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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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81
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291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-12-2014 15:32:51 | More by capuchinpilates
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 05:29:38 | More by JamesMN
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afinepilsner

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Summit Pilsener was golden in color with good clarity. It had a white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was noble hops and some grain. The taste was light malt, grain, and hops. It had a dry, lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium carbonation. The drinkability was good. This is a decent pilsener and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:20:46 | More by afinepilsner
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csmiley

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 03:32:46 | More by csmiley
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hoplover82

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 04:40:22 | More by hoplover82
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of four beers in the a sampler pack I picked up. Was a little confused by the "Bohemian Style Pilsner" on the bottle, and its listing here as an All Malt. Clicking on the link, I then read the description, and it makes sense now. Excellent addition to the site.
Now the beer.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. Golden, clear, a lot like a macro lager. Thin fluffy, white head (about 1/4 - 1/2 inch in height). Shortly dissolved to nothing but a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing. There are plenty of tiny bubbles dancing through the liquid.

Smell: I can not detect any hops, mostly malt. I am not overly familiar with the style, but I assume from the style description this should be accurate.

Taste: Almost all malt, a little bitterness in the middle. I found this beer to be a little sweet and buttery.

Mouthfeel: Smooth like butter, lighter bodied, good carbonation. Finished crisply and clean with no aftertaste sensation.

Drinkability: Plenty good, but I just can't shake the sweetness. This is probably due in part to the fact I had this one sandwhiched between their IPA, followed by the Extra Pale Ale. A different beer, but still worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 05:48:04 | More by BigRedN
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BeerAngel

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 18:51:37 | More by BeerAngel
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KingBiscuit

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.3%

10-15-2013 00:14:04 | More by KingBiscuit
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2007 04:06:48 | More by pweis909
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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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mattafett

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.3%

01-02-2012 23:33:24 | More by dragomni
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packetknife

Idaho

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2002 17:36:39 | More by packetknife
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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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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 22:34:00 | More by pmccallum86
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pilsner glass.

A - Pours an effervescent golden-yellow with a bubbly white head that recedes quickly. Mediocre retention, but some nice sticky patches of lacing. Nice bottle and cap too.

S - Pretty straight forward aroma. Nice bready malt with some grassy hops lingering. A touch of sweet cereal and honey too. Simple, mild, and quite true to style.

T - Lots of bready malt presence upfront with light notes of honey, citrus and grassy sweetness. A gentle earthy hop character permeates the palate, giving some balance to the malty side of this brew. Slight metallic twang in the finish, with an ever-so-slight bitterness. As it warms flavors of honey and melon become more pronounced. Simple and as expected, highly drinkable.

M - Biting carbonation, too much so for my personal taste, but a degree of fizziness is expected with the style. Light body, but not watery. Overall refreshing and easy to drink.

D - Basically just a simple craft pils. All around, it's insanely drinkable and mild, but also lacks depth and complexity. That being said, this style doesn't typically boast the most complex beers anyways. Some reviews on here imply a lack of hop flavor in this brew, but I certainly taste enough to qualify this as a Czech pilsener. A tasty and refreshing lawnmower beer at worst.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 08:46:49 | More by Converge
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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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trbergman

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 03:32:40 | More by trbergman
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mfl620ks

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

01-01-2014 19:02:42 | More by mfl620ks
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mobyfann

Ohio

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 01:04:40 | More by mobyfann
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hanco005

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A—pours honey amber, clear and clean , with a fizzy ½ inch white head, fades away slower than it’s appearance led me to believe, produces spotty lacing as I drink

S—sweet malts and grains, nothing else really

T—sweet and grainy…tastes like Capn Crunch. Honestly, it does.

M—crisp and clean, light bodied, moderate carbonation

D—not a bad pilsner here, would work for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 16:59:55 | More by hanco005
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 11/18/13 printed on the bottle, poured into a pint glass

A: Bright, clear, golden color with very nice lacing and an attractive amount of carbonation. Very good looking pilsner!

S: Mostly all grains. Some faint hop smell in there as well. Smell isn't bad, but it does nothing to put it ahead of any other pilsner.

T: If you ever forget what biscuity tastes like, drink this beer. You taste a little bit of the hops in there. This beer finishes very clean and I could easily see myself having 5-6 of these without getting tired of them.

M: Light bodied as is typical for the style. Very dry finish, which I love. Pleasant lingering taste of biscuity grains.

O: This is a great session beer and I'd buy it again. Pilsner's aren't the sexiest style of beer but I very much liked drinking Summit's.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 15:40:46 | More by Givemebeer
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't been a big pilsner fan until recently, but I've been drinking this one for years. It used to just be called "Grand," but now they are calling it Summit Pilsner.

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle

Very beautiful straw gold color with faint orangish hues at times. Lively carbonation. Very sleek and inviting.

The aroma isn't very stong, but it has a distinct hop aroma, followed by an aroma of sweet grains. The taste is very nice for a pilsner. Nice hoppy bite initially, followed by a nice sweetness of the malts. Tastes a little grainy, but not in a bad way. I like my pilsners hoppy. This one only rates at a medium hoppiness to me. The mouthfeel is fitting for a pilsner. Crisp and light initially and finishes smooth. It would surely make a light beer drinker happy.

Overall I really enjoy this pilsner. It is very drinkable and would make a nice thirst quencher on a hot day. This would be a good cross-over beer for macro lager drinkers. I will definitely buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 03:20:57 | More by brewdoc75
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umustdrink

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light yellow color, clear as water with a few carbonation bubbles flowing up. White head fades to a thick film but retains well. Very light lacing.

S - Nothing much going on here, some light corniness and bitterness.

T - Despite the lack of a nose there's actually some nice pilsner flavors here. Taste starts out crisp and clean with a light corn flavor. Smoky and skunky pilsner flavors come in along with a light sugary sweetness. Finish leaves a light skunkiness.

M - Light to medium consistency with slightly elevated carbonation.

D - Not much on the nose but then again there isn't always much with this style. I'd gladly have this again, its a decent pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 01:58:48 | More by umustdrink
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Tyecko

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-25-2014 18:35:36 | More by Tyecko
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.