Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Winter:
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
My opinion of this beer has changed so much that I felt it necessary to re-review it. (see old notes below).
Pours a clear light golden in color with a bleach white, long lasting head. The aroma seemed "skunky" at first, but once it was poured into a glass and given a chance to breathe it took on a nice bready aroma. Saaz hops were present in the nose, along with some herbal, grassy qualities and a touch of spiciness. The Mouthfeel is medium with a pleasant carbonation. The taste has a light, bready maltiness to it. Midway there's a touch of bitterness from the hops to help add character and balance to the maltiness. Saaz hops linger long into the finish.
This was definitely a refreshing and tasty czech lager. It's an example of a craft beer that you could introduce to anyone and they would most likely enjoy it.
Reviewed on: 09-08-2004 01:28:39
Serving type: bottle
Clear golden in color. Aroma is somewhat hoppy. Nothing in particular stands out. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Very dry, saltine cracker-like in taste initially. The hop bitterness is the main focus of the flavor here. Hoppy, crisp and bland describes Sierra Nevada's Summerfest. This beer lacks character. This is a summer offering not worth you time. It's not quenching or refreshing IMO.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2008 17:19:31 | More by Winter
More User Reviews:
3.36/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
On draft at Legends Sports Grill in Maggie Valley, NC. Chose to go with some buffalo hot wings with this beer. That's what you're supposed to do in summer at a Sports Grill right?
A: Pale, thin, golden beer with some noticeable carbonation. The only thing differentiating this from a light beer is its frothy head that does actually lace fairly well.
S: Crisp and clean, lots of wheat with notes of caramel, hops, light malts and citrus. Unexpected..
T: This is a lager, I'm sure of it, but I can't tell it. It's more like a pale ale that doesn't have the hops. Or maybe an American ale that forgot its alcohol. It's not a bad beer but it lacks character. It's sweet, lightly malty, somewhat bitter, somewhat citrusy and has a wheat undercurrent. It seems confused. It also has a potent aftertaste that wasn't very pleasant for me. For a craft beer, it's lacking. For a beer to drink in the summer, it's passable.
M: Decent bite from the hops, somewhat carbonated, nothing too dramatic. Like everything else about this one.
O: Can't say I'd try it again unless my other options were all Light beers. That's just me being honest.
Serving type: on-tap
07-08-2014 22:50:58 | More by jsausley
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,262 ratings.