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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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3,482 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,482
Reviews: 1,464
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 205 | 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.

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Photo of JesteR14


3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

A- Looks like a pilsner. Straw color with soapy head.

S- Wheat grain, some malt in there as well.

T- The taste is smooth, nice use of malts and then a background of nice wheat/corn. Its watery and refreshing, goes down easy.

M- Smooth, watery and refreshing. Just nut my exact feel, but still a good beer.

D- Its a good drinkable pilsner, these are great refreshing beers and sierra nevada knocked this one out of the park.

04-11-2011 08:05:44 | More by JesteR14
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden straw color. It has a decent 2-finger white head on it. The head is pretty short lived, and there is some decent lacing left behind.

S - It smells mostly of light grainy malts up front. There is an earthiness to it, and a slight hop character. Also, there is a touch of citrus and some peppery notes.

T - It tastes of sweet grainy malt and light earthy hoppiness. There are some peppery notes and citrus that is mostly present in the finish, which is clean and crisp.

M - It has a light to medium body and crisp carbonation. It goes down smooth, and there is a touch of bitterness and spiciness. I found it to be pretty refreshing.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down easy and tastes pretty good. It's a pretty standard pilsner. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. I think they would be great on a hot sunny day. Not the best I've had of the style, but I'd try it again.

04-04-2011 09:14:43 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Knapp85


1.95/5  rDev -46.7%

What a bummer, I was so pumped to try this beer when I show it on the shelves at my local shop. Got it home and gave it go after it was chilled. I found myself asking if this was really a Sierra Nevada product. I understand the beer is supposed to be light and refreshing for the time of year but, This was really light and along the weak side for me. There really wasn't a whole lot of hops in this from what I could get from it. The Color was a light yellow and very clean looking. Thin head. I know the style of beer is supposed to be like this but I thought SN would have amped something up just a little to give it a bit more of a punch.

03-30-2011 03:56:30 | More by Knapp85
Photo of JerseyPaul

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%

Appearance: Slightly hazy, straw yellow color with good carbonation; small white head dissipates quickly, leaving barely any lacing

Smell: Faint aroma that yields light, sweet malt & grain notes

Taste: Lightly sweet malt body that gives way to slightly bitter hops; smooth, dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light body; good carbonation; clean, crisp finish

Drinkability: Low ABV & light body make this a good choice for a session beer

Overall, Summerfest is an average, but not exceptional, pilsener. It goes down easily, with a dry, crisp finish. As the name suggests, this is a good choice for the summer, but there are better alternatives out there, as this is slightly better than average.

03-21-2011 23:23:30 | More by JerseyPaul
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%

[Best served in a Lager Glass]

Poured a clear pale yellow in color with a nice frothy head that dissapated slowly.The aroma was that of grass and citrus. The flavor was mildly bitter with a nice hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel was creamy and refreshing. Overall a nice summer brew but nothing special. Would be good on a hot day!!

03-10-2011 17:10:58 | More by KajII
Photo of IIKaRuII


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

poured into a tall flute glass. pours a hazy golden color. has a little cloudiness to it. was kind of gentile with the pour so i didn't get a big head. has bubbles that seem to never end. I am betting this being a lager that it will be heavily carbonated.
smells light sweet grains, and hay.
Taste is a complex grain with a nice crisp after tones of bitterness. refreshing and clean. just a bit spicy in the middle. not too much though.
as i suspected very carbonated. bubbles a lot of the palate. very crisp as they describe on the bottle.
Highly drinkable. has a different taste then most pilsners styles out there. this is something i would love to drink at a party or anywhere for that matter. I like it.

02-20-2011 07:58:35 | More by IIKaRuII
Photo of BrewCrew2010


3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

A: Pours a lightly hazy corn-yellow body with a small white, pillow-like, head.

S: A sweet and delicate nose with nothing too complex, but an aroma of sweet pale malts, grains, & yeast. No real hops to speak of.

T: A simple flavor of sweet malts, grains, cracker-like yeast, maybe a hint of hops, and finishes dry. Nothing too impressive.

M: A light body with medium-light carbonation. Light and refreshing.

D: I didn't think this was all that amazing. Great for the summer time and one could definitely drink a lot of these. However, it just seems like an amp up version of a BMC.

02-04-2011 23:30:03 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of corby112


3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

From notes:

On draft at The Bishop's Collar. Pours a pale golden yellow that is completely clear with a thin white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. No lacing at all and not very impressive looking at all.

Bland aroma with very faint earthy hops along with a pale malt presence. Hints of yeast, bread, pilsner malt, grass, stra and faint light fruit.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice crisp hop bite up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt body into a slightly dry, refreshing finish. Dry bitter hops up front countered by sweet pale malts and crisp light fruit notes, especially apple and pear. Slight bready yeast with faint grassy straw notes. Very quaffable especially in hot summer weather.

01-06-2011 09:17:03 | More by corby112
Photo of Genuine


3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured clear and golden in color, with a large white head with a moderate pour. Head has some great retention and nice lacing.

Smell - First time smelling hay, malts and very slight crisp hops.

Taste - a little bit sweet, light and smooth, almost reminds me of Budweiser. Grainy is there too and hops are there for a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel - light, carbonation is nice, I can see how this would go well with a hot summer day.

Drinkability - without a doubt very drinkable.

01-02-2011 19:00:20 | More by Genuine
Photo of BMasi


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

Talk about out of season. It's December and I'm reviewing a Summer seasonal. Well, I found one of these hiding out in the back of the refrigerator at my parent's house and couldn't let it go bad. Summerfest is a Czech-style Pilsner, which promises crisp and refreshing drinking for those warm summer days. I had to imagine the weather, but the beer held up regardless.

It pours a mostly-clear golden hue with a very fine suspension. The creamy yellowed-foam head is impressive and boasts excellent retention. On the way down the foam produces delicate lacing around the walls of the glass. Citrusy hops are clear up front on the nose. There's a lager-like sweet malty must, but the style-signature Noble hops are more subdued.

This is a very interesting take on a Pilsner. Sierra Nevada clearly added some well-placed American influence. Citrusy and fruity Perle hops are up front, but meld nicely into the more traditional Saaz Noble hops renowned for Pilsner flavor. The Saaz hops provide an excellent bitter profile to match the distinct mid-palate malts.

Just near the end the hops seem to go a bit piney. Its very interesting the range of flavors that are present in the beer from only two hop varietals. They're bold, but not overpowering, striking an excellent balance. The finish is clean and very refreshing. This is an excellent Summer drinking beer.

12-05-2010 21:18:22 | More by BMasi
Photo of EwaldEichstaett


1.9/5  rDev -48.1%

Ok, let me start off by saying that this beer is not a Czech Pilsner. I have been to the Czech Rep. twice and have tried a number of beers there.... This is an adjunct. It tastes like a crappy American adjunct. I cannot understand how this has such high reviews...

Appearance is decent, light color with a nice head. Smells like adjunct grains with a tiny hint of hops. The taste was similar to any number of fizzy watered down adjunct beers. Just some grains added in there for flavour.

It was rather crisp tasting, perhaps that's because (after trying the first one) I decided to keep the last 5 as cold a possible. Fizzy and light mouth feel. I gave the last few away to some friends who don't really like good beer. Even they said it wasn't great.

SN is a great brewery, but stay the hell away from this one!

11-16-2010 00:25:07 | More by EwaldEichstaett
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3%

12 oz bottle. Pours straw color with a huge white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of hay, herbal hops and some malt. Light, crisp body. Floral hops dominate the flavor with malt provide good balance. Long, hoppy finish. Nice summer session brew.

11-12-2010 22:24:31 | More by mikeg67
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Big grassy aroma on the pour. Color is clear straw and head unremarkable. Second whiff gives up light malty goodness with a tinge of lemon. Sweet, grainy, bready, herbal hop with a good bitter bite. Light, smooth body without being watery. Very drinkable, light brew with a decent flavour.

10-25-2010 22:49:57 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of Thorpe429


4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear straw color with plenty of visible carbonation and a nice white head. Some decent lacing on the way down. The nose brings a good dose of Noble hops as well as some fresh grain. The hops are key here and add a real zest to this. Nice floral characteristics. A bit of straw and grain in the background. Nice and crisp, this is a really easy-drinking brew.

10-25-2010 21:59:49 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of bnes09


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Bright lemon yellow with good clarity and tons of bubbles. Thick white head with unrelenting retention and creamy lace.

Grainy and fruity aromas. Hints of lemon and yeasty banana smell.

Taste goes along with the smell. Smooth and crisp grainy charcter. Floral hop adds a touch of bitterness. Honey sweetness. Lemon flavor throughout. Finishes with a sour off flavor.

Pretty light bodied and a somewhat gritty mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation, almost too much. Leaves a dry feel instead of a crisp, clean finish.

Not a bad summer lager. Everything is good except the finish.

10-24-2010 04:36:52 | More by bnes09
Photo of Kegatron


4/5  rDev +9.3%

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with 3 frothy fingers of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a nice looking robust richness, which leaves back some thick spotty lacing. The aroma is floral, earthy, spicy, and fruity smelling, with a silky backing of malts across the back of the nose. This was flavorful, bright, and pleasant. I liked it.

The taste is moderately biting with fresh citrus flavors, along with grittier notes of earth and rind. This is well balanced with some lightly toasted grainy sweetness underneath, while this finishes with lingering notes of earth and spice. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a smooth, crisp, and clean feel throughout. Just a very easy and quaffable body on this.

Fresh, bright, and flavorful, with a super easy body and overall drinkibility going for it, this was a pleasant quaff. Another sturdy entry from Sierra Nevada.

10-22-2010 16:42:31 | More by Kegatron
Photo of jwhawkins81


3.38/5  rDev -7.7%

Aroma - A nice pils aroma of saaz hops and a biscuity malt presence

Appearance - Tons of carbonation from from this golden yellow beer with a one inch thick white head

Taste - Grainy malt with a smooth but crisp hop bite. Not a overhopped pils but not lacking the usual Sierra Nevada level. Good but not great.

Notes - Good thin to medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.

10-17-2010 15:19:14 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of briman


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a very pale straw color, slightly hazy, with a large stark white head that retains well.

Aromas of hay, with some spice from the hops.

Clean malt, maybe a touch grainy with a bitterness on the low end of medium. Finishes tart, with a bit of lemon and spice.

Medium body, with moderate-to-high carbonation. Certainly effervescent, and quite crisp. This one is a quick drinker, and as the label suggests, ideal for summer.

10-17-2010 02:51:54 | More by briman
Photo of zachariaIPA

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Sierra Nevada Summerfest 2010 poured from the classic brown bottle. A nice white effervescent head rushes to the top of the glass and lingers for quite some time. A small amount of thin lacing, a rich golden body with a slight haze and streams of carbonation lining the side.

A strong a pleasant aroma full of spicy hops, lemon, and sweet malt.

Very crisp lager, full of floral hop notes at first but then followed up immediately with sweet honey and lemon malt flavors with a nice bitter but smooth finish.

A very tasty summer lager. I could definitely drink a few of these on a hot day. Would go great with some bbq.

10-10-2010 18:46:44 | More by zachariaIPA
Photo of megahurts4


3.33/5  rDev -9%

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

Appearance: Straw yellow, large head, and some lacing.

Smell: Grains, hop, and a slight skunkiness.

Taste: Nutty malts, hops, slight grains, and a sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light.

It finishes with a slight bitterness.

10-10-2010 04:26:48 | More by megahurts4
Photo of Mora2000


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grassy hops and pilsener malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get some grassy and earthy hops as well as some biscuit malt. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easy drinking and would be nice on a hot summer day.

10-04-2010 02:31:28 | More by Mora2000
Photo of r0nyn

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a bottle into a stange.

Pours a clear pale straw color, quite typical of pilsens. Frothy inch high whitish head that dissipates slowly, leaving some loose lacing. Smell is quite floral, which surprised me. There's the usual lager maltiness, but it's coupled with an almost IPA quality floral bouquet. Not overwhelming, but well-balanced. Quite nice.

Taste has an initial hoppy bite with floral nuances to match the nose. Hops are prevalent, but not overpowering. It yields to a malty, lager-like backbone that goes well with the mild bitterness. Some citrus and yeast towards the back end as well. Finishes with a subtle aftertaste of hops and malt. Very solid. Mouthfeel is above average, with the carbonation spreading the flavor around well and the body of the brew itself being just a bit more substantial than your average lager. Smooth and crisp.

Drinkability is good, I'd definitely have a few more of these. A pretty tasty first foray into Czech pilseners for me. Almost like a light version of an IPA, at least in my humble opinion.

10-03-2010 00:57:18 | More by r0nyn
Photo of bmwats


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pilsner.

A: Yellow hay color. Heavy carbonation pours into a giant, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. Some sticky residue remains as it settles. Plenty of nice spider web lacing.

S: Floral straw aroma. A little lemon citrus and a touch of sweetness.

T: Lightly hoppy and slightly bitter. Light malty flavor base.

M: Very light bodied and refreshing. Carbonation really effervesces the flavor components over the entire palette. Slightly bitter aftertaste remains throughout.

D: Lite qualities make for a very refreshing drink.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Giant foamy head, and a nice light sweet floral nose. Flavor is not complicated, but nicely done combination of subtle bitter and grain components. Overall, this is a really nice quaff.

10-02-2010 21:32:35 | More by bmwats
Photo of adamette


4.3/5  rDev +17.5%

006920550 stamped on the right side of the label.

Live review. Poured from the 24 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $2.99 a few days ago into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Meringue like white head overa a slightly murkey but translucent straw yellow body. Visible in the bottle before opening was some sediment...perhaps the yeast (?). This is a better than average looking lager. 3.5

S Pleasant, interesting lager smell and much "stronger" than that of, say, Budweiser. 4.0

T Very tasty, tangy lager tastes that remind me of the organic Samuel Smith Lager which was very good or perhaps an offering from Rogue whose name escapes me. I liked both of those lagers so believe me this is a compliment! There is a nice tartness bordering on citrus (could this be from the yeast and barley?). 4.5

M "Crisp" as suggested on the label but also a nicely rounded aftertaste too. Quite good. 4.0

D Very, very easy to drink this interesting beer that has a very manageable ABV. 4.5

Notes: Very good price for a well crafted beer!

09-23-2010 03:15:51 | More by adamette
Photo of culver501


4.1/5  rDev +12%

A-pale yellow straw colored, thick white head, great carbonation, good retention, minimal lacing

S-great pale malt and hop combo with a nice yeasty tone at the end (reminds me of a fresh german hefe)

T-nice bitter hops, crisp malt sweetness, a really solid traditional pilsener taste, a hint of citrus, wish i would have had this on hand all summer, really refreshing, a nice suggestion for the MBC drinkers I would think

M-good, crisp, clean, good malty sweetness lingers along with some hops

D-check, great summer beer

09-13-2010 23:49:22 | More by culver501
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,482 ratings.