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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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3,658 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,658
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 67
Gots: 275 | 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 VncentLIFE
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gave it another shot after a horrendous meeting at a pint night at the Winking Lizard in Canton.

Pour is like bright yellow with an abundance of carbonation flowing from the laser etched hop cone at the bottom. Actually looks appealing for its style.

Smells has a good touch of bready malt accented by a nice earthy and herbal malt presence. the bad part is the hint of skunk.

Sweet malt at first, but a metallic tinge comes in to check it. Earthy and medicinal and herbal hops make an attempt to balance things out. Very drinkable, but those medicinal hops leave a bit of an off aftertaste not to my liking.

Im glad I came back to this after my infatuation with extreme beers ended. its a nice American Session beer.

Photo of Dcincotta
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of webmanspidey
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in a pint glass. This is a light golden color and fizzy. Smells are light cereal grains and light white grape juice. The taste has a nice balance between sweet grains and crisp hops, but leans toward the sweet end. This is extremely drinkable and achieves what it set out to do. I would've liked a little more hop flavor, however.

Photo of TrentW
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of pogoowner
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight vegetal notes, and a subdued hop presence. Taste is of sweet malt and some herbal and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good lager that is nice and refreshing for the hot Summer months.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Sierra Nevada's Summerfest Lager a couple days ago for $8.99 at Meijers. A Pilsener sounds pretty good tonight and I'm interested to see what this beer is like so lets see how it goes. I can't decode their dating system, but I know it's fairly fresh and from the 2012 release. Poured from a brown 12oz short bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A- The label looks nice and has a nice summer scene on the label, looks good to me. It poured a fairly clear straw yellow color that took on a brighter golden color when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some pretty nice lacing. This is a good looking Pilsener, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts out with loads of those typical Pilsener malts that impart a pretty heavy grainy aroma with some biscuit and bready malts that had a lower amount of sweetness. Next comes a pretty noticeable earthy aroma followed by some grassy aromas. Towards the end I get a slight amount of lemon zest and a slight skunky aroma. The aroma was Ok, but I could have done without the skunky aroma.

T- There are some similarities between the aroma and the taste, but I still find them to be pretty different. It starts out with lots of those typical Pilsener malts that have a lower amount of sweetness and impart lots of grainy, biscuit, and bready flavors with the biscuits sticking out the most. After that comes nice earthy and grassy flavors along with a slight lemon zest flavor. Towards the end I get some earthy and spicy hops that provide some good balance and have a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a grainy and earthy aftertaste. This was a descent tasting Czech Pilsener, but I would liked it to have a little more interesting hop profile.

M- Pretty smooth, a little dry, very crisp, on the border of being medium bodied with a nice medium amount of carbonation. I have no complaints, the mouthfeel it was very Pilsener like and worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought that this was a decent beer and a slightly above average example of the style, it had some good Pilsener like qualities but I could have gone without the lemon zest but I could see why that flavor would be in their summer beer. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, and was crisp and refreshing, but it's a little to bitter for me to want to drink more then two in a row. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both very true to style and pretty well done. What I liked least about this beer was the aroma, the skunky aroma just seemed out of place and wasn't needed. This would be the kind of beer that I would order in a restaurant because it seems like it would go good with food, but it isn't something that I would need to buy another six pack of, but good when I want a crisp and refreshing brew, I recommend giving it a shot but the lemon zest might not be for everyone and I wasn't that thrilled about it. As far as Sierra Nevada beers go I would say that this one falls in the middle of the pack, not a bad beer by any means, but not that interesting even though it has some additional nontraditional flavors to it. In the end I think I prefer the more traditional Czech Pilsener's, but I am glad I gave this beer a shot, this was pretty different from the Pale Wheat Ales that most brewery's market as their Summer beer, keep up the good work guys.

Photo of Aschap
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Winking Lizard

A- Poured a clear pale yellow color with 1 1/2 finger frothy head that left some droppy lace

S- Some lemon, pilsner malt, some zesty spice and grains. Good aroma, a little bit light

T- Some big lemon/lime notes, pilsner malt, some spicy notes, and graininess

M- Very high carbonation, effervescent, very refreshing, and thirst quenching. Just got done with a 10-mile bike ride before and this was the most refreshing beer I have ever had.

O- This tastes like what I wish Corona or other macro lagers would taste like. So refreshing, nice pilsner malt character, lemon, and spice notes. Very drinkable summer beer.

Photo of Star80
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -2012 bottling. Pours out a golden yellow color with white fizzy head.

S - Smell is grassy, herbal and malty. Spot on for the style.

T - Taste is somewhat dry, but with a nice slightly spicey kick from the Czech hops. Crisp, but a slight malty sweetness coming through.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit prickly and carbonated but still very drinkable.

O - Overall a refreshing beer for those summer days when you want to have some good brews but not overdo it. These would pair well with your typical BBQ fare, chicken, ribs, etc. To me this is what the macro's would brew if they actually cared. Or better yet, what most American's would want from their beers if *THEY* actually cared and the Pilsener style really was the beer of choice. Maybe in 100 years everybody will be drinking pale ales or something.

Photo of 1p5v
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of JustinWhipple
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Bubbalito
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tizride
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of brandonlovesbeer
1.33/5  rDev -63.7%
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
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,658 ratings.