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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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3,616 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,616
Reviews: 1,476
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 65
Gots: 255 | 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 cvfish
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a golden straw color that produced a fluffy white head that had some retention and left little lace

S - The aromas produced by this beer were mild, some malts and hops

T - The taste of this beer was crisp, clean breadiness, some fruits, and a little hops on the finish

M - The mouthfeel on this beer had a light body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very easy drinking beer, my idea of a real pilsener the goes great on those hot southern days

cvfish, May 12, 2009
Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

erlenmeyer, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of blastoderm55
3/5  rDev -18%

blastoderm55, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of arguemaniac
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just the right amount of residual malt sweetness blends perfectly with a delicious, smooth caramel grain character and it’s all balanced by a firm, leafy Saaz hop spice. Slight apricot malt fruitiness and more of that assertive hop bitterness in the surprisingly lengthy finish.

I think this is my favorite Sierra Nevada beer (besides perhaps Celebration, but even that one isn’t as drinkable) and it’s certainly my favorite summer seasonal. This exceedingly refreshing brew is exceptionally drinkable with balanced, flawless flavors. I only bought the six-pack a day or so ago and I’m already on my last bottle. Guess I’m gonna have to go out and get some more…

Highly recommended.

arguemaniac, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of salinasa
4/5  rDev +9.3%

salinasa, May 28, 2013
Photo of sjones5045
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

sjones5045, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of nkelley77
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

nkelley77, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of mwa423
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a ton of head once it hits the glass. I was surprised at how much head immediately filled the glass and how long it took to die down. However, it did leave an impressive lacing.

S - Light grainy malts make up most of the aroma with a slight bit of hops. Very similar to the better macro lagers or craft pilsners.

T - Taste is very grainy with maltiness, a tasteable amount of hops but that's about it and some citrus notes. While this is a good example of a Czech Pilsener, it's on par with a beer like Miller Lite or many other macro lagers that reviewers slam. Simply, this beer is on par with those.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good and thick but is easily swallowed (making this a great lawnmower beer) and very drinkable. However, unless you're trying to make a statement unless a far less expensive macro, I would just purchase those instead of this.

mwa423, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of switzer
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

switzer, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of WoodburyMN
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

WoodburyMN, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of jeffwright
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jeffwright, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -18%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left less than a one finger head that quickly dissipated into surface skim, no lacing. Body was a clear gold.

Smell - grassy, slightly herbal, bready malt.

Taste - like the smell - grassy, some herbs, some bready malt.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability - This goes down easy, especially on a hot day, and is good. Very sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of HopBrain
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

HopBrain, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of tviz33
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

tviz33, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Andrew041180
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear gold with about a finger's worth of head. The head holds for a while, then dissipates into a thin covering which leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. I am impressed.

S - The thing that I don't dig so much about lagers, and pilsners in particular, is that malty funkiness that I associate with European style beers. However, there is something about the blend here that is encouraging.

T - I still taste that funkiness that I'm not a huge fan of, but I also taste a sweeter malty note that really causes me to reflect. The finish is very clean and leaves me wanting more, not because I'm trying to cover up an unpleasant finish, but because I like the way the taste develops.

M - I like the bubbles. Very smooth and clean tasting.

O - I happened to have this beer on a relatively cool night while grilling up some BBQ chicken, but I've also had it playing lawn games on a hot afternoon. I find it to be a refreshing break from my IPAs and always look forward to this one, despite my hangups on the style.

Andrew041180, May 08, 2013
Photo of nodder
4/5  rDev +9.3%

nodder, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of jgasparine
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured with one finger of white foam, which slowly dissipated, leaving some lacing behind. The body was a nice honey color with some decent carbonation...

S- Sweet and grassy, with some honey notes on the nose... some low-alpha hops in there too. The hop aroma doesn't seem to be Saaz... despite the fact that Sierra Nevada lists Saaz for this beer... perhaps they have used some Saaz-like variant... curious...

T- Sweet pale malts come through up front with some zesty lemongrass notes. Slightly metallic. Nice dry finish with some pleasant hop bitterness.

M- Highly carbonated, but not overly carbonated. This carbonation works well with the spritzy flavors. The Summerfest has a rather thin body, but it's slightly oily. Again, it kindof works with the style.

D- Very refreshing. Almost the perfect lawnmower beer! Great thirst quencher for hot weather. Very drinkable (in the summer), although I would never consider it in the colder months.

Notes: I would like to see a classification of "American Pilsner"... this brew just doesn't conjure-up the thoughts of a European beer for me...

jgasparine, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of AwYeh
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass; thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing one of his bottles with me.

A: Pours a thin, clear yellow color with two fingers of white head and considerable carbonation bubbles visible.

S: Lots of grassy hops backed up by a faint, indistinct malty sweetness.

T: Very similar to the smell; I predominantly taste grass and that same sweetness. There isn't a lot going on, but it's well balanced and very refreshing.

M: Thin-bodied, smooth, and very crisp from the moderate-high carbonation.

O: A solid beer to stock your fridge with in the summertime; its refreshing quality and low ABV mean even a 12-pack of this wouldn't stick around too long.

AwYeh, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

h4ger, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

tyleeis, Jun 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

Travcofarms, Dec 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

dannyfayy, Jun 09, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -9%

DemoniChris, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Theogre83, Jul 19, 2014
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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