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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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3,529 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,529
Reviews: 1,470
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 63
Gots: 225 | 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 kbub6f
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

2002 release, bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), 2-3 weeks in my fridge, served cold.

The beer pours with a coarse white head that collapses moderately quickly to leave a frothy, soapy, pleasant-looking lacing. The color is warm golden. Champagne-like bubbles.

The smell is pilsnery with a little bit o' funk. Definite hops in the nose, but kind of sweet smelling too. Starts caramely, with a fruity middle, finishes hoppy bitter! Appropriately tingley on the tongue. Nice. Fresh.

I'll go have some pizza now...

Ok, it's warmed up a little... hops are sitting down more, malt comes through a little better (less metallic caramel, more body). Taste is still just a little soapy. Overall, this is quite good: a nice appetizer beer.

kbub6f, Feb 06, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

The beer pours a crystal clear bright gold color, the head pertinent in size, frothy texture that leaves lots of lace to coat the glass. Fruit sweet aromas, over lying the malt, citrus crisp and fresh, quite sniffable with sweet malt front. Top is middling in mouth feel, the finish bitingly acidic, meaningful hop spicy bite, the aftertaste dry.

Gusler, Dec 07, 2002
Photo of BeerManDan
2.28/5  rDev -37.7%

After pouring this beer and seeing the medium yellow color. I tried to pick up the aroma, but could'nt find any. Don't know if this was a bad bottle, but, this was a no nothing beer. Maybe a slight citrus feel in the mouth, but that was it! Save this brew for a junkyard dog! Not for me!

BeerManDan, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of bditty187
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

The milky-grassiness of the aroma yields a creamy blend of floral hops, barely malt, and citrus. The beer was a bright, clear, golden yellow with a white head of about a finger or so. Minimal lace. Tasty, your mouth fills with flavor. A very good brew but I just wonder why this is seasonal? I think it would hold-up well anytime of the year.

I was pleased to see that Sierra Nevada didn’t go crazy with the hops.

I’ll be looking forward to drinking more of this next summer.

bditty187, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

Clear (filtered) golden body topped by a big, creamy, bright-white head that holds well and leaves some limited lace. Nice aroma of malt and hops with some fruitiness and a bright lemony note that I assume comes from citrusy hops. The body is medium-light with a very fine & slightly effervescent carbonation, making it very silky in the mouth. The flavor is lightly hoppy and citrusy up-front, warming into a lightly sweet maltiness as it crosses the palate, and drying out just before the swallow with some more light hop flavor and bitterness. All of these flavors are carried over, to some extent, into the aftertaste. A really refreshing and interesting change of pace that really does make a great summer beer. Not complicated, but with alot of finesse. Somewhat lighter in flavor and easy to drink, but with some distinct hop character and bitterness. Very nice, fairly unique, and well brewed.

NeroFiddled, Sep 17, 2002
Photo of hyuga
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

2002 release. Golden with a big white head that leaves a patchy lace, but doesn't stay for long. Subtle aromas in the nose, some hop aroma that's a bit plant-like and citrus-like. Hop bitterness plays a big role in the flavor, with grain right behind it. Once again, a bit plant-like with citrus. Smoothness in the mouthfeel is interrupted by the hops. I didn't find this as refreshingly satisfying as this type of lager should be. Hops take over where they shouldn't. Not too bad, but there are many in this style that I'd put above this one.

hyuga, Sep 11, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Hazy medium gold color with a stunningly thick off-white head that lasts. Lots of thick, sticky lace with modest carbonation. Aroma consists of grassy notes and grain. Pronounced hops assert themselves from the beginning of the taste, towards the middle, mildly sweet malts dominate, finishes with bitter citrus notes. As others have noted, this beer improves as it warms up a bit from typical refrigerator temperature. Remarkably refreshing, a quintessential summer beer that beats its competitors hands down.

Pegasus, Aug 31, 2002
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

BRIGHT yellow-gold body, lively carbonation, foamy, lively white head that reaches above glass. Looks classic. Real good looking lace. Lot of grain in aroma. Very clean taste, with a nice hop zing balancing a good malt backbone. Nice medium mouthfeel, not too fizzy, not too heavy. Excellent summer refreshment. The subtle member of the SN family, It took me a couple of summers to really appreciate this beer.

RonfromJersey, Aug 16, 2002
Photo of ryanocerus
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

Clear golden color with minimal head and large amounts of carbonation. There was a very hoppy aroma which carried through into the flavor. There was a very slight malty aftertaste that increases as it warms, but not enough for me as the hops overpowers it. It was very smooth, but full of flavor without detectable grain or other add-ons that can take away from the flavor. An excellent lager.

ryanocerus, Aug 10, 2002
Photo of mophie
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Golden yellow, with a thick white head that reduces to a fine layer on top of the beer. Never really goes away. Smells a bit grassy, bready, lemon zest. Taste is full and rich and lager-like (though you'd never confuse this with a typical American macro lager, that's for sure). Bitter herbal hops hit you up front, again lemon zest, grassy. Just a trace of malty sweetness, more so after the beer warms a bit. I'd like a bit more, but oh well. Bitter finish, but refreshing, especially on such a perfect sunshiny day as today.

mophie, Aug 08, 2002
Photo of ADR
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Bright luminous yellow, head is a mixture of bubble sizes and holds some shapes in the middle. A bit of unraised bread to the aroma. Nice crisp hops in this brew, touch of a bitter green olive tang. Malt is secondary but adds a little maple sweetness and character to the body. Overall, light in impression, but this beer is satisfying as well as refreshing. To me, one of the better Sierra Nevada products, I've been underwelmed by some of their Ales.

ADR, Aug 07, 2002
Photo of jackndan
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%

Summerfest: a clear, golden lager. Thick head with nice lace. Light macro-lager aroma. Thin body, flat taste, little hop zest, lingering malty aftertaste. I am at a loss to understand this beer, it seems like a good macro-lager, but at its price, I’d give it a pass.

jackndan, Aug 05, 2002
Photo of John
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

Straw/yellow color. Light toasted bread and spicy/fruity hop aroma and flavor. A delicious, crisp, clean, hoppy, thirst quenching lager. Can't remember the last time I thought in terms of "pounding" beer, but with this one it's tempting. Cheers to summer!

John, Jul 23, 2002
Photo of budgood1
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

clean, clear, crisp. citrus and spice and everything nice. for a seasonal summer pilsener...pretty good. for a sierra nevada product, pretty tame. a solid summer seasonal that has an excellent thirst quenching quality to it. no negative comments here. would have loved to imbibed a keg of this poolside down in mpls-st.paul like ZAP and Bighuge did. lucky dogs!

budgood1, Jul 20, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours an extremely clear golden color with a 2 finger slightly off-white head. The smell is a very familiar hoppy smell that Sierra Nevada is notorious for with a lemony smell as well. The taste is slightly hoppy with a grass/lemon taste. Fairly refreshing, but below Sierra Nevada's normal standard. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Jul 15, 2002
Photo of StevieW
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%

Clear golden yellow pour...fizzy white head, faded fast. Noticable hop aromas, combined with traditional beer smells of a pilsener. Taste was a little thin, and overly bitter hop wise on the finish. Not much malt or anything like it. Somewhat flat tasting at the bottom of the glass. Although it was crisp and light, it lacked the balanced flavor of the other SN products I have sampled. IMO, Prima Pils is much better in this class.

StevieW, Jul 12, 2002
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

Good carbonation and head. Citrusy overtone, clearly a light body, crisp, clean summer lager. Some hops on the finish but they don't rip your face off.

jdhilt, Jul 10, 2002
Photo of pbrian
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

A crisp and clean lager with a focus on citrusy, spicy hop flavors. Quite enjoyable when someone else brings it to your party, but not a "hunt and seek" beer.

pbrian, Jul 09, 2002
Photo of ElGuapo
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

light, crisp, and a good tasting summer brew. it has that little citrus hint to it and leaves a spicy aftertaste. this beer did its job being very refreshing on a hot summer day. not as smooth as you could wish for, but overall it was enjoyable

ElGuapo, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of frank4sail
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

Golden in color with a slight haze. Very fine bubble action in the glass. and a fluffy white head which lasts as a continuous sheen on the brew. Malt nose with crisp hops. Very fresh smelling. The original taste is one of malt and slight bitterness on the tongue. Then your tongue is left with citrus (lemon) and hints of pepper. The finish is also quite smooth. This is not the best SN product, but it beats most summer seasonal brews that are out there.

frank4sail, Jun 21, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +23%

This crystal clear light golden beer throws out a perfect 2 finger foamy head. It clings nicely to the glass as I drink. Beautifully subdued spicy noble hop aroma layered within a nice little pils maltiness. The taste of this beer is great. A nice malt backbone provides the foundation. Spicy little hop accents make their presence beautifully throughout the experience. A perfect blend of malt and hops for this summer brew. Highly drinkable. Very good beer.

Disregarding weizen style beers,because there are a lot of great summer weizen beers, this is one of the 2 elite summer brews that I have tried. (The other is Goose Island Summertime Kolsch.)

Bighuge, Jun 19, 2002
Photo of Wildman
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

This 2002 version poured out a dark straw colored. Formed a nice white head, that left some lace as it subsided. Slight citrus and hops aroma to it. Taste had citrus elements and gave it a slight tang. Okay, for a summer beer, but there are better ones.

Wildman, Jun 16, 2002
Photo of Jordan
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

An interesting flavor and aroma of grapefruit peel and fresh baked french bread. Very unique and novel taste/aroma sensations. Surprisingly there isn't a crispness to this pils, yet it remains refreshing and easily quaffed.

This brew deserves more recognition than it's overall rating portrays. SN Summerfest easily would be my first choice in choosing the perfect pilsner.

Jordan, Jun 15, 2002
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Nice for the style,not to hoppy good malt-accented beer.Light color with a decent head.Would try again,Iam not into summer accrnted lighter beers.Bring on Oktoberfest!

oberon, Jun 05, 2002
Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Clear with a medium white head with muted aroma. Not as hoppy as I expected. Still, this beer has a lingering bitterness that I enjoyed. Seems to be very "polite" for a Sierra Nevada product. Very well made, and very enjoyable.

Suds, Jun 01, 2002
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,529 ratings.