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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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: pweis909 on 09-02-2007

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Photo of nheinzie57
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of GeezLynn
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Starts out pretty well - appearance is a clear golden hue, solid foamy white head, and good retention. Things go downhill from there. Smells like it will be pretty sweet, with a heavy yeast presence, and dull earthy hops.

Flavor is pretty similar to the smell. Heavy, sweet, and malty, with too much yeast influence and not enough hop contribution. Comes off pretty one dimensional without balance. Finish is grainy with a bit of alcohol.

Body is decent, but carbonation is dull. Needs more of a pilsener bite and effervescence. Neither dry nor crisp.

By far, Summit's weakest beer. Not terrible, but not all that enjoyable nor is it a very good representation of the style.

Photo of Act25
3.6/5  rDev +2%

A 3.5 Great and classic
S 3.7 Lemon, biscuit, noble hops. Good.
T 3.7 Hits the spot as fine as a basic Euro Pilsner, better than most american versions. Perfect for summer day or brauts.
MF 3.6 Fresh clean refreshing

Photo of Tyecko
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of frank4sail
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sweet wet cardboard smell. Very carbonated filtered crystal off yellow look with a white head. Sweet tangy, weakish watery flavor. Strange chewy, smoothish medium mouth for a pilsner. You expect more taste from the mouthfeel but, It's not there.

Cheers to Budgood1 for the sample.

Photo of ggaughan
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Greggy
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden color with no sediment, and a 1 finger head that recedes to nothing.

S- Skunky hops, a little bit of light malt, a bit of straw and a touch of light citrus.

T- A clean pilsner with not a hell of a lot of character other than a slight clove note, and a nice dry finish, with a bit of graphite.

M- Low carbonation makes the style talk for itself.

D- This is an ok pilsner. Sessionable, yes, but honestly, dang near comparable to Miller Lite.

Photo of Slynger
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color, with a pillowy cap of fine white fuzz.

Light nose with crackery malts and a touch of lemon grass.

Saltine crackery malt flavors with a peppery-spicy noble hoppiness. Light-medium body, lightly zesty carb, slightly cloying.

One of the better American versions I've had. Definitely a decent option when considering a pilsener.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very very light golden body, too light. Lots of active carbonation helped create a good 2 finger head, but it isn't holding on. It's very crisp and clear and boy I can't get over how much active carb there is, even for a Sam Adams PP Bu still, there's not much retention, no lace, and it's too light.

S: Wet malt, maybe some pineyish hops, but not very strong. No fruity or sweet smells. The smell isn't very strong, which I appreciate with a simpler beer like a pils.

T: Dry and simple, not much for hops but some simple germans maybe. Very simple and agreeable, fairly refreshing also. Very basic, very nice.

M: Small. Not thin or creamy, just not heavy really. The mouthfeel lends well to the drinkability.

D: great session beer, can just keep on doing it. I also give it points for appealing to the masses, particularly BMC drinkers.

Photo of steveh
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of climax
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into Miller Lite's "True Pilsner" glass, hhmmm. It did showcase this beer very nicely. The large head was light and wispy, full of big slow bursting bubbles. The clarity of the gold color was very good.

The nose was clean and interesting. The floral hop character and notes of rose petals were hard to ignore. Mild buttery flavor with some nutty aromas kept things balanced.

Flavor is smooth and satisfying yet lacking in the strength department, which docks it in this case. Dry hopping, leafy greens, and some diacetyl made up the distinguishable flavors.

The feel was very silky and smooth. The carbonation didn't bother it any, as it was very mild. Not watery by any stretch, but very easy to drink. The finish was extraordinarily clean.

Photo of happygnome
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a bright golden color with about about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing, carbonation bubbles continue to rise to the surface throughout the beer
s: heavy aroma of grains, citrusy hops and a lot of grains crisp aroma
t: a lot of grain flavors, citrusy hops very refreshing
m: light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this was a very good brew but i dont think that im going to buy it again

Photo of Chaz
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
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 . . .

Photo of Ricochet
3.02/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, being a pilsner, I didn't expect much as this is not one of my favorite styles. I've had great pilsners however, very dry and refereshing. This one just missed all the cues for me. However, it wasn't bad. It poured with some head that went quick and left a small fizzy carb. Had the smell of wheat, very small scent, other than a odd sweetness. Mouth was an average beer, pilsner, with very little bitterness. Taste was an average American attempt at this beer style, it was sweeter rather than dry, the lack of adjunct flavors was a plus and there was a lingering "stale" aftertaste, something with the light malt and water that made this plain and simple. Drinkability is, well, it's not. I got this in a sampler and would not get it again. Average pilsner, a style where you need to taste exceptional for me to like it, but there are worse choices out there.

Photo of supercolter
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of seangibbs60
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JamesMN
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent straw with a bubbly white head.

Aroma: Getting that funky lager yeast smell. A little malt and a hint of citrus from the hops.

Taste: Typical craft brewed pilsener. Bready with a small hop bite. Getting some corn or other adjunct in there but it isn't exactly out of place in this style. There's nothing really bad to say about this one but nothing incredibly positive to say either.

Mouthfeel: At the lower end of medium bodied. Nice level of carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I'm not sure this beer deserves the status of being a year-round brew by Summit. It does the job but definitely doesn't leave me wanting more. However, this beer is never out of place at a summer picnic or backyard barbecue.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a pale white head, 2-finger off the pour, but low retention. Beer was a crystal-clear yellow brew, showing bubbles slowly rising within, displaying the likely bright carbonation.

S-Bready malts with a zesty hop spiciness.

T-Bready, grainy malt, crisped by a nice hop spiciness and in-balance hop bitterness. Nothing off-the-wall here, just a dang enjoyable, smooth flavored lager beer. Finished dry and clean.

M-mdium-high carbonation cleans the palate, while the moderate body keeps this brew from being too blah and watery.

D-Quite good. As I said, overall simply a good-tasting beer, and quite easy to drink. Thumbs up.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a stange. The color is a clean and clear light gold. Two fingers of fluffy white head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy head and Brussels lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nothing impressive. Pale malts, a little lemon, lightly toasted caramel, and some hop astringency.

Taste: It has a dominant grain and grass presence that gives it a pleasant sweetness. Flavors of lemon and grassy hops offer a nice, balancing bitterness. The mouthfeel is very crisp.

Drinkability: A tasty brew. Nothing too complex or pretentious Straightforward and flavorful drinking.

Photo of hoosier222002
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of afinepilsner
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Summit Pilsener was golden in color with good clarity. It had a white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was noble hops and some grain. The taste was light malt, grain, and hops. It had a dry, lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium carbonation. The drinkability was good. This is a decent pilsener and worth a shot.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of harrylee773
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of marcobrau
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and yellow with a flourish of white foam that settles to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Attractive. Smells very grassy.; almost skunky (odd for a brown bottle). Good hop spice character up front; herbal and pleasant. Malt profile is fairly simply, slightly toasted character. Feels smooth and not overly carbonated. Bitterness is present, but not aggressive or too tame. Very drinkable except for the odd skunkiness. I'm reviewing the bottle, but I recently had this on tap at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul and it was a little better. My wife thinks she detects adjunct (corn), but the brewery's web site says no...could be DMS?

Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.