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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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3,659 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,659
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 bmwats
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of adamette
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of culver501
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a pale golden straw hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head with a rim of lacing,the smell is a mix of lemon/citrus and sweet malts,it has a nice light very sessionable mouthfeel to it with tastes of lemon zest,orange,spicy herbal hops and is rounded out with a sweet biscuty malt finish,overall even though there is nothing wrong with this brew they definately have better beers and if this was abit cheaper i could see this as a nice session beer especially for the summer.

Photo of NODAK
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells of bright citrus mostly. Perhaps some hops. Pretty good.

Upfront taste is of lemony citrus, much like that on the aroma. Near the end of the body and the finish, there's a pretty good hop backbone present...perhaps more than many summer beers. This makes the beer pretty dry and crisp. After the swallow, a fair amount of grain is perceptible through the aftertaste.

This is a very good summer refresher. Flavorful, crisp and delicious. Definitely great when ice cold.

Photo of srandycarter
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear Light gold, not much head, some resilient lace up and down the glass.

S - Straw, hay. Light low alpha hops.

T - Maltier than taste. Still has that straw hay feel, but the sweet malt makes an appearance here. Bitter enough to balance.

M - Light flavors, sweets and bitters. Done well.

D - Very. Easy easy easy.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale white gold with a beard of white foam that goes fast and a fine mist of sediment. Lemon barley nose with some fresh hay. Limoncello malts with cut grass hops. Light, soft, crisp, some fizz.

I'd expect some hops from SN, but there's not the bitterness that some Czech examples of the style bring. Almost too easy drinking, could use a bit more of an edge. Good lawnmower beer.

Note: From some other reviews, I see this previously was labeled a pale lager, not a Czech Pilsener. I'd give it half a point in taste if it's measured against that style.

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

A-Golden with a tiny bubbly head.

S-Sweet and floral. Earthy and a bit spicy. Smells crisp like the label says.

T-Crisp. Cereal with some hop bite. Earthy. Not a bad taste. Doughy as well.

M-On the heavier side for a summer brew but still very "crisp".

D-Pretty easy to drink could have a couple.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager | 350 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: Czech Pilsener
Glass: Pilsener

Frothy head, sticky lace, and a light wheat body.

Fresh hay, spicy hops, a little lemon. Kudos on the freshness.

Dry malty palate, lemony twinge, spicy hop bite. Pilseners are not my favorite style because I like to have more flavor, but Sierra did alright.

Beautifully crisp

Well put together

Would I get it again?:
No, but it's more of a style prejudice.

Photo of mwa423
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a ton of head once it hits the glass. I was surprised at how much head immediately filled the glass and how long it took to die down. However, it did leave an impressive lacing.

S - Light grainy malts make up most of the aroma with a slight bit of hops. Very similar to the better macro lagers or craft pilsners.

T - Taste is very grainy with maltiness, a tasteable amount of hops but that's about it and some citrus notes. While this is a good example of a Czech Pilsener, it's on par with a beer like Miller Lite or many other macro lagers that reviewers slam. Simply, this beer is on par with those.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good and thick but is easily swallowed (making this a great lawnmower beer) and very drinkable. However, unless you're trying to make a statement unless a far less expensive macro, I would just purchase those instead of this.

Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Poured a clear and pale yellow/gold color. It had a bubbly and active head to start with, and it lasted pretty well into drinking it.

The aroma shows off an earthy, grassy and almost peppery hoppiness to it. Some citrus and sweet, grainy, malty flavors come through and really balance the aroma out.

The taste is very well balanced with the earthy and grassy hops, the sweet grainy malt, and the lemony citrus flavors. Very clean and crisp overall.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Drinkability is pretty decent, it has a very nice balance of flavors working in it's favor. Pretty good version of the style and a easy drinking beer overall.

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

Ahhh...Americans sure have it good, being able to buy this brewer's wares pretty much anywhere...

2010 edition, this beer pours a clear medium straw colour, with sparse, but consistent rising effervescence, and one finger of creamy white head, which leaves some thin splotches of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of crisp white grain, and spicy, floral hops. The taste is sweet malt, earthy spice, a bit of warming alcohol, and weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body fairly full, and pretty smooth. It finishes clean, and a little warm.

A decent quaff, but kind of heavy, and not quite as refreshing as one would expect from a Czech Pilsener.

Photo of klkatz
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty, refreshing aroma... it reminds me of summer nights when my parents and their friends used to gather at the Metzgar's house... it smelled pleasant to me... beer and cigarettes... this is the beer smell I remember... they must have been drinking pilsners.

Color is a great golden color.. it looks crisp and clean. Pilsner's claim to have that golden look others don't... this does not disappoint.

Taste is malty, smokey and spicy.... I've had better pilsners... I like more bite. Don't get me wrong it's a decent beer.

The mouthfeel leaves a malty, kind of pasty feel... average in this respect.

At only 5% ABV, the drinkability is decent. I wouldn't go much weaker.... so I'd keep drinking this one, thank you. About a 3.5 in this department.

The bottle claims that this lager is crisp and refreshing.... it is. Nice job SN!

Photo of davidaubrey
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. I like a good pilsner and this one is. Hops are balanced well against a malty dry taste. The color is slightly deeper yellow other pilsners. This beer is very refreshing, though I have a difficult time justifying paying mirco-brew prices for a pilsner. Nevertheless, this one is just as good as any of the quality German imports, such as Spaten.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Ah, the Whole Foods bargain area. Delightful. This guy pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose comprises light wheat, flowers, corn, grass, and a touch of sugar. The taste is similar, with the floral hops really coming through nicely, along with a hint of oatmeal. The body is pretty light, with a very light carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a solid pils, but missing a small something in the taste department to really kick it up a peg.

Photo of cmaloy
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a beautiful creamy white head that went quickly. The beer is clear and golden yellow.

S: Floral hop aroma with spcie.

T: Refreshing and taste great. Spicy hop flavor with a crisp finish and light bitterness.

M: Moderate-light bodied, with medium-high carbonation.

D: Good beer.

Photo of Reaper16
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours like a Pils should: a crystalline clear pale yellow body with plenty of visible towers of carbonation bubbles rising up to greet the head. Summerfest's head is a spectacular two + fingers made of rocky crests and large bubbles. The foam is frothy and multidimensional in terms of texture.

Pretty average pilsner aroma. It is balanced to a fault - the malt seems SO bready and the hops SO muted at first. But eventually you come to realize that it is just really balanced. I do wish the hops, faintly floral and pointedly spicy/grassy though they are, would be more forward in the aroma. There isn't enough hop aroma to cut the malt sweetness.

I'd characterize the taste of Summerfest with the same tagline: balanced to a fault. There are hops, but they aren't particularly flavorful. Some grassy bitterness and that's it. The malt is pretty sweet though not cloying. These are simple flavors and they are done well. That's the best I can say for this pilsner.

Good mouthfeel and drinkabilty. The carbnonation level is appropriate and accommodating, doing a bit of the cleansing work that the hops fail to do. Though pretty average tasting, the flavors are certainly smooth enough to session. Obviously; what pilsners aren't meant for sessioning?

I don't think I'd buy this again, not with better cheaper pilsners out there (Sam Adams Noble Pils, I'm looking at you). In fact, I didn't buy it the first time. I swapped one bottle of my Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen at a party with a guy who brought Summerfest. Alright pilsner, but buy on sale if you can.

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

Quite a refreshing beer. Pours a clear golden colored with an active, pocket-filled head. Smells florally fragrant and lightly hoppy when cold and then a sweet grainy aroma comes through once it picks up in temperature. It's got a nice sweetness with just a touch of bitter hops. Very active carbonation to this light-bodied beer and it's quite gassy, so I pace myself with these. Very enjoyable.

Photo of berley31
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, white, fairly creamy head that faded quite quickly. Body is a ight golden color with good clarity.

S: Spicy, noble hop aroma dominates, with a touch of graininess.

T: Very refreshing. Nice spicy hop flavor, some light graininess, with a crisp finish and light bitterness from the noble hops.

M: Moderate-light bodied, with medium-high carbonation.

D: A very good representation of the style... I'd like to see a bit of a thicker and longer-lasting head, but otherwise it's quite spot-on.

Photo of Anthony1
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, golden yellow, fluffy white head, some retention & lace. Acidic, soapy/floral hops. Slightly sweet, slight soapy/floral hop flavour. Needs some more bready maltyness and bitterness. It's just too light for a Pils. Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation. Approachable & quite quaffable, but it doesn't bring me back for more.

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

I poured into a pint glass to an inch and a half of white head. The beer is a nice golden color. The smell has that "European" pilsner smell to it. It is grassy and grainy. The taste definately reminds me of Bavarian beer. It is crisp and clean with some grassy flavor. It is an ok beer. It's just not a style that I seek or crave.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured clear and golden yellow, bubbles rising, white head that didn't last, decent lacing.

Smelled of grainy hay and light hops, and a touch of sweet malts.

A nice summer brew taste. Hops, malts, spices and lemon all make a showing, but nothing is either outstanding or overpowering. I liked it.

Quite refreshing. Plenty of carbonation. Very summery for a summer brew.

Pretty drinkable. Excellent for those who normally drink BMC because this can satisfy those people but bridge the gap to better beers, whilst also satisfying those with a desire to skip the BMC altogether.

I think this one earned its pretty high marks from me.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.46/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought this as an experimental sixer from Hy-Vee, and I wish I had read the label first. I'm not a huge fan of pilsners to begin with, and this is an explosion of the classic pilsner taste. There's some hops and grain and that's about it. It actually seemed a bit sour. Call me a hater if you want, but this is NOT going to be in my fridge ever again.

Photo of jettjon
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Pale yellow color with minor head of tan foam. Nose of bready malt and a touch of crisp hops. In the mouth, a bit more bready than expected along with subdued hops yields ho-hum flavor. Crisp and quenching but nothing special. Drinkable? Sure, but after one there's little to bring me back for more. Discovering that this is a "Czech Pilsner" is even more off-putting; it's a rather weak interpretation of the style.

Photo of jdense
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Weiss glass 8.3.2010.

Billowing white rocky head, pretty quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Clear light gold body, several streams of rising carbonation. Nose is fairly sweet balanced by floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, a slight bit of bitterness but certainly on the sweet side. Light mouthfeel with not a lot of effervescence. Certainly drinkable, but there are a lot of better Pilseners to be had.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,659 ratings.