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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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3,371 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,371
Reviews: 1,457
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 60
Gots: 168 | 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 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
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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
Photo of BBM

New York

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

This is a very light, sessionable summer lager that isn't overly complex, but doesn't have to be. There is a pleasant balance of grassy hops and a grain malt profile. Summerfest is they type of beer you don't really need to over analyze, but rather just drink and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 22:28:47 | More by BBM
Photo of techdiver


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with frothy two finger head that dissipates to a thin cap.

Nose of malt and hops with a metallic note.

Taste echoes the nose with the hops holding the edge on balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the need for just a bit more carbonation.

Good drinkability, but there are better examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 01:17:50 | More by techdiver
Photo of GRPunk


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

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Somewhat clear straw-yellow with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. It had medium carbonation and a light lace.

S- Very subtle scent. A balance of fruity malts and floral hops. What aroma was there was true to style, but again it was somewhat faint.

T- While balanced, I found slightly more fruity malts than citrus hops with a clean finish. I was expecting a little more hop flavor from a Bohemian Pilsener.

M- Quite smooth with medium carbonation.

D- This was very drinkable and a nice light, summer beer.

Overall- It was a decent summer brew. It was lighter than many of the typical Craft Lagers, but a good alternative to the usual suspects from the macros. I'd drink it again, but it isn't something I'm going to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 14:26:41 | More by GRPunk
Photo of Halcyondays


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

12 oz. bottle, 2007 Edition,

A: Clear yellow, with a thick white head, which drops off quickly, lots of silver bubbles coming up to the top.

S: Bready malts and the dry Czech hops.

T: Dry Saaz hops, backed with bready malts, simple but effective.

M: Very dry, smooth, good carbonation, spritzy, and not chewy, very good for a pils.

D: A good summer quencher, a great example of an American lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 04:28:16 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with an average white head that dissipated fairly quick leaving no lacing. The smell is very faint, very light malt and hop. The taste has a light hop bitterness and a slightly dry malt presence. The feel is crisp and light, finishing a bit bitter. A very nice summer brew, different than a majority of the other summer brews as it seems to have more of a hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 03:56:27 | More by Gmann
Photo of Durge


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

A light yellow golden brew with a nice head and well laced. Smells crisp and bready with an apple highlight. An interesting blend of creaminess and more peppery tones. There is a wheat taste that becomes more evident as you go, and it is very smooth with a fine carbonation. Pretty drinkable stuff, should be a popular choice for those looking for a pleasant summer time refreshment. I would drink it again for sure even though this is not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 07:01:01 | More by Durge
Photo of Bookseeb


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

Appearance is a light golden with a crisp head that laces nicely. Aroma is crisp and clean with light malt. Taste is bready with simple malts and the hops that leave a cloying bitter aftertaste. mouthfeel is light - medium and the body is not too bad, but I wouldn't pay the price I paid again for it.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 02:11:52 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of largadeer


3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and straw-colored. Not much head, just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Grassy, grainy, buttery.

Taste: Mildly sweet, a bit husky and grainy with a touch of citrus. Spicy hops lead to a dry but buttery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Notes: A simple, sessionable lager. Nothing particularly special about it, but quite good for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2007 23:26:04 | More by largadeer
Photo of rking

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color was a nice gold, the smell was not very impressive and the taste was not what i was expecting from Sierra Nevada. When i took the first smell and taste of Summerfest it reminded me more of my freshmen year and going to busch light kegs, easy to drink but not an impressive tase. The after taste that is left is a bit bitter for the flavor that the beer does have. Like i said not really what i was expecting coming from Sierra Nevada which i tend to enjoy most of their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 03:08:40 | More by rking
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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