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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

3,487 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,487
Reviews: 1,466
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 206 | 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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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

05-08-2013 11:00:12 | More by Andrew041180
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-08-2013 05:41:49 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.51/5  rDev -4.1%

Served in an Imperial pint glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Light golden in color; perfect lager color. Lots of CO2 bubbles, but very little head and no lacing to speak of. Just looks like your typical lager.

-Smell 3.25: Nice bouquet. Typical notes of adjuncts (although I think that in lagers, these smells may be linked to the lagering process) and grains. However, the level of this bouquet is deeper than your average macro brew.

-Taste 3.75: Front is light and somewhat dry. Middle is smooth with slight alkaline hoppiness. Finish is where big waves of barley and deeper hop smoothness come in. Aftertaste is of medium length and is somewhat dry, but very refreshing.

-Mouthfeel 3.25: Hits the nail on the head for the style and gets extra points for the dry and smooth finish.

-Overall 3.50: One of the better lagers I have had in a long time. I like lagers but am certainly not enamored with the style. However, this beer is thirst-quenching and a delicious representation of what a lager can be.

05-08-2013 04:24:45 | More by BeerDocT
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dalepryor

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -18%

05-08-2013 04:14:59 | More by dalepryor
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3/5  rDev -18%

05-08-2013 02:53:19 | More by leftoverburrito
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blknikon

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-07-2013 23:37:31 | More by blknikon
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sajaffe1

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-07-2013 22:25:25 | More by sajaffe1
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Looks a pale gold with fine bristling carbonation suds supported by little bubble streams. Laces not so much. The head hangs a bit, then slowly leaves behind a thin cap.

Pale malts that are a touch on the sweet side. Pretty mild. Light spiciness, almost in a mustard-y. The aromatic hops are a little citrusy and a little grassy. Very light in the nose.

Nice affirmed bitterness that doesn't linger. Washes clean with good and clean pale malt grains. On the bright side. Maybe a tinge of toast. More citrus and grassy flavors from a happy hop. Overall, a clean and simply flavorful summer lager.

Smooth and a little spritzy. Carbonation is fine and right around medium. Simple and clean. Clean is the word. Clean and summery.

This is a go-to for the warmer months. A beer interesting enough to enjoy, yet simple enough to have more than one in a session.

05-07-2013 14:52:06 | More by thecheapies
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powpig2002

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

05-06-2013 21:04:08 | More by powpig2002
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jopezu

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-06-2013 01:22:23 | More by jopezu
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dmmcgove

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +23%

05-05-2013 23:29:07 | More by dmmcgove
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-05-2013 20:37:53 | More by ZEB89
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tvl89

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-05-2013 14:01:14 | More by tvl89
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Trent

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

05-04-2013 21:06:12 | More by Trent
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ShawneeIrish

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-03-2013 04:12:32 | More by ShawneeIrish
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-03-2013 02:08:17 | More by wonothesane42
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STEELERFAN2390

Florida

4.23/5  rDev +15.6%

this beer is an excellent summer brew..
my version of lawnmower beer seeing how i'd never even consider drinking an American lager of any type.
not the greatest Czech pils ive ever had ,but its up there with a slight sierra Nevada hop twist.
overall , im liking it a lot. pick it up at your local grocer for 13.99 a twelve I you can!

05-02-2013 22:46:09 | More by STEELERFAN2390
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18%

05-02-2013 17:07:21 | More by skaboom420
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CaptDavyJones

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-02-2013 01:39:21 | More by CaptDavyJones
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roundthewaygirls

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%

poured into a wine glass

A: a crystal clear light yellow color. looks like champagne. very bubbly. half a finger of frothy white head dissipates instantaneously.

S: lemon. light floral hops. clean. pale malts.

T: bready character. lager yeast. crisp hop finish.

M: very well carbonated. light bodied.

O: a crisp, refreshing offering from sierra nevada. doesn't blow my mind, but it's a very well done summer lager/pilsener. excellent to drink with food. good day-drinking session beer.

05-01-2013 21:32:00 | More by roundthewaygirls
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-01-2013 03:05:43 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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raynmoon

California

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%

Looks average, super crystal clear yellow, slight orange to it.

smells like some light lemon/lime citrus, some bready malt.

The taste is similar but has a nicer hop bite to it. It is very refreshing. Similar to an adjunct lager but then upon the taste gives you a nice bitter hoppy bite that covers up any unpleasant bready malt.

Not my favorite from Sierra Nevada, but appropriate for the summer.

04-30-2013 02:44:01 | More by raynmoon
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-30-2013 01:36:00 | More by TKEbeerman
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Mleblanc25

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-30-2013 00:25:48 | More by Mleblanc25
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Duesler

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-29-2013 21:44:38 | More by Duesler
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,487 ratings.