Summit Pilsener | Summit Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by garymuchow on 12-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
412
Reviews:
175
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
57
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 412 |  Reviews: 175
Photo of lastdazeman
5/5  rDev +39.3%

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.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.92/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another in a line of stellar brews by Summit. Pours a nice golden hue and has a decent white head. It has a very malty aroma that is clean and very much Pilsener. The hops are hidden in the aroma, but definitely show themselves on the first sip, backing up a very heavy(for the style)body that is so malty that it is almost Marzen-like. This is a damn fine Pilsener and one that is worth a spot in anyone's refrigerator.

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Photo of pererfromtheinternet
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.59/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of garymuchow
4.54/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of derhardt
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of RyanGray
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Twotonsandwich
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of jdseltzer
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Graetzj
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gump
4.46/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Summit comes through again with this "Bohemian Style Pilsner". Its pours clear golden, with foamy head. The head settles quickly to almost nothing, and the carbonation isn't visible, but doesn't seem to detract from the mouthfeel.

I can describe the taste as fresh and light, with a hoppy tone. It's sweet and highly drinkable.
The dry, bittersweet finish makes you feel like you should have another.

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent pils, not to dry. Moderate low bitterness. A touch of breadiness but not sweet.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is a brilliant pale gold with a long-lingering white head. Aroma has faint noble hops notes mixed in with some cracker hiding in there. Taste is a lovely dance between hop and pilsner malt but the finish is clean with a touch of carbonic bite on the tip of your tongue. Medium mouthfeel carries this beer and the clean finish leaves your thirsting for more. I could drink about 7 or 18 more of these. Yum!

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Photo of hoplover82
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is good, but it doesn't strike me as great, but I can't find anything wrong with it as far as the style goes, it's quite enjoyable.

Pours a clear yellow with a medium sized white creamy head that has great retention and lacing all the way down the glass. Beautiful indeed.

The smell is so soft and balanced with a soft hay aroma along with bright floral hops. And very mild fruity esthers.

The flavor mirrors the aroma to the t. With hay and bright earthy/floral hops.

Medium body with a very clean and crisp finish. Big yet creamy carbonation too.

A very sessionable beer indeed.

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Photo of DwedPirateWobert
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of Thirsty2383
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of artvandelay44
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Glanzman
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of botham
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a srystal clear straw color with two fingers of tight white head. looks just like a pilsener should.

aroma is malty, with a lightly sweet character and a mild floral base. very fresh in the nose. a hint of citrus and a touch of munich malts are present upon a bit of warming.

taste is lightly malty up front, with a floral hop character throughout the palate. lightly sweet overall, with a fresh profile and a finish of light floral hops and a touch of malt.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with soft CO2 and a clean finish, leaving the mouth slick and lightly coated.

drinkability is great. this is a solid pils with all the ingredients to make a great one. the hops are fresh, and the malts are not grainy or stale, which seems to be the case more often than not with these light lagers. cheers!

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Photo of Lahoi
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 412 ratings.
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