Summit Pilsener | Summit Brewing Company

Summit PilsenerSummit Pilsener
BA SCORE
3.56/5
415 Ratings
Summit PilsenerSummit Pilsener
BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by garymuchow on 12-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,718
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
415
pDev:
12.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
60
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of Buebie
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the autumn sampler...odd for a release of this season in the middle of July.

Poured from the brown twist off bottle into the glass. A white fizzy 2 inch head is formed. Settling to leave a generous cap. Lace of one mighty ring and a few legs.
Color is a darker golden, but completely transparent.

Aroma is very good for the style. Large amounts of cereal grains, a touch of sweetness and biscuits too with a grassy earth hop aroma. Most times this style does not deliver much for aroma too me. But this one however just keeps on coming, loved that.

Taste is filled with some of those grains, bordering husky but never really reaching a unnatractive flavor, not as sweet though in taste, with a bit of mineral water flavor. Plenty of hop delivered, earthy hay like and bittering very well. Pilsen malt is also detected and its wonderful to be able to taste anything for a pilsener. A style I have struggled to pull anything from in the taste department previously.
Bitters linger after the swallow, finshing dry.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light whith just a slight chewy hop feel.

Overall this is a fantastic representation fo the style. Consumed on a hot day, been wroking outside all day and needed somthing to freshen up with...well here it is.

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Photo of supercolter
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was actually quite impressed with this beer. I think when you take into account the style, there are very few in this category which come close to the richness of taste.
The mouthfeel was a bit light for my preferance, but certainly better than several of the other offerings.
The taste was very good, I think it deviated slightly from the style however and I couldn't give it a 5. It just didn't have the stale hop finish that I have come to know and love.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice straw yellow clear pour with a nice rocky white head that stays.
Aroma is a little lacking, I understand there isn't much for the style, but I do detect some noble spicy hops as well as a touch of bready aromatic malts
Taste is great as this one truly did bring me back to Prague. Not the same beer but the flavors were a nice reminder. Bready malts mixed with a nice hop flavor without being too bitter.
Mouthfeel was nice as it was smooth, creamy and even a bit chewy for the style, I could sit down with a twelver of these any day~especially in the summer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though I've lived in MN most my life, and have been well acquainted with Summit for that last decade, this is my first go at their pilsner. Not sure how long they've had this out, but it may be my new go-to light beer.

Into a pint glass, pours a light golden color with a small white head, not much lacing. The aroma has plenty of grains, some light citrus and grassy hops, pretty nice but not too strong. The taste is very nice, lots of grains and wheat, some nice grassy hops and light citrus, maybe a little coriander and bit of pepper. The mouth is medium, feels light and airy with good carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Very, very easy to drink, this case went by fast. Fairly simple, yet complex enough to still be interesting after you've had a few, and light enough so as not to weight one down.

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Photo of jwilli7122
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden yellow. looks like lots of carbonation (though doesn't taste like it). fizzy soda head

smells...leafy...bready? not sure how to describe, but the way a pils should.

decent lighter taste. nothing offensive. nothing great initially. minimal bitterness. then...subtle but excellent bready aftertaste is the highlight of this beer!

thin mouthfeel

while not overpowering in terms of flavor, Grand is extremely drinkable. It's just hard to go very long between drinks. Light on the tongue, easy on the stomach, and leaves that subtle doughy taste in your mouth that is just perfect. an outstanding session beer and a very good pilsner.

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Photo of Chaz
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours brilliant golden-straw in color, with a rocky white head of average duration. Noble hops, pale malt, and a bit of metallic tang on the nose. Sharp, sweet, and a bit tangy on the first sip, pale malts on the second. Mild hop bitterness lingers for a short while, but it's a very mild bitterness overall. The feel of this is light and very easy drinking, sessionable or "quaffable". There's a moment three quarters of the way through the palate where this verges on sweet dominating bitter, but it's about then that the nice dry finish kicks in and the overall impression is one of very good balance. I've had the Grand many times now and it's always impressed me more as a Czech pale lager than as a Czech/bohemian pilsener, and while I realize that's splitting some hairs, the American All-Malt Lager it's stylistically pegged at here seems overall favorable, that is, if all American all-malt lagers could strike the same balance that this one does. One of these days I'll make note of the characteristics on draft and re-review. This would be an excellent golf/camping/hiking beer if it were in a can . . .

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles and a huge four finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Grains, caramel and pils malts with some earthy, grassy hops. Some hints of lemon linger around. A very grainy and grassy aroma overall.

Taste: A sweet taste of grains and malts up front is followed by a decent amount of earthy hops. Hops are grassy and herbal in character. Also some strong hints of lemon citrus. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on a Pilsener from Summit. Sweetness and hop bitterness is well balanced.

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Photo of addiwilliams
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says enjoy by 24 August 2011. I shall do my best.

Pours a very clear light orange color. One-finger head, not too dense, fades fairly quickly. Some bits of lace try to stick to the glass, and occasionally succeed.

Smell is... light! As expected, I suppose. Light grainy pilsnery malts, some robust spiciness back there with the hops. Like chili pepper. Intriguing.

Might tasty. Mostly I get hops, starting out grassy but coming through spicy and peppery. The spicy flavors and high carbonation combine really nicely to provide a tingly, stimulating sensation in the mouth. Finish is quick; like that, it's gone. I really like this.

Mouthfeel is great. Light-bodied; carbonation is high but right on. Finish is dry and very crisp.

I find this to be a really good pilsner. Great complexity in the flavor, while maintaining that refreshing crispness and dryness. Dang, this is good. Very refreshing, and ideal for the sweltering Minnesota summer.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HardTarget
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. twisty with raised lettering and wheat shafts on the bottle. Label declares this to be a Bohemian style Pilsner. Almost missed the lasered "Enjoy by 120108" reviewed on 030408.

Aroma: Firm yeast notes like rising bread with a mineral water quality. Earthy and peppery Saaz hop notes as well, all classic style elements.

Appearance: Bright, almost thin straw glass shows plenty of active carbonation streams feeding a fluffy bright white head that held a good finger height and left sticky lacing.

Flavor: Fairly mild flavor. The yeasty note is there as well as a light lemon zest. Hops are very low level and aren't as peppery as I expected, almost more of a west coast hop profile with the citric element. A mineral aftertaste builds as I work my way down the glass.

Mouthfeel: Despite the high carbonation, this doesn't feel fizzy. Medium body and pretty dry in the finish.

Overall Impression: Pils aren't normally my cup of tea, but I like this one. Maybe because it's off style. Website lists Horizon, Vanguard, and Saaz hops. I'm thinking this is closer to a Classic American Pilsner given the hops and mineral quality. Still, a rock solid beer worth a taste.

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Photo of matcris
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gnomefest Leftovers

Appearance - Transparent golden color with about 2/3 of an inch of white head.

Smell - I love the scent of beer that reminds me of the brew my grandpa used to sip after a good meal served by grandma. This has the grain aroma that I love in a firm pilsener.

Taste - Grain and hops making a good tasting brew. This is what I think a pilsener should be. The only suggestion I have is even the hops and the grain flavors to allow the grain to shine through a bit more. The bitterness overwhelms the flavor just a bit.

Mouthfeel - Slightly coarse for pilsener but nothing I can't handle. The flavor is concentrated toward the front of my tongue.

~ I can certainly see myself bellying up in a tavern and putting a few Grands away. I'd too let my friends know they should give it a try.

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Photo of Lesmaki
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of kristenrae8
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Monkeypaws
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden hue, nice finger of foam on the top. It's not overly gassy, so the bubbles are steady but not overly plentiful. It has a nice fruity, almost wine-like aroma, somewhat flowery and quite agreeable. The taste is pretty full for a light colored beer, with plenty of malts on the front and back ends, with a mild hops bite through the middle. It has a pretty thick mouthfeel as well, as there is sufficient carbonation to give it a thick, expanding feel as you take a swig. Overall, this is a very good beer in the style, especially for an American take, and with warmer weather ahead, this will be a staple in my fridge this summer.

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Photo of tlamb9
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of brewmudgeon
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of KuehneBe
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of dasmusik
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 415 ratings
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