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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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BA SCORE
83
good

3,357 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,357
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 58
Gots: 164 | 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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Michael_Wall

Ireland

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

11-06-2013 18:25:10 | More by Michael_Wall
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disruptor32

New York

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

05-24-2012 01:49:31 | More by disruptor32
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nowhereman47

California

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

07-13-2014 04:51:57 | More by nowhereman47
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ryansuttles

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

05-24-2012 04:41:13 | More by ryansuttles
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Mikeb8

California

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

04-03-2014 03:58:08 | More by Mikeb8
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

01-30-2014 22:13:27 | More by Justinbshelton
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snowsurfer422

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

12-24-2011 01:00:17 | More by snowsurfer422
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Spider889

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

06-23-2013 14:48:04 | More by Spider889
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BDF2000

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

07-11-2013 18:52:23 | More by BDF2000
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Holdren84

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

06-14-2014 23:22:10 | More by Holdren84
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Hops4Life84

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

11-10-2013 00:56:10 | More by Hops4Life84
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heerboth

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

05-28-2014 18:57:30 | More by heerboth
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markgalassi

California

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

07-17-2014 02:03:47 | More by markgalassi
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Srecko

Serbia

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

05-28-2014 21:29:16 | More by Srecko
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stuckonhops

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden with lots of tiny little bubbles forming a nice head that falls slower than what you may be used to from a lager style. Smells of light lemony citrus and lightly buttered breads. Taste is slightly grassy and slightly bitter. One of sierra nevada's "Lighter" flavored beers. Not extremely complex but keeps you coming back for more and more.

Very easy drinking while throwin horseshoes on hot days as well as just relaxing watching a game with the Air Conditioner on. Works well on all occasions. Better than miller for a "lawnmower beer" anyday.

very crisp..very tasty...definetly reccomend this for anyone..

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 20:02:56 | More by stuckonhops
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tvia84

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

01-07-2014 20:54:41 | More by tvia84
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creez

California

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

03-20-2012 21:53:04 | More by creez
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.73/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.0% ABV, 28 IBUs

A - A constant stream of little carbonation bubbles rise through the center of this brilliantly clear golden yellow beer, sustaining a sparkly, foamy white that, after some time, leaves chunky, sudsy bubbles on the glass.

S - Grainy pale and smooth pilsener malts give Summerfest a fresh and classic pilsener nose, kissed by a touch of honey sweetness and hints of Saaz noble hops, which add to the beer's authenticity with slightly floral components on the finish.

T - Soft floral hops impart light spiciness and envelop the pilsener malts, gently balancing the mild sweetness that lingers in the background of this brew for a simple but true and enjoyable pilsener flavor.

M - Medium-high in carbonation, Summerfest is a light, crisp beer with a soft, clean body and delicately bitter finish. True to style, this is one easy drinking brew!

O - Sierra Nevada's nod to the Bohemian Pilsener is damn near spot-on with an overall crisp, clean drinkability and classic, simplistic flavor of honey-kissed malt and floral, lightly spicy hops balanced to perfection!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 18:47:54 | More by BeerFMAndy
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FuzzyGuy84

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear, golden color with a big fluffy white head. Excellent lacing and consistant carbonation.

S - Fruity hops come through easily. Balanced is the key word here.

T - Like a transformer, there's more than meets the eye here. What seems clean and simple at first reveals an underlying complexity as you drink more and more. Clean beginning and a pointed hop finish with a range of subtle tastes throughout. I love this beer.

Mf/D - Complex and drinkable? Holy cow.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2009 19:48:39 | More by FuzzyGuy84
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just the right amount of residual malt sweetness blends perfectly with a delicious, smooth caramel grain character and it’s all balanced by a firm, leafy Saaz hop spice. Slight apricot malt fruitiness and more of that assertive hop bitterness in the surprisingly lengthy finish.

I think this is my favorite Sierra Nevada beer (besides perhaps Celebration, but even that one isn’t as drinkable) and it’s certainly my favorite summer seasonal. This exceedingly refreshing brew is exceptionally drinkable with balanced, flawless flavors. I only bought the six-pack a day or so ago and I’m already on my last bottle. Guess I’m gonna have to go out and get some more…

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 17:36:28 | More by arguemaniac
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scorched

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without going into the normal details, this is absolutely, hands-down, the most refreshing beer I have ever had. It is so hot where I am and this cools me right down. Its too bad this isn't out all year long. Drinkability is VERY high and mouthfeel is exceptional

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 22:13:35 | More by scorched
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jamesdr1968

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just bought my first case of the year (2010) tonight. I was very impressed with it. Not your typical SN offering, because the hops are a bit muted. To be honest, this reminds me of what a good, every day American beer should be like. Unfortunately, here in PA (with tax), it costs $36 a case. So, not the best choice for an "every day" beer. Color is a lovely golden hue. Nice head on it, although not nearly as thick as their standard pale ale. Smelll is light, crisp, sharp. Taste is a very good balance of hops and malt. Really smooth. Grainy is a good word to use to describe the taste. Mouthfeel is fine, just right. This is an almost perfect beer for those warm-weather days. A reasonable ABV (5%), so you can drink a few and still maintain a coherent conversation with your buddies.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 01:05:42 | More by jamesdr1968
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

**sampled first week of release in my location, early Summer 2008

Pours a luminous pale gold, very slight haze, and stark white head that retains a thin head for the duration of the pint.

Nose is Saazy right off the bat, some citrus, and grainy malt aromas.

On the palate this beer starts off a little malty sweet but an incredible crispness & dryness takes over and dominates. Herbal & metallic hops take over, and finish is dry and very crisp.

Immensely drinkable, refreshing, and certainly better than the imported Czech lagers on most of our shelves.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 04:42:00 | More by yemenmocha
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very credible lager coming from the aleheads at SN. Pale gold, crystal-clear with wispy, lacey head. Gentle aroma of musty yeasts and flowery hops. Malts are light, sweet and bolstered by big hop quality that lets you know this beer was brewed on the left coast! Otherwise a note-perfect European lager that goes down easy, refreshes the palate, quenches the thirst. The tempered but defiant hop kick is flowery, sweet, and really creates a summer feeling. Drinkability is beyond the pale. This is a unique beer and an excellent one. It's one of the best summer seasonals I can think of, and I enjoy it more than the overplayed currently-shadow-of-its-former-self SN Pale Ale. This beer should be a no-brainer for a BBQ, it's light enough for daytime drinking and should stand up to spicy meats and sauces. Furthermore, everyone will be pleased with it; the more adventurous drinkers have some toothsome hops to wrap their tastebuds around, while the quivering timid masses have a light, pale, cleansing lager that is very non-threatening. Pour it into a tall pilsner glass with a huge head.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 15:26:36 | More by Thrasher
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 17:04:23 | More by rtratzlaff
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,357 ratings.