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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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3,673 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,673
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 74
Gots: 298 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Ratings: 3,673 | Reviews: 1,485
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3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pinned a tail on the donkey with this one on 7/12/2004. 16-oz. pour at the Joshua Tree in Davis Square, nee Somerville, MA. Lord knows why I was there instead of Redbones…

Light, tight head at start. Clear, light gold hue with bubbles buzzing about as if in a pinball machine, or perhaps more descriptively, a pachinko machine, only balls were ascending, not descending. Wheat, white wine bouquet, and slightly sour on the nose. Some hoppiness, which was surprising, and for me it almost beat out the wheat base. Quite astringent to taste, yet also oddly smooth and clinging. Overall, a shochu-like acidity to the offering.

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3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large mug, on-tap at Old Chicago in Roseville, MN as part of their summer mini-tour.

A-Pristine golden beer, showing occasional bubbles rising within. Arrived with a fluffy white head, decent retention.

S-Spicy hops, with a grainy malt character under that. Slight green apple.

T-Grainy and semi-sweet malts, with a spicy hoppiness coming through subtley and a moderate spicy bitterness. Almost a fruity character coming through, with a slight spicy pucker. Finishes dry, spicy, bready.

M-Medium-high carbonation, but still easty drinking. Moderate-light body, very appropriate for the beer and for the picture on the label :D

D-This would be a perfect beer to sit back on a patio on a hot Saturday afternoon; I guess its merits lie in its refreshing quality and less in its depth of character. Still, the beer shouldn't be shortchanged, as it's a pleasant representation of the style.

Photo of obrike
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 pack at Specs Round Rock for about 13 bucks.

Nothing too striking about the look. A pale yellow, but a decent ring of lace sticks to the top for the duration. A cascade of bubbles rising from the bottom of my glass for the entire drink.

Nice clean crisp scent. For a low abv pilsner, this is nice. Getting some sweetness...maybe a touch of lemon, a bit of malt. Good.

Taste follows. So easy to drink. Uber-carbonated, crsip, refreshing. None of the adjuct bs you get with macro swill. Would love to get this in the hands of some of my bud and miller buddies.

Certainly a good sessionable pilsner that won't offend the masses.

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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's about 90 degrees today, so I decided to test the Summerfest. It pours a clear yellow with a nice foamy white head that's very inviting. The smell is surprisingly nice for a summer lager: floral hops and a very nice hop smell that has undercurrents of bread/biscuit. The malt smell is more than backed up by the flavor and the hops lend a slight bite while contributing a nice tropical flower taste. Drinkability? I'm still trying to figure out where it went.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

Stubby 12ounce bottle. Moderate pour yields a large white head under a clear clear clear light amber body. Head begins to fade immediately, but leaves decent lacing. Pretty for a lager/pilsner.

Smell is quite doughy-bready malty. Lots of malt here, with plenty of citrus-metallic hops around the perimeter. I light note of pepper. Smells good for a pilsner.

Major hops notes up front on the taste, with a solid foundation of biscuity malt. Nice dry-bitter finish. This is spot-on for a pilsner. The citrus hops are certainly there as well, with a metallic-hop aftertaste. Saaz?

Crisp, clean, crisp mouthfeel. Refreshing with a solid malt base.

Drinkability is top-notch for a pilsner. There's enough malt-hops depth here to keep you interested.

Not being a fan of pilsners, I've tried to review this against the style, not against my taste preferences, so I've intentionally been a bit generous with my numbers. It's a fine example of the style, but I won't buy any more of it. Pilsner lovers should really love this.

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2.23/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I'll just cut to the chase here and state that I was very disappointed in this one. Sierra Nevada typically puts out great stuff, but this one is way off the mark.

Appearance- Typical yellow pilsner look with an average head. Not much to speak of with regards to retention and lacing. Overall just very average to me.

Smell- Not much going on here, but more character than... the average beer in this style? Maybe? I expected more from SN. Smells kind of like cornbread to me which is not to suggest that I think there's corn in it- just that it has that smell. I like cornbread but- well, meh.

Taste- Surprisingly, dare I use the term? "Macro-like." Yep, I did it, but it's true. Taste is pretty minimal and perhaps not that bad if ice cold. But as it warms into the 50's off-flavors start poking their nasty little metallic pitchforks into your tongue until finally subdued by the grainy and slightly lingering finish. There is a respectable hop bite that is worth mentioning, and the balance is actually pretty good. But this simply isn't that refreshing or tastey for that matter either.

Mouthfeel- Is pretty much on target for the style with ample carbonation and a light body. Metallic flavors in the middle muddle it up however.

Drinkability/Final Thoughts- This has got to be the most disappointed I've been with a beer in a while. I guess I just took it for granted that all Sierra Nevada products were worth the price and a good representation of the style as well. Honestly, I wouldn't have minded the lack of flavor and character so much if it weren't for the off flavors. I'm sorry for such a negative review SN, but after paying $9.75 retail for a sixer of this, I must say I would have rather spent a couple more bucks and got a 30 rack of PBR. At least that I can say I actually enjoy every once in a while on a hot day.

Photo of burnstar
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear gold with and decent white head. Leaves some lacing on the surface. Aroma is light malt sweetness and a touch of floral hops. Malty with some spicy floral hops with a nice light bitterness in the finish. Very crisp and clean taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium and nicely carbonated. Very drinkable and refreshing. Overall a very nice pils from Sierra Nevada and a great summer beer.

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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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12oz brown bottle

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager was a pale golden color with good clarity. It had a thick white head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma had some grassy and spicy hops. The taste was well balanced between light malt and bitter hops with a dry lightly bitter finish. It was fairly light bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. It was crisp and refreshing. This is a good summertime beer.

Photo of Anthony1
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, golden yellow, fluffy white head, some retention & lace. Acidic, soapy/floral hops. Slightly sweet, slight soapy/floral hop flavour. Needs some more bready maltyness and bitterness. It's just too light for a Pils. Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation. Approachable & quite quaffable, but it doesn't bring me back for more.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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