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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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3,534 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,534
Reviews: 1,470
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 63
Gots: 226 | 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 Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05 edition Pours a clear yellow color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing afterwards. Scents of malt, lemon grassy, and kinda sweet. Very nice taste of .light malty and sweet. Light body. Very drinkable lager from SN. Another very nice brew from SN.

Wasatch, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber-gold with an inch-thick foamy white head. Aroma is light, pale malt, very mild hops, light soapy element.

Taste is light, biscuity malts and faintly tart hops. Lots of lemon, grassy (lemongrass?), slightly sour bitterness on top of a gently mild lager sweetness. Almost crosses over into hefe territory, but without the strong banana or yeasty elements.

Mouthfeel is thin and soft, not real complex but very quaffable. I could definitely session this one, especially in the heat of summer.

assurbanipaul, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of whynot44
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light bodied, clear gold color with a medium white head.

Aroma is lightly sweet grain with a spicy, floral hops.

Taste starts out slightly tart with a biscuity malt flavor and then a slightly spicy, lemony hops bite. Balanced a little toward the hops for a pilsner, almost closer to a pale ale, but very nice. crisp and refreshing.

This should be very nice on a hot summer day to accompany mowing the grass or barbecue.

whynot44, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer for the first time in early summer and stuck with it fairly regularly throughout the season. Very nice on a warm summer's day.

I don't usually like Sierra Nevada brews, but this was certainly an exception. Nice flavor, not too strong or too weak. A bit of carbonation and definite drinkability. Can polish off a sixpack in an evening and still feel up for more the next day.

aforbes10, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lager with a medium creamy white head with great retention. Aroma of medium sweet floral malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is very refreshing with a nice dose of sweet malt with some crisp floral hops. Body is a bit too thin to make this truly special but still very enjoyable.

Phyl21ca, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of beersarang
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice gold with a healthy white head. Lots of carbonation streaming upwards, very lager-esque.

Hops dominate the aroma, some pine and a touch of grapefruit.

Mild malt backbone but they are a little thin on the palate, the use of west coast hops makes this different from typical Euro pale lagers, instead of grass or herbs, the flavor is pine. That is a good thing, but the pine has no malts to hold on too, and the flavor is a bit off. Finishes grainy.

Medium to light bodied, as a lager should be. Refreshing.

Think of this a Sierra Pale Ale's slightly ugly cousin, It's Sierra in lager form, but that just doesn't work out.

beersarang, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of UberWasser
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stein.

Pours a murky dark straw color. Head is thin but has large bubbles. It dissipates moderately rapidly and leaves big fuzzy bubbles, which is an interesting look. I’ve seen worse.

Clean grain smell. Not much more. No depth, but it’s not bad.

Similar to the smell, except with a reasonably tasty hops bite just barely present in the aftertaste. Not much else there though. Mouthfeel is pretty watery, but not as much as some Euro Lagers.

A beer with little strength or depth. It’s not at all bad, and I wouldn’t avoid it, but I don’t think I’d go out of my way to buy it.

UberWasser, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of BeerBob
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Summerfest 2005 pours a clear golden hued amber from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a twist off cap. Head went to well over two fingers before collapsing to a full carpet of fine foam and ample lacing all along the glass walls.

Nose is a spicy citrus pine with notes of grapefruit. Palate is is a well bittered sweet barley malt with a side of pine and grapefruit. The level of carbonation is pleasing and brings up the rear with a firm bight. Aftertaste is a pronounced grapefruit mingled with pine.

Refreshing to the palate and pleasing to the eye, Sierra Nevada Summerfest 2005 is holding up the tradition of good beer coming this way from Sierra Nevada.

BeerBob, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of bcm119
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw color with a fine white head. Mild grainy aroma with grassy hops. Smooth, good lager mouthfeel, with a lively, creamy malt nose. Some grassy hops clean up the finish, which is fresh and crisp, with a nice pale malt aftertaste. Highly quaffable, with very nice flavors. An all around good summer lager.

bcm119, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of 67cuda
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice pale yellow color with a finger of white head. It smelled very good, a nice sweet flowery hops smell. It tasted a bit sweet, with some bitterness from the hops. This beer has a lot of flavor, it seems to light up all my taste buds at once, in a good way. Nice and crisp mouthfeel, very enjoyable. This is a pretty drinkable beer, I wouldn't recommend it if you don't like hops though.

67cuda, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of sacfly
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz twist off. $1.71/bottle (about .50 more than average local beers) 2005 on the neck band.

Pours a clear, light straw color. Thin white head of small bubbles. Smell is grassy and herbal. Light fruity notes… strange for a lager.

First taste comes with an astringent grassy flavor. Uhg. Lawn clipping aftertaste. The aftertaste is killing me. Long, lingering grass bitterness.

Hold on a minute… As the beer warms, the malt actually makes a bit of an appearance. Very odd. I still hate the aftertaste, but this has become palatable now that it has warmed up. Lager eh? If I were to drink this again, and that is a big if, I would start it chilled, but not cold. Drinking cold was a disaster, drinking cool made this an average beer.

Not sure how to score this one. For cold, go half a point lower, for cool, half a point higher.

sacfly, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon its release from the bottle it entered the glass a s a clear golden beverage with an abundant white head that left nice lingering bits on the side of the glass as it fell. Aroma is slightly sweet with a bit of malt detected. Flavor is malty with some lemon detected and has a nice dryness as the flavor matures in the mouth. Finished very light and refreshing with the dryness lingering. A very nice drinking beer. Wasn't exactly what I was expecting but very enjoyable.

tgbljb, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden body with a decent white head of short duration. A ring of suds nearly encompasses the entire rim of the glass as ample carbonation continues to feed it. Random incidents of lace break out from time to time. The nose delivers a light hop plume on top of malt breadiness. Smells refreshing and crisp. The taste is light and smooth with a fairly hefty degree of bitterness in the finish. Quite dry, but a slight sourness balances things out in the end to keep this feeling a bit more summer like and satisfying. Easy to drink and enjoyable to boot. Laga!

SupaCelt, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright clear golden hue is covered by an unfortunately very evanescent white head. Floral saaz nose with plenty of toasted malt flavors. If you thought that was enough, have a sip because they come with a vengeance, even bigger, toastier, loafy than before. Floral/minty fresh hops build up a fine aftertaste. Delicate and refreshing. Crisp bodied. Very satisfying.

Rastacouere, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada's Summerfest is a lot like a "lighter" version of their famous Pale Ale. The scent is very similar, but it does not have the hoppy kick finish that the P.A. has. Like the name implies, this is a great warm-weather beer that goes down fun & easy. The drinkability is the most notable feature of this beer, as you can easily drink several of these without feeling too full.

It seems to me that Sierra Nevada Summerfest would also be a great "conversion" beer, meaning that I would highly recommend it if you are trying to get a friend or loved one (who normally drinks macro filth) into craft beer.

chOAKbarrell, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of misterscooter
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was very let down by this on tap. I liked it much better out of the bottle. It smelled summery, for sure, with a bit of citrus and spice with a little wheat. The head was decent and a straw color in it. The hops were there but just a bit too bitter. The bite in my mouth made it not too enjoyable and I was ready for something else when I was done. A letdown for a Sierra Nevada brew.

misterscooter, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of hojuwestlake
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is light golden with not to much head. Sweet fruity smell maybe a little honey.

Very crisp almost over carbonated but refreshing. Light malty taste a little sweet with a light hops finish.

A good beer for the summer, would be great after a long hot day working in the yard.

hojuwestlake, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of beerluvr
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A freshly tapped pint sits in front of me, capped by a medium sized white head over clear yellowy liquid. A good dose of sharp grassy hops dominates the nose with some sweet malt backing. Very lively on the palate with crisp carbonation/mouthfeel. Flavors of faintly sweet and doughy malt gives way to the ample hopping here...goes down easy. Finishes clean and crisp, a nice session lager, I enjoyed this much more than the bottled version I tried some years back.

beerluvr, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of arizcards
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at AJ's for $1.39 back in early July.

This better than average beer poured a golden color with a little bit of head retention. Nose was grassy and grainy. Taste is biscuity with a very slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full and decently carbonated. Overall drinkability is good. This is a nice session beer after golfing in 110 degree weather!

arizcards, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of Bcant
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2005 Summerfest: Pours a wedding-ring gold. Light white head dies down fast. Sweet nose, tempered with a healthy dose of American hops. I am always pleased when American brewerys make a good larger. Sometimes I feel like we are to focused on ales in the US (even though I do prefer the top fermenters to the bottom fermenters). On a warm summers day, or at the base ball game, a nice cool, well balanced larger hits the spot. The sweet malt (I presume two-row) is tasty and the crips hop makes me thursty for another.

Bcant, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date - served chilled in a pilsner glass. It pours a nice golden hue with a half inch off-white head that never goes away and leaves spots of lace. There's lots of streams of carbonation rising quickly through the body. It has a nice toasty malt aroma with a hop background. There is a nice hoppiness on the palate from floral/spicy (Saaz?) hops along with toasty malts and a bit of caramel. The body is light and kinda dry but it is quite refreshing. I wish more lagers tasted like this.

mmmbeer, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a golden bright yellow crystal clear body with strong carbonation and a soapy white head.

S-The aroma of pilsner malt and German hops are strong in the nose. Very crisp clean smell.

T- This beer has a good smooth hop flavor up front with a sharp malt finish. The hop bitterness does linger in the dry crisp finish. There is a bit of American citrus hops also at the finish that gives it more depth and character than typical to euro pale lagers. It has a bit of and acidic finish perhaps from the carbonation.

M-The mouthfeel is medium-full with some slipperiness and a bit of fizz from the bubbles.

D- This is a beer with a lot of character for this style. Nice complexity yet very good for quafting in the heat of the summer. The carbonation is strong but it doesn't really work with the slippery mouthfeel.

rhoadsrage, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden clear color with a nice little head that didn't hang around very long; no lacing

Smell: Grassy and herbaceous with a bit of lemon peel

Taste: Clean malty, somewhat floral backbone that is quickly met by the lemony tart hops; long lemony finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well carbonated

Drinkability: A very different idea for a summer beer; light and lemony

brentk56, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow...I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one until now! Pours from the stubby bottle a brilliant clear bright sunshine yellow with a pillowy foam of white head. Active carbonation rises up in the glass. Aromas of clean, pale malts paired with a grassy, slightly citric hoppiness. Lemony graininess. Nothing to shout about but nice for the style.

First sip brings a crisp, lemony grainy pale maltiness accentuated by Euro hops (Saaz). Slighty spicy, grassy bitterness on the back of the palate along with a bit of citrus. A clean drinking lager that definetly fits in the summertime. Doesn't do anything to knock my socks off but is still an enjoyable brew.

Crisp mouthfeel is fairly light and refreshing with stable carbonation. This one is an easy drinker that would go down like water at a backyard barbecue. Worth seeking out if you're looking for an easy drinking, tasty lager.

orbitalr0x, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the summer beer to end all summer beers. Bottom fermented, consumed on a wonderfully beautiful Cape Cod afternoon. This beer seems to be a bit more edgy than other summer, has the lemon zest but is also a little bitter, with a Pils undertone. This is an amazing example of this style.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Aug 20, 2005
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,534 ratings.