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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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3,345 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,345
Reviews: 1,455
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 58
Gots: 162 | 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.

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Photo of Night


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with some blonde and light orange tones. Fat, foamy, white head with huge bubbles making their way to the surface; dies down quickly and leaves very light lacing. Aroma is light and grainy – sweet and sour malts dominate over a grassy base with distant floral hops accenting. Very pastoral. Mouthfeel is mildly fizzy and light-bodied. Flavor matches aroma but with stronger buttery and cookie dough malts. Grain notes blend perfectly into a restrained, smooth hop bitterness. Notes of honey, lemon, spice, and hard candy here and there. Light soapiness and nuttiness in the finish; aftertaste is mild and sour-bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 22:29:24 | More by Night
Photo of pmcadamis


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A big two finger foamy head sits atop a pale gold and perfectly clear brew. The head has pretty good retention, and some sheets of lace wash down the sides of the glass and only a few arcs remain.

S - Lightly spicy gritty grainy notes predominate. Czech pilsener? I can't detect any Saaz or white pepper notes that I'm used to. It really just smells like a weak macro lager ...it even has some corny adjunct-like notes (I'm sure that they don't use adjuncts, but I can smell that sort of funky aroma).

A - Tastes much better than I thought it would based on the nose! Mild grapefruit hop nuances ride on a wave of crackery malt. Reminds me of a fruity Kolsch in a way.

M - Light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D - Great. I could quaff the hell out of this stuff in the summer. I'll celebrate Summerfest (whatever the hell that is...maybe like Festivus) with this brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 17:33:21 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of jwc215


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

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head. Steady streams of tiny bubbles rise to the top.

The smell is of grassy, grainy notes. Mild. Clean.

The taste is of sweet grain balanced by grassy notes. Semi-dry finish.

Smooth, crisp and clean with a light, but not too thin, body.

A decent summertime pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 15:46:18 | More by jwc215
Photo of marcobrau


4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It was hot out on the veranda and I was about to enjoy a dinner of Cajun/Creole cuisine, so I chose this beer.

I think I picked the perfect beer for the occasion; it was quite drinkable, but displayed some complexity. I didn't write down any notes on this beer, but I recall some distinctive toasted malt, some spicy hops and a fairly dry and bitter enough finish. Maybe even a touch of a mineral quality; bordering on tartness. The mouthfeel was a touch light, enhancing quaffability. A really great summertime beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2007 02:53:48 | More by marcobrau
Photo of Blupoet03


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada's Summmerfest made a brief appearance in our area in June and I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

This beer pours very well, topping a pint glass with a foamy white head, giving off citrus, wheat, hay, and hop aromatics immediately.

Carbonation was great and bubbled till the last sip, sustaining the head all the way to the bottom of the glass.

On the pallet, this beer gave a short sweetness followed by citrus and a little bit of sourness, leaving a fresh mouthfeel at the finish.

Drinkability is very smooth as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 14:08:08 | More by Blupoet03
Photo of cbn


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

Crystal clear, golden brew with a lively, pure white head settling quickly.

Clean grassy green and floral hops perched upon a light, sweet,cracker- thin malt.

Fresh and clean vegetal flavors accented by a lemon bite.

Good carbonation and light body keep bright flavors dancing on the tounge.

Overall this was an exellent choice for the summer-time. Light and clean flavors true to the Pils style are represented in this offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 18:25:17 | More by cbn
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

On-tap 6/30/07 at Racebook Brewpub @ Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light but bready malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is very straight-forward, simply light malts, lager yeast & hops, all decently balanced. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a beer that I wouldn’t buy in a six-pack unless my options were severely limited, but on-tap it’s worth drinking over many of the usual suspects (macros, Sam Adams, Guinness et. al.) that most places carry.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2007 15:12:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Graebner


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

Pours a stray yellow with maybe a hint of amber, a finger of white foam. Low bubble column activity.

Smells of grassiness and a sharp twang of hops that almost snaps in front of your nose.

Taste is superb for the style. Malty backbone, but finishes dry and tight thanks to the noble hops. Crisp beyond belief. Dry finish you'd expect from a good pils.

Mouthfeel is all crispness and a dry finish thanks to the hops.

Overall excellent. This is a great pils, one I will buy again, and one any fan of the style should check out.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 03:01:09 | More by Graebner
Photo of burnstar


4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear gold with and decent white head. Leaves some lacing on the surface. Aroma is light malt sweetness and a touch of floral hops. Malty with some spicy floral hops with a nice light bitterness in the finish. Very crisp and clean taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium and nicely carbonated. Very drinkable and refreshing. Overall a very nice pils from Sierra Nevada and a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 22:32:34 | More by burnstar
Photo of xav33


4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Summerfest
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a shaker.
Labeled 2007, enjoyed 06/07

Poured a hay gold color with a large mostly lasting white rocky head.

Smelt of moderate citrus, grass, tea leaves and flowery wheat.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter grassy hops and light sweet and sour oranges and lemons followed by a strong bitter lemon grass medium to average finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, slightly creamy, lively carbonated and lightly astringent.

Overall, this a great summer beer with a perfect bitter and sour bite. Kind of like a mix between a czech pilsner and a witbier. Very interesting and relaxing summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 07:39:24 | More by xav33
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/26/2007 $9.99 6 pack 5.00% Coded 7078Y1504.


Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with loads of carbonation that lead to 2 inches of foamy head that is quite persistent.


Crisp herbal notes alongside some sweet bready malts. Smells as a pilsner should.


Light in body, and sadly in flavor as well. Herbaceous grassy notes dominate throughout, with just a touch of malt sweetness for balance. Easy to drink, but ridiculously overpriced to have on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 21:05:14 | More by cbl2
Photo of dragonglen


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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - A nice light and clear amber. A nice head foamed about 2 fingers high and left some lacing on the glass as it was consumed. A few bubbles continued to rise through the consumption.

S - A very average smell. A slight hint of citrus fruit, but not much more than that. My wife says it smells like beer.

T - I'm not a huge fan of Pilseners, but I didn't know it was a Pils before I drank it. I actually enjoyed it. You can definitely taste the hops, but overall the ale was light and crisp. A nice balance without much sophistication or unique flavors. Aftertaste was nice without too much sticking to the tongue.

M - A nice amount of carbonation, just how I like beers similar to this. It went down nice and smoothly.

D - Definitely a beer I could drink, especially for a cookout. It was nice and wet, but not a watered-down taste. I could drink 2 or 3 without any trouble, especially on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 23:46:23 | More by dragonglen
Photo of tbone53


3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

dont try and twist the cap off of this one.need a bottle opener that is a plus for the home brewer.no born on date but it does say 2007 on the bottle.
a:head quickly diappears but what is left laces nicely down the bottle.
t:a little stronger than the trditional macro brew similar but stronger.
m:feels good on the palate.
d:this is a beer that could get me into trouble.easy smooth drinking.this is one you could probaly get those brand loyal guys to drink.
ill buy this one again.good sound choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 23:15:00 | More by tbone53
Photo of daaldridge

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer will be most liked by those who like hoppy, light-bodied Czech. Pilseners (of which I am one). I believe it is a beer that tastes better as you drink it. It starts off lightly (almost like a macro) but finishes with a firm yet restrained hoppy finish. I did not notice any fruit or wheat aspects and its certainly not full-flavored like a Belgian or German wheat beer. I think its a good beer, great for drinking on the deck at a summer barbecue, but a tad overpriced (I'm glad I bought it on sale).

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 20:55:32 | More by daaldridge
Photo of supercolter


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

Not a bad czech pils...
Very light and refreshing.
My nose struggled to pick much up, a touch of hops, very light on the malt.
Taste was very similar to the smell, lacks complexity.
Mouthfeel was good, light in body with a bit of carbonation.
Drinkabilty is easy going.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2007 07:14:52 | More by supercolter
Photo of robocrouch


2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my pint glass from the bottle. A clear golden color with almost no head and plenty of carbonation bubbles.

S: Really no smell to be smelled has a very macro feel to it.

T: Very grainy and watery. The body is so light that it tastes so much like a macro that I kept looking at my bottle to make sure I was drinking a Sierra Nevada beer. Almost no flavor.

D: Overall this is the worst Sierra Nevada beer that I have had and was shocked, honestly at how low quality this is.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 04:43:31 | More by robocrouch
Photo of rrg1gb


2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a dark gold with good head retention. Little carbonation, but that's not a big deal. Take a whiff and you'll get just a faint hop aroma.

The flavor makes up for the lack of aroma. There is a nice, hoppy flavor and a bit of crispy maltiness too. It's not too carbonated (as stated before) but a nice flavor that follows the NW hops use. Overall a good brew. I like the subtle use of citric flavored hops, and it's definitely drinkable in the summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 21:14:06 | More by rrg1gb
Photo of mjd83goblue


2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle for $1.79. 2007 Edition.

A: Pours a pale straw yellow with about an inch of white head.

S: I usually don't like the smell of pilsners. I tend to think they smell skunked or like Eurocrap, in a corny/grassy way. This is no exception.

T: Disappointing. Overhopped that leaves an unpleasant bitterness. Finishes a little sour as well. Does have a nice little touch of sweetness to it.

M: A nice crispness, but also a little weak.

D: Would be okay on a hot day, but nothing special.

On the bottle it just says its a 'traditional lager'. Here its categorized as a pils. I think its a combo of the two, and not necessarily in a good way. I expect better from SN.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 03:33:11 | More by mjd83goblue
Photo of prototypic


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

Appearance: It's transparent and a very light straw color. Head is very modest one finger. Retention was short and lacing very light.

Smell: It's grainy and earthy. Slight malt and hop presence is notable. Neither overpowers the other. Pretty light on the nose.

Taste: Light and somewhat refreshing. Primarily has a very grainy, earthy taste. A bit of a grassy flavor. Again, there is a bit of malty sweetness and hops are light. Pretty straight forward and nothing flashy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied and very easy to drink. Not too bad for a hot day. Definitely something I could drink a lot of on a hot day. But, there are much better summer beers out there. Overall, it's a decent beer. Probably one of my least favorite Sierra Nevada offerings, but it's still okay.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 02:15:09 | More by prototypic
Photo of WeymouthMike


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as a mix 6 of summer beers, not ever looking at the label to check the style. Appearance is a clean light yellow that is typical of american light beers. Very little head even with an aggresive pour. A bit of lemon and whole lot of wheat apparent in the nose. One sip and you can tell they nailed the pilsner style. Usually I am not a giant fan of pilsners but this is probably the best pilsner I can remember having. Mouthfeel is light with some carbonation and a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 00:03:34 | More by WeymouthMike
Photo of williamherbert

New York

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

The color is a very clear yellow/gold. Totally transparent. I could watch TV with through this thing. There is, however, a strange frosty bit of lace around the rim of the beer. The head disappears quickly ... and the lace does too. Maybe peer pressure.

Has the smell of a Belgian wheat/witbier, but with some additional sweetness (more orange than most whites) and a bit of spice even. Not bad at all really; quite summery.

It's got a nice sweet wheat/witbier flavor. There is an unexpected hit of lemon, balanced by the dry wheat base. Very light and sweet. It's refreshing. Becomes a bit more malty toward the end as it warms.

Feels light and a bit watery. The wheat leaves a slight dryness. Overall it is a very light and refreshing brew. It's got slightly more bitter malt than a regular wit (which may turn off some novices) but overall pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 23:39:11 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Monkeyknife


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

Poured from the bottle a very clear yellow with a light head and faint lacing.

The nose is met with a combination of a wee bit of spice and a little earthiness.

Very crisp and light with a nice balance. Definitely a lager but better than most.

Light, clean, and very fizzy.

A very nice summer beer. Throw those wanna-be macros down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 03:38:06 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Tawnos


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

To be fair, as an intro, I'm normally not a big lager/pilsener drinker.

A: Pours a very nice gold color, lots of bubbles, looks darker than most pilseners, which gives me hope I might enjoy it :)

S: Bready with hop crispness. No skunkiness, somewhat citrusy.

T: Like the smell, a citrusy/grassy taste is there, not a very heavy beer, very small and light in comparison to everything else they make. Not unpleasant as a thirst quencher.

M: Very fizzy, dry finish.

D: I'll get this again if my friends want something light. It's appealing to me in a way that most pilseners aren't.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 02:23:07 | More by Tawnos
Photo of tapman


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

Meh, lagers. Well, let's give it a try.

Golden and see through like most lagers with a thin head that dissipates quickly and leaves a decent lacing.

The mild hops and corn fill the nostrils as well as a sweetness like honey.

Mild hops and corn again. This time clover honey adds some specificity to the sweetness. Still, it tastes like a top quality lager, but not too much different from other lagers.

Crisp and thin, though I guess compared to other lagers it was fuller than some.

I know that all my qualms are with the style of the beer and that's why I weighted my grades a little, to try and see this brew through someone else's eyes. I could probably drink a six pack of these and walk off whistling.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 03:55:23 | More by tapman
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

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

Appearance is a coper color with two fingers of head that dissolves pretty slowly. Not bad appearance. Nose is a little spicy on top of more average lager scent (grain and some sweet malt). A touch of sour apple in there as well. Taste is okay. Lots of fairly smooth graininess. A little apple. Overall it's mainly your standard lager taste. This one's alright, although I liked the smell more than the taste. Definitely better ones out there by SN.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 19:50:03 | More by soupyman10
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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