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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pilsener pours a typical golden color, with a nice size lasting head, and plenty of carbonation bubbles. The smell while not strong did have skunk like qualities. The taste was pleasant, rather light, had a nice mellow straw like flavor, a few hops, and was actually a bit sweet, but the aftertaste isn't that great. While easy to drink, that aftertaste would stop me from getting more. Overall a pretty nice pils, nothing spectacular but has some good qualities.

vette2006c5r, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Herky21
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Herky21, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Cramerican, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of bhayle
2/5  rDev -43.3%

bhayle, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of stanale
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

stanale, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

JohnK17, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into Portsmouth pint glass. No bottle date is present, but this code is there "12381101". I think that I have had this bottle for a couple of months.

A: Pours a very clear yellow color similar to a BMC beer. About a finger of bright white head. Lingers a while.

S: Basically smells like BMC. Light bready malts. No real hops.

T: Mild hop (?) bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then all biscuity malt in the mid mouth. Good carbonation to clear it.

M: Light

O: Blah

inlimbo77, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of PorterPig
4/5  rDev +13.3%

PorterPig, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Kenai4
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of TheSpider
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

TheSpider, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Localdrinklax, Jan 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of jayschares
4/5  rDev +13.3%

jayschares, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of KuehneBe
4/5  rDev +13.3%

KuehneBe, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale golden. Head is one finger and lasts decently well. LEaves some lacing.
S- The aroma is cracker, bread, a bit of fresh greenness.
T- There is a bit of a hop bite up front but just a touch. The balancing sweetness of bread dough come through in the middle before a fresh, crisp, clean finish.
M- The body is a bit too light up front, but I like the crisp carbonation.
O- A well made simple pilsners. Pretty standard but pretty good.

jsprain1, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of YogiMN
4/5  rDev +13.3%

YogiMN, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of fuzzcherry
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

pisomojado8, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

tlamb9, Nov 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15%

HoistinBrews, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

dasmusik, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15%

brandoman63, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

NuclearDolphin, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Bockrules
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Bockrules, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 3 squares in Maple Grove.

The beer pours a fairly light gold color with so-so head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light biscuit, light pepper and very light honey. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this lightly flavored pils, though I do get some light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and finish is a bit watery. I could tell the alcohol level was pretty low, but that's not enough of a bonus to ever make me want to order this beer again.

Meh.... I guess this might make for a good transition beer for anyone looking to upgrade from BMC stuff. However, anyone hoping for a good domestic subsitute for a good Czech or German pils needs to look elsewhere.

I shared this beer with a friend who only drinks macro beers, and he was apprehensive the summit pils would have way too much flavor. After tasting the pils, he agreed he'd still rather drink his corona or bud lite, but was quick to admit that there wasn't a great deal more flavor in the summit pils than what he normally enjoys in BMC. Sadly, I would have to agree with that assessment.

John_M, Sep 17, 2011
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.