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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 383
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 18.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: garymuchow on 12-30-2001

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Reviews: 168 | Hads: 383
Reviews by Mistofminn:
Photo of Mistofminn
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the process of trying 90/- Scottish Ale, I figured I'd finish out all the Summit brews that I haven't reviewed.

Pours a copper tinted yellow with a nice one finger white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very earthy, with light spicey hops and a solid malt backbone. Very Pilsner like.

Tastes maltier than the nose leads on, but the hops are definitely there, just hidden in the background. A pretty malty Pilsner, with that "Summit" taste. I can't describe it, but every Summit brew I've had has a distinct quality to it that just screams "Summit." If you've had Summit's offerings you know what I'm talking about.

Pretty light bodied, with a decent carbonation and a very light lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is good enough, nothing special.

Not the best Pilsner in the world, but certainly better and more flavorful than what most of this world call's beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of skybluewater
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of DwedPirateWobert
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of vickyreddy
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I am fan of different kind of beers but when it came to pilsener I did not like it especially the taste ..... I like summit Extra Pale Ale but unfortunately did not like it...but I can say for sure that it is thick strong and intense...for all who like pilsener would love this flavor

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.71/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of MrUse
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsp77
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ryanocerus
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It has a slight chill haze but otherwise is brilliant straw under a rapidly receding 1” white foam collar that provides light lace. S: earthy, spicy, flowery aroma T: Complex and well-rounded with light graham cracker, a hint of diacetyl, no fruit, hop bitter finish. Good balance between hop and malt. F: Crisp, clean and smooth with a light to medium light body and above average carbonation. O: A refreshing, flavorful, easy to drink Pilsener.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of blaze8
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Lesmaki
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of moundbz
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of tallfellapgh
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of frankiepop
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Helgy
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ggaughan
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.