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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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3,529 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,529
Reviews: 1,470
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 63
Gots: 226 | 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 DeanMoriarty
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Picked up a 6'r from Fresh and Easy in Point Loma for $7.99 and drank em' all from the bottle.

A: As mentioned above - I drank the entire 6 pack from the bottle - chilled on ice in a cooler. For grading purposes, I just averaged the appearance score based on the other graded aspects of this beer.

S: I get a big, yet faint, Czech pilsner aroma, backed with a good amount of sweet malt, finishing a little sour and skunky like a Heineken.

T: Malty like the nose suggested, sweet honey, cereal grains and fortunately the hop, that I didn't detect at all in the smell, is in the mix - very mild but definitely noticeable.

M/D: Extremely drinkable light bodied pilsner with some style - well carbonated with a clean finish. For sure an all-day drinker for the warm summer months.

DeanMoriarty, May 29, 2011
Photo of NJWerewolf
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

This is one of those beers I look forward to in the summertime.
2011 summerfest poured out a golden yellow with a foamy top that quickly dispated.

The nose is bearly discernable, grain notes.

The taste is very light and crisp. I get a very noticable spice taste on the tounge. The hop flavor is present but not overpowering. This beer has a bite to it that leaves as fast as it comes on. One of my favorite summer beers, I could drink this all day.

NJWerewolf, May 29, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%

Appearance: Summerfest pours a pale, clear straw color with about a finger of white head. Lacing and retention are okay. Lots of carbonation is present.

Smell: Pale and biscuity malts are prevalent. Light citrus, and noble hop character as well.

Taste: Pale and biscuity malts, a bit of nuttiness, citrus, and light hops round it out.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied but pretty smooth drinking. High carbonation, but not too high. Overall a drinkable, non-offensive pilsner, but nothing outstanding.

zhanson88, May 28, 2011
Photo of hiku7
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle to a pilsner flute. Pours a clear yellow gold with a frothy white head. Decent carbonation.

Smell is of noble hops, with some bread and yeast scents. Pepperiness is also present. Taste is also bready malt balanced by an earthy hop finish, with a slight taste of fruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, and crisp, with a slight creaminess that adds to the body.

Enjoyable pilsner that I would buy again next summer.

hiku7, May 28, 2011
Photo of BigB415
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

2011 Summerfest pours golden color with medium head. Smells of pines and tastes some hops. Very refreshing and seems like a typical Sierra Nevada beer, very simple yet refreshing. Summerfest is especially suited for the season it is named after. Unfortunately I don't get any other aromas than pine and hops. I would love to have a lager go to but all lagers taste the same to me.

BigB415, May 26, 2011
Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Pours out a straw yellow color. It has a definite grain smell to it, as well as a definite note of the hops. Has the familiar pilsner sting to the taste, and this does stay with you like it does most pilsners. For a cross between a pilsner and a lager, it isn't bad though I think I would go with one or the other. Still, for what it is, it's not bad, and something I would drink again.

FrankenBeerStein, May 25, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent sized white head fades into a thin patchy layer. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: Bready aroma of grains and pale malts with hints of citrus and floral hops. Also a hint of lemon zest.

Taste: Sweet grains and pale malts throughout with lemon, honey, and mild hints of floral hops and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A good take on a summer lager from SN.

MattyG85, May 23, 2011
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A) inviting pale yellow with 1/2 inch of head that disappeared pretty quickly, trace amount of lacing.

S) light malt, grainy, wee bit of hops on the nose.

T) Nice refreshing pilsner. Good picnic beer. The taste was like the smell, but better.

M) Crisp, refreshing, light on the palate, adequate carbonation. I think they hit the mark here.

O) I could see myself enjoying this one on the patio all summer.

RoamingGnome, May 21, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

Clean, pale gold, with a huge head of fine white foam. Superb lace.

Nose is crisp and malty, with grains, yeast. Good.

Flavor is a hearty and balanced melding of malts and hops. The hops add a clean and slight bitterness to the finish, and a mild floral hint.

Delicious and enjoyable. This is damned-near the ideal summer lager.

secondtooth, May 20, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

2011. Pours a clear, bright golden color with a large white head that goes down quite quickly. Scent is grainy with some hints of lemon, grass, and hops. A very subtle and inviting lager. Taste is initially a bit on the floral side with some nice hints of grain and lemon. Then I get some hop flavors and nice grassy notes. This beer is very well-balanced with its flavors. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a very crisp finish. Extremely refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is an OUTSTANDING beer for summer heat and just a great representation of the style.

DovaliHops, May 17, 2011
Photo of jpro
4/5  rDev +9.3%

2011 Bottle poured into an NC State pilsner glass...

A: Light, golden in color with a 3-finger cotton-white head; retention is pretty good, leaving a few specks and rings of lace.

S: Bread crust malts and grains; hay; spicy hops in the background; has kind of a rustic aroma to it.

T: Lightly sweet malts give way to some earthy/dusty hops that provide just enough balance; very clean.

M: Medium-bodied with a higher carbonation; very refreshing and smooth.

O: A very drinkable “summer” lager - this one tops Sam Adams Noble Pils in my book... a great, clean pilsner with an impressive amount of flavor. Tasty.

jpro, May 15, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a dinner glass.

Appearance: Beer is a pure, light golden color with gentle carbonation visible. The head is a thin-yet-frothy pristine white color and it leaves erratic lacing on the edges of the glass as it recedes. Maintains at about 1/3 finger.

Smell: Spicy, floral hop flavor reminiscent of grapefruit/lemon and some gentle fusel alcohol flavor to the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer has a soft oiliness as it enters the mouth, and some subtle carbonation reveals an intriguing malt profile (which borders on sweet). A little heavier than light-bodied. In the end, however, the hops definitely have the final say here, being very floral. Aftertaste is very good, mellow.

Overall: Not the best beer on earth, but a truly remarkable example of a Czech Pils. Sierra Nevada continues their tradition of tasty brews.

Lauthaha, May 15, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a very crisp pale light color with a very small white head. Nose is malty and crisp with some light hoppiness.

Taste is crisp and clean with some good good light malts. It's super drinkable and tasty. Very solid summer beer.

kingcrowing, May 14, 2011
Photo of fsimcox
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a transparent straw yellow color. Bubbly white head dissipates almost immediately. Lots of carbonation is apparent. No lacing.

Smells of grass and sweet malt. Some faint hops and citrus in the background. Overall faint.

Taste is sweet biscuit, citrus, and a hop finish. A dry, mild bitter aftertaste lingers with some grapefruit notes.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth, with a dry finish. Some carbonation in the finish.

A good lager. I would purchase this one again.

fsimcox, May 14, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.55/5  rDev -3%

Review from last summer, out of the Backloghemoth.

A - It pours a somewhat drab straw hue with tinges of caramel, and it is capped with a moderately sized and polite looking white cap. I am surprised that this beer does not have more radiance and eminence, SN usually crushes it on appearance.

S - The nose is equal parts mineral-y pale malt and flowery, lemon-y hop notes. The hop bouquet is a bit perfume-y for me, but it is not very assertive, so it is a minor quibble.

T - The taste is just about in-line with the nose. There is not very much depth of flavor, just vague pale malt and faint flowery/lemon-herbal hops. Some honey sweetness becomes apparent as I start taking larger sips of the brew. There are no off-flavors or aromas here; even if it is not terribly exciting, it is tremendously solid.

M - Feels good man.

O - I can't really knock this brew for any specific element, because it is pretty good. That said, I am not crazy about it.

ktrillionaire, May 14, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%

on tap at manny browns in philly

Pours a clear golden yellow with a layer of white head, fades into some filmy retention and patchy lacing.

Scents of bready lacing and butter with lemon peel and citrus. Fairly bland overall.

Some floral hops with citrus juice. Grapefruit and orange with rind and pith. Biscuit and bready malt with some faint hints of caramel and honey. Finishes with honey and sweet hops.

Medium body, higher carbonation, easy on the tongue. Drinks okay, but pretty boring flavor and forgettable overall.

xnicknj, May 14, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

A - Pours a pale, hazy yellow with small head, lots of carbonation rising up from the bottom

S - Lots of biscuit malt, a bit of zest and spice.

T - A very crisp taste. The malt provides a good amount of sweetness, lots of biscuit background. A nice spicyness to it.

M - Clean and crisp. Goes down very smooth.

Overall - I thought this beer was quite good. Nothing over the top or fantastic, but a great beer on a hot, summer-like day

BeerBuckeye, May 13, 2011
Photo of audiodav
4/5  rDev +9.3%

12 oz bottle poured in an average-joe glass

A - Poured clear and golden. Nice thick white head that dissipated pretty quickly.

S - Very crisp aroma. Definite bready/grainy on top. Lemon/Citrus in there as well.

T - Very well balanced with the hops, grains, and malts. A bit of hoppy bitterness in there which is very much to my liking. It's somewhat dry, and very refreshing.

M - Very good carbonation, dry and refreshing.

O - I've been drinking too many IPA's, DIPA's, and Barley Wines, so it took this review to remind me that I do actually enjoy Lagers. Sierra Nevada always seems a little 'hoppier' than most in all their offerings...it's what I love about them. This Lager is very refreshing, and has a nice, well balanced taste. A great choice after mowing my yard.

audiodav, May 13, 2011
Photo of codynevels
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

Purchased May 12, 2011
Consumed May 12, 2011

Bottled poured into a SA Perfect Pint

This beer poured clear yellow and fizzy. Tiny carbonation bubbles float up to a foamy white head that dissipates into a very thin layer coating the beer that doesn’t stick around for the duration. Smell is dominated by bready biscuit malts with a small amount of citrus, mainly lemon, and some earthy bitter hops. The taste is similar, malty, with some bitter hops, more than the smell. Taste also has a slight citrus characteristic. This beer is light bodied, dry, and refreshing. It doesn't coat your mouth.

Overall this beer is nice and refreshing, however I personally enjoy a little bit more bitter hop characteristic in a Pilsner than this has to offer, but I after buying a six-pack I wont be disappointed to have this again on a hot summer day.

codynevels, May 13, 2011
Photo of Tonesy
4.43/5  rDev +21%

A: Had this in a bottle, so I didn't get a good look at the color, the head it would have made, or the lacing. I will say that the packaging is very unique and looks good.

S: From the bottle, getting some sweet malt and a tinge of floral hops with some very, very mild zest undertones.

T: Like summer! Starts off smooth with light, sweet malt. Finishes off clean with some mild hops and some even milder banana-sort of flavor. The hops linger on the palate in between drinks (in a good way).

M: Very nice. Perfect for the style. Full yet light, and the carbonation is just right - when you swallow it, it's clean and crisp, but doesn't bite. I wouldn't call it oily, but there is definitely a little residual taste/feel that hangs around in between drinks.

O: Great summer beer. By definition, I think summer beers should be on the lighter side in terms of flavor, body, and abv - nobody wants drinking beer(s) to become a chore in the heat. If you like their pale ale, you will love this seasonal. Could/will definitely session these. The best thing about this beer is that literally everyone i know loves it! Can't go wrong keeping these in the fridge or bringing them to a bbq/party. Newbies, girls, the seasoned beer drinker, and everyone in between has given this the best acclaim anyone can give a beer: they always ask for another.

Tonesy, May 12, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4/5  rDev +9.3%

This was bottled on March 1st?

A - crystal clear yellow golden body, small white head thins to thin ring.

S - bitter grassy and a bit funky in the hops, light sweet malty character.

T - Hoppy for sure, an interesting tang/citrus sort of character. theres a certain fruity dryness in it.

M - Smooth, light, just delightful

O (D) - This could be a go-to summer beer. Tasty, interesting, hoppy, not too expensive. GOod beer.

ColdPoncho, May 11, 2011
Photo of micmillon18
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a clear straw yellow color with a big bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing.

S - Sweet grains, spicy hops, and some light grassy scents.

T - More sweet malt hit the pallet along with a nice spiciness bitterness from the hops. Light citrus notes, similar to lemon, along with bitter hops finish and continue into the aftertaste. I feel at times that the malt out weights the hops though I'm undecided if this has any adverse effect. A pretty clean and tasty flavor.

M - Crisp and clean.

O - Sierra Nevada creates another well rounded brew. Nothing earth shattering but a good session brew and despite its name, one for year round.

micmillon18, May 11, 2011
Photo of gonzogrover
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass. Bright yellow appearance with a subtle head that fades quickly. Slight hint of hops in the scent along with a barely noticeable spiciness. Tasted like a weak Czech Pilsener. Didn't have the hop profile I would expect from a beer of this style. Had a very light mouthfeel and was an easy drinker. I felt like I could drink several of these in one sitting and not get filled up.

gonzogrover, May 10, 2011
Photo of gpatt55
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

On-tap @ Philly West

Pours a macrolager-like yellow/green straw color with a thin sudsy head. Nose of straw and light citrus hops. Richer flavor than the color would suggest, nicely malty, medium bodied lager. Front porch beer, refreshing with good flavor. Nothing earthshattering here but a perfectly good summer session beer.

gpatt55, May 04, 2011
Photo of codfeast
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

2011 hard pour into pint glass.

A: pale gold in color, 1/4 head disloved rather quickly.

S: like a bud. faint floral, citrus as beer warmed.

T: Crisp and clean

M: high carbination, clean finish.

O: It's good. a real palate cleanser. Got better as it warmed. nice for a warm evening like tonight.

codfeast, May 04, 2011
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,529 ratings.