Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 378
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 18.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 40 | 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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Reviews: 166 | Hads: 378
Photo of frank4sail
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sweet wet cardboard smell. Very carbonated filtered crystal off yellow look with a white head. Sweet tangy, weakish watery flavor. Strange chewy, smoothish medium mouth for a pilsner. You expect more taste from the mouthfeel but, It's not there.

Cheers to Budgood1 for the sample.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a very small thin white head. The aroma consists of crisp hop notes with light grain that make your mouth water. The taste mimics the smell with a sweet tone and the crispness is even stronger. The hops are a hint of light black pepper that tapers into a dry bitterness. This is a light bodied brew that finishes slightly sticky to the tongue despite the dryness of the hops. All in all, this is a nice refreshing brew. Thanks to budgood1 for this! Cheers!

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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!

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Photo of Indybeer
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a hazy golden yellow, which cleared some as it warmed.Very little head, some fine lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops and malt. Taste is hoppy and slightly sweet. Weak carbonation, gives it a semi fizzy tingle on the tongue. Not a bad beer, but a little on the bland side. I keep waiting for something more that just isn't there. Still it would make a good lawnmower beer on a hot day, not filling but refreshing.

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Photo of Gump
4.46/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Summit comes through again with this "Bohemian Style Pilsner". Its pours clear golden, with foamy head. The head settles quickly to almost nothing, and the carbonation isn't visible, but doesn't seem to detract from the mouthfeel.

I can describe the taste as fresh and light, with a hoppy tone. It's sweet and highly drinkable.
The dry, bittersweet finish makes you feel like you should have another.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got back from a days worth of landscaping in the hot sun. This was an excellent remedy for my hot self. A light, crisp beer, its a nice gold color with a bubbly white head, with lacing all the way down to the bottom. Its a bohemian style pislner, which means nada to me but some of you may know the difference or lack of one. The moral of the story is that its a pretty nice beer, goes good with summer weather.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear golden color with a white head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is of crisp hops and sweet malts. It has a nice crisp hop flavor and a clean malt flavor. It is a smooth, easy drinking beer. Not over the top in the malts or hops. A very clean beer.

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

The prototypical lager/pilsner pour, an unblurred gold color, the head the archetypal bright white, frothy in texture, the lace a nice covering sheet upon the glass. Nose the quintessential malt, clean and fresh, crisp and quite satisfying as noses go. Start is typical malt, lightly sweet, the top middling in feel, finish purposeful in its acidity, the hops applicatory to the style, a nice thirst quencher and a fine session beer for those lucky enough to have access to this beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When Summit announced this, their first year-round lager, 2 years ago, I was skeptical. I'd long enjoyed their pale ale, IPA, porter, and more. Why do they need to mess around with a pils? I was more reassured when I found that their new brewmaster had come from Jamaica's Red Stripe, one of few pilseners I can happily toss back.
Color is a clear golden hue, head is chalk-white, large, loud, and bubbly. Aroma is fresh and clean, zesty, dryly hoppy, with small notes of citrus, straw, sea-foam.
Lively and hoppy palate, short, but pleasant finish. Crisp, snappy, and perfectly balanced. Everything is in proper order, and if I had nothing heartier at hand, this would easily be a lager of choice. Very tasty, with a touch of underlying sweetness. A perfectly put-together pils.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden hue, a bit hazey, with a good, fluffy head. Smells lightly of malt with a bit of hop presence, very soft on the nose. Taste is a smooth offering of malty goodness, lightly put together with a paled hop bite. Could be a bit more bolder and bodied for this style, but was pretty good non the less. Has a good clean and smooth feel, a little light with a wierd, dry hop finish thats hard to nail down. Not bad, could be better good be alot worse.

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Photo of budgood1
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a re-review.
summit grand pours out a clear, dark golden colour. active carbonation produces larger than normal bubbles. a thin but thick head reduces down to a wispy lace. this bohemian style pilsener remains true to it's style with a light, grassy saazs hop aroma. pale malts shine through, too. taste is fairly malty, with enough body to produce a fairly full mouthfeel. a bit of soapiness and snappy hop crispness of the saaz variety add some nice flavor and character to this beer. while nothing ground breaking for a pilsnener, it's a nice rendition of the style. although filling, it's pretty refreshing and pleasing.

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Photo of brakspear
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe it was the glass I was using, but this beer poured a nice golden color with a soft white head that produced lace sheets along the glass....dextrines very evident from the lacing...but then I noticed the protein haze swirling in the glass as well...not good.

The aroma has a soft malty base with some Saaz hop notes evident...appropriate for the style, but rather bland.

The taste has all the hallmarks of a malty Czech-style pilsner, not easy to brew unless you can match the extremely soft water of Pilsen. This beer is smooth and malty, but with a very slight Saaz hop bite in the finish. Bur it is also rather bland. The beer is a decent domestic version of the Czech classic, but is missing a few things to make is special. I prefer Summit's ales....

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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 packetknife
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-orange, slightly dark, no head to speak of. Smells like fresh bread from a yard away. Just enough hop and sharp. A strange sweetness sticks to the roof of your mouth. Thicker than I expected.

Suprising it comes from Summit.

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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 garymuchow
4.54/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful mixed aroma with qualities of malt behind the wonderful Saaz hops. Good frothy and creamy head that leaves rings as it is consummed. Yellow-gold color that is clear shows a steady stream of bubbles throughout. Mixed flavors with noticeable steady malt in front through the back, and finishes with a fairly long and dry finish that may be too much for some. Mouthfeel is just right in medium area. This is a really nice beer. Not too rich so could serve well as a session beer.

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Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
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