Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 164
Hads: 364
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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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: 164 | Hads: 364
Photo of Bockrules
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a nice straw-gold with perfect clarity, showcasing the barrage of bubbles streaming to the dense, white, two-finger head. Head has fallen apart halfway down the glass. Leaves a spider-web of lacing on the top third of the glass.

S - Really not much here. A touch of Saaz hops on cereally malt background. Not too much of a step above bud.

T - Buttery malt upfront. The body is buttery-malt driven with a large dose of lemon flavor and just hints of Saaz hops trying to poke through. Crisp lemon and a tad more hop flavor as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to lemon bar finish.

M - On the heavier side of light bodied with ample carbonation, yet still fairly smooth.

Overall, a pretty average pilsner that suffers from lack of peppy Saaz hop flavors and a lackluster nose. Honestly, I'd take Beck's or Bitburgur over this any day, but for $10 for the 12-bottle variety pack, it's hard to complain. I would buy the variety pack from Summit again and happily drink these, but can't really see myself purchasing just this. (1,097 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 3 squares in Maple Grove.

The beer pours a fairly light gold color with so-so head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light biscuit, light pepper and very light honey. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this lightly flavored pils, though I do get some light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and finish is a bit watery. I could tell the alcohol level was pretty low, but that's not enough of a bonus to ever make me want to order this beer again.

Meh.... I guess this might make for a good transition beer for anyone looking to upgrade from BMC stuff. However, anyone hoping for a good domestic subsitute for a good Czech or German pils needs to look elsewhere.

I shared this beer with a friend who only drinks macro beers, and he was apprehensive the summit pils would have way too much flavor. After tasting the pils, he agreed he'd still rather drink his corona or bud lite, but was quick to admit that there wasn't a great deal more flavor in the summit pils than what he normally enjoys in BMC. Sadly, I would have to agree with that assessment. (1,127 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A: Golden straw color with a thick white head that has quite good retention. Fine, Champagne-like carbonation. Lacing is a bit sticky for the style.

S: Some cracker-like malt shows first, with hints of honey and lemon zest, along with some grassy, floral hop undertones.

T: Very well-balanced flavor, with malt notes of honey and cereal. Some toasty character pops up as well. Characters of apple and a bit of citrus rounds out the palate, followed by a floral, dry hop finish.

Notes: Light and crisp, yet has enough flavor to make up for it. Creamy mouthfeel makes this Pils quite easy to knock back. Not my favorite brew Summit has to offer, but a solid effort nonetheless. (732 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a stange. The color is a clean and clear light gold. Two fingers of fluffy white head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy head and Brussels lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nothing impressive. Pale malts, a little lemon, lightly toasted caramel, and some hop astringency.

Taste: It has a dominant grain and grass presence that gives it a pleasant sweetness. Flavors of lemon and grassy hops offer a nice, balancing bitterness. The mouthfeel is very crisp.

Drinkability: A tasty brew. Nothing too complex or pretentious Straightforward and flavorful drinking. (589 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw colored brew. Lots of bubbles. Thin white head with some lacing.

Clean, crisp smell. Bread grains and some Euro-lager skunk.

Descent malt backbone, wheat and corn flavors with some skunk. Mild hop bitterness, spinach leafs and Italian herbs. Nothing monumental.

Light to medium-bodied. Good carbonation. Crisp feel.

Not a bad beer but nothing special either. (374 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

The final beer at Bliss today, one that wasn't really part of the tasting (you gotta love these guys, right?). It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of fluffy white foam. The nose comprises light lemon rind, wheat, grass, and flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, but this sameness is then invaded by a rather unexpected horde of corn. The floral hop notes helped to stem the tide a bit, but ultimately their effort was in vain. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a pretty nice pils, but the corny-ness didn't set well with me. Frankly, I was surprised to see this classified as a Czech pils, considering the lack of hoppy bitterness. I'd probably drink one o' these again, but it wouldn't be my first choice. (816 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles and a huge four finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Grains, caramel and pils malts with some earthy, grassy hops. Some hints of lemon linger around. A very grainy and grassy aroma overall.

Taste: A sweet taste of grains and malts up front is followed by a decent amount of earthy hops. Hops are grassy and herbal in character. Also some strong hints of lemon citrus. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on a Pilsener from Summit. Sweetness and hop bitterness is well balanced. (750 characters)

Photo of dali27
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pilsner glass.

A: Deep golden color. Very small head which leaves a ring around the glass with soapy looking suds in the middle.

S: First thing I smell are grains. Light hoppy aroma typical of style comes after.

T: Bohemian style hops are a key to the taste, but they're not at strong as I expect. The hops go together nicely with the much more noticeable grains. Wheat and grassy notes. Good flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp with the carbonation that stays active for a good while. Nice clean finish.

O: Another solid offering from Summit. The brewery is one of my favorites for their other offerings, but while solid, this one doesn't compare with others in same catagory. Pilsner Urquell and SANP have my vote there. Hard to find myself drinking this one on a regular basis because of this. (826 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of G2Brew
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summit’s “Bohemian Style” Pilsner is a very good beer. In fact, I had a sense that I was picking at nits, real or imagined, when I was trying to determine the differences between the beer I was drinking and the Czechvar and Pilsner Urquel I had sampled before.

The only way to really know the difference is in a careful, side-by-side test. So, I poured one glass of each beer. I was in a “primitive” situation, without enough proper pilsner glasses, so I used wine glasses to keep it even. Poured at 45 degrees F. Let the tasting begin!

Visually, the three are very, very close. The Summit and the Czechvar are virtually indistinguishable, even side-by-side. The Urquel is a shade darker. All were clear enough to read a newspaper through them (until the glasses fogged up due to the excessive humidity here.) Let me say up front, the Urquel is in a class by itself. It was not only a shade darker, but also had more grain and more Saaz hops aroma. Likewise, it had not just more, but a mellower flavor, even though it has a bit more hop bite. Pilsner Urquel is an amazing beer. Carbonation among the three was nearly identical, with the Summit having almost imperceptibly more – evidenced only by the higher volume of bubbles ten minutes after the pour.

So, the competition really came down to a race for third, between the Summit and the Czechvar.

The summit has a bit more lacing, and better foam than either of the Czech brews. Understand that none of them has a lot of foam. But the Summit’s head retention was impressive.

The aroma (where the Urquel first ran away from the group) was very close between the Summit and the Czechvar. The Czechvar takes this one, but just barely. The Czechvar has more Saaz, and I admit, I’m a sucker for Saaz. The intensity of the grain aroma is about equal, but slightly different. The Czechvar has a bit more of that unique, earthy, richness of the Bohemian Pilsner malt. That said, the Summit’s aroma is very pleasant, and a bit lighter, but not in a bad way. Cleaner, perhaps. Some corn aroma.

The Summit has the best mouthfeel of the three – not overwhelmingly so, but slightly less watery.

Now for the big one: taste. Again, Urquel wins hands down. The flavor is full of Bohemian pils malt, and Saaz hops. Mmmm...Saaz. Yeah, baby, this is what a Bohemian Pilsner is supposed to taste like. The only better Pilsner I’ve had is Urquel on tap in Europe.

Now, for the other two:

Summit is very nice. Some good pilsner malt, but with a touch of corn. That makes it less earthy and rich than the true Bohemian, but still very pleasant. The corn doesn’t help it, if the goal is to be true to the Bohemian style, but this is a good “drink-all-day” beer. I think it would be improved without the corn and with a touch of carapils (which I suspect is what makes the Urquel darker and tastier) and definitely would be better with a bit more hops, especially late-boil and dry hops for flavor and aroma.

Czechvar has a bit more character in the flavor than Summit, and it’s a tad richer, even though it’s not darker. The hops taste is almost on par with the Urquel. It’s not as rich as the Urquel, but better than the Summit.

Of the three, my order of preference is 1) Pilsner Urquel, 2) Czechvar, and 3) Summit “Bohemian Style” Pilsner. The Summit and Czechvar are so close that it comes down to a matter of preferences. If you want a little more of the Bohemian malt flavor and Saaz hops, then go with the Czechvar. Taste wise, I think the Czechvar wins, but if appearance is more important to you, go with the Summit. If you want a cleaner tasting lawn mower beer, the Summit is great cold. (3,679 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a nice white head that fades fast but leaves some lacing.

Smell: Grain and corn, with grass notes and light malt aromas.

Taste: Grainy and sweet with light malts. A fairly average Pils.

Mouth feel: Medium to light body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably one of my least favorite of the Summit line. It's not a bad beer at all, but it's pretty unremarkable for the Pils style. I like the local August Schell's Pils much better. (542 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer served in a wine glass out of a bottle. Beer is yellow with a small sparse head, clear body that is straw yellow.

The beer smells like grain and mild sulfur, not really appealing.

Beer is thin and watery with a grainy aftertaste and a biting minor bitterness with a mild aftertaste. The beer is pretty disappointing, a below average pilsner. (348 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a SAVOR goblet.

Pours a sparkling golden color with a good fizzy white head that leaves some sparse, spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a lot of grain and some bread. Along with that are some light floral and herbal hops. The grain takes over the flavor as well, barely even leaving room for the slight amount of bready malt. Some mild herbal and floral hops in the background. Light body with fizzy carbonation and a bit of dry bitterness in the finish. Not bad, but quite average. Needs more noble hops and/or less graininess. (575 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1 and a half fingers of creamy white head. Great retention leaving a lot of lace. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Zesty flavors with some lemon citrus. Grassy hops and a bit of skunk.

Taste: A little bit of skunk flavor again. Some bready/biscuity malts. Grassy herbal hops. Some lemon citrus.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this beer would be a ton times better if it didn't have so much skunk flavor. It was fine otherwise. Very easy drinking on a hot summer day. (548 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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 (458 characters)

Photo of afinepilsner
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Starts out pretty well - appearance is a clear golden hue, solid foamy white head, and good retention. Things go downhill from there. Smells like it will be pretty sweet, with a heavy yeast presence, and dull earthy hops.

Flavor is pretty similar to the smell. Heavy, sweet, and malty, with too much yeast influence and not enough hop contribution. Comes off pretty one dimensional without balance. Finish is grainy with a bit of alcohol.

Body is decent, but carbonation is dull. Needs more of a pilsener bite and effervescence. Neither dry nor crisp.

By far, Summit's weakest beer. Not terrible, but not all that enjoyable nor is it a very good representation of the style. (679 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (555 characters)

Photo of climax
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into Miller Lite's "True Pilsner" glass, hhmmm. It did showcase this beer very nicely. The large head was light and wispy, full of big slow bursting bubbles. The clarity of the gold color was very good.

The nose was clean and interesting. The floral hop character and notes of rose petals were hard to ignore. Mild buttery flavor with some nutty aromas kept things balanced.

Flavor is smooth and satisfying yet lacking in the strength department, which docks it in this case. Dry hopping, leafy greens, and some diacetyl made up the distinguishable flavors.

The feel was very silky and smooth. The carbonation didn't bother it any, as it was very mild. Not watery by any stretch, but very easy to drink. The finish was extraordinarily clean. (759 characters)

Photo of boomer31
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden and transparent, no head at all

S - Slight malt nose, no hops, none of the bready smell one would expect from a pilsener.

T - Almost a sweet malt taste up front and in the back. Very clean, no flavors linger. No hop presence

M - A nice thin clean mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

D - A clean smooth beer. If you like pilseners this one can be drunk all night.

Overall just ok. It was left in my fridge so I figured I'd give it a shot. Not my favorite Summit but not bad. (489 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,294 characters)

Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.