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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

06-20-2010 16:41:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-01-2013 02:13:42 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

10-13-2009 00:58:21 | More by twiggamortis420
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

03-26-2003 06:03:52 | More by tavernjef
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +25.5%

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.

12-01-2007 06:05:12 | More by ZAP
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Duff27

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

08-14-2011 01:49:40 | More by Duff27
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -19.3%

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

02-15-2006 21:14:11 | More by RBorsato
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barnzy78

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

10-24-2013 03:31:52 | More by barnzy78
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.6/5  rDev +2%

Presentation: Squat looking 12 ounce bottle, with a predominantly dark burgundy colored neck and main label. Titled as just ‘Grand’, but underneath listed as, ‘Bohemian Style Pilsner’. Lists the ingredients as ‘Water, Malted Barley, Hops & Yeast’.

Appearance: Solid presentation for a Pilsner, it has the perfect Urquellian light golden body with a fantastic thick white massive head. A few streamers punctuate the body, but it mainly unfettered. Sticky globs of lacing cling to the glass sides. Look good in my tall Pilsner Urquell Glass.

Nose: Toasted Pilsner Malt aroma with some subdued Saaz hops, a light funky feel, almost skunky at times.

Taste: Dry and crisp but refreshing and wholesome. Toasty pilsner malts, bitter middle, dry finish that has a clean citric twist. The toasty malts linger in the bitter finish. Clean and very crisp, it also invigorates a dry palate.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation aids the presence, and adds a sense of medium proportion about the mouthfeel. Just right for a serious session beer.

Drinkability: This has the archetypal nose, body and taste profile and it is not let down by the Drinkability. A seriously “poundable” Pilsner that would do well on draft I think. I could do some damage to a Six-Pack of these.

Overall: A solid Pilsner, and a damn good libation. Nicely done Summit!!

A large “Na Zdravi” to BigHuge for shipping this Eastern style brew West.

08-16-2004 02:35:06 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

10-06-2009 05:05:01 | More by cokes
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mynie

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%

Light gold with an excellent head. For this style it looks about as good as it can.

Light fruit esters mixed with a pale malt flavor-- little bready and a little bitter.

Starts with the fruit taste and moves into a dry seltzer middle and ends on the lightest hint of bitterness. This taste is about the definition of "okay."

Decent session ale. To tell the truth, when it comes to all malts I'd probably pick Strohs.

Edit:
I upped flavor to a 3.5 as it started tasting better as the beer warmed up.

09-22-2005 01:20:35 | More by mynie
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%

This beer pours a clear golden straw color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of a faint bready malt with an even fainter noble hop spiciness. The taste is of like the aroma. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Ovearll, this beer tastes a lot more like a macro lager than Czech Pinsener. I will not drink this again.

03-14-2008 21:32:32 | More by KarlHungus
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

Clear, medium golden-yellow body with an excited, foamy, white head. Laces the glass politely. On the nose, light, crisp, honeyish malts contrasting with salty, spicy, and lightly Saaz-ish hops. Not bad. Taste follows along similar lines. The malt is light, grainy, faintly sweet, and most noticeable near the finish. Tart, lemon zest hops up front, and spicier, more herbal hop flavor in the finish. Plenty of carbonation and a dry finish make this a rather refreshing beer. I like it even more on draft.

01-12-2005 23:39:23 | More by alexgash
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Brent

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Moderate straw color. Sweet malt aroma with the barest whiff of phenols. Indeed very Bohemian, with sweetish light malt flavor. Some reserved grassy and grape flavors. I'd have like just a bit more bite to clean it up at the finish. "Grand" oversells - how about "Pretty Good?"

02-01-2006 14:20:53 | More by Brent
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

08-24-2012 00:31:59 | More by Darkmagus82
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev 0%

12 oz short brown bottle, twist off cap, no date.

This beer poured a clear, light amber-yellow color with good bubbling action, and creamy, white foam that clung to the inside of the glass to coat. The smell was lightly malty with some grain and bread and a hint of hoppiness. The taste was mildly malty with good hoppiness, including a touch of floral hops and a hint of hop "soapiness". There were notes of grain in the taste as well. Overall the flavor was a bit thin. The mouthfeel was crisp with medium-light body and good carbonation, and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. This was a decent lager and was easy to drink.

02-21-2004 22:25:44 | More by UncleJimbo
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morimech

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a pale golden with a 1/2 inch white head that recedes quickly. The beer leaves some nice lacing. After a short time, carbonation bubbles diminish.

The aroma is mostly bready malt with the noble hops hiding in the background.

Taste is similar to the smell except the hops come out a little more.

The beer has a light body and nicely carbonated for the style.

The low ABV and light body helps drinkability but I would have liked more hops in this beer. Just bump it up a little bit and you would have a solid Pilsner, otherwise it is average at best.

04-04-2008 22:32:27 | More by morimech
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured a perfectly clear golden color with modest white puffy head. Some lacing as the beer was slowly consumed. Smell is bread-like and slightly sweet. Taste has a slight maltiness, but also a somewhat metallic taste. Finishes with more of the metallic mouthfeel.. An OK beer, once you get past the metallic taste.

06-25-2006 00:13:51 | More by tgbljb
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argock

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

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

09-07-2009 03:02:26 | More by argock
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours into a pilsner glass a pale gold color with a white head that is somewhat creamy. Nice lacing.

Very bready/biscuity with zesty hops that add some grassy, lemony scents. Fair amount of sweetness.

Quite bready with mild sweetness and lightly spiced hops. Bready and hoppy aftertaste as well.

Pretty hefty for a pilsner up front, but then seems to fall off a bit and lose the carbonation edge.

This is not my style at all, but I think this is a very solid pilsner. Easy enough to drink and actually has a pretty good hop dose for the style as well.

11-05-2010 23:54:10 | More by jera1350
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

08-27-2010 15:20:33 | More by andrenaline
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Brewed with Harrington and CaraMunich malts. Hopped with Warrior, Saaz, and Vangaurd.

12d plato, 27 IBU, 5.0% ABV, 5.5d Lovibond.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear pale golden with yellow touches throughout, forming a tall rocky white head with superior retention and gorgeous sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate...not too fizzy like most EuroPils or Domestic wannabe's. Aroma is spritely with freshly mown hay, floral perfumy hops, crisp water, clean ferment, and dry pale malts. Mouthfeel is tangy like a Pils should be, with a medium-light body. Tastes of floral and citric hops, grass, riverside foliage, medium herbal bitterness throughout, ending in a semi-dry finish with a faint touch of honey and copper. Cleanly fermented. The body is a little heavy for the style, and the herbal type bitterness is just a bit too strong to make it very drinkable.

A fine pilsener, certainly one of the better American attempts. Summit brews some great stuff and this doesn't disappoint, though it's not quite what I'm looking for in an ideal Pils.

07-31-2004 21:41:08 | More by Mitchster
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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.

12-30-2001 22:22:38 | More by garymuchow
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beerguy101

California

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

Medium gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied German Pilsner. Light malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are spicy and its fairly hoppy for a pilsner. Good balance. Lots of flavor. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

09-26-2003 23:42:21 | More by beerguy101
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

05-17-2002 06:49:16 | More by ADR
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.