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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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3,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,645
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 65
Gots: 261 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of brandonlovesbeer
1.3/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I got a growler of this yesterday. It was fresh and the keg was just hooked up to the tap. No more than 20 minutes old.

My first response after tasting this for the first time was that it was a Budweiser clone. So the next day, I did a side by side tasting of the Budweiser and Summerfest. The difference were so minimal that if someone were to switch these two, I would not be able to tell a difference. The only differences were in the appearance and slight bitterness. The head on Summerfest stuck around proving that it used malt instead of corn and rice. There was only a slight more bitterness. So slight that I am just digging for things to differentiate it. But the Aromas and Flavors were identical. There was absolutely NO hop character whatsoever. No Pine. No citrus. No, nothing that is described on their website.

This is what I would consider an epic fail on Sierra Nevada’s part. If they were looking for a way to make a more expensive version of Budweiser, then they have succeeded.

Photo of Fbm427
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Humulus85
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time with this one, but SN has yet to disappoint. From 12oz bottle into my choice pint glass.

Pours a straw yellow, classic american lager, crystal clear. A loose one finger head dissipated rather quickly leaving behind a bit of lacing. If I didn't know better I'd say this was a PBR.

Nose consists of husky grains and some grassy hops. Super clean, classic pilsner nose.

Some zesty hops upfront with grainy backbone. A touch bitter in the finish. Crisp and clean on the palate. True to the style.

The bread and butter of a good pilsner is the crisp, refreshing mouthfeel, and this has that in spades. Well carbonated and super smooth. Light but not watery.

Overall this is a very tasty pilsner from a brewery known more for their hoppy ales. A great hot weather brew that is super refreshing and low on the ABV. Give one of these to your macro drinking friends, and show them the light! Cheers!

Photo of ryantho00
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a stubby bottle into a Man Utd pint glass. Nice straw golden appearance with a thick foamy 3 finger that slowly falls to to a sticky thin lace. I get a really nice toasted bready, grain, light maltiness with some spice from the hops. Really surprisingly great nose, not too many brews do I get a healthy nose from, this one just resonates with me for the style of beer. Really nice nose. Maybe I am exaggerating, but maybe I got a really fresh brew, and 2012 brew has a nice nose....not sure.

This has the most refreshing pilsner taste of balanced hops and great pale, sweet toasted malts. Great balance, not an unbalanced hop/citrus/lemon/wheat taste that is too oftenly labelled 'summer' brew. Fantastic for any time of the year, ESPECIALLY summer time due to the outstandingly refreshing crisp balanced taste. Sooo much better than some lemonade summertime brews, yet so much more satisfying!!!


Photo of Thurman1
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold, almost like a bud light in appearance. Nice head on fairly aggressive pour, but it dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Very aromatic, prominent hop herbiness and a nice malt sweetness.

Taste: Very much like the nose, just in different proportions. The hops still have a nice herb character, but also some nice spice as well. The malt is very clean and slightly sweet, with an ever so light toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, like almost all of the beers from this style are, but very crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A very nice lager, something to pull out on a 100 degree day with some real flavor. Just another fine beer from the guys at Sierra Nevada, nothing ground breaking, but always well above average.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, bottled date of 2087 (I guess sometime in March). This pours a light yellow color with a short lived white head. The smell is of grain and grass, slight hop. Feel is medium to light. Taste is good enough, grain, some grass hops.

Photo of engberg88
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jethrodium
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a clear light amber with a small white head that has good lacing and retention. The aroma is biscuit, bread, a light mineral note, some grassy hops, and a bit of earthiness. The initial taste has a light sweetness. It is bready with earthy notes as well as some light floral hops. The finish is a bit doughy, but clean and dry. Light bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of WankelEngine
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very clear straw color with a foamy white head of one finger. Decent retention and very light spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is grains and grass. There is a light touch of lemon zest as well.

T: Light crisp flavors. Clean grain provides a light touch of caramel. Herbal hops make an appearance and give a bit of mild bitterness to the beer. The finish is very clean.

M: Thin bordering on watery, but the almost sharp carbonation helps.

O: An easy drinking beer but not much more. Good for a party perhaps.

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,645 ratings.