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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

3,534 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,534
Reviews: 1,470
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 63
Gots: 226 | 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 Jwale73
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage served in a pilsener glass. Poured a bright, golden yellow with a one inch frothy, bright white head that sizzled and popped as it quickly receded; only a few specks of lacing present during the session. Copious tiny bubbles present in solution. Nose suggests citrus, cereal grains and a whiff of skunk. Taste follows nose, but citrus quality is enhanced at the front and a biscuity character come out at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and sparklingly effervescent. Goes down easy, but not really digging the whole package hear. Much better summer offerings are out there.

Jwale73, May 20, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright, clear straw sunshine yellow. Very quick, spongey head and one string of bubbles. Crisp pilsner malt and cracked grain with some clean hops. The taste is very crisp clean malt, and lightly astringent hops. Great clean, smooth palate that wips the palat clean every sip. Ready for more sips of this awesome pils.

scruffwhor, May 20, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a light golden bodied beer with a bone white head that fades and doesn't leave much lacing.

The aromas are earthy spicy hops above a sweet malt character.

The flavor is slightly sweet with a strong hop flash and mineral character that cleans the palate well.

Crisp mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. For a Czech Pils, this one has a bit more body.

Tasted next to Pilsner Urquell, this beer is slightly lighter in appearance, more aromatic, and more character all around.

rtratzlaff, May 20, 2009
Photo of teejay76
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light gold pour with decent head.

Smell - Malt and hops. Vague honey and citrus.

Taste - Mellow hops bitterness with slight hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel - Highly delicious and refreshing. Great aftertaste.

Drinkability - Love this beer. I'll buy more and then look forward to next summer's seasonal brew.

teejay76, May 20, 2009
Photo of Jablonski
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bright golden yellow color with a small head. There is no lacing to note on the glass. A malty sweetness dominates the smell. I can also pick up some orange, grapefruit, and some herbal notes in the background. The Summerfest Lager tastes similar to the smell, except the citrus notes I picked up seem to be more like lemons. There is also a slight bitterness to the beer, but not too strong. The body of the beer is nice, but the carbonation is too much--almost makes the beer unpleasant. Overall it's a decent brew from Sierra Nevada. There was just something a little off in the aftertaste of this beer. It was nice to try, but it won't make it into the rotation.

Jablonski, May 20, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pours light and clear yellow with light white head and minimal retention

S - strong malts up front with light pine and biscuit notes

T - malty up front that quickly gives way to a nice light bitter hop flavor and finish. malts are balanced so they are not over done what so ever

M - very light and and very clean with a very crisp bite.

D - this is a great summer beer for those that want to bake in the sun and enjoy a cold one. one of my favorite summer beers.

hooliganlife, May 19, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes:

Orange-brown with a creamy head for a summer lager.

Smells a bit weedy, like a hemp or dandelion leaf sourness. But has light citrus notes common to a summer lager.

Tastes of toasted pistachio, lemongrass, and orange. Quite good. Not very complex, but full-bodied.

Feels ok in the mouth. Carbonation is good medium, but finish is a tad dry and unfulfilling.

TLove, May 19, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for $1.75. Poured into me shaker glass, this pils appears a hazed muted straw color with about a finger of bone white foam. Flavor and aroma are of lightly toasted grains, lemon, grassy hops. Just about medium in both body and carbonation. A decent warm weather lager.

ClockworkOrange, May 19, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer 4 of 4 for the Sierra Nevada Tasting Event at Stub and Herbs that I reviewed.

Poured into 6 oz Sierra Nevada sample glass. Pours a small head, due to the glass. Color is a clear straw yellow. Very little lace.

Smell is very grainy and corn-like. Not one of my favorite smells coming from a Sierra Nevada beer.

Taste: Just like the smell. Very grainy and I get a metallic flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp. Over carbonated. Very light bodied.

Overall, this is by far my least favorite offering from Sierra Nevada. I don't plan on ever buying this, but maybe on a HOT summer day I could try it again.

mothman, May 18, 2009
Photo of tronester
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow with a medium pure white head. Nice lacing all the way down the glass. Smell is faintly of grain and citrus. Taste is light, refreshing malty, a hint of lemon. The finish is dry, with a big cracker malt flavor. Nice bitterness from the hops, but not as high as many Czech Pilsners I have had. Mouthfeel is average, high carbonation. Drinkability is fantastic, it is quite easy to drink many of these. A very good beer to convert BMC lovers with.

tronester, May 17, 2009
Photo of cjl1209
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Crisp Summer Beer"

A - Pours a light gold with a small white head. Looks to be well carbonated judging by the bubbles running up my glass.

S - A little bit of grain and a little bit of hops. Not much going on here at all.

T - It's a little light in the flavor department as well. Citrusy hops and yeast accompanied by a pinch of lemon. Hoppy but not overtly bitter. Nice bite on the finish.

M - Medium-light and very crisp. Has the perfect body for a summer beer.

D - Through the roof; a perfect session brew.

Final Thoughts: Not a bad beer, it's just far too weak on the smell and the taste. Simply put, there's just not enough going on.

cjl1209, May 17, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This summer brew pours a transparent golden yellow with a foamy white head full of big carbonation bubbles, which subsides to leave a faint white lacing on the glass.

Citrus fruit, straw or grassy hops; wheat and yeast highlight the aroma of this brew.

Quite fresh, zesty lemon and again grass with just a hint of light spice.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation with a dry and refreshing finish.

This is a great summer brew. Nothing more, nothing less, and one that can be enjoyed throughout the day.

CHADMC3, May 17, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2 fingers white froth over champagne-like bubbly body that's clear and straw-colored. Thin spots of head retention.
S: Grainy malts and big, bitter hop profile. Grassy aromas apparent in the hops as well.
T: Pretty mellow grassy hops and sweet honey malts. Very straightforward. Bitter hop residuals stick around. Spiciness really pulls through and there are some definite yeasty qualities. Candied sugar seems to come out a bit with warmth, which is an interesting characteristic.
M: Smooth but crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation and light-bodied.
D: Tastes exactly like it should, and refreshes in the same way. I can go through a 6er on a hot Cali day.

washburnkid, May 16, 2009
Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored a clear yellow with 1/2 finger head, little to no lace.

Smells like grain, grass, hay, and very light wheat.

Taste was the same as the smell. A good light lager that as another reviewer said is a great substitute for coors lite, etc. Crisp and refreshing but I would be drinking something else on a hot summer day. Not my favorite style.

SirDrinxAlot, May 16, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is just fine for what it strives to be. A drinkable pale yellow fizzy summer beer. It is a much more tasty and flavorful substitute for a Budweiser or a Miller Lite. Plenty of Pilsner flavor and smell, a bready bitterness that comes through. Nothing spectacular as none of the flavors jump out at the drinker, but it is solid in every respect and I recommend it as a summer beer to drank outside in the hot weather.

joshuadlight, May 16, 2009
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown shorty bottle, no freshness date but there is the year 2009 on the neck label.

A- Quick to froth a white head, subsides to a thin but sticky lace. Shimmering clarity off of the golden yellow colored brew.

S- Clean fresh cut hay, spicy hops ... a very clean nose.

T&M- Crispness is beyond belief, so refreshing. Clean but dry malty palate, hint of lemon in the spicy hop character that lends a nice bitter bite. Touch of herbal hop and grain husk middle to end, finishes quite dry.

D- Give one of these to a macro drinking friend and see what happens. I could easily go through a few on a hot summer day.

Jason, May 16, 2009
Photo of Chuggs
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall an average beer. Poured nicely with a light, thin frosting that disappered rather rapidly. Aroma nice, althhough. I was overwhelmed with a bit of wheat. Taste was average, for some reason I was expecting a blonde ale. Good beer to go along with a fried seafood dish. Not a sesion beer. Stick with the pale ale. I am still searching for that perfect summer ale.

Chuggs, May 16, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glss.

The color is a light gold with a nice thick foamy white head and some really nice lacing. No retention as well.

The smell is a bit grassy, floral hop flavor with some nice citrus flavor includeing some lemon, and orange.

The taste is a bit like a pilsner. some slight traces of hops, with a nice grassy flavor with some orange flavor as well.

The beer is nice and smooth, has a bit of a buttery feel that seems to just slight down after every sip. One of the better Summer beers out there.

Duhast500, May 15, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a perfectly clear straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with a good deal of grassiness. As the beer warms light floral hop aromas waft out.

Tastes good. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined by grassy flavors that toe the line of being overly flavorful. Light floral hop flavors join in midway through the sip before a clean and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and killing the six-pack won't be a problem.

Overall this is a solid selection for hot weather - it's got enough flavor to enjoy while not going overboard. Worth a shot.

glid02, May 15, 2009
Photo of TroyS
4.85/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this years Summerfest at MarCellar's in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It's a really great brew with nice smooth overtones. Yum yum. Some hints of banana. This brew is very clear and doesn't have much head to stick around. It's really really good beer. Go get some! Cheers! PlS. I'll have to add a pic later - saving bottle;)

TroyS, May 14, 2009
Photo of hdofu
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I guess I just don't like this style at all because it was one of the worst beers I have ever gotten from sierra nevada and I'm not a fan of there flagship apa either. The best way I could describe this brew is imagine an ideal coors. The color was pale yellow. The smell reminded me of olive oil and the taste was rice cake like blandness. The mouth feel was slick and oily. I could not drink more then one of these. Drinking it ice cold out of the bottle only barely made it drinkable.

hdofu, May 14, 2009
Photo of ajr24
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively AND appropriately into my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A- Pours golden and hazy, but upon settling it is clarity galore. Light from anywhere penetrates this bright, golden body. An all white head slithers down the glass leaving no lacing.
S- Smells like Czech hops- spicy and grassy primarily. Slight malt sweetness follows.
T- Surprisingly complex! A very light and transitional malt profile... The Munich malt is actually noticeable- not ALL Pilsner malt taste. The Saaz hops are delicious.
M- The mouthfeel is alive and very refreshing.
D- This beer drinks astonishingly quick!

ajr24, May 13, 2009
Photo of Doomcifer
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw-like color with a decent head that goes quickly. Smells mildly earthy hoppiness and maybe some breadiness going on. Tastes of more earthy thin hops and a light malt evening out. Pretty crisp and kind of a "dirty" pilsner imho. I bought a sixer, thinking it would be a good accompaniment on a hot Sunday cookout but I wasnt enjoying them too much. Decent at best.

Edit: 4/27/14 : I've come along with this beer. Better than I remembered and quite enjoyable session-wise.

Doomcifer, May 12, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a golden straw color that produced a fluffy white head that had some retention and left little lace

S - The aromas produced by this beer were mild, some malts and hops

T - The taste of this beer was crisp, clean breadiness, some fruits, and a little hops on the finish

M - The mouthfeel on this beer had a light body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very easy drinking beer, my idea of a real pilsener the goes great on those hot southern days

cvfish, May 12, 2009
Photo of patobandito
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im not usually a pilsner fan, but I like to try whatever seasonals come my way.

This beer poured a clear yellow color with a this frothy head. not much lacing, but the head lingers for a while. Smells of crisp hops with a slight hop balance. And the taste! so crisp! So refreshing! a bit more on the hops side. Goes down oh so easily, making it great as a session brew. Highly recommended on a hot day. The perfect summer afternoon beer.

patobandito, May 12, 2009
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,534 ratings.