Dakota Soul
Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
3.94 | pDev: 9.14%
May 05, 2023
Dec 31, 2017
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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Rated: 4.19 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Sep 30, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by jakecattleco from California

Sep 29, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by megamick from Iowa

Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
4/22/21....clear bright gold with hearty foam that settles down. Clean grain/straw nose, not notable. Slight sweet flavor, very simple clean and straightforward. Classic midwestern lager. Nothing remarkable but not trying to be.
Dec 31, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz can EB 12/24/22 into a tall lager glass.
L: Pours honey gold w a 3/4" tight soapy eggshell white head w good retention, good steady carbo, very good skeletal lacing.
S: Lightly bready, grains, sea grass, lightly floral, caramelized malts, a sensation of hops, honey as beer warms.
T: Gently sweet, light bitterness, lightly pale or brine-like, grains, caramelized malts, a noticeable gentle linger that could be considered resinous, a suggestion of yeast, light honey on the palate.
F: Soft water, gently crisp med-light bodied feel that is fairly smooth overall. Med-fast affably dry finish.
O: A very pleasant, easy drinking American Lager that is "well made" which yields a delicately rich malt flavor under its expertly placed bitter linger. Simple and beautiful. It is excellent in its style.
Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.25 by Jerjo from North Dakota

May 30, 2020
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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. Follows 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. Brewed to style and I couldn't 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.
12/16/21: More dry grass and grains. Less hoppy and crackery.

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.
2/15/22: Pours slightly darker. More grain, lemonflower flavors. Less salty bread and honey. A lighter body and less bitter.

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:
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 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.
10/11/21: Similar aromas. Slightly more malty and bitter. Overall, similar.

to Paulaner Pils 11/23/21: Pours a darker color. More wet yeast/bread. Less authentic German grains. Slightly fuller bodied and sweeter.

to Carver County Kolsch 2/27/22: Milder head. Milder aromas. More sweet bread/honey and flowery yeast. Less buttery bread and metallic notes. Larger/sweeter.

to Utepils Pils 6/22/22: Pours darker, stronger aromas. More yeasty, bitter, dry. Less smooth, Munich bread malt.

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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.76 by TheGent from New Jersey

Sep 11, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.77 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Jul 13, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.79 by ryancl from Minnesota

Jul 02, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by einman from Minnesota

Jun 09, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.99 by moundbz from North Dakota

May 31, 2019
Rated: 2.81 by Scotty_Karate from Michigan

May 17, 2019
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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 EDIT: I was being overly harsh
May 03, 2019
Dakota Soul from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 91 ratings