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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

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2,868 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2868
Reviews: 1408
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001)
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Photo of Scrapss


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Turbinator style glass.

A: It is clear and an active brew with a two finger rocky, white head. Lacing is minimal, legs are not present due to moderate ABV. Crystal clear, really nice translucence.

S: Typical lager smells, a little lemony lemongrass, earthy yeast and mild malts with a little of the pale euro funk.

T: Lager smooth, hair euro-skunk due to that classic hop profile. Lemongrass, earth, skunk, Irish cream at the edges. Bitter at swallow causes pleasant dryness.

M: Moderate and pleasant in every way. Slightly creamy hit and then slick on palate leading to a lightly bitter finish.

O: Yeah, this is really darned good. Every part of this contributes to a whole that is more than the sum. A very good expression of the light Czech/lager style.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 03:55:20 | More by Scrapss
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, sparkling golden yellow
A bit of hops to the nose, slight honey sweet scents, minor malt
Light hops and of course that pilsner presence, clean finishing
Definitely a good beer, a nice change as well from the IPAs, torpedos, bigfoot, and celebration ales. Good for the summer, light and clean. I don’t always thirst for a pilsner, but when I do this is a favorable choice.


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:45:41 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
Photo of thegodfather1076


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very attractive eye-catching can with a great graphics in the SNBC style and tradition. Can give a bit of brewery info and ABV info.

Appearance: A semi aggressive pour from its 12oz can into a 14oz Pokal led a 2 finger white airy light head atop a clear bright golden yellow beer. Head retention was a solid 2min 55sec before fading to a thick ring and thin coating. With good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of floral hops with hints of white wine and sweet honey. Hits of pale malts also hit the palette.

Flavor/Taste: Taste of grainy malts and floral hops on the front end with a spicy hop midpoint that turns slightly herbal. Has a very nice grainy malt finish.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Light and refreshing with a crisp clean mouthfeel that finishes a bit dry. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: A truly refreshing and drinkable session beer that would go down easy on a hot summer day. Very tasty and well put together. Try it. Classified as a Czech Pilsner @ 5% ABV. Consumed 10/14/13.

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 09:20:42 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.73/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.0% ABV, 28 IBUs

A - A constant stream of little carbonation bubbles rise through the center of this brilliantly clear golden yellow beer, sustaining a sparkly, foamy white that, after some time, leaves chunky, sudsy bubbles on the glass.

S - Grainy pale and smooth pilsener malts give Summerfest a fresh and classic pilsener nose, kissed by a touch of honey sweetness and hints of Saaz noble hops, which add to the beer's authenticity with slightly floral components on the finish.

T - Soft floral hops impart light spiciness and envelop the pilsener malts, gently balancing the mild sweetness that lingers in the background of this brew for a simple but true and enjoyable pilsener flavor.

M - Medium-high in carbonation, Summerfest is a light, crisp beer with a soft, clean body and delicately bitter finish. True to style, this is one easy drinking brew!

O - Sierra Nevada's nod to the Bohemian Pilsener is damn near spot-on with an overall crisp, clean drinkability and classic, simplistic flavor of honey-kissed malt and floral, lightly spicy hops balanced to perfection!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 18:47:54 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thick white head slowly dies above a clear golden colored ale.

Very light citrus hops and floral aroma and the taste resembles the aroma to a T.

A clean tasting medium bodied beer with a slight dry aftertaste that keeps a bit of the taste of the the beer hanging around.

Seems like this would be a pretty good beer to have on the beach on a hot summers day, to bad it's in a bottle and that would be a very irresponsible thing to do.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 04:07:33 | More by LXIXME
Photo of superspak


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/4/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, cracker, bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good pilsner style. All around well balanced flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:14:59 | More by superspak
Photo of KYGunner


3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really like the way this beer sets up as the color is a radiant sunny yellow with a billowing cloud like head. Feels like Summer!

The scent is wheaty with a bit of malt, rice and cracker.

The flavor is crisp and refreshing with a lot of wheat malt, a tinge of lemon and a rice or adjunct finish.

The feel is a summer time quencher with an easy drinking crispness. It also takes on the flavors orange or lemon very well.

This may not be the beer geeks dream but it's a good sessionable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 01:58:00 | More by KYGunner
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3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Clear straw yellow, full head. Looks extremely clean and pure, got my mouth salivating. Glass had a pretty little sweat going on.

Nose-Some pale honey kissed malts drift through the nostrils first. Followed by your typical hops in a pilsner. Clean and subdued floral element, almost like "sweet straw".

Taste- Some spicy kettle-hops , but not too bitter. Malt lingers on the back end with a sweetness of honey and some

Mouthfeel- Extremely fine carbonation, very slick. Became too watery too quickly though, could have coated the mouth for a more drawn out sip. Went down very easily though.

Overall- Very drinkable, hits the spot as most decent/good pilsners are. Flavor profile was nothing to beat home about, but definitely a beer I'd bring over as a gateway for those among us who are a little less adventurous.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 01:02:03 | More by Maninthearena
Photo of Hoptopher


3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a plastic draft beer cup.

Appears a hazy golden straw color. A thin cream white head that retains well.

Has a decent malty lager smell. A little grassy or floral as well, but not to much going on.

Taste has a nice subtle sweetness from the malts followed by a floral hop taste that is not strong but enough ther to give this beer a good finsh.

The mouthfeel is spot on. Not to thin, well carbonated, and sits on the tounge just long enough to enjoy the hops used.

Overall i would have to say this is one of the better Pilsners I have had in a while, but that is coming from a small number.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 19:09:02 | More by Hoptopher
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Bright golden colored with a large loose white head that dissipates leaving good lacing, clear

S: grass, slight grain, lemon

T: sweet and light malt up front, lemon peel, finish turned to dry lemon pine hops

M: light with medium carbonation, could use more fizz

O: crisp lager with a good bitter hop ending

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 00:13:46 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2013 bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours golden with excellent clarity and a massive amount of carbonation bubbles. The carbonation level is high, but seems appropriate for style and is softly prickly. Light body. Very durable white head.
Quite true to style, partly due to the use of Saaz hops.
A quality pils that would fly in CZ.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 22:49:06 | More by chinchill
Photo of Jeffreysan


3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with a finger and a half of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty with some slight citrus notes as well as some floral notes of freshly cut grass and clover.

Taste: Like the aroma this beer is malty, with some slight citrus notes finished by floral hop bitterness, that’s balanced with some sweetness from candied sugar.

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds.

Overall: Nicely crafted beer with some good citrus and hops that provide a good, refreshing beer, but there are other summer beers that I like much better.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 21:59:36 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of Florida9


3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fizzy yellow beer. Forms a smallish white head, but what does form has very good retention. Little lacing.

S: Aroma is crisp. Pilsener malts is most dominant. A little bready malt and a light blend of floral and noble hops.

T: The taste...I'm not so sure about. It's light and crisp. Lighter notes of toasty malts with a little apple juice in the mix. Some light floral hops on the finish.

M: Thin bodied. Heavier carbonation. Very low bitterness.

O: An easily drinkable beer. The style is a bit Americanized, but nothing wrong with that.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 20:21:30 | More by Florida9
Photo of Ri0


3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Clear light straw yellow color with white 1.5 finger head. Small bubbles float to the top from bottom. Minimal lacing.

S - Grainy, floral, straw, with light hops. Nice sweet malt, with a touch of lemon zest.

T - Pilsener malt with a light floral and spice hop addition. Pick up some sweetness and just a bit of lemon zest to round it off.

M - Smooth, yet crisp body. It is nice an light for the summer, but right on for the style. I was able to drink this very quickly as it was refreshing.

O - Solid Pilsener that is great to have around during the summer. Inexpensive, available in cans, clean taste. What more do you want?

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 16:42:45 | More by Ri0
Photo of Fatehunter


3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can. Two and half fingers of head on a clear, straw colored body. Lots of bubbles. Looks great.
The aroma is full of bright lemon.
The taste is moderate bitterness with a touch of pear and a clean finish. Simple but great.
The texture is crisp with a good fizz to it.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 02:09:00 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of MarkQ617


3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Usually I'm a pretty big Sierra Nevada guy...but they could've been more imaginative here for a summer. The pilsner is good as far as pilsner are concerned. Straw golden color, goes down very easy, no frills. There is a very clean finish that is nice and makes it easy to have with food. Just somewhat boring.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 23:40:43 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of beergoot


3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow body, good carbonation, thick and creamy white head. Softly sweet smell with light ester notes; light bread hints. Light and crisp feel with a slightly tangy flavor all balanced with a nice, sprightly hop bitterness. Clean, dry finish.

A really nice summer lager and thirst quencher. The hop bitterness aspect really shines through yet the light grain flavors hold their own in the background. This all makes for a well-balanced, easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 01:59:41 | More by beergoot
Photo of fizzgig


3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear gold, little head initially, slight ring persisting.

S: Pine and floral, more or less like other pilsners.

T: Like a middle of the road pilsner. Nothing too sharp or lingering.

M: Light, comes and goes pretty quick.

O: Keeping in perspective its purpose, it's just fine. Not necessarily a memorable experience but good for outdoor hot weather when heavier stuff won't do.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 00:52:35 | More by fizzgig
Photo of Roguer


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark amber, kind of a honey color; borders on translucent; decent finger-plus white head. No significant lacing, but head retention was nice.

S - A little floral hop coming off the nose, and some esters. Not a ton to appreciate. Sweetness and malts, but obviously some bright hops are put into this lager.

T - Definitely a sweet, slightly hoppy pilsner. Minor caramel malts, some honey. It's a bit of an odd mixture in a pilsner, although certainly not bad.

M - Light, although a little more full than a typical pilsner. No sense of booziness whatsoever, and very minor carbonation sting.

O - This is a good Summer drink, but I can't see preferring it over a Hefe (for my palate). It just strikes me as a little off: not a normal lager, some ale-like flavorings, but a pilsner format. It's a good combination, but not my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 15:28:12 | More by Roguer
Photo of DavidS88


4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On what has been the hottest day of the 2013 summer so far, I reached for one of my favorites from last summer, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, their take on a German and/or Czech pilsener. Summerfest lager pours a wonderful straw gold color with about a finger of bubbly white head and little lacing on the glass. Sharply contrasting the other wheat-based summer ales that I've been drinking of late, Summerfest smells of floral hops. The kinda weak smell is more than made up for with the wonderful floral and spicy taste. I couldn't really detect any of the sweet malts that Sierra Nevada says the beer has, but could easily taste the floral hops followed immediately after by a slight yet noticeable spiciness that adds a unique kick to this summer lager. As far as the taste goes, it kinda reminded me of a weak rye beer with hops and then some spiciness, like a poor man's version of Harpoon's Rye IPA (though obviously this is neither a rye beer nor an IPA, just making an observation.) Very drinkable and refreshing, Summerfest is pretty carbonated and is quite easy drinking; it's very possible to polish off a few of these quickly, so be thankful that at only 5% ABV, you won't be in too much trouble after a few. This is definitely one of my favorite summer beers and ranks right up there with all the beers I've tried. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 01:47:31 | More by DavidS88
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New York

4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle with no visible “best by” date.

A –Pristinely clear liquid gold with a big, white, billowy head. Some lazy streams of carbonation are visible. The head quickly dies down to a respectable quarter inch.

S – Strong sweet and grainy malt presence, and a light floral, spicy hop profile. Reminiscent of something like PBR, but so much cleaner, hoppier, and simply better.

T – Really subtle, clean and yet still satisfying maltiness followed by some beautifully spicy hops. The hops are assertive, and play their part in balancing out this beer perfectly.

M – Immediately, I got the slight tingle and pleasant tingle of alcohol and alpha acids on my tongue which gave way to an incredibly smooth and almost creamy body. Mid to full body for the style, or relative to other pilsners I’ve had. But still a rather crisp, drinkable beer.

O – This summer seasonal goes down easy. My number one beer so far in my quest for the Ultimate Summer Beer of 2013. This is what all those American adjunct lagers masquerading as pilsners wish they could one day grow up to be. I know this beer is listed as a Czech pilsner, but, in my mind, it is a classic American summer in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 23:59:40 | More by ElijahRivera
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South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Summerfest
12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a crytal clear bright straw yellow with 2.5 fingers width of bright white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. Head has good retention but leaves almost no lacing.

S: Hop spice, floral and grassy, subtle citrus. Simple, but very nice for the style.

T: A touch of sweet citrus, bready and sweet malts, floral, spicy hops, subtle bitterness on the finish. Quite tasty.

M/D: The combination of light body and heavy carbonation give it a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Drinkability is good.

O: Im not a huge fan of the style, but this one was an enjoyable drink. Light enough to be refreshing, but flavorful enough to make it actually worth drinking. Nothing spectacular but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 21:55:32 | More by zac16125
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3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle poured into footed pilsner
Served: 15 July 2013

Appearance: Crystal clear golden yellow topped with a nice pearly-white one-and-a-half finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving slight lacing down the side. Looks just like a pilsner should. Some strings of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Smells slightly bready, but not as much as European beers of the same style. The malt sweetness is definitely noticeable, however. Some hop spiciness is detectable in the nose, but it is not as strong as several other of Sierra Nevada's offerings.

Taste: Fantastic pilsner. The Czech style is a little spicier than the German one and you can definitely tell with this beer- the hops don't beat you over the head like an imperial pilsner or other hopped-up lager (or ale), but rather provide a spicy, very bitter finish. It's really nice to see the malt and hops work in such tandem- you sip and get the malt biscuitiness, followed by a strong assertion from spicy noble hops. This beer finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation provides a spritzy kick to the beer, and emphasizes the bitterness on the back end.

Overall: I am a big fan of lagers, and pilsners especially, so this beer is fantastic to me. It's a great example of how a pilsner should be- simple and easy to drink, but with a more assertive, noticeable flavor than the watered-down, weakened, mass-produced counterparts (AAL and Euro Pale Lager). I would get this again in a heartbeat, and am kind of disappointed to see that SN offers it only seasonally.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:36:59 | More by Beric
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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Saison Dupont glass. Pours a pale golden yellow w/ a 1-finger white head that leaves behind some respectable lace. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is light, delicate, floral and slightly grainy.

Taste follows nose. Clean Pilsner malt, Old World hops, and fresh water. Delicate and floral. A nice crisp hoppy bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and light, just right for the style.

Overall a solid if unremarkable lager, great for a warm summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 00:24:49 | More by draheim
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North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of gentle carbonation and some hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts with light to moderate aromas of spicy and floral/herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts that is followed by light to moderate building to moderate flavors of hops - initially spicy but more herbal towards the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers only slightly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, a very enjoyable beer for the summer - I'm enjoying this one while I'm making and grilling up some burgers.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 22:56:16 | More by dbrauneis
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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,868 ratings.