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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

289 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pweis909 on 09-02-2007)
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BeardedAllen

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

10-14-2013 17:48:07 | More by BeardedAllen
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ZPB

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

08-23-2012 15:53:52 | More by ZPB
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silverking

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

09-16-2013 02:45:33 | More by silverking
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yokken

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-14-2012 18:52:35 | More by yokken
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samie85

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a golden color with a two finger white head.

S-Smells of mild lemon hop notes with some grain and some light lime.

T-Light lemon lime with some graininess, and no signs of bitterness, with a slightly drying hop finish.

M-Light bodied with low carbonation for the style and a mildly creamy mouthfeel.

D-I'm noticing a trend with Summit's Lagers: they tend to be on the low end of the carbonation spectrum. Normally I don't find this to be a problem with beers in general (I actually prefer it most of the time), but with these lagers it comes across as a something I really miss. That coupled with the complete lack of bitterness for me make this beer a miss.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:21:35 | More by samie85
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thebummedgardener

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-12-2013 16:52:16 | More by thebummedgardener
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karengarys

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours clear straw like a typical pilsner. Leaves little foam, no lacing. I rated "appearance" a bit low not because it looks bad, but because it looks boring.

Smells okay, typical of a pilsner.

Taste is a little richer than I would expect from a pilsner. I'm picking up a touch of pine hop, a touch of sweetness like maybe sugar, a touch of yeast like bread, and a bit of malt. Now, pilsners are not my favorite, but if I were stuck with one, I think this would be it so far... Haven't tried too many though.

Mouthfeel is a bit richer than I would expect too. A bit sparkley on the tongue, with a creaminess in the finish I didn't expect.

Finish leaves a bit of bitterness, but not too bad. There is a hop of some sort that cleans the pallette.

I'm not a pilsner fan, but of the few I have tried, this is the first that doesn't bore me to tears. I'm not going to buy myself more, but if somebody handed it to me, I'd accept.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 00:11:10 | More by karengarys
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302BeerGuy

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-20-2014 22:13:23 | More by 302BeerGuy
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steveh

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With all of the discussion about American Pilsners going on I had to stop and pick up something to quench my thirst, and maybe see if we're talking up our sleeves.

Summit and BA both call this a Czech Pils, so I'll rate it to that standard.

A -- Clear, straw to light gold color with a thick, dense white head that holds up well.

S -- Bready, yeasty malts up front. Vaguest of citrus hops trying to fight through. Mild DMS and light sulfur.

T -- Grainy to light citrus up front with some mild bitterness in the middle and finish. Some mild citrus in the finish. There is a light vegetal character in the aftertaste of this beer that I get in some light micro lagers. Not sure if it's a hop or yeast byproduct, but it makes for a less-than clean Pilsner.

M -- Body is light with a soft to crisp mouthfeel.

O -- I find this closer to a German Pils than Czech, though the hops are light. This is a highly refreshing and drinkable beer, but the lacking malt character and low hop character in the flavor, plus the off characters, keep my marks low.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 21:01:16 | More by steveh
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Fargrow

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-11-2013 02:36:44 | More by Fargrow
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four91

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

10-17-2013 23:59:06 | More by four91
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bnes09

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw colored brew. Lots of bubbles. Thin white head with some lacing.

Clean, crisp smell. Bread grains and some Euro-lager skunk.

Descent malt backbone, wheat and corn flavors with some skunk. Mild hop bitterness, spinach leafs and Italian herbs. Nothing monumental.

Light to medium-bodied. Good carbonation. Crisp feel.

Not a bad beer but nothing special either.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 23:31:26 | More by bnes09
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motorhed

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-15-2012 20:27:11 | More by motorhed
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NickSMpls

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-21-2014 23:15:06 | More by NickSMpls
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mattafett

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-08-2012 00:22:21 | More by mattafett
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yanosh

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-31-2013 15:23:57 | More by yanosh
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bhindbluis

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

09-07-2013 01:46:23 | More by bhindbluis
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

08-23-2012 03:00:46 | More by TonyTalon
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-19-2014 14:45:48 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12-13-2013 03:34:12 | More by XmnwildX12
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 02:59:48 | More by ggaughan
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 oz. Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Lighter Yellow/Straw color with a hint of haze. Half finger head that quickly dissipates. Leaves some good lacing behind

Smell - Has a fairly malty smell to it with a hint of butter/biscuits and honey. Earthy aroma is fairly prevalent in this brew

Taste - Fairly lacking in flavor even for a Pilsner, but not to the point where it feels watered down. There is a sweet honey taste with a malty and lemon flavors that stay throughout, but that's basically it.

Mouthfeel - This is a fairly light Pilsner, both in body and thickness (or thinness if you want to be picky), carbonation dies off after a few minutes.

Overall - It's a beer that you'd drink when you're fishing with your buddies over the weekend. It's not an awful beer, but there are much better Pilsner brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 20:57:44 | More by NuclearDolphin
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12OZ BOTTLE best by 9/12/12

Appearance is a crystal clear lemon color, with a small sudsy head. Smell is light wheat/grain, corn, lemon. Taste is very light and grainy as well, with touches of lemon and sweet grass. The hops are there but very subdued. Feel is crisp (maybe a tad under-carbonated), but the finish is watery and has an unpleasant musty aftertaste not unlike GMC.

This wouldn't be a bad choice on a hot summer's day.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 06:06:25 | More by jimmah120
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 22:12:16 | More by bditty187
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Enjoy by 08.30.10. No info.

Thanks to my cousin for giving me a bottle of this from the summer sample pack.

A - Completely clear and golden straw yellow, few carbonation bubbles rise to the surface lazily. A thick two-finger white head pops up but sinks rather quickly. Speckled lace covers about half the glass.

S - Crisp, light golden pils malts and a soft, light backing of mineral water with a delicate balance of noble hops gives this beer an authentic aroma of a true pilsner.

T - Crisp pils malts seem to be fairly husky and possibly paired with corn. Noble hops are still present as is the overly present hard mineral flavor. Definite a decline from the aroma.

M - A surprising bite of carbonation smacks the tongue and throat. The mineral kick is too much s this pils ends very dry and crisp with a light body.

D - The mineral addition going on is a lot to try and handle in this beer. It needs some toning down then everything might fall into place better.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 16:41:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.