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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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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 CHSLBrew
3.53/5  rDev 0%

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 SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Oct 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Kunstman, Jun 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

HardWater, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

trstar87, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

The prototypical lager/pilsner pour, an unblurred gold color, the head the archetypal bright white, frothy in texture, the lace a nice covering sheet upon the glass. Nose the quintessential malt, clean and fresh, crisp and quite satisfying as noses go. Start is typical malt, lightly sweet, the top middling in feel, finish purposeful in its acidity, the hops applicatory to the style, a nice thirst quencher and a fine session beer for those lucky enough to have access to this beer.

Gusler, Apr 13, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: Hazy deep golden color, with a modest white head, scattered faint lace, moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Rich aroma of caramel malt, rather uncharacteristic for a Pilsener, with mild noble hops as a backdrop. The usual cracker malt notes seem absent.

Taste: A modest punch of noble hops at the open, with a slightly sweet undercurrent of pale malt, and some mild pepper notes. As the taste progresses, the noble hops become a bit more dominant. Finishes slightly sweet, with a lingering metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An example of moderate quality in a style where small errors are readily noted. Neither is this poor, nor is it outstanding.

Presntation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

ovaltine, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Doyle
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Doyle, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of TastyTaste
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

TastyTaste, Nov 26, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

harrylee773, May 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

stanale, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

John_M, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

sparx1100, Oct 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

sjlundberg, Sep 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

EvanWilliams, Jun 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

kraticus41, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

thebigredone, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

BEERchitect, Dec 11, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

mnredsoxfan69, Jun 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

jwenzel019, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

mikerieder, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Rudes, Jul 03, 2014
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.