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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

3,645 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,645
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 65
Gots: 261 | 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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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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Photo of Cresant
4.97/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of wollybugger
4.9/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of yzer
4.9/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Excellent.

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.

Photo of billybob
4.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.88/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.85/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 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 !

Photo of TroyS
4.85/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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;)

Photo of jlenik
4.83/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 edition poured into Great Lakes pint glass.
Clear golden goodness. Sunlight harnessed into beer.

Very light clean smell. Grassy and delicious.

So refreshing and glorious. Everything in balance.

Crisp and refreshing.

Could consume seven seas worth of this beer. Amazing.

Photo of DogFood11
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a difference a couple of years makes. Not to this beer but to my palate. As I sit here enjoying my first summerfest of 2007 I decided to take a glance at my original review. What a load of crap it turned out to be. Either this beer got incredibly better or my palate changed drastically because this is an excellent Czech Pilsner in the elite class. Lawnmower beer at its finest.

Poured into a pils glass it forms a Ivory white 2 finger head that falls to a solid cover. Yellow body with medium carbonation.

There is a nice earthy backbone throughout this offering. Plenty of snappy saaz hop bite and also adds a soft dryness to the backend. There is an underlying wheaty/grainy taste but it stays right there in the background. Tremendously smooth and drinkability is off the charts.

Notes: The best American made Czech Pils I've had to date.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,645 ratings.