Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +36.6%
A very enjoyable beer! Few beers achieve this combination of high marks in every category.
Appearance is light and clear. Plenty of carbonation. Head is commensurate with pour style.
Smell is crisp and inviting.
Taste is clean, light and straightforward.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability is rarely matched.
07-10-2005 19:50:28 | More by TheOtherMike
4.97/5 rDev +35.8%
Poured this 12 oz. 2006 brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Clear, pale yellow body topped with two fingers of head. Modest head faded with no lacing.
Smell was WOW. Clean, crispy, spicy. Floral with slight metal. Perle and Saaz hops. Yum.
Taste was fantastic too. Nice interplay of Two Row Pale, Munich malts and grinding fresh hops. Malts ride in the backseat (where I like them). Slight hints of alfalfa sprouts. Nice biting dry finish. This provides all I want in a pilsner (one of my favorite styles) and seems to be a benchmark for the style.
Mouthfeel was coarse and raspy, just as I like in a Czech Pilsner. Medium bodied. I will return again, and again.
10-03-2006 02:22:01 | More by Cresant
4.9/5 rDev +33.9%
Sierra Nevada obviously knows what they are doing. Although still fairly knew in the beer world, Sierra Nevada Summerfest is clearly one of the top lagers I have ever tasted!
I will say that it is good consumed out of a bottle, but on tap it is money. The beer is clear in appearance with a creamy head (my kegerator CO2 regulator is set at 5Lb psi and pours a perfect head every time.) It has an easy entry with a slight hoppy after taste. Summerfest is only 5% abv, so this becomes a great social beer.
Sierra Nevada is always impressive and once again they don't dissapoint. Treat yourself this summer, and tap a Summerfest
06-14-2010 21:17:30 | More by wollybugger
4.9/5 rDev +33.9%
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager 2008.
Bottling date (on shoulder of bottle) was 08074, or March 14, 2008. My Summerfest was purchased today and was 18 days old.
First of all, this is a Czech Pilsener. I don't find much reason to subject a beer like this to extended bottle conditioning. Enjoy it young while the flavors are bright. With the new SN caps it should keep fine for six months under refrigeration. We're not talking IPAs or barleywines here.
I went into the store today to buy another 6-pack Bigfoot barleywine. It was sold out and replaced by another SN seasonal: Summerfest.
Luckily, I still have some Bigfoot and Celebration laid up on the boat.
After all of the IPAs this winter it was good to run into this old friend. I enjoyed Summerfest 2007 through July of last year before it sold out. In fact, I was drinking more Summerfest than SN Pale Ale last summer.
The 2008 Summerfest has a generous white and thick head, as much as you could want from a lager. There is a torrent of carbonation that swirls up from the bottom of the glass stein and stays active. Nice deep golden color with a little long-lasting lacing: very good for a Pilsener.
Fruity hops from the first sniff, sharp toasty hops with a lot of complexity. It's amazing how anyone can produce such a light Pilsener with that much carbonation and body.
A tangy malt and lingering hops make for a dry and very drinkable lager. I'll be focusing on Sierra Nevada Summerfest and Pale Ale as the California heat settles in.
It's the following day, another bottle of Summerfest and a few more comments are in order.
I just love this Pilsener. The abundant and complex hops of this brew are a delight. I get that warm hops woodiness on the exhale and remember the firt times I enjoyed a very good Czech Pilsener. Crystal clear, golden, lively with a body that reminds you it's a real beer and not a macro.
As much as I would like to see a number of SN seasonals made available year long, this would be my choice. Summerfest has the potential to be enjoyed by a broader spectrum of beer lovers than Celebration, Bigfoot or IPA: three of my bottled SN favorites. Summerfest just isn't around long enough.
Brew up Summerfest all year long. America needs a Czech Pilsener like this all of the time.
04-01-2008 00:45:12 | More by yzer
4.88/5 rDev +33.3%
poured a slightly opaque straw yellow color with a head equal to your pour style and leaving fair lacing on the glass. spicy hop smell. taste slight bread, spice hop. mouthfeel medium, smooth, very well balanced. very easy beer to drink very enjoyable put it on your list.
01-02-2007 17:58:55 | More by billybob
4.85/5 rDev +32.5%
appearance : pale yellow color
Smell :floral , grassy , biscuity
Taste : it has a nice floral , spice and biscuit taste with a great malt background to the finish the beer off. The beer is well balanced and made. Nice summer time beer to enjo at picnic or any outdoor outing.
Mouthfeel : medium mouthfeel and body to this beer
A well made lager with great characteristics of a European lager. If you enjoy beers like Stella Artois , Heineken try out this great beer . I highly recommend it !
06-14-2014 14:07:57 | More by bbluemzbeer
4.85/5 rDev +32.5%
I got this years Summerfest at MarCellar's in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It's a really great brew with nice smooth overtones. Yum yum. Some hints of banana. This brew is very clear and doesn't have much head to stick around. It's really really good beer. Go get some! Cheers! PlS. I'll have to add a pic later - saving bottle;)
05-14-2009 19:50:50 | More by TroyS
4.83/5 rDev +32%
Poured into my Victory Prima Pils pilsner glass.
a: clear, pale, and golden. an offwhite eggshell colored head about a fingers worth that remained for a few minutes.
s: a little hoppy and a little like straw.
t: sweet citrus with a balance malt aftertaste
m: crisp, clean, and refreshing.
o: a great summer beer. I love pilsners and this was definitely a winner again this year.
08-18-2011 00:30:04 | More by jlenik
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,497 ratings.