Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pils glass.

Pours a light straw with a huge rocky head that leaves a huge amount of sticky legs.

Aroma is of floral hops and light grain. Honey and floral clover aromas are present.

Taste is hops upfront bringing in a medium crackery middle with bready notes. Finishes slightly sweet with citrus and floral notes.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, carbonation is active.

Photo of Schwarz04
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden, and very clear in color, easy to see through. Pours out with about a 3/4 inch head that quickly dissipates, very sparse lacing present.

Smell: Slight hoppiness, and other varied floral aromas present. Very faint orange/citrus scent too.

Taste: A hint of bitterness at first, grassy and floral notes are also present.

Mouthfeel: Quite heavily carbonated, but in a good way, it enhances the floral and hoppy notes that are not as pronounced at first. Has a very crisp taste, no dry feeling afterward.

Drinkability: Quite easy to drink, however the carbonation may become a factor after several...

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Go figure, one of the coldest days of the year and I have the taste for a pilsner. Nevertheless, this beer fits the bill with a standard straw color, fair head formation that falls to a trace, but then hangs of for the duration. A mild haze persists with light traces of lacing.

Aromas of firm pilsner malts dominate the nose with floral hop notes, light peaches and apple esters, and an earthy hop character. A metalic note also comes up early but not detected late.

Flavors fall in-line with the aromas with an emphasis on pilsner malt flavors, a fair amount of residual sweetness and light fruitiness. The fruit notes swirl around the floral hop flaovrs and give a softness to the grain sweetness-- a pretty nice blend.

Body is firm, if not a bit heavy with the residual sweetness. Malty still with a subtle bitterness that never offends. Very mild graininess are the only distractions among the textures.

Ultimately a pretty nice beer that neither stands out or falls into blandness either. On par with most American attempts, but German and Czech versions fare better because of better maltiness, attenuation, dryness, and less sweetness. Fresher hop varieties would improve as well.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - A golden amber color with a light foamy head which quickly disappears.

Smell - Malt and bubbly carbonation.

Taste - Tastes grainy and seems to be missing something? Hops abound creating a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and clean. Light bodied.

Drinkability - Despite the name, this is not quite a euro Pilsener. Summit beers are great, but they need to rethink this. More malt and less hops would be an improvement.

Photo of umustdrink
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light yellow color, clear as water with a few carbonation bubbles flowing up. White head fades to a thick film but retains well. Very light lacing.

S - Nothing much going on here, some light corniness and bitterness.

T - Despite the lack of a nose there's actually some nice pilsner flavors here. Taste starts out crisp and clean with a light corn flavor. Smoky and skunky pilsner flavors come in along with a light sugary sweetness. Finish leaves a light skunkiness.

M - Light to medium consistency with slightly elevated carbonation.

D - Not much on the nose but then again there isn't always much with this style. I'd gladly have this again, its a decent pilsner.

Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Greggy
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden color with no sediment, and a 1 finger head that recedes to nothing.

S- Skunky hops, a little bit of light malt, a bit of straw and a touch of light citrus.

T- A clean pilsner with not a hell of a lot of character other than a slight clove note, and a nice dry finish, with a bit of graphite.

M- Low carbonation makes the style talk for itself.

D- This is an ok pilsner. Sessionable, yes, but honestly, dang near comparable to Miller Lite.

Photo of Bighuge
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale and clear lemon yellow body. The head is white and airy and wispy. Lace is delicately left in spiderweb like patterns. Nice bready malt aroma. Slight hoppy spiciness noted on the nose as well. Cracker like pils malt base on the palate. Hops impart a very slight noble like characteristic of spice. Just a little peppery. Good enough mouthfeel with the appropriate carbonation level. Body is light-medium to medium. While this is serviceable, I prefer their Grand over this.

Photo of marcobrau
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and yellow with a flourish of white foam that settles to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Attractive. Smells very grassy.; almost skunky (odd for a brown bottle). Good hop spice character up front; herbal and pleasant. Malt profile is fairly simply, slightly toasted character. Feels smooth and not overly carbonated. Bitterness is present, but not aggressive or too tame. Very drinkable except for the odd skunkiness. I'm reviewing the bottle, but I recently had this on tap at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul and it was a little better. My wife thinks she detects adjunct (corn), but the brewery's web site says no...could be DMS?

Photo of beerkittycat
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is a brilliant pale gold with a long-lingering white head. Aroma has faint noble hops notes mixed in with some cracker hiding in there. Taste is a lovely dance between hop and pilsner malt but the finish is clean with a touch of carbonic bite on the tip of your tongue. Medium mouthfeel carries this beer and the clean finish leaves your thirsting for more. I could drink about 7 or 18 more of these. Yum!

Photo of mnstorm99
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice straw yellow clear pour with a nice rocky white head that stays.
Aroma is a little lacking, I understand there isn't much for the style, but I do detect some noble spicy hops as well as a touch of bready aromatic malts
Taste is great as this one truly did bring me back to Prague. Not the same beer but the flavors were a nice reminder. Bready malts mixed with a nice hop flavor without being too bitter.
Mouthfeel was nice as it was smooth, creamy and even a bit chewy for the style, I could sit down with a twelver of these any day~especially in the summer.

Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
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!

Photo of Monkeypaws
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden hue, nice finger of foam on the top. It's not overly gassy, so the bubbles are steady but not overly plentiful. It has a nice fruity, almost wine-like aroma, somewhat flowery and quite agreeable. The taste is pretty full for a light colored beer, with plenty of malts on the front and back ends, with a mild hops bite through the middle. It has a pretty thick mouthfeel as well, as there is sufficient carbonation to give it a thick, expanding feel as you take a swig. Overall, this is a very good beer in the style, especially for an American take, and with warmer weather ahead, this will be a staple in my fridge this summer.

Photo of mobyfann
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.49 for a single at Jungle Jim's...

The beer pours a clear golden base with a large white head, moderate head retention for the first 30 minutes then fades, and a few specs of lacing. The aroma is a faint scent of hops with no sign of alcohol.

The taste is smooth, yet a little scratchy on the palette, mild malt and hop after-tones. Good in the mouth and very drinkable at 5% abv, this is a solid choice for a middle of the line, micro-brewed pils.

Final Thought: A nice pils from the Twin Cities, but a Victory Prima Pils can be had for about the same price, in addition to being shipped from about the same distance aways.

Photo of morimech
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of happygnome
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a bright golden color with about about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing, carbonation bubbles continue to rise to the surface throughout the beer
s: heavy aroma of grains, citrusy hops and a lot of grains crisp aroma
t: a lot of grain flavors, citrusy hops very refreshing
m: light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this was a very good brew but i dont think that im going to buy it again

Photo of csmiley
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pale yellow in color. A hard pour gave a little more than half inch of head. Retention was average while lacing was minimal.

S - Bread is first on the nose but that gets followed quickly by the typical pilsener hops. There is also just a hint of spiciness.

T - Malt and yeast stand out in the flavor. They are followed by earthy hops and sharp spices. Flavor is lighter than expected.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Body was too light for my taste.

D - Drinkability is good. It does tend to disappear quick. Light body and low alcohol make it a brew that I could drink several of.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. twisty with raised lettering and wheat shafts on the bottle. Label declares this to be a Bohemian style Pilsner. Almost missed the lasered "Enjoy by 120108" reviewed on 030408.

Aroma: Firm yeast notes like rising bread with a mineral water quality. Earthy and peppery Saaz hop notes as well, all classic style elements.

Appearance: Bright, almost thin straw glass shows plenty of active carbonation streams feeding a fluffy bright white head that held a good finger height and left sticky lacing.

Flavor: Fairly mild flavor. The yeasty note is there as well as a light lemon zest. Hops are very low level and aren't as peppery as I expected, almost more of a west coast hop profile with the citric element. A mineral aftertaste builds as I work my way down the glass.

Mouthfeel: Despite the high carbonation, this doesn't feel fizzy. Medium body and pretty dry in the finish.

Overall Impression: Pils aren't normally my cup of tea, but I like this one. Maybe because it's off style. Website lists Horizon, Vanguard, and Saaz hops. I'm thinking this is closer to a Classic American Pilsner given the hops and mineral quality. Still, a rock solid beer worth a taste.

Photo of ROMER79
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured it is golden in color with a thick two to three finger white head. It almost looks like a typical pils, but something is different about this one. Right off the bat you can smell the grain coming through with little hints of hops and a little bit of fruit. In my first sip I caught the lemons and grains bursting through, but after a few more I picked up on a little bit of honey and hops. It is very crisp and refreshing on the palate. A good session beer, but a little to carbonated to drink too many.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a Warsteiner Pilsner Glass

A -- Poured a very clear and very bright golden amber, slightly more amber tinted then your typical straw colored pilsner. Lots of carbonation visible on the pour with tons of bubble chains racing toward the surface rather quickly. The initial head was quite large, easily reaching a height of three inches or more. This hung around for a good few moments before finally settling down and relaxing o a good one inch high layer of white foam that was continuously refreshed by the carbonation streaming skyward.

S -- The aroma was your typical fare for the style. Somewhat light with loads of grain added in. This was first thing you noticed was a nice light scent of grain that was the predominant player here no matter how you looked at it. Once you got past that it was easy to pick up a nice hint of banana in there as well as the tiniest bit of fresh grass like hop aroma. Nothing really too strong, just a very light aroma, giving just a little ore depth and complexity.

T -- The flavor was again very typical for the style with no real surprises here. The first thing you noticed was the tight wheat and grain profile that was very well balance and very crisp and fresh. Sometimes you will find a Pilsner to get a tad musty, or maybe even bready in the flavor, however this was very crisp and had a nice balance to it. Up next were some more subtle fruity flavors, nice touch of banana in here to brighten it up a bit with something a bit tangy as well, maybe a hint of lemon, probably coriander but too light to really be able to make it out. Nice earthy grassy feel to it as well, especially in the finish, even giving it a bit of a dry finish, through crisp and refreshing would be more accurate.

M -- Very light bodied and highly carbonated, as you would expect given the style. This was really quite the light feel, with a very refreshing quality to it that I thought was very nice. Sometime you just really want a light bodied refreshing drink that's not over the top and this came through well here.

D -- Perfect. I could have had this one over and over again throughout the night. It was just the perfect balance of being light bodied with a very crisp, clean and refreshing taste and a not over the top or two malty of a flavor profile, just what I wanted at the time.

Overall pretty much your classic Americanized pilsner here, with the extra added hops and loads of carbonation. Not the best thing I have ever had but more then decent and I would have no issue at all in ordering up this one again, it was just a good solid call.

Photo of hylton44
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I read that this is just the new name for the Summit Grand, but I don't believe it. The Grand, I remember as being non-representative of the Czech pilsner style; being both bland and tasting of adjuncts, with the only bitterness being my dissapointment.

This pilsner poured a crystal-clear straw color with an actively-bubbling, snow-white head. It had a dry, pleasing mouthfeel (if a bit over-carbonated); and was moderately bitter, balancing out a champagne-like sweetness. Grassy malt was present also, with a buttery edge to it.

A fine and enjoyable beer, though not in the category of Urquell, by my way of thinking/tasting.

Photo of supercolter
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was actually quite impressed with this beer. I think when you take into account the style, there are very few in this category which come close to the richness of taste.
The mouthfeel was a bit light for my preferance, but certainly better than several of the other offerings.
The taste was very good, I think it deviated slightly from the style however and I couldn't give it a 5. It just didn't have the stale hop finish that I have come to know and love.

Photo of ZAP
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw/bronze with 4+ fingers of eggshell white head. Very good head retention & good sticky lacing

S: Grassy & perfumy notes

T: Honey malt sweetness, a bit of grainyness, & lemon hops up front. Slight grassyness & more lemony hops as this warms. Finishes crisp, lemony with some biscutty notes

MF: Soft with medium body, perfect carbonation & very good balance

Drinks very easy, not the best example of the style out their, but no slouch either. Great bang for the buck

Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.