Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 164
Hads: 365
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 35 | 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: 164 | Hads: 365
Photo of bnes09
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw colored brew. Lots of bubbles. Thin white head with some lacing.

Clean, crisp smell. Bread grains and some Euro-lager skunk.

Descent malt backbone, wheat and corn flavors with some skunk. Mild hop bitterness, spinach leafs and Italian herbs. Nothing monumental.

Light to medium-bodied. Good carbonation. Crisp feel.

Not a bad beer but nothing special either. (374 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pail yellow color into a standard pint glass with a slight white head that didn't linger for very long. I got a slightly sweet malt aroma from this one. Not much really to speak of in terms of complex taste. Pretty comparable to macro pilsners out there. Very light in body so maybe this would be a good summer beer or a beer to start someone out in drinking non-macro beers. (389 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a golden color with a two finger white head.

S-Smells of mild lemon hop notes with some grain and some light lime.

T-Light lemon lime with some graininess, and no signs of bitterness, with a slightly drying hop finish.

M-Light bodied with low carbonation for the style and a mildly creamy mouthfeel.

D-I'm noticing a trend with Summit's Lagers: they tend to be on the low end of the carbonation spectrum. Normally I don't find this to be a problem with beers in general (I actually prefer it most of the time), but with these lagers it comes across as a something I really miss. That coupled with the complete lack of bitterness for me make this beer a miss. (670 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12OZ BOTTLE best by 9/12/12

Appearance is a crystal clear lemon color, with a small sudsy head. Smell is light wheat/grain, corn, lemon. Taste is very light and grainy as well, with touches of lemon and sweet grass. The hops are there but very subdued. Feel is crisp (maybe a tad under-carbonated), but the finish is watery and has an unpleasant musty aftertaste not unlike GMC.

This wouldn't be a bad choice on a hot summer's day. (433 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 oz. Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Lighter Yellow/Straw color with a hint of haze. Half finger head that quickly dissipates. Leaves some good lacing behind

Smell - Has a fairly malty smell to it with a hint of butter/biscuits and honey. Earthy aroma is fairly prevalent in this brew

Taste - Fairly lacking in flavor even for a Pilsner, but not to the point where it feels watered down. There is a sweet honey taste with a malty and lemon flavors that stay throughout, but that's basically it.

Mouthfeel - This is a fairly light Pilsner, both in body and thickness (or thinness if you want to be picky), carbonation dies off after a few minutes.

Overall - It's a beer that you'd drink when you're fishing with your buddies over the weekend. It's not an awful beer, but there are much better Pilsner brews out there. (833 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Clear gold with 1-2 fingers of white head, leaving a smidge of lacing Smell: Cereal breadiness and herbal/grassy hops
Taste: Nice slightly tart maltiness to start with. Fades into sort of a stale, lackluster moderately bitter hops finish
Feel: Light, crisp

Overall: The Summit Pilsener strikes a nice malt-hops balance, and the malt character itself is pretty good. Where it goes south is in the uninspired stale hops character. It is well within the "enjoy by" date of 8/16/2015, so it's hard to find it excusable. Still, in the grand scheme of things it is a basically enjoyable pilsner. The main thing Summit has going for it is the price tag, but you can find some great pilsners or light lagers out there for about the same price: Sierra Nevada's Nooner or Summerfest, Anchor's California Lager, Great Lakes' Dortmunder. If it needs to be local, Schell's does a nice robust pilsner, and Bauhaus and Bent Paddle, though slightly more expensive, are great local options. (983 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden-yellow hue, modest animation, the white head reached a health finger and a half before slowly and steadily fading to a tight cap. During consumption sparse, spotty lace was produced. It is a typical Pilsner to the eye. The nose is pleasant and archetypal of the style as well, bready malts with a mix of lemon-grassy herbalness and light graininess throughout. The potency is adequate. More refreshing that interesting on the palate, however this is still a tasty Pils nevertheless, minimal bitterness lies beneath a well-built dose of lemon-grass/hay/herbal qualities. On the back of the tongue, towards the finish, the bready maltiness is most prevalent, very nice. The aftertaste does contain an odd twang that hampers the pleasantness of this beer a little. Still I find Grand to be very refreshing. I’d like to taste more hoppiness however and a crisper bite of bitterness. The medium body houses modest carbonation that is very appropriate for a thirst-quenching lager. I was talked out of trading for this on occasion, I see why, it is nothing spectacular. I’d still prefer Paulaner Premium Pils when my Pils fix needs an itch. But if money is an issue then Summit Grand might get the nod. Decent stuff.

Purchased a 12 ounce single for $1.50 in Omaha. (1,276 characters)

Photo of packetknife
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-orange, slightly dark, no head to speak of. Smells like fresh bread from a yard away. Just enough hop and sharp. A strange sweetness sticks to the roof of your mouth. Thicker than I expected.

Suprising it comes from Summit. (233 characters)

Photo of hylton44
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I read that this is just the new name for the Summit Grand, but I don't believe it. The Grand, I remember as being non-representative of the Czech pilsner style; being both bland and tasting of adjuncts, with the only bitterness being my dissapointment.

This pilsner poured a crystal-clear straw color with an actively-bubbling, snow-white head. It had a dry, pleasing mouthfeel (if a bit over-carbonated); and was moderately bitter, balancing out a champagne-like sweetness. Grassy malt was present also, with a buttery edge to it.

A fine and enjoyable beer, though not in the category of Urquell, by my way of thinking/tasting. (631 characters)

Photo of TWHartman
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours light, one-dimentional golden hue, clean white head with pretty good retention.

S- Bread dough, grass or fresh hay, slight lemony brightness

T- Strikes a nice balance, slight sweetness finishing with a restrained bitterness

M- Very nice mouthfeel for the style. Not thin at all, noble hop flavor stays in the back and roof of mouth and throat (355 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a nice light golden color. The beer had a large thick white head with great retention but eventually fades to give a great level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a bready malt with notes of yeast, pepper and some lightly sweetened lemon citrus.

Taste – The taste begins mostly of a bready taste with some light lemon hop flavors. As the taste moves on the hop gets slightly stronger and the bready flavor becomes more “buttery” and takes on a more biscuit nature. In the end a light grassy flavor come to the tongue blending with the lemon to leave a lingering aftertaste..

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was of average thickness with a carbonation level that was also very average as well.

Overall – It’s a pretty good Pilsener with a decent flavor, feel and look. Worth a try, but nothing to go out of your way for. (907 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Enjoy by 08.30.10. No info.

Thanks to my cousin for giving me a bottle of this from the summer sample pack.

A - Completely clear and golden straw yellow, few carbonation bubbles rise to the surface lazily. A thick two-finger white head pops up but sinks rather quickly. Speckled lace covers about half the glass.

S - Crisp, light golden pils malts and a soft, light backing of mineral water with a delicate balance of noble hops gives this beer an authentic aroma of a true pilsner.

T - Crisp pils malts seem to be fairly husky and possibly paired with corn. Noble hops are still present as is the overly present hard mineral flavor. Definite a decline from the aroma.

M - A surprising bite of carbonation smacks the tongue and throat. The mineral kick is too much s this pils ends very dry and crisp with a light body.

D - The mineral addition going on is a lot to try and handle in this beer. It needs some toning down then everything might fall into place better. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a hazy golden yellow, which cleared some as it warmed.Very little head, some fine lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops and malt. Taste is hoppy and slightly sweet. Weak carbonation, gives it a semi fizzy tingle on the tongue. Not a bad beer, but a little on the bland side. I keep waiting for something more that just isn't there. Still it would make a good lawnmower beer on a hot day, not filling but refreshing. (433 characters)

Photo of brakspear
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe it was the glass I was using, but this beer poured a nice golden color with a soft white head that produced lace sheets along the glass....dextrines very evident from the lacing...but then I noticed the protein haze swirling in the glass as well...not good.

The aroma has a soft malty base with some Saaz hop notes evident...appropriate for the style, but rather bland.

The taste has all the hallmarks of a malty Czech-style pilsner, not easy to brew unless you can match the extremely soft water of Pilsen. This beer is smooth and malty, but with a very slight Saaz hop bite in the finish. Bur it is also rather bland. The beer is a decent domestic version of the Czech classic, but is missing a few things to make is special. I prefer Summit's ales.... (766 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate straw color. Sweet malt aroma with the barest whiff of phenols. Indeed very Bohemian, with sweetish light malt flavor. Some reserved grassy and grape flavors. I'd have like just a bit more bite to clean it up at the finish. "Grand" oversells - how about "Pretty Good?" (277 characters)

Photo of BigRedN
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of four beers in the a sampler pack I picked up. Was a little confused by the "Bohemian Style Pilsner" on the bottle, and its listing here as an All Malt. Clicking on the link, I then read the description, and it makes sense now. Excellent addition to the site.
Now the beer.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. Golden, clear, a lot like a macro lager. Thin fluffy, white head (about 1/4 - 1/2 inch in height). Shortly dissolved to nothing but a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing. There are plenty of tiny bubbles dancing through the liquid.

Smell: I can not detect any hops, mostly malt. I am not overly familiar with the style, but I assume from the style description this should be accurate.

Taste: Almost all malt, a little bitterness in the middle. I found this beer to be a little sweet and buttery.

Mouthfeel: Smooth like butter, lighter bodied, good carbonation. Finished crisply and clean with no aftertaste sensation.

Drinkability: Plenty good, but I just can't shake the sweetness. This is probably due in part to the fact I had this one sandwhiched between their IPA, followed by the Extra Pale Ale. A different beer, but still worthwhile. (1,180 characters)

Photo of trbergman
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Golden body with one finger of white foam and vigorous carbonation.

S - Grainy, cereal, slight grassy, herbal hop aroma.

T - Bready malt, somewhat sweet cereal flavor, a spicy and herbal hop bite, with a moderate, lingering bitterness. The finish could be a little more dry, to my taste.

M - Not quite light-bodied, malts give this a somewhat round mouthfeel.

D - A decent beer, but I tend to like my pilsner a bit more crisp and dry. I'd have it again, but probably not two in the same sitting. (536 characters)

Photo of ccs
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There is no head on this beer, it simply pours a nice golden color. Very pleasant taste, clean and malty. The aroma is all malt with a faint hops in the back ground. It has a full mouthfeel, mostly from the carbonation. I think this would be a great lawnmower beer, just a happy little refresher that'll keep you cool and quench your thirst on a summer day. (357 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a nice straw-gold with perfect clarity, showcasing the barrage of bubbles streaming to the dense, white, two-finger head. Head has fallen apart halfway down the glass. Leaves a spider-web of lacing on the top third of the glass.

S - Really not much here. A touch of Saaz hops on cereally malt background. Not too much of a step above bud.

T - Buttery malt upfront. The body is buttery-malt driven with a large dose of lemon flavor and just hints of Saaz hops trying to poke through. Crisp lemon and a tad more hop flavor as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to lemon bar finish.

M - On the heavier side of light bodied with ample carbonation, yet still fairly smooth.

Overall, a pretty average pilsner that suffers from lack of peppy Saaz hop flavors and a lackluster nose. Honestly, I'd take Beck's or Bitburgur over this any day, but for $10 for the 12-bottle variety pack, it's hard to complain. I would buy the variety pack from Summit again and happily drink these, but can't really see myself purchasing just this. (1,097 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a Czech Urquell, but it's pretty damn close. I think it's a good summer beer. Like most Summit beers this baby goes down smooth. I listened to some great ambient music by Erik Wollo "Imaginary Landscapes" which should be considered a classic. (253 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a perfectly clear golden color with modest white puffy head. Some lacing as the beer was slowly consumed. Smell is bread-like and slightly sweet. Taste has a slight maltiness, but also a somewhat metallic taste. Finishes with more of the metallic mouthfeel.. An OK beer, once you get past the metallic taste. (315 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear golden color with a white head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is of crisp hops and sweet malts. It has a nice crisp hop flavor and a clean malt flavor. It is a smooth, easy drinking beer. Not over the top in the malts or hops. A very clean beer. (293 characters)

Photo of dali27
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pilsner glass.

A: Deep golden color. Very small head which leaves a ring around the glass with soapy looking suds in the middle.

S: First thing I smell are grains. Light hoppy aroma typical of style comes after.

T: Bohemian style hops are a key to the taste, but they're not at strong as I expect. The hops go together nicely with the much more noticeable grains. Wheat and grassy notes. Good flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp with the carbonation that stays active for a good while. Nice clean finish.

O: Another solid offering from Summit. The brewery is one of my favorites for their other offerings, but while solid, this one doesn't compare with others in same catagory. Pilsner Urquell and SANP have my vote there. Hard to find myself drinking this one on a regular basis because of this. (826 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, typical Summit bottles and labels. Green twist cap. Date code is cryptic.

Appearance: Clear golden, average head - not much retention.

Smell: Slightly metallic, noble hops. A bit more bread as it warms.

Taste: Metallic taste doesn't come through here - highly drinkable with some nice flavors - very balanced.

Overall impression: Nice drinkable beer - not sure this belongs in the autumn variety pack though. Seems to be a much better fit for summer. (488 characters)

Photo of katan
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a Sam's PP. In my hunt of pilsners, I moved east from Germany for a try.

A --Pours a light golden with brown highlights. Light bubbling, but very strong bright white head formation that is well retained. Appears to be very clear.

S - Very subdued nose - only the lightest amount of pilsner malt comes through. Even some odd sweetness of another malt might be there.

T - Starts off with a pilsner malt graininess which is tied to almost a husky astringency. Almost a roasted note in there. Moves to an earthy, grapefruit style hopping. Bitterness is light. Finishes very cleanly with a light pils malt note. There are some fruity off-flavors in this beer - which from the description is normal.

M - Moderate to strong body in both beer and carbonation. Sticky at times, stinging at others. Clean aftertaste.

D - Good ABV for sessioning or so. Not filling. Flavors are not that strong, so I wouldn't think this beer would overwhelm the senses.

Just...OK... (971 characters)

Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.