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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 168
Hads: 383
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 18.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 168 | Hads: 383
Photo of HardTarget
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. twisty with raised lettering and wheat shafts on the bottle. Label declares this to be a Bohemian style Pilsner. Almost missed the lasered "Enjoy by 120108" reviewed on 030408.

Aroma: Firm yeast notes like rising bread with a mineral water quality. Earthy and peppery Saaz hop notes as well, all classic style elements.

Appearance: Bright, almost thin straw glass shows plenty of active carbonation streams feeding a fluffy bright white head that held a good finger height and left sticky lacing.

Flavor: Fairly mild flavor. The yeasty note is there as well as a light lemon zest. Hops are very low level and aren't as peppery as I expected, almost more of a west coast hop profile with the citric element. A mineral aftertaste builds as I work my way down the glass.

Mouthfeel: Despite the high carbonation, this doesn't feel fizzy. Medium body and pretty dry in the finish.

Overall Impression: Pils aren't normally my cup of tea, but I like this one. Maybe because it's off style. Website lists Horizon, Vanguard, and Saaz hops. I'm thinking this is closer to a Classic American Pilsner given the hops and mineral quality. Still, a rock solid beer worth a taste.

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Photo of jwilli7122
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden yellow. looks like lots of carbonation (though doesn't taste like it). fizzy soda head

smells...leafy...bready? not sure how to describe, but the way a pils should.

decent lighter taste. nothing offensive. nothing great initially. minimal bitterness. then...subtle but excellent bready aftertaste is the highlight of this beer!

thin mouthfeel

while not overpowering in terms of flavor, Grand is extremely drinkable. It's just hard to go very long between drinks. Light on the tongue, easy on the stomach, and leaves that subtle doughy taste in your mouth that is just perfect. an outstanding session beer and a very good pilsner.

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Photo of Chaz
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours brilliant golden-straw in color, with a rocky white head of average duration. Noble hops, pale malt, and a bit of metallic tang on the nose. Sharp, sweet, and a bit tangy on the first sip, pale malts on the second. Mild hop bitterness lingers for a short while, but it's a very mild bitterness overall. The feel of this is light and very easy drinking, sessionable or "quaffable". There's a moment three quarters of the way through the palate where this verges on sweet dominating bitter, but it's about then that the nice dry finish kicks in and the overall impression is one of very good balance. I've had the Grand many times now and it's always impressed me more as a Czech pale lager than as a Czech/bohemian pilsener, and while I realize that's splitting some hairs, the American All-Malt Lager it's stylistically pegged at here seems overall favorable, that is, if all American all-malt lagers could strike the same balance that this one does. One of these days I'll make note of the characteristics on draft and re-review. This would be an excellent golf/camping/hiking beer if it were in a can . . .

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though I've lived in MN most my life, and have been well acquainted with Summit for that last decade, this is my first go at their pilsner. Not sure how long they've had this out, but it may be my new go-to light beer.

Into a pint glass, pours a light golden color with a small white head, not much lacing. The aroma has plenty of grains, some light citrus and grassy hops, pretty nice but not too strong. The taste is very nice, lots of grains and wheat, some nice grassy hops and light citrus, maybe a little coriander and bit of pepper. The mouth is medium, feels light and airy with good carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Very, very easy to drink, this case went by fast. Fairly simple, yet complex enough to still be interesting after you've had a few, and light enough so as not to weight one down.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice straw yellow clear pour with a nice rocky white head that stays.
Aroma is a little lacking, I understand there isn't much for the style, but I do detect some noble spicy hops as well as a touch of bready aromatic malts
Taste is great as this one truly did bring me back to Prague. Not the same beer but the flavors were a nice reminder. Bready malts mixed with a nice hop flavor without being too bitter.
Mouthfeel was nice as it was smooth, creamy and even a bit chewy for the style, I could sit down with a twelver of these any day~especially in the summer.

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Photo of supercolter
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was actually quite impressed with this beer. I think when you take into account the style, there are very few in this category which come close to the richness of taste.
The mouthfeel was a bit light for my preferance, but certainly better than several of the other offerings.
The taste was very good, I think it deviated slightly from the style however and I couldn't give it a 5. It just didn't have the stale hop finish that I have come to know and love.

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Photo of Buebie
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the autumn sampler...odd for a release of this season in the middle of July.

Poured from the brown twist off bottle into the glass. A white fizzy 2 inch head is formed. Settling to leave a generous cap. Lace of one mighty ring and a few legs.
Color is a darker golden, but completely transparent.

Aroma is very good for the style. Large amounts of cereal grains, a touch of sweetness and biscuits too with a grassy earth hop aroma. Most times this style does not deliver much for aroma too me. But this one however just keeps on coming, loved that.

Taste is filled with some of those grains, bordering husky but never really reaching a unnatractive flavor, not as sweet though in taste, with a bit of mineral water flavor. Plenty of hop delivered, earthy hay like and bittering very well. Pilsen malt is also detected and its wonderful to be able to taste anything for a pilsener. A style I have struggled to pull anything from in the taste department previously.
Bitters linger after the swallow, finshing dry.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light whith just a slight chewy hop feel.

Overall this is a fantastic representation fo the style. Consumed on a hot day, been wroking outside all day and needed somthing to freshen up with...well here it is.

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Photo of Lahoi
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw color, big sustained head, some lacing (more than I expected, in fact).

Smell and taste are similar. Floral, but not overpowering. A little bit of hops, malt, yeast.

Feels like a good pilsener. Nothing heavy, but a lot more going on than with an AAL. Good carbonation.

This is a great summer beer. I like Lagunitas PILS, and this beer is similar. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would drink it again.

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Photo of botham
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a srystal clear straw color with two fingers of tight white head. looks just like a pilsener should.

aroma is malty, with a lightly sweet character and a mild floral base. very fresh in the nose. a hint of citrus and a touch of munich malts are present upon a bit of warming.

taste is lightly malty up front, with a floral hop character throughout the palate. lightly sweet overall, with a fresh profile and a finish of light floral hops and a touch of malt.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with soft CO2 and a clean finish, leaving the mouth slick and lightly coated.

drinkability is great. this is a solid pils with all the ingredients to make a great one. the hops are fresh, and the malts are not grainy or stale, which seems to be the case more often than not with these light lagers. cheers!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It has a slight chill haze but otherwise is brilliant straw under a rapidly receding 1” white foam collar that provides light lace. S: earthy, spicy, flowery aroma T: Complex and well-rounded with light graham cracker, a hint of diacetyl, no fruit, hop bitter finish. Good balance between hop and malt. F: Crisp, clean and smooth with a light to medium light body and above average carbonation. O: A refreshing, flavorful, easy to drink Pilsener.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is good, but it doesn't strike me as great, but I can't find anything wrong with it as far as the style goes, it's quite enjoyable.

Pours a clear yellow with a medium sized white creamy head that has great retention and lacing all the way down the glass. Beautiful indeed.

The smell is so soft and balanced with a soft hay aroma along with bright floral hops. And very mild fruity esthers.

The flavor mirrors the aroma to the t. With hay and bright earthy/floral hops.

Medium body with a very clean and crisp finish. Big yet creamy carbonation too.

A very sessionable beer indeed.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is a brilliant pale gold with a long-lingering white head. Aroma has faint noble hops notes mixed in with some cracker hiding in there. Taste is a lovely dance between hop and pilsner malt but the finish is clean with a touch of carbonic bite on the tip of your tongue. Medium mouthfeel carries this beer and the clean finish leaves your thirsting for more. I could drink about 7 or 18 more of these. Yum!

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden colored...clear...nice 1/2 inch white head.

S-Pilsner malt...Spicy saaz hops...more subtle and than strong aroma but nice.

T-Nice light but tasty maltiness and a grassy/herbal hoppiness..

M-Medium bodied...at points can seem a little watery but the impression doesn't last...perhaps more light medium bodied....more of a rounded, than crisp mouthfeel but I like it.

D-I'm having a hard time keeping this in my glass....bought a sixer tonight and 3 are gone while I write this....flavorful....drinkable....enjoyable...I think Summit is one of the most underrated breweries in the country. Sure there are some that are better but this group does not get enough credit...I enjoyed this.

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Photo of Gump
4.46/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Summit comes through again with this "Bohemian Style Pilsner". Its pours clear golden, with foamy head. The head settles quickly to almost nothing, and the carbonation isn't visible, but doesn't seem to detract from the mouthfeel.

I can describe the taste as fresh and light, with a hoppy tone. It's sweet and highly drinkable.
The dry, bittersweet finish makes you feel like you should have another.

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Photo of jdseltzer
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is real good and pretty cheap. It can compete with them foreign Pilsener's. I think it is far better than the Pilsener made by Lift Bridge. I will by it again. It sort of reminds me of the beer James Page which is no longer made.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.54/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful mixed aroma with qualities of malt behind the wonderful Saaz hops. Good frothy and creamy head that leaves rings as it is consummed. Yellow-gold color that is clear shows a steady stream of bubbles throughout. Mixed flavors with noticeable steady malt in front through the back, and finishes with a fairly long and dry finish that may be too much for some. Mouthfeel is just right in medium area. This is a really nice beer. Not too rich so could serve well as a session beer.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.92/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another in a line of stellar brews by Summit. Pours a nice golden hue and has a decent white head. It has a very malty aroma that is clean and very much Pilsener. The hops are hidden in the aroma, but definitely show themselves on the first sip, backing up a very heavy(for the style)body that is so malty that it is almost Marzen-like. This is a damn fine Pilsener and one that is worth a spot in anyone's refrigerator.

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Photo of lastdazeman
5/5  rDev +39.7%

This is the beer that helped me decide to learn more about beer. I bought a summer selection of Summit beers and liked this one better than the other three in the sampler. It is the first time a beer really struck me as, "Man this is good." After tasting this beer, I started asking my friends who either knew about or brewed their own beers to tell me the differences between the way different beers are brewed.

I may find other brewers and other beers that I enjoy more but this is the one that influenced me to learn more about beer. I have a loyalty to this style and this brewery.

I brew wine from scratch and from kits. I understand that brewing beer is different and more complicated. I am enjoying learning about both.

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Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.