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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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3,658 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,658
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of gravytrain
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a see through golden color with nice head that disappears quickly.
Smells exactly like a lager should. Just beer.
Taste is spot on. Crisp with a nice flavor that is easy to drink.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a nice lingering flavor.
Drinks very easily. I might just drink the whole six tonight.

Photo of webbcreative
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured light yellow color with 2 finger white head. Looks pretty much like an American lager.
A= crisp clean smell, saaz hops it smells like but I'm not 100% sure. Smells really good.
T= crisp, clean, refreshing has a Sierra Nevada flavor to it. Taste like a lager, a good lager, but a lager, drying finish, with a good amount of hop bitterness.
M= thin, but expected

Overall this is a good refreshing lawnmower type beer, nothing particularly special about it, but a good solid brew that I wouldn't turn down none-the-less.

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light gold, very pale. 1/2 finger head that leaves only a thin coating of foam behind. Large bubbles clinging to the glass.

Nose is very crisp and clean. Nice straw aroma. The malt is predominant here with a slight flavoring of hops.

Starts out slightly lemony, but way more sweet than tart. Grows slightly more tart and fizzy. Finishes with a suprising bitterness for the style.

Feel is very nice. Slightly creamy, slightly fizzy and way more body than expected.

Easy drinker, especially with the 101 degree day we had today!

Photo of PSUBeerman
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 2009 edition

Pours a clear golden color with visible carbonation, and a fizzy white head. The head dissipated rather quickly but left some film on top.

Nice aroma, reminds me of a summer brew. Grassy, earthy and some hops.

Great clean and crisp taste, perfect for summer. Slightly dry, but refreshing. Although this is lighter beer, it has a good amount of flavor. Very drinkable, I wish I had gotten this earlier in the summer.

Photo of Wheelinb
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great summer beer. Nice golden color with a slight head. I was not getting much in the way of aroma, just a light sweet smell. The taste is dry and crisp with a nice hop bite at the end. Very nice on a hot St Louis summer day. Easy to drink and goes nice with light summer foods.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a Brown Bear Brown pint glass.

A - pours brilliant yellow, very clear, with one finger of head. Looks refreshing.

S - I smell what I believe to be DMS, no appreciable hop aroma.

T - Nice pale malty flavor, mild hop bitterness

M - crisp, lightly carbonated

D - a very solid, refreshing beer. Perfect for a summer day.

Photo of benteach
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a very good amount of long lasting head with good lacing.

Smells of wheat, hops.

Nice bite to the beer. Flavors are crisp and refreshing. Well balanced. Light body. A tad sweet flavor to the malt.

Drinkable all day long, a very good beer for this time of year.

Photo of rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear straw color. Thin white head.

S- Pale malts and light hops.

T- Pale malts, light hops w/ a faint sweetness. While light in flavor, it is very crisp and clean. No bitter or metalic tastes that often cloud extremely light beers.

M- Light, crisp. refreshing

D- Definitely drinkable in large quantities... although very light in flavor and body, it is very crisp and clean. If American Adjunct Lagers and Light Lagers had any knowledge of how to make a good beer, this would be the model.

Photo of squirrelpirate
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager poured a clear straw with a thick white head that quickly dissipated to a thin bubbly lace on the surface. I detected only faint grassy notes with a little malt sweetness.

This is a very crisp, refreshing beer with moderate carbonation. The taste is a smooth malty sweetness with mild hop presence lingering in the aftertaste. It has a light body and is very easy to drink, with a moderate mouthfeel that is a bit surprising.

Like a lot of the other reviews, I don't find this to be a good Czech Pils, but it is a very refreshing summer beer that I could easily drink for an afternoon. A good overall beer.

Photo of DeepSix
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost 2 bottles into a 23oz mug club mug...what? I barely can find a use for it. Not a huge head here, a little bit more darker then I'm used to for this style. Don't get me wrong, its light, but a bit more amber and less clear yellow.

Not much smell here, for me. Light grass notes, but no floral hop notes that IS tasted. Some lemon there too.

A crisp semi-sweet malt taste, hit midway through a hop presence that makes itself known.

The light body you'd expect, along with some fairly moderate amount of carbonation.

This a pretty drinkable summer beer. Not really the best czech I've had but I looked on the bottle, it doesn't really have that word anyway, just "lager", so ya know why not give em a break. Not quite low enough ABV for session but close em to drink a bunch of em on a hot day.

Photo of bonkers
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint. It pours a pale fizzy yellow with a moderate white head. The aroma is a bit grassy, light. The brew is slightly bitter and has a lingering finish, very clean flavors. The beer is light bodied, and easy drinking. A solid Czech pilsner but it is far from the top of the class.

Photo of afinepilsner
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager was a pale golden color with good clarity. It had a thick white head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma had some grassy and spicy hops. The taste was well balanced between light malt and bitter hops with a dry lightly bitter finish. It was fairly light bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. It was crisp and refreshing. This is a good summertime beer.

Photo of DannyS
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A very light, clear orange amber with a frothy pillow of head on top, that dissipates into a collar that's slightly thicker than the norm.

S - Lots of grain and floral notes, with that lavender twinge I've come to expect from Czech Pilsener.

T - Crisp, bitingly bitter on first sip with a vibrant hoppy kick. Not much complexity in the hop profile, however. This one is also slightly yeasty and finishes relatively clean and kind of dry.

M - Not watery, as the active carbonation gives a good bit of foamy body to it, but still pretty thin.

D - Absolutely a session brew. The bitterness is not overwhelming and the ABV is modest enough.

Overall - It's a very basic pilsener beer. It's definitely still more substantial and satisfying than BMC light beers, but it's definitely a summer thirst quencher rather than a complex sipper.

Photo of bgreg3
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App- light gold very standard looking but it is nice and clear with a white foam head standing about 1/4 " tall.

Smell- typical kolch style beer , malt grain and barely. slight skunk aroma, desirable in the right amount.

Taste-Very grainy break like begginning converts to very sweet malty end on a quick dry finish. Nothing special really , but I expected more from ,my boys in chico CA

MF and drink-Very very light and an incredibly crisp finish leaving me very refreshed on this hot july day drinks very well and should be consumed 2 or 3 at a time in my opinion.

Photo of jgasparine
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured with one finger of white foam, which slowly dissipated, leaving some lacing behind. The body was a nice honey color with some decent carbonation...

S- Sweet and grassy, with some honey notes on the nose... some low-alpha hops in there too. The hop aroma doesn't seem to be Saaz... despite the fact that Sierra Nevada lists Saaz for this beer... perhaps they have used some Saaz-like variant... curious...

T- Sweet pale malts come through up front with some zesty lemongrass notes. Slightly metallic. Nice dry finish with some pleasant hop bitterness.

M- Highly carbonated, but not overly carbonated. This carbonation works well with the spritzy flavors. The Summerfest has a rather thin body, but it's slightly oily. Again, it kindof works with the style.

D- Very refreshing. Almost the perfect lawnmower beer! Great thirst quencher for hot weather. Very drinkable (in the summer), although I would never consider it in the colder months.

Notes: I would like to see a classification of "American Pilsner"... this brew just doesn't conjure-up the thoughts of a European beer for me...

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

A- clear, crisp straw colored...head quickly disappates...leaves a nice cap

S- lemon rind is the first thing that I notice...some grassy notes sneak in there as well...little bit of a skunky funk, but it somehow seems OK

T- Grassy and earthy...some peppery notes as well

M- sweetness up front...bittering on the back and sides of the tongue...very active carbonation

D- refreshing...a good summer beer

Photo of Clydesdale
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, clean golden color with some active carbonation. The ivory head is tall, very dense, and frothy, with very good retention. Lacing is fairly nice as well.

S: Fresh herbal hop aromas are most noticeable. A slightly lemony citrus smell is also detectable. Sweetish, mildly doughy malts are also present. Simple, clean, and appealing.

T: A significantly sweet, slightly doughy pale malt backbone makes its presence known. As the nose suggested, assertively herbal and slightly lemony hops provide a nice flavor, with mild bitterness. Light notes of spice.

M: A medium-firm body, with a dry, refreshing crispness. Carbonation is moderate.

D: No bones about it - this is a very tasty summer lager. As I've come to expect from SN, a finely-tuned and refreshing brew that should have wide appeal across the board.

Photo of carsonplunkett
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After browsing the beer aisle at Kroger for about 15 minutes, I eventually decided on this.

A: pours a light yellow color with an inch of white, quickly dissipating head.

S: Smells like an average macro to me...nothing special here.

T: Pretty bland. Honestly to me it tastes like an average light beer with a slight hint of lemon.

M: Lightly carbonated and easy on the mouth.

D: Really the only great thing about this beer is the drinkability. I could slam these all night without a problem.

Overall I was pretty disappointed with this beer... id much rather grab the SNPA.

Photo of generallee
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz into a Pilsener glass.

Appearance: The body has a golden yellow color with very good clarity and some nice visible carbonation. On top its head is bright white in color, slow fading and makes some nice lacing.

Smell: It has a light nose of pale clean malt with a spicy and floral hop character.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor is medium bodied, crisp and very clean. Dry crisp biscuity malt foams the base for the lightly spicy and floral hops. These hops give the beer a nice overall bitterness. The finish is sharp and dry with some bitterness hanging on. The texture is light and refreshing with active cleansing carbonation.

Notes: A solid beer from a solid brewery! "Everybody fest"

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,658 ratings.