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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

1,520 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 1,520
Hads: 3,917
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 99
Gots: 463 | 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: 1,520 | Hads: 3,917
Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (261 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

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. (563 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (330 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (800 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (421 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very refreshing summer beer with a little more flavor than its peers. pours a see through blonde color with a very prominent thick foaming white head into a pilsner glass. smells like a traditional pils, bready malts and balanced earthy hops. this one has a little bit of fruit in the nose and in the taste too, but without being sweet or even distracting. its almost like lemongrass in it, but its not quite strong enough to place exactly. love the malt profile on this one, its got plenty of flavor, some zest, and gives a medium body to an otherwise very light beer. great carbonation makes it down easy. a great summer session beer for those who need a bit more happening. (678 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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 (402 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
1.95/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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. (642 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (620 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (310 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and straw-colored. Not much head, just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Grassy, grainy, buttery.

Taste: Mildly sweet, a bit husky and grainy with a touch of citrus. Spicy hops lead to a dry but buttery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Notes: A simple, sessionable lager. Nothing particularly special about it, but quite good for what it is. (364 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2010 edition. Ahhh...Americans sure have it good, being able to buy this brewer's wares pretty much anywhere they gosh darn please.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden straw colour, with some sparse, but consistent rising effervescence, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet somewhat creamy white head, which leaves a few thin splotches of sudsy lace around the glass as it gradually recedes.

It smells of crisp, grainy pale malt, a touch of spicy wheat, lemon zest, and prominent grassy, floral, and dried hay hops. The taste is more cereal-heavy, semi-sweet malt, lemon rind, a stoney flintiness, earthy, sort of peppery spice, and further leafy, grassy, and mildly weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its swirling and probing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight for the style, and pretty smooth, those hops knowing where to draw the line. It finishes off-dry, just, and clean, with a wee warmth that is hard to ascribe to a specific alcohol sensation.

A rather enjoyable quaff, and still quite refreshing, but kind of heavier than one would expect from a native-brewed Czech Pilsener. Whatever, it definitely works for assuaging our dire, dog days of summer needs, as I could surely go for another one of these, post haste. (1,275 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,307 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours out a straw yellow with no head.

S - Smelled of grains and caramel with a hint of a floral aroma.

T - The grain/caramel flavor came through along with a grassy hop bitterness.

M - It had a very sharp and crisp mouthfeel. A light bodied lager that is quite sessionable.

D - It is drinkable, especially on a hot day. I'd say it is fairly typical of a Czech Pilsner. Good but not my favorite style of beer. (426 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (425 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice for the style,not to hoppy good malt-accented beer.Light color with a decent head.Would try again,Iam not into summer accrnted lighter beers.Bring on Oktoberfest! (167 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (588 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (485 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (515 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear (filtered) golden body topped by a big, creamy, bright-white head that holds well and leaves some limited lace. Nice aroma of malt and hops with some fruitiness and a bright lemony note that I assume comes from citrusy hops. The body is medium-light with a very fine & slightly effervescent carbonation, making it very silky in the mouth. The flavor is lightly hoppy and citrusy up-front, warming into a lightly sweet maltiness as it crosses the palate, and drying out just before the swallow with some more light hop flavor and bitterness. All of these flavors are carried over, to some extent, into the aftertaste. A really refreshing and interesting change of pace that really does make a great summer beer. Not complicated, but with alot of finesse. Somewhat lighter in flavor and easy to drink, but with some distinct hop character and bitterness. Very nice, fairly unique, and well brewed. (901 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with 3 frothy fingers of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a nice looking robust richness, which leaves back some thick spotty lacing. The aroma is floral, earthy, spicy, and fruity smelling, with a silky backing of malts across the back of the nose. This was flavorful, bright, and pleasant. I liked it.

The taste is moderately biting with fresh citrus flavors, along with grittier notes of earth and rind. This is well balanced with some lightly toasted grainy sweetness underneath, while this finishes with lingering notes of earth and spice. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a smooth, crisp, and clean feel throughout. Just a very easy and quaffable body on this.

Fresh, bright, and flavorful, with a super easy body and overall drinkibility going for it, this was a pleasant quaff. Another sturdy entry from Sierra Nevada. (906 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Light fluffy head fades very quickly over a brilliantly clear golden yellow color.

N: Semi sweet lager aromas, some wheat, toasty malts which are light, a little citrus and lemon zest. Very pilsner like aromas. Very light grassy hops.

T: Nice toasty but lighter lager like malt flavors. Some light sweet malty flavors, with a little toasty pilsner malt, citrus, lemon zest, clean and crisp, a light grassy hop turns into a fairly bitter hop kick. the gassy spicy hop kick gives a nice long finish.

M: very crisp, semi light body, good carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, little lager sweet malt taste but dries a bit. Toasty malts, light malts. Slight lingering sweetness, crisp and refreshing, nice hop characters but maybe a bit heavy in the overall hop profile for a summer beer and Czech pilsner. (800 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/30/07 at Racebook Brewpub @ Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light but bready malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is very straight-forward, simply light malts, lager yeast & hops, all decently balanced. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a beer that I wouldn’t buy in a six-pack unless my options were severely limited, but on-tap it’s worth drinking over many of the usual suspects (macros, Sam Adams, Guinness et. al.) that most places carry. (816 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, full golden color in the Stella glass. Nice head to go with it. Light body but not watery. Toast and faint barley aroma. Long nose of flowery hops to go with the resiny hint in the flavor.

Pleasant balance of hoppy flavors with the malt. Crisp and tasty overall. This has a little of the perfumey flavor I associate with some Kolsch brews. A hint of lemon-lime soda. Extremely drinkable with a very nice hop hit without lingering bitterness. Finishes with a spicy taste.

2012 edition in the 12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's. (531 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap @ Maewyn's in York, served chilled in a pint.

The color is a pale golden with thick cap of white cream, the clarity is good and the lace clings in ringlets. The smell is good with some gentle floral/herbal hop aromas with mild malt and slight yeast ester which gives a sort of bready backing. The feel is very good, nice hop presence which gives the kind of acidity you want from a pils, plenty of carbonation, but not overboard. I think the malt profile is pleasant adding a bit of sweetness to keep the lager balanced.

The flavor is smooth and malty up front, but mid-taste the flavor of the herbal hop emerges with some nice gentle grassy and tea like flavor, somewhat floral but not too much to be enjoyable with some citrus elements. The taste of the malt is gentle and slightly sweet with a mild yeast that adds some character to the brew and perhaps a tinge of mineral. The overall impression I get from this is it is a great beer, an all around flavorful and quaffable lager which is saying something because there aren't enough of its ilk out there these days. (1,092 characters)

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,520 ratings.