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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,503 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,503
Reviews: 1,469
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 212 | 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)
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Ratings: 3,503 | Reviews: 1,469 | Display Reviews Only:
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mikechance

California

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

I'm an ale drinker -- lagers are not my style. That said I feel compelled to sample different lager/pilsners every summer. SummerFest is a must sample for me (as Sierra Nevada is my favorite brewery). The beer has a slightly deeper color than most lagers/pilsners and a reasonable amount of head for the style. I pick up grassy like aromas and hops in the scent. It’s a smooth beer with more pilsner characteristics than lager. It’s very smooth and very little aftertaste. Again, it’s not my style, but one of the better products in its class.

07-16-2011 04:42:11 | More by mikechance
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Nice for the style,not to hoppy good malt-accented beer.Light color with a decent head.Would try again,Iam not into summer accrnted lighter beers.Bring on Oktoberfest!

06-05-2002 12:22:31 | More by oberon
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mojohawk21

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-17-2014 17:53:56 | More by mojohawk21
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

Appearance – Light yellow with a monster head that laced the glass quite nicely.

Smell – Typical hop aroma with a tinge of sweetness.

Taste – Americans seem to have great difficulty in producing the German pilsner style of ale, but this one nails it. The clean, slightly bitter, refreshing flavor of the neutral hops is lightly complimented by a touch of sweetness. The beer is dry and refreshing, which is just right for the summer.

Mouthfeel – Some nice carbonation and the traditional dryness make this one a stand out.

Drinkability – This went down just like it is supposed to: clean, crisp, and refreshing.

Comments – I have to part with the (current) 3.62 rating of by BA Buds (on average). This offering from SN nailed the style, IMO.

09-02-2003 01:06:08 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Fest pours a crystal clear gold with a foamy white head. Dissipation is immediate and nearly complete. Clean and crisp hops and lager aromas with a touch of lemon. Primary component of MF and taste is the snapping turtle hop bite. Pretty darn drinkable.

04-13-2006 23:42:44 | More by DaPeculierDane
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a straw-yellow color with a silky white head; tame, yet vibrant, no apparent lacing left on the glass. Aroma is crisp with some grains in the background, playing secondary to a nice helping of bitter, earthy hops. Some lemon zest pulls through and plays tertiary as well. Lots of carbonation on the initial sip; this was to be expected - it gives a nice, clean, crisp taste on the palate and brings out the strength of the hops. The hops make up a good percentage of the taste here, but make no mistake - this beer is far from "bitter", even compared to pale ales. Malts and grains come through in around the edges, again followed by a lemon-orange-citrus like sweetness that shows up for a moment and washes away. Some clove and light spice shows up once the beer is significantly warmer, although this isn't typically a beer that takes too long to put down. Thin body, crisp, clean, dry finish.

I'm not extremely well versed in "Czech Pilseners", so I don't know how this differs from the American type, but it certain makes for a refreshing beer to drink on a hot summer day. Hits the spot after mowing the lawn in 95 degree heat for hours.

12-13-2012 12:54:39 | More by tectactoe
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passthatpurpyo

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-09-2011 21:01:54 | More by passthatpurpyo
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Tiernan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-13-2013 04:37:35 | More by Tiernan
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-13-2013 00:50:19 | More by tbryan5
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woodchipper

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -18%

05-03-2014 21:01:08 | More by woodchipper
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint pint glass.

Pours crystal clear light golden in color. Very thin head of white soapy bubbles that dissipated very quickly to nothing. No lacing to speak of.

The smell strikes me as a slightly more malty version of your run of the mill American macro lager. There are some hops, some malts, but mostly it just has that generic 'beer' smell.

The first pull on this was light, refreshing and satisfying. There is a terrific balance between the light flavored malts and the grassy to citrus flavored hops. There is also just the slightest touch of yeasty fresh bread. The carbonation is quite light and the general disposition seems just a touch watery but still rather flavorful. There is just enough malt coming through that I would hesitate to call this 'dry' but it certainly isn't sweet. The finish is relatively quick and there is just a little bit of hoppy linger.

I found this to be incredibly drinkable. It just isn't too much of any one thing - just light and refreshing with just the right amount of flavor for the recipe. By the time I got to the bottom of the glass, I was really digging this brew.

07-09-2008 22:35:17 | More by SIRIUS2
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beergod82

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +23%

02-12-2014 20:04:22 | More by beergod82
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cbgVT

Virginia

2.35/5  rDev -35.8%

Not impressed with this. I a big Sierra Nevada fan, their Pale Ale is what turned me on to better beers, and their Killerweiss is my favorite Hefe to date over several Germans I have tried. I was excited to try their Summerfest and was expecting a taste similar to Sam Adam's Summer Ale - crisp & somewhat citrusy. I took 1 sip of this beer and was disappointed. It iis a decent beer but it tastes like all the other mass produced crap.

Appearance is pretty standard, golden color, transparent with a slight head that reduces quickly.

Smell - not getting too much on the nostrils, but I am still new to reviewing beer....smells like the classic "beer" smell

Taste - slightly bitter and sour at the beginning and finishes with some malt. I am a fan of IPAs and like bitter, hoppy beer but this bitter isn't complex or floral.

Mouthfeel - medium body, not too thick, not too thin. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability - I honestly think this beer sucks but a lot of it is because I had high expectations of what I wanted it to taste like.

I usually will have 3-4 beers a night when I drink, but I am done after one of these and don't want anymore. I am going to try another one tomorrow and see if I come to the same conclusion. I may have gotten an old/bad batch as this is definitely not 'crisp' or 'refreshing.'

04-08-2010 04:13:17 | More by cbgVT
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: Nice frothy pour. Golden color & transparent. Strong carbonation. Very light looking & refreshing.

Aroma: Malty with slight lemony hints? Smells similar to a German or Czech pils with that slightly skunky profile. Not too much to be found in the aroma.

Taste: Light, malty flavor with slight hop profile in the finish. Again, I note a slight lemony flavor....

Mouthfeel: Very light & crisp. Carbonation makes this very clean feeling on the way down. Very smooth...

Drinkability: Easy drinking! Good for a summer quaffer. Light, smooth & not overpowering.

Comments: I found this an enjoyable American pils in the German/Czech style, but nothing out of the ordinary. Good when looking for something light & easy drinking while staying with the domestic craft brewers.

06-22-2006 20:22:34 | More by JMD71
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Dmann

California

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

This is a great warm weather brew from Sierra Nevada. If you are kicking back on a hot summer day, this is definantly a great choice. It poured a clear golden color with a nice white head that lasted awhile, leaving a decent lace down till the end. The malty characteristics really stood out in the smell, with some grassy and hoppy smells as well. The taste was a great summer balance between malt and hops, with the malt being the dominant flavor. As the beer warms a bit, the hops come through a bit more, and it tasted more balanced. All in all a great summer brew.

05-25-2003 02:03:21 | More by Dmann
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newk340

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

A: looks like a carbonated translucent. lemonade or Mellow Yellow. lots of carbonation though!

S: hints of lemon and orange zest, summertime!

T: minimal taste, hints of citrus flavor that are quickly gone and a soon afterthought.

MF/D: very thin, carbonation may be one of the only noticable traits of this beer.

07-14-2010 01:56:10 | More by newk340
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Wow...I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one until now! Pours from the stubby bottle a brilliant clear bright sunshine yellow with a pillowy foam of white head. Active carbonation rises up in the glass. Aromas of clean, pale malts paired with a grassy, slightly citric hoppiness. Lemony graininess. Nothing to shout about but nice for the style.

First sip brings a crisp, lemony grainy pale maltiness accentuated by Euro hops (Saaz). Slighty spicy, grassy bitterness on the back of the palate along with a bit of citrus. A clean drinking lager that definetly fits in the summertime. Doesn't do anything to knock my socks off but is still an enjoyable brew.

Crisp mouthfeel is fairly light and refreshing with stable carbonation. This one is an easy drinker that would go down like water at a backyard barbecue. Worth seeking out if you're looking for an easy drinking, tasty lager.

08-21-2005 04:54:53 | More by orbitalr0x
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blitz134

California

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Crystal clear yellow body, inially had a fizzy 1" white head that reduced down a thin bubble layer.

Aroma is quite pungent, moreso than expected. Nice floral and citrus hops with a kick of grass and straw. Light clean malts work in well. Flavor is a bit light initially but then some stronger hops come in at the finish. Typical lager flavor to start with, light malts with a bit of grain. Finish has some bitterness with some earthyness.

Flavor lingers on for a while but the mouthfeel is still leaning a bit towards the thinner side of things. Decent carbonation. Overall drinkable enough, its just a lighter beer than what most of us BAs usually shoot for. But regardless its good overall, could be one for the masses

07-24-2006 00:03:40 | More by blitz134
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markallmon

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-03-2013 21:57:28 | More by markallmon
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Sierra Nevada's Summerfest is a lot like a "lighter" version of their famous Pale Ale. The scent is very similar, but it does not have the hoppy kick finish that the P.A. has. Like the name implies, this is a great warm-weather beer that goes down fun & easy. The drinkability is the most notable feature of this beer, as you can easily drink several of these without feeling too full.

It seems to me that Sierra Nevada Summerfest would also be a great "conversion" beer, meaning that I would highly recommend it if you are trying to get a friend or loved one (who normally drinks macro filth) into craft beer.

09-12-2005 22:50:54 | More by chOAKbarrell
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

This is probably a great beer to drink on a hot summer day. It's a clear yellow with a medium head, nicely carbonated. It had a fresh, grainy odor, along with some fruitiness. A tangy citrus taste, with some hoppiness. A smooth,drinkable beer.
I'll try it again when it's 30 degrees warmer.

04-21-2006 11:37:08 | More by lordofthewiens
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-01-2014 03:10:08 | More by DaftPatrick
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Chuggs

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -24%

Overall an average beer. Poured nicely with a light, thin frosting that disappered rather rapidly. Aroma nice, althhough. I was overwhelmed with a bit of wheat. Taste was average, for some reason I was expecting a blonde ale. Good beer to go along with a fried seafood dish. Not a sesion beer. Stick with the pale ale. I am still searching for that perfect summer ale.

05-16-2009 00:50:29 | More by Chuggs
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chip26

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-13-2014 23:36:43 | More by chip26
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

I have been a big fan of this beer ever since it switched to a lager.

Nicely balanced and oh so drinkable. SN's experience with being masters of hops is evident, as this beer is crisp without the hops getting out of hand (looking at you, Prima Pils!)

Frankly I can't get enough of this beer in the summer time and is my go-to summer quencher.

07-23-2011 01:17:14 | More by SunDevilBeer
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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,503 ratings.