Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by melagnus:
4/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Finger-thick white head that dissipates quickly into a frothy-thin layer. This layer resides above a clear Pale Gold (SRM 4) hued liquid that exposes carbonic bubbles rising to the top at a rapid pace. Swirling the beer results in spider legs, most likely a result of the hops and carbonation.
S - Crisp phenolic Noble hop (Saaz) aroma bouquet. A mild fruitiness/peppery note is most prominent. Mild bit of creamed corn aroma comes through via DMS, though subtle.
T - Clean malty liquid washes over the palate with a mild bitterness that gives a crisp and somewhat moist finish. This beer is very well balanced and finishes more sweet than bitter, though a level of bitterness does crescendo with time and lingers for that matter. It seems to me as though the Brewer/Chemist tried to emulate a more mineral-rich liquor (water) compound of those found in native regions of the Bohemian Pilsner, which is the style that this beer seems to be trying to imitate, with an American touch of course.
M - Upon final pour, the bottle conditioned elements (suspended yeast) provide for a bit more of a graham cracker consistency on the palate. The mouth coating malts finish dry with a smooth lingering bitterness that fits nicely with the styles normal characteristics. Medium to high carbonation tingles the palate as well; sulfates add to this!
C - A session beer this is, but at 5% ABV and with a smooth sweetness that helps balance the Hallertau hops, this beer quickly turns into quite a delight. Though the crisp, dry and bitter Czech/German variants with high sulfates are enjoyable, this is a wonderful take on a traditional style that gives it just enough American punch to let you know there's something more inside the bottle than conformity!
The website states that in addition to the Pale malts used, Munich malts were also used. It also states that this beer has an extra-long lagering period, which would explain the fruitier content and malty sweetness, which is not so prominent in German/Czech variants. In addition to Saaz hops, Perle were used, which is a variation on the tradition type of hops utilized in a Pilsner.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2009 03:48:31 | More by melagnus
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3.7/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Picked up at Trader Joe's in April 2014.
A- A blonde, or pale golden beer with perfect transparency. It's as clean-looking as spring water. Heavy carbonation surges upwards aggressively and help maintain the persistent head that remains from the finger-thick post-pour peak.
S- Has that characteristic sweet malt thickness that I find in many Sierra Nevada beers. It's almost like cornbread if I'd say, although I don't want to imply a corn adjunct was added, only that that's what the aroma reminds me of. Spicy floral hops are underneath this initial sweet aroma.
T- Initially sweet and perhaps offering some bread, crackers and/or biscuits, floral hops emerge toward the backend of my palate.
M- As mentioned before, starts sweet but quickly becomes dry and crisp. At the finish, the hops provide a subtle bitterness that is easy to not notice since the beer is so easy to sip without putting much thought towards the taste.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 19:01:28 | More by ONovoMexicano
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
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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