1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

3,389 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,389
Reviews: 1,459
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 60
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 3,389 | Reviews: 1,459 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by melagnus:
Photo of 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
More User Reviews:
Photo of joegard


3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

08-01-2014 17:46:58 | More by joegard
Photo of Johnmanciniband

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-01-2014 16:31:42 | More by Johnmanciniband
Photo of beardown

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

08-01-2014 00:38:04 | More by beardown
Photo of Alexander_Brittain

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-31-2014 02:29:11 | More by Alexander_Brittain
Photo of philbe311


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

A - A standard pour yields a modest slightly less than a finger's worth of crisp bone white colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a full lacing... There is light audible fizziness about it... The color is an uber light lemony yellow with a slight haziness suspended throughout... Loaded with carbonation that starts sluggish at the bottom of the glass before picking speed upon reaching the top...

S - Loaded with cereal grains... Sweet bread... Some light noble hops... Light lemon zest...

T - Light lemon zest to start... Bursting at the seems with cereal grains and rich toasted malts... There is a light grassy component... The noble hops are present but quite subtle... The flavors ebb and flow a bit, but compliment one another rather nicely...

M - Quite refreshing... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Smooth... Crisp... Goes down easily sip after sip... Limited carbonation... Very nice...

D - The appearance and aroma components are average at best, but the flavor and mouthfeel components are really really good... The end result is a very enjoyable summer offering in the form of a Czech Pilsner... Sierra Nevada turns out solid beer after solid beer and this one is no exception... Worthy of a six pack each and every summer...

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 02:19:16 | More by philbe311
Photo of bendukes86

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-30-2014 23:13:20 | More by bendukes86
Photo of Toombsy


4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

07-30-2014 20:37:15 | More by Toombsy
Photo of Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

A - Yellow/Golden with a thick white head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Small pieces of head float in the middle. Small dotty lacing.

S - sweet malt aroma, subtle banana, crisp noble hops. Some citrus and floral notes in the background.

T - Some biscuit, bread, lightly fruity and spicy. Floral finish with some grass.

M - Medium to high carbonation expected from this style. Finishes very crisp but starts very dry.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2014 17:54:58 | More by Sam-VW
Photo of Will1508


4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

07-30-2014 17:45:14 | More by Will1508
Photo of GreenEggsHam1


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-30-2014 04:05:26 | More by GreenEggsHam1
Photo of Epetrena


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-30-2014 02:51:42 | More by Epetrena
Photo of bckayaalp

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-30-2014 01:34:13 | More by bckayaalp
Photo of TMoney86ss

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-29-2014 23:50:59 | More by TMoney86ss
Photo of jeffyboy65


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-29-2014 04:20:56 | More by jeffyboy65
Photo of Clemsontiger81

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

07-29-2014 02:32:12 | More by Clemsontiger81
Photo of Purp1eOne


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-29-2014 02:27:54 | More by Purp1eOne
Photo of dusting871


4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-28-2014 18:14:01 | More by dusting871
Photo of melza

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-28-2014 14:19:57 | More by melza
Photo of Boca-X


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-28-2014 12:09:12 | More by Boca-X
Photo of Mutton_Mammoth


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-28-2014 12:01:26 | More by Mutton_Mammoth
Photo of HopHed420


3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-28-2014 03:10:49 | More by HopHed420
Photo of SaltofOH


3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale gold, 1/2" head fades to thin white cap. Active carbonation with mid-size bubbles. Not much to speak of in terms of lacing.

Aroma: Spicy noble hop aroma; sweet, clean malt. Smells generally beery.

Taste: Dry arrival, saccharine feeling across mid-palate; not sweet but sweet-ish. Grassy hops then tight bitterness at the end. Dry, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Solidly, but not overwhelmingly, carbonated. Pretty standard. Clean. Mid-to-light weight.

Overall: Not as flavorful as Mama's Little Yella Pils, but certainly better than Heineken. Above-average pilsner, though I think it should be rated as an American pilsner, not Czech. Honestly, for the need this fulfills, a part of me would rather just by a less expensive AAL.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 01:56:32 | More by SaltofOH
Photo of birdsellam


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-28-2014 00:04:12 | More by birdsellam
Photo of Hellpop65


3/5  rDev -18%

07-27-2014 22:14:51 | More by Hellpop65
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,389 ratings.