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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

3,617 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,617
Reviews: 1,476
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 65
Gots: 255 | 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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2/5  rDev -45.4%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Andrew4321, May 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Miami66, Jun 01, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Hopinista, May 10, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Has a fizzy head and is very light yellow, similar to most American lagers.

S: Has a malty aroma and some lemon citrus, but there’s not much else there.

T/M: Taste is extremely light and slightly bitter. There is some orange and bitter rind in there as well, but it’s overall very bland.

If you’re in the mood for something light and crisp in the summer time, you might as well buy any American adjunct in your local gas station. There’s not much else that sets this apart. But they still have a lot of other great beers.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 29, 2011
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

kingmaker, Feb 03, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Geraurd, Jun 28, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

DavidRose, Jun 04, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Bobheed, Jan 02, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Onelove, Sep 25, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

cmgage, Jul 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

rab53, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of rattleweed
2.05/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - bright yellow with a nice big white head
S - faintly floral, pretty nice
T - not bad when it first hits the mouth but turns bad going down and stays bad. watery and sour.
M - not overly carbonated. no squeeze on the tastebuds.
D - not looking forward to the other 5 bottles.

rattleweed, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.05/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a: nice cloudy gold color with good movement; fluffy white head fades pretty fast but leaves sticky lace on glass

s: very, vert faint scent of lighter malts with a teeny bit of hop

t: very little flavor. pretty much just carbonated water; maybe i am tasting a teeny bit of malts but honestly, there are more malts in coors light

m: crisp and carbonated but pretty watery

d: umm....i am pretty dissapointed with Sierra Nevada on this one. it may be the most flavorless beer i have ever had. drink it only if it is super hot and there is no other macrobrewed doody beer there.

hoegaardenhero, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of viverlee
2.05/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I grabbed a six pack hoping to find a new summer fav. This uninspired offering leaves me wanting. If this is illustrative, and I’m not saying it is just to be clear, you might be inclined to ask if Sierra Nevada thinks they can charge $9 for six bottles of anything these days.

STYLE: Czech Pilsner

ABV: 5%

LOOK: Very light straw, nearly clear. Somehow lighter than water. I just put four paint samples on the nursery wall and can see all of them pretty clearly through the glass. Half-finger head and no lacing.

NOSE: Flat breakfast biscuits and generic spices play an unsatisfying prelude.

MOUTH: The first sip smacks like a barrel of hay. Grassy, faint hint of red licorice — the only real balance. Very light and not enough carbonation to get you through a hot summer day. Nice bitter finish, but nothing spectacular.

BA Rating: 83

Hayward Abbey Rating: 72

viverlee, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.08/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very, very pale yellow in color with only a little froth of a head forming on the pour. Very lagerish on the smell and nothing else to note. It looks very BMC'ish. Taste is prickly and very BMC'ish. I was expecting at least some West Coast hops, but nothing. Really disappointed. Don't waste your time.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 19, 2008
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2.13/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a pithy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Wheat notes with bright citrus and some faint banana sweetness.

T: Unexpectedly sour. Not sure if this one has gone bad or not. Starts off with citrus peel bitterness, but then very sour grape flavors take over through the finish. Not pleasant.

M: Just like water for the most part. Light-bodied with a very slight hint of dryness at the end...

D: Judging by the other reviews, this one almost certainly went bad...

schlimenhaumer, Oct 29, 2011
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2.15/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 6/4/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a golden yellow colored body, clear & fizzy. With a huge head, white, and slowly diminishing. Has a strong aroma of malts, and sweetness. An aroma balanced by some hops. Also a very malty taste, and somewhat dry.

jujubeast6000, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of RickS95
2.17/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Worst looking beer I can think of. Clear with hardly any color. Looks like someone took a leak in my glass.

Smells like summer, a malty, flowery scent.

Hard to taste anything thru the bitterness.

It's so carbonated and bitter, it just stings in the mouth...I guess some might call it crisp.

This beer has no redeeming qualities and is Sierra Nevada's worst effort I've seen so far.

RickS95, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of lpayette
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I'll just cut to the chase here and state that I was very disappointed in this one. Sierra Nevada typically puts out great stuff, but this one is way off the mark.

Appearance- Typical yellow pilsner look with an average head. Not much to speak of with regards to retention and lacing. Overall just very average to me.

Smell- Not much going on here, but more character than... the average beer in this style? Maybe? I expected more from SN. Smells kind of like cornbread to me which is not to suggest that I think there's corn in it- just that it has that smell. I like cornbread but- well, meh.

Taste- Surprisingly, dare I use the term? "Macro-like." Yep, I did it, but it's true. Taste is pretty minimal and perhaps not that bad if ice cold. But as it warms into the 50's off-flavors start poking their nasty little metallic pitchforks into your tongue until finally subdued by the grainy and slightly lingering finish. There is a respectable hop bite that is worth mentioning, and the balance is actually pretty good. But this simply isn't that refreshing or tastey for that matter either.

Mouthfeel- Is pretty much on target for the style with ample carbonation and a light body. Metallic flavors in the middle muddle it up however.

Drinkability/Final Thoughts- This has got to be the most disappointed I've been with a beer in a while. I guess I just took it for granted that all Sierra Nevada products were worth the price and a good representation of the style as well. Honestly, I wouldn't have minded the lack of flavor and character so much if it weren't for the off flavors. I'm sorry for such a negative review SN, but after paying $9.75 retail for a sixer of this, I must say I would have rather spent a couple more bucks and got a 30 rack of PBR. At least that I can say I actually enjoy every once in a while on a hot day.

lpayette, Jul 01, 2008
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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Trent, May 04, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

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ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,617 ratings.