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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

3,387 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,387
Reviews: 1,459
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 60
Gots: 174 | 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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BBM

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very light, sessionable summer lager that isn't overly complex, but doesn't have to be. There is a pleasant balance of grassy hops and a grain malt profile. Summerfest is they type of beer you don't really need to over analyze, but rather just drink and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 22:28:47 | More by BBM
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cjnuxoll

California

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

here's a strong, flavorful lager that makes me forget how much i really don't like everyone else's favorite pale ale. summerfest reduces the bitterness of SNPA and adds the wheaty flavor that should be common to a lager. i know i'm comparing a pale ale to a lager, but i'm just qualifying my preferences so you know where i am coming from in my beer tastes in this review.

it's lightly carbonated and full bodied. the alcohol content is slightly higher than that of a normal lager, so you know from the stronger flavor you're getting a micro brew from a company that is quickly becoming one of the largest distributors in the country. it's not a sell-out beer - it still has the uniqueness that tells you it's a sierra nevada without overwhelming or offending. just a solid contribution to give you some additional options at the beer store.

[edit] had a few more since the review. It's growing on me. The Summerfest is pretty good; but I've found, that like a fine wine, you need to let it "breathe," so the yeast oxigenates and mixes. It's lightly carbonated, but as the yeast dissolves when opened, it maintains the bubblieness and stays sharp.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:19:09 | More by cjnuxoll
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head. Steady streams of tiny bubbles rise to the top.

The smell is of grassy, grainy notes. Mild. Clean.

The taste is of sweet grain balanced by grassy notes. Semi-dry finish.

Smooth, crisp and clean with a light, but not too thin, body.

A decent summertime pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 15:46:18 | More by jwc215
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samie85

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden with a 1.5 finger creamy white head that slowly dissipates. No lacing to speak of.

S-Musky, spicy hops with some light malt notes.

T-Spicy, slightly bitter hops upfront that fade quickly into malty, light, dry finish.

M-A little thin bodied, with medium , prickly carbonation that's bordering on heavy level.

D-I've had better Czech Pilsener's but this is a very solid effort and I surely won't mind finishing off the six pack in the coming weeks.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 03:10:36 | More by samie85
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Enola

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is typical for the style. Yellow, fizzy and generally bland. but when reveiwed within the style it is a little above the norm. The taste is little smoother than is typical. It doesn't seem to have the harshness that is so typical. This would be a very easy drinking brew for those hot summer days. I would take one of these over mass produced beer any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 03:12:32 | More by Enola
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Twerknasty

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours morning after color, foamy egg white head with decent bubbles. Smells very fresh, lively, and malt dominated. On the very background, a subtlety of hops arise. To start off, a very RS dominated palate, that subsides everything. Only a slight bit of grass taste, followed completely by sweet malts pertaining to cheerio/honey flavors. Refreshing, and a good pool-side brew is the best way to look at it.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 04:07:38 | More by Twerknasty
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours straw color with a huge white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of hay, herbal hops and some malt. Light, crisp body. Floral hops dominate the flavor with malt provide good balance. Long, hoppy finish. Nice summer session brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 22:24:31 | More by mikeg67
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maddogruss

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a clear, golden body with a silky, white head with good retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A sweet, grassy smell with some sweet, honey and some other bittersweet undertones.

T: A light, slightly sweet, honey taste. The taste is somewhat faint and just enough to sit on your tongue. Slight earthiness in the aftertaste, but nothing too overbearing.

M: A light, crisp moouthfeel that was nice and refreshing.

D: Nice combination of mouthfeel and taste made this beer a fairly drinkable one. Definitely a nice summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 23:59:30 | More by maddogruss
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BricksandPorter

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured one 12oz into an American Pint.

Pour - golden straw with a light yellow, almost pastel hue and crystal clear. Thick, rocky, bone white, one finger head with small and medium bubbles that creates a soapy effect. Lacing was splotchy and turned to a scum-like film after a few minutes. Carb looks good - not too much.

Nose - sweet, almost berry out in front. No hops, but a good combination of corn and malt. Gave a hint of mineral or metallic water. I find this happens with SNBC - not that i mind it, its just distinct.

Taste - a delicate, but distinctive pils feel. Not overwhelming but different in character. Hops are up front and meld well with the dextrin and the munich, and i like the combination of perle and saaz. Notes of banana and a finish that is slightly earthy. Nothing very overpowering here. This is a well balanced and crisp tasting lager.

Mouthfeel - medium-full body with nothing jumping out to define the character. I like the balance in the taste, but the carb might make it too biting in that respect. The bittering makes this enjoyable but overall, its a nice average pils lager.

Drinkability - Defenitely a summer session beer to be paired with light seafood or salad. Better for the end of the day beer drink than the "just got done mowing the lawn" beer in the early afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 18:29:41 | More by BricksandPorter
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Nesued

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was starting to get to the end of the summer and I hadn't tried this offering yet. Figured I'd pick up two six-packs to try it out.

Appearance - Clear, light straw color. An ample amount of carbonation keeps feeding a lively head. A bit of a head formed upon pour and a ring remained. Inviting presentation.

Smell - Yeasty and malty aroma. A bit of a flowerly aroma as well.

Taste - Crisp and tart initial presentation. A very nice residual hoppy bite. The middle seems to lend itself to a bit of a lemon dense body.

Mouthfeel - Suprisingly dense for a pilsner. I was suprised at the body of this one. There is a good amount of presense that continues to remain and transported by the carbonation.

Drinkability - This is well made and a good summer beer to down during the "dog days". I could very much keep this in my "beer fridge" during the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 00:59:22 | More by Nesued
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an American pint glass, very yellow/gold, with good carbonation, but a thin white head and no lacing. The smell was lackluster, with just a subtle hint of lemon, and some herbal/grassy notes. The taste was the same, with a slightly more pronounced herbal presence rather than citrus. The mouthfeel was a pleasantly thin, carbonated brew; certainly refreshing for a 'lawnmower' beer, and definitely sessionable. However, it does need some more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 19:13:30 | More by donniecuffs
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Vigilante

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Czech Pilsner glass.

A: Light yellow color with one finger of head that fades quickly leaving light lacing. A ton of carbonation.

S: Pale malt, pepper, and hops.

T: Pale malt, hops, grapefruit with a citrus aftertaste. Taste of grapefruit lingers afterwards.

M: Light body mouthfeel which transforms with the bite of the hops. Semi-dry finish.

O: Overall this is a very enjoyable and easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 08:27:11 | More by Vigilante
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from last summer, out of the Backloghemoth.

A - It pours a somewhat drab straw hue with tinges of caramel, and it is capped with a moderately sized and polite looking white cap. I am surprised that this beer does not have more radiance and eminence, SN usually crushes it on appearance.

S - The nose is equal parts mineral-y pale malt and flowery, lemon-y hop notes. The hop bouquet is a bit perfume-y for me, but it is not very assertive, so it is a minor quibble.

T - The taste is just about in-line with the nose. There is not very much depth of flavor, just vague pale malt and faint flowery/lemon-herbal hops. Some honey sweetness becomes apparent as I start taking larger sips of the brew. There are no off-flavors or aromas here; even if it is not terribly exciting, it is tremendously solid.

M - Feels good man.

O - I can't really knock this brew for any specific element, because it is pretty good. That said, I am not crazy about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 21:02:39 | More by ktrillionaire
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Redrover

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle. Nice label!

Beer pours a light golden yellow. Large initial head which quickly settles down. Small amount stays through out. Nice lacing

Beer has the signature Sierra smell which is wonderful. You also pick-up some malt and a hint of fruit.

Taste is very solid. Nice balance of hops and malts with the malt sweetness taking a slight position in the forefront. Very crisp taste which does fade a bit as the beer warms. More alcohol comes through then too, which is the only realy fault with the beer.

Beer is very easy to drink and it is smooth. Not sure why this one is a summer beer. Seems to me like it a would be a good everyday of the year type beer, but nothing in the taste screams out summer to me.

Another very good beer from a very competent brewery!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 17:10:39 | More by Redrover
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AmishT

Alabama

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brilliant golden-yellow with a nice white head that doesn't retain for very long. Some nice champagne-like bubbles rise to the surface.

S - Bold, bready, malty sweetness is the most prevalent aroma, with some faint spicy hops in the background. A very pleasant and inviting character one, which is good because this is a Summer Seasonal. Interesting nose, for sure. I was expecting a stronger hop character.

T - Well the flavors aren't nearly as bold as the aromas; not very complex either. Right off the bat, a feeble balanced malt and hoppy flavor is overwhelmed by the strong carbonation of the brew. Some lemon flavor is present. A nice earthy hop finish is present, but I would definitely enjoy stronger hop flavors.

M - As mentioned before, very strong carbonation. Light-medium bodied. Not watery, but not much flavor. Pretty smooth. Some dry earthy hop flavor coats the palate after swallowing.

D - While it isn't the most flavorful beer, the light body and nice earthy hop finish bolster its drinkability. Definitely a crisp and refreshing summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 20:36:38 | More by AmishT
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very refreshing beer. Light on the palate, clean finish, no bad aftertaste. This could easily be used as a crossover beer. It had a solid malty backbone, but still had an ever so slight tinge of the hops. I could seriously sip a few of these after a hard days work outside, which is something I'll be doing plenty of this summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 02:28:57 | More by JISurfer
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Durge

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light yellow golden brew with a nice head and well laced. Smells crisp and bready with an apple highlight. An interesting blend of creaminess and more peppery tones. There is a wheat taste that becomes more evident as you go, and it is very smooth with a fine carbonation. Pretty drinkable stuff, should be a popular choice for those looking for a pleasant summer time refreshment. I would drink it again for sure even though this is not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 07:01:01 | More by Durge
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of overdosed on IPAs this year, so I've been enjoying some lagers of late.

Crystal clear bright yellow with a rock foam head that subsides relative quickly. Lacing is decent.

Hint of bitter hop aroma on the nose. Maybe some bready notes if I concentrate real hard.

Bitter hops come through, with some lingering grassy notes. Little bit of biscuity malt flavors in there as well. A bit of a borderline sour/bitter aftertaste in this beer. Flavor hops kind of poke their head out, but then recede just as quickly.

Mouthfeel is OK. Might be a hair undercarbonated. Light and crisp.

Overall I can't say I'm that impressed. I've had other 5% ABV pilseners that blow this one out of the water. Might even be too bitter/sour for non-craft drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 05:04:29 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice crisp, clear-golden color, looks very refreshing. Theres a big white head on top, with lots of lacing down the sides. Also present are lots of little bubbles rising to the top. This is a very crisp tasting lager, with a nice bitter hop character present as well. Not the best beer in the world, but damn fine for a nice hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 20:26:24 | More by Tballz420
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mithrascruor

California

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, pale gold color. White frothy head is fairly small and dissipates rather rapidly, leaving a thin lacing.

Smell: Aroma is hardly noticable, but when you can get a whiff it's mostly light grains and mild florals. Nice, but not complex and not strong enough.

Taste: Very clean and crisp. Hops with a bit of lemon flavor, together with some grains towards the aftertaste. Overall a very mild flavor and maybe a tad bit too sweet, but pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but still with a good bit of substance. Mild carbonation that gives a nice tingle as well.

Dinkability: Certainly very drinkable -- moderate ABV, together with the nice taste (although mild) makes it possible to have more than a few...

Overall it's a nice American-brewed pilsner that's commonly available (when in season). There's nothing spectacular here (it's hardly my favorite Sierra Nevada beer), but it's certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 03:51:56 | More by mithrascruor
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amstelcat

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently on special for $5.99 for a twelve! Color is a yellow gold with a thin white head dissipating fairly quickly. Not much character on the nose but some hints of lemon stand out more than anything else. Some sour apple and honey flavors are noticed as I drink it down with a mellow but crisp mouthfeel.

Overall a very drinkable beer if you aren't looking to challenge your tastebuds and just want some cool refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 15:55:10 | More by amstelcat
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nota

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color filled my glass. Nice white frothy head that dissipates into lacing. Good hop presence, grain, grass taste. Dry bitter finish. Soft carbonation, medium body. I wish I would of bought more than one. Easy drinking without sacrificing flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 02:57:54 | More by nota
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Pours a beautiful clear pale yellow, with an initially good sized creamy head that is too brief and doesn't leave behind much lacing. The smell is largely of bready malts, with a hint of spiciness from the Saaz in the background. Summerfest tries to walk the line between lightly hopped and under hopped, and just misses the mark for me. The nose hinted at it, but a few sips confirm that this beer is a little bit lacking in the hops department. Yes it's supposed to be subtle and an easy drinking summer brew, but I'm not asking for a hop bomb here, I'm just asking that I not have to strain to notice the spicey Saaz flavor. It's a shame too, because this beer is incredibly drinkable, not too carbonated and not too heavy, I found it disappearing from my glass rather quickly. If Summerfest had a little more hop presence it might be one of my go to summer beers, but I doubt I'll be revisiting it again as is.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 00:55:36 | More by axeman9182
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very refreshing summer beer with a little more flavor than its peers. pours a see through blonde color with a very prominent thick foaming white head into a pilsner glass. smells like a traditional pils, bready malts and balanced earthy hops. this one has a little bit of fruit in the nose and in the taste too, but without being sweet or even distracting. its almost like lemongrass in it, but its not quite strong enough to place exactly. love the malt profile on this one, its got plenty of flavor, some zest, and gives a medium body to an otherwise very light beer. great carbonation makes it down easy. a great summer session beer for those who need a bit more happening.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 18:14:26 | More by StonedTrippin
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada's Summerfest is a Czech Pilsener-Style Summer Seasonal Lager. It has been Sierra Nevada's Summer seasonal for many years. According to the label: "Summerfest is a Pilsner-style lager brewed for enjoyment on warm summer days - featuring a slight malt sweetness, delicate spicy and floral hop flavor, and a crisp, refreshing taste."

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Served at 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Beer pours a frothy white head that thickens as it recedes gradually. Body color is a pale yellow with a very slight haze. Carbonation is light but spritely. Overall a nice appearance for the style. 3.5

(Smell) A 50/50 blends of Pilsener pale malts and a mild, grassy and floral hop. Yeast tones are slight, with some cracker and a clean, crisp aroma. Other sweetness may come from a hint of honey or honey malt which adds a slight depth of flavor to this beer. Potency is medium. Mild but approachable aroma overall. 4

(Taste) Flavor starts up with a crisp mild malty profile first with a lasting sweet mild dry cracker and honey finish paired with a bit of hop resin. Balance is nearly there, although the beer is a touch sweeter than the average Pilsener. It lacks potential hop flavor and bitterness. Largely enjoyable but there's some minor tweaks to be made to the flavor profile to optimize the potential this beer has. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Sweet, slick texture with a bit of froth. It perhaps could benefit from a more pronounced crispness throughout. Body is light and alcohol presence is mild. 3

(Overall) I enjoyed this beer although I found some criticisms that differentiate it from the average pilsener, most notably the sweet profile with a dry honey cracker flavor and a smooth, slick texture that doesn't excite the flavor much. In this regard, this may be a beer worth trying due to some original flavors. 3.5

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Summerfest Crisp Summer Lager
3.55/5.00

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 21:35:32 | More by Jadjunk
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,387 ratings.