1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Summit PilsenerSummit Pilsener

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

320 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 320
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 320 | Reviews: 160 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Mdodge8837
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Mdodge8837, May 20, 2012
Photo of ArsenalBB
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

ArsenalBB, May 12, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

harrylee773, May 09, 2012
Photo of mattafett
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

mattafett, May 08, 2012
Photo of millelacsmark
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

millelacsmark, May 03, 2012
Photo of jcjerabek
3/5  rDev -15.3%

jcjerabek, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of steveh
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With all of the discussion about American Pilsners going on I had to stop and pick up something to quench my thirst, and maybe see if we're talking up our sleeves.

Summit and BA both call this a Czech Pils, so I'll rate it to that standard.

A -- Clear, straw to light gold color with a thick, dense white head that holds up well.

S -- Bready, yeasty malts up front. Vaguest of citrus hops trying to fight through. Mild DMS and light sulfur.

T -- Grainy to light citrus up front with some mild bitterness in the middle and finish. Some mild citrus in the finish. There is a light vegetal character in the aftertaste of this beer that I get in some light micro lagers. Not sure if it's a hop or yeast byproduct, but it makes for a less-than clean Pilsner.

M -- Body is light with a soft to crisp mouthfeel.

O -- I find this closer to a German Pils than Czech, though the hops are light. This is a highly refreshing and drinkable beer, but the lacking malt character and low hop character in the flavor, plus the off characters, keep my marks low.

steveh, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of motorhed
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

motorhed, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
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 +5.9%

Herky21, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +13%

Cramerican, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of bhayle
2/5  rDev -43.5%

bhayle, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of stanale
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

stanale, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

JohnK17, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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%

PorterPig, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Kenai4
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of TheSpider
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

TheSpider, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Localdrinklax
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Localdrinklax, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of dragomni
3/5  rDev -15.3%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of jayschares
4/5  rDev +13%

jayschares, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of KuehneBe
4/5  rDev +13%

KuehneBe, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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%

YogiMN, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of fuzzcherry
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.