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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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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ctxfenris

Arkansas

3.94/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

07-06-2014 13:00:28 | More by ctxfenris
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

08-19-2009 20:06:54 | More by mdwalsh
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Schwarz04

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

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...

12-18-2008 05:13:45 | More by Schwarz04
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

05-31-2009 01:50:15 | More by jjanega08
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

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!

07-16-2009 18:40:27 | More by jwc215
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

05-06-2009 21:51:21 | More by bsp77
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

04-12-2004 13:17:34 | More by beerluvr
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

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

08-10-2010 03:02:45 | More by FreshmanPour77
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argock

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

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

09-07-2009 03:02:26 | More by argock
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Grundle20

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

11-06-2007 23:37:54 | More by Grundle20
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

04-11-2003 12:17:21 | More by feloniousmonk
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

10-13-2009 00:58:21 | More by twiggamortis420
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

08-08-2012 08:46:49 | More by Converge
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happygnome

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

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

03-28-2008 18:49:12 | More by happygnome
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chilidog

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

09-15-2007 14:05:58 | More by chilidog
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

11-29-2007 03:20:57 | More by brewdoc75
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beerguy101

California

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

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

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

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

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

10-08-2010 03:15:13 | More by climax
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herman77

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

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?

07-17-2010 21:19:44 | More by herman77
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

A dark yellow beer with a sticky white head that left decent lacing on the glass. Grainy and earthy in the aroma, but nothing really strong here.

A light bodied beer. A malty flavor is dominant upfront. This gives way to prickly a center and finishes with some spiciness.

Nothing extraordinary here, but certainly nothing bad. This beer has pleasant flavors and is highly drinkable. A dangerous combination indeed.

12-18-2009 00:55:47 | More by BeardedBoffin
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A: Golden straw color with a thick white head that has quite good retention. Fine, Champagne-like carbonation. Lacing is a bit sticky for the style.

S: Some cracker-like malt shows first, with hints of honey and lemon zest, along with some grassy, floral hop undertones.

T: Very well-balanced flavor, with malt notes of honey and cereal. Some toasty character pops up as well. Characters of apple and a bit of citrus rounds out the palate, followed by a floral, dry hop finish.

Notes: Light and crisp, yet has enough flavor to make up for it. Creamy mouthfeel makes this Pils quite easy to knock back. Not my favorite brew Summit has to offer, but a solid effort nonetheless.

09-10-2011 02:36:32 | More by WYVYRN527
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

a re-review.
summit grand pours out a clear, dark golden colour. active carbonation produces larger than normal bubbles. a thin but thick head reduces down to a wispy lace. this bohemian style pilsener remains true to it's style with a light, grassy saazs hop aroma. pale malts shine through, too. taste is fairly malty, with enough body to produce a fairly full mouthfeel. a bit of soapiness and snappy hop crispness of the saaz variety add some nice flavor and character to this beer. while nothing ground breaking for a pilsnener, it's a nice rendition of the style. although filling, it's pretty refreshing and pleasing.

03-15-2003 13:04:56 | More by budgood1
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

10-06-2013 00:44:10 | More by Turbo
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blaze8

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

08-17-2012 20:26:59 | More by blaze8
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.