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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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3,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,643
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 65
Gots: 258 | 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 earlholman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Theogre83
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Murph
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright straw color with a thin white head that sank quickly. Smell is slightly hoppy. Taste s a bit more subtle than I would like it to be. Nice malt backbone, but comes up a little short on the hops. I would like them a little spicier. Nice smooth body and very drinkable. Not a bad beer but like I said, I like my pilsners to have a really spicy hop value to them. Great summer session brew. It is nice to see a brewery that doesn't feel the need to make there summer offering a fake hefe.

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber-gold with an inch-thick foamy white head. Aroma is light, pale malt, very mild hops, light soapy element.

Taste is light, biscuity malts and faintly tart hops. Lots of lemon, grassy (lemongrass?), slightly sour bitterness on top of a gently mild lager sweetness. Almost crosses over into hefe territory, but without the strong banana or yeasty elements.

Mouthfeel is thin and soft, not real complex but very quaffable. I could definitely session this one, especially in the heat of summer.

Photo of EStreet20
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce stubby brown bottle poured into a 16 ounce shaker pint glass.

I'm generally a fan of ales over lagers but hey it's summertime and I like SN's brews so I'll give this one a whirl.

A - A clear, well carbonated transparent yellow with a nearly two finger white head sitting up top. Not my favorite look for a beer but definitely where they're going with this one.

S - A clean smell loaded with pilsner malt. Some mild hoppy tones.

T - A clean taste of pilsner malt with a very clean finish. No realy aftertaste to speak of.

M - Thin light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - A good quencher for yardwork and a clean session beer.

Notes: Def a step up from the mass produced pils/euro plaes such as Labatt's or Heineken. I'm not really a fan of the style but this goes down easy. I drank it a little warmer than optimal temp for this style because my beer fridge is kept as cellar/cool temp and lagers generally go better on a summer day served colder.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with decent clarity. Two and a half finger rocky head that holds well and leaves sticky patterns of lace. Pilsner malt and prevelant saaz hop aromas. The pilsner malt is actually sweet upfront, with a crisp dry tone coming on in the aftertaste. Full palate of saaz flavor, and thankfully not overdone bitterness. Medium body with a medium level of carbonation; but in conjuction with the malt and drying hops, this finishes clean and soft. Highly drinkable with a excellent balance of flavor and great example of the style.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a light straw color with a large, fizzy, white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Has that spicy, grassy hop smell typical of most European pilsners. Also has a slight buttery aroma in the background.

Taste: Bitter and spicy up front with a hint of citrus. Develops into a slightly malty, toasty flavor. Leaves a pleasant, grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Exeedingly crisp and refreshing. I really don't know how this could feel any better.

Drinkability: A great pilsner and a superb summer seasonal. I could see myself easily drinking several of these on a warm day. While it reminds me a lot of the pilsners I used to drink in Europe, SN has added enough of its own touch to make this a unique and highly enjoyable beer.

Photo of washburnkid
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2 fingers white froth over champagne-like bubbly body that's clear and straw-colored. Thin spots of head retention.
S: Grainy malts and big, bitter hop profile. Grassy aromas apparent in the hops as well.
T: Pretty mellow grassy hops and sweet honey malts. Very straightforward. Bitter hop residuals stick around. Spiciness really pulls through and there are some definite yeasty qualities. Candied sugar seems to come out a bit with warmth, which is an interesting characteristic.
M: Smooth but crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation and light-bodied.
D: Tastes exactly like it should, and refreshes in the same way. I can go through a 6er on a hot Cali day.

Photo of switzer
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of 21Maestro8
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of h4ger
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another average, boring, but decent tasting summer lager. This is one of those beers that make you understand how only (for the most part) big beers get the really high ratings. There is not too much to be excited about in this beer. Pours out a golden, cider, straw yellow color with a sticky head that clings randomly to the glass. The aroma is heavy with earthy, hay-like, maltiness. The taste and mouthfeel is very doughy with a hop finish. The beer is pretty smooth, but maybe a bit too dry for this style. Again, there is nothing wrong with this beer, I just need more excitement from a seasonal brew. I will stick to the summer wits.

Photo of PhageLab
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pale yellow coloration, nice big head of froth, decent retention, thick, sticky lacing.

S - Fresh grainy aroma with a sharp grass hop tinge.

T - Earth toned malty pils with a nice touch of grassy hops and some zesty lemon backing. Pretty refreshing although it's a bit one sided.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation, pretty average for style.

D - Decent I suppose, but don't let this one warm up at all, it turns to funk. I would've been happy with the ESB for a few more months, but whatever. Not bad overall.

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

Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

Photo of darcange
3/5  rDev -18%

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.

Photo of toppoop
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of WoodburyMN
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of jeffwright
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -18%

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.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,643 ratings.