Summit Brewing Company

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
3.58 | pDev: 12.01%
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 179 | Ratings: 422 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (tm) backlog keeps bringing forth surprise after surprise! I am actively seeking out Pilsners at this point, so to find one in my clearing-out is a double-plus bonus.

From the CAN: "Proudly Brewed in St. Paul, Minnesota"; "Bohemian Style"; "Mother Nature doesn't want your empties. Please recycle."

I was really excited about the prospect of a Pilsner, but I managed to CANtain myself & simply Crack! open the vent. My gentility in terms of the Glug led to the formation of two-plus fingers of pillowy, soapy, foamy, bone-white head with modest retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, leading to an unannounced visit by The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas. Nose had the grassy, hay-like quality of Saaz as well as the biscuitiness of Pilsner malt. Yum! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, but on par for the style's course. The taste was quite pleasant, very grassy-hay-like with a slight honey quality to go with the biscuitiness. Mmm. Finish was dry & highly refreshing. I CAN't believe that they disCANtinued its production! 8=(

Oct 01, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold hay piss color, good head of 1 finger

Clean slightly bready aromas, mostly grain

Flavor is slightly bready, mostly crackery, sharp hop presence

Feel is crisp and clean, slight chalkiness

Overall a very enjoyable pilsner

Jan 21, 2018
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Schlitz74 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is just slightly above average for the style. It pours a darker hazy orange color with about a finger of head. There was some lacing left on the glass.

Dec 01, 2017
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keithcyrilbistodeau from Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer was very easy on the palate and had nice coloring but the aroma was underwhelming and the finish was somewhat subpar from what I would expect from a Summit beer. However this beer would be a great casual drinking beer for for a bbq or a social outing with friends but don't expect to experience bold flavors, nice aroma, or a really nice looking presentation of the beer on the pour, because if you go in with those high expectations you will be disappointed. Not a bad beer, but also not a great beer. 3.5 out of 5.

Aug 20, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been in the mood for pilseners recently, especially Bohemians, so when I saw this on the menu at a local pub I figured I'd give it a shot. I'm always up for downing a pilsener or two.

This beer pours a clear, glowing golden straw hue that has a frothy, white head that dissipates fairly quickly but levels off at a thin lacing. Carbonation is moderate. 4/5 The aroma is of moderate intensity and is primarily grainy and grassy with a light sweetness. It is very clean and fresh smelling and well balanced between sweet and sharp. As the beer warms a bit of a pear note comes through which is a nice addition to the grain and grass. 4/5 The flavor profile is of similar intensity to the aroma with the same notes coming through quite nicely. Consistency is key here and Summit seems to have their act together in that regard. There is a bit of a green apple finish but it is not off-putting. Bitterness is moderate and lingers only slightly on swallowing. 3.75/5 This beer is light bodied and crisp, with a bit of a prickliness to it. It really is not drying and is rather light on carbonation mouthfeel. 4/5 This is a good Bohemian pilsener that eschews the dryness and bitterness of its Bavarian cousin. This one is well balanced and is very sessionable. 4/5

May 23, 2017
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MNJR from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A disappointing pilsner. Strong flavors of paper and corn. Weak flavors of witch hazel and pepper. Slightly lemony. Rough carbonation. Not a winner. There are so many better pilsners than this. I bought a twelve pack, and wish I hadn't, though the price was relatively low.

Feb 26, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saturated gold, lazy rising trails of carbonation. Compact layer of white foam fades to a patchy skim with drippy lacing.
Aroma is crackery, crisp and delicate. Taste is similarly delicate and driven by crackery pils malt. Lightly grassy dry finish, hop character is low, but the noble hop grassiness is present more in the aftertaste. Light bodied and dry, thirst quenching.
A pretty textbook Pilsner, well put together with no flaws. Simplicity is vastly underrated.

It's fairly ironic that Summit's highest and lowest rated beers currently are both variations of a Pilsener.

Sep 25, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some sweetness. Taste is malts, grains, light hops, a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and thirst quenching summer beer.

Aug 23, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a Helles to me than anything else. It looks the part. It is sweeter on the finish than I want. I want it to be crisper. The first half of the flavor is better than the second.

Jun 09, 2016
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matcris from Arizona

4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden and crystal clear. Nice small bubbles rising in pilsner glass. Leaves a 1 inch white, creamy head that sticks around, nicely. Has a nice bready and spice to the aroma. Grassy and a little mild citrus. The flavor is again, nice and bready. No harshness to this beer whatsoever. Hops bring a nice subtle citrus and grassy flavor. Nice bit of lacing down the glass. The mouthfeel is really, really smooth. I'm drinking this at maybe 50 degrees F. It's a little slick on the palate, then mildly dry on the finish. Good level of carbonation, not over done. Overall, it's a very sessionable pils. Very nice and mild taste. Could definitely throw a few of these back. Someone tells me they drink nothing but BMC....this is what I'd hand them to try.

Jan 21, 2016
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jdseltzer from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is real good and pretty cheap. It can compete with them foreign Pilsener's. I think it is far better than the Pilsener made by Lift Bridge. I will by it again. It sort of reminds me of the beer James Page which is no longer made.

Nov 03, 2015
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not too bad. The flavor isn't nearly as strong of a wheat and hop mix as the aroma suggested, and there's actually a nice little floral touch. One of the better pilsners I've had.

Oct 10, 2015
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vickyreddy from Minnesota

2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I am fan of different kind of beers but when it came to pilsener I did not like it especially the taste ..... I like summit Extra Pale Ale but unfortunately did not like it...but I can say for sure that it is thick strong and intense...for all who like pilsener would love this flavor

Sep 06, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It has a slight chill haze but otherwise is brilliant straw under a rapidly receding 1” white foam collar that provides light lace. S: earthy, spicy, flowery aroma T: Complex and well-rounded with light graham cracker, a hint of diacetyl, no fruit, hop bitter finish. Good balance between hop and malt. F: Crisp, clean and smooth with a light to medium light body and above average carbonation. O: A refreshing, flavorful, easy to drink Pilsener.

Aug 12, 2015
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Lahoi from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw color, big sustained head, some lacing (more than I expected, in fact).

Smell and taste are similar. Floral, but not overpowering. A little bit of hops, malt, yeast.

Feels like a good pilsener. Nothing heavy, but a lot more going on than with an AAL. Good carbonation.

This is a great summer beer. I like Lagunitas PILS, and this beer is similar. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would drink it again.

Jul 29, 2015
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maedhros09 from Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Clear gold with 1-2 fingers of white head, leaving a smidge of lacing Smell: Cereal breadiness and herbal/grassy hops
Taste: Nice slightly tart maltiness to start with. Fades into sort of a stale, lackluster moderately bitter hops finish
Feel: Light, crisp

Overall: The Summit Pilsener strikes a nice malt-hops balance, and the malt character itself is pretty good. Where it goes south is in the uninspired stale hops character. It is well within the "enjoy by" date of 8/16/2015, so it's hard to find it excusable. Still, in the grand scheme of things it is a basically enjoyable pilsner. The main thing Summit has going for it is the price tag, but you can find some great pilsners or light lagers out there for about the same price: Sierra Nevada's Nooner or Summerfest, Anchor's California Lager, Great Lakes' Dortmunder. If it needs to be local, Schell's does a nice robust pilsner, and Bauhaus and Bent Paddle, though slightly more expensive, are great local options.

Jul 02, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this evening on 4/26/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass "CHEERS-BOSTON" mug.

This 'Czech Pilsener' style brew pours a golden-yellow in color with a good 2-finger foamy white head that settled down to a thin layer after a good 10 mins. Sheets of 'ring-like' lacing was seen when sipped. The aroma is of pale malts, yeast, and a light hint of wheat. The taste pretty much follows the nose. Crisp and clean and is tasty. Goes down easy with no harsh or bitterness for the finish. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a good brew.

Apr 27, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hop, slight wheat, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight wheat, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, and decent body.

Jan 13, 2015
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lastdazeman from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +39.7%

This is the beer that helped me decide to learn more about beer. I bought a summer selection of Summit beers and liked this one better than the other three in the sampler. It is the first time a beer really struck me as, "Man this is good." After tasting this beer, I started asking my friends who either knew about or brewed their own beers to tell me the differences between the way different beers are brewed.

I may find other brewers and other beers that I enjoy more but this is the one that influenced me to learn more about beer. I have a loyalty to this style and this brewery.

I brew wine from scratch and from kits. I understand that brewing beer is different and more complicated. I am enjoying learning about both.

Nov 15, 2014
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale golden color. White head. Very nice aroma. Better than some pale ales. Not much hops, as expected. Easy drinking taste. Malts, with light hops present. This is a pleasant, well done pilsener, and is faithful to the style, but, personally, I prefer a stronger taste (which is why I don't often buy pils). Refreshing to drink. Matches up well against the classic European pilseners. I recommend it to those who are looking for an American pilsener.

Sep 28, 2014
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

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

Sep 05, 2014
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ctxfenris from Arkansas

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Cloudy yellow. Lots of lacing.
Smells like malt and grass.
Tastes like a typical pilsner, very smooth. Hop bite at the end.
I like this beer but it's nothing to write home about. The Summit sampler is a bargain at 14.50 however.
Would have again.

Jul 06, 2014
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davesterli from Texas

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - light, somewhat lackluster
S - light beer aroma.
T - standard pilsner. Serviceable.
M - clean...nothing exciting, but no complaints
O - at 4.5%, this is a good but not great session beer. I could have a few of these, but it wouldn't be the most exciting session.

Nov 14, 2013
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barnzy78 from Illinois

2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - golden with a fizzy white head, lots of carbonation, some yeast suspended also
S - sweet, vegetal, corn, biscuit, grass
T - overly sweet, corn, grass, faint herbalness, soapy
M - lighter bodied, higher carbonation makes it feel fuller, sharp semi-bitter, semi-dry finish
O - unimpressed with this Pilsener. I won't be buying this one again.

Oct 24, 2013
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle &gt; Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice straw color, thin fizzy half a finger of white head, little lacing.
S - Grain, minerals, a little barley, some light hop presence.
T - Tastes like a pilsener, very faint on the hops, but light and crisp.
M - Light in feel, but very refreshing.
O - Good average pilsener, made for summer quenching.

Oct 01, 2013
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