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

1,512 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 1,512
Hads: 3,889
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 95
Gots: 437 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Reviews: 1,512 | Hads: 3,889
Photo of corby112
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

On draft at The Bishop's Collar. Pours a pale golden yellow that is completely clear with a thin white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. No lacing at all and not very impressive looking at all.

Bland aroma with very faint earthy hops along with a pale malt presence. Hints of yeast, bread, pilsner malt, grass, stra and faint light fruit.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice crisp hop bite up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt body into a slightly dry, refreshing finish. Dry bitter hops up front countered by sweet pale malts and crisp light fruit notes, especially apple and pear. Slight bready yeast with faint grassy straw notes. Very quaffable especially in hot summer weather. (735 characters)

Photo of ski271
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light orange-gold with a small, white, foamy head that hangs around for a little while before diminishing to a thin film. Moderate speckled lacing.

Smell: Floral and herbal with a light soft-pretzel-like bread & yeast to it.

Taste: Malty, bready, floral, and a little musty. Lemon, grape and earth. The finish is short, crisp and dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing but not very interesting. Nothing is really all that special here, which was a big disappointment coming from Sierra Nevada. Not bad, but not worth seeking out. (601 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice light summer time beer. Nothing over the top. Nicely balanced. A clear pale colored beer with a nice creamy head and nice retention and lacing. Faint smell. Be careful not to snort it up your nose trying to smell. Biscuits and earthy, grassy notes. Some floral notes. The taste is pretty average pale ale with a bit more citrus notes than most. Faintly bitter, biscuity and grassy with some earthy notes. Pretty average, but refreshing. light and easy to drink. (466 characters)

Photo of kculrich
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hard pour into a cold pilsener. Clear yellow, maybe a little darker than I expect a pils to be, no head to speak of. No particular smell, really, something sharp, maybe a little hops? Tastes clean and dry but nothing stands out. Over-carbonated to my taste, distractingly so. I don't know, I drank this all last summer and enjoyed the heck out of it but it's not doing anything for me now. I can see myself knocking back a few on a hot afternoon after mowing the lawn, otherwise, meh. (484 characters)

Photo of newk340
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (315 characters)

Photo of GeneralZod
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE
Clear golden color. Held average head retention.

SMELL
Average inviting aroma. Can't quite tell what is it, but it's not bad.

TASTE
Somewhat bitter. Leaves an aftertaste, but not bad.

MOUTHFEEL
Somewhat coarse and carbonated.

DRINKABILITY
It's good beer. I would definitely have another and would not turn one down when offered. (356 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2010 release. Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Deep straw color with a hint of cloudiness. Smaller white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet malt and floral hops, but a weak smell overall.

Taste: Sweet, tea-like flavors giving way to floral hop flavors and hints of herbal bitterness. Fairly light on flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with medium carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but is fairly bland compared to "real" Czech pilsners. I would be willing to have this again, though not if, say, Pilsner Urquell were another option. Good summer refresher, though. (671 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden yellow with a small, fizzy white head that lasts only 30 seconds. No lacing. Aroma is very subtle with hints of corn and a very slight fruitiness. No hop aroma at all. Taste is true to style, but rather lacking. Again, fruitiness noted and grassy herabal hops in the background. Mouthfeel is thin and goes down smooth.Overall, I think Sierra Nevada should stick to top-fermeting ales. A great beer to drink during these hot summer days in SoCal. (470 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light and a hard pour yeilds little head. Nearly yellow in color. Lots of bubbles.

S: Light. Hints of lemon a little yeast... but yes... very light.

T: A little hops. A little citrus. A little yeast. Certainly not heavy on flavors but theres something there.

M: Average indeed.

Slightly above average. An easy drinker that has some amount of flavor to it but nothing to write home about. (401 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Appearance
Pale straw color with 2 fingers of white, fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Lemongrass, Pilsner malt and bubblegum.

Taste
Follows the nose. Pilsner malts and caramel covered grains. Lemongrass and bubblegum.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp and clean.

Overall
Nothing special to speak about. A sub-par Czech Pils. (419 characters)

Photo of albern
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a rather average pilsner, and I was expecting a tad better. The beer pours a very pale yellow with a decent white head that doesn't last that long. Some retention though. The smell is Saaz hops, corn husk, maybe some cooked veggies, very pilsner-esque. The taste is light, moderate to low carbonation, very crisp, peppery, a tad bit of tangyness, some lemon hints as well. The peppery tang is a bit of a turn off and lasts too far into the finish. The beer is light, refreshing, uncomplicated, and altogether pretty average. (532 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at manny browns in philly

Pours a clear golden yellow with a layer of white head, fades into some filmy retention and patchy lacing.

Scents of bready lacing and butter with lemon peel and citrus. Fairly bland overall.

Some floral hops with citrus juice. Grapefruit and orange with rind and pith. Biscuit and bready malt with some faint hints of caramel and honey. Finishes with honey and sweet hops.

Medium body, higher carbonation, easy on the tongue. Drinks okay, but pretty boring flavor and forgettable overall. (527 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy corn-yellow body with a small white, pillow-like, head.

S: A sweet and delicate nose with nothing too complex, but an aroma of sweet pale malts, grains, & yeast. No real hops to speak of.

T: A simple flavor of sweet malts, grains, cracker-like yeast, maybe a hint of hops, and finishes dry. Nothing too impressive.

M: A light body with medium-light carbonation. Light and refreshing.

D: I didn't think this was all that amazing. Great for the summer time and one could definitely drink a lot of these. However, it just seems like an amp up version of a BMC. (585 characters)

Photo of masonacoats
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if I got a bad bottle. Some skunkiness detected.

A: Beautiful golden color with good retention and carbonation

S: Skunky, grainy, and piney

T: Follows the nose but the skunkiness is more prevalent. A little more hop flavor than the nose leads to believe.

M: Nice medium body with good carbonation. (310 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Summerfest pours a pale, clear straw color with about a finger of white head. Lacing and retention are okay. Lots of carbonation is present.

Smell: Pale and biscuity malts are prevalent. Light citrus, and noble hop character as well.

Taste: Pale and biscuity malts, a bit of nuttiness, citrus, and light hops round it out.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied but pretty smooth drinking. High carbonation, but not too high. Overall a drinkable, non-offensive pilsner, but nothing outstanding. (502 characters)

Photo of MillRat
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a pretty standard pils, clear straw yellow with an active carbonation that is hard pressed to maintain any sort of head. First whiff says american macro-lager, but then a hoppy aroma lingers that sets it apart from that ilk. It lacks, though, the decoction-built malt body that would put in the same league as the czech lagers. This is a solid effort, and certainly worthy of lawnmower-class refreshment. This is what the big three (or is it two, now?) would be making if they had respect for their customers. If one of the big US macros had brewed this, I'd be quite pleased at their progress, but that's the glory of low expectations. I had higher hopes for SN. (674 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is served in a stange. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Carbonation is moderate and made up of medium bubbles. Forms a white broken head that clings to the glass interface but doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

There is nearly no aroma, slight grainy smell. Faint. I know aroma is not a big part of this beer but its not appetizing.

Beer has a grainy taste to it but it finishes nicely. Overall just a plain, blank slate, almost a palate cleanser. There is nothing special or interesting about this beer. Its bland. Easy to drink though. (564 characters)

Photo of bigjohn
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden yellow color, with a thick white head. Smell is faintly hoppy, with a grainy undertone. For me, the taste was dominated by the grainy flavor. The mouthfeel was fine, but nothing spectacular. I could drink these all day, and it is certainly a fine summer brew. However, all in all I would say it is a disappointment, I just expected something more complex and exotic. Reminds me too much of Pilsner Urquell. (432 characters)

Photo of
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle. Poured a clear straw yellow with a medium size white head. Aroma was hoppy and of the grass variety. Malt was AWOL, but a tiny bit showed up as the beer warmed. Flavor was mainly hops - citrus. Some malt contribution as sweetness in the middle. Aftertaste was a little unpleasant, but only started to show about 1/2 way through the beer. Body was light, with medium carbonation and slightly drying. A hoppy pilsener, refreshing and a good summer beer. Only complaint is the aftertaste, because of which I wouldn't drink this again. (545 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a clear light amber with a small white head that has good lacing and retention. The aroma is biscuit, bread, a light mineral note, some grassy hops, and a bit of earthiness. The initial taste has a light sweetness. It is bready with earthy notes as well as some light floral hops. The finish is a bit doughy, but clean and dry. Light bodied. Medium-high carbonation. (380 characters)

Photo of JerseyPaul
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, straw yellow color with good carbonation; small white head dissipates quickly, leaving barely any lacing

Smell: Faint aroma that yields light, sweet malt & grain notes

Taste: Lightly sweet malt body that gives way to slightly bitter hops; smooth, dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light body; good carbonation; clean, crisp finish

Drinkability: Low ABV & light body make this a good choice for a session beer

Overall, Summerfest is an average, but not exceptional, pilsener. It goes down easily, with a dry, crisp finish. As the name suggests, this is a good choice for the summer, but there are better alternatives out there, as this is slightly better than average. (687 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice looking decorative label - the beer itself is kind of uninteresting. Pale yellow color with active white foam that dies down quickly and leaves no evidence.

Smell is unimpressive - just a smell of beer, really. Maybe some citrus buried below, but not much.

Taste is very clean. There's a hop about 1/3 of the way through that lingers - maybe even a tad too long. Definitely like a pilsener. Not your typically "summer" brew.

Its clean, its drinkable, its from a well reknowned brewery. Its just not great. (558 characters)

Photo of codynevels
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased May 12, 2011
Consumed May 12, 2011

Bottled poured into a SA Perfect Pint

This beer poured clear yellow and fizzy. Tiny carbonation bubbles float up to a foamy white head that dissipates into a very thin layer coating the beer that doesn’t stick around for the duration. Smell is dominated by bready biscuit malts with a small amount of citrus, mainly lemon, and some earthy bitter hops. The taste is similar, malty, with some bitter hops, more than the smell. Taste also has a slight citrus characteristic. This beer is light bodied, dry, and refreshing. It doesn't coat your mouth.

Overall this beer is nice and refreshing, however I personally enjoy a little bit more bitter hop characteristic in a Pilsner than this has to offer, but I after buying a six-pack I wont be disappointed to have this again on a hot summer day. (840 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This might be a "Good in the right time and moment beer." Pours very pale with a fuzzy head on top. Nose is all bu non-existent. Flavor is more of the same. Malts are there at first, but vanaish quickly and are replaced with a slight hop bite. But not much a mutuality between the two in this beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Also, very drinkable because there is not much "Bam" to the taste buds. Just smooth drinking. (427 characters)

Photo of mwa423
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a ton of head once it hits the glass. I was surprised at how much head immediately filled the glass and how long it took to die down. However, it did leave an impressive lacing.

S - Light grainy malts make up most of the aroma with a slight bit of hops. Very similar to the better macro lagers or craft pilsners.

T - Taste is very grainy with maltiness, a tasteable amount of hops but that's about it and some citrus notes. While this is a good example of a Czech Pilsener, it's on par with a beer like Miller Lite or many other macro lagers that reviewers slam. Simply, this beer is on par with those.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good and thick but is easily swallowed (making this a great lawnmower beer) and very drinkable. However, unless you're trying to make a statement unless a far less expensive macro, I would just purchase those instead of this. (886 characters)

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,512 ratings.