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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 168
Hads: 385
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: 385
Photo of jdseltzer
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is real good and pretty cheap. It can compete with them foreign Pilsener's. I think it is far better than the Pilsener made by Lift Bridge. I will by it again. It sort of reminds me of the beer James Page which is no longer made.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not too bad. The flavor isn't nearly as strong of a wheat and hop mix as the aroma suggested, and there's actually a nice little floral touch. One of the better pilsners I've had.

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Photo of vickyreddy
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I am fan of different kind of beers but when it came to pilsener I did not like it especially the taste ..... I like summit Extra Pale Ale but unfortunately did not like it...but I can say for sure that it is thick strong and intense...for all who like pilsener would love this flavor

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of Lahoi
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw color, big sustained head, some lacing (more than I expected, in fact).

Smell and taste are similar. Floral, but not overpowering. A little bit of hops, malt, yeast.

Feels like a good pilsener. Nothing heavy, but a lot more going on than with an AAL. Good carbonation.

This is a great summer beer. I like Lagunitas PILS, and this beer is similar. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would drink it again.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Clear gold with 1-2 fingers of white head, leaving a smidge of lacing Smell: Cereal breadiness and herbal/grassy hops
Taste: Nice slightly tart maltiness to start with. Fades into sort of a stale, lackluster moderately bitter hops finish
Feel: Light, crisp

Overall: The Summit Pilsener strikes a nice malt-hops balance, and the malt character itself is pretty good. Where it goes south is in the uninspired stale hops character. It is well within the "enjoy by" date of 8/16/2015, so it's hard to find it excusable. Still, in the grand scheme of things it is a basically enjoyable pilsner. The main thing Summit has going for it is the price tag, but you can find some great pilsners or light lagers out there for about the same price: Sierra Nevada's Nooner or Summerfest, Anchor's California Lager, Great Lakes' Dortmunder. If it needs to be local, Schell's does a nice robust pilsner, and Bauhaus and Bent Paddle, though slightly more expensive, are great local options.

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

Sampled this evening on 4/26/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass "CHEERS-BOSTON" mug.

This 'Czech Pilsener' style brew pours a golden-yellow in color with a good 2-finger foamy white head that settled down to a thin layer after a good 10 mins. Sheets of 'ring-like' lacing was seen when sipped. The aroma is of pale malts, yeast, and a light hint of wheat. The taste pretty much follows the nose. Crisp and clean and is tasty. Goes down easy with no harsh or bitterness for the finish. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a good brew.

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Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of lastdazeman
5/5  rDev +39.7%

This is the beer that helped me decide to learn more about beer. I bought a summer selection of Summit beers and liked this one better than the other three in the sampler. It is the first time a beer really struck me as, "Man this is good." After tasting this beer, I started asking my friends who either knew about or brewed their own beers to tell me the differences between the way different beers are brewed.

I may find other brewers and other beers that I enjoy more but this is the one that influenced me to learn more about beer. I have a loyalty to this style and this brewery.

I brew wine from scratch and from kits. I understand that brewing beer is different and more complicated. I am enjoying learning about both.

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Photo of MNAle
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale golden color. White head. Very nice aroma. Better than some pale ales. Not much hops, as expected. Easy drinking taste. Malts, with light hops present. This is a pleasant, well done pilsener, and is faithful to the style, but, personally, I prefer a stronger taste (which is why I don't often buy pils). Refreshing to drink. Matches up well against the classic European pilseners. I recommend it to those who are looking for an American pilsener.

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Photo of Act25
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

A 3.5 Great and classic
S 3.7 Lemon, biscuit, noble hops. Good.
T 3.7 Hits the spot as fine as a basic Euro Pilsner, better than most american versions. Perfect for summer day or brauts.
MF 3.6 Fresh clean refreshing

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Photo of ctxfenris
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Cloudy yellow. Lots of lacing.
Smells like malt and grass.
Tastes like a typical pilsner, very smooth. Hop bite at the end.
I like this beer but it's nothing to write home about. The Summit sampler is a bargain at 14.50 however.
Would have again.

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Photo of davesterli
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - light, somewhat lackluster
S - light beer aroma.
T - standard pilsner. Serviceable.
M - clean...nothing exciting, but no complaints
O - at 4.5%, this is a good but not great session beer. I could have a few of these, but it wouldn't be the most exciting session.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice straw color, thin fizzy half a finger of white head, little lacing.
S - Grain, minerals, a little barley, some light hop presence.
T - Tastes like a pilsener, very faint on the hops, but light and crisp.
M - Light in feel, but very refreshing.
O - Good average pilsener, made for summer quenching.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Smell: Crisp and Clean. Very light beer aroma...

Taste: Clean but not crisp and no wow factor. A decent amount of bitterness.

Mouth-feel: Cool, carbonation light and airy on the taste buds.

Overall: An ok pilsner.. Pales in comparison to Pilsner Urquell, the original.

Keep trying Summit.. You've a nice beer.. Just not a great beer...

Carry On Citizens

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of TWHartman
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours light, one-dimentional golden hue, clean white head with pretty good retention.

S- Bread dough, grass or fresh hay, slight lemony brightness

T- Strikes a nice balance, slight sweetness finishing with a restrained bitterness

M- Very nice mouthfeel for the style. Not thin at all, noble hop flavor stays in the back and roof of mouth and throat

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Photo of MikeAAL
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent pilsener. Not too shabby.

Pours a yellow, gold color. Not very transparent. Decent head.

Smells like a pilsener.

It's got a bitter pilsener taste with a lot of hops. I like hops.

Medium body with light carbonation.

This is good, not great.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Converge
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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

This isn't a Czech Urquell, but it's pretty damn close. I think it's a good summer beer. Like most Summit beers this baby goes down smooth. I listened to some great ambient music by Erik Wollo "Imaginary Landscapes" which should be considered a classic.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12OZ BOTTLE best by 9/12/12

Appearance is a crystal clear lemon color, with a small sudsy head. Smell is light wheat/grain, corn, lemon. Taste is very light and grainy as well, with touches of lemon and sweet grass. The hops are there but very subdued. Feel is crisp (maybe a tad under-carbonated), but the finish is watery and has an unpleasant musty aftertaste not unlike GMC.

This wouldn't be a bad choice on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of steveh
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With all of the discussion about American Pilsners going on I had to stop and pick up something to quench my thirst, and maybe see if we're talking up our sleeves.

Summit and BA both call this a Czech Pils, so I'll rate it to that standard.

A -- Clear, straw to light gold color with a thick, dense white head that holds up well.

S -- Bready, yeasty malts up front. Vaguest of citrus hops trying to fight through. Mild DMS and light sulfur.

T -- Grainy to light citrus up front with some mild bitterness in the middle and finish. Some mild citrus in the finish. There is a light vegetal character in the aftertaste of this beer that I get in some light micro lagers. Not sure if it's a hop or yeast byproduct, but it makes for a less-than clean Pilsner.

M -- Body is light with a soft to crisp mouthfeel.

O -- I find this closer to a German Pils than Czech, though the hops are light. This is a highly refreshing and drinkable beer, but the lacking malt character and low hop character in the flavor, plus the off characters, keep my marks low.

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