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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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3,665 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,665
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 72
Gots: 290 | 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 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.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of bristol2120
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of storksonm
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Squelch
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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
2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
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
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev +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
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,665 ratings.