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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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3,535 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,535
Reviews: 1,470
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 63
Gots: 226 | 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 BeerDocT
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Imperial pint glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Light golden in color; perfect lager color. Lots of CO2 bubbles, but very little head and no lacing to speak of. Just looks like your typical lager.

-Smell 3.25: Nice bouquet. Typical notes of adjuncts (although I think that in lagers, these smells may be linked to the lagering process) and grains. However, the level of this bouquet is deeper than your average macro brew.

-Taste 3.75: Front is light and somewhat dry. Middle is smooth with slight alkaline hoppiness. Finish is where big waves of barley and deeper hop smoothness come in. Aftertaste is of medium length and is somewhat dry, but very refreshing.

-Mouthfeel 3.25: Hits the nail on the head for the style and gets extra points for the dry and smooth finish.

-Overall 3.50: One of the better lagers I have had in a long time. I like lagers but am certainly not enamored with the style. However, this beer is thirst-quenching and a delicious representation of what a lager can be.

BeerDocT, May 08, 2013
Photo of dalepryor
3/5  rDev -18%

dalepryor, May 08, 2013
Photo of leftoverburrito
3/5  rDev -18%

leftoverburrito, May 08, 2013
Photo of blknikon
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

blknikon, May 08, 2013
Photo of sajaffe1
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

sajaffe1, May 07, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks a pale gold with fine bristling carbonation suds supported by little bubble streams. Laces not so much. The head hangs a bit, then slowly leaves behind a thin cap.

Pale malts that are a touch on the sweet side. Pretty mild. Light spiciness, almost in a mustard-y. The aromatic hops are a little citrusy and a little grassy. Very light in the nose.

Nice affirmed bitterness that doesn't linger. Washes clean with good and clean pale malt grains. On the bright side. Maybe a tinge of toast. More citrus and grassy flavors from a happy hop. Overall, a clean and simply flavorful summer lager.

Smooth and a little spritzy. Carbonation is fine and right around medium. Simple and clean. Clean is the word. Clean and summery.

This is a go-to for the warmer months. A beer interesting enough to enjoy, yet simple enough to have more than one in a session.

thecheapies, May 07, 2013
Photo of powpig2002
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

powpig2002, May 06, 2013
Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jopezu, May 06, 2013
Photo of dmmcgove
4.5/5  rDev +23%

dmmcgove, May 06, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ZEB89, May 05, 2013
Photo of tvl89
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

tvl89, May 05, 2013
Photo of Trent
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Trent, May 04, 2013
Photo of ShawneeIrish
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ShawneeIrish, May 03, 2013
Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +9.3%

wonothesane42, May 03, 2013
Photo of STEELERFAN2390
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this beer is an excellent summer brew..
my version of lawnmower beer seeing how i'd never even consider drinking an American lager of any type.
not the greatest Czech pils ive ever had ,but its up there with a slight sierra Nevada hop twist.
overall , im liking it a lot. pick it up at your local grocer for 13.99 a twelve I you can!

STEELERFAN2390, May 02, 2013
Photo of skaboom420
3/5  rDev -18%

skaboom420, May 02, 2013
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

CaptDavyJones, May 02, 2013
Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured into a wine glass

A: a crystal clear light yellow color. looks like champagne. very bubbly. half a finger of frothy white head dissipates instantaneously.

S: lemon. light floral hops. clean. pale malts.

T: bready character. lager yeast. crisp hop finish.

M: very well carbonated. light bodied.

O: a crisp, refreshing offering from sierra nevada. doesn't blow my mind, but it's a very well done summer lager/pilsener. excellent to drink with food. good day-drinking session beer.

roundthewaygirls, May 01, 2013
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ExaltedNecrosis, May 01, 2013
Photo of raynmoon
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Looks average, super crystal clear yellow, slight orange to it.

smells like some light lemon/lime citrus, some bready malt.

The taste is similar but has a nicer hop bite to it. It is very refreshing. Similar to an adjunct lager but then upon the taste gives you a nice bitter hoppy bite that covers up any unpleasant bready malt.

Not my favorite from Sierra Nevada, but appropriate for the summer.

raynmoon, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

TKEbeerman, Apr 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Mleblanc25, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Duesler, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Roman5150
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Appearance: Piss yellow... typical light pils color, large white bubbly head

Smell: light bready yeast, water, some malt presence

Taste: A pretty tasty pilsener, but that's sort of an oxymoron. It's a great light beer, a classic czech pils, and that also means it doesn't have much flavor. But for the style, and in the right instance (hot summer day), this would be extra amazing.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation, watery

Overall: A decent pils, but to be honest they all taste the same to me. If you want a great czech pilsener, nothing will beat a Staropramen, straight from Prague. I would buy one of those of this or any other light lager/pilsener anyday. With that said, this is a well balanced brew that I would drink after mowing the lawn.

Roman5150, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of CreightonSM
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

CreightonSM, Apr 29, 2013
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,535 ratings.