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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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80
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320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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 jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale golden. Head is one finger and lasts decently well. LEaves some lacing.
S- The aroma is cracker, bread, a bit of fresh greenness.
T- There is a bit of a hop bite up front but just a touch. The balancing sweetness of bread dough come through in the middle before a fresh, crisp, clean finish.
M- The body is a bit too light up front, but I like the crisp carbonation.
O- A well made simple pilsners. Pretty standard but pretty good.

jsprain1, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of ryantupy
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a definatly enjoyable lager, a Minnesota best for sure. Well maybe not the best but still pretty good. It pours a nice golden hue with a well developed head and some mild lacing. Predominatly it smells of malts and fruits all on the sweet side. This beer provides a smooth taste and easy drinkablility. The beers sweet undertones give this beer a nice and rather unique finish. Give this one a try for sure.

ryantupy, Apr 12, 2006
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.

ROMER79, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of ctxfenris
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Cloudy yellow. Lots of lacing.
Smells like malt and grass.
Tastes like a typical pilsner, very smooth. Hop bite at the end.
I like this beer but it's nothing to write home about. The Summit sampler is a bargain at 14.50 however.
Would have again.

ctxfenris, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very very light golden body, too light. Lots of active carbonation helped create a good 2 finger head, but it isn't holding on. It's very crisp and clear and boy I can't get over how much active carb there is, even for a Sam Adams PP Bu still, there's not much retention, no lace, and it's too light.

S: Wet malt, maybe some pineyish hops, but not very strong. No fruity or sweet smells. The smell isn't very strong, which I appreciate with a simpler beer like a pils.

T: Dry and simple, not much for hops but some simple germans maybe. Very simple and agreeable, fairly refreshing also. Very basic, very nice.

M: Small. Not thin or creamy, just not heavy really. The mouthfeel lends well to the drinkability.

D: great session beer, can just keep on doing it. I also give it points for appealing to the masses, particularly BMC drinkers.

mdwalsh, Aug 19, 2009
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...

Schwarz04, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours quite golden in color with a thin whispy white head on it but it does leave some lacing on the glass. Not much but some. Not much retention but the golden color impresses.
S= like a slightly hoppy macro. Not a lot of hops and not much but some malty backbone.
T= just like the smell a hoppy bite and a smooth malty backbone. Pretty classic pilsner style.
M= crisp and refreshing?
D= very high. Ill be sure to seek it out again for a hot summer day to session on.

jjanega08, May 31, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pils glass -

Pours straw yellow/golden - chill-hazed at first, but clears. The effervescent bubbles foram a creamy, lasting head that laces the glass.

The smell is of some sweet grain with herbal/floral notes. A metallic/tinny underlying character detract a bit. Still, it's a nice enough nose - certainly recognizable as a pils.

The taste is of sweet grain nicely balanced by an herbal/floral bitterness. Thankfully not as metallic as in the nose. Finishes bright, crisp and clean.

The carbonation is on-spot for style. It is light-bodied, crisp and refreshing.

Well-balanced.

Glad to see a well-made pils from an American craft brewery. Might not be "perfect", but it is very good. Well-balanced, easy-to-drink, refreshingly dry (made me want another), as it should be!

jwc215, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall water glass at work. The glass actually widens as it goes up, so I will just pretend it is a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow. Active bubbles leading to slightly sustained head.

Smell: Fresh floral hops and semi-sweet malts. Light metallic bitterness. Fresh, fresh, fresh.

Taste: Hops at the beginning, slightly sweet grains in the middle, and turns more peppery at the end. Leaves a sharp, metallic aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, smooth and almost creamy.

Drinkability: Pretty good Czech Pilsner. I have certainly had better Pils, but in terms of all pale lagers (which I consider substitutes for one another), this is well above average.

bsp77, May 06, 2009
Photo of beerluvr
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.

beerluvr, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-6-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured with three fingers of foam, golden clear yellow color, carbonation present with a good layer of lacing

S - Light malt flavor with a slight citrus aroma

T/M - Light bodied brew, started smooth but finished with slight crisp hop bitterness

D - Another good brew from Summit, lighter bodied brew that I would drink more than a couple of. I recommend this brew

FreshmanPour77, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pilsner glass. No freshness date. Purchased as part of Summit Autumn Sampler 12-pack.

A: Clear golden with ½-to-1-finger white head with average retention and a few islands of lace.

S: Crisp and classic with mineral, pale malt grain and noble hops bitterness

T: Pale malt sweetness is short and is eclipsed by the substantial noble hops bite which is notably more grassy and herbal than most pilsners.

M: Clean feel with appropriately active carbonation and medium body

D: A solid if unspectacular pilsner from a consistently good brewery

argock, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Grundle20
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance:
The beer pours crystal clear and golden in color. There's a respectable white head to the brew and although it displays some decent patchy lacing, the retention is poor.

Smell:
The nose is a little weak, and sadly reminiscent of a macro lager with just a little bit of corn like sweetness and a faint hint of hops. There is a little bit of toasty malt character that adds a little oomph to the scent.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks very crisp and light, dare I say a little pale lager like. There's a nice little touch of caramel sweetness that pairs well with an otherwise bulk body of pale malt flavor. I would have liked a little bit more traditional Saaz character given that this is a pilsener but the hops aren't totally lost since they present a decent earthy character towards the finish.

Drinkability:
I could go for a bit more flavor but that really doesn't take away from the fact that this is one highly drinkable brew.

Grundle20, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of BrianPlatz
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

BrianPlatz, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When Summit announced this, their first year-round lager, 2 years ago, I was skeptical. I'd long enjoyed their pale ale, IPA, porter, and more. Why do they need to mess around with a pils? I was more reassured when I found that their new brewmaster had come from Jamaica's Red Stripe, one of few pilseners I can happily toss back.
Color is a clear golden hue, head is chalk-white, large, loud, and bubbly. Aroma is fresh and clean, zesty, dryly hoppy, with small notes of citrus, straw, sea-foam.
Lively and hoppy palate, short, but pleasant finish. Crisp, snappy, and perfectly balanced. Everything is in proper order, and if I had nothing heartier at hand, this would easily be a lager of choice. Very tasty, with a touch of underlying sweetness. A perfectly put-together pils.

feloniousmonk, Apr 11, 2003
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear light gold color with a creamy lid of off-white foam. Retention is good and the lacing is superb. It is a nice looking pils.

Smells mostly like grainy and husky light malts with a few whiffs of earthy hops. Hops are not very bold here and it is not the full on saaz aroma found in many examples of the style. But still a fresh and clean smelling brew.

Ah, much more lupulin goodness in the flavor. Strikes a nice balance between some husky graininess and a fairly intense, grassy hop bitterness. There are a few rough edges to the beer, but all in all, this is a well crafted and very tasty pilsner. I like it! Crisp, clean and refreshing. Well done Summit.

twiggamortis420, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Converge
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pilsner glass.

A - Pours an effervescent golden-yellow with a bubbly white head that recedes quickly. Mediocre retention, but some nice sticky patches of lacing. Nice bottle and cap too.

S - Pretty straight forward aroma. Nice bready malt with some grassy hops lingering. A touch of sweet cereal and honey too. Simple, mild, and quite true to style.

T - Lots of bready malt presence upfront with light notes of honey, citrus and grassy sweetness. A gentle earthy hop character permeates the palate, giving some balance to the malty side of this brew. Slight metallic twang in the finish, with an ever-so-slight bitterness. As it warms flavors of honey and melon become more pronounced. Simple and as expected, highly drinkable.

M - Biting carbonation, too much so for my personal taste, but a degree of fizziness is expected with the style. Light body, but not watery. Overall refreshing and easy to drink.

D - Basically just a simple craft pils. All around, it's insanely drinkable and mild, but also lacks depth and complexity. That being said, this style doesn't typically boast the most complex beers anyways. Some reviews on here imply a lack of hop flavor in this brew, but I certainly taste enough to qualify this as a Czech pilsener. A tasty and refreshing lawnmower beer at worst.

Converge, Aug 08, 2012
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

happygnome, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of chilidog
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the edit on the name change...Bohemian Pilsener.

It pours a nice pale gold, Good carbonation makes a fair head that does fade somewhat. I found no fizz to be had. Some/ little lace.

The aroma was grain-like and malt.

The taste carries that grain-like charactor with malty slight caramel sweethess. The hops not very bold do crisp the beer back up.

The mouth is left crisp with a slight metallic grain dryness.

A good drinker, hot day, with a burger or if your with the macro crowd, its good to pull out a stub-like bottle.

chilidog, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of brewdoc75
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't been a big pilsner fan until recently, but I've been drinking this one for years. It used to just be called "Grand," but now they are calling it Summit Pilsner.

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle

Very beautiful straw gold color with faint orangish hues at times. Lively carbonation. Very sleek and inviting.

The aroma isn't very stong, but it has a distinct hop aroma, followed by an aroma of sweet grains. The taste is very nice for a pilsner. Nice hoppy bite initially, followed by a nice sweetness of the malts. Tastes a little grainy, but not in a bad way. I like my pilsners hoppy. This one only rates at a medium hoppiness to me. The mouthfeel is fitting for a pilsner. Crisp and light initially and finishes smooth. It would surely make a light beer drinker happy.

Overall I really enjoy this pilsner. It is very drinkable and would make a nice thirst quencher on a hot day. This would be a good cross-over beer for macro lager drinkers. I will definitely buy this one again.

brewdoc75, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of Koebele
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

Koebele, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of beerguy101
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.

beerguy101, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of slyke
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.

slyke, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of climax
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

climax, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow with a nice, light and fluffy white head. Crystal clear. Very nice lace splatters here and there.

S: Sweet grains and a touch of floral hops. Slight fruitiness as well.

T: Spicy hop bitterness. Floral hops too. Sweet cereal grains, a little fruity too. Good crisp, clean though very short finish.

M/D: Lighter body. Higher carbonation that has some tingle. Drinkability is good, very easy to drink. Its definitely a refreshing beer. A gateway beer for a non craft drinker?

herman77, Jul 17, 2010
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.