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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by garymuchow on 12-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
415
Reviews:
176
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
59
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When Summit announced this, their first year-round lager, 2 years ago, I was skeptical. I'd long enjoyed their pale ale, IPA, porter, and more. Why do they need to mess around with a pils? I was more reassured when I found that their new brewmaster had come from Jamaica's Red Stripe, one of few pilseners I can happily toss back.
Color is a clear golden hue, head is chalk-white, large, loud, and bubbly. Aroma is fresh and clean, zesty, dryly hoppy, with small notes of citrus, straw, sea-foam.
Lively and hoppy palate, short, but pleasant finish. Crisp, snappy, and perfectly balanced. Everything is in proper order, and if I had nothing heartier at hand, this would easily be a lager of choice. Very tasty, with a touch of underlying sweetness. A perfectly put-together pils.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.64/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer served in a wine glass out of a bottle. Beer is yellow with a small sparse head, clear body that is straw yellow.

The beer smells like grain and mild sulfur, not really appealing.

Beer is thin and watery with a grainy aftertaste and a biting minor bitterness with a mild aftertaste. The beer is pretty disappointing, a below average pilsner.

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple, but tasty beer. Tastes of biscuity malts with a kiss of hops. I see this is no longer listed as a czech or german pilsner, and I could go either way on weither it tastes more american or european. Hops are grasy, malts are grainy in a good way. Great lighter beer thats affordable, I usually go through a case over the summer.

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Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of enelson
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 3 squares in Maple Grove.

The beer pours a fairly light gold color with so-so head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light biscuit, light pepper and very light honey. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this lightly flavored pils, though I do get some light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and finish is a bit watery. I could tell the alcohol level was pretty low, but that's not enough of a bonus to ever make me want to order this beer again.

Meh.... I guess this might make for a good transition beer for anyone looking to upgrade from BMC stuff. However, anyone hoping for a good domestic subsitute for a good Czech or German pils needs to look elsewhere.

I shared this beer with a friend who only drinks macro beers, and he was apprehensive the summit pils would have way too much flavor. After tasting the pils, he agreed he'd still rather drink his corona or bud lite, but was quick to admit that there wasn't a great deal more flavor in the summit pils than what he normally enjoys in BMC. Sadly, I would have to agree with that assessment.

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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 RBorsato
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted on 01/18/06 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Clear straw color with a low white film and virtually no carbonation. Boring standard/typical low hop and standard malt aroma and flavor -- not much different than a higher-end macro. Light bodied with a thin finish. A Pilsener more like Miller touts than it's European counterparts... pass.

Per Label: "Summit Grand Pilsener"

Per SBC website:
12 P, 27 IBU, 5% ABV, 5.5L (color).
Malts: Harrington, CaraMunich
Hops: Warrior, Saaz, Vanguard

Enjoy By: '05223'
Tasted: 01/18/06

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of bylerteck
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of egrace84
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale and clear lemon yellow body. The head is white and airy and wispy. Lace is delicately left in spiderweb like patterns. Nice bready malt aroma. Slight hoppy spiciness noted on the nose as well. Cracker like pils malt base on the palate. Hops impart a very slight noble like characteristic of spice. Just a little peppery. Good enough mouthfeel with the appropriate carbonation level. Body is light-medium to medium. While this is serviceable, I prefer their Grand over this.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a nice light golden color. The beer had a large thick white head with great retention but eventually fades to give a great level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a bready malt with notes of yeast, pepper and some lightly sweetened lemon citrus.

Taste – The taste begins mostly of a bready taste with some light lemon hop flavors. As the taste moves on the hop gets slightly stronger and the bready flavor becomes more “buttery” and takes on a more biscuit nature. In the end a light grassy flavor come to the tongue blending with the lemon to leave a lingering aftertaste..

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was of average thickness with a carbonation level that was also very average as well.

Overall – It’s a pretty good Pilsener with a decent flavor, feel and look. Worth a try, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 iRun2Beer
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jera1350
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pilsner glass a pale gold color with a white head that is somewhat creamy. Nice lacing.

Very bready/biscuity with zesty hops that add some grassy, lemony scents. Fair amount of sweetness.

Quite bready with mild sweetness and lightly spiced hops. Bready and hoppy aftertaste as well.

Pretty hefty for a pilsner up front, but then seems to fall off a bit and lose the carbonation edge.

This is not my style at all, but I think this is a very solid pilsner. Easy enough to drink and actually has a pretty good hop dose for the style as well.

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Photo of mynie
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light gold with an excellent head. For this style it looks about as good as it can.

Light fruit esters mixed with a pale malt flavor-- little bready and a little bitter.

Starts with the fruit taste and moves into a dry seltzer middle and ends on the lightest hint of bitterness. This taste is about the definition of "okay."

Decent session ale. To tell the truth, when it comes to all malts I'd probably pick Strohs.

Edit:
I upped flavor to a 3.5 as it started tasting better as the beer warmed up.

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Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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