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

1,510 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 1,510
Hads: 3,883
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 94
Gots: 435 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Photo of culver501
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pale yellow straw colored, thick white head, great carbonation, good retention, minimal lacing

S-great pale malt and hop combo with a nice yeasty tone at the end (reminds me of a fresh german hefe)

T-nice bitter hops, crisp malt sweetness, a really solid traditional pilsener taste, a hint of citrus, wish i would have had this on hand all summer, really refreshing, a nice suggestion for the MBC drinkers I would think

M-good, crisp, clean, good malty sweetness lingers along with some hops

D-check, great summer beer (524 characters)

Photo of robocrouch
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my pint glass from the bottle. A clear golden color with almost no head and plenty of carbonation bubbles.

S: Really no smell to be smelled has a very macro feel to it.

T: Very grainy and watery. The body is so light that it tastes so much like a macro that I kept looking at my bottle to make sure I was drinking a Sierra Nevada beer. Almost no flavor.

D: Overall this is the worst Sierra Nevada beer that I have had and was shocked, honestly at how low quality this is. (498 characters)

Photo of teejay76
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light gold pour with decent head.

Smell - Malt and hops. Vague honey and citrus.

Taste - Mellow hops bitterness with slight hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel - Highly delicious and refreshing. Great aftertaste.

Drinkability - Love this beer. I'll buy more and then look forward to next summer's seasonal brew. (319 characters)

Photo of zachariaIPA
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Summerfest 2010 poured from the classic brown bottle. A nice white effervescent head rushes to the top of the glass and lingers for quite some time. A small amount of thin lacing, a rich golden body with a slight haze and streams of carbonation lining the side.

A strong a pleasant aroma full of spicy hops, lemon, and sweet malt.

Very crisp lager, full of floral hop notes at first but then followed up immediately with sweet honey and lemon malt flavors with a nice bitter but smooth finish.

A very tasty summer lager. I could definitely drink a few of these on a hot day. Would go great with some bbq. (624 characters)

Photo of HarrySTruman
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into an hourglass pilsner

Clear and golden yellow, big white head that forms immediately and hangs around for a while. Lacing is light.

Smell is pretty weak. Smells like a typical Lager/Pilsner. People often call it a freshly mowed grass smell, or a hay smell, I just don't associate those smells with these types of smells.

The taste is crisp, refreshing, and light. Perfect for a summer day.

Mouth feel is light and easy drinking. Very well carbonated, makes it very easy to drink. Finishes clean, not dry, and has a nice flavor through out. Slight citrus after taste flavor that is quite enjoyable.

A very nice, easy drinking Pilsner. Fits the style very well and fits its name very well, certainly a summer beer. Perfect for drinking after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day. Has a bit more taste than most macro pilsners/lagers, but it has virtually no malt profile, making it very clean and crisp.

I don't see how this beer gets low scores when comparing it to other beers of the style, or even comparing it to other related styles. It's a very good example of the style. (1,099 characters)

Photo of dafizzif
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Light golden yellow with white head.
Smell: Lot of sweet malts with little hop aroma.
Taste: Some good, mainly floral, hoppiness up front, surrounded my sweet malts.
Mouthfeel: Sits well in the mouth with a good, carbonated body. Only a bit sticks to the mouth.
Overall: A very good pilsner, though I have certainly have better. A little too malty vs hoppy. Would recommend to a friend. (394 characters)

Photo of cjnuxoll
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

here's a strong, flavorful lager that makes me forget how much i really don't like everyone else's favorite pale ale. summerfest reduces the bitterness of SNPA and adds the wheaty flavor that should be common to a lager. i know i'm comparing a pale ale to a lager, but i'm just qualifying my preferences so you know where i am coming from in my beer tastes in this review.

it's lightly carbonated and full bodied. the alcohol content is slightly higher than that of a normal lager, so you know from the stronger flavor you're getting a micro brew from a company that is quickly becoming one of the largest distributors in the country. it's not a sell-out beer - it still has the uniqueness that tells you it's a sierra nevada without overwhelming or offending. just a solid contribution to give you some additional options at the beer store.

[edit] had a few more since the review. It's growing on me. The Summerfest is pretty good; but I've found, that like a fine wine, you need to let it "breathe," so the yeast oxigenates and mixes. It's lightly carbonated, but as the yeast dissolves when opened, it maintains the bubblieness and stays sharp. (1,149 characters)

Photo of RichieS2
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a 15 oz Czech Pils glass.

T - Good for the style, straw yellow color and easily transparent. There was little head and quite a bit of carbonation.

S - Plenty of sweetness from malt and not much hops that I could detect.

T - Great; the scent was a perfect foreshadow; the brew had a satisfying sweetness that led to a slight spiciness when the hops came into play. The beer finished clean.

M - Thin to be sure, but that is the style. It felt good in my mouth and going down.

D - Excellent, I could drink this all summer long. (554 characters)

Photo of axisjones
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lager was nothing special.
The appearance was clear, with the head disappearing quickly and little lacing to speak of on the way down.
The smell was clean and mild, mostly a faint hop aroma, but definitely not a memorable aromatic one.
The one thing this beer has going for it is that is very refreshing. I had this beer after a walk with a sausage and it did the job just fine. This is easily the lightest and most uninteresting of the SN line, this beer is just plain and uninspired. The taste hardly goes beyond simple hops and a light body. (554 characters)

Photo of TheOtherMike
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very enjoyable beer! Few beers achieve this combination of high marks in every category.

Appearance is light and clear. Plenty of carbonation. Head is commensurate with pour style.

Smell is crisp and inviting.

Taste is clean, light and straightforward.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability is rarely matched. (336 characters)

Photo of tophers
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Super clear light golden with mostly creamy head that is not real thick, but is long lasting

s: Crisp, spicey hop aroma. Tiny bit of pils malt sweetness

t: Moderately-low malt sweetness with a bit of spicey. Crisp, but not as crisp as some of the czech pils I have had. Could be due to the malt being more present.

m: Moderately high carbonation with a moderately dry finish. Medium body.

o: Not bad...seems more of an American version of a czech pils (ie. appears to be domestic malts). I prefer the continental malts with this style. (542 characters)

Photo of chrisms86
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours with a thin layer of sticky head. The taste is great, some notes of citrus add to the full flavor. A very drinkable beer with a pleasant aftertaste, which stick around for awhile due to the syrupy texture of this beer. The carbonation seems artificial, which really brings down the quality of this lager to something like a Henry Weinhards (goes for a good taste, but it all seems somewhat fake).

Without the strong carbonation this would have been a common sight in my fridge, but as it is Sieraa Nevada Summerfest will only make occassional appearences. (564 characters)

Photo of mghotbi
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with one finger white short-lived head and persistent lacing.

Citrus aromas and trace of noble hops dominate the nose.

Taste is clean with prominent citrus note balanced by a mild sweetness. Finishes clean and dry.

Mouthfeel is light with balance of creaminess and tight carbonation. Very drinkable.

In a craft beer world dominated by big hoppy ales, Pilsners sometimes don't get the respect that they deserve. It's nice to see Sierra Nevada give this style some props. One of my favorite hot Summer day beers. (545 characters)

Photo of miket163
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw with small white head into a pint glass. Good lacing.

smell: Malt and hops. Crackery with a faint fruit like scent.

taste: Nice hop bitterness, very crackery malt character . Clean grassy, bitter finish.

Very nice summer lager! Very good gateway into the craft world. (292 characters)

Photo of BricksandPorter
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured one 12oz into an American Pint.

Pour - golden straw with a light yellow, almost pastel hue and crystal clear. Thick, rocky, bone white, one finger head with small and medium bubbles that creates a soapy effect. Lacing was splotchy and turned to a scum-like film after a few minutes. Carb looks good - not too much.

Nose - sweet, almost berry out in front. No hops, but a good combination of corn and malt. Gave a hint of mineral or metallic water. I find this happens with SNBC - not that i mind it, its just distinct.

Taste - a delicate, but distinctive pils feel. Not overwhelming but different in character. Hops are up front and meld well with the dextrin and the munich, and i like the combination of perle and saaz. Notes of banana and a finish that is slightly earthy. Nothing very overpowering here. This is a well balanced and crisp tasting lager.

Mouthfeel - medium-full body with nothing jumping out to define the character. I like the balance in the taste, but the carb might make it too biting in that respect. The bittering makes this enjoyable but overall, its a nice average pils lager.

Drinkability - Defenitely a summer session beer to be paired with light seafood or salad. Better for the end of the day beer drink than the "just got done mowing the lawn" beer in the early afternoon. (1,317 characters)

Photo of charlesbyrd
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a characteristic stubby 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a clear, bright, straw color with a soapy head that dissipates into a thin ring. The bubbles in this are pretty vigorous--they flow constantly through the beer from start to finish.

S: Nothing really overpowering here. I get a little bit of a floral note, along with the standard grassy aroma.

T: A very straightforward pilsener. There's a slight hoppy twang, but mostly I get a crisp grassy flavor. Not really much sweetness, but very smooth all the same.

M: Very dry and light bodied, with a fairly prominent prickle of carbonation. Although the flavor doesn't stick around for long, it's still very refreshing.

D: Again, a pretty refreshing beer. It's not going to challenge your palate in many ways, but it's far superior to any macro lager in terms of quality and taste. I could definitely kick back a few of these by the pool or at a cookout. (935 characters)

Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this bottle on a day just like the label,and let me tell you it dont disappoint!Wonderful blonde/orange clear pilsner style that bubbles a frothy lacey head,you can already smell before it reaches your face. Detected a floral,malty odor with some sweetness and spice and blended together perfectly for a crisp taste that didnt leave me wanting a glass of water afterwards....,instead another not to tackle my thirst but for the pure enjoyment! Cant wait to mow the grass again next weekend. (499 characters)

Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice light golden color, clear and bright with a one-finger white head.

Smell: Smells of subtle, sweet grains and a faint floral hoppiness.

Taste: Tastes of grains mostly; malty and crisp. Just a little citrus too. And possibly a slightly toffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is light and smooth, a little slick (not watery) and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice beer. I might buy it again at some point, although I usually go for something a little darker or with more of a kick. But this was refreshing and a fitting compliment to my hot, humid apartment. (603 characters)

Photo of risendragon
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From a 6 pack bought with surplus grocery money. I've tried Sierra Nevada's Extra IPA and Winter varietal in the past and was rather impressed with both. This one, not so much so.

A- Light honey color, head dissipated quickly.

S- Grassy, hay, some floral notes, some citrus. Not as bold as advertised.

T- Similar to smell but again, not as bold as advertised. I get a nice citrusy, hoppy note at the finish and that is quite frankly this beer's only redeeming quality.

M- Crisp, refreshing, the kind of brew I would drink after working in the sun all day (if it were not for the sub-par taste).

O- I was expecting more from this brew, thus the lower scores. As a fan of Sierra Nevada's IPA styles I think I will stick to those from now on. But, this is a good summer beer after a long day's work. I guess one could call it a "starter" beer for someone looking to get into microbrews. (888 characters)

Photo of Roderick
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It poured light gold with a very thin white head,
The smell was very light with of hops and a hint of citrus.
Taste was a little sweet with a hint of lemon. It went down smooth but had a bit of an aftertaste.
It was ok but I'm not sure I would purchase it again .
Paid $.99 for 1 bottle at the Liquor Barn Hurstbourne (321 characters)

Photo of TeddyBG
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Golden colored with 1 inch head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Spicy hops.

T: Spicy hops up front and then a citrusy malt flavor. Slight hop bitterness at the end.

M: Highly carbonated. No off aftertastes.

D: Extremely sessionable beer. I'm going to have a hard time convincing myself not to finish this six pack. (360 characters)

Photo of sfsean28
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden yellow colored brew into a tall pilsener glass and left a foamy white head and nice sticky lacing to the glass.
Not a strong smell, only slight aromas of bread

Taste was mostly bready, grainy and some malt.Has a nice clean dry finish which I enjoy very much. Carbonation seems to be just right. I think its well balanced, its not heavy and not light.

This is good tasting beer. I think this is what a regular beer should taste like.Hot summer day beer and a good session beer. (498 characters)

Photo of digitalbullet
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep golden color with a thick head that has some staying power
Smell: Citrus notes with a light hops in the back ground
Taste: Light citrus color with a malty background. Very light on the hops.
Mouthfeel: Very easy on the palate. Good crisp carbination
Drinkability: This brew can be very dangerous on a hot summer day. This very easy to drink and a great session brew. (383 characters)

Photo of bigjohn
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden yellow color, with a thick white head. Smell is faintly hoppy, with a grainy undertone. For me, the taste was dominated by the grainy flavor. The mouthfeel was fine, but nothing spectacular. I could drink these all day, and it is certainly a fine summer brew. However, all in all I would say it is a disappointment, I just expected something more complex and exotic. Reminds me too much of Pilsner Urquell. (432 characters)

Photo of JerseyPaul
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, straw yellow color with good carbonation; small white head dissipates quickly, leaving barely any lacing

Smell: Faint aroma that yields light, sweet malt & grain notes

Taste: Lightly sweet malt body that gives way to slightly bitter hops; smooth, dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light body; good carbonation; clean, crisp finish

Drinkability: Low ABV & light body make this a good choice for a session beer

Overall, Summerfest is an average, but not exceptional, pilsener. It goes down easily, with a dry, crisp finish. As the name suggests, this is a good choice for the summer, but there are better alternatives out there, as this is slightly better than average. (687 characters)

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.