickly disappears.

Smell - Malt and bubbly carbonation.

Taste - Tastes grainy and seems to be missing something? Hops abound creating a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and clean. Light bodied.

Drinkability - Despite the name, this is not quite a euro Pilsener. Summit beers are great, but they need to rethink this. More malt and less hops would be an improvement.

Photo of bsp77
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall water glass at work. The glass actually widens as it goes up, so I will just pretend it is a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow. Active bubbles leading to slightly sustained head.

Smell: Fresh floral hops and semi-sweet malts. Light metallic bitterness. Fresh, fresh, fresh.

Taste: Hops at the beginning, slightly sweet grains in the middle, and turns more peppery at the end. Leaves a sharp, metallic aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, smooth and almost creamy.

Drinkability: Pretty good Czech Pilsner. I have certainly had better Pils, but in terms of all pale lagers (which I consider substitutes for one another), this is well above average.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a small, short-lived head (only after a hard pour). The aroma had a very high hops profile, as a pilsner should, with a slightly sweet malt aftersmell. The flavor was also high in the hops department and again, not enough malt to balance. As it warms, the maltiness starts to come through. The high carbonation and long lasting flavor give it an excellent mouthfeel. It is refreshing, but just an average pilsner.

Photo of beerkittycat
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is a brilliant pale gold with a long-lingering white head. Aroma has faint noble hops notes mixed in with some cracker hiding in there. Taste is a lovely dance between hop and pilsner malt but the finish is clean with a touch of carbonic bite on the tip of your tongue. Medium mouthfeel carries this beer and the clean finish leaves your thirsting for more. I could drink about 7 or 18 more of these. Yum!

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles and a huge four finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Grains, caramel and pils malts with some earthy, grassy hops. Some hints of lemon linger around. A very grainy and grassy aroma overall.

Taste: A sweet taste of grains and malts up front is followed by a decent amount of earthy hops. Hops are grassy and herbal in character. Also some strong hints of lemon citrus. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on a Pilsener from Summit. Sweetness and hop bitterness is well balanced.

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Chang O'Hara's bistro in St. Paul, MN...

Thin head, about a 1/4 of an inch. Very clear deep yellow. Practically no smell, just a touch of bread to the nose. Nice balance of malt and a definite hop zip. A touch of a nutmeg flavor. Light-bodied, pleasant taste, but a real quick finish in the flavor. I'm sure this Pilsner helps Summit's sales and it is refreshing. Won't lure me away from the Extra Pale, though.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Filtered golden straw hue bright white large head forms nicely in my conical v-shaped pilsner glass with each sip leaves thick clinging patches of lace, very nice. Aroma: Saaz and grassy citrus tones for this Bohemian style pils has a mineral note along with biscuit malts breadiness nice touch of hops here. Taste: Crisp flavor definitely a solid all around pils strong hop leafy flavor solid bitterness lightly toasted 2 row and bready pilsner malts, it mixes well here. Mouthfeel: Lighter body healthy carbonation crisp is a good word for the overall feel. Drinkability: I'd seriously pick up a case if going to a friend's house to watch a game or a party to convert Bud/Miller/Coors fanatics.

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

This isn't a Czech Urquell, but it's pretty damn close. I think it's a good summer beer. Like most Summit beers this baby goes down smooth. I listened to some great ambient music by Erik Wollo "Imaginary Landscapes" which should be considered a classic.

Photo of ggaughan
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pail yellow color into a standard pint glass with a slight white head that didn't linger for very long. I got a slightly sweet malt aroma from this one. Not much really to speak of in terms of complex taste. Pretty comparable to macro pilsners out there. Very light in body so maybe this would be a good summer beer or a beer to start someone out in drinking non-macro beers.

Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden hued topped with a modest, dying white froth.
It smells dryly of hay and grass and crusty breads.
It begins with that same crusty breadiness, with notions of something slightly sweeter. Hay sweeps in, then is washed clean with an interlude of lagered briskness. The hop finale is lightly floral, more forcefully grassy and plenty dry.
Medium-light bodied with a fading carbonation.
This lacks a bit of finesse to call it a classic example, but it works.

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple, but tasty beer. Tastes of biscuity malts with a kiss of hops. I see this is no longer listed as a czech or german pilsner, and I could go either way on weither it tastes more american or european. Hops are grasy, malts are grainy in a good way. Great lighter beer thats affordable, I usually go through a case over the summer.

Photo of beerluvr
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lasting eggshell tinted head. Clear yellow-gold in color. A light lemony-citrus nose with grassy hay background. Malty backbone beneath a more than adequate hoppy bitterness. Husky graininess. Smooth yet dryish finish with residual bitterness. A nice session lager. Thanks CRJM for the bottle.

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw/bronze with 4+ fingers of eggshell white head. Very good head retention & good sticky lacing

S: Grassy & perfumy notes

T: Honey malt sweetness, a bit of grainyness, & lemon hops up front. Slight grassyness & more lemony hops as this warms. Finishes crisp, lemony with some biscutty notes

MF: Soft with medium body, perfect carbonation & very good balance

Drinks very easy, not the best example of the style out their, but no slouch either. Great bang for the buck

Photo of bditty187
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden-yellow hue, modest animation, the white head reached a health finger and a half before slowly and steadily fading to a tight cap. During consumption sparse, spotty lace was produced. It is a typical Pilsner to the eye. The nose is pleasant and archetypal of the style as well, bready malts with a mix of lemon-grassy herbalness and light graininess throughout. The potency is adequate. More refreshing that interesting on the palate, however this is still a tasty Pils nevertheless, minimal bitterness lies beneath a well-built dose of lemon-grass/hay/herbal qualities. On the back of the tongue, towards the finish, the bready maltiness is most prevalent, very nice. The aftertaste does contain an odd twang that hampers the pleasantness of this beer a little. Still I find Grand to be very refreshing. I’d like to taste more hoppiness however and a crisper bite of bitterness. The medium body houses modest carbonation that is very appropriate for a thirst-quenching lager. I was talked out of trading for this on occasion, I see why, it is nothing spectacular. I’d still prefer Paulaner Premium Pils when my Pils fix needs an itch. But if money is an issue then Summit Grand might get the nod. Decent stuff.

Purchased a 12 ounce single for $1.50 in Omaha.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed September 24, 2005. Poured from a bottle on the Beer Train. Clear deep golden, with white head. Distant malt aroma. Smooth. Even, yet slightly sour, over sumptuous wheat and malt. Not bad. Finishes a hint dry. Probably not bad for the style, but nothing to get overly excited about.

Photo of ctxfenris
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Cloudy yellow. Lots of lacing.
Smells like malt and grass.
Tastes like a typical pilsner, very smooth. Hop bite at the end.
I like this beer but it's nothing to write home about. The Summit sampler is a bargain at 14.50 however.
Would have again.

Photo of morimech
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a 1/2 inch white head that recedes quickly. The beer leaves some nice lacing. After a short time, carbonation bubbles diminish.

The aroma is mostly bready malt with the noble hops hiding in the background.

Taste is similar to the smell except the hops come out a little more.

The beer has a light body and nicely carbonated for the style.

The low ABV and light body helps drinkability but I would have liked more hops in this beer. Just bump it up a little bit and you would have a solid Pilsner, otherwise it is average at best.

Photo of marcobrau
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and yellow with a flourish of white foam that settles to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Attractive. Smells very grassy.; almost skunky (odd for a brown bottle). Good hop spice character up front; herbal and pleasant. Malt profile is fairly simply, slightly toasted character. Feels smooth and not overly carbonated. Bitterness is present, but not aggressive or too tame. Very drinkable except for the odd skunkiness. I'm reviewing the bottle, but I recently had this on tap at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul and it was a little better. My wife thinks she detects adjunct (corn), but the brewery's web site says no...could be DMS?

Photo of hotstuff
2.47/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This beer had a medium sized white head with fine-small bubbles that fully dissipated.The beer's body was clear with carbonation present.The hue was golden and the lacing was fair.The nose was malty and hoppy and the flavor was chewey, bitter, tangy, tart from start to finish with a lingering aftertaste.The mouthfeel of this beer was tingly, fairly smooth and medium bodied.

Photo of BrewRaider
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a really tasty, all-malt domestic pilsener.

Photo of dali27
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pilsner glass.

A: Deep golden color. Very small head which leaves a ring around the glass with soapy looking suds in the middle.

S: First thing I smell are grains. Light hoppy aroma typical of style comes after.

T: Bohemian style hops are a key to the taste, but they're not at strong as I expect. The hops go together nicely with the much more noticeable grains. Wheat and grassy notes. Good flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp with the carbonation that stays active for a good while. Nice clean finish.

O: Another solid offering from Summit. The brewery is one of my favorites for their other offerings, but while solid, this one doesn't compare with others in same catagory. Pilsner Urquell and SANP have my vote there. Hard to find myself drinking this one on a regular basis because of this.

Photo of turntable1973
3/5  rDev -15.3%

good beer

Photo of Monkeypaws
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden hue, nice finger of foam on the top. It's not overly gassy, so the bubbles are steady but not overly plentiful. It has a nice fruity, almost wine-like aroma, somewhat flowery and quite agreeable. The taste is pretty full for a light colored beer, with plenty of malts on the front and back ends, with a mild hops bite through the middle. It has a pretty thick mouthfeel as well, as there is sufficient carbonation to give it a thick, expanding feel as you take a swig. Overall, this is a very good beer in the style, especially for an American take, and with warmer weather ahead, this will be a staple in my fridge this summer.

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Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.