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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,868 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2868
Reviews: 1408
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%


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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 21:45:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2002 12:22:31 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 20:11:24 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2002 18:06:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh...Americans sure have it good, being able to buy this brewer's wares pretty much anywhere...

2010 edition, this beer pours a clear medium straw colour, with sparse, but consistent rising effervescence, and one finger of creamy white head, which leaves some thin splotches of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of crisp white grain, and spicy, floral hops. The taste is sweet malt, earthy spice, a bit of warming alcohol, and weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body fairly full, and pretty smooth. It finishes clean, and a little warm.

A decent quaff, but kind of heavy, and not quite as refreshing as one would expect from a Czech Pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 00:32:51 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Summerfest 2011, Crisp Summer Lager. "Summerfest is a Pilsner-style lager brewed for enjoyment on warm summer days--featuring a slight malt sweetness, delicate spicy and floral hop flavor, and a crisp, refreshing finish."

Clear, pale yellow appearance, snowy white head, rests at 1/4".

Soft, crisp, lightly spicy/ hoppy aromatics. Perfect pils nose.

Taste: It all comes back to clean and crisp, then the small sweet malt flavor. Tidy hoppiness plays happily on the palate. Expert censurability. Little bit of fruit from the malt, a little apple, a touch of pear.

Tastes great, drinks great, …yeah, this'll do.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 20:53:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2007 15:12:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 version

An effervescent deep gold with 4 fingers of white rocky head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Herbalhops & a little bit of floral hops

T: Floral hops,lemons & straw up front. Finshses lemon hoppy Wth a little grainyness & fruittyness

MF: Geat balance & medium bodied, a little light on the carbonation

Drinks very easy, but not as tasty as last years

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 03:54:53 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale malts and lager yeast. It has a dry aroma. The taste is decent. It has a crisp pale malt flavor with a slight hop bitterness and a very dry lager yeast finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent lager. It has excellent aroma and smooth flavor; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 02:05:32 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is served in a stange. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Carbonation is moderate and made up of medium bubbles. Forms a white broken head that clings to the glass interface but doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

There is nearly no aroma, slight grainy smell. Faint. I know aroma is not a big part of this beer but its not appetizing.

Beer has a grainy taste to it but it finishes nicely. Overall just a plain, blank slate, almost a palate cleanser. There is nothing special or interesting about this beer. Its bland. Easy to drink though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 15:35:23 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grassy hops and pilsener malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get some grassy and earthy hops as well as some biscuit malt. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easy drinking and would be nice on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 02:31:28 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 19:17:22 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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 wheat, 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 17:59:33 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a bright clear gold color with a nice white head. There is a nice hop aroma accompanied by a slight lemon aroma and some floral grassy notes. There is a sharp carbonation which gives a sense of acidity up front. Nice and clean tasting with a hop bite finish. This lager has a very clean bitterness from the hops. There is a nice amount of body, but it is still quite quenching. This clean beer is a vehicle for the hop aroma and bitterness that the brewers have seen fit to add.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 16:48:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

1.95/5  rDev -46.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 03:56:30 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head. Steady streams of tiny bubbles rise to the top.

The smell is of grassy, grainy notes. Mild. Clean.

The taste is of sweet grain balanced by grassy notes. Semi-dry finish.

Smooth, crisp and clean with a light, but not too thin, body.

A decent summertime pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 15:46:18 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 350ml bottle poured into a 0.2 litre Veltins Pilsner stemmed tulip glass (twice).

Lager looking beer (what a shock!), white head sat on top of a clear golden, bright body. The large head fell away to a thin covering very quickly.

The aroma came from the sour end of citrus fruits (lemon, limes and grapefruits) along with a hint of yeast.

The taste has a grapefruit tang to it. The other citrus fruits from the aroma didn't re-appear in the taste.

Refreshing and fizzy, this is a summer beer for sure and pleasant one at that.

Zesty lager that has a lot more going for it than a lot I've reviewed, not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 19:07:59 | More by BlackHaddock
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a white frothy head, leavs a nice collar of lace that lasts throughout the session with this beer. Aroma is slightly sweet of lemongrass notes mixed with the graininess and nice touch of delicate hop bitterness to complete the aroma. Taste is a refreshing well made crisp clean lager predominantly sweet grassy notes balance out with a light hopping and full bready tone which is very pleasing in the heat great summer beer in all regards. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied but by no means thin or watery one smoothly textured drinkable true lager. I could go fishing with a six pack of this beer any day, truely great for beating the heat.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 12:25:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass - golden in color with a 1/2" head. Lacing develops. The aroma is very mild tones of grass, citrus, and hops. The flavor follows suit as the malt and hops are softly balanced with some lemon and grass / hay flavors.

The mouthfeel is crisp as the carbonation is strong. The finish is a little crisp and dry. This is a lighter bodied brew. Extremely drinkable for a hot summer day and the flavor is just strong enough to excite some tastebuds without sending them into overload.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 00:00:39 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A literally over-the-top head (16oz glass, 12oz beer). Great rockiness of a nearly pure white head. Excellent thick lace on the glass edge. Beautiful golden (and clear) color.

Unusually musty aroma. Low hop, mostly lighter grained malt smells.

Strong malt flavor in the front followed by a decent bitterness from the hop. There are the beginnings of some skunkiness. This is a delicate beer, but there is very good body for the style; appropriate carbonation.

I'm a little disappointed with this one: I was expecting a typical 4+ offering from SN. The skunk part aside, this would likely be a run-of-the-mill pils. I could not find the typical fresh hop smells or flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 18:02:11 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 2007 Edition,

A: Clear yellow, with a thick white head, which drops off quickly, lots of silver bubbles coming up to the top.

S: Bready malts and the dry Czech hops.

T: Dry Saaz hops, backed with bready malts, simple but effective.

M: Very dry, smooth, good carbonation, spritzy, and not chewy, very good for a pils.

D: A good summer quencher, a great example of an American lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 04:28:16 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 05:18:13 | More by mactrail
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light gold with good head retention.

S: Nose biscuity, cracker like with a nice floral hop presence

T: A nice refreshing biscuit, grain and floral hop mixture. This beer is clean, crisp

M: Light bodied, drisp, refreshing with a nice subtle bitterness

O: Overall a good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 12:17:56 | More by barleywinefiend
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 18:14:26 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh man, I remembered this just being a light lager, but I've since gotten into pilsners and this one impresses me. The aroma got me first, it's pretty spot-on with the imported pilsner's like Jever or Budvar - slightly sour with a bland grain element. The flavor is surprisingly strong with a burst of citris and grassy hop flavors. It tastes like American hops might be in there. There's a nice white head and lacing to complete the appearance, and like all good pilsners, its quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 01:24:51 | More by tempest
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,868 ratings.