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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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3,355 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,355
Reviews: 1,455
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 58
Gots: 164 | 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:
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Photo of Rootdog316


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

Summerfest pours a clear yellow gold with a thin but lasting white head. Surprisingly, it has moderate carbonation. It has an aroma of malt and grass. It has a very interesting taste, and its got the lager body and malt profile with a nice gentle fruity hop. Summerfest has a mild bitter finish and has a nice balance of lager and floral hop.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 05:18:02 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of BuckSpin


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

Presentation: 12oz bottle (production code of 745Z0859???) in a fluted Pilsner glass

Poured clean, crisp, energetic, with a nice sparkle. Nose is immediately noticeable, dry, cider sweet malts, grassy, freshly husked corn, sharp estery florals...a nice, clean nose. With a little air some crackers & bread crust emerge. With a little agitation in the pour 2 finger's worth of tight, thick, softly sculpted & creamy pearl white foam with nice curtainesque lacing that hung like tree rings. The body is classic Pilsner - crystal clear, sunshine gold, with a steady parade of bubbles rising slowly thru it.

Clean, crisply dry with a back of the mouth muted crunch, light in mouthfeel & with the carbonation, very even & balanced. Bittersweet, grassy hops add a nice counterweight to the semi-sweet malts, which have a subtle honey aspect to them. As it warms the hops grow more prevalent & thus making it more bitter than initially.

It gets sharper, like a semi-sweet, dry champagne, softly scrubbing the tongue, leaving a mineral, somewhat rocky taste behind as it finishes clean, bittersweet, softly chewy with some grassy hops & echoes of stale bread. Incredibly easily to drink, it went down easy & smooth, yet more bitter than others of the style I've had.

A nice, easy to drink Pilsener that, while very easy to consume, wasn't incredibly refreshing like other summer style beers I've had. That said, with its slightly bitter aspects it would be fantasic with food. Dry white cheddar, whitefish, a simple salad, lobster, simply prepared shellfish, chicken, even zesty (not spicy) fare, etc. Definitely worth checking out, especially with food.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 21:37:17 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of dfried


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp clear golden yellow in color, active carbonation, foamy white head. Crisp, sweet malt aroma with some skunky noble-ish hop aroma, hints of lemon zest with some floral notes. The taste is much the same, sweet, crisp, clean pale grain malt. Skunky hops again, but the citrusy lemon is more distinct in the aftertaste, it lingers there and leaves the beer refreshing. Almost some sweet honey-like notes in the aftertaste as well. Fairly light bodied, easy drinking beer.

Overall: you know, a pretty good lighter lager. Light refreshing, great for a hot summer day (or a little bit cooler day when they are on fire sale in the fall.) I really like the lemony aftertaste it leaves.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 20:10:05 | More by dfried
Photo of HotterThanHell


3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice summer lager. Lite golden color with a good frothy head. The beer is well carbonated but not very complex. Of course that's not what your really looking for in a summer lager.

What your looking for is a lite, refreshing, balaced beer to help cool you down while you're standing next to the grill. This beer does that and has enough flavor to not be bland or tasteless like the macros.

A solid drinking beer that you could serve to your Bud Lite drinking buddies and maybe convert a few from the Dark Side.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 03:10:43 | More by HotterThanHell
Photo of SurlyDuff


3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not to much going on in this one, which is perfectly fine for a light summer ale such as this.
Had on-tap at the Bend Brewfest, as well as poured from a bottle at another time. A solid hit for SN, but not one of my favorites. (probably just because i dont care for the style)
Looks clear and bright like straw. Good carbonation, very nice head/lacing, just what a pilsner should be.
Smells of yeast and maltyness, though theres something wierd there too, reminded me of Lemon Pledge...
Taste is weak, but like i said earlier, this isnt my prefered beer style. Bit o' hops tucked in there, not to bad really.
Mouthfeel is good, nothing notable.

Sierra Nevada rarely does bold beers. But they are well-crafted and consistantly tasty. This one falls in nicely in their catalog, but i wouldnt get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2007 16:58:41 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of biggmike


2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color with a white head that didnt last too long. Light hoppy aroma that is a bit citrusy. Kind of disappointing for a Sierra Nevada beer. My brother made the remark that this would have been better as an ale. Taste was ok with a bit of hop character and fruitiness, but something just wasnt quite right. Decent, but thats about it.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 15:31:44 | More by biggmike
Photo of gmfessen


2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear golden-yellow color, with a thin bubbly head. The smell is rather non-distinct like most pilsners, but there is hints of pale malts and a slight hoppiness to it. The taste is rather bitter, only a slight graininess otherwise, could be much better balanced and overall not that enjoyable. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a bubbly carbonation comprised of many fine bubbles. Drinkability suffers due to the fact that this beer just doesn't taste very good. All around "average" describes this beer at best.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 22:19:07 | More by gmfessen
Photo of domtronzero


3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden yellow with a small, fizzy white head that lasts only 30 seconds. No lacing. Aroma is very subtle with hints of corn and a very slight fruitiness. No hop aroma at all. Taste is true to style, but rather lacking. Again, fruitiness noted and grassy herabal hops in the background. Mouthfeel is thin and goes down smooth.Overall, I think Sierra Nevada should stick to top-fermeting ales. A great beer to drink during these hot summer days in SoCal.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 06:46:56 | More by domtronzero
Photo of jasonjlewis


2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice head and retention.

Nice clean crisp smell. straight up pale malts and hops. Don't smell a whole lot of stuff going on.

All I can say is eh for the taste The tannins are a little out of whack. It's slightly clean with a decent hop finish, but there is a slight nastiness. This beer is just eh. Bleh. Who cares?

Mouthfeel is very average, and this beer is decent to drink as there isn't much to it, but I'll pass for better pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 01:19:26 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

A - Golden yellow like a pilsner should be. Head on the weak side.

S - Mild hops and malt, background has mellow fruitiness, subtle.

T - Clean and refreshing, quite pleasing. Subdued hops.

M - Nice light carbonation.

D - Very easy and yes a good summers drink.

Reminds me of Budvar and a really good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 20:55:52 | More by Stephen63
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into shaker pint glass. Had a nice head, made of large bubbles, that dissolved very quickly. Color was a very light amber. Smelled slightly bitter, slightly hoppy, slightly grainy. Tasted a little like sweet rice. Tingled the toungue, but still went down smoothly. Made a nice summer beer on a hot night.

2007 Edition According to the Label

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 23:21:20 | More by mountdew1
Photo of Floydster


3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle BevMo in Torrance

A lot of ruit and hops evident in this one

Got a 12 pack for twelve dollars which was a steal in my book

Another worthy beer from Sierra Nevada

I heard the Anniversary Ale is better and I will try that next time around

Grab some of these before they are all gone if you would like to try them

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 05:34:38 | More by Floydster
Photo of Nesued

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was starting to get to the end of the summer and I hadn't tried this offering yet. Figured I'd pick up two six-packs to try it out.

Appearance - Clear, light straw color. An ample amount of carbonation keeps feeding a lively head. A bit of a head formed upon pour and a ring remained. Inviting presentation.

Smell - Yeasty and malty aroma. A bit of a flowerly aroma as well.

Taste - Crisp and tart initial presentation. A very nice residual hoppy bite. The middle seems to lend itself to a bit of a lemon dense body.

Mouthfeel - Suprisingly dense for a pilsner. I was suprised at the body of this one. There is a good amount of presense that continues to remain and transported by the carbonation.

Drinkability - This is well made and a good summer beer to down during the "dog days". I could very much keep this in my "beer fridge" during the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 00:59:22 | More by Nesued
Photo of umustdrink


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

A - Clear as water, dark neon yellow color with spurts of bubbles. Pillowy white head retains at an eighth inch. A fair amount of lacing.

S - Light corn smell with a very faint pilsener skunk.

T/M - Starts with a good carbonation bite, not too sharp, mediumly textured and a corny like taste. Then some hoppy piny bitterness follows the corn taste. Finish is very light, leaving a light bitterness.

D - Overall very easy drinking, taste is nicely balanced and has a good bit of hops in it. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 23:14:59 | More by umustdrink
Photo of happygnome


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

a: nice golden color with about a half inch or so of creany head that doesnt dissapear too fast and leaves sticky lacing on the rim or the glass
s: strong lemony aroma, light hop presence, very crisp aroma
t: light lemony-grassy hop flavor progresses to a sweet malt flavor
m: light to medium bodied beer with a nice smooth finish and average carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this, had a 12oz bottle by a bonfire very refreshing

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 17:40:37 | More by happygnome
Photo of kimcgolf


3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at taco Mac. Poured to a medium yellow color with decent carbonation and a medium off-white head that lasted well and left okay lacing. Light hoppy aroma and a flavor that followed suit, with some citrus and dough in both the nose and taste. This all led to a mildly thirst-quencing beer. Not great, but a decent summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2007 01:54:04 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Rainintheface


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass

A: Golden and very clear. thin head with medium carbonation

S: light hop aroma lemon and hint of malt

T: faint hop bitterness, lemony and a bit grainy. a rather subtle taste

M: very crisp, light bodied and refreshing, just right carbonation

D: easily drinkable. a nice summer session beer

Sierra Nevada never disappoints though not their best by any means.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 23:20:24 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of morimech


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

Pours a small head that disapates quickly. Appearance is a clear straw color. Not much for aroma except for some light malt. The taste reminds me of a Witbier but more subtle. Nice light mouthfeel for a warm summer evening. A beer to be drunk in large quantities if you want something better than Bud.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 21:30:11 | More by morimech
Photo of botham

New York

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a crystal clear straw color with a sizable light yellow head that dissipates at a moderate rate leaving no lacings.

smells of light pale malts, with a touch of lager yeast as well. very restrained in the nostrils. slightly sweet, with no hops.

taste is of pale and munich malts, remaining light on the flavors, and keeping to a good light lager profile. crisp and refreshing. overall, slightly on the sweet side, but not by much. solid pilsner.

aftertaste is dry, with light malts sticking around. here is the first and only place that hops are present, though still subtle.

mouthfeel is very smooth and silky. great texture. light bodied, with only a touch of CO2.

drinkability is great. this is a light and crisp lager that is refreshing, and does not fill up the stomach. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 03:35:30 | More by botham
Photo of JayQue


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light summer beer for hopheads!!! Had a couple of drafts with dinner. No real head to speak of. Light to moderate lacing and pours a fairly clear orange color. Smell gives a hint of hoppiness but nothing outstanding. Tastes like a good lager, done California style. Flavor is hoppy ( not as hoppy as SNPA but still a nice little bite). There is a spiciness (pepper?) here as well and just a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is a hair thin, but that is probably right for a summer beer. The hops flavor takes care of the mouthfeel after the first one, coating the tongue with hoppy goodness. Drinkability is excellent!!! This is not a beer to slowly savor, it is a session beer best served in mass quantities (pitchers) on a hot day with good company. A nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2007 00:30:52 | More by JayQue
Photo of IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

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

Poured from tap into a 22oz tall Hefeweizen-style glass. Flying Saucer, Memphis, TN.

Clear golden straw color. Crisp tiny bubbles forming a tight thin head. Very good head retention throughout. Some piney hops in the nose, but balanced with a malty sweetness.
Nice, refreshing taste. Sweet malt grain is dominant, but finished with a slight hop bitterness. Crisp, sharp mouthfeel. Refreshing, very good summer brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2007 02:15:46 | More by IgnatiusReilly
Photo of mcallister


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

Rich honey colored with substantial carbonation. Creamy thick two finger head has great retention. Fine looking lager.

Crisp biscuity malt, with some cereal grain additions. A slightly spicey noble hop aroma with a zesty finish.

I like this beer and could session it for a good time. Very crisp and assertive. Perfect amount of taste bud enticing toungue tingling carbonation. Cereal grains are slightly sweet with a hint of caramel. Mid palate is full and creamy with a good amount of bittering hops. A grassy spicey finish rounds things out well with this lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 21:42:36 | More by mcallister
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a clear yellow color with a nice head at first that fades. Aroma is nice and malty with some fruitiness. Taste is malty, though it leaves a weird aftertaste that's somewhat reminiscent of lemon and spice. I also detect some sort of biscuity flavor in the middle. Light, smooth and refreshing. I like this.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 00:31:04 | More by Brad007
Photo of wagenvolks


3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour from a 12 oz. bottle fills my pint glass with a lemon-gold, transparent pils with a bone-white, thin head. Good retention makes for light lacing...average carbonation. The aroma is light and wheaty, with acidic notes of citrus and faint hops.

The taste is definately a summer ale blend: wheat, light malts, and a touch of hops. Some floral notes, too, but nothing really shines through. Feels crisp and very refreshing on the palate, smooth throughout. Light body and a light citrus aftertaste. I'd say this is a very friendly beer, a good introductory one as well. It's not one I'd seek out, but I couldn't say no to one on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 20:13:27 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of tigerdoc

South Carolina

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

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thick creamy head the dissapates moderately quickly. Nice crisp aroma of light malt and noble hops, however the aroma isn't as powerful as some of the better pilsners. Taste is similarly malty with a nice hop bite on the end that lingers on the palate. The mouthfell is nice and light with moderate carbonatoin that support the crisp bitterness from the hops. Truly a great summer beer, very refreshing, very drinkable. This beer doesn't inspire deep thought by any means which is why I think the overal score is a little low, but I think it accomplishes what is sets out to do in creating a great refreshing beer for those hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 22:22:42 | More by tigerdoc
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,355 ratings.