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Summit Pilsener - Summit Brewing Company

Summit PilsenerSummit Pilsener

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BA SCORE
81
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269 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.27%


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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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 00:13:51 | More by tgbljb
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden straw color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of a faint bready malt with an even fainter noble hop spiciness. The taste is of like the aroma. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Ovearll, this beer tastes a lot more like a macro lager than Czech Pinsener. I will not drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 21:32:32 | More by KarlHungus
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morimech

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a 1/2 inch white head that recedes quickly. The beer leaves some nice lacing. After a short time, carbonation bubbles diminish.

The aroma is mostly bready malt with the noble hops hiding in the background.

Taste is similar to the smell except the hops come out a little more.

The beer has a light body and nicely carbonated for the style.

The low ABV and light body helps drinkability but I would have liked more hops in this beer. Just bump it up a little bit and you would have a solid Pilsner, otherwise it is average at best.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 22:32:27 | More by morimech
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argock

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pilsner glass. No freshness date. Purchased as part of Summit Autumn Sampler 12-pack.

A: Clear golden with ½-to-1-finger white head with average retention and a few islands of lace.

S: Crisp and classic with mineral, pale malt grain and noble hops bitterness

T: Pale malt sweetness is short and is eclipsed by the substantial noble hops bite which is notably more grassy and herbal than most pilsners.

M: Clean feel with appropriately active carbonation and medium body

D: A solid if unspectacular pilsner from a consistently good brewery

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 03:02:26 | More by argock
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:31:59 | More by Darkmagus82
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed with Harrington and CaraMunich malts. Hopped with Warrior, Saaz, and Vangaurd.

12d plato, 27 IBU, 5.0% ABV, 5.5d Lovibond.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear pale golden with yellow touches throughout, forming a tall rocky white head with superior retention and gorgeous sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate...not too fizzy like most EuroPils or Domestic wannabe's. Aroma is spritely with freshly mown hay, floral perfumy hops, crisp water, clean ferment, and dry pale malts. Mouthfeel is tangy like a Pils should be, with a medium-light body. Tastes of floral and citric hops, grass, riverside foliage, medium herbal bitterness throughout, ending in a semi-dry finish with a faint touch of honey and copper. Cleanly fermented. The body is a little heavy for the style, and the herbal type bitterness is just a bit too strong to make it very drinkable.

A fine pilsener, certainly one of the better American attempts. Summit brews some great stuff and this doesn't disappoint, though it's not quite what I'm looking for in an ideal Pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 21:41:08 | More by Mitchster
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beerguy101

California

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied German Pilsner. Light malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are spicy and its fairly hoppy for a pilsner. Good balance. Lots of flavor. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 23:42:21 | More by beerguy101
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Chang O'Hara's bistro in St. Paul, MN...

Thin head, about a 1/4 of an inch. Very clear deep yellow. Practically no smell, just a touch of bread to the nose. Nice balance of malt and a definite hop zip. A touch of a nutmeg flavor. Light-bodied, pleasant taste, but a real quick finish in the flavor. I'm sure this Pilsner helps Summit's sales and it is refreshing. Won't lure me away from the Extra Pale, though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2002 06:49:16 | More by ADR
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.5/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2001 22:22:38 | More by garymuchow
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 22:12:16 | More by bditty187
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz short brown bottle, twist off cap, no date.

This beer poured a clear, light amber-yellow color with good bubbling action, and creamy, white foam that clung to the inside of the glass to coat. The smell was lightly malty with some grain and bread and a hint of hoppiness. The taste was mildly malty with good hoppiness, including a touch of floral hops and a hint of hop "soapiness". There were notes of grain in the taste as well. Overall the flavor was a bit thin. The mouthfeel was crisp with medium-light body and good carbonation, and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. This was a decent lager and was easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 22:25:44 | More by UncleJimbo
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Redrover

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently added to the tap list at Palmers. Palmer's is located in La Grange, IL and offers 38 beers on tap plus well over 300 bottles.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is bright, crystal clear light gold. There is a smallish white head and decent lacing.

The nose is of gentle malts, green apple, grass and a bit of perfume from the hops.

The taste is crisp and clean. Some flowery notes and more than a touch of sweetness. This is kind of a throwback beer and by that I mean it’s a straight-ahead beer that doesn’t try and overpower you. It is very easy to pair with food and went well with my Dagwood burger (Palmers has great bar food).

Well worth a try and a solid effort from the brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 15:06:29 | More by Redrover
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted on 01/18/06 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Clear straw color with a low white film and virtually no carbonation. Boring standard/typical low hop and standard malt aroma and flavor -- not much different than a higher-end macro. Light bodied with a thin finish. A Pilsener more like Miller touts than it's European counterparts... pass.

Per Label: "Summit Grand Pilsener"

Per SBC website:
12 P, 27 IBU, 5% ABV, 5.5L (color).
Malts: Harrington, CaraMunich
Hops: Warrior, Saaz, Vanguard

Enjoy By: '05223'
Tasted: 01/18/06

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 21:14:11 | More by RBorsato
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Gold in color, with lots of carbonation visible. Nice amount of pure white head. Tastes very hoppy, with no hint of skunk at all. This is a pretty decent pilsener, much better than macros. I have come around about Summit, they make some pretty good beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 19:12:00 | More by TastyTaste
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Pegasus

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy deep golden color, with a modest white head, scattered faint lace, moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Rich aroma of caramel malt, rather uncharacteristic for a Pilsener, with mild noble hops as a backdrop. The usual cracker malt notes seem absent.

Taste: A modest punch of noble hops at the open, with a slightly sweet undercurrent of pale malt, and some mild pepper notes. As the taste progresses, the noble hops become a bit more dominant. Finishes slightly sweet, with a lingering metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An example of moderate quality in a style where small errors are readily noted. Neither is this poor, nor is it outstanding.

Presntation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 03:49:29 | More by Pegasus
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow gold, good clarity, topped by two fingers of dense level white foam. Good lacing.

Big fresh grass/hay aroma.

Taste has a sweet center, and some pleasing bitterness from the earthy hops on the sides. Cleanish finish, but with a lingering hop tingle.

Smooth with proper tingling carbonation.

Wasy drinkability, but a bit light on desirability.

Lacks a bit of Saaz sass, but a good crossover beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 04:36:58 | More by RonfromJersey
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HardTarget

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 05:38:02 | More by HardTarget
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inlimbo77

Delaware

2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 14:53:47 | More by inlimbo77
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marc77

California

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fulgent, crystalline light golden hue. Persistent porcelain white head leaves fleecy lace. Soft, staple bready sweet malt accompanied by lightly floral hops with an herbaceous tinge in aroma. Clean, facile, pilsner malt sweetness is perceived incipiently and lingers until partially offset by perhaps overly gentle hop bitterness. Malt presence becomes doughy mid palate, and is contrasted by a subtle, grassy hop late. Crisp, brisk, pleasantly dextrinous, somewhat functional mouthfeel. Finishes brusquely and simple, with a brief snap of maltose and dry cracker. Summit Grand is strikingly clean and almost immaculate in overall flavor profile. Although devoid of flaw, it displays no true outstanding character. It treads between a dry German and maltier Bohemian pils in overall character. Definitely a fine brew for quick, effortless quaffing. Thanks to Felonioumonk for sending this my way!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 17:27:18 | More by marc77
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with the slightest brown hue, finger of head, solid retention and admirable spotty lacing.

S - Sweet corn dominates and is followed by some sweet lemon iced tea, quite nice.

T - THe flavours are a little bland, but typical of pilseners, with corn malts dominating, and some sour lemon and bitter grassy hops on the finish.

M - Nice carbonation, but a little on the dry side for my liking. I like my pilseners to leave my mouth watering for more, so more of a personal preference here.

D - This is a worthy offering for the style, though I have had better. Makes for a tasty drink on a hot summers day, and I would never turn one down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 15:20:33 | More by andrenaline
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Rayek

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Brilliant gold with fairly active carbonation. A soapy white head is short lived, but does leave a bit of lace.

S: Honey sweetness is joined by a bit of lemon and fresh cut grass.

T: Starts out sweet, with a distinct clover honey flavor. Bitterness comes on with a spicy lemon and pepper kick. Finishes with a lingering pepper flavor and a touch of metal.

M: The The medium-light body has a nice amount of tingling carbonation.

D: This is a pretty decent Pils. Its lightness makes it an easy drinker on a warm day. I'm glad I picked it up.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 20:08:31 | More by Rayek
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a re-review.
summit grand pours out a clear, dark golden colour. active carbonation produces larger than normal bubbles. a thin but thick head reduces down to a wispy lace. this bohemian style pilsener remains true to it's style with a light, grassy saazs hop aroma. pale malts shine through, too. taste is fairly malty, with enough body to produce a fairly full mouthfeel. a bit of soapiness and snappy hop crispness of the saaz variety add some nice flavor and character to this beer. while nothing ground breaking for a pilsnener, it's a nice rendition of the style. although filling, it's pretty refreshing and pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 13:04:56 | More by budgood1
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pilsner glass a pale gold color with a white head that is somewhat creamy. Nice lacing.

Very bready/biscuity with zesty hops that add some grassy, lemony scents. Fair amount of sweetness.

Quite bready with mild sweetness and lightly spiced hops. Bready and hoppy aftertaste as well.

Pretty hefty for a pilsner up front, but then seems to fall off a bit and lose the carbonation edge.

This is not my style at all, but I think this is a very solid pilsner. Easy enough to drink and actually has a pretty good hop dose for the style as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 23:54:10 | More by jera1350
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles and a huge four finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Grains, caramel and pils malts with some earthy, grassy hops. Some hints of lemon linger around. A very grainy and grassy aroma overall.

Taste: A sweet taste of grains and malts up front is followed by a decent amount of earthy hops. Hops are grassy and herbal in character. Also some strong hints of lemon citrus. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on a Pilsener from Summit. Sweetness and hop bitterness is well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 05:37:37 | More by MattyG85
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall water glass at work. The glass actually widens as it goes up, so I will just pretend it is a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow. Active bubbles leading to slightly sustained head.

Smell: Fresh floral hops and semi-sweet malts. Light metallic bitterness. Fresh, fresh, fresh.

Taste: Hops at the beginning, slightly sweet grains in the middle, and turns more peppery at the end. Leaves a sharp, metallic aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, smooth and almost creamy.

Drinkability: Pretty good Czech Pilsner. I have certainly had better Pils, but in terms of all pale lagers (which I consider substitutes for one another), this is well above average.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 21:51:21 | More by bsp77
Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.