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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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3,577 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,577
Reviews: 1,474
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 245 | 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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Photo of williamjbauer
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of pmcadamis
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of BigJim5021
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Goldorak
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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
Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Kromes
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a sixteen ounce glass of this beer at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I am surprised to learn that this is a czech style pilsner and am weary of anyone outside of pilsen attempting this style. In general I liked it a lot. Very light and refreshing. A little cloudy in color with a great smell. Very good summer beer but not my favorite. I generally like german pilsners better.

david18, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Macca
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear bright straw colour with a fluffy white head.

Sweet malt is the first thing that hits me on the aroma. Then some spicy hops.

A bit underwhelmed by the flavour. Crisp and easy drinking but not a lot going on. I suspect that freshness might be a factor.

Light bodied.

I would like to try this brewery fresh. Think it might be a bit delicate to handle the trans Pacific voyage.

Macca, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of charlzm
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed May 8th, 2010.

Pours a fairly pale golden hue. Plentiful carbonation continuously replenishes a one-finger white head.

Aroma is lightly grainy in a way that will be familiar to anyone who has ever had a macrobrewed pilsener.

Flavor is lightly malty and a touch husky with a clean, mildly bitter hop bite on the finish. Easy to drink but flavors are not especially vibrant or well-defined.

Carbonation keeps things moving along on the palate with a touch of dryness, but mouthfeel is not particularly notable.

Not a terribly exciting beer by any stretch, though not flawed in any way. Still trying to figure out why this is the style target of hundreds upon hundreds of breweries...

charlzm, May 15, 2010
Photo of hojuwestlake
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is light golden with not to much head. Sweet fruity smell maybe a little honey.

Very crisp almost over carbonated but refreshing. Light malty taste a little sweet with a light hops finish.

A good beer for the summer, would be great after a long hot day working in the yard.

hojuwestlake, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent pils for a summer afternoon. Pours clear and very light pale yellow with a fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing. Grainy aroma, some grassy, vaguely floral hops, a bit bready but not all that complex.

Taste follows the nose; it’s simple and seems almost underhopped for the style; a bit bland; some grassiness but feels like it needs a sharper hop definition and bite. Light breadiness; some floral and citrus, again plainer and less interesting than I’d like. Body was light and carbonation medium; I feel like this might be one of those beers I’d like more from a bottle than on-tap, as it felt smoother and less bubbly than I’d like for the style, taking away from the crispness and refreshing aspect of the beer.

tobelerone, May 21, 2012
Photo of DeepSix
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost 2 bottles into a 23oz mug club mug...what? I barely can find a use for it. Not a huge head here, a little bit more darker then I'm used to for this style. Don't get me wrong, its light, but a bit more amber and less clear yellow.

Not much smell here, for me. Light grass notes, but no floral hop notes that IS tasted. Some lemon there too.

A crisp semi-sweet malt taste, hit midway through a hop presence that makes itself known.

The light body you'd expect, along with some fairly moderate amount of carbonation.

This a pretty drinkable summer beer. Not really the best czech I've had but I looked on the bottle, it doesn't really have that word anyway, just "lager", so ya know why not give em a break. Not quite low enough ABV for session but close em to drink a bunch of em on a hot day.

DeepSix, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of GRPunk
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Somewhat clear straw-yellow with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. It had medium carbonation and a light lace.

S- Very subtle scent. A balance of fruity malts and floral hops. What aroma was there was true to style, but again it was somewhat faint.

T- While balanced, I found slightly more fruity malts than citrus hops with a clean finish. I was expecting a little more hop flavor from a Bohemian Pilsener.

M- Quite smooth with medium carbonation.

D- This was very drinkable and a nice light, summer beer.

Overall- It was a decent summer brew. It was lighter than many of the typical Craft Lagers, but a good alternative to the usual suspects from the macros. I'd drink it again, but it isn't something I'm going to seek out.

GRPunk, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a nice off white head. Lace is nice all the way to the bottom of the glass. Smell is abundantly hoppy and very pleasant. Mouthfeel is excellent with carbonation. One of the better of the brews by Sierra. Definitely will buy as long as in season, a good beer.

abcsofbeer, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a Brown Bear Brown pint glass.

A - pours brilliant yellow, very clear, with one finger of head. Looks refreshing.

S - I smell what I believe to be DMS, no appreciable hop aroma.

T - Nice pale malty flavor, mild hop bitterness

M - crisp, lightly carbonated

D - a very solid, refreshing beer. Perfect for a summer day.

FickleBeast, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden clear color with a nice little head that didn't hang around very long; no lacing

Smell: Grassy and herbaceous with a bit of lemon peel

Taste: Clean malty, somewhat floral backbone that is quickly met by the lemony tart hops; long lemony finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well carbonated

Drinkability: A very different idea for a summer beer; light and lemony

brentk56, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-23-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Wal-Mart

Clear beer of light straw color, with tons of bubbles seen in the glass. The head is huge, 4+ fingers high, and white. The retention is very good and lacing is fair.

Smells are of floral and grassy hops primarily. Has a classic pilsener aroma overall.

Taste is crisp with a medium amount of bitterness from the hops. Little sweetness at all. The mouthfeel is clean on a light body. Carbonation is medium-high in this refreshing beer. The finish is dry and somewhat bitter.

Overall a nice summer lager.

sommersb, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of OldYoda
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was a gift from my friend Bob. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my trusty Troeg's pint. A fairly aggressive pour produced a modest head that disappeared quickly leaving minimal lacing. This beer is a beautiful clear honey gold, really a lovely beer to look at.

Smell is very minimal - nothing jumps out. A little citrus, a little hops but overall very subdued.

Taste is a combination of light malt with a nice bittering finish. Very pleasant beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a nice finish.

An excellent summer brew that you can easily session. As a summer offering this is vastly superior to the Sam Adams summer beer. Another excellent product from SN.

OldYoda, May 23, 2008
Photo of AmericanGothic
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color, two finger head with decent retention but minimal lace.

S: Lots of grass, bit of sweet malt underneath.

T: Good balance of semi-sweet malt with piney/citrus hops. Finish dry with a touch more pine and a hint of grapefruit. Flavors are pretty subdued-- wish there were more here. A bit of minerals throughout.

M: Nice light feel, a little bit on the fizzy side, but not bad. Gets a bit more creamy towards the end of the glass.

O: All the flavors are right, but the volume is down too low. Underwhelming, but still decent. Would probably go best on a day when it's hot and you need something cold-- this would fill the bill. Goes down smoothly and easily.

AmericanGothic, May 01, 2011
Photo of mjw06
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Always dreamed of the day I would taste a Sierra Nevada selection that didn't seems overpowered or based on a palate of their signature cascade hops. Well, I finally got it and I wasn't all that impressed. I beautiful appearance and crisp, clean smell waters the mouth but only for slight disappointment. Don't get it twisted, this is a good beer, but it loses for me on the terms of being a summer selection. Few breweries master the summer seasonal, as it seems that most just offer a watered down selection of their flagship brew - and Sierra Nevada nearly falls into that category. It falls short in taste while simultaneously lacking in the "refreshment" category, and that for me is a big no-no. If you sacrifice one, you better compensate in the other. Good beer, descent summer seasonal.

mjw06, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold, almost like a bud light in appearance. Nice head on fairly aggressive pour, but it dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Very aromatic, prominent hop herbiness and a nice malt sweetness.

Taste: Very much like the nose, just in different proportions. The hops still have a nice herb character, but also some nice spice as well. The malt is very clean and slightly sweet, with an ever so light toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, like almost all of the beers from this style are, but very crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A very nice lager, something to pull out on a 100 degree day with some real flavor. Just another fine beer from the guys at Sierra Nevada, nothing ground breaking, but always well above average.

Siriusfisherman, May 04, 2012
Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just tried the 2008 version - A light gold body with minimal head and no lacings. A springy (I know it's a summer beer, so that doesn't count as a pun) beer, with a good hop presence and some citric notes picked up. A smooth, almost full-bodied beer with a good hop presence and something like bread malt in there. Still, mostly a silky, but not watery, flow through the mouth with some citrus (lemon mostly) that makes this an easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.
Not SN's best seasonal efforts, but I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it to a beer buddy.

clayrock81, Apr 19, 2008
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,577 ratings.