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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

3,349 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,349
Reviews: 1,455
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 58
Gots: 162 | 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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hpthebull

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-06-2013 03:49:51 | More by hpthebull
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Alex5

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

12-10-2013 13:14:29 | More by Alex5
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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

I liked this beer. I had it with my pizza tonight, and it came across as a mildly bitter, refreshing pils. A nice dry hoppiness, clean and refreshing. Tastier than a lot of pilsners, with an interesting balance between the usual micro bitterness and a typical lager smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 19:44:05 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Satan70

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-17-2012 03:00:02 | More by Satan70
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MammothTarantula

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +36.6%

04-17-2012 00:15:49 | More by MammothTarantula
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cjac

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18%

05-28-2012 21:34:04 | More by cjac
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zerk

California

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a persistent 1/2 inch white head. There is a steady trail of bubbles tracing up the glass. Aroma is a mix of bready malts and spicy noble hops with a touch of citrus. Flavor begins with slightly sweet biscuit, then becomes spicy with a healthy dose of hops. Finishes with a refreshing bitterness. All of the flavors are in excellent balance. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with appropriate carbonation for the style. This is a very tasty pils/light lager, and a wonderfully refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 01:42:34 | More by zerk
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Rick778

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-06-2013 00:01:04 | More by Rick778
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brealbg

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-24-2012 14:07:42 | More by brealbg
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meehandennis

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-26-2013 22:54:59 | More by meehandennis
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sbanacho

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

09-07-2012 23:36:28 | More by sbanacho
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is Sierra Nevada's version of a crispy Czech pilsner; you know, a refresing beer that one would sip after a heavy day of traipsing around Prague - maybe enjoyed at a table on the Old Town Square (perhaps with fried cheese?). I digress ...

The appearance is one of such a classic style: light gold in color, a translucent body brimming with rushing carbonation bubbles on their way to the top. There are pleasant notes of grass on the nose; the palate is inundated with subtle hops, crisp and clear and crispy on the bite; there is subtle sweetness at the fade. The mouthfeel is somewhat dry.

This is the ultimate sessional quaff, be it in lovely Prague, or not-so-lovely Arlington, Virginia, where I enjoyed it. Ahh... Prague .... ahhh Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 01:44:58 | More by jjboesen
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kels

Virginia

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

Pours a pale straw yellow. The initial 3 finger white fizzy head fades pretty much immediately with no trace of foam or lace left behind. Beer is completely clear with just a few errant bubbles running throughout.

Not much aroma to speak of, but not that surprising for this style. There's a rich and slightly sweet toasted graininess that comes through.

Beer has a nice refreshing balance of sweetness and crispness. The lemon adds a light tartness to the slightly sweet malts and toasted grains. It is flavorful while still remaining light and bright. Decent carbonation without being fizzy or bubbly. Crazy high drinkability, and it's definitely a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 22:57:23 | More by kels
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csurowiec

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-14-2014 23:04:56 | More by csurowiec
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a room-temp pint glass.

A-very light golden straw color ala American light lagers. A little head and retention, nice carbonation.

S- bitter sour doughy aroma typical of the style. Dry bread.

T-bready, grainy, grassy. Malts, with a dry hop for balance.

M- light and delicate. good carbonation. a very dry finish.

O- an ok pilsner. I prefer SNPA, even for summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 22:18:28 | More by NiceTaps
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-17-2013 12:47:12 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy corn-yellow body with a small white, pillow-like, head.

S: A sweet and delicate nose with nothing too complex, but an aroma of sweet pale malts, grains, & yeast. No real hops to speak of.

T: A simple flavor of sweet malts, grains, cracker-like yeast, maybe a hint of hops, and finishes dry. Nothing too impressive.

M: A light body with medium-light carbonation. Light and refreshing.

D: I didn't think this was all that amazing. Great for the summer time and one could definitely drink a lot of these. However, it just seems like an amp up version of a BMC.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:30:03 | More by BrewCrew2010
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Lukebell15

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-18-2014 01:00:20 | More by Lukebell15
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Barnsley

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-30-2013 16:36:47 | More by Barnsley
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sierra Nevada beers are a usually above average indulgence, with some of their offerings being mind blowing. This Summerfest beer is definitely not mind blowing, and some would say it is not even near above average. For me, this was middle of the road: a well-made brew that is just terribly unexciting.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest pours a yellowish gold color with a decent foamy head that retains for a few minutes before thinning out. The aroma is crisp and hoppy: those distinct citrus and piney hop notes jump out of the glass and up your nostrils. Although the mouthfeel is a bit thin, it is crisp and bubbly enough to make this a quaffable beverage. There is a light malt presence in this beer, but of course the hoppiness is the most dominant feature, lending the trademark SN citric and piney notes. The dryness in the finish rounds out the brew well enough. The aftertaste has a bit of a bready/cracker like quality to it along with the lingering citric dryness, and there is no alcoholic warmth in the end.

This beer really doesn't bring to mind the dog days of summer. For me, it is just a hopped up fizzy yellow brew. I think SN's Wheat Beer was more interesting than this, and that one previously held the title for my least favorite SN brew. This is still a well-made brew, no doubt about it, but there isn't enough here to keep my interest.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 07:29:35 | More by Beastdog75
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atr2605

New York

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

A-pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a foamy white head with good retention
S-pretty clean aroma, bit of malt, low hop bitterness
T-maltiness followed by nicely balanced hop bitterness that has a faint pine characteristic to it
M-light bodied with decent amount of carbonation
O-nice, clean, well balanced pilsner. Go to beer for the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 01:59:03 | More by atr2605
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JHendu

Florida

3/5  rDev -18%

06-24-2014 01:02:44 | More by JHendu
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-16-2013 05:53:49 | More by foxyaardvark27
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Notacraftdrinker

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

04-16-2014 00:33:48 | More by Notacraftdrinker
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VaporDome

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-16-2013 00:01:41 | More by VaporDome
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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