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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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1,520 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,520
Hads: 3,919
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 99
Gots: 463 | 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 Brian_L-2056
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great light summertime lager! Pools a clear light golden color. Good carbonation and head. Little to no lacing. Very good flavor with mild slightly dry finish. Might just have to buy a 6 pack of this (203 characters)

Photo of sudz42
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty dang good US pilsner, but SA's Noble Pils is still better. I think Sierra is sneaking some corn in this one. The hop profile is nice; west coaster knows how to use their hop. I'm just not getting any biscuit malt that we get from, even a mainstay like Becks.

But it's better than Bud. (303 characters)

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, very light yellow with a two fingered head and nice lacing the whole way down. This is hell of a lot lighter in color than I expected.

Smells grassy, hoppy. Not picking up much else. Smells very clean and crisp. So far, we're on the right track for a summer beer.

Tastes very herbal. The hops have a light citrus quality. The malt ends up being quite sweet. The carbonation is high and the crispness and dryness is extraordinary.

At 5% ABV, I could session this all day long. Truely a fantastic summer beer. (525 characters)

Photo of humuluslupulus8
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer was a bright golden-yellow color similar to melted clarified butter. The head had a medium thickness, and was just slightly off-white.

S: The smell was mainly of the saaz hops (herbal and floral). The malt and hops aromas were fairly balanced.

T: The flavor was balanced between the sweetness and bitterness. There were also some hints of lemon and honey. The bitter hop finish was very short, which gave the beer a nice crispness.

M: The beer was fairly think from a good level of carbonation, but the head was creamy while it lasted.

O: Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is perfect for the summer when it's hot outside. The balanced flavor combined with the crisp finish allow this beer to be equally refreshing and flavorful. (750 characters)

Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A medium shade of yellow bordering on light gold with almost no apparent head. Crystal clear with a light carbonation level


Mixture of spicy hops with a light toasty malt background


Spicy hop notes are balanced nicely by a toasted, bready maltiness. A slight grassy tone also sneaks its way in late.


Light body feeling with a good clean crispness. Carbonation level is just right and compliments the body very nicely.


A good crisp clean lager for hot summer days. A nice spicy hoppiness is complimented well by a maltiness that is not over powering. A good, clean brew (623 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sipping on this beer now. This is one of the most smoothest pilsners i have ever had. No bitterness or bite at all. You just tilt the glass and it goes down fast, I mean really fast! Could easily be up to a six pack and not even know it. Hop profile is minimal. Hints of sweetness with a slight floral smell. Malts are prevalent up front and being the determining factor for flavor. Lacing is light but remains. Head from the pour is nice and thick but quickly fades. Flavor and smoothness keep me interested on this beer. Head doesn't deter at all from the beer. Medium to light carbonation for appearance sake. Overall this beer is really good. I can see myself drinking these all the time due to how smooth it is, and tasty. These are great after a hard days work, when you do not want to think of anything, even your beer.

Awesome beer! (842 characters)

Photo of Sconnie
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very good pilsener, one of the best i've had. Pale yellow color, not much in the nose beyond a typical all malt pilsener. You can very much tell it's all malt and with more hops than many pilseners, really smooth, light but not too light taste. Goes down easy but with a lot of flavor, definitely a good summer beer; too bad I got it in November! (It was on sale for 9.99 for 24, too good a deal to pass up for anything Sierra Nevada) (436 characters)

Photo of Blupoet03
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada's Summmerfest made a brief appearance in our area in June and I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

This beer pours very well, topping a pint glass with a foamy white head, giving off citrus, wheat, hay, and hop aromatics immediately.

Carbonation was great and bubbled till the last sip, sustaining the head all the way to the bottom of the glass.

On the pallet, this beer gave a short sweetness followed by citrus and a little bit of sourness, leaving a fresh mouthfeel at the finish.

Drinkability is very smooth as well. (575 characters)

Photo of riboflavin88
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of this brew was golden and copper, with a white head. The smell was grainy and spicy, a nice burst of hops as well. The taste was clean and crisp as others have said. A hint of citrus, maybe lemon in the background, but predominantly spicy hops up front. Mouthfeel was pleasant, good amount of carbonation made it great to drink during the winter and gave me hope of the warm summer! A very drinkable beer, would go great with a rack of ribs or some BBQ chicken. (473 characters)

Photo of TroyS
4.82/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this years Summerfest at MarCellar's in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It's a really great brew with nice smooth overtones. Yum yum. Some hints of banana. This brew is very clear and doesn't have much head to stick around. It's really really good beer. Go get some! Cheers! PlS. I'll have to add a pic later - saving bottle;) (320 characters)

Photo of redfire89
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright golden color with a lot of clarity, very bubbly.
S- Pilsner like smell with a buttery aroma
T- Slight citrus but hops flavor dominates.
M- One of the easiest beers to drink that I have ever had.
O- Very refreshing, my favorite summer seasonal lager that I've had, more flavorful than Brooklyn and Sam Adams summer beers. (331 characters)

Photo of BrandonLBC
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Very light yellow, completely clear. Has a light head that dissolves quickly. Minimal lacing.

S--Malt first, followed by just a hint of floral/and or pine hops. The hop smell is there, but very light.

T--Very crisp. with the malt up first and then just about the right amount of hop goodness, certainly about right for a lager

M--Light to medium carbonation feels great on the mouth and makes it extremely drinkable. Quite refreshing as well. I'd love to have a few of these at a barbecue on a summer afternoon.

O--Another great beer from Sierra Nevada, and I'm so glad we can get it here in Utah. It's pretty much exactly what I expect from a good craft lager/Pils. That full flavor gives it a good bounce over other more generic lagers. Looking forward to having quite a few of these this summer.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Packaged 4/10/14. 5.0% ABV (879 characters)

Photo of indy169
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 2006 Summerfest brew pours a clear golden color and the smell is like that of of a well done macro brew. The taste is even, with a fine balance of hops and malt for easy summer drinking. I can't help but thinking that the big brewers of the land could learn a thing or two from this beer. Why, with all their bigness, can't Miller, Bud, etc put out a QUALITY beer? Are they afraid the wannabees won't buy it??? They buy hard lemonade, anyway!
Very drinkable, but not terribly interesting. (493 characters)

Photo of smurphy77
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on draft. Actually, I had two. Off the tap it was a hazy golden color with a small, vanishing head. Subtle aromas of wheat and malt, but nothing overt.

This beer has a nice body to it, moreso than the typical pilsener. In fact, it was almost reminiscent of a hefe in that it had a sort of grainy feel to it, although much more understated. I found this beer to have a pleasant, light malt taste that finished with a clear tinge of honey flavor.

Nothing sharp, nothing fancy, and utterly quaffable. (517 characters)

Photo of HUXC
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Yellow straw color with golden and light amber undertones. about a fingers worth of white head that laces nicely around the brim of the glass.

Smell- Slight sweat malted aroma with summer spices and herbs. Notes of citrus fruits and summer grains.

Taste- Slight sweat malted taste with hints of summer grains and spices. Excellent balance with bittering and flavoring hops with citrus notes.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied pilsner style lager with a nice crisp and smooth finish. Mild carbonation with a perfect balance of bitterness and sweat/sour summer spices.

Overall- A nice refreshing lager, excellent beer after a hard days work in the summer heat. Would recommend and and purchase this beer time and again. (792 characters)

Photo of tbone53
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

dont try and twist the cap off of this one.need a bottle opener that is a plus for the home brewer.no born on date but it does say 2007 on the bottle.
a:head quickly diappears but what is left laces nicely down the bottle.
t:a little stronger than the trditional macro brew similar but stronger.
m:feels good on the palate.
d:this is a beer that could get me into trouble.easy smooth drinking.this is one you could probaly get those brand loyal guys to drink.
ill buy this one again.good sound choice. (506 characters)

Photo of aaronxsubaru
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i wanted to give this a better score but i remebered it tasting better the first time i had it. still overall my favoraite summer beer so far i think.

looks light, lighter than it tastes which is good. i like how the sweet notes help balance the hops in this. its also nice that it doesn't hit you all at once giving it more complexity. as a summer beer should be this is crisp and drinkable but without being boring. (418 characters)

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

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is famous for one of my favorite beers of all time, their Pale Ale. Many people only know them for the Pale Ale, but they have a lot more. Sierra Nevada makes Ales, Lagers, Seasonals, a Stout and Limited Editions. You can check out their site here. The company is not in the Sierra Nevada mountains like the name implies, it is in a town north of Sacramento, California called Chico. The company's founder was an avid backpacker, and he named the company after his favorite place to hike.

Seasonal beers can be hit or miss, although a seasonal from Sierra Nevada comes with higher expectations from the drinker. Summertime brings us the Summerfest "crisp summer lager."

The beer pours a fluffy, pillowy head that clings traces to the sides of the glass. The color is more pale yellow than golden, and a steady stream of bubbles rises from the bottom center of the glass. The aroma is of malt and a slight trace of citrus. When you first taste the brew, you get the malt taste. This is quickly followed by the hit of citrus, and then finishes with a nice hoppy bite.

The beer is "crisp" as described, and it has just enough citrus to make it interesting. This beer does not make the common seasonal mistake of overpowering the drinker with gimmicky flavors. Overall it is a light and refreshing brew, that has good carbonation and is extremely smooth and drinkable. This is a great summer beer that you can drink during your BBQ or on your pool deck and not get sick of it. In a marketplace full of crappy breweries looking to make a buck during the summer, Sierra Nevada comes through with an offering that is different, refreshing and never lets you forget that you are drinking a "beer." (1,726 characters)

Photo of tigerdoc
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thick creamy head the dissapates moderately quickly. Nice crisp aroma of light malt and noble hops, however the aroma isn't as powerful as some of the better pilsners. Taste is similarly malty with a nice hop bite on the end that lingers on the palate. The mouthfell is nice and light with moderate carbonatoin that support the crisp bitterness from the hops. Truly a great summer beer, very refreshing, very drinkable. This beer doesn't inspire deep thought by any means which is why I think the overal score is a little low, but I think it accomplishes what is sets out to do in creating a great refreshing beer for those hot summer days. (674 characters)

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

A - pale golden amber with a short off-white head

S - heavy grain and yeast presence with notes of citrus

T - similar to the nose; prominent grain presence with notes of lemon

M - a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel due to the fairly heavy carbonation

D - not the best beer SN makes, but a flavorful lager, with a refreshing crispness to it; perfect for summer cookouts and for dispensing to unsuspecting macro drinkers (420 characters)

Photo of Tawnos
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

To be fair, as an intro, I'm normally not a big lager/pilsener drinker.

A: Pours a very nice gold color, lots of bubbles, looks darker than most pilseners, which gives me hope I might enjoy it :)

S: Bready with hop crispness. No skunkiness, somewhat citrusy.

T: Like the smell, a citrusy/grassy taste is there, not a very heavy beer, very small and light in comparison to everything else they make. Not unpleasant as a thirst quencher.

M: Very fizzy, dry finish.

D: I'll get this again if my friends want something light. It's appealing to me in a way that most pilseners aren't. (595 characters)

Photo of Caesar1pup
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden in color with a small head.
Aroma: A slight smell of hops and malt. Nothing great but nothing unappealing either.
Taste: Clean, crisp and very dry. Very thirst quenching for a hot summer day. This has a hint of something unpleasant to it, nothing overpowering but at the same time, nothing that makes you want more.

Overall: A fairly bland offering from a brewer I expect more from. Worth a try but I personally will not be back. (453 characters)

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

Server up a deep gold in color with a nice head. Has a touch of hop aroma, slightly herbal or grassy. The taste was better than most for the style. Reminded me much more of an ale than an Pilsner. The hop profile was citricy and slightly spicy. A great gateway beer, refreshing and would have worked in a session. (313 characters)

Photo of scorched
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without going into the normal details, this is absolutely, hands-down, the most refreshing beer I have ever had. It is so hot where I am and this cools me right down. Its too bad this isn't out all year long. Drinkability is VERY high and mouthfeel is exceptional (263 characters)

Photo of squirrelpirate
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager poured a clear straw with a thick white head that quickly dissipated to a thin bubbly lace on the surface. I detected only faint grassy notes with a little malt sweetness.

This is a very crisp, refreshing beer with moderate carbonation. The taste is a smooth malty sweetness with mild hop presence lingering in the aftertaste. It has a light body and is very easy to drink, with a moderate mouthfeel that is a bit surprising.

Like a lot of the other reviews, I don't find this to be a good Czech Pils, but it is a very refreshing summer beer that I could easily drink for an afternoon. A good overall beer. (643 characters)

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,520 ratings.