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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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1,523 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,523
Hads: 3,934
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 99
Gots: 480 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Reviews: 1,523 | Hads: 3,934
Photo of elNopalero
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear golden in the glass.
I get a light aroma, not much hop presence, more of a musty lager note. The flavor is crisp and lightly hoppy with a rounded finish. Easy drinking, just don't overthink it.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, PKGD 04/10/15
It's been a couple years since I had this last & was excited to grab one
A - pale yellow, nice clarity, creamy white head leaves a spattering of lacing
S - spicy grassy hop nose with tart, biscuity pilsner malt
T - sharp and crisp with pale pilsner malt; spicy and grassy hops give it a moderate bite on the end
M - light-to-medium body, crisp semi-dry finish
O - easy drinking Czech Pilsner; perfect for summer

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Photo of Catracho5
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a hop tulip glass

A: Creamy bright white head, lots of carbonation, decent lacing, golden, clear color.

A: Floral hop aromas, grains, smells really green, grassy, earth like herbal aromas, smells great.

T: Some hop bitterness up front, mellow hop flavor, some citrus bitter notes, finishes with grains, easy drinking, smooth.

M: Thin mouthfeel.

O: Not very familiar with lagers, I prefer ales, but I have decided to expand my horizons with lagers. It's good, has a nice floral hop aroma and flavor with a grainy, herbal nuance to it.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 2015 dated bottle into glass. 5% abv

Appearance- Pours a clear pale yellow with two finger head.

Smell- Very grainy malt with a touch of sweet bread. Some lemon citrus as well.

Taste- A crackery dough like taste still retaining the strong graininess as in the smell. Malty with a clear hop edge which cuts through. Ends with a touch of bitterness along with some citrus kick.

Mouthfeel- Clean and crisp with good carbonation. Medium-light in body.

Overall- A very agreeable smooth summer beer. Light, malty and hoppy. Good gateway beer for the macro people as well.

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Photo of CMG-PSU
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Czech Pilsner. Not sure what all the hubbub is about drinking this outside and only being fit for a hot day... i love this beer and i would drink all day, 365 days a year!

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Photo of whatthehull
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter/wineglass

A - a bursting yellow hue, half (maybe full) finger very white almost frothy head and little to no lacing/legs

S - Lager yeast, citrus zest, malt, grains and toasty/roastedness

T - Lemon/lime, lager yeast, citrus rind, slightly dank, lots of hop bitterness, fresh baked sweet bread, very grainy, nice malt and a very vibrant all around pilsner

M - Medium minus body, nice carbonation, decent balance, decent complexity and a very long lasting sweet/aromatic hoppy lager

D/O - This is perfect for spring and summer. Not a lot going on but, exceedingly better as a lager/pilsner. This beer shouldn't be lost on anyone. Warm day, cool day or after a nice hike, this one will take you there all day.

Final thoughts - $14 a 12 pack is a great price, 5% ABV will keep you going all day without wrecking you in the slightest. Just a very well done beer, indeed

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Photo of maedhros09
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Straw gold with average white head that maintains a film throughout Smell: herbal hops
Taste: Light but really nicely balanced, tending towards dryness
Feel: Light, crisp

Overall: A really nice light pilsner with good balance. Great for warm weather, sessionable. Lighter in body and flavor than the SN Nooner Pilsner if memory serves.

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Photo of dwren89
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: straw yellow, great clarity, thin fizzy head

Aroma: malty, very much like a brewery smell with fresh grains, slight earthiness

Taste: soft flavor from the soft water, very smooth and easy drinking, well rounded malty flavor with a carbonation and hop bite at the end (no real hop flavor though, just the bitterness)

Mouthfeel: medium body, good level of carbonation (just right)

Overall: a great beer to stock up on for the summer. This would be a much better addition to a cookout than any of the American light lagers. Well rounded maltiness and the perfect amount of hop bitterness and carbonation to cleanse the palate after some juicy burgers, dogs, or creamy potato salad.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pale yellow with thin but strong head.

Light banana, light wheat.

Dry hops, breadiness. Light bitterness.

Medium carbonation. Light mouthfeel.

Not an offensive beer but also fairly boring.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.75] Crystal clear. Remarkably clear. The beer is a light golden color. It forms a 1/4 finger white head. The bottle lists the born on date (03/26/15) and the ABV (5.0%).

S: [2.75] There is very little nose.

T: [3.50] Light cracker/breadiness. There is a mild spiciness in the midpalate.

M: [3.75] This is really crisp and refreshing. There is a very quick clean finish. The body is on the low side but does not seem watery. There is medium carbonation.

O: [3.50] This beer is definitely sessionable at 5%. I think it would appeal to a mass consumer audience and it is still good for the discerning palate. My biggest gripe is the nose is non-existent. Other than that this beer holds up pretty well.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. Fresh and crisp. This was really enjoyable. After drinking lagers for so many years this is one I can really enjoy. Highly recommend.

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Photo of HabaJohn
2.64/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not my type of beer, my brother gave it to me. I'll drink it, have had much better lagers. I'm all about hops, but I think it's the hop flavor that ruins this beer for me

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Photo of STLCARD
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great tasting summer lager. As far as lagers go...I'm a fan! I can't taste most lagers with similar character...This has a nice bite but is very smooth and drinkable on a warm day like today.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straw / faint lemon on the nose, dry malt / yeast in the traditional pilsener style for flavor, not thin or watery like some other well known examples of the style.

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Photo of NewMexJim
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a good, white head that doesn't fade too quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. Golden, clear color with great pilsner carbonation. Slight smell is crisp with hints of citrus and hops. Mouth feel is light and smooth with an immediate citrus tartness that stays with you and provides body to the taste.

Overall, a very drinkable crisp lager for hot summer days/nights. There is enough body to the taste that this beer goes well with light foods.

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Photo of Jericho7x
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I am still considered a novice at beers, but I did not like this much. After the initial taste, I got kicked by a sharp peppery? taste. Did not even come close to the reviews I see listed. However, I tried this on 5/14/15, and most of these reviews are older. Maybe they changed the formula. They did change the look of the bottle. Notes on wrapper say it is a Czech pilsner, but it also says it is a lager. Don't know.

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Photo of bradleyrehmus
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, packaged about 6 weeks ago.

A- Golden and translucent with almost 2 fingers of head, decent retention for the style and a little bit of lacing.

S- Very light and very characteristically pilsner. A little bit of bread or biscuit, very slightly floral and a hint of sweetness reminiscent of apple.

T- This is the taste I am hoping for any time I open a pilsner. After avoiding almost all lagers due to years of awful adjunct/macro experiences, my faith in the style is restored. This is an excellent combination of quality malts and (mostly) noble hops well-suited for a pilsner.

M-This beer is so light and crisp yet still retains excellent flavor. This is quite carbonated so if you're averse to such, you might want to look elsewhere.

D- This is exactly what I want in a pilsner and I could enjoy this in the sun all day. It goes down so easily and pairs excellently with so many foods that it would be great any time of year.

Given that my craft beer palette was shaped by the Pacific Northwest, I'm always going to favor aggressive hops (and most of Sierra Nevada's offerings fit the bill) but when I am in the mood for a Czech Pilsner, this will probably be my first choice. I wouldn't mind at all if they offered this year around and would certainly enjoy getting it once in a while throughout the year.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Makes you wonder why the big breweries can't put out something resembling this. A great beer. If you like adjuncts this should be your foray into craft.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Sampling right now on 4/28/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 14 ounce glass Texas Boot (Big Tex-State Fair of Texas).

Pours a straw-yellow in color with a good 2-finger foamy white head. Some spotty lacing is seen in areas. The aroma is of yeast, grains and some citrus. Pretty much the same is said for the taste. No surprises here. Slightly dry with a mild floral hop finish. Not as hoppy at other Sierra nevada brews though. Overall it was OK. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, golden color with a small 1/2 a finger head that leaves no lacing. Sweet bready aroma with a little pepper at the end. Smooth citrus and bread flavor with a nice peppery hop kick at the end. Medium body and medium carbonation with no bitterness. Very crisp and refreshing beer. It tasted good while sitting out on the porch.
A good summer beer. Less hoppy than one would expect from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of kculrich
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hard pour into a cold pilsener. Clear yellow, maybe a little darker than I expect a pils to be, no head to speak of. No particular smell, really, something sharp, maybe a little hops? Tastes clean and dry but nothing stands out. Over-carbonated to my taste, distractingly so. I don't know, I drank this all last summer and enjoyed the heck out of it but it's not doing anything for me now. I can see myself knocking back a few on a hot afternoon after mowing the lawn, otherwise, meh.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snappy, crisp sort of pils, aptly named indeed. Has a satisfying pils malt backdrop, to be sure, but really I take note of the hops in this one. Really tremendous nose for a pils, full of Saaz goodness. As so many lagers/pils on BA, sadly underrated.

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Photo of lukejhoward
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden, translucent color...light malty, bready smell with a small amount of hops and lemon zest in there as well...taste was right on par with the smell...this brew was very crisp and clean with a lighter, refreshing mouth feel, good amount of carbonation but certainly not too much...overall a great brew, really looking forward to this one during those hot summer evenings!

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: clear yellow (like helles), white head.
Smell: biscuity, herbal, bit of citrus.
Taste: same as smell.
Feel: lightness of Bavarian helles combined by a mild hop bite of Czech Pilsner.
Very refreshing. I like it more than helles because it's got more hop forward aroma and flavour. Too bad it's much more expensive and rarely available in Croatia compared to German and Czech lagers, because for surely I'd buy it often, especially in summer.

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Photo of jcance
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Overall a tasty pilsner. Very light, good to drink with food or in the early afternoon.nice carbonation and no offensive flavors. If you can get Nooner, though, I suggest you get it instead

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,523 ratings.