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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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3,497 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,497
Reviews: 1,467
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 208 | 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 Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a clear golden, medium white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, not really any lacing. Smell is sweet and grassy, some honey, biscuit, lemon, very clean herbal/floral aroma. Taste is lightly bready/biscuits, citrus, some grassy hops, quite a dry grainy finish, balanced, not a whole lot of flavour but solidly drinkable. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very refreshing. I could keep this around for the summer indeed.

06-04-2008 01:44:38 | More by Viggo
Photo of Portertime


3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

I think I have enjoyed past summerfests by Sierra Nevada but if they are chamging the recipe each year like their Celebration Ale I certainly do not like this summer's recipe. It had it chilled in a pint glass. Poured a nice bright, lucid golden color with a decent head and hardly any carbonation. The smell was okay with some some malt sweetness and pilsner notes. The taste was of a typical lager but not much complexity. Reminded me too much of a Corona which turned me off because I certainly don't want to put a lime in my Sierra Nevada. I guess I could do a side by side comparison but I'm just not feeling the macro lager taste. I stick to the pale and Celebration ales.

06-03-2008 19:47:33 | More by Portertime
Photo of dasenebler


3.55/5  rDev -3%

This is a good beer-- who cares if it's a seasonal or how it compares to other sierra nevada offerings. This is a real lager, and you could probably convert several bud/coors/miller/pbr drinkers with this brew. Pours a rich gold, with a good size head. Smells crisp and somewhat hoppy-- tastes hoppier than expected. Mouthfeel is good-- light but you know its there, and it forces you to really taste rather than swill. This beer redeems the american lager category.

06-03-2008 05:32:39 | More by dasenebler
Photo of mhaugan


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Server up a deep gold in color with a nice head. Has a touch of hop aroma, slightly herbal or grassy. The taste was better than most for the style. Reminded me much more of an ale than an Pilsner. The hop profile was citricy and slightly spicy. A great gateway beer, refreshing and would have worked in a session.

06-02-2008 22:11:11 | More by mhaugan
Photo of eberkman


4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured a crystal-clear deep gold with a one-finger white head that had excellent staying power and a surprising amount of lacing for the style.

Not much in the nose -- just some faint grassy notes.

The taste was outstanding for a Pilsner, which is not my favorite style -- especially for an American pils. Grassiness with some sweet/tart citrusy malt for balance, finishing with a subtly hoppy bite with some good yeast in the aftertaste. Very clean.

Good crisp mouthfeel, not too much carbonation. Tremendously drinkable -- the ultimate lawnmower beer. Amazingly refreshing -- what a Bud or even a Pilsner Urquell could never hope to be. I could drink these all day in the summertime. In fact, this is what I would probably stock up on for a cookout. Interesting and well-crafted enough to please my beer geek friends, even the ones who crave a cellar-temperature Russian Imperial Stout on an 85-degree day, but accessible enough to please those who usually shy away from anything more complex than Bud or MGD.

06-02-2008 03:06:27 | More by eberkman
Photo of donteatpoop


3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a pale clear yellow with a decent cap of white head and a little lace that clings to the glass.

Light crispy scent with some interesting floral hop scents.

Taste was crisp and grainy with an underlying hint of lemon.

The carbonation level seemed rather low in this, but it was otherwise a well balanced beer.

05-30-2008 18:23:40 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of Shaw


3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

A lovely yellow in color with a very white head that turns into just wisps of foam in my glass.

It has a nice, light aroma of biscuits and grass.

The taste is just like the smell. Biscuit and bread flavors mix with a hint of hop bitterness.

The body is light, but not watery.

Overall, this is a fine session lager and a good summer beer.

05-30-2008 05:42:50 | More by Shaw
Photo of KI9A


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

2008 Version

A: Poured wonderful light gold into a pils glass. Head fades fast, but leaves nice lace.

S: malt, hops, grass.

T: Slightly grainy, sweet. Back of mouth has a a nice small bite of hops. Perfect.

M/D: This is what the, umm, "Great American lager" ( Budweiser ) should be. Not being a big hophead ( I'm a malthead ), I find the hops/grain balance nice. Just right carbonation. No skunk, very refreshing. I am going back for more, want to keep this on hand for the times when my "go-to" amber wheats/witbiers aren't cutting it.

Also, going back for smoe more SN styles. Not sure why they haven't found thier way into my cart, but, thats not a problem now!

05-30-2008 02:40:25 | More by KI9A
Photo of Traquairlover


3.45/5  rDev -5.7%

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A = Clear pale yellow with a small white head which receded quickly, leaves very light lacing.

S = Very light scents of lemon and fresh grains, almost imperceptible though.

T = Decent bite of hops given the style (not IPA level hops mind you but a nice bitterness and floral taste), some lemon tastes at mid-palate and cruising into the finish, some good fresh bread tastes as well. A well balanced tasting beer.

M = Light bodied, fair mouthcoating, I found the carbonation a little over the top in my mouth.

D = Fair drinkability, the taste is decent but otherwise relatively uninspiring. I got almost no smell and the mouthfeel was not that great.

05-29-2008 22:34:14 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours clear and golden. The head is small and the lace is thin. The aroma is basic hops/grains and citrus.The taste is grains, hops and a hint of caramel.
The brew is sort of sweet with bread malts.
The feel is clean,smooth and high carbonation. The dry aftertaste is just fine.Some mild bitterness in the finish.

Notes: I paired this with some Gouda cheese I picked up at Whole foods and it was perfect. I could have a few of these on a hot summer day or just about any day with some cheese. Maybe this is not the greatest beer for the style,but it is a good example of a fine summer brew.

05-29-2008 03:47:37 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of ffejherb


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

On tap at The Quentin Tavern, Quentin, PA on 5/25/08.

A - Clear golden/straw body with short white head and plenty of carbonation. Not much head retention or lacing.

S - Very mild aroma with some bready malt and a bit of lemon. Hint of grassy hops and some sweet honey.

T - Bready malt and caramel sweetness with a hint of honey. A slight buttery aspect is also present, but very subdued.

M - Light body with smooth, albeit watery, texture. Moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean finish with a mild bitterness.

D - Classic, no-frills lager that's certainly quaffable. Nothing special, though.

05-29-2008 00:26:43 | More by ffejherb
Photo of almychristopher

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

Nice looking lager with a good bit of head and carbonation. Faint hoppy aroma that's nice but not pronounced. A very nice mixture of hops and malt for the taste, and a decent level of carbonation. Definitely a thirst quencher, thanks for the beer WesWes.

05-28-2008 21:07:29 | More by almychristopher
Photo of LeftyBWS


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Bright yellow colored beer with an ample white head on top, foamy but thick and with good long retention.
S: Wheaty, grassy, lemony, strawy; typical summer beer scents, with a crisp lagery tinge to it.
T: Wheaty and strawy with some grainy malts; again, typical summery flavors, but a little bit strained and dirty.
M: Alright, but not quite as refreshing/bubbly as other similar beers.
D: Fine, enjoyable and drinkable.

05-27-2008 02:16:01 | More by LeftyBWS
Photo of theghost3


3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

The bottle has changed for 2008, so the photo needs updating. The appearance of the Summerfest is typical pilsener--light gold with some cloudiness and a thick white head. The smell is very subtle; there's a hint of floral hops with wheat. The taste is clean, hops with some bitterness. Not much aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, not too much acidity. This is a very drinkable lager from Sierra Nevada, which as a brewery, never disappoints. A perfect refreshing beer on a hot summer day.

05-26-2008 03:19:18 | More by theghost3
Photo of Strix


2.78/5  rDev -24%

Clear golden with a fluffy head.

Smell is underwhelming, grainy like a bad macro.

Crisp with bready flavors and a pilsnery hop finish. Not much else going on for me. I'm not much of a fan of the style though, probably biases me downward.

Mouthfeel decent.

Not a huge pilsner fan, so this one doesn't excite me that much, and probably my least fav I've tried from SN.

05-25-2008 00:00:24 | More by Strix
Photo of Biscuit033


4/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Clear light golden with three fingers of white foam that sank slowly but left great lace.

S: Huge nose of earthy hops could be smelled as I was pouring the beer. There is also some pine and grain hints as well.

T: Flavor is not as apparent as the nose but still plenty of earthiness and a bit of grain.

M: Good carbination and very crisp.

D: This is a great easy drinking Czech pils. I am glad I grab a sixer of this even with the great pilsners in the area.

05-24-2008 23:07:58 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of BlackBearForge


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a sprightly very clear pale yellow with a frothy one finger snowy white head which fades quickly with a little oily lacing.

Smell is crisp but nominal. A bit of citrus and a bit of hops, very clean.

Taste is also very clean and crisp, hints of lemon zest and a touch of bitterness nicely balanced with the other flavors.

Mouthfell is light and just slightly oily while the carbonation seems just right.

I had gotten away from lagers, prefering the various ales instead. I can definitely say I will be haviing more of these though! The drinkability is right through the roof! Cool, refreshing, light, with temperatures already in the nineties here in Florida this will be a welcome summer beer.

05-24-2008 21:01:32 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of mayor55


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

This beer lives up to it's advertising. Nice hot weather quaffer. Medium brown color. Very clean taste. This is what I think of when I here Bohemian style beer. Sierra Nevada seldom dissapoints. This beer will be going to Bear games this fall in a cooler full of ice. This is what American mass produced lager used to be .

05-23-2008 14:38:50 | More by mayor55
Photo of OldYoda


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

This bottle was a gift from my friend Bob. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my trusty Troeg's pint. A fairly aggressive pour produced a modest head that disappeared quickly leaving minimal lacing. This beer is a beautiful clear honey gold, really a lovely beer to look at.

Smell is very minimal - nothing jumps out. A little citrus, a little hops but overall very subdued.

Taste is a combination of light malt with a nice bittering finish. Very pleasant beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a nice finish.

An excellent summer brew that you can easily session. As a summer offering this is vastly superior to the Sam Adams summer beer. Another excellent product from SN.

05-23-2008 01:39:36 | More by OldYoda
Photo of everetends


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

Got a six pack of this at Grub Mart in J'ville for $9.19. Poured into a goblet.

A: Poured a beautiful golden yellow. A vigourous pour yielded a nice bubbly head, that didn't last long. Now lasting rings, no lacing, but its a summer lager. Carbonation streams constantly shooting up the glass. Very good for the style.

S: Floral hops and malt.

T: The hops hit you first but barely before the malt evens it out. It has some sweetness to it that may come from the grains. Got an oh so slight fruity faintness to it. Very nice.

M: Good carbonation that makes this beer perfect for summer. Clean and crisp. Very nice.

D: Can't think of a better summer beer at the moment. Nothing to strong or complex, but you can put em back and not have a heavy feel. Very nice brew.

05-22-2008 05:48:45 | More by everetends
Photo of drxandy


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from 12oz to standard pint, pours a golden color, nicely carbonated, very clear in complexion

smells of hops, malt, crispness

tastes quite smooth and easy to drink, citrus peel, honey, sweet and crisp. The signature SN taste is here, very sessionable!

mouthfeel has good texture from the carbonation, malts play nice, anyone could enjoy this brew :D

05-22-2008 01:49:45 | More by drxandy
Photo of gpogo


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

A- Extremely clear light gold with small white head that quickly disappears.

A- Slight malt with a spicy flowery hop perhaps Saaz?

T- An interesting malt flavor with a wonderfully balanced bitterness. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste. A very clean drink, no fruity esters.

M- Medium bodied, Medium carbonation

D- A great summer beer. Incredibly refreshing, I had my first on my first visit to Santa Monica. After being exhausted from walking around I stepped into a pub and had this wonderful brew. Very easy drinking beer, good summer beer.

05-22-2008 00:00:21 | More by gpogo
Photo of gmcfarre


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Crystal clear with a nice. light golden tint. Head is moderate at 1/2 inch and eggshell white. Steady streams of carbo bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is minimal.

S - Crisp Saaz hops with strong grassy flavors. Bitter and spicy, with some sweet malt backbone. About what you would expect from the style.

T - Starts with a floral grassiness that shows off its crisp flavor. Slightly sweet, but only as a balancing act. Finish is all bitter hops, but not overdone or redundant. An easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor.

M - Smooth and equally crisp with a bitter finish that doesn't cloy or get unpleasant. Moderate carbonation.

D - An all-around well crafted lager from Sierra. Easy drinking and the perfect compliment to a sunny summer day.

05-21-2008 03:54:13 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of Goliath


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours crystal clear and golden with lots of carbonation flowing producing a large white foamy head with decent retention but no real lace.

Aroma is fairly typical. A subtle maltiness with a little bread and a slight hop.

Taste is ok. Fairly classic taste. A nutty maltiness and not much else.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with bright carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Low alcohol is really sessionable, pils flavor is pretty classic but not really my style.

05-21-2008 03:39:14 | More by Goliath
Photo of Seanibus


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

A pretty pils style beer, pours clear golden with a lively though short-lived head. Lacing is poor, but the beer has a nice carbonation. I don't find the aroma particular appealing - thin and a little bit astringent. But the flavor is quite good - malty and tongue-grabbing, with a pleasant little whiff of noble hops and a satisfying cereal finish. Mouthfeel is good, though not as all encompassing as smaller rivals like Victory's Prima Pils or Troegs Sunshine Pils. While not the best Plisner on the market, this is a solid, drinkable entry that trumps most of its competitors, particularly any of the mass market versions.

05-20-2008 22:08:30 | More by Seanibus
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,497 ratings.