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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 379
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 18.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: garymuchow on 12-30-2001

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Reviews: 167 | Hads: 379
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of slyke
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.76/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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?

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed with Harrington and CaraMunich malts. Hopped with Warrior, Saaz, and Vangaurd.

12d plato, 27 IBU, 5.0% ABV, 5.5d Lovibond.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear pale golden with yellow touches throughout, forming a tall rocky white head with superior retention and gorgeous sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate...not too fizzy like most EuroPils or Domestic wannabe's. Aroma is spritely with freshly mown hay, floral perfumy hops, crisp water, clean ferment, and dry pale malts. Mouthfeel is tangy like a Pils should be, with a medium-light body. Tastes of floral and citric hops, grass, riverside foliage, medium herbal bitterness throughout, ending in a semi-dry finish with a faint touch of honey and copper. Cleanly fermented. The body is a little heavy for the style, and the herbal type bitterness is just a bit too strong to make it very drinkable.

A fine pilsener, certainly one of the better American attempts. Summit brews some great stuff and this doesn't disappoint, though it's not quite what I'm looking for in an ideal Pils.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of hanco005
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of boomer31
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of jamesdergen
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of MikeAAL
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.