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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 348 | Reviews: 163
Photo of Goodspeed83
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALC82
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

A 3.5 Great and classic
S 3.7 Lemon, biscuit, noble hops. Good.
T 3.7 Hits the spot as fine as a basic Euro Pilsner, better than most american versions. Perfect for summer day or brauts.
MF 3.6 Fresh clean refreshing

Photo of csmiley
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pale yellow in color. A hard pour gave a little more than half inch of head. Retention was average while lacing was minimal.

S - Bread is first on the nose but that gets followed quickly by the typical pilsener hops. There is also just a hint of spiciness.

T - Malt and yeast stand out in the flavor. They are followed by earthy hops and sharp spices. Flavor is lighter than expected.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Body was too light for my taste.

D - Drinkability is good. It does tend to disappear quick. Light body and low alcohol make it a brew that I could drink several of.

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a very clear, pale, golden yellow color. It had a foamy, pillowy head of white foam. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel and grains. Also, herbal and grassy notes.

T - It was nice and sweet with caramel and grain flavors. It had a mild hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied pilsener.

D - This is a nice representation of the Czech pils style. Well done and easy drinking.

Photo of mynie
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light gold with an excellent head. For this style it looks about as good as it can.

Light fruit esters mixed with a pale malt flavor-- little bready and a little bitter.

Starts with the fruit taste and moves into a dry seltzer middle and ends on the lightest hint of bitterness. This taste is about the definition of "okay."

Decent session ale. To tell the truth, when it comes to all malts I'd probably pick Strohs.

Edit:
I upped flavor to a 3.5 as it started tasting better as the beer warmed up.

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 MNAle
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale golden color. White head. Very nice aroma. Better than some pale ales. Not much hops, as expected. Easy drinking taste. Malts, with light hops present. This is a pleasant, well done pilsener, and is faithful to the style, but, personally, I prefer a stronger taste (which is why I don't often buy pils). Refreshing to drink. Matches up well against the classic European pilseners. I recommend it to those who are looking for an American pilsener.

Photo of marc77
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fulgent, crystalline light golden hue. Persistent porcelain white head leaves fleecy lace. Soft, staple bready sweet malt accompanied by lightly floral hops with an herbaceous tinge in aroma. Clean, facile, pilsner malt sweetness is perceived incipiently and lingers until partially offset by perhaps overly gentle hop bitterness. Malt presence becomes doughy mid palate, and is contrasted by a subtle, grassy hop late. Crisp, brisk, pleasantly dextrinous, somewhat functional mouthfeel. Finishes brusquely and simple, with a brief snap of maltose and dry cracker. Summit Grand is strikingly clean and almost immaculate in overall flavor profile. Although devoid of flaw, it displays no true outstanding character. It treads between a dry German and maltier Bohemian pils in overall character. Definitely a fine brew for quick, effortless quaffing. Thanks to Felonioumonk for sending this my way!

Photo of number1bum
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color, perfect clarity and some bubbles rising steadily to the top. Two fingers of white head recede slowly and leave a good lace and lots of stick.

Smell has a light pale malt sweetness, some grain, a light toasty aroma, and just a hint of grassy, spicy hops. Lacking in the hops department.

Taste is also lacking in the hops department - the malt components are nice, again with some lightly toasted grain and a bit of pale sweetness - but it needs more noble hops! They're too light - offering only a light grassy flavor and a low level of herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fine, appropriately carbonated. I'd just like some more spicy noble hops, please. At least Summit seems to have the head down in most all of their beers.

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hop, slight wheat, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight wheat, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, and decent body.

Photo of marburg
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strikingly bright gold with a dense, frothy latte-like head. A torrent of carbonation steadily rises for quite a while. Quite clean in both aroma and flavor -- very little in the way of "extra" sweetness. Nose could be a bit crisper and is a bit washed out with flowery plants and malt. Mild grainy malt flavor. Malt is very tame -- but the hop presence is not terribly assertive, and there is no lingering hop flavor. Much more dominated by the malt than I might expect, though that's not to say that it's devoid of hop flavor. A mild, tingly spicy hop flavor enters the picture briefly toward the end. A very clean, drinkable brew.

Photo of mobyfann
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.49 for a single at Jungle Jim's...

The beer pours a clear golden base with a large white head, moderate head retention for the first 30 minutes then fades, and a few specs of lacing. The aroma is a faint scent of hops with no sign of alcohol.

The taste is smooth, yet a little scratchy on the palette, mild malt and hop after-tones. Good in the mouth and very drinkable at 5% abv, this is a solid choice for a middle of the line, micro-brewed pils.

Final Thought: A nice pils from the Twin Cities, but a Victory Prima Pils can be had for about the same price, in addition to being shipped from about the same distance aways.

Photo of bristol2120
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale/medium golden, with a nice big head of foam, that slowly fades, leaving significant lacing. Nice aroma, if a little faint, featurning hops and malt in fairly equal proportion. Taste is a bit less bold than I would have hoped for, with moderate hops flavor in the fore, but not much maltiness at all. Decent mouth feel, that could have used a bit more carbonation, but was still decent. Overall, a nice, drinkable lager, that would be especially good for hot weather.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz short brown bottle, twist off cap, no date.

This beer poured a clear, light amber-yellow color with good bubbling action, and creamy, white foam that clung to the inside of the glass to coat. The smell was lightly malty with some grain and bread and a hint of hoppiness. The taste was mildly malty with good hoppiness, including a touch of floral hops and a hint of hop "soapiness". There were notes of grain in the taste as well. Overall the flavor was a bit thin. The mouthfeel was crisp with medium-light body and good carbonation, and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. This was a decent lager and was easy to drink.

Photo of enelson
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of JamesMN
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent straw with a bubbly white head.

Aroma: Getting that funky lager yeast smell. A little malt and a hint of citrus from the hops.

Taste: Typical craft brewed pilsener. Bready with a small hop bite. Getting some corn or other adjunct in there but it isn't exactly out of place in this style. There's nothing really bad to say about this one but nothing incredibly positive to say either.

Mouthfeel: At the lower end of medium bodied. Nice level of carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I'm not sure this beer deserves the status of being a year-round brew by Summit. It does the job but definitely doesn't leave me wanting more. However, this beer is never out of place at a summer picnic or backyard barbecue.

Photo of pweis909
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't be the first to review this, can I? Seems like a part of Summit's regular lineup, according to the Summit wesbiste, but I never saw this beer before. Found it on tap at the MN State Fair.

Pale, with dense white foam. Hoppy aroma. Crisp, dry taste, with bitter hoppy finish. Hopping seems appropriate to the style, but the genuine Czech versions have adistinctive maltiness that I just don't find in this one. Apparently this is not brewed with the traditional Moravian pilsner base malt. Better than I expected, not as good as I wanted.

EDIT: Was just informed that this is the same as Summit Grand. They just recently chanaged the name.

Photo of Greggy
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden color with no sediment, and a 1 finger head that recedes to nothing.

S- Skunky hops, a little bit of light malt, a bit of straw and a touch of light citrus.

T- A clean pilsner with not a hell of a lot of character other than a slight clove note, and a nice dry finish, with a bit of graphite.

M- Low carbonation makes the style talk for itself.

D- This is an ok pilsner. Sessionable, yes, but honestly, dang near comparable to Miller Lite.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a pale white head, 2-finger off the pour, but low retention. Beer was a crystal-clear yellow brew, showing bubbles slowly rising within, displaying the likely bright carbonation.

S-Bready malts with a zesty hop spiciness.

T-Bready, grainy malt, crisped by a nice hop spiciness and in-balance hop bitterness. Nothing off-the-wall here, just a dang enjoyable, smooth flavored lager beer. Finished dry and clean.

M-mdium-high carbonation cleans the palate, while the moderate body keeps this brew from being too blah and watery.

D-Quite good. As I said, overall simply a good-tasting beer, and quite easy to drink. Thumbs up.

Photo of Slynger
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color, with a pillowy cap of fine white fuzz.

Light nose with crackery malts and a touch of lemon grass.

Saltine crackery malt flavors with a peppery-spicy noble hoppiness. Light-medium body, lightly zesty carb, slightly cloying.

One of the better American versions I've had. Definitely a decent option when considering a pilsener.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.