Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.43/5 rDev -6.3%
Creamy, big head, wheat and alcohol aroma. Light colour, no lace, drying aftertaste.More bitter than malty, undetstated carbonation. Some hops. Needed it after summer day thirst, but only marginally satisfying. Medium-light mouthfeel. Very average beer overall.
07-01-2005 02:41:00 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev +6%
Pours a clear yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight vegetal notes, and a subdued hop presence. Taste is of sweet malt and some herbal and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good lager that is nice and refreshing for the hot Summer months.
05-07-2012 03:58:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
On tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a clear straw color with plenty of visible carbonation and a nice white head. Some decent lacing on the way down. The nose brings a good dose of Noble hops as well as some fresh grain. The hops are key here and add a real zest to this. Nice floral characteristics. A bit of straw and grain in the background. Nice and crisp, this is a really easy-drinking brew.
10-25-2010 21:59:49 | More by Thorpe429
3.65/5 rDev -0.3%
A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that eventually completely disappeared, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The initial taste has flavors of biscuit malts, yet this is quickly followed by spiciness and a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, very crisp and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink, but the taste would have been more interesting if it wasn’t dominated by the spiciness of the hops and there were some more malty flavors.
05-30-2011 19:23:56 | More by metter98
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
I fail to see how a beer brewed in California, U.S.A. can be called a Euro Pale Lager. Yeah, I know, if it fits the style... blah, blah, blah. But still, this beer deserves better. I therefore dub Summerfest a Yankee Pale Lager.
Pellucid bright amber with an impressively large, creamyfirm, French vanilla head that looks like it belongs on an IPA. The foam displays remarkable persistance and eventually lays down generous amounts of lace in vertical streamers.
The aroma is unmistakably of aromatic Saaz hops with very little else muddying the waters. I'm not a big fan of that particular hop, but it's actually somewhat pleasant here, both in the nose and on the palate. Its oftentimes sharp, pungent nature is blunted to some extent by a fair amount of sweetish pale malt.
A subtle clove and white pepper spiciness increases marginally with warming. I prefer more citrus in my summer beers, but I won't complain too loudly. The body is solidly medium, yet is still well within the bounds of easy drinkability demanded by the summer seasonal designation.
Summerfest is a pretty good Saaz-hopped pale lager, even if my lack of affinity for that particular hop variety keeps me from loving it. That said, this Yankee Pale Lager kicks the crap out of the vast majority of its Euro counterparts.
09-22-2004 22:23:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
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
08-21-2005 21:24:28 | More by brentk56
2.88/5 rDev -21.3%
Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lager with a medium creamy white head with great retention. Aroma of medium sweet floral malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is very refreshing with a nice dose of sweet malt with some crisp floral hops. Body is a bit too thin to make this truly special but still very enjoyable.
11-23-2005 15:00:28 | More by Phyl21ca
3.38/5 rDev -7.7%
A good beer of a benal style by a great brewery. Looks medium straw in color with a stark white head that falls to a trace, but laces nicely. Smells of faint vegetables, mild sourness, yeasty, bready, and earthy. Light hops on the nose. Tastes like corn, cereal grains, hops for bittering, bread, wheat, and yeasty. Slight souring on the side of lemons. Body is better than most lagers, adds creaminess, and better coats the mouth. Finishes clean and powdery. Leaving subtle bittering. If you want a Euro Lager, then this is a good rendition. But if you want a good Sierra Nevada brew, then get any other of their beers.
07-09-2005 17:25:35 | More by BEERchitect
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
A 2007 offering served up on tap. Much better then last years offering. This poured a nice pale golden color with a nice white frothy head. Smell was pretty hoppy, especially compared to last year. Lots of citrus and pine hops were evedent in the flavor. Fine crisp clean finish with lots of carbonation. An awesome session beer or a barbecue beer, really very nice overall, and a wonderful addition to my summer beer lineup.
05-27-2007 17:28:55 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
A: The pour is a crystal clear pale golden color with a short lived fluffy white head.
S: A pretty typical lager aroma. Mostly grain and malt sweetness with a touch of earthy hops.
T: There is a touch of bready malt with a mild spicy and earthy flavor from the hops and yeast. The finish is surprisingly bitter with a citrus in the mix as well.
M: Light to medium body (for a lager, that is) with a nice crisp carbonation.
D: A pretty refreshing and good tasting lager. But, I don't really ever worry about Sierra Nevada when it comes to making a good beer. Good for a hot summer day.
06-17-2010 22:50:09 | More by womencantsail
3.35/5 rDev -8.5%
A:mild hazy. Golden. Fairly thick single finger foam head.
S: strong grain. Little wheat.
T: initially grainy, little malt. Then fairly sour and dry aftertaste.
M: mild carbonation. Light bodied.
Overall: the sour and dryness takes away from the refreshing aspect most summer ales have. Not one of sierras best in my opinion.
07-19-2011 17:52:09 | More by kylehay2004
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, yellow-orange body with a small, fizzy white head.
Smell: Pale malt aroma with notes of floral, spice, and the juice of half a lemon.
Taste: Pale maltiness accompanied by a mild sweetness. A bit crackery, but then again, aren't we all? Hint of lemon, flowers. A punch of spicy bitterness. Finishes crisp with a light, lingering spice on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A nice little surprise. It's quafftastic!
03-13-2008 21:45:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
1.95/5 rDev -46.7%
What a bummer, I was so pumped to try this beer when I show it on the shelves at my local shop. Got it home and gave it go after it was chilled. I found myself asking if this was really a Sierra Nevada product. I understand the beer is supposed to be light and refreshing for the time of year but, This was really light and along the weak side for me. There really wasn't a whole lot of hops in this from what I could get from it. The Color was a light yellow and very clean looking. Thin head. I know the style of beer is supposed to be like this but I thought SN would have amped something up just a little to give it a bit more of a punch.
03-30-2011 03:56:30 | More by Knapp85
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
Served in a Budweiser pokal.
Ah, the Whole Foods bargain area. Delightful. This guy pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose comprises light wheat, flowers, corn, grass, and a touch of sugar. The taste is similar, with the floral hops really coming through nicely, along with a hint of oatmeal. The body is pretty light, with a very light carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a solid pils, but missing a small something in the taste department to really kick it up a peg.
08-17-2010 20:11:24 | More by TMoney2591
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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