Dakota Soul
Summit Brewing Company

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #28
Ranked #15,867
3.94 | pDev: 8.88%
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Barley is the soul of beer.

There’d be no Summit Dakota Soul without the Moravian 37 barley grown exclusively by our founder’s cousins near Rugby, North Dakota. Crafted from farm to finish right here in Grain Country, this traditional Czech-style pilsener features notes of English biscuits, honey and graham cracker, plus a floral, spicy hop finish thanks to genuine Saaz hops and the new American hop variety Loral.
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Truegent2004 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not usually a fan of czech style beer but this is good. Good carbonation, hints of lemon and other fruits, nice pale after taste. Seems to taste better in the summer but could drink it anytime.

Dec 26, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep golden color with a strong pillowy white head. SRM of 9-11. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong dry & salty, fresh-cut wild barley & grain, yeast, grass, buttered corn, and dried flowers with some sweet lemon citrus underneath. Great Saaz hops. There is earthy, fresh-cut grass, lemongrass and flowers. A buttery white bread and honey-nut cheerios in the middle. Great fresh-cut grass and flower from the hops a faintly sour aroma. Strong salt, butter, and flower to support. (4.25)

Flavor: Initial flavors of peppery flower hops with a grain yeast. The hop flavors follow into a floral and grassy flavor. Then a salted, buttery bread pale malt profile. Finishes dry with a dried flower, white cracker bitterness. Salted french fry or potato. This is from the diacetyl. I don't get any distinct barley flavor as the nose. The flavors are all on point with the style and I don't think I could tell this was an American brewed pilsner. (4.50)

Feel: Great mouthfeel. Crisp, clean, and strongly carbonated. Finishes completely dry. Crisp and carbonated. (4.5

to Bahaus' Wonderstuff 7/10/20: A slightly darker color. A saltier, drier, white grain aroma. Less bready and full. Crispier, saltier, and cleaner overall.
4/8/21: More grassy, yeasty, and salty bread. Less sweet lemon, bread, and less bitter. Dryer. Similar.

to Choice Pilsner: Less hoppy and dry.

to Dorothy's New World Lager: Stronger carbonation. A stronger grassy/bread aroma. Less corn/cream/honey malt. More German, bitter, and grassy.

to Bent Paddle Classic 5/1/20: More grains, cracker, and honey. Less corn mash and cream. Similar sweetness. This one tastes better though: Winner: Dakota Soul

Compared to Surly First Ave 5/16/20: Pours a slightly darker orange color. Aromas are slightly dryer with more bread, grains, and flowery yeast. Less honey, lemon and hoppy. Dryer and cleaner overall.
9/20/20: Drier, pale malts. Dried flower. Less honey.

Compared to Great Lakes Dortmund Gold 5/17/20: Stronger aromas. More zesty citrus/flower and yeast. Stronger carbonation and finishes with more of a bitterness. It's a more hop-focused beer and less smooth honey and malts.
6/17/21: Not too different. Slightly more lemongrass and yeast. Less honeyflower. Bigger, yeastier, and dryer.

to Fairstate Pils 5/25/20: More bread and biscuit flavors. A fuller and heavier body.

to Molson Canadian Lager 8/8/20: More honeysuckle and flower. Less cereal malts. Finishes lighter and with more of a sour yeast flavor.

to Pilsner Urquell 10/25/20: Pours a similar color with a stronger head. More rounded aromas/flavors. Less rubbery, butter, and sweetness. I think more balanced here and slightly more hops. Overall, very similar.
12/1/20: . Very similar, but slightly more grains and flower among the buttery flavor. More carbonation and finishes dryer, although a similar body heaviness. Winner: Dakota.

to Stella Artois 11/6/20:More yeasty and earthy stone/yeast flavors. More bittering hops, yeast, dryer, and a fuller-body. Less smooth honey and less smooth on the palate. Winner: Dakota

to Surly Hell Lager 11/8/20: More dry, salty, and buttery grassy aromas/flavors. Less sweet lemon and wheat.
7/13/21: Pours a darker color. More dry, salty, buttery, grassy bread. Less lemon citrus and wheat. Similar bitterness, but this is slightly sweeter balanced by the malt body. Overall, similar.
8/3/21: More yeast, grassy, and bread malts. Less lemonflower and hop bitterness. Maltier.

to Lake Monster's Como Claw 11/25/20: More salty, buttery grains with a more hoppy astringency. Less white, crackery malt.

to Trader Joes Pilsner 4/14/21: An identical pour. More dry, grassy, yeasty cracker/bread. Less sweet bread and Belgian spice. Grassier, yeasty, and dryer.
5/5/21: More salty bread, lemonflower, and yeast. Less buttery bread, Belgian and bread spice.

to Cerveza Pacifico 2/10/21: Stronger aromas. Similar breadiness, but more salt, honeyflower. Less sourdough and cereal. Hoppier, fuller, and sweeter.

to Summit's Keller Pils 4/18/21: Pours a slightly darker orange color. Similar aromas. Slightly more grassy and salty on the aroma. More salty bread flavors. Less dry wheat and yeast. Earthier and leans sweeter.

to Warsteiner Pils 6/29/21: Pours a darker color. More bready, buttery, and bitter. Less dry yeast.

to Pryes Pragmatic Pils 7/25/21: Pours a slightly darker color. Stronger aromas. More salty bread malt. Less citrus & yeast. Stronger and maltier.

Overall: One of the best, a great pilsner. Really showcases the grassy and German hops well. Nice BITTER BARLEY and FLOWER with SALT among the buttery flavor. Nails all the flavors. I would think this was straight from Bohemia. Respect that it is made from ND barley. This is a pilsner to put into a lineup for the test of time. (Final Rating 4.51)
Most similar to Urqell
*Compare again to Urquell or Como Claw

May 17, 2020
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RexInMinn from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Czech-style pilsners are a tough sell if the standard is Pilsner Urquell, the quintessential pilsner beer brewed by the German Purity Law. Summit's Dakota Soul is a good measuring stick by which to gauge a well-made American lager for the pilsner class. While the aroma is weak in comparison with PU, its mildly tangy scent belies the overall tone of this beer. Upon first sip I find it remarkably smooth with an easy finish, not overly complex. This is what we expect from a beer in this class. Moderately priced, available in bottles (which I've purchased, from Top Ten Liquor in Andover, MN), it is just the beer for the start of a weekend foray into tasty local craft brews. I like a beer below 5% ABV to get my night started, and this beer fills the bill. Very nice job, Summit! I admit, I'm a bottle baby, I am not a fan of the can, and the availability of this beer in bottles was a factor in my purchase. I would likely have purchased a Schell's product, such as their bock, but Schell's has elected to forego bottles in favor of cans, and as a result, Summit has picked up a new (old) customer.

Apr 11, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at The Crow in downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin whilst there to drop my daughter off at college. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had faint grain notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grain presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Aug 31, 2019
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear common liquid gold with a large, white head. Good carbonation.
Good grain, biscuit smell. German hop and flower.
Taste follows nose. Good biscuit and cracker. Floral hop and honey. Grwat example of Czech Pils.

Jul 06, 2019
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Grain, grassy, hint of licorice.

Taste: Grainy, spicy--licorice, some grassiness, and some moderate sweetness.

Overall: I've had this pilsner a few times, finally got around to reviewing. Kind of a weird mix of tastes that doesn't quite hit for me.

Jun 06, 2019
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a date

This was very poor compared to the similar limited-run version they did. The unchained was very flavorful and showcased the ingredients in a unique and tasty way. This is the opposite - run-of-the-mill and forgettable. Drinkable, yes

I was looking forward to this and it is nothing like I expected it to be, I might be being overly harsh but this was a huge missed opportunity in my book

May 03, 2019
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ty_in_ND from North Dakota

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pilsner glass.

L - Nice yellow that is almost crystal clear (not sure if it's filtered or not, but I'm not a big stickler for clarity as long as it's not brackish!). Moderate bubble action. 1 finger of creamy foam that lingers. Nice lacing.

S - Light noble hops smell (floral and spicy). Faint maltiness.

T - Great balance between the malt (nice biscuit and light honey) and hop bitterness (not much hop flavor, just a nice bitterness). The malt flavors linger. No yeast characteristics (as should be expected from a lager).

F - Clean and crisp. Nicely carbonated. Leaves the mouth dry after swallowing, leaving you wanting to take that next drink!

O - A great beer! Definitely prefer drinking from a glass over the can. Add to it thay use barley that's grown in North Dakota and brew it in Minnesota, and I have myself a local beer I can hang my hat on. Buy it if you can!

Apr 07, 2019
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a willi becher pint glass.
L -Pours a clear amber color with a white head.
S - Smells of sweet maltiness.
T - Tastes crisp with some grassiness.
F - Medium to light body with an almost effervescent carbonation.
O - Easy drinking Pilsner.

Jan 19, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Sazs in Milwaukee
Poured into sazs tall Pilsner glass.
Yellow clear with a two finger white head
Smell is awesome classic Czech Pilsner with tons of Saaz hops.
Flavor is muted. Not is hop forward as expected with a little lingering bitterness. Very clean and easy drinking tho. This is a good beer. I would buy a six pack for good Pilsner drinking

Jan 12, 2019
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: bright gold under a 1" white cap with fair persistence

S: faint sulfur aroma lies behind cracker malt, very faint fruit, a hint of sweetness and medium low hop aromas

T: light malty sweetness introduces the flavors joined by rich malt flavors and light cracker leading to a crisp, mild bitterness

F: The light to medium light bodied beer has medium carbonation

O: a refreshing, clean flavorful malty Czech style lager

Dec 16, 2018
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SB2017 from Iowa

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep color for a clear pils. Smells like a hamms, though slightly more metallic and earthy. Very clean flavor, with perfect balance. This is really a delicious beer and extremely easy to drink. Enough complexity to keep you going, discovering more, and by the end there's not a single unpleasant note on the tongue. This is how a pilsner should taste.

Oct 26, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, clear lighter shade of gold color with substantial white cap and lacing.

Aroma of sweet, biscuity malt with floral, spicy hops.

Taste is malt forward with a touch of sweetness that rapidly evolves into a clean, bracing bitterness from the spicy hops while retaining the underlying malt. The malt is substantial in a fuller bodied, bready way with a touch of graham cracker. If malt is the Artillery hops are the Calvary in this field winning charge.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

I would've picked this out as a Pilsner in a blind tasting and I'm certainly no authority on the subject. I do favor Lagers, especially Pils, and can't honestly say I would've caught this one as being American brewed except the freshness might've been a giveaway.

Sep 03, 2018
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a great looking pour. Golden straw with a nice laced head, not too much but it sticks to the sides of the glass. Slight crackery aroma. Taste is immediately Pilsner malt, as it should be. Very light body. It could honestly use a little more body and malt depth. Hopping is appropriate. Overall a decent Czech pils.

Jul 20, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. White head with lace. Clear dark golden color.

Earthy and grassy. Dry. Bready malts. Very pils like, but I prefer Keller pils to this. Ends dry and bitter.

Jul 10, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper color. Completely clear. Thin white head dissipates steadily leaving just a partial residual head. Head does revive a bit as your drink it.

Aroma has notes of grain and pilsner malts. Slightly sweet honey like notes and a light herbal earthy hop note on the finish.

Taste has notes of grain, light pilsner malt notes, a strong grassy bitterness that builds through the finish. Not a ton of sweetness.

Feel is somewhat light to medium bodied. Light carbonation with a semi-dry finish.

Overall its a solid beer. Would like this a lot more if the malts were a bit more prominent and bready. Its a very tasty beer though - I'd certainly drink this one again.

Jun 27, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dakota Soul pours a bronze color, with a big lacing and long lasting head. Big creamy aroma, lots of fresh creamy malts. Flavor is crisp and creamy, a nice full body, with just a hint of bitterness to balance it out. Good body and feel. Overall a top notch pilsener.

Jun 11, 2018
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review on BA, so here goes. I bought a 6 pack and like a good taster, poured it into a glass the first few times I tried it (over a few days). Summit beers have always been too hoppy for my liking and I wasn't sure what to expect, based on other reviews.

Honestly, this beer is the first beer I've ever had that tastes better straight from the bottle than from a glass. The hops are more restrained from the bottle and the malt forward flavor shines through. The glass brings out too much hoppiness for me, but it isn't one I'd turn down if offered. Solid, local beer. Cheers!

Edit: from the can, it's awesome!

Jun 04, 2018
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow with a small head.
The aroma is biscuity malts with a floral and spicy hop aroma.
The flavor is maltier than I expect for the style, the bready malts are big in this one with the floral hop bite not coming in until the finish, and even then it's lighter than normal for the style.
It's light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall it's a solid Pilsner, I wouldn't go out of my way, but it's worth trying.

May 26, 2018
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The strong aroma smells of fresh sweet biscuits, nutty and floral.

Crystal clear gold liquid with rising tiny bubbles to a tall, fluffy, white pillow of a head with very good retention. As it does recede, it leaves a spider-web of lacing reaching off the sides of the glass in toward/into the the head. The web lacing remains all the way down the glass as you drink. A very, very good looking beer.

The taste is sweet-ish biscuit and cracker. An excellent nutty flavor adds enjoyable complexity. The hops contribute a floral and subtle spicy flavor and subdued bittering that arrives in the middle and finish, and provides balance. The aftertaste is semi-sweet biscuit, cracker, nutty, balanced by a very mild bitterness.

The mouth feel is medium-bodied with some tingling from the carbonation.

Overall, an excellent Bohemian Pilsner with an American touch. Malty, rich, with controlled bittering. I really enjoy the nutty flavor of this one. To my palate, Summit gives a genuine challenge to Pislner Urquell, and to my taste, the nutty character gives this one the slight edge.

Apr 17, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice lager here, robust in both malt and hop complexion for a pils, but really agreeable to me. i am somewhat surprised they put this one out, given how good that keller pils they do is, and how frequently i have seen it around the twin cities market, but nothing wrong with a couple of good pilseners in a portfolio at all, especially with this being a little different with the special barley and the loral hops. i do get saaz before anything else on the hop size, dry and grassy and bitter enough, giving it a very classic complexion, but the loral has a little spice, a little pinch of citrus, and makes this just a bit different in nose and taste. maltier than some, heavier i should say, classic pils grain flavor, but it seems to have a bit more body, like proteiny and fuller, nice with the robust hop profile too, and making this distinct from a lot of the other local pils types floating around. nice to see some innovation from summit, i know they have had some struggles as a business, so its cool to have a tasty new one from them, hopefully this does well! i liked it a lot, still refreshing and dry like i need in the style but really flavorful.

Apr 08, 2018
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice clean Pils. Hopping is pleasant and not too intense in either bitterness or balance. Nice herbal taste with slight grass taste. Clear grainy character in aroma and flavor. Sparkling clear with light gold to dark yellow. Dense white head.
Sharp at times but never too big of a carbonic bite.
Simple and tasty. Give it a try.
Interesting how may German and Czech Pils the MN breweries are making these days. We still are a lager state in many ways. BTW - that's fine by me.

Apr 06, 2018
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour 12oz bottle into my Pils glass. It is light straw and rather clear with a pillowy 2.5 finger white head and lacing that coats my glass.. Aroma is fresh and light with a cracker malt and hops are spicy floral aroma. Starts off with the clean malt flavors, some biscuit or cracker and becomes a bit grassy. The hops add a bit of bitterness on top of the light sweetness. It is smooth and crisp, very refreshing. I think that Summit represents the Czech Pils well with this.

Apr 01, 2018
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steveh from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've been excited to try this ever since it was first announced. It finally hit shelves in Southeastern Wisconsin and I hope I my enthusiasm hasn't overcharged my expectations.

12 ounce stubby bottle poured into my short Becher glass. Enjoy by 07/16/18 ink-jetted to the neck of the bottle.

L -- Clear, deep gold in color with a creamy, off-white head that settles slowly, but revives well.

S -- Flowery, herbal hops with light grainy malts and light DMS back. Wish there was more malt in the nose.

T -- Flowery, spicy hops up front. Herbal to lightly citric, bitter hops through the middle. Light graininess in the finish with a touch of bready sweetness. Herbal hop bitterness commands the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to dry with a medium-light body.

O -- Yeah, I may have had higher hopes for this beer. All the talk about the specialty malt used led me to believe the Dakota was going to have a bigger backbone than it actually does. But the hops are in charge with this one, more so than I wanted to taste. If there was just a touch more bready malt, like Ayinger's Bavarian Pils, I'd have been blown away.

Otherwise, this is a well made beer, just leaning a bit more to American than German in its bloodline.

Mar 28, 2018
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden-straw in color, with an off-white head.

Biscuit malt on the nose is prominent, along with a very clean, neutral character.

Sweet and malty on the first sip, the biscuit malt character is sustained through the drink, and a twang of hop bitterness is carried through from the middle of the drink to the end. It's a mild and pleasing bitterness -- not sharp -- but is perfect for the style. There's a good bit of depth of malt character apart from the biscuit character, sweet and a bit nutty.

This has excellent balance and drinkability, and is well above average for the style.

Feb 24, 2018
Dakota Soul from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 85 ratings