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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 384
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 18.72%
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

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Beer added by: garymuchow on 12-30-2001

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Reviews: 168 | Hads: 384
Photo of boomer31
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden and transparent, no head at all

S - Slight malt nose, no hops, none of the bready smell one would expect from a pilsener.

T - Almost a sweet malt taste up front and in the back. Very clean, no flavors linger. No hop presence

M - A nice thin clean mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

D - A clean smooth beer. If you like pilseners this one can be drunk all night.

Overall just ok. It was left in my fridge so I figured I'd give it a shot. Not my favorite Summit but not bad.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow straw color with a nice white head.

Smell is earthy with grass notes and light malt aromas.

Taste is like the smell, nice and earthy with light malts. Quite a nice pilsener.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with medium carbonation, pretty good.

Good drinkability as well, a nice example of the style.

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Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium shade of clear gold with a good amount of bubbles coming up. Nice, average sized, thick, sudsy, creamy, sticky, soapy white head. Very good retention with a nice thin layer of bubbly lace.

S - Pretty strong lemon and spicy aroma. Also a good amount of herbal and grassy hops. Only a hint of pale malt and breadiness. Very zesty, citrus, and spicy aroma with less emphasis on the grain, bread, and malt aroma.

T - Opens with a fairly strong lemon rind and citrus taste with some herbal and grassy hops with just a touch of bready and grainy flavors. Mid sip, a bit more of the malt and wheat taste come out with the citrus hading out just a bit. Toward the finish, the herbal and grassy bitter hop taste comes out stronger and lingers. Slightly sweet, cracker type of malt is usually in the background.

M - Average body and carbonation for the style. Somewhat crisp and refreshing. Nothing outstanding or worth noting really.

D - Fairly drinkable with a typical body/mouthfeel that is pretty refreshing. Nice touch of bitterness. A little hoppier/bitter than wheat/malt taste.

Notes: Not a bad beer that is fairly refreshing. Fairly hoppy and spicy and less malty than some others in the style. Pretty tasty on a hot day if you want a cheaper beer. Nothing outstanding, but good.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with the slightest brown hue, finger of head, solid retention and admirable spotty lacing.

S - Sweet corn dominates and is followed by some sweet lemon iced tea, quite nice.

T - THe flavours are a little bland, but typical of pilseners, with corn malts dominating, and some sour lemon and bitter grassy hops on the finish.

M - Nice carbonation, but a little on the dry side for my liking. I like my pilseners to leave my mouth watering for more, so more of a personal preference here.

D - This is a worthy offering for the style, though I have had better. Makes for a tasty drink on a hot summers day, and I would never turn one down if offered.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-6-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured with three fingers of foam, golden clear yellow color, carbonation present with a good layer of lacing

S - Light malt flavor with a slight citrus aroma

T/M - Light bodied brew, started smooth but finished with slight crisp hop bitterness

D - Another good brew from Summit, lighter bodied brew that I would drink more than a couple of. I recommend this brew

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Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow with a nice, light and fluffy white head. Crystal clear. Very nice lace splatters here and there.

S: Sweet grains and a touch of floral hops. Slight fruitiness as well.

T: Spicy hop bitterness. Floral hops too. Sweet cereal grains, a little fruity too. Good crisp, clean though very short finish.

M/D: Lighter body. Higher carbonation that has some tingle. Drinkability is good, very easy to drink. Its definitely a refreshing beer. A gateway beer for a non craft drinker?

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Photo of Buebie
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the autumn sampler...odd for a release of this season in the middle of July.

Poured from the brown twist off bottle into the glass. A white fizzy 2 inch head is formed. Settling to leave a generous cap. Lace of one mighty ring and a few legs.
Color is a darker golden, but completely transparent.

Aroma is very good for the style. Large amounts of cereal grains, a touch of sweetness and biscuits too with a grassy earth hop aroma. Most times this style does not deliver much for aroma too me. But this one however just keeps on coming, loved that.

Taste is filled with some of those grains, bordering husky but never really reaching a unnatractive flavor, not as sweet though in taste, with a bit of mineral water flavor. Plenty of hop delivered, earthy hay like and bittering very well. Pilsen malt is also detected and its wonderful to be able to taste anything for a pilsener. A style I have struggled to pull anything from in the taste department previously.
Bitters linger after the swallow, finshing dry.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light whith just a slight chewy hop feel.

Overall this is a fantastic representation fo the style. Consumed on a hot day, been wroking outside all day and needed somthing to freshen up with...well here it is.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  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.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is good, but it doesn't strike me as great, but I can't find anything wrong with it as far as the style goes, it's quite enjoyable.

Pours a clear yellow with a medium sized white creamy head that has great retention and lacing all the way down the glass. Beautiful indeed.

The smell is so soft and balanced with a soft hay aroma along with bright floral hops. And very mild fruity esthers.

The flavor mirrors the aroma to the t. With hay and bright earthy/floral hops.

Medium body with a very clean and crisp finish. Big yet creamy carbonation too.

A very sessionable beer indeed.

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Photo of katan
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a Sam's PP. In my hunt of pilsners, I moved east from Germany for a try.

A --Pours a light golden with brown highlights. Light bubbling, but very strong bright white head formation that is well retained. Appears to be very clear.

S - Very subdued nose - only the lightest amount of pilsner malt comes through. Even some odd sweetness of another malt might be there.

T - Starts off with a pilsner malt graininess which is tied to almost a husky astringency. Almost a roasted note in there. Moves to an earthy, grapefruit style hopping. Bitterness is light. Finishes very cleanly with a light pils malt note. There are some fruity off-flavors in this beer - which from the description is normal.

M - Moderate to strong body in both beer and carbonation. Sticky at times, stinging at others. Clean aftertaste.

D - Good ABV for sessioning or so. Not filling. Flavors are not that strong, so I wouldn't think this beer would overwhelm the senses.


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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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Photo of billyzoom666
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Slow pour left no head, there was some lacing after the first few sips. The color is a pure yellow wheat color. The smell reminded me of that too, like wheat fields in late summer/early fall. Nice and comforting. This is something my grandfather, a non experimenting guy, would've drank. It's not bad, it's just that it has a traditional pilsner taste to it....a "beer" taste if you will. There was some bitterness on the tongue, but nothing to write home about. It has a light mouthfeel which would would lead to pretty high drinkability, although after a couple I'd want something with more taste.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark yellow beer with a sticky white head that left decent lacing on the glass. Grainy and earthy in the aroma, but nothing really strong here.

A light bodied beer. A malty flavor is dominant upfront. This gives way to prickly a center and finishes with some spiciness.

Nothing extraordinary here, but certainly nothing bad. This beer has pleasant flavors and is highly drinkable. A dangerous combination indeed.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow gold, good clarity, topped by two fingers of dense level white foam. Good lacing.

Big fresh grass/hay aroma.

Taste has a sweet center, and some pleasing bitterness from the earthy hops on the sides. Cleanish finish, but with a lingering hop tingle.

Smooth with proper tingling carbonation.

Wasy drinkability, but a bit light on desirability.

Lacks a bit of Saaz sass, but a good crossover beer.

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Photo of rowew
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, typical Summit bottles and labels. Green twist cap. Date code is cryptic.

Appearance: Clear golden, average head - not much retention.

Smell: Slightly metallic, noble hops. A bit more bread as it warms.

Taste: Metallic taste doesn't come through here - highly drinkable with some nice flavors - very balanced.

Overall impression: Nice drinkable beer - not sure this belongs in the autumn variety pack though. Seems to be a much better fit for summer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Brilliant gold with fairly active carbonation. A soapy white head is short lived, but does leave a bit of lace.

S: Honey sweetness is joined by a bit of lemon and fresh cut grass.

T: Starts out sweet, with a distinct clover honey flavor. Bitterness comes on with a spicy lemon and pepper kick. Finishes with a lingering pepper flavor and a touch of metal.

M: The The medium-light body has a nice amount of tingling carbonation.

D: This is a pretty decent Pils. Its lightness makes it an easy drinker on a warm day. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear light gold color with a creamy lid of off-white foam. Retention is good and the lacing is superb. It is a nice looking pils.

Smells mostly like grainy and husky light malts with a few whiffs of earthy hops. Hops are not very bold here and it is not the full on saaz aroma found in many examples of the style. But still a fresh and clean smelling brew.

Ah, much more lupulin goodness in the flavor. Strikes a nice balance between some husky graininess and a fairly intense, grassy hop bitterness. There are a few rough edges to the beer, but all in all, this is a well crafted and very tasty pilsner. I like it! Crisp, clean and refreshing. Well done Summit.

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Photo of trbergman
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Golden body with one finger of white foam and vigorous carbonation.

S - Grainy, cereal, slight grassy, herbal hop aroma.

T - Bready malt, somewhat sweet cereal flavor, a spicy and herbal hop bite, with a moderate, lingering bitterness. The finish could be a little more dry, to my taste.

M - Not quite light-bodied, malts give this a somewhat round mouthfeel.

D - A decent beer, but I tend to like my pilsner a bit more crisp and dry. I'd have it again, but probably not two in the same sitting.

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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Shango42
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type-bottle poured into pilsner glass.
A-Clear yellow pour. Bright white head with big defined bubbles. Some lacing.
S-Pungent sweet german malt. Grassy with some bitterness.
T-Dryness is noticeable right away. It seems to be right in the forefront and is a bit overbearing. Grassy and spicy shocks to the tongue are there. Sharp hops is surprising as is the absence of the sweetness from the nose. German malt is way in the back as this beer really lacks balance.
M-Crisp, watery, clean, too low carbonation.
D-I had a higher expectations for this one coming from Summit. Not one of my favorites from them. Just not enough balance and too much dry hop bitterness.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pilsner glass. No freshness date. Purchased as part of Summit Autumn Sampler 12-pack.

A: Clear golden with ½-to-1-finger white head with average retention and a few islands of lace.

S: Crisp and classic with mineral, pale malt grain and noble hops bitterness

T: Pale malt sweetness is short and is eclipsed by the substantial noble hops bite which is notably more grassy and herbal than most pilsners.

M: Clean feel with appropriately active carbonation and medium body

D: A solid if unspectacular pilsner from a consistently good brewery

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Photo of Mdog
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold, nice sized head.

Smell: Grassy hops, not overly strong.

Taste: Starts with a moderate sweetness before finishing with grassy hops.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, good session beer.

I think this is the same beer as the old Summit Grand, at least I can't tell the difference between them. Nice grassy pilsner, and a good thirst quencher.

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