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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Filtered golden straw hue bright white large head forms nicely in my conical v-shaped pilsner glass with each sip leaves thick clinging patches of lace, very nice. Aroma: Saaz and grassy citrus tones for this Bohemian style pils has a mineral note along with biscuit malts breadiness nice touch of hops here. Taste: Crisp flavor definitely a solid all around pils strong hop leafy flavor solid bitterness lightly toasted 2 row and bready pilsner malts, it mixes well here. Mouthfeel: Lighter body healthy carbonation crisp is a good word for the overall feel. Drinkability: I'd seriously pick up a case if going to a friend's house to watch a game or a party to convert Bud/Miller/Coors fanatics.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 18:01:49 | More by WVbeergeek
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slyke

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came upon 3 bottles of Summit Grand in their sampler 12 pack. I'd had this beer a couple of times before.

Appearance: Golden with a white head of about 1/2 inch.

Smell: Grassy/grainy notes in the aroma.

Taste: A nice little hoppy bite for a lighter bodied beer like this.

Mouthfeel: Nice for the style, not too heavy, not too light.

Drinkability: A pretty decent beer. It isn't my favorite from Summit, but it beats the pants off a lot of similar beers - especially when it is the same price as macrobrews at sporting events.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 22:57:08 | More by slyke
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jamesdergen

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Pours a relatively pale golden straw with a surprisingly nice foamy head that sticks around a long time and actually leaves some great lacing!

Smell: Sweet, malty wheat smell with some hints of citrus.

Taste: Not a whole lot going on here. Not overly fizzy, which is nice. Lots of malt taste, but very flat. There is some moderately tart hop bitterness at the end, which is the redeeming value of the taste. The taste does become more complex and pleasant as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and not overly carbonated. Leaves a nice, hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer and probably a great choice for sessioning. It goes down easy and the taste is not offensive.

Considering Summit's reputation in the Twin Cities, I guess I kind of had my hopes up for this brew. By the end of the beer, however, I was enjoying it more than I was at first. For the style, this is good selection in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 21:03:57 | More by jamesdergen
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mynie

Indiana

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

Light gold with an excellent head. For this style it looks about as good as it can.

Light fruit esters mixed with a pale malt flavor-- little bready and a little bitter.

Starts with the fruit taste and moves into a dry seltzer middle and ends on the lightest hint of bitterness. This taste is about the definition of "okay."

Decent session ale. To tell the truth, when it comes to all malts I'd probably pick Strohs.

Edit:
I upped flavor to a 3.5 as it started tasting better as the beer warmed up.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 01:20:35 | More by mynie
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mac56

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An "about average" product from a quite remarkable brewery. I was surprised, and a little let down. I can drink a few of these, and not feel like I've had anything really memorable. And I love lots of their other products - specifically their pale ale and their porter. On the other hand, "about average" from Summit is still far better than the best from lots of other breweries!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 01:53:23 | More by mac56
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putnam

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Lucent lemony amber with a snazzy looking crown of rich alabaster. The texture is rich as well, promoting persistence and maintenance of structure as it descends. Fingers of squiggly lace wend to-and-fro over the upper reaches of the glass and give the beer a wonderful look.

This site calls Grand an All-Malt Lager. Summit calls it a Bohemian-style Pilsener. I'm always intrigued by the differences in style assignment that crop up every so often. After assessing the aroma, I have to say that it isn't an obvious choice. Sure, there's some noble hoppiness (Saaz), but it isn't as dominant as I believe it should be in a pilsener. The nose is clean, fresh and grain-like, with just a little floral spiciness.

After tasting, I think BA is correct. There isn't enough noble hop character for Grand to be called a pilsener. Minimally toasted, crackery malt is at least as prominent as hops; perhaps more so. Maybe the three varieties of hops (Saaz, Warrior and Vanguard) cancel each other out with regard to flavor, and that, more than the actual malt-hop balance, results in the muddled, unfocused nature and the difficulty in assigning a style. Either that... or I could be full of shit.

The finish is somewhat brief and is dominated by mildly sweet grain rather than hops. It's a relatively clean, uncluttered ending, but not a pristine one. There's nothing much wrong with the mouthfeel. It doesn't make me want to dole out praise or find fault.

Summit Grand is good, solid beer. It's a jack-of-all-trades brew that would go well with all manner of foods, yet could be enjoyed solo as long as one wasn't looking for anything even remotely special. It might not stand up to intense scrutiny, but what the hell, sometimes you just want to down a few, and it's more than adequate for that.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 14:12:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
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karengarys

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours clear straw like a typical pilsner. Leaves little foam, no lacing. I rated "appearance" a bit low not because it looks bad, but because it looks boring.

Smells okay, typical of a pilsner.

Taste is a little richer than I would expect from a pilsner. I'm picking up a touch of pine hop, a touch of sweetness like maybe sugar, a touch of yeast like bread, and a bit of malt. Now, pilsners are not my favorite, but if I were stuck with one, I think this would be it so far... Haven't tried too many though.

Mouthfeel is a bit richer than I would expect too. A bit sparkley on the tongue, with a creaminess in the finish I didn't expect.

Finish leaves a bit of bitterness, but not too bad. There is a hop of some sort that cleans the pallette.

I'm not a pilsner fan, but of the few I have tried, this is the first that doesn't bore me to tears. I'm not going to buy myself more, but if somebody handed it to me, I'd accept.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 00:11:10 | More by karengarys
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RushLimbmalt

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another in a line of stellar brews by Summit. Pours a nice golden hue and has a decent white head. It has a very malty aroma that is clean and very much Pilsener. The hops are hidden in the aroma, but definitely show themselves on the first sip, backing up a very heavy(for the style)body that is so malty that it is almost Marzen-like. This is a damn fine Pilsener and one that is worth a spot in anyone's refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 07:13:46 | More by RushLimbmalt
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BigRedN

Nebraska

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

One of four beers in the a sampler pack I picked up. Was a little confused by the "Bohemian Style Pilsner" on the bottle, and its listing here as an All Malt. Clicking on the link, I then read the description, and it makes sense now. Excellent addition to the site.
Now the beer.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. Golden, clear, a lot like a macro lager. Thin fluffy, white head (about 1/4 - 1/2 inch in height). Shortly dissolved to nothing but a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing. There are plenty of tiny bubbles dancing through the liquid.

Smell: I can not detect any hops, mostly malt. I am not overly familiar with the style, but I assume from the style description this should be accurate.

Taste: Almost all malt, a little bitterness in the middle. I found this beer to be a little sweet and buttery.

Mouthfeel: Smooth like butter, lighter bodied, good carbonation. Finished crisply and clean with no aftertaste sensation.

Drinkability: Plenty good, but I just can't shake the sweetness. This is probably due in part to the fact I had this one sandwhiched between their IPA, followed by the Extra Pale Ale. A different beer, but still worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 05:48:04 | More by BigRedN
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alexgash

Connecticut

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

Clear, medium golden-yellow body with an excited, foamy, white head. Laces the glass politely. On the nose, light, crisp, honeyish malts contrasting with salty, spicy, and lightly Saaz-ish hops. Not bad. Taste follows along similar lines. The malt is light, grainy, faintly sweet, and most noticeable near the finish. Tart, lemon zest hops up front, and spicier, more herbal hop flavor in the finish. Plenty of carbonation and a dry finish make this a rather refreshing beer. I like it even more on draft.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 23:39:23 | More by alexgash
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skybluewater

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale gold color. Smells like a typical pilsner. Tastes...well, like most other pilsners: Nothing special, but nothing offensive either.

Overall, not a bad pils. Even though it's not my favorite style (it's one of my least favorites actually), I'd try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 03:38:36 | More by skybluewater
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Squat looking 12 ounce bottle, with a predominantly dark burgundy colored neck and main label. Titled as just ‘Grand’, but underneath listed as, ‘Bohemian Style Pilsner’. Lists the ingredients as ‘Water, Malted Barley, Hops & Yeast’.

Appearance: Solid presentation for a Pilsner, it has the perfect Urquellian light golden body with a fantastic thick white massive head. A few streamers punctuate the body, but it mainly unfettered. Sticky globs of lacing cling to the glass sides. Look good in my tall Pilsner Urquell Glass.

Nose: Toasted Pilsner Malt aroma with some subdued Saaz hops, a light funky feel, almost skunky at times.

Taste: Dry and crisp but refreshing and wholesome. Toasty pilsner malts, bitter middle, dry finish that has a clean citric twist. The toasty malts linger in the bitter finish. Clean and very crisp, it also invigorates a dry palate.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation aids the presence, and adds a sense of medium proportion about the mouthfeel. Just right for a serious session beer.

Drinkability: This has the archetypal nose, body and taste profile and it is not let down by the Drinkability. A seriously “poundable” Pilsner that would do well on draft I think. I could do some damage to a Six-Pack of these.

Overall: A solid Pilsner, and a damn good libation. Nicely done Summit!!

A large “Na Zdravi” to BigHuge for shipping this Eastern style brew West.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 02:35:06 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed with Harrington and CaraMunich malts. Hopped with Warrior, Saaz, and Vangaurd.

12d plato, 27 IBU, 5.0% ABV, 5.5d Lovibond.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear pale golden with yellow touches throughout, forming a tall rocky white head with superior retention and gorgeous sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate...not too fizzy like most EuroPils or Domestic wannabe's. Aroma is spritely with freshly mown hay, floral perfumy hops, crisp water, clean ferment, and dry pale malts. Mouthfeel is tangy like a Pils should be, with a medium-light body. Tastes of floral and citric hops, grass, riverside foliage, medium herbal bitterness throughout, ending in a semi-dry finish with a faint touch of honey and copper. Cleanly fermented. The body is a little heavy for the style, and the herbal type bitterness is just a bit too strong to make it very drinkable.

A fine pilsener, certainly one of the better American attempts. Summit brews some great stuff and this doesn't disappoint, though it's not quite what I'm looking for in an ideal Pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 21:41:08 | More by Mitchster
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marburg

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lasting eggshell tinted head. Clear yellow-gold in color. A light lemony-citrus nose with grassy hay background. Malty backbone beneath a more than adequate hoppy bitterness. Husky graininess. Smooth yet dryish finish with residual bitterness. A nice session lager. Thanks CRJM for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 13:17:34 | More by beerluvr
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.68/5  rDev +4%
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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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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

12 oz short brown bottle, twist off cap, no date.

This beer poured a clear, light amber-yellow color with good bubbling action, and creamy, white foam that clung to the inside of the glass to coat. The smell was lightly malty with some grain and bread and a hint of hoppiness. The taste was mildly malty with good hoppiness, including a touch of floral hops and a hint of hop "soapiness". There were notes of grain in the taste as well. Overall the flavor was a bit thin. The mouthfeel was crisp with medium-light body and good carbonation, and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. This was a decent lager and was easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 22:25:44 | More by UncleJimbo
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jwilli7122

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden yellow. looks like lots of carbonation (though doesn't taste like it). fizzy soda head

smells...leafy...bready? not sure how to describe, but the way a pils should.

decent lighter taste. nothing offensive. nothing great initially. minimal bitterness. then...subtle but excellent bready aftertaste is the highlight of this beer!

thin mouthfeel

while not overpowering in terms of flavor, Grand is extremely drinkable. It's just hard to go very long between drinks. Light on the tongue, easy on the stomach, and leaves that subtle doughy taste in your mouth that is just perfect. an outstanding session beer and a very good pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 05:08:31 | More by jwilli7122
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daledeee

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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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bditty187

Nebraska

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden-yellow hue, modest animation, the white head reached a health finger and a half before slowly and steadily fading to a tight cap. During consumption sparse, spotty lace was produced. It is a typical Pilsner to the eye. The nose is pleasant and archetypal of the style as well, bready malts with a mix of lemon-grassy herbalness and light graininess throughout. The potency is adequate. More refreshing that interesting on the palate, however this is still a tasty Pils nevertheless, minimal bitterness lies beneath a well-built dose of lemon-grass/hay/herbal qualities. On the back of the tongue, towards the finish, the bready maltiness is most prevalent, very nice. The aftertaste does contain an odd twang that hampers the pleasantness of this beer a little. Still I find Grand to be very refreshing. I’d like to taste more hoppiness however and a crisper bite of bitterness. The medium body houses modest carbonation that is very appropriate for a thirst-quenching lager. I was talked out of trading for this on occasion, I see why, it is nothing spectacular. I’d still prefer Paulaner Premium Pils when my Pils fix needs an itch. But if money is an issue then Summit Grand might get the nod. Decent stuff.

Purchased a 12 ounce single for $1.50 in Omaha.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 22:12:16 | More by bditty187
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Gold in color, with lots of carbonation visible. Nice amount of pure white head. Tastes very hoppy, with no hint of skunk at all. This is a pretty decent pilsener, much better than macros. I have come around about Summit, they make some pretty good beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 19:12:00 | More by TastyTaste
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beerguy101

California

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied German Pilsner. Light malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are spicy and its fairly hoppy for a pilsner. Good balance. Lots of flavor. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 23:42:21 | More by beerguy101
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hotstuff

Indiana

2.48/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This beer had a medium sized white head with fine-small bubbles that fully dissipated.The beer's body was clear with carbonation present.The hue was golden and the lacing was fair.The nose was malty and hoppy and the flavor was chewey, bitter, tangy, tart from start to finish with a lingering aftertaste.The mouthfeel of this beer was tingly, fairly smooth and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 21:09:55 | More by hotstuff
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frank4sail

New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sweet wet cardboard smell. Very carbonated filtered crystal off yellow look with a white head. Sweet tangy, weakish watery flavor. Strange chewy, smoothish medium mouth for a pilsner. You expect more taste from the mouthfeel but, It's not there.

Cheers to Budgood1 for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 18:26:32 | More by frank4sail
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.