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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

3,574 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,574
Reviews: 1,473
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 243 | 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 Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a bright clear gold color with a nice white head. There is a nice hop aroma accompanied by a slight lemon aroma and some floral grassy notes. There is a sharp carbonation which gives a sense of acidity up front. Nice and clean tasting with a hop bite finish. This lager has a very clean bitterness from the hops. There is a nice amount of body, but it is still quite quenching. This clean beer is a vehicle for the hop aroma and bitterness that the brewers have seen fit to add.

Gueuzedude, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm somewhat over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of slight cream, okay thickness, and average retention. Clear yellow colour. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Clean malts, bland hops, and some barley. A very boring and bland aroma. Average strength. Not particularly appealing.

T: Clean malts lend it body. Background floral hops give it a little character, but not enough to save it from its simplicity. There's very little going on here. No yeast or alcohol notes are present. There's some malty sweetness on the climax. The finish is bland, but at least it's a change of pace from the body - some crystal malt is all that really comes through. Bland and boring all around.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thick enough. Acceptable carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but mundane. I'm pretty underwhelmed - but hey, it's Sierra Nevada. I wouldn't get this again, but it's a decent little pilsener. Probably best on draught.

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kojevergas, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One word for this beer: crisp. It has a nice snap to it as you sip and its very refreshing. It may not be as extreme as other beer styles out there but this one is great to have on a nice, hot day. I have yet to be let down from this brewery and they seem to tackle all assortments of styles with ease.

oriolesfan4, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 2007 Edition,

A: Clear yellow, with a thick white head, which drops off quickly, lots of silver bubbles coming up to the top.

S: Bready malts and the dry Czech hops.

T: Dry Saaz hops, backed with bready malts, simple but effective.

M: Very dry, smooth, good carbonation, spritzy, and not chewy, very good for a pils.

D: A good summer quencher, a great example of an American lager.

Halcyondays, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 350ml bottle poured into a 0.2 litre Veltins Pilsner stemmed tulip glass (twice).

Lager looking beer (what a shock!), white head sat on top of a clear golden, bright body. The large head fell away to a thin covering very quickly.

The aroma came from the sour end of citrus fruits (lemon, limes and grapefruits) along with a hint of yeast.

The taste has a grapefruit tang to it. The other citrus fruits from the aroma didn't re-appear in the taste.

Refreshing and fizzy, this is a summer beer for sure and pleasant one at that.

Zesty lager that has a lot more going for it than a lot I've reviewed, not bad at all.

BlackHaddock, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass - golden in color with a 1/2" head. Lacing develops. The aroma is very mild tones of grass, citrus, and hops. The flavor follows suit as the malt and hops are softly balanced with some lemon and grass / hay flavors.

The mouthfeel is crisp as the carbonation is strong. The finish is a little crisp and dry. This is a lighter bodied brew. Extremely drinkable for a hot summer day and the flavor is just strong enough to excite some tastebuds without sending them into overload.

Gavage, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/28/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Average golden color pour, decent white foamy head and average lacing.

Smell- Smell of bitter pine hops...not much of anything else. Not that this is bad!

Taste- I don't know what to make of this beer. Has malty moments, fruity moments, bitter hop moments and maybe even sourish saison moments. Tons of different things going on in here. Maybe too much.

Mouthfeel- Above average carbonation. Lip smaking bitter at times.

Drinkability- Wish I had this brew first so I could make a more accurate judgement. The one thing I will give it is refreshing. It was nice and hot outside by the pool and it did the job.

GClarkage, May 31, 2005
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This showed up recently at The Fridge and went into my fridge awaiting furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). Reviewed 08-14-2013.

It was a long day of paranoia and I was jonesing for a beer, so I executed a quick Crack and an inverted Glug, resulting in two fluffy, foamy fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was a sunshine yellow with NE-quality clarity. SRM = 4 to 5. Nose had a great Noble hop grassiness underlain with a light biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and man, this really hit the spot! The Saaz hops commingled beautifully with the malt to create a light, easy drinking lager in the form of a Pils. Finish was crisp, dry, refreshing and I may have found a new CANdidate for the summer cooler.

My original bottle review from 07-07-2005 with scores of 4.0; 2.5; 3.0; 4.0 and 3.5 follows:

This poured with a decent white head, but it just evaporated to wispiness. I had a light malt smell, but even that was tough to discern. It had a nice tang in the mouth, but no taste that really jumped out. The finish was lightly grainy, not so much of malt, but more like wheat, or (heaven forbid) corn. It just reminded me of being out in the fields behind my maternal grandparents' house as a kid. It was a decent beer, but I'd like something with a bit more flavor, even in the summer.

woodychandler, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of yourefragile
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz 2007 bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Golden straw color with light carbonation. Nice clarity. Slowly dissipating one finger head that leaves thin film over surface
S: Malty, grassy smell. Nothing spectacular, but appealing
T: Crisp, refreshing flavor to start, with a hoppy bitter finish. Some hints of lemon.
M/D: Medium bodied, mild carbonation finishes very dry with bitter aftertaste. Nothing too spectacular, nothing bad. Nice summer beer but coming from SN slightly disappointing compared to some of their other seasonals.

yourefragile, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of corby112
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

On draft at The Bishop's Collar. Pours a pale golden yellow that is completely clear with a thin white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. No lacing at all and not very impressive looking at all.

Bland aroma with very faint earthy hops along with a pale malt presence. Hints of yeast, bread, pilsner malt, grass, stra and faint light fruit.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice crisp hop bite up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt body into a slightly dry, refreshing finish. Dry bitter hops up front countered by sweet pale malts and crisp light fruit notes, especially apple and pear. Slight bready yeast with faint grassy straw notes. Very quaffable especially in hot summer weather.

corby112, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a can of this. Poured into a Sierra Nevada snifter, the brew appears a perfectly clear golden yellow with streaming bubbles of carbonation that support a finger of white head. As the cap fades, it leaves patches of stringy lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with a scent of biscuit-like grain. Enough hops are there to provide almost a lemony fresh citrus quality blended with grass and an herbal component. The aromatics blend back and forth between sweet and grainy and herbal with hops. A nice balance with a soft touch of fruity alcohol as it warms up.

The taste is sweet with a flavor of cereal-like grain that is slightly bready. A bit of fruit indication like lemon blends into some herbal and grassy hops that provides enough bitterness to contrast. As the brew warns up, a hint of sulfur emerges mingling with the hops and sweetness.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest to lively amount of carbonation. This brew is light, crisp, refreshing and overall clean and enjoyable. Certainly a summertime offering worth checking out that is fitting and quite enjoyable.

stakem, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of gentle carbonation and some hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts with light to moderate aromas of spicy and floral/herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts that is followed by light to moderate building to moderate flavors of hops - initially spicy but more herbal towards the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers only slightly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, a very enjoyable beer for the summer - I'm enjoying this one while I'm making and grilling up some burgers.

dbrauneis, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, twist top, no freshness/dating info given. Pours light golden and clear, near white head and just a tad o' fine lacing left behind. Spicy nose of lemony, grassy hops. Crisp, flavorful lager, subtle notes of light lemon/lime/gin. Grassy and floral hops. Fine warm weather brew. Underated member of the SN line up

Billolick, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh man, I remembered this just being a light lager, but I've since gotten into pilsners and this one impresses me. The aroma got me first, it's pretty spot-on with the imported pilsner's like Jever or Budvar - slightly sour with a bland grain element. The flavor is surprisingly strong with a burst of citris and grassy hop flavors. It tastes like American hops might be in there. There's a nice white head and lacing to complete the appearance, and like all good pilsners, its quite drinkable.

tempest, May 12, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light gold with good head retention.

S: Nose biscuity, cracker like with a nice floral hop presence

T: A nice refreshing biscuit, grain and floral hop mixture. This beer is clean, crisp

M: Light bodied, drisp, refreshing with a nice subtle bitterness

O: Overall a good brew.

barleywinefiend, May 25, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of wl0307
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB date 04/10/09, served lightly chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: dark golden hue, an off-white creamy head with good retention, on top of lively carbonation full of microscopic fizz.
S: deeply flowery aromatic hops hand in hand with semi-candyish+honeyish+lightly grainy malts (reminiscent of some pale Scottish ale I've tried), intense aroma of fruitiness like peach and sweet lemon-grass sustains solid in the background.
T: a mouthful of spritzy, lightly toasted grainy flavour descends on the palate, along with an intensifying flow of sweet fruity and mildly honeyish flavour; gradually giving way to an herbal-hoppy and quietly bitter aftertaste that is bittersweet, zesty and dryish in the finish, where the lager's crisp sourness keeps a restrained presence.
M&D: lively but still smooth on the mouthfeel, with a medium-plus hoppiness in support of the overall malty flavour upfront, although in the end a slightly sticky mouthfeel gradually prevails. This is a decent lager overall.

wl0307, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer 4 of 4 for the Sierra Nevada Tasting Event at Stub and Herbs that I reviewed.

Poured into 6 oz Sierra Nevada sample glass. Pours a small head, due to the glass. Color is a clear straw yellow. Very little lace.

Smell is very grainy and corn-like. Not one of my favorite smells coming from a Sierra Nevada beer.

Taste: Just like the smell. Very grainy and I get a metallic flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp. Over carbonated. Very light bodied.

Overall, this is by far my least favorite offering from Sierra Nevada. I don't plan on ever buying this, but maybe on a HOT summer day I could try it again.

mothman, May 18, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +36.6%

ejimhof, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a golden bright yellow crystal clear body with strong carbonation and a soapy white head.

S-The aroma of pilsner malt and German hops are strong in the nose. Very crisp clean smell.

T- This beer has a good smooth hop flavor up front with a sharp malt finish. The hop bitterness does linger in the dry crisp finish. There is a bit of American citrus hops also at the finish that gives it more depth and character than typical to euro pale lagers. It has a bit of and acidic finish perhaps from the carbonation.

M-The mouthfeel is medium-full with some slipperiness and a bit of fizz from the bubbles.

D- This is a beer with a lot of character for this style. Nice complexity yet very good for quafting in the heat of the summer. The carbonation is strong but it doesn't really work with the slippery mouthfeel.

rhoadsrage, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a stange, it's frothy white head floats on top the clear straw colored body. Aroma is grassy. In taste, it's more of a helles lager than a pilsner to me, as there isn't much hop profile, which is surprising given this is a Sierra Nevada brew. Somewhat like drinking saltine crackers with grassy notes to it. It's still a pretty good hot weather beer.

DoubleJ, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/4/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, cracker, bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good pilsner style. All around well balanced flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 11, 2013
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,574 ratings.