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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

3,360 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,360
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 58
Gots: 165 | 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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generalnotsew

Tennessee

4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very pale straw yellow. Typical Adjunct Lager look but it did yield quite a nice head. Follows the style just a little too closely to the big boys.

S: Crisp, light refreshing sweet cereal malts. I also get a bit of fruitiness. Would give higher if the smell was a bit more potent but still very good.

T: Mmmmm. Tastes a lot different from what I remember last year. Actually a bit hoppy and tart with the sweetness from the cereal and corn backing it up. I never thought I would give a lager a 5 but this is pretty damn tasty. I am really starting to enjoy the style more these days. It is actually exploding with flavor. Taste buds are being pulled in all different directions.

M: Love the way it feels in my mouth. So cool and crisp and very well carbonated.

D: This is the kind of beer that has dangerous levels of drinkability. So what you will about lagers they will always be the easiest for me to get down.

I am quite impressed with this. Wasn't expecting much but damn! I really, really like this beer. Wish more BMC peeps would give this a try and see what they are missing in a good beer. Highly recommended!

Note: This is 2010 version.

Revisited nearly a year to date after my first. Review 2011.

Got a good 2 finger head on the poor but sadly it disappeared within minutes. It does have some tight lacing and body is a remarkable golden yellow. Sweet sticky grassy hops on the nose with a nice clean malty snap. Taste is a kind of tart with underlined sweetness with a slight spicy hop kick. The slightly bitter aftertaste carries over quite nicely. Mouthfeel is spot on. Nice subtle carbonation and not overbearing. Only downside is the tartness can be a little puckering. Overall this is a damn tasty Lager and I am starting to enjoy lager flavors more and more since I stopped drinking them when I got into craft beer. I would like to see more brewers make a good lager like Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada can.

A: 4 S: 4 T: 4.5 M: 4 O: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 03:46:11 | More by generalnotsew
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mzwolinski

California

4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear and golden in appearance, with a very thin head. The aroma is led by a lovely graininess, and a clean, lager-like hoppiness. Deliciously tasty, too. A bit spicy, with a lightly bready malt body, a husky grain flavor mid-palate, and a snappy, floral/lemon peel hop finish. Light and crisp in body and eminently drinkable. Good stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2003 05:18:07 | More by mzwolinski
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MNJR

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I read the label on the bottle twice and read the entire packaging very carefully before buying this, so I wouldn't get another flavored "summer" beer as in Anchor, or a summer wheat (like an Oberon - not a style I care for). Thankfully, this is just a great, simple beer that is what a "summer" beer should be - refreshing, thirst quenching, not too strong or full-bodied, and goes down easy. I should note that I had the 2008. I was surprised to see reviews going back to '06 - I'd never found this in Chicago before today.

Nice golden color, very light aromas of a vaguely malty honey, and light orange citrus. But, what you taste is just damn good beer. Hops arrive on the tongue after the swallow with no bitterness, but the classic lager malt flavor is not compromised. Very clean and nearly "light," except for the more medium body, and fine, smooth carbonation. The head remained 1/2" high down to the bottom of the glass. Truly enjoyable, and ridiculously drinkable. Seems like the perfect beer for seafood in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 23:04:37 | More by MNJR
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katjoeus

Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am from Germany, and I love German beers - this one for me is probably the closest US-brewed beer I have found to a good Bavarian beer. I love it, just wish they'd switch from those tiny bottles to regular 0.5l ones!!! Too bad it's neither easy to find here in MD nor particularly cheap, but I guess you get what you pay for :-)

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 20:19:30 | More by katjoeus
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avylover

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great summer offering. It is refreshing, light, and has great subdued taste. Pick this one up

Pours a very clear yellow, with a tinge of orange. Aroma hits you with some grainyness, and a subtle scent of citrous hops. Taste is clean and refreshing. There is a good laid back maltiness, much like a budweiser, but a slight dose of flavoring hops spices this up a bit. Fruity, yet still very light. this is not cascade crazy like many SN products. Just hopped well enough to balance and add some taste to a clean lager. Clean mouthfeel, good dry finish, with a refeshing aftertaste. This is a great lighter offering - the perfect summer - or session - brew

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 01:55:38 | More by avylover
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beergod82

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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Massachusetts

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,360 ratings.