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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

Not Rated.
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168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 383
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 18.44%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: garymuchow on 12-30-2001

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Reviews: 168 | Hads: 383
Photo of Shango42
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of mac56
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
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!

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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 KarlHungus
3.08/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, being a pilsner, I didn't expect much as this is not one of my favorite styles. I've had great pilsners however, very dry and refereshing. This one just missed all the cues for me. However, it wasn't bad. It poured with some head that went quick and left a small fizzy carb. Had the smell of wheat, very small scent, other than a odd sweetness. Mouth was an average beer, pilsner, with very little bitterness. Taste was an average American attempt at this beer style, it was sweeter rather than dry, the lack of adjunct flavors was a plus and there was a lingering "stale" aftertaste, something with the light malt and water that made this plain and simple. Drinkability is, well, it's not. I got this in a sampler and would not get it again. Average pilsner, a style where you need to taste exceptional for me to like it, but there are worse choices out there.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of becktone
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle claims that this is a Bohemian style Pilsner. It pours a very fizzy yellow in color with a soap bubble looking head. Retention seems to be stable for the moment.

Nose: Not much in the way of aroma here. I smell a slightly grainy aroma, weak sweet pale malt aromas, and also some light hop aromas-sazz.

Tongue: Not much to taste in reality. Alright for what it is though. Unlike the pils it claims to be there is little hop flavor. Maybe a bit of grain oriented flavors.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Well its a fizzy yellow beer...extremely light in body. Alright for what it is. Easy to drink, but I won't be buying this again. Not something that is really all that great. Not bad, but nothing spectacular. I'm pretty neutral towards this one.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pilsener pours a typical golden color, with a nice size lasting head, and plenty of carbonation bubbles. The smell while not strong did have skunk like qualities. The taste was pleasant, rather light, had a nice mellow straw like flavor, a few hops, and was actually a bit sweet, but the aftertaste isn't that great. While easy to drink, that aftertaste would stop me from getting more. Overall a pretty nice pils, nothing spectacular but has some good qualities.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted on 01/18/06 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Clear straw color with a low white film and virtually no carbonation. Boring standard/typical low hop and standard malt aroma and flavor -- not much different than a higher-end macro. Light bodied with a thin finish. A Pilsener more like Miller touts than it's European counterparts... pass.

Per Label: "Summit Grand Pilsener"

Per SBC website:
12 P, 27 IBU, 5% ABV, 5.5L (color).
Malts: Harrington, CaraMunich
Hops: Warrior, Saaz, Vanguard

Enjoy By: '05223'
Tasted: 01/18/06

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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 Westsidethreat
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light clean straw color with a few meandering bubbles. Head doesn't offer much, just a small film on top.

S: Copper coins, corn pops and dry hay

T: First impression is how grainy this beer is. Next comes yellow corn and minor caramel. Finishes with mineral tastes and more grainy flavors.

M: Medium body, fuzzy (like most all the other summit beers)

D: Eh.

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Photo of inlimbo77
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into Portsmouth pint glass. No bottle date is present, but this code is there "12381101". I think that I have had this bottle for a couple of months.

A: Pours a very clear yellow color similar to a BMC beer. About a finger of bright white head. Lingers a while.

S: Basically smells like BMC. Light bready malts. No real hops.

T: Mild hop (?) bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then all biscuity malt in the mid mouth. Good carbonation to clear it.

M: Light

O: Blah

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.71/5  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.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of frank4sail
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.47/5  rDev -31%
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.

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