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Summit Pilsener | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit PilsenerSummit Pilsener

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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

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Reviews: 173 | Ratings: 405
Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Chang O'Hara's bistro in St. Paul, MN...

Thin head, about a 1/4 of an inch. Very clear deep yellow. Practically no smell, just a touch of bread to the nose. Nice balance of malt and a definite hop zip. A touch of a nutmeg flavor. Light-bodied, pleasant taste, but a real quick finish in the flavor. I'm sure this Pilsner helps Summit's sales and it is refreshing. Won't lure me away from the Extra Pale, though.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pilsener pours a typical golden color, with a nice size lasting head, and plenty of carbonation bubbles. The smell while not strong did have skunk like qualities. The taste was pleasant, rather light, had a nice mellow straw like flavor, a few hops, and was actually a bit sweet, but the aftertaste isn't that great. While easy to drink, that aftertaste would stop me from getting more. Overall a pretty nice pils, nothing spectacular but has some good qualities.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale golden. Head is one finger and lasts decently well. LEaves some lacing.
S- The aroma is cracker, bread, a bit of fresh greenness.
T- There is a bit of a hop bite up front but just a touch. The balancing sweetness of bread dough come through in the middle before a fresh, crisp, clean finish.
M- The body is a bit too light up front, but I like the crisp carbonation.
O- A well made simple pilsners. Pretty standard but pretty good.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow gold, good clarity, topped by two fingers of dense level white foam. Good lacing.

Big fresh grass/hay aroma.

Taste has a sweet center, and some pleasing bitterness from the earthy hops on the sides. Cleanish finish, but with a lingering hop tingle.

Smooth with proper tingling carbonation.

Wasy drinkability, but a bit light on desirability.

Lacks a bit of Saaz sass, but a good crossover beer.

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

A - Medium shade of clear gold with a good amount of bubbles coming up. Nice, average sized, thick, sudsy, creamy, sticky, soapy white head. Very good retention with a nice thin layer of bubbly lace.

S - Pretty strong lemon and spicy aroma. Also a good amount of herbal and grassy hops. Only a hint of pale malt and breadiness. Very zesty, citrus, and spicy aroma with less emphasis on the grain, bread, and malt aroma.

T - Opens with a fairly strong lemon rind and citrus taste with some herbal and grassy hops with just a touch of bready and grainy flavors. Mid sip, a bit more of the malt and wheat taste come out with the citrus hading out just a bit. Toward the finish, the herbal and grassy bitter hop taste comes out stronger and lingers. Slightly sweet, cracker type of malt is usually in the background.

M - Average body and carbonation for the style. Somewhat crisp and refreshing. Nothing outstanding or worth noting really.

D - Fairly drinkable with a typical body/mouthfeel that is pretty refreshing. Nice touch of bitterness. A little hoppier/bitter than wheat/malt taste.

Notes: Not a bad beer that is fairly refreshing. Fairly hoppy and spicy and less malty than some others in the style. Pretty tasty on a hot day if you want a cheaper beer. Nothing outstanding, but good.

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Photo of bditty187
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden-yellow hue, modest animation, the white head reached a health finger and a half before slowly and steadily fading to a tight cap. During consumption sparse, spotty lace was produced. It is a typical Pilsner to the eye. The nose is pleasant and archetypal of the style as well, bready malts with a mix of lemon-grassy herbalness and light graininess throughout. The potency is adequate. More refreshing that interesting on the palate, however this is still a tasty Pils nevertheless, minimal bitterness lies beneath a well-built dose of lemon-grass/hay/herbal qualities. On the back of the tongue, towards the finish, the bready maltiness is most prevalent, very nice. The aftertaste does contain an odd twang that hampers the pleasantness of this beer a little. Still I find Grand to be very refreshing. I’d like to taste more hoppiness however and a crisper bite of bitterness. The medium body houses modest carbonation that is very appropriate for a thirst-quenching lager. I was talked out of trading for this on occasion, I see why, it is nothing spectacular. I’d still prefer Paulaner Premium Pils when my Pils fix needs an itch. But if money is an issue then Summit Grand might get the nod. Decent stuff.

Purchased a 12 ounce single for $1.50 in Omaha.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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 herman77
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow with a nice, light and fluffy white head. Crystal clear. Very nice lace splatters here and there.

S: Sweet grains and a touch of floral hops. Slight fruitiness as well.

T: Spicy hop bitterness. Floral hops too. Sweet cereal grains, a little fruity too. Good crisp, clean though very short finish.

M/D: Lighter body. Higher carbonation that has some tingle. Drinkability is good, very easy to drink. Its definitely a refreshing beer. A gateway beer for a non craft drinker?

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Photo of bsp77
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall water glass at work. The glass actually widens as it goes up, so I will just pretend it is a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow. Active bubbles leading to slightly sustained head.

Smell: Fresh floral hops and semi-sweet malts. Light metallic bitterness. Fresh, fresh, fresh.

Taste: Hops at the beginning, slightly sweet grains in the middle, and turns more peppery at the end. Leaves a sharp, metallic aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, smooth and almost creamy.

Drinkability: Pretty good Czech Pilsner. I have certainly had better Pils, but in terms of all pale lagers (which I consider substitutes for one another), this is well above average.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Gold in color, with lots of carbonation visible. Nice amount of pure white head. Tastes very hoppy, with no hint of skunk at all. This is a pretty decent pilsener, much better than macros. I have come around about Summit, they make some pretty good beers.

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Photo of Omnium
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > 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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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 bnes09
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw colored brew. Lots of bubbles. Thin white head with some lacing.

Clean, crisp smell. Bread grains and some Euro-lager skunk.

Descent malt backbone, wheat and corn flavors with some skunk. Mild hop bitterness, spinach leafs and Italian herbs. Nothing monumental.

Light to medium-bodied. Good carbonation. Crisp feel.

Not a bad beer but nothing special either.

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Photo of Rayek
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Brilliant gold with fairly active carbonation. A soapy white head is short lived, but does leave a bit of lace.

S: Honey sweetness is joined by a bit of lemon and fresh cut grass.

T: Starts out sweet, with a distinct clover honey flavor. Bitterness comes on with a spicy lemon and pepper kick. Finishes with a lingering pepper flavor and a touch of metal.

M: The The medium-light body has a nice amount of tingling carbonation.

D: This is a pretty decent Pils. Its lightness makes it an easy drinker on a warm day. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of inlimbo77
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into Portsmouth pint glass. No bottle date is present, but this code is there "12381101". I think that I have had this bottle for a couple of months.

A: Pours a very clear yellow color similar to a BMC beer. About a finger of bright white head. Lingers a while.

S: Basically smells like BMC. Light bready malts. No real hops.

T: Mild hop (?) bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then all biscuity malt in the mid mouth. Good carbonation to clear it.

M: Light

O: Blah

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Photo of budgood1
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of marc77
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

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Photo of Mdog
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold, nice sized head.

Smell: Grassy hops, not overly strong.

Taste: Starts with a moderate sweetness before finishing with grassy hops.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, good session beer.

I think this is the same beer as the old Summit Grand, at least I can't tell the difference between them. Nice grassy pilsner, and a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-6-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured with three fingers of foam, golden clear yellow color, carbonation present with a good layer of lacing

S - Light malt flavor with a slight citrus aroma

T/M - Light bodied brew, started smooth but finished with slight crisp hop bitterness

D - Another good brew from Summit, lighter bodied brew that I would drink more than a couple of. I recommend this brew

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Photo of number1bum
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color, perfect clarity and some bubbles rising steadily to the top. Two fingers of white head recede slowly and leave a good lace and lots of stick.

Smell has a light pale malt sweetness, some grain, a light toasty aroma, and just a hint of grassy, spicy hops. Lacking in the hops department.

Taste is also lacking in the hops department - the malt components are nice, again with some lightly toasted grain and a bit of pale sweetness - but it needs more noble hops! They're too light - offering only a light grassy flavor and a low level of herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fine, appropriately carbonated. I'd just like some more spicy noble hops, please. At least Summit seems to have the head down in most all of their beers.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours quite golden in color with a thin whispy white head on it but it does leave some lacing on the glass. Not much but some. Not much retention but the golden color impresses.
S= like a slightly hoppy macro. Not a lot of hops and not much but some malty backbone.
T= just like the smell a hoppy bite and a smooth malty backbone. Pretty classic pilsner style.
M= crisp and refreshing?
D= very high. Ill be sure to seek it out again for a hot summer day to session on.

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Photo of katan
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a Sam's PP. In my hunt of pilsners, I moved east from Germany for a try.

A --Pours a light golden with brown highlights. Light bubbling, but very strong bright white head formation that is well retained. Appears to be very clear.

S - Very subdued nose - only the lightest amount of pilsner malt comes through. Even some odd sweetness of another malt might be there.

T - Starts off with a pilsner malt graininess which is tied to almost a husky astringency. Almost a roasted note in there. Moves to an earthy, grapefruit style hopping. Bitterness is light. Finishes very cleanly with a light pils malt note. There are some fruity off-flavors in this beer - which from the description is normal.

M - Moderate to strong body in both beer and carbonation. Sticky at times, stinging at others. Clean aftertaste.

D - Good ABV for sessioning or so. Not filling. Flavors are not that strong, so I wouldn't think this beer would overwhelm the senses.


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Photo of Act25
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light clean straw color with a few meandering bubbles. Head doesn't offer much, just a small film on top.

S: Copper coins, corn pops and dry hay

T: First impression is how grainy this beer is. Next comes yellow corn and minor caramel. Finishes with mineral tastes and more grainy flavors.

M: Medium body, fuzzy (like most all the other summit beers)

D: Eh.

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Summit Pilsener from Summit Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 405 ratings.
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