Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by brandonlovesbeer:
1.3/5 rDev -64.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
I got a growler of this yesterday. It was fresh and the keg was just hooked up to the tap. No more than 20 minutes old.
My first response after tasting this for the first time was that it was a Budweiser clone. So the next day, I did a side by side tasting of the Budweiser and Summerfest. The difference were so minimal that if someone were to switch these two, I would not be able to tell a difference. The only differences were in the appearance and slight bitterness. The head on Summerfest stuck around proving that it used malt instead of corn and rice. There was only a slight more bitterness. So slight that I am just digging for things to differentiate it. But the Aromas and Flavors were identical. There was absolutely NO hop character whatsoever. No Pine. No citrus. No, nothing that is described on their website.
This is what I would consider an epic fail on Sierra Nevada’s part. If they were looking for a way to make a more expensive version of Budweiser, then they have succeeded.
Serving type: growler
05-06-2012 00:14:49 | More by brandonlovesbeer
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4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bright straw colored beer with soapy head. Really bready smell, some caramel and malts. Taste is light and crisp with tones of biscuit and black pepper spice. Mouthfeel is refreshing, creamy, buttery. I actually prefer this beer to any of the classic czech pilners and look for it every year, one of my favorite summer seasonals.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 23:21:59 | More by zander4dawin
3.69/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a pint glass, nice two fingered medium to large bubble white head, that held for well over two minutes. Clear lager color, with maybe a hint of strawberry. Good lacing more noticeable to me than usual for American Lagers
Smell: This is what I really liked, it smelled like BEER! Some many craft breweries try to amaze us, but sometimes it should be what it needs to be. It's not an IPA, or a German weissebier, so don't try to make it one.
Taste: I felt like I got a good clean taste of the malted barley, with just a very light lager back note of the hops. If you are looking for a very Hoppy beer, this might not live up to your expectations, but I was very pleased. Beats an AAL all to pieces, but a flavor that deserves recognition.
The mouthfeel was dry, and crisp. Refreshing and perfect for hot day. Drinkable, and doesn't fight or surprise you.
Overall, this one is going in my bar as my Lager, so long as Sierra keeps brewing it, I will support them. If we ever want to challenge the InBev's of the world, we have to support the smaller breweries when they roll out a Lager.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 18:15:15 | More by JLSIV
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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