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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

3,500 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,500
Reviews: 1,469
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 209 | 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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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

A- Super pale yellow with a perfectly white head. Lots of lacing is not hard to achieve with this beer. It throws sheets and sheets that cover the whole glass. Lots and lots of bubbles rising to the top, spawned by the laser etching in the Perfect Pint.

S- Mild nose. Lots of spicy hops. Plenty of lemon, fresh cut grass, wet dog and some cracker like malts. Lots of that classic Saaz stuff.

T- Loads of hops for a pils. They start out lemony, zesty and sweet. By the end they become piney and just bitter enough to give this a really nice bite. The only downside is that from time to time the finish becomes quite medicinal.

M- Light and sharply carbonated. Its just a totally clean feeling beer. Its somewhat dry but there are many pilsners out there that are much more dry. I think in this case this is a good thing. It helps this beer quench your thrist better.

D- Super easy to drink. I have some yard work to do so over the course of the day I dont think I will have any problem finishing the 6 of them.

05-29-2010 17:54:47 | More by MbpBugeye
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DuqTroops

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance - yellowish in color, little head. in fact, when it was brought to my table, the head was gone.

Smell - typical pilsner. little smell to it.

Taste - bittersweet aftertaste, not much to it.

Mouthfeel - easy to drink, little to no carbonation.

Drinkability - very easy to drink.

Not much to this beer. Typical pilsner with not overwhelming qualities.

07-02-2006 17:29:14 | More by DuqTroops
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LeftyBWS

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Bright yellow colored beer with an ample white head on top, foamy but thick and with good long retention.
S: Wheaty, grassy, lemony, strawy; typical summer beer scents, with a crisp lagery tinge to it.
T: Wheaty and strawy with some grainy malts; again, typical summery flavors, but a little bit strained and dirty.
M: Alright, but not quite as refreshing/bubbly as other similar beers.
D: Fine, enjoyable and drinkable.

05-27-2008 02:16:01 | More by LeftyBWS
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance
Clear, sparkling golden yellow
Smell
A bit of hops to the nose, slight honey sweet scents, minor malt
Taste
Light hops and of course that pilsner presence, clean finishing
Overall
Definitely a good beer, a nice change as well from the IPAs, torpedos, bigfoot, and celebration ales. Good for the summer, light and clean. I don’t always thirst for a pilsner, but when I do this is a favorable choice.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

02-03-2014 17:45:41 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -3.3%

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Bright golden colored with a large loose white head that dissipates leaving good lacing, clear

S: grass, slight grain, lemon

T: sweet and light malt up front, lemon peel, finish turned to dry lemon pine hops

M: light with medium carbonation, could use more fizz

O: crisp lager with a good bitter hop ending

09-10-2013 00:13:46 | More by M_C_Hampton
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TheMarkE

California

3.54/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance: Clear gold with decent head and good lacing.

Smell: Pale grains, a hint of lemon and floral hops.

Taste: Pale grains, lemon, floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing. Very slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. As advertised, it is a crisp summer lager, but there's not much more to it than that. It does have the signature Sierra Nevada quality, but lacks the great flavor of many of their brews. In this one case I prefer winter over summer- their Celebration IPA is worth waiting for every winter.

06-20-2013 23:11:03 | More by TheMarkE
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SetarconeX

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -3%

A nice golden color, with a heafty head on top of it. A bit of malt on the nose, and a fairly large amount of skunk. Suspect my pack was abused in some way before I got around to buying it.

A pretty decent lager, tastewise, not too heavy on the malts, and with a decent, but not overwhelming amount of hops. A tad astringent on the mouthfeel, but not enough to keep it from being quite drinkable. Not astonishing, but a solid, drinkable, uncomplicated lager. Worth a try.

08-17-2006 00:21:51 | More by SetarconeX
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3%

Pours a clear, golden yellow color with a frothy white head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is pale malts and a graininess with a hint of spices. Taste is a grainy malt flavor with a hint of fruity esters, and a clean dry finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth and drinkability is high.

05-20-2005 03:56:57 | More by silver0rlead
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3%

A - a bright yellow/straw color with a small white head that fades quickly

S - Dough and wet-grass

T - Toast and dough. Clean and crisp, but the after taste hangs for quite a while in the back of the throat

M - Crisp and medium bodied

D - Nicely refreshing

06-11-2009 01:44:30 | More by drcarver
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -3%

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with half a finger thick head, white in color. Quickly settles to thin lacing around the edge of the glass that is semi-sticky. The body is crystal clear with active upward carbonation. Gold in color.
S) Dry grainy aroma with the earthy pungency often found in a pilsener. Subtle hints of fruit - lemon and grapefruit.
T) Slowly moves from beginning to end and brings some complexity to the palate. Malty upfront with underlying nutty tones. Then moves to a more pronounce nuttiness with some dry grain. Then the sweet and nutty flavors fall out and leave a dry taste to finish and linger in the aftertaste along with hints of citrus sour. With time the malt hangs on the palate a bit longer.
M) Fizzy yet creamy. Light body. Dry at times.
D) A new brew for a warm day. I'd have another ... as long as the weather cooperates.

04-30-2010 21:27:04 | More by u2carew
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -3%

presentation: 12oz. bottle with the typical sierra nevada graphics. light yellow, cream and silver printed label. "bottom fermented" is printed on label. sierra nevada's interpretation of their summerfest is on the top of the bottle along with the year "2005". abv is displayed at 5.0.

appearance: pours pale gold with yellow highlights in a pint glass. quarter inch head disapated to almost nothing quite quickly. bubbles rapidly float to the top keeping some remnance of a head.

smell: wheat and light hops. smells a lot like a cheap american lager.

taste: floral, hoppy and bitter. some grassy wheat, grain flavors with not enough sweet in the finish. a little dry and lightly lemony sour. no real noticible alcohol.

mouthfeel: not the bite you expect in a lager, but very smooth for a lager. thin as expected. not too bad.

drinkability: drinkable and fairly thirst quenching. a good summer session brew.

overall: i served this refrigerator cold, but liked it much more by the end. this is a lager, right? this does aid in the summer drinkability, however. not terrible, but not the best either.

07-30-2005 17:55:25 | More by Px2GrafX
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -3%

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation, tow finger light fluffy head.

S-Bread/straw malts, some lemon not much else.

T-Sweet bread notes with lemon and grass sneaking in as well, no bitterness whatsoever.

M-Light in body, well carbonated.

O-A decent summer beer but at the end of the day boring.

06-12-2012 02:56:48 | More by rlee1390
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BBM

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

California

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

08-31-2007 00:59:22 | More by Nesued
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randeezy74

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -3%

08-09-2013 05:30:04 | More by randeezy74
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

09-20-2012 08:27:11 | More by Vigilante
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,500 ratings.