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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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3,538 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,538
Reviews: 1,469
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 63
Gots: 228 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

od_sf, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of tpaetow
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

tpaetow, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of toppoop
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

toppoop, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Samp01
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a good medium fluffy lasting white head. Aroma and Taste of biscuit malt, grass and grains, some yeast and lemon citrus flavors with some mild bitter and tangy notes. Palate is medium crisp body with moderate carbonation. Finish is biscuit malt, grassy and grains, yeast with some lemon citrus flavors. Overall a good crisp and refreshing summer crew

Samp01, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of VaporDome
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

VaporDome, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of aquatonex
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New seasonal tap at Effin...

Pours pale straw color, good carbonation, not a lot of head. Slight creaminess which gives a slight lacing. Nose is very floral, dry malts and hops noticeable, some light citrus notes, and smells refreshing. Taste follows well, again with some nice hoppiness, dry malts, and light lemoniness that is quite balanced and very enjoyable. Pretty good mouthfeel, could have had a bunch of extra ones.

aquatonex, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, pale, and golden. Has a two finger white head that retains very well. Half a finger high till the last drop.

The aroma is mix of honey and soft grains. Citrus and mild pine note pull through from the hops.

The flavor is balanced and refreshing. Clean grains with a soft bread and sweet honey are balanced with a dry bitter hop.

Light in body and refreshing and easy to drink.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest is a perfect pick for those who seek out a refreshing lager that is balanced. No frills, no thrills, just a clean lager with a nice dry spicy finish.

Luigi, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of jmtpi
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jmtpi, Jun 10, 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
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

TR0219, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of jkrich
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After reading a forum about this seasonal lager changing character from previous years, I thought I would revisit it.

The pilsner poured a standard clear, golden color with a nice white fluffy head. If you enjoy lacing, this will not disappoint.

The aroma was largely noble, european hops. The sweet malt aroma was very inviting.

Similar to most czech style lagers, the flavor was initially sweet followed by a nice refreshing hop bite. It is always a pleasure to enjoy this style very fresh.

Overall, this one is light in body with a sweet, slick mouthfeel. In keeping with a traditional czech pilsner, the carbonation is not over the top.

Immensely quaffable, this is the ideal summer lager. I noticed that only the smell dropped from my previous review in 2008. As they say, the olfactory suffers with age.

jkrich, May 17, 2010
Photo of jjboesen
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!

jjboesen, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of letsgopens
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a formidable looking lager! When decanted hastily it displays a full two fingers of frothy, pearl white foam that holds its ground for a few minutes and then recedes to multiple chunks and wisps of lace. The color an extremely clear, dim yellow with some bright, thinning highlights. Certainly displaying all the characteristics you'd expect of a quality Czech-style Pils.

Bready and floral with toasty buttered biscuit and some spicy, crisp hops. Lots of husky, dry yeast and a well balanced overall character. Makes me wish I had a hammock.

Bright and floral up front and quickly melting in to a buttery, toasty, browned English muffin flavor. Spicy with some cornmeal and a nice mellow, yeasty character that helps to balance out the whole situation. Some phenol character with just mild note of warmth in the finish.

The initial, characteristic crispness is there but surprisingly there is a relatively low level of carbonation. It definitely helps the buttery notes to be retained but the crisp lightness is mellowed. However a nice, spicy hop character does a good job of brightening of the brew just enough.

In terms of drinkability I'm feeling just ok about it. Although the ABV is low and the brew is definitely lively enough to keep my attention, I feel like the very mellow, buttery feel may get monotonous after a couple. In this case I think a more assertive carbonation level would help the drinkability. Still a great summer brew that I enjoy often.

letsgopens, May 25, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

21Maestro8, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a white head.
Faint aroma of pale malts and hops.

Crisp and very clean. Pale, grainy malts with a nice hop balance. Slight citrus flavor. Light and thirst quenching.

Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable.

Overall a good beer. Summerfest is quite fitting as this would make a great lawnmower beer.

PhantomVodoo, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of stephendr
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold color medium , clear – frothy medium white head –nose is cinnamon , apple , wheat , citrus ( lime / lemon zest ) , grassy , wet hay , slight hopps , and slight malts - taste mild hint of malts , grainy , grassy , and red apples – creamy sweet mouth feel – aftertaste
cereal , grass , slight hopps

stephendr, Nov 10, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

IRONRakkasan, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

h4ger, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since it was a beautiful day outside and the feeling of "summer" was in the air, I decided to pick up Sierra's 2007 Summerfest. With the ABV at 5% I figured this may be a good session brew for a warm sunny day.

12oz. bottle poured into my Yankee pint glass. The appears to be a bold yellow color- about a half inch of foamy white head- but quickly dissipated after about a minute of sitting.

Smelled like lemons and grains....quite refreshing.

Taste was light and fitting for the style- citrusy and smooth- tingly on my tongue- easy on my tastebuds-

While this beer will not blow you away, it is one of the easiest beers to drink that I have come across in a long time. I could session these at a barbeque- a hot summer night- or while watching a baseball game.

DavidSeanNJ, May 27, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

TheDoak, May 15, 2013
Photo of donteatpoop
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale clear yellow with a decent cap of white head and a little lace that clings to the glass.

Light crispy scent with some interesting floral hop scents.

Taste was crisp and grainy with an underlying hint of lemon.

The carbonation level seemed rather low in this, but it was otherwise a well balanced beer.

donteatpoop, May 30, 2008
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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.

atr2605, Jul 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

mikehillman, May 22, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

sjones5045, Aug 31, 2014
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,538 ratings.