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Summit Brewing Company

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
81
Avg:
3.58 | pDev: 12.01%
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
422
From:
Summit Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  4
Gots
  64
SCORE
81
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Reviews by beerguy101:
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beerguy101 from California

3.76/5  rDev +5%
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.

Sep 27, 2003
More User Reviews:
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thebigredone from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Jun 01, 2012
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ponbon63 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Oct 05, 2012
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jayschares from Iowa

4/5  rDev +11.7%

Dec 30, 2011
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zkoehn from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.7%

Jun 19, 2013
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dragomni from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.2%

Jan 02, 2012
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TheSpider from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Jan 29, 2012
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 04, 2017
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TubbyDullard from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.2%

Mar 22, 2014
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PorterPig from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.7%

Feb 07, 2012
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beerluvr from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lasting eggshell tinted head. Clear yellow-gold in color. A light lemony-citrus nose with grassy hay background. Malty backbone beneath a more than adequate hoppy bitterness. Husky graininess. Smooth yet dryish finish with residual bitterness. A nice session lager. Thanks CRJM for the bottle.

Apr 12, 2004
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Cramerican from North Dakota

4/5  rDev +11.7%

Mar 14, 2012
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Brent from Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate straw color. Sweet malt aroma with the barest whiff of phenols. Indeed very Bohemian, with sweetish light malt flavor. Some reserved grassy and grape flavors. I'd have like just a bit more bite to clean it up at the finish. "Grand" oversells - how about "Pretty Good?"

Feb 01, 2006
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RobinLee from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Sep 16, 2013
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frank4sail from New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Jul 14, 2003
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Beer4Mike from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.2%

Sep 04, 2012
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marc77 from California

3.56/5  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!

Jun 28, 2003
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

12OZ BOTTLE best by 9/12/12

Appearance is a crystal clear lemon color, with a small sudsy head. Smell is light wheat/grain, corn, lemon. Taste is very light and grainy as well, with touches of lemon and sweet grass. The hops are there but very subdued. Feel is crisp (maybe a tad under-carbonated), but the finish is watery and has an unpleasant musty aftertaste not unlike GMC.

This wouldn't be a bad choice on a hot summer's day.

Jun 05, 2012
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.54/5  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.

Dec 30, 2001
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Lynn from Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.7%

Apr 25, 2014
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Turbo from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Oct 06, 2013
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden colored...clear...nice 1/2 inch white head.

S-Pilsner malt...Spicy saaz hops...more subtle and than strong aroma but nice.

T-Nice light but tasty maltiness and a grassy/herbal hoppiness..

M-Medium bodied...at points can seem a little watery but the impression doesn't last...perhaps more light medium bodied....more of a rounded, than crisp mouthfeel but I like it.

D-I'm having a hard time keeping this in my glass....bought a sixer tonight and 3 are gone while I write this....flavorful....drinkable....enjoyable...I think Summit is one of the most underrated breweries in the country. Sure there are some that are better but this group does not get enough credit...I enjoyed this.

Dec 01, 2007
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yokken from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Jul 14, 2012
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budgood1 from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Mar 15, 2003
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SweJon from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Sep 29, 2012
Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 422 ratings