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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

Summit PilsenerSummit Pilsener

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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.27%


Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pweis909 on 09-02-2007)
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color, perfect clarity and some bubbles rising steadily to the top. Two fingers of white head recede slowly and leave a good lace and lots of stick.

Smell has a light pale malt sweetness, some grain, a light toasty aroma, and just a hint of grassy, spicy hops. Lacking in the hops department.

Taste is also lacking in the hops department - the malt components are nice, again with some lightly toasted grain and a bit of pale sweetness - but it needs more noble hops! They're too light - offering only a light grassy flavor and a low level of herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fine, appropriately carbonated. I'd just like some more spicy noble hops, please. At least Summit seems to have the head down in most all of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 04:21:37 | More by number1bum
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from 12 0z bottle

A- pours a clear light golden color wth a fluffy 1.5 finger head

S- was that of a pils with baked bread malts and some floral hops

T- was bready malts followed by floral noble hops with some wet grass taste nothing overwhelmed

M- was crisp and carbonated but did not have the hop/malt taste i like in a crisp tasty pils

D- was average not great so many other pils to choose from that this one gets lost as a choice for me..it drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 22:35:46 | More by gatornation
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale golden. Head is one finger and lasts decently well. LEaves some lacing.
S- The aroma is cracker, bread, a bit of fresh greenness.
T- There is a bit of a hop bite up front but just a touch. The balancing sweetness of bread dough come through in the middle before a fresh, crisp, clean finish.
M- The body is a bit too light up front, but I like the crisp carbonation.
O- A well made simple pilsners. Pretty standard but pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 23:27:23 | More by jsprain1
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ultra-clear, light gold with light amber highlights. Very effervescent but only small white head develops leaving virtually no lace.
Aroma of grain, bread, some light citrus tones.
Flavors were malty sweet with a menagerie of sweet citrus and herbal hits from the hops.
Mouthfeel crisp and light, refereshing with a good mixture of sweet and bitter aftertaste.
High on the drinkability scale due to refreshing quality, not much in the way of superior flavor though.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 03:50:14 | More by CRJMellor
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katan

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Just...OK...

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 04:51:22 | More by katan
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours quite golden in color with a thin whispy white head on it but it does leave some lacing on the glass. Not much but some. Not much retention but the golden color impresses.
S= like a slightly hoppy macro. Not a lot of hops and not much but some malty backbone.
T= just like the smell a hoppy bite and a smooth malty backbone. Pretty classic pilsner style.
M= crisp and refreshing?
D= very high. Ill be sure to seek it out again for a hot summer day to session on.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 01:50:15 | More by jjanega08
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Duff27

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light clean straw color with a few meandering bubbles. Head doesn't offer much, just a small film on top.

S: Copper coins, corn pops and dry hay

T: First impression is how grainy this beer is. Next comes yellow corn and minor caramel. Finishes with mineral tastes and more grainy flavors.

M: Medium body, fuzzy (like most all the other summit beers)

D: Eh.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 19:09:09 | More by Westsidethreat
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putnam

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brilliant golden yellow with a dreary accumulation of fizz on top. Soft floral and mineral aromas are typical of chewy pale malt and reminiscent of various French farmhouse ales; I mention that only because I've been drinking boatloads of Castelain and 3 Monts lately. The comparison helps my opinion of this drink. There is very little in the way of minty, citric or resiny hops aromas, only a doughy, cracked kernel aroma and faint grass perfumes. On the palate bitter iron flavors pin down a very promising cereal and honey allure. Fine carbonation seems perfectly natural. In the end tiring, raw, tar flavored bitterness blocks any invitation to drink a sequence.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 20:12:40 | More by putnam
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Mdog

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 18:16:32 | More by Mdog
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours a pale straw color, totally transparent with a fluffy white head. A little bit of lace is left as the head fades to a film.

Smell: Noble grassy hops, some light floral notes. Light pilsener malt.

Taste: The flavor is clean and straight forward. Light malt balances with grassy floral hops. The sweetness is light, but it maintains throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation tries to be crisp but ends up a bit muted. Light to medium body, and a light tingle throughout the sip. A light oiliness at the end.

Overall: Pretty standard, not a ton going on here.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 05:58:55 | More by KickInTheChalice
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rowew

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 23:12:31 | More by rowew
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pilsener pours a typical golden color, with a nice size lasting head, and plenty of carbonation bubbles. The smell while not strong did have skunk like qualities. The taste was pleasant, rather light, had a nice mellow straw like flavor, a few hops, and was actually a bit sweet, but the aftertaste isn't that great. While easy to drink, that aftertaste would stop me from getting more. Overall a pretty nice pils, nothing spectacular but has some good qualities.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 02:57:55 | More by vette2006c5r
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:50:00 | More by FreshHawk
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says enjoy by 24 August 2011. I shall do my best.

Pours a very clear light orange color. One-finger head, not too dense, fades fairly quickly. Some bits of lace try to stick to the glass, and occasionally succeed.

Smell is... light! As expected, I suppose. Light grainy pilsnery malts, some robust spiciness back there with the hops. Like chili pepper. Intriguing.

Might tasty. Mostly I get hops, starting out grassy but coming through spicy and peppery. The spicy flavors and high carbonation combine really nicely to provide a tingly, stimulating sensation in the mouth. Finish is quick; like that, it's gone. I really like this.

Mouthfeel is great. Light-bodied; carbonation is high but right on. Finish is dry and very crisp.

I find this to be a really good pilsner. Great complexity in the flavor, while maintaining that refreshing crispness and dryness. Dang, this is good. Very refreshing, and ideal for the sweltering Minnesota summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:15:46 | More by zeledonia
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daledeee

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another American lager aka pilsner. A little more flavor than most.

Pours beautiful golden with a head that goes away soon. Nose is grassy and malty.

Taste is malty and rich. Some hops shine through. Leaves your mouth feeling pretty good. Not any aftertaste like many I have had.

This is an above average beer for this type.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 02:59:15 | More by daledeee
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barnzy78

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gnomefest Leftovers

Appearance - Transparent golden color with about 2/3 of an inch of white head.

Smell - I love the scent of beer that reminds me of the brew my grandpa used to sip after a good meal served by grandma. This has the grain aroma that I love in a firm pilsener.

Taste - Grain and hops making a good tasting brew. This is what I think a pilsener should be. The only suggestion I have is even the hops and the grain flavors to allow the grain to shine through a bit more. The bitterness overwhelms the flavor just a bit.

Mouthfeel - Slightly coarse for pilsener but nothing I can't handle. The flavor is concentrated toward the front of my tongue.

~ I can certainly see myself bellying up in a tavern and putting a few Grands away. I'd too let my friends know they should give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 21:16:46 | More by cdkrenz
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 13:14:08 | More by Tballz420
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botham

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a srystal clear straw color with two fingers of tight white head. looks just like a pilsener should.

aroma is malty, with a lightly sweet character and a mild floral base. very fresh in the nose. a hint of citrus and a touch of munich malts are present upon a bit of warming.

taste is lightly malty up front, with a floral hop character throughout the palate. lightly sweet overall, with a fresh profile and a finish of light floral hops and a touch of malt.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with soft CO2 and a clean finish, leaving the mouth slick and lightly coated.

drinkability is great. this is a solid pils with all the ingredients to make a great one. the hops are fresh, and the malts are not grainy or stale, which seems to be the case more often than not with these light lagers. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 23:56:58 | More by botham
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samie85

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:21:35 | More by samie85
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marburg

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strikingly bright gold with a dense, frothy latte-like head. A torrent of carbonation steadily rises for quite a while. Quite clean in both aroma and flavor -- very little in the way of "extra" sweetness. Nose could be a bit crisper and is a bit washed out with flowery plants and malt. Mild grainy malt flavor. Malt is very tame -- but the hop presence is not terribly assertive, and there is no lingering hop flavor. Much more dominated by the malt than I might expect, though that's not to say that it's devoid of hop flavor. A mild, tingly spicy hop flavor enters the picture briefly toward the end. A very clean, drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2004 14:02:31 | More by marburg
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 02:10:27 | More by Buebie
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though I've lived in MN most my life, and have been well acquainted with Summit for that last decade, this is my first go at their pilsner. Not sure how long they've had this out, but it may be my new go-to light beer.

Into a pint glass, pours a light golden color with a small white head, not much lacing. The aroma has plenty of grains, some light citrus and grassy hops, pretty nice but not too strong. The taste is very nice, lots of grains and wheat, some nice grassy hops and light citrus, maybe a little coriander and bit of pepper. The mouth is medium, feels light and airy with good carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Very, very easy to drink, this case went by fast. Fairly simple, yet complex enough to still be interesting after you've had a few, and light enough so as not to weight one down.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 02:40:27 | More by objectivemonkey
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 00:55:47 | More by BeardedBoffin
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
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