Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a straw-yellow color with a silky white head; tame, yet vibrant, no apparent lacing left on the glass. Aroma is crisp with some grains in the background, playing secondary to a nice helping of bitter, earthy hops. Some lemon zest pulls through and plays tertiary as well. Lots of carbonation on the initial sip; this was to be expected - it gives a nice, clean, crisp taste on the palate and brings out the strength of the hops. The hops make up a good percentage of the taste here, but make no mistake - this beer is far from "bitter", even compared to pale ales. Malts and grains come through in around the edges, again followed by a lemon-orange-citrus like sweetness that shows up for a moment and washes away. Some clove and light spice shows up once the beer is significantly warmer, although this isn't typically a beer that takes too long to put down. Thin body, crisp, clean, dry finish.
I'm not extremely well versed in "Czech Pilseners", so I don't know how this differs from the American type, but it certain makes for a refreshing beer to drink on a hot summer day. Hits the spot after mowing the lawn in 95 degree heat for hours.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2012 12:54:39 | More by tectactoe
3.88/5 rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a mason jar. Appears a slightly cloudy gold with a foamy, quick-dying head. Aroma is bright and malty. Immediate hop flavor followed by a slinky citrus flavor. Finishes lightly bitter with a bite that gets stronger after you've taken a sip. The citrus flavor gets slightly less prominent as the beer warms. It's very bubbly on the tongue and light-bodied.
An easy-drinking, bright-tasting lager. Complex enough to please my palate, but refreshing and light enough to throw back a few. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2012 19:23:46 | More by danreitz
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,343 ratings.