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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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3,665 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,665
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 72
Gots: 290 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Photo of miket163
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw with small white head into a pint glass. Good lacing.

smell: Malt and hops. Crackery with a faint fruit like scent.

taste: Nice hop bitterness, very crackery malt character . Clean grassy, bitter finish.

Very nice summer lager! Very good gateway into the craft world.

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

Pours a straw with minimal head which doesn't stay too long. Nice refreshing pilsner was my first thought.

Gave a sip to my wife. "Tastes like lemon Pledge. I can't taste anything but lemon." I didn't have the same reaction, but I started to notice the lemon flavors more and more. And as I did, I didn't care for it.

But, to be honest, it was alright. I didn't find the lemon flavors too strong. But there are much better pilsners out there, esp. in the Philly area.

Photo of n00tz
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - White head slowly diminishes revealing a trickle of carbonation and a golden body.

S - Piney hops, spices, maybe even some grassy and yeasty bread notes?

T - Moderately spicy bitterness, like pine needles were rolled in peppercorns and dropped into the process. Typical refreshing hops from any Sierra Nevada I've ever met, absolutely perfect pilsener.

M - It's not going to leave your palate alone for a bit, and the body isn't particularly heavy either. It's a very respectable palate. Burps somewhat bready/yeasty

D - I'll get it while I can. This is a great brew to enjoy after mowing the yard while the burgers/steaks are cooking. I almost wish my family reunions were held where alcoholic beverages could be distributed. Great summertime beer.

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

A - straw with lots of little bubbles minimal lacing.

S - grains and typical pilsner aromas. I smell some west coast hops - not weird considering it's SN

T - smooth as ever. Grains and goodness. A nice tasty pilsner. with a bit of hop bite.

M - not as carbonated as I would like.

D - Crisp summer beer perfect for a summer day.

Photo of racer2k
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light yellow lager pour with a rather small head and very little retention.

S - A malty kick up front with bread, biscuits, pine, and wheat notes.

T - First taste leads with malt but then transitions nicely to a hoppy lemony flavor. A malty bready finish to the beer.

M - Very light and tangy mouth feel that is refreshing

D - Decent light alcohol hot weather beer that is good for new craft beer recruits

Photo of bum732
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear yellow, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet spicy malt, some grassiness. Tastes of mellow sweetness with some grassiness finishing with a nice grainy mouthfeel. Nice crisp mouthfeel, very clean.

A very good beer, great on a hot day, better than any adjunct beer. A little weak though, i would love some more flavor.

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

Pours a light clear yellow. Nice bubbling, tight white head.

Smells like bittering, earthy hops and crispness. Yes, that's right, it smells crisp.

Taste is nice and pleasant on the tongue, nothing overwhelming flavor-wise. Bitter, drying hops, a bit of zesty citrus, maybe a nice sharp bready/biscuit-y taste. Pleasant.

Zesty mouthfeel.

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Photo of teejay76
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of TLove
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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.

Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.67/5  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.

Photo of washburnkid
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Chuggs
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of Duhast500
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,665 ratings.