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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

Summit PilsenerSummit Pilsener

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BA SCORE
81
good

269 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.27%


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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple, but tasty beer. Tastes of biscuity malts with a kiss of hops. I see this is no longer listed as a czech or german pilsner, and I could go either way on weither it tastes more american or european. Hops are grasy, malts are grainy in a good way. Great lighter beer thats affordable, I usually go through a case over the summer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 00:38:46 | More by tempest
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ryanocerus

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a small, short-lived head (only after a hard pour). The aroma had a very high hops profile, as a pilsner should, with a slightly sweet malt aftersmell. The flavor was also high in the hops department and again, not enough malt to balance. As it warms, the maltiness starts to come through. The high carbonation and long lasting flavor give it an excellent mouthfeel. It is refreshing, but just an average pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2002 11:55:22 | More by ryanocerus
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Rayek

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Brilliant gold with fairly active carbonation. A soapy white head is short lived, but does leave a bit of lace.

S: Honey sweetness is joined by a bit of lemon and fresh cut grass.

T: Starts out sweet, with a distinct clover honey flavor. Bitterness comes on with a spicy lemon and pepper kick. Finishes with a lingering pepper flavor and a touch of metal.

M: The The medium-light body has a nice amount of tingling carbonation.

D: This is a pretty decent Pils. Its lightness makes it an easy drinker on a warm day. I'm glad I picked it up.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 20:08:31 | More by Rayek
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got back from a days worth of landscaping in the hot sun. This was an excellent remedy for my hot self. A light, crisp beer, its a nice gold color with a bubbly white head, with lacing all the way down to the bottom. Its a bohemian style pislner, which means nada to me but some of you may know the difference or lack of one. The moral of the story is that its a pretty nice beer, goes good with summer weather.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 13:14:08 | More by Tballz420
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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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hanco005

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A—pours honey amber, clear and clean , with a fizzy ½ inch white head, fades away slower than it’s appearance led me to believe, produces spotty lacing as I drink

S—sweet malts and grains, nothing else really

T—sweet and grainy…tastes like Capn Crunch. Honestly, it does.

M—crisp and clean, light bodied, moderate carbonation

D—not a bad pilsner here, would work for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 16:59:55 | More by hanco005
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umustdrink

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light yellow color, clear as water with a few carbonation bubbles flowing up. White head fades to a thick film but retains well. Very light lacing.

S - Nothing much going on here, some light corniness and bitterness.

T - Despite the lack of a nose there's actually some nice pilsner flavors here. Taste starts out crisp and clean with a light corn flavor. Smoky and skunky pilsner flavors come in along with a light sugary sweetness. Finish leaves a light skunkiness.

M - Light to medium consistency with slightly elevated carbonation.

D - Not much on the nose but then again there isn't always much with this style. I'd gladly have this again, its a decent pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 01:58:48 | More by umustdrink
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pils glass.

Pours a light straw with a huge rocky head that leaves a huge amount of sticky legs.

Aroma is of floral hops and light grain. Honey and floral clover aromas are present.

Taste is hops upfront bringing in a medium crackery middle with bready notes. Finishes slightly sweet with citrus and floral notes.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, carbonation is active.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 00:24:23 | More by wheatyweiss
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boomer31

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden and transparent, no head at all

S - Slight malt nose, no hops, none of the bready smell one would expect from a pilsener.

T - Almost a sweet malt taste up front and in the back. Very clean, no flavors linger. No hop presence

M - A nice thin clean mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

D - A clean smooth beer. If you like pilseners this one can be drunk all night.

Overall just ok. It was left in my fridge so I figured I'd give it a shot. Not my favorite Summit but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 23:48:20 | More by boomer31
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 11/18/13 printed on the bottle, poured into a pint glass

A: Bright, clear, golden color with very nice lacing and an attractive amount of carbonation. Very good looking pilsner!

S: Mostly all grains. Some faint hop smell in there as well. Smell isn't bad, but it does nothing to put it ahead of any other pilsner.

T: If you ever forget what biscuity tastes like, drink this beer. You taste a little bit of the hops in there. This beer finishes very clean and I could easily see myself having 5-6 of these without getting tired of them.

M: Light bodied as is typical for the style. Very dry finish, which I love. Pleasant lingering taste of biscuity grains.

O: This is a great session beer and I'd buy it again. Pilsner's aren't the sexiest style of beer but I very much liked drinking Summit's.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 15:40:46 | More by Givemebeer
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daledeee

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Redrover

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently added to the tap list at Palmers. Palmer's is located in La Grange, IL and offers 38 beers on tap plus well over 300 bottles.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is bright, crystal clear light gold. There is a smallish white head and decent lacing.

The nose is of gentle malts, green apple, grass and a bit of perfume from the hops.

The taste is crisp and clean. Some flowery notes and more than a touch of sweetness. This is kind of a throwback beer and by that I mean it’s a straight-ahead beer that doesn’t try and overpower you. It is very easy to pair with food and went well with my Dagwood burger (Palmers has great bar food).

Well worth a try and a solid effort from the brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 15:06:29 | More by Redrover
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Duff27

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggresive pour yields a two fingered white fluffy head atop a clear golden beer. Effervescence galore. Wonderful head retention and some lacing.

Smells sweet, bready.

Pale malts. Faint noble hops. I feel this pils could be a little "crisper".

Creamy. Good carbonation.

For me, to be a top-tier pilsner, it needs to have the crisp hop bite. Summit Pilsener does not have this, as it is more malt driven. Having said that, I enjoyed this overall...and would gladly have again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 01:49:40 | More by Duff27
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MikeAAL

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent pilsener. Not too shabby.

Pours a yellow, gold color. Not very transparent. Decent head.

Smells like a pilsener.

It's got a bitter pilsener taste with a lot of hops. I like hops.

Medium body with light carbonation.

This is good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 23:13:21 | More by MikeAAL
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Chang O'Hara's bistro in St. Paul, MN...

Thin head, about a 1/4 of an inch. Very clear deep yellow. Practically no smell, just a touch of bread to the nose. Nice balance of malt and a definite hop zip. A touch of a nutmeg flavor. Light-bodied, pleasant taste, but a real quick finish in the flavor. I'm sure this Pilsner helps Summit's sales and it is refreshing. Won't lure me away from the Extra Pale, though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2002 06:49:16 | More by ADR
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BeerAngel

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a very small thin white head. The aroma consists of crisp hop notes with light grain that make your mouth water. The taste mimics the smell with a sweet tone and the crispness is even stronger. The hops are a hint of light black pepper that tapers into a dry bitterness. This is a light bodied brew that finishes slightly sticky to the tongue despite the dryness of the hops. All in all, this is a nice refreshing brew. Thanks to budgood1 for this! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 18:51:37 | More by BeerAngel
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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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jamesdergen

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale and clear lemon yellow body. The head is white and airy and wispy. Lace is delicately left in spiderweb like patterns. Nice bready malt aroma. Slight hoppy spiciness noted on the nose as well. Cracker like pils malt base on the palate. Hops impart a very slight noble like characteristic of spice. Just a little peppery. Good enough mouthfeel with the appropriate carbonation level. Body is light-medium to medium. While this is serviceable, I prefer their Grand over this.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 03:30:04 | More by Bighuge
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden hued topped with a modest, dying white froth.
It smells dryly of hay and grass and crusty breads.
It begins with that same crusty breadiness, with notions of something slightly sweeter. Hay sweeps in, then is washed clean with an interlude of lagered briskness. The hop finale is lightly floral, more forcefully grassy and plenty dry.
Medium-light bodied with a fading carbonation.
This lacks a bit of finesse to call it a classic example, but it works.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 05:05:01 | More by cokes
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium shade of clear gold with a good amount of bubbles coming up. Nice, average sized, thick, sudsy, creamy, sticky, soapy white head. Very good retention with a nice thin layer of bubbly lace.

S - Pretty strong lemon and spicy aroma. Also a good amount of herbal and grassy hops. Only a hint of pale malt and breadiness. Very zesty, citrus, and spicy aroma with less emphasis on the grain, bread, and malt aroma.

T - Opens with a fairly strong lemon rind and citrus taste with some herbal and grassy hops with just a touch of bready and grainy flavors. Mid sip, a bit more of the malt and wheat taste come out with the citrus hading out just a bit. Toward the finish, the herbal and grassy bitter hop taste comes out stronger and lingers. Slightly sweet, cracker type of malt is usually in the background.

M - Average body and carbonation for the style. Somewhat crisp and refreshing. Nothing outstanding or worth noting really.

D - Fairly drinkable with a typical body/mouthfeel that is pretty refreshing. Nice touch of bitterness. A little hoppier/bitter than wheat/malt taste.

Notes: Not a bad beer that is fairly refreshing. Fairly hoppy and spicy and less malty than some others in the style. Pretty tasty on a hot day if you want a cheaper beer. Nothing outstanding, but good.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:50:00 | More by FreshHawk
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pilsner glass a pale gold color with a white head that is somewhat creamy. Nice lacing.

Very bready/biscuity with zesty hops that add some grassy, lemony scents. Fair amount of sweetness.

Quite bready with mild sweetness and lightly spiced hops. Bready and hoppy aftertaste as well.

Pretty hefty for a pilsner up front, but then seems to fall off a bit and lose the carbonation edge.

This is not my style at all, but I think this is a very solid pilsner. Easy enough to drink and actually has a pretty good hop dose for the style as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 23:54:10 | More by jera1350
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afinepilsner

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Summit Pilsener was golden in color with good clarity. It had a white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was noble hops and some grain. The taste was light malt, grain, and hops. It had a dry, lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium carbonation. The drinkability was good. This is a decent pilsener and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:20:46 | More by afinepilsner
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
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