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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 369
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a SAVOR goblet.

Pours a sparkling golden color with a good fizzy white head that leaves some sparse, spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a lot of grain and some bread. Along with that are some light floral and herbal hops. The grain takes over the flavor as well, barely even leaving room for the slight amount of bready malt. Some mild herbal and floral hops in the background. Light body with fizzy carbonation and a bit of dry bitterness in the finish. Not bad, but quite average. Needs more noble hops and/or less graininess. (575 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Go figure, one of the coldest days of the year and I have the taste for a pilsner. Nevertheless, this beer fits the bill with a standard straw color, fair head formation that falls to a trace, but then hangs of for the duration. A mild haze persists with light traces of lacing.

Aromas of firm pilsner malts dominate the nose with floral hop notes, light peaches and apple esters, and an earthy hop character. A metalic note also comes up early but not detected late.

Flavors fall in-line with the aromas with an emphasis on pilsner malt flavors, a fair amount of residual sweetness and light fruitiness. The fruit notes swirl around the floral hop flaovrs and give a softness to the grain sweetness-- a pretty nice blend.

Body is firm, if not a bit heavy with the residual sweetness. Malty still with a subtle bitterness that never offends. Very mild graininess are the only distractions among the textures.

Ultimately a pretty nice beer that neither stands out or falls into blandness either. On par with most American attempts, but German and Czech versions fare better because of better maltiness, attenuation, dryness, and less sweetness. Fresher hop varieties would improve as well. (1,192 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucent lemony amber with a snazzy looking crown of rich alabaster. The texture is rich as well, promoting persistence and maintenance of structure as it descends. Fingers of squiggly lace wend to-and-fro over the upper reaches of the glass and give the beer a wonderful look.

This site calls Grand an All-Malt Lager. Summit calls it a Bohemian-style Pilsener. I'm always intrigued by the differences in style assignment that crop up every so often. After assessing the aroma, I have to say that it isn't an obvious choice. Sure, there's some noble hoppiness (Saaz), but it isn't as dominant as I believe it should be in a pilsener. The nose is clean, fresh and grain-like, with just a little floral spiciness.

After tasting, I think BA is correct. There isn't enough noble hop character for Grand to be called a pilsener. Minimally toasted, crackery malt is at least as prominent as hops; perhaps more so. Maybe the three varieties of hops (Saaz, Warrior and Vanguard) cancel each other out with regard to flavor, and that, more than the actual malt-hop balance, results in the muddled, unfocused nature and the difficulty in assigning a style. Either that... or I could be full of shit.

The finish is somewhat brief and is dominated by mildly sweet grain rather than hops. It's a relatively clean, uncluttered ending, but not a pristine one. There's nothing much wrong with the mouthfeel. It doesn't make me want to dole out praise or find fault.

Summit Grand is good, solid beer. It's a jack-of-all-trades brew that would go well with all manner of foods, yet could be enjoyed solo as long as one wasn't looking for anything even remotely special. It might not stand up to intense scrutiny, but what the hell, sometimes you just want to down a few, and it's more than adequate for that. (1,793 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a Warsteiner Pilsner Glass

A -- Poured a very clear and very bright golden amber, slightly more amber tinted then your typical straw colored pilsner. Lots of carbonation visible on the pour with tons of bubble chains racing toward the surface rather quickly. The initial head was quite large, easily reaching a height of three inches or more. This hung around for a good few moments before finally settling down and relaxing o a good one inch high layer of white foam that was continuously refreshed by the carbonation streaming skyward.

S -- The aroma was your typical fare for the style. Somewhat light with loads of grain added in. This was first thing you noticed was a nice light scent of grain that was the predominant player here no matter how you looked at it. Once you got past that it was easy to pick up a nice hint of banana in there as well as the tiniest bit of fresh grass like hop aroma. Nothing really too strong, just a very light aroma, giving just a little ore depth and complexity.

T -- The flavor was again very typical for the style with no real surprises here. The first thing you noticed was the tight wheat and grain profile that was very well balance and very crisp and fresh. Sometimes you will find a Pilsner to get a tad musty, or maybe even bready in the flavor, however this was very crisp and had a nice balance to it. Up next were some more subtle fruity flavors, nice touch of banana in here to brighten it up a bit with something a bit tangy as well, maybe a hint of lemon, probably coriander but too light to really be able to make it out. Nice earthy grassy feel to it as well, especially in the finish, even giving it a bit of a dry finish, through crisp and refreshing would be more accurate.

M -- Very light bodied and highly carbonated, as you would expect given the style. This was really quite the light feel, with a very refreshing quality to it that I thought was very nice. Sometime you just really want a light bodied refreshing drink that's not over the top and this came through well here.

D -- Perfect. I could have had this one over and over again throughout the night. It was just the perfect balance of being light bodied with a very crisp, clean and refreshing taste and a not over the top or two malty of a flavor profile, just what I wanted at the time.

Overall pretty much your classic Americanized pilsner here, with the extra added hops and loads of carbonation. Not the best thing I have ever had but more then decent and I would have no issue at all in ordering up this one again, it was just a good solid call. (2,644 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

The final beer at Bliss today, one that wasn't really part of the tasting (you gotta love these guys, right?). It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of fluffy white foam. The nose comprises light lemon rind, wheat, grass, and flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, but this sameness is then invaded by a rather unexpected horde of corn. The floral hop notes helped to stem the tide a bit, but ultimately their effort was in vain. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a pretty nice pils, but the corny-ness didn't set well with me. Frankly, I was surprised to see this classified as a Czech pils, considering the lack of hoppy bitterness. I'd probably drink one o' these again, but it wouldn't be my first choice. (816 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw/bronze with 4+ fingers of eggshell white head. Very good head retention & good sticky lacing

S: Grassy & perfumy notes

T: Honey malt sweetness, a bit of grainyness, & lemon hops up front. Slight grassyness & more lemony hops as this warms. Finishes crisp, lemony with some biscutty notes

MF: Soft with medium body, perfect carbonation & very good balance

Drinks very easy, not the best example of the style out their, but no slouch either. Great bang for the buck (496 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pils glass -

Pours straw yellow/golden - chill-hazed at first, but clears. The effervescent bubbles foram a creamy, lasting head that laces the glass.

The smell is of some sweet grain with herbal/floral notes. A metallic/tinny underlying character detract a bit. Still, it's a nice enough nose - certainly recognizable as a pils.

The taste is of sweet grain nicely balanced by an herbal/floral bitterness. Thankfully not as metallic as in the nose. Finishes bright, crisp and clean.

The carbonation is on-spot for style. It is light-bodied, crisp and refreshing.

Well-balanced.

Glad to see a well-made pils from an American craft brewery. Might not be "perfect", but it is very good. Well-balanced, easy-to-drink, refreshingly dry (made me want another), as it should be! (790 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer served in a wine glass out of a bottle. Beer is yellow with a small sparse head, clear body that is straw yellow.

The beer smells like grain and mild sulfur, not really appealing.

Beer is thin and watery with a grainy aftertaste and a biting minor bitterness with a mild aftertaste. The beer is pretty disappointing, a below average pilsner. (348 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1 and a half fingers of creamy white head. Great retention leaving a lot of lace. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Zesty flavors with some lemon citrus. Grassy hops and a bit of skunk.

Taste: A little bit of skunk flavor again. Some bready/biscuity malts. Grassy herbal hops. Some lemon citrus.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this beer would be a ton times better if it didn't have so much skunk flavor. It was fine otherwise. Very easy drinking on a hot summer day. (548 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple, but tasty beer. Tastes of biscuity malts with a kiss of hops. I see this is no longer listed as a czech or german pilsner, and I could go either way on weither it tastes more american or european. Hops are grasy, malts are grainy in a good way. Great lighter beer thats affordable, I usually go through a case over the summer. (334 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 3 squares in Maple Grove.

The beer pours a fairly light gold color with so-so head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light biscuit, light pepper and very light honey. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this lightly flavored pils, though I do get some light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and finish is a bit watery. I could tell the alcohol level was pretty low, but that's not enough of a bonus to ever make me want to order this beer again.

Meh.... I guess this might make for a good transition beer for anyone looking to upgrade from BMC stuff. However, anyone hoping for a good domestic subsitute for a good Czech or German pils needs to look elsewhere.

I shared this beer with a friend who only drinks macro beers, and he was apprehensive the summit pils would have way too much flavor. After tasting the pils, he agreed he'd still rather drink his corona or bud lite, but was quick to admit that there wasn't a great deal more flavor in the summit pils than what he normally enjoys in BMC. Sadly, I would have to agree with that assessment. (1,127 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggresive pour yields a two fingered white fluffy head atop a clear golden beer. Effervescence galore. Wonderful head retention and some lacing.

Smells sweet, bready.

Pale malts. Faint noble hops. I feel this pils could be a little "crisper".

Creamy. Good carbonation.

For me, to be a top-tier pilsner, it needs to have the crisp hop bite. Summit Pilsener does not have this, as it is more malt driven. Having said that, I enjoyed this overall...and would gladly have again in the future. (492 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale and clear lemon yellow body. The head is white and airy and wispy. Lace is delicately left in spiderweb like patterns. Nice bready malt aroma. Slight hoppy spiciness noted on the nose as well. Cracker like pils malt base on the palate. Hops impart a very slight noble like characteristic of spice. Just a little peppery. Good enough mouthfeel with the appropriate carbonation level. Body is light-medium to medium. While this is serviceable, I prefer their Grand over this. (478 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - golden with a fizzy white head, lots of carbonation, some yeast suspended also
S - sweet, vegetal, corn, biscuit, grass
T - overly sweet, corn, grass, faint herbalness, soapy
M - lighter bodied, higher carbonation makes it feel fuller, sharp semi-bitter, semi-dry finish
O - unimpressed with this Pilsener. I won't be buying this one again. (344 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden colored...clear...nice 1/2 inch white head.

S-Pilsner malt...Spicy saaz hops...more subtle and than strong aroma but nice.

T-Nice light but tasty maltiness and a grassy/herbal hoppiness..

M-Medium bodied...at points can seem a little watery but the impression doesn't last...perhaps more light medium bodied....more of a rounded, than crisp mouthfeel but I like it.

D-I'm having a hard time keeping this in my glass....bought a sixer tonight and 3 are gone while I write this....flavorful....drinkable....enjoyable...I think Summit is one of the most underrated breweries in the country. Sure there are some that are better but this group does not get enough credit...I enjoyed this. (696 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a nice light golden color. The beer had a large thick white head with great retention but eventually fades to give a great level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a bready malt with notes of yeast, pepper and some lightly sweetened lemon citrus.

Taste – The taste begins mostly of a bready taste with some light lemon hop flavors. As the taste moves on the hop gets slightly stronger and the bready flavor becomes more “buttery” and takes on a more biscuit nature. In the end a light grassy flavor come to the tongue blending with the lemon to leave a lingering aftertaste..

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was of average thickness with a carbonation level that was also very average as well.

Overall – It’s a pretty good Pilsener with a decent flavor, feel and look. Worth a try, but nothing to go out of your way for. (907 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted on 01/18/06 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Clear straw color with a low white film and virtually no carbonation. Boring standard/typical low hop and standard malt aroma and flavor -- not much different than a higher-end macro. Light bodied with a thin finish. A Pilsener more like Miller touts than it's European counterparts... pass.

Per Label: "Summit Grand Pilsener"

Per SBC website:
12 P, 27 IBU, 5% ABV, 5.5L (color).
Malts: Harrington, CaraMunich
Hops: Warrior, Saaz, Vanguard

Enjoy By: '05223'
Tasted: 01/18/06 (552 characters)

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Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.