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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-6-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured with three fingers of foam, golden clear yellow color, carbonation present with a good layer of lacing

S - Light malt flavor with a slight citrus aroma

T/M - Light bodied brew, started smooth but finished with slight crisp hop bitterness

D - Another good brew from Summit, lighter bodied brew that I would drink more than a couple of. I recommend this brew

FreshmanPour77, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow with a nice, light and fluffy white head. Crystal clear. Very nice lace splatters here and there.

S: Sweet grains and a touch of floral hops. Slight fruitiness as well.

T: Spicy hop bitterness. Floral hops too. Sweet cereal grains, a little fruity too. Good crisp, clean though very short finish.

M/D: Lighter body. Higher carbonation that has some tingle. Drinkability is good, very easy to drink. Its definitely a refreshing beer. A gateway beer for a non craft drinker?

herman77, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Buebie
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Buebie, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

hoplover82, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of katan
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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...

katan, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the process of trying 90/- Scottish Ale, I figured I'd finish out all the Summit brews that I haven't reviewed.

Pours a copper tinted yellow with a nice one finger white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very earthy, with light spicey hops and a solid malt backbone. Very Pilsner like.

Tastes maltier than the nose leads on, but the hops are definitely there, just hidden in the background. A pretty malty Pilsner, with that "Summit" taste. I can't describe it, but every Summit brew I've had has a distinct quality to it that just screams "Summit." If you've had Summit's offerings you know what I'm talking about.

Pretty light bodied, with a decent carbonation and a very light lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is good enough, nothing special.

Not the best Pilsner in the world, but certainly better and more flavorful than what most of this world call's beer.

Mistofminn, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of billyzoom666
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Slow pour left no head, there was some lacing after the first few sips. The color is a pure yellow wheat color. The smell reminded me of that too, like wheat fields in late summer/early fall. Nice and comforting. This is something my grandfather, a non experimenting guy, would've drank. It's not bad, it's just that it has a traditional pilsner taste to it....a "beer" taste if you will. There was some bitterness on the tongue, but nothing to write home about. It has a light mouthfeel which would would lead to pretty high drinkability, although after a couple I'd want something with more taste.

billyzoom666, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

BeardedBoffin, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow gold, good clarity, topped by two fingers of dense level white foam. Good lacing.

Big fresh grass/hay aroma.

Taste has a sweet center, and some pleasing bitterness from the earthy hops on the sides. Cleanish finish, but with a lingering hop tingle.

Smooth with proper tingling carbonation.

Wasy drinkability, but a bit light on desirability.

Lacks a bit of Saaz sass, but a good crossover beer.

RonfromJersey, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of rowew
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

rowew, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Brilliant gold with fairly active carbonation. A soapy white head is short lived, but does leave a bit of lace.

S: Honey sweetness is joined by a bit of lemon and fresh cut grass.

T: Starts out sweet, with a distinct clover honey flavor. Bitterness comes on with a spicy lemon and pepper kick. Finishes with a lingering pepper flavor and a touch of metal.

M: The The medium-light body has a nice amount of tingling carbonation.

D: This is a pretty decent Pils. Its lightness makes it an easy drinker on a warm day. I'm glad I picked it up.

Rayek, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

twiggamortis420, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of trbergman
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

trbergman, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

cokes, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

zeff80, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Shango42
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type-bottle poured into pilsner glass.
A-Clear yellow pour. Bright white head with big defined bubbles. Some lacing.
S-Pungent sweet german malt. Grassy with some bitterness.
T-Dryness is noticeable right away. It seems to be right in the forefront and is a bit overbearing. Grassy and spicy shocks to the tongue are there. Sharp hops is surprising as is the absence of the sweetness from the nose. German malt is way in the back as this beer really lacks balance.
M-Crisp, watery, clean, too low carbonation.
D-I had a higher expectations for this one coming from Summit. Not one of my favorites from them. Just not enough balance and too much dry hop bitterness.

Shango42, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

argock, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Mdog, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very very light golden body, too light. Lots of active carbonation helped create a good 2 finger head, but it isn't holding on. It's very crisp and clear and boy I can't get over how much active carb there is, even for a Sam Adams PP Bu still, there's not much retention, no lace, and it's too light.

S: Wet malt, maybe some pineyish hops, but not very strong. No fruity or sweet smells. The smell isn't very strong, which I appreciate with a simpler beer like a pils.

T: Dry and simple, not much for hops but some simple germans maybe. Very simple and agreeable, fairly refreshing also. Very basic, very nice.

M: Small. Not thin or creamy, just not heavy really. The mouthfeel lends well to the drinkability.

D: great session beer, can just keep on doing it. I also give it points for appealing to the masses, particularly BMC drinkers.

mdwalsh, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

objectivemonkey, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

jwc215, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Slynger
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color, with a pillowy cap of fine white fuzz.

Light nose with crackery malts and a touch of lemon grass.

Saltine crackery malt flavors with a peppery-spicy noble hoppiness. Light-medium body, lightly zesty carb, slightly cloying.

One of the better American versions I've had. Definitely a decent option when considering a pilsener.

Slynger, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a pale white head, 2-finger off the pour, but low retention. Beer was a crystal-clear yellow brew, showing bubbles slowly rising within, displaying the likely bright carbonation.

S-Bready malts with a zesty hop spiciness.

T-Bready, grainy malt, crisped by a nice hop spiciness and in-balance hop bitterness. Nothing off-the-wall here, just a dang enjoyable, smooth flavored lager beer. Finished dry and clean.

M-mdium-high carbonation cleans the palate, while the moderate body keeps this brew from being too blah and watery.

D-Quite good. As I said, overall simply a good-tasting beer, and quite easy to drink. Thumbs up.

CHSLBrew, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

jjanega08, May 31, 2009
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.