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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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BA SCORE
83
good

3,577 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,577
Reviews: 1,474
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 245 | 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 Prostman81
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had picked this up last summer before heading off to a barbeque. Saw an empty sitting in a cabinet that I had squirreled away and brought back some memories.

When I had picked this up, it had just been delivered, so was very fresh. Had a great hop aroma; the typical pilsner/saaz hop notes were there along with some definite light citrus. Went down super smooth, was able to taste the Pils malts and again with the American hops. Was foruntate to have the sixer all to myself that evening as everyone else was into their macro-brews. Having this beer in hand while playing bags and eating good food on a warm night is what summer is all about.

Prostman81, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saw this at the local beer store still on the shelf, a single was only a dollar so I figured I'd give it a shot, even if it has been a few months since its best by date.

The beer pours a very clear lemon drop yellow with lots of lively carbonation running up the glass. The beer pushes up a nice one inch ivory-colored head that has a pretty long retention, then leads to some nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

This is where the age comes in a bit. I can smell a slight sourness/skunkiness in the beer, but beneath it I can still make out some pale malts.

Same thing with the taste. Where some nice clean, grassy hops might once have been (I imagine), I now taste a slight sourness that makes the flavor of this beer unfortunately similar to a Miller High Life with some pale malts added.

The mouthfeel is good, especially for a summer beer. It's nice and light with a refreshing amount of carbonation and a crisp finish.

I definitely need to get this when it's in season. I can see the potential now, because it isn't a horrible beer right now even when it's a bit skunky. I'll give it another shot and re-review later.

feelmefoam, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of whtguitarguy
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one was likely a little old when I got it (I have my comments in a notebook). Pours a yellowish color. Aroma was rather skunky, so I am guessing light got to it. The flavor was much like the smell. Caramel malts within the brew are a little heavy, but I have come to expect that of many micros.

whtguitarguy, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours semi-hazy light golden color. One finger white head that dies down rather quickly into nothing. Light lacing on the sides of the glass that end up falling back down into the beer.

S- Big sweet malts in the front of the nose. Grassy floral hops come in second with the aroma. Not really a whole lot to this beer.

T- Light citrus zing to this in the front. Light sweet malts clash with grassy notes in the middle. Light alcohol finish in this beer. Once again not a whole lot going on with this beer.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Left grassy notes along with lighter malts on the palate after each sip. Crisp and clean tasting.

D- Good beer for in between styles as it is not a palate wrecker. This beer would be a good start for BMC people looking to go into the craft world.

alleykatking, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of jantonius
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Yellow to amber with slight haze, very thick head

S: Very earthy, slight grass and citrus

Taste: Little bitter and slightly malty

Mouthfeel: Too nuch carbonation, overpowers the beer

Drinkability: Ok summer beer, does not fit my choice in So Cal. Probably works in Chico, I am good for one of SN Summerfest.

jantonius, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Soilworker
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Pale Golden yellow with a thick head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Very clean aroma. Floral notes dominate the bulk of the nose accompanied by light fruity smells (almost like fruity pepples). Light hay/malt is present as well.

Taste: Very light and crisp; lager style malts dominate after a hit of light fruity and hops (florally and minimally bitter) taste.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing and crisp. Could definitely see drinking this one a hot summer day.

Drinkability: As mentioned before this beer exceptionally refreshing and would definitely see drinking this on a nice summer day.

Soilworker, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of pmccallum86
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden bubbly body with a thick bubbly two finger head that dissipates slowly.

Smell is of grass, straw and lemons. Not very potent but pleasant.

Taste is of light crisp summer time pilsener, which I suspect was their aim. Fresh light biscuit malt and lemon citrus zest, maybe some grass too.

Mouthfeel is thin and smooth, also a little creamy.

Pretty drinkable, would be great at lunch outdoors on a sunny summer day.

pmccallum86, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Thur123
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is hay yellow that is a bit hazier and bright than the BMC piss yellow. The head ends up as about one finger and is thick white. The smell is hay and grass, with a slight malt smell under, but that smells faint.

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The first hit is a slight grassy bitterness that ends with a light cereal grains flavor. The flavor is that of a pretty good lager. It feel like some Saaz hops, or something similar are used, giving a pretty solid traditional flavor IMO. The mouth feel is frothy and solid, no problems here. Overall and especially for the price I got this, SN summerfest is a solid lager, if that's what cha looking for.

Thur123, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 floz bottle into brooklyn brewery pokal

big creamy white head, bright golden body. nose is predominantly hops with a touch of malts. the taste is quite refreshing: crisp and cool, the carbonation is abundant and refreshing. not too much taste going on, but then again, it is a summer lager, so I'm not expecting much more than the hop and malt combination they are giving me.

erz316, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Blitzstyle
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, good amount of head the quickly disapates. No real laceing. Nice golden color.

Smells citrusy lemon scent some floral hops.

Taste very crisp but yet no real pop like most other SN offerings. Lemonish aftertaste floral front.

Goes down very easy and quickly. Good carb

Great drinkablity could see drinkin a couple of these. Just not SN best beer seems like it is missing something, nothing real great or standout from this beer.

Blitzstyle, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of Augustiner719
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy light amber/yellow with a massive head that quickly fades.

Smell: Smells metal and citrus. Has some herbal notes that are nice. Different than all other summer lagers i have had.

Taste: watery and bland. Its got a bitterness to it that turns me off to it. A little malty in the approach but the finish is off.

Mouthfeel: Way too carbonated for me. Its like sprites level of carbonation.

Drinkability: If it werent for the high carbonation it would be a good alternative to the SA summer beer but its not very drinkable to me.

Augustiner719, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summerfest produces a good amount of bright white head, and has golden slight chill hazed body.

Aroma wise it's got the straw/grass smell, along with slight tobacco.

The taste is a bit hoppier than most pilsners, which makes this a little more complex, but still refreshing: lemony upfront, dives into herbal bitterness.

This feels prickly and coarse, and is cleansing to the palate. Overall a great example of the Czech Pilsner style from a great brewing company.

TheSarge, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an American pint glass, very yellow/gold, with good carbonation, but a thin white head and no lacing. The smell was lackluster, with just a subtle hint of lemon, and some herbal/grassy notes. The taste was the same, with a slightly more pronounced herbal presence rather than citrus. The mouthfeel was a pleasantly thin, carbonated brew; certainly refreshing for a 'lawnmower' beer, and definitely sessionable. However, it does need some more flavor.

donniecuffs, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of diamondc
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local liquor store clearing out six packs of these for $5. What the heck do I got to lose? Bottled on 93rd day of 2009.

A: Golden, clear classic pilsener look. Frothy head that dissipates into a small cap of foam all the way to the end. Some moderate lacing, too.

S: Smells like buttered toast with pepper and lavender (reminds me of the laundromat actually) in the background.

T: Lemon zest, biscuits, generic spiciness, too. They hit all the right notes on this one. Nothing too complex, though.

M/D: Definitely a quaffer on a hot summer day. Some graininess and hints of corn come out at the end when it warms up, so its best to drink this quick & on the colder side.

diamondc, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely pale golden color with a very fluffy white head that quickly fades away and leaves small traces of lacing.

Aroma starts off very floral and quickly gives way to subtle hints of corn, grass and citrus.

Initial taste seemed somewhat metallic but thankfully it picked up quite a bit as I went on. After a few sips, I began to notice some floral hops upfront along with notes of lemon and grass with some spicy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with the right amount of carbonation. At first glance, this really looked like a typical macro to me and that would really be my only complaint. Not sure why it tasted so off at first, but the more I drank, the more I enjoyed it. It just took some time for me to notice the hop presence which usually isn't an issue with SN. Overall this was very refreshing and I can see this as a good thing to have on a hot day. The main thing that would hinder me from picking this up again is that when I think of SN, this isn't anywhere near the top of my list. Still this is a great example of the style so I have to give credit to SN for another quality brew.

Vengeance526, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of bristol2120
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a big head, but quickly recedes. No real lacing. Pale golden in color.
S - Very faint floral hoppy notes. Less than one would expect from a Siera Nevada product.
T - Subdued hops and citrus, specifically grapefruit presence.
M - Surprisingly watery. A good level of carbonation though.
D - Refreshing and drinkable, but still there are better out there.

bristol2120, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a transparent yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in an instant. No lace to speak of.
S: A mineral/sulfur aroma at first, but that quickly fades to some light grassy and floral hops. Grain, cereal, and light biscuit aromas.
T: Some biscuit. grain, and cereal again. Very light grassy and floral hops.
M/D: A lighter body with medium carbonation. Not watery at all though. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Easy and smooth to drink. An easy choice for a session beer.

A pretty good beer. Nothing all that special. Though it is a really good beer for the summer. Obviously that is the goal here, but other than at a BBQ for the summer I probably won't get this again.

champ103, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of storksonm
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tall pint glass.

It poured crisp and clean not much of a head but a nice clean golden yellow color. It had what I usually associate with the "lager" smell, very nice even had a clean lager smell not too danky. It is very light it was like drinking a commercial style pilsner but obviously better. The mouthfeel is drier with a bit of bitter hop aftertaste. I would love having this on a hot day after work after you've been running around all day just sit in the lawn chair or if you really got style the daven-porch and relax with one of these.

storksonm, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Squelch
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slight haze. White head. Golden colored. Good looking beer

Smell: Malty. slight noble hop aroma.

Taste: Tastes like it came from Czech. excellent noble hop and malt flavor. clean and fresh tasting

Mouthfeel: Tingly from the carbs. Medium to Medium light bodied.

Drinkability: Please mass produce this beer! Great break from my usual big beer sessions.

Squelch, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Kemmerlin
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light pale yellow color filtered appearance with lots of carbonation bubbles throughout and a one finger sticky white head that's has long lasting power.
S: a fresh lemon citrus scent some floral hops and yeast mix together very well - the yeast can over power a little
T: a light bouqet of citrus and floral hops mixed with the taste of lagering yeast.
M/D: a slight dryness and lots of carbonation tingle. Definitely drinkable and works very well as a summertime brew. I would recommend this one but not over their wheat ale

Kemmerlin, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of BigJim5021
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale-ass straw with a big, frothy white head. Lacing here and there.

I'm catching a very minor whiff of pale, biscuity malts and not much else.

Biscuity malts and some light hop bitterness make for a decent flavor. Reminds me more of a German pils than a Czech to be honest.

The mouthfeel is nice and crisp with good carbonation.

Drinkability is high. This is a slightly above average, easy to drink pils. Definitely no frills, but solid.

BigJim5021, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Kraken
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 3/29/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle in a Jever Pils glass. Firm pour calls fourth a 1/4 inch of fine frothy white head. Head falls quickly but leaves a fine lace. Color is a clear straw amber.

Nose- Very nice, and surprising, light citrus hops. Floral, hints of vanilla. Surprising for a lager.

Palate- Light active, very clean. a smidge of citric hops, lemon, tangerine. None of the elements are overpowering, all very complementary. Hints of ginger in the finish. Very nice after a year on the shelf.

Mouthfeel- Very active and clean, refreshing.

Drinkability- Great, wishing I had picked up some more. I was pissed initially when I arrived at home and noticed this was the 08 vintage. All it took was one sip to change my mind.

Kraken, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of gabe23
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, light yellow in color with a fluffy white head. Not much in the way of retention, but the lacing is nice.

S - Grainy aroma with a mild hops presence. Nice herbal, grassy scent.

T - Crisp malty start with a pleasant hop bite. Some bitterness, but the finish is dry and clean.

M - Thin as expected, but nice carbonation and body that fits the style.

D - Very drinkable just like you want a lager to be, but still flavorful enough to be enjoyed as more than just a lawnmower beer.

gabe23, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass. Had a very pale yellow color with a white head that fades pretty quickly. Some lacing, kind of sticky. Smell of some slight hops, not very strong. Had some after tastes of wheat, maybe some hay. Taste was very mediocre at best. Some wheat to it with a slight hop finish, again not a strong flavor. Mouthfeel was pretty decent, had a nice crisp feel to it, finishes a little dry at the end. A pretty drinkable beer, quite refreshing overall, despite the lack of flavor. If you know somebody who is trying to get into more quality breweries and can't seem to find any they like, this may be worth a shot. I really wouldn't go out of my way to ever try it again though.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra's Summerfest Lager pours a crisp, golden straw-yellow that leads to a nice cloud, off-white head. Good carbonation and nice notes of floral, herbal hops. Refreshing and delightfully each sip - classic pilsner taste of grains, grassy, and floral notes.

For the novice: Leave the Miller Lite and Stella; buy this and impress your friends.

Personally: I really love this stuff, one of the best pilsners made in the US.

WCBCFrank, Aug 14, 2009
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,577 ratings.