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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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3,546 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,546
Reviews: 1,469
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 232 | 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 jgagne
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-clear golden body with thin lacy white head.

S-hints of citrus, hops, and spices

T-Light crispness with just enough amount of spicy hops.

M-Very light body and medium to high carbonation

O-Good beer for a hot summer day, just nothing to thrilling. Would drink it again for a barbecue or something like that but something i will be excited to drink again.

jgagne, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful golden orange with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that dissipates only slightly as you finish. The smell is very impressive -- hoppy with a very slight hint of fruit. The taste is crisp with the perfect amount of carbonation; a great beer for the summer. Very easy to drink. Pick this up if you're looking for something refreshing.

oldirtycaffrey, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-very light gold with a bit of haze to it, with a thin white head. lots of bubbles.

S-crisp hoppy lager. smells very fresh. decent strength.

T-comes in with a bitter, fresh, crisp bready malts. tastes like a bitter biscuit. the bitterness sticks to the mouth and lasts awhile. its a very light drinking beer. there's a decent matching after-taste

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-not a bad beer, there are no negative qualities, but it isn't too memorable. its a fairly boring beer. this would probably be best served along with a meal or something, but if you're going to just be drinking a beer, than this probably won't satisfy you. but as long as you do have something else to go along with this beer than i'd say you could probably drink a lot of them with out getting tired of it. compared to other pilsners, its just average.

AdamBear, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...heck of a clean pour, golden and with a big billowy head that retains well. Looks like many classics of the style. Smell is well balanced in favor of the malt. Quite clean. Wish it had a little more yeast character, but otherwise it's quite solid. Taste is quite clean and sweet but well-balanced. Definitely a good one here. Mouthfeel is as advertised: crisp, clean, refreshing. Sierra Nevada almost never disappoints, and this is a highly recommended pilsener. Good for them, I know that lagering is not one of their specialties, so this is even more impressive for that reason.

chicagoabbot, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pale straw color with a 2 finger bubbly white head. Some lacing clings but goes away fairly quickly. Definitely looks refreshing.

Smell-Very earthy, little biscuity, and some nice citrus. Very inviting especially on a hot summer day.

Taste-Piney, earthy hops up front, very smooth. Finish is very citrusy and sweet. Nice on the palate

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with closer to high carbonation. Clean finish

Overall-Very refreshing. Awesome summer beer. Extremely soothing after a long day of work.

SWMeyer4141, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amazingly clear pale straw with white head.

Slight fruity smell from citrus forward hops.

The taste was very simple but very refreshing. A very little bitterness on the front from the bittering hops and carbonation followed by a little biscuit on the back.

Overall a damn fine summer beer and it wont be my last time drinking it this summer.

Eriktheipaman, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome summer choice for cookouts and the warmer weather.

Pours a golden yellow color, a little darker than a light beer. Lager and pilsner mix.

Smell is very fresh- nice aromas of citrus, pine, and earthy river water.

Taste is crips and smooth, citrussy. Has that element of pilsner, a little carbonation, but the added hops make it a more complex lager.

devinoconnor, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a large head.
Nose shows weak floral/grassy hops with faint bready malt underneath.
Lots of bready/grainy malt as a flavour too, dominating really. Some grassy hops also. Finishes with a grainy mild bitterness.
Nice moderate carbonation, perhaps could be a bit higher?

CrazyDavros, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of HoopTime
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – pours w/3/4 inch head retreats to thin layer of foam on top of beer with very scant lacing, steady stream of bubbles, looks nicely carbonated. Gold with some subtle brownish tint

S – Clean, though not medicinal. Slight sweetness of the malt with a bit of a spiciness.

T – on the malty side of the spectrum, though enough hops to keep it from being too sweet.

M - tingly on the tongue with lots of bubbly carbonation, on the lighter, thinner side but still leaves feel of thin coat on the tongue

D – I'm not a big Pilsner fan but this is a decent enough beer. Light, crisp, refreshing – good for a hot summer day, taking a break after mowing the lawn – a passable afternoon session beer.

HoopTime, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a shaker pint.

Simple classic gold, with a big white head that never lets up. Foamy with uniform pin head sized bubbles throughout. Body has some slow rising carbonation.

Mild malt on the nose, even some very very small hint of lemon, but also a fizzy gas and slight sour.

Taste however is fairly alright. A little dense it seems with a decent malt body, but a faint light bread and great good feel, but missing a little snap and crispness I associate with this style.

Not too bad, but not too gravitated towards it much either. It would do in a pinch on a hot day for sure.

smakawhat, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of NStLincoln
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The 2010 edition of Summerfest has a light lager look to it with crystal clear straw color and a one finger head of white head.

As I first poured this beer I thought I smelled tropical fruit, but I can't get that now that I really get into the glass. Very biscuity with just the lightest touch of citrus.

An easy lager that starts with light biscuits and transitions smoothly into a lightly hopped finish that is drinkable and refreshing.

Crisp and clean carbonation and a light body makes this beer ideal for summer even if it lacks complexity or character.

NStLincoln, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean and crisp looking pale straw colored body with a frothy effervescent white head.

Spicy hops with a light cereal grain malt backbone. Some floral and grassy notes can be detected as well. First taste presents a nice bittereness with a good bit of spice and a slightly sweet graininess. Finishes with a floral and herbal hop bite that has a bit of a minty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a lively carbonation a slightly drying finish. Overall, a very enjoyable and refreshing beer, ideal for a hot summers day but nothing really mind blowing about it either.

Kinsman, May 31, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 (Bottle)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

An beautiful lager. A clear golden with plenty of carbonation ripping up through the glass. A big and persistent white head.

Sharp hop notes punctuated by a sweet malt character. Unspectacular and not complex, yet pleasant.

A relatively hoppy and slightly sweet pilsner. Enjoyable, especially on a hot day.

Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable.

A well crafted and enjoyable pilsner for the summertime. I'm always happy to pick these up for summer barbeques and it's a very easy beer to introduce to non-craft drinkers.

ehammond1, May 31, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that eventually completely disappeared, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The initial taste has flavors of biscuit malts, yet this is quickly followed by spiciness and a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, very crisp and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink, but the taste would have been more interesting if it wasn’t dominated by the spiciness of the hops and there were some more malty flavors.

metter98, May 30, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden color with a big pillowy white head that doesnt last long. smells of mild spice and grass. taste has a little spice up front with maybe a little lemon in there, cant really tell. good carbonation and very smooth. very enjoyable, cant believe it took me so long to finally buy a case of this.

match1112, May 30, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden in color. Two fingers of soapy white head, lots of carbonation. Nice thick cap and lots of lacing around all edges of the glass.

S: Sweet pilsner malts, lemon..hay maybe? It's a nice mix of sweet and zesty smells..crisp.

T: Sweet malts, hay/straw, lemon zest. This has a tea like quality to it that I like a lot. Tasty beer.

M: The carbonation causes some tingly, almost burning sensation...to be honest, I like it.

O: This beer drinks very easily and is perfect for the season. If you don't like most brewery's summer seasonals that, to be perfectly honest, seem to be geared towards females, give this one a shot.

titosupertramp, May 30, 2011
Photo of aranheaney
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 6 at Beers of the World, just now trying it for Memorial Day:

A-straw-like, fairly clear and bright

S-also bright, a bit of spice in there, nothing overpowering

T-good, a little bit of bite at the front and then very smooth making it very drinkable, perfect for summer quaffing

M-a little bit light, but to be expected given the target audience and variety

O-a good offering from SN, just not all that memorable...

aranheaney, May 30, 2011
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,546 ratings.