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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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3,529 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,529
Reviews: 1,470
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 63
Gots: 226 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Sturmthis, May 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

GFD400, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DMB, May 31, 2013
Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

On tap at The Quentin Tavern, Quentin, PA on 5/25/08.

A - Clear golden/straw body with short white head and plenty of carbonation. Not much head retention or lacing.

S - Very mild aroma with some bready malt and a bit of lemon. Hint of grassy hops and some sweet honey.

T - Bready malt and caramel sweetness with a hint of honey. A slight buttery aspect is also present, but very subdued.

M - Light body with smooth, albeit watery, texture. Moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean finish with a mild bitterness.

D - Classic, no-frills lager that's certainly quaffable. Nothing special, though.

ffejherb, May 29, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Drewvel, Aug 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

TheNightwatchman, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

barnzy78, Dec 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

W0rter, Jul 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mpayne5, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

nasastrums, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jgreenward, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ramblinwreck101, Oct 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

brheuer, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of BeerDocT
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%

Served in an Imperial pint glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Light golden in color; perfect lager color. Lots of CO2 bubbles, but very little head and no lacing to speak of. Just looks like your typical lager.

-Smell 3.25: Nice bouquet. Typical notes of adjuncts (although I think that in lagers, these smells may be linked to the lagering process) and grains. However, the level of this bouquet is deeper than your average macro brew.

-Taste 3.75: Front is light and somewhat dry. Middle is smooth with slight alkaline hoppiness. Finish is where big waves of barley and deeper hop smoothness come in. Aftertaste is of medium length and is somewhat dry, but very refreshing.

-Mouthfeel 3.25: Hits the nail on the head for the style and gets extra points for the dry and smooth finish.

-Overall 3.50: One of the better lagers I have had in a long time. I like lagers but am certainly not enamored with the style. However, this beer is thirst-quenching and a delicious representation of what a lager can be.

BeerDocT, May 08, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Wow...I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one until now! Pours from the stubby bottle a brilliant clear bright sunshine yellow with a pillowy foam of white head. Active carbonation rises up in the glass. Aromas of clean, pale malts paired with a grassy, slightly citric hoppiness. Lemony graininess. Nothing to shout about but nice for the style.

First sip brings a crisp, lemony grainy pale maltiness accentuated by Euro hops (Saaz). Slighty spicy, grassy bitterness on the back of the palate along with a bit of citrus. A clean drinking lager that definetly fits in the summertime. Doesn't do anything to knock my socks off but is still an enjoyable brew.

Crisp mouthfeel is fairly light and refreshing with stable carbonation. This one is an easy drinker that would go down like water at a backyard barbecue. Worth seeking out if you're looking for an easy drinking, tasty lager.

orbitalr0x, Aug 21, 2005
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Served in a weizen glass

A - Light hay amber with 1 finger white head with good lacing and good retention

S - Playdoh, wheat

T - Pretty earthy, herbal and fairly bitter. My palate does not enjoy this composition but I respect it.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Good summer beer, just not for me.

williamjbauer, Sep 18, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Ahhh...Americans sure have it good, being able to buy this brewer's wares pretty much anywhere...

2010 edition, this beer pours a clear medium straw colour, with sparse, but consistent rising effervescence, and one finger of creamy white head, which leaves some thin splotches of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of crisp white grain, and spicy, floral hops. The taste is sweet malt, earthy spice, a bit of warming alcohol, and weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body fairly full, and pretty smooth. It finishes clean, and a little warm.

A decent quaff, but kind of heavy, and not quite as refreshing as one would expect from a Czech Pilsener.

biboergosum, Aug 22, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

A - A big two finger foamy head sits atop a pale gold and perfectly clear brew. The head has pretty good retention, and some sheets of lace wash down the sides of the glass and only a few arcs remain.

S - Lightly spicy gritty grainy notes predominate. Czech pilsener? I can't detect any Saaz or white pepper notes that I'm used to. It really just smells like a weak macro lager ...it even has some corny adjunct-like notes (I'm sure that they don't use adjuncts, but I can smell that sort of funky aroma).

A - Tastes much better than I thought it would based on the nose! Mild grapefruit hop nuances ride on a wave of crackery malt. Reminds me of a fruity Kolsch in a way.

M - Light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D - Great. I could quaff the hell out of this stuff in the summer. I'll celebrate Summerfest (whatever the hell that is...maybe like Festivus) with this brew!

pmcadamis, Jul 11, 2007
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a golden yellow with two fingers of head. Nice retention. Smell is a little musty with good hop aroma. Very light flavor profile; wheat, grains, and a decent hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers for a while. Smooth, clean, and crisp though a little thin and watery.

This is a pretty standard pilsner. Just another light summer offering.

tdm168, Aug 08, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a pale-ass straw with a big, frothy white head. Lacing here and there.

I'm catching a very minor whiff of pale, biscuity malts and not much else.

Biscuity malts and some light hop bitterness make for a decent flavor. Reminds me more of a German pils than a Czech to be honest.

The mouthfeel is nice and crisp with good carbonation.

Drinkability is high. This is a slightly above average, easy to drink pils. Definitely no frills, but solid.

BigJim5021, Aug 29, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a small head that disapates quickly. Appearance is a clear straw color. Not much for aroma except for some light malt. The taste reminds me of a Witbier but more subtle. Nice light mouthfeel for a warm summer evening. A beer to be drunk in large quantities if you want something better than Bud.

morimech, Aug 25, 2007
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Found this hidden in the back end of my Beerfridge...

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow with a little off orange hue, with only a hint of ring around the glass.

Smell: Decent hoppy smell, that must be Saaz, or a close cousin.

Taste: Most definately grassy, with the aftertaste of baby radish shoots, or maybe those wheatgrass shots you can get in those yuppie juice bars. Ok maltyness, aftertaste lasts long, and sticks to your tongue, I like that.

Goldorak, Jan 20, 2005
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

I poured into a pint glass to an inch and a half of white head. The beer is a nice golden color. The smell has that "European" pilsner smell to it. It is grassy and grainy. The taste definately reminds me of Bavarian beer. It is crisp and clean with some grassy flavor. It is an ok beer. It's just not a style that I seek or crave.

buschbeer, Aug 07, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a straw yellow with thick fluffy white head. Good carbonation can be seen in the glass. Good clean crisp hop and malt aroma. Nice crisp malt backbone with a large earthy hop flavor and bitterness. The malt flavor ends and only the bitterness remains in the finish. Good mouthfell and drinkability.

Kromes, May 12, 2009
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,529 ratings.