Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

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3,843 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,843
Reviews: 1,530
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 91
Gots: 420 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Photo of yourefragile
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz 2007 bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Golden straw color with light carbonation. Nice clarity. Slowly dissipating one finger head that leaves thin film over surface
S: Malty, grassy smell. Nothing spectacular, but appealing
T: Crisp, refreshing flavor to start, with a hoppy bitter finish. Some hints of lemon.
M/D: Medium bodied, mild carbonation finishes very dry with bitter aftertaste. Nothing too spectacular, nothing bad. Nice summer beer but coming from SN slightly disappointing compared to some of their other seasonals.

Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice light golden color, clear and bright with a one-finger white head.

Smell: Smells of subtle, sweet grains and a faint floral hoppiness.

Taste: Tastes of grains mostly; malty and crisp. Just a little citrus too. And possibly a slightly toffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is light and smooth, a little slick (not watery) and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice beer. I might buy it again at some point, although I usually go for something a little darker or with more of a kick. But this was refreshing and a fitting compliment to my hot, humid apartment.

Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured into a wine glass

A: a crystal clear light yellow color. looks like champagne. very bubbly. half a finger of frothy white head dissipates instantaneously.

S: lemon. light floral hops. clean. pale malts.

T: bready character. lager yeast. crisp hop finish.

M: very well carbonated. light bodied.

O: a crisp, refreshing offering from sierra nevada. doesn't blow my mind, but it's a very well done summer lager/pilsener. excellent to drink with food. good day-drinking session beer.

Photo of redneckchugger
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured straw clear into a pint glass
almost no smell at all.
tastes pale and fizzy, slight bit of hops.
crisp mouthfeel, goes down easy.
i am the first to admit i don't have the pallate of some peope, i did smoke for years, but i don't get this beer, i tastes like a macro, a good macro, very good and i would drink it again, but its not what i expect from a pilsner.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at taco Mac. Poured to a medium yellow color with decent carbonation and a medium off-white head that lasted well and left okay lacing. Light hoppy aroma and a flavor that followed suit, with some citrus and dough in both the nose and taste. This all led to a mildly thirst-quencing beer. Not great, but a decent summer beer.

Photo of BigB415
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 Summerfest pours golden color with medium head. Smells of pines and tastes some hops. Very refreshing and seems like a typical Sierra Nevada beer, very simple yet refreshing. Summerfest is especially suited for the season it is named after. Unfortunately I don't get any other aromas than pine and hops. I would love to have a lager go to but all lagers taste the same to me.

Photo of Salpta
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As a rule i'm not impressed with lagers. This one is not really an exception. There is hops there, there is malt there, but the overall flavor profile is just like a macro. Only more forceful. As a lawnmower, i'd say its passable, but has too much hops for a thirstquencher, which is what i want in a summerbrew.

Photo of yesyouam
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Summerfest is a sparkling pale gold lager with a small, fluffy white head. Light grain and citrus dominate the aroma, followed by a muted soft fruitiness. In the mouth, it's light and very soft. It may be a little gritty at the end. The flavor is clean and crisp, like a melon. It has a decent bitterness that is fruity and wooden from the Saaz. It's refreshing summer drinkin'!
(rated May 30, 2007)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy light amber/yellow with a massive head that quickly fades.

Smell: Smells metal and citrus. Has some herbal notes that are nice. Different than all other summer lagers i have had.

Taste: watery and bland. Its got a bitterness to it that turns me off to it. A little malty in the approach but the finish is off.

Mouthfeel: Way too carbonated for me. Its like sprites level of carbonation.

Drinkability: If it werent for the high carbonation it would be a good alternative to the SA summer beer but its not very drinkable to me.

Photo of bgreg3
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App- light gold very standard looking but it is nice and clear with a white foam head standing about 1/4 " tall.

Smell- typical kolch style beer , malt grain and barely. slight skunk aroma, desirable in the right amount.

Taste-Very grainy break like begginning converts to very sweet malty end on a quick dry finish. Nothing special really , but I expected more from ,my boys in chico CA

MF and drink-Very very light and an incredibly crisp finish leaving me very refreshed on this hot july day drinks very well and should be consumed 2 or 3 at a time in my opinion.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not to much going on in this one, which is perfectly fine for a light summer ale such as this.
Had on-tap at the Bend Brewfest, as well as poured from a bottle at another time. A solid hit for SN, but not one of my favorites. (probably just because i dont care for the style)
Looks clear and bright like straw. Good carbonation, very nice head/lacing, just what a pilsner should be.
Smells of yeast and maltyness, though theres something wierd there too, reminded me of Lemon Pledge...
Taste is weak, but like i said earlier, this isnt my prefered beer style. Bit o' hops tucked in there, not to bad really.
Mouthfeel is good, nothing notable.

Sierra Nevada rarely does bold beers. But they are well-crafted and consistantly tasty. This one falls in nicely in their catalog, but i wouldnt get it again.

Photo of FosterJM
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1321st Review on BA
Bottle to Pils glass


App- Looks like a nice beer. A medium darker yellow with a one finger white head and a good bit of lace and sticky cling.

Smell- Doesnt smell like a traditional lager. A little bit of corn, wheat and earth. Dont get much hops on the nose. A little floral comes through.

Taste- Okay, as I sit smaking my lips. It tastes like tortilla chips to me. Has a bit of salty taste to it with some corn and a bit of grass. I try, I really do. Just not a lager guy.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit of wheat and earthy grass on the finish.

Drink- I can see how people like this. Pretty crisp and clean. Step up from an AAL. Just not for me.

Photo of dacrza1
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Situation: Celebrating the halfway point of summer school...
Glassware: Ayinger willibecker...
Appearance: golden yellow body; steady, busy effervescence beneath bright, white, foamy head; looks to be a lager/pilsener tweener...
Aroma: nice balance of hops and malts--with a floral overlap that pleases; malts are sharp, hops are lowery...
Palate: light-to medium-bodied; slightly available early with a buzz at the throat; only twinges are detected at the tongue...
Taste: pleasantly restrained in its maltiness--a toned-down pilsener indeed, but definite dimensions to its profile...
Overall: a six-pack session beer for the summer, as advertised... not as big (Bigfoot), professional (pale ale) or awesome (Wet Hop) as their more memorable offerings, but smooth and agreeable...

Photo of audiojon
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent pils, but having recently tried another fantastic one, this doesn't really stand up (the beer in question being prima, from victory brewing). Smell is good enough, taste is interesting, but rather one dimensional. I could definitely drink a few of these, but wouldn't necessarily seek it out. A recommended try for pilsener fans, but sierra pale fans need not apply.

2005 vintage, btw

Photo of tbone53
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

dont try and twist the cap off of this one.need a bottle opener that is a plus for the home born on date but it does say 2007 on the bottle.
a:head quickly diappears but what is left laces nicely down the bottle.
t:a little stronger than the trditional macro brew similar but stronger.
m:feels good on the palate.
d:this is a beer that could get me into trouble.easy smooth drinking.this is one you could probaly get those brand loyal guys to drink.
ill buy this one again.good sound choice.

Photo of jeremyd365
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light copper, mostly clear, and slightly bubbly. Smell was nothing out of the ordinary and the taste was only slightly less boring. Nothing partiularly distinct about this one, but not bad. Drinkable but extremely average. I'd much rather celebrate summer with some flavor.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a blonde lager color with a decent amount of carbonation, smells like water and corn, not much else, some slight hopiness tastes a bit better, more taste, has a slight spicy hopness to. average beer overall nothing that makes it stand out but still a tasty beer

Photo of Samp01
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a good medium fluffy lasting white head. Aroma and Taste of biscuit malt, grass and grains, some yeast and lemon citrus flavors with some mild bitter and tangy notes. Palate is medium crisp body with moderate carbonation. Finish is biscuit malt, grassy and grains, yeast with some lemon citrus flavors. Overall a good crisp and refreshing summer crew

Photo of corywalston
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Slightly aggressive poor ½ inch white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Little carbonation. Color is light yellow with a light haze.
S. Lemongrass, malt, and maybe corn
T. Slightly sour, light floral hints, slight banana in the aftertaste.
M. Watery and refreshing
O. This is a good rendition of its stile. However, it is a little light in flavor for me. I would recommend it though. Good buzz for 5.0%

Photo of cjl1209
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Crisp Summer Beer"

A - Pours a light gold with a small white head. Looks to be well carbonated judging by the bubbles running up my glass.

S - A little bit of grain and a little bit of hops. Not much going on here at all.

T - It's a little light in the flavor department as well. Citrusy hops and yeast accompanied by a pinch of lemon. Hoppy but not overtly bitter. Nice bite on the finish.

M - Medium-light and very crisp. Has the perfect body for a summer beer.

D - Through the roof; a perfect session brew.

Final Thoughts: Not a bad beer, it's just far too weak on the smell and the taste. Simply put, there's just not enough going on.

Photo of largadeer
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and straw-colored. Not much head, just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Grassy, grainy, buttery.

Taste: Mildly sweet, a bit husky and grainy with a touch of citrus. Spicy hops lead to a dry but buttery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Notes: A simple, sessionable lager. Nothing particularly special about it, but quite good for what it is.

Photo of avalon07
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head and some decent lacing.

S: Malty, with traces of citrus, but not much else.

T: Like the smell, there was some malt and some citrus, with a trace of hops, but mainly it was a little on the thin side.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer, but hardly an outstanding one.

Photo of bort11
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, 2008 dated. Poured into a traditional pilsener glass. The initial head jumps to the lip of the glass. Takes a few smaller draws to get the full bottle in the glass. Head quickly recedes with no real lacing to speak of. Color is clear golden yellow. Not much carbonation.

Smell is a grassy hops with a mild spicy malt balance. Taste is also quite grassy. Bit of lemon and a toasty biscuit notes.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a disappointment for me. Generally I like a lager to be pretty crisp and clean with the carbonation, and this is almost flat. It is still pretty drinkable, I was able to put three down without noticing much. I just had higher expectations.

Photo of acrawf6
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice golden. not much head in this one, but good lacing. this one is, like other sierra navadas, bitter and hoppy. The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation, maybe a little oily. Its a decent beer, and tastes like it would be nice on a hot summer day, but its not great. honestly if you miss this one, you wont be missing much.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale golden color with a really slight white head. Some trickling bubbles of carbonation.

S: Fairly faint and generic aroma. Lots of grain and some earthiness. Maybe a trace of grassy hops.

T: Very light and definitely pretty drinkable. A touch of spicy hops followed by a lot of malt and grain flavor with a touch of breadiness. Luckily, the breadiness never overwhelmes the lighter flavors of this beer and it remains easy to drink.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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