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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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3,503 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,503
Reviews: 1,469
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 211 | 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.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

05-24-2009 03:27:24 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of dasenebler


3.55/5  rDev -3%

This is a good beer-- who cares if it's a seasonal or how it compares to other sierra nevada offerings. This is a real lager, and you could probably convert several bud/coors/miller/pbr drinkers with this brew. Pours a rich gold, with a good size head. Smells crisp and somewhat hoppy-- tastes hoppier than expected. Mouthfeel is good-- light but you know its there, and it forces you to really taste rather than swill. This beer redeems the american lager category.

06-03-2008 05:32:39 | More by dasenebler
Photo of letsgopens


3.55/5  rDev -3%

What a formidable looking lager! When decanted hastily it displays a full two fingers of frothy, pearl white foam that holds its ground for a few minutes and then recedes to multiple chunks and wisps of lace. The color an extremely clear, dim yellow with some bright, thinning highlights. Certainly displaying all the characteristics you'd expect of a quality Czech-style Pils.

Bready and floral with toasty buttered biscuit and some spicy, crisp hops. Lots of husky, dry yeast and a well balanced overall character. Makes me wish I had a hammock.

Bright and floral up front and quickly melting in to a buttery, toasty, browned English muffin flavor. Spicy with some cornmeal and a nice mellow, yeasty character that helps to balance out the whole situation. Some phenol character with just mild note of warmth in the finish.

The initial, characteristic crispness is there but surprisingly there is a relatively low level of carbonation. It definitely helps the buttery notes to be retained but the crisp lightness is mellowed. However a nice, spicy hop character does a good job of brightening of the brew just enough.

In terms of drinkability I'm feeling just ok about it. Although the ABV is low and the brew is definitely lively enough to keep my attention, I feel like the very mellow, buttery feel may get monotonous after a couple. In this case I think a more assertive carbonation level would help the drinkability. Still a great summer brew that I enjoy often.

05-25-2010 00:52:41 | More by letsgopens
Photo of mdaschaf


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Review from notes. Enjoyed on July 4th.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy white head on top. Moderate retention and lacing.

S: Light hops with a heavier dose of bready and grain malt. On the sweet side.

T: The bready malt returns along with some light spice and earthy flavor. Light citrus and a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Tasty and east drinking, can't ask for much more, especially in the summer on a hot day. Probably wouldn't stock it in my fridge, but would gladly drink again.

07-07-2011 03:25:48 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of augustgarage


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

2012 vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Radeberger pokal.

Brilliantly clear golden maize liquid capped by a highly active smattering of beige foam. Average lacing and retention.

Malty aromatics with a distinctive spicy note from hops. Delicate.

Sweet and slightly spicy flavors unfold on the palate dancing back and forth between malt and hops. Faint honey notes and a vague floral component emerge in the medium finish.

Light bodied and just a touch oily.

Delicate, quietly complex - not outstanding, but a decent and refreshing rendition.

08-08-2012 03:53:49 | More by augustgarage
Photo of BeerAmbassador


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a thin head that didn't stick around. Floral hops and definite note of honey on the nose, not fancy artisanal wildflower honey, honey from the plastic bear. Nice hop bitterness and flavor that I associate with Saaz hops, clean finish and nicely carbonated. This is a beer that I wasn't crazy about on the first sip but as it warmed a bit and I got to the end of the glass, I liked it more and more. Not the best summer seasonal on the planet, but especially if you are at a regular supermarket, you could do a lot worse than to pick up a six pack of this beer.

07-11-2011 04:21:11 | More by BeerAmbassador
Photo of DerekP


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

My second time enjoying this brew, here's a quick, but thoughtful, review:
Hazy yellow-gold appearance, bubbly carbonation and a white head that slims to a rim worth mentioning.

Bready/crackery aroma with lemon, lime and salt. Pale-bright atmosphere in the nose.

Hops up front in the taste; lemon tartness. Bittering hops hit me, but don't knock me out. Hops flavor throws spicy and floral notes. Yeast in the back end.

Smooth, balanced, light-medium bodied. Washes away nicely with lingering qualities that don't overstay their welcome.

Happy Mothers Day!

05-13-2012 22:44:59 | More by DerekP
Photo of output01x


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (no date) into a pilsener glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1 1/2-finger creamy white head that bubbles down to a light dusting and thin foam ring after a few minutes. The body is a clear golden sunflower yellow with a good amount of carbonation bubbles. Some lacing can be noticed throughout consumption.

Buttery and bready malts aromas compose the backbone of the nose. A floral hops aroma adds to a little complexity and balance to the nose.

Sweet, bready malts start each sip but are quickly overtaken by the floral and spicy hops. A grainy malt flavor then enters the picture and coincides nicely with the waning hops. A slight dryness and floral bitterness ends the experience.

Light bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer is as drinkable as a Czech Pilsener should be. The carbonation is a little fizzy when the beer is held in the mouth, but does not take away from the flavors.

08-16-2011 01:36:50 | More by output01x
Photo of philipquarles


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a small white head that disappears quickly--a bit like a macro. Smells lightly of citrus initially, followed by sweet graininess and some grassy hop notes. The hop character is stronger in the flavor, giving it a mild bitterness overall, with the grainy malt bill in the background. Light body with medium-high carbonation. Pleasant overall.

05-09-2009 18:59:31 | More by philipquarles
Photo of smakawhat


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a shaker pint.

Simple classic gold, with a big white head that never lets up. Foamy with uniform pin head sized bubbles throughout. Body has some slow rising carbonation.

Mild malt on the nose, even some very very small hint of lemon, but also a fizzy gas and slight sour.

Taste however is fairly alright. A little dense it seems with a decent malt body, but a faint light bread and great good feel, but missing a little snap and crispness I associate with this style.

Not too bad, but not too gravitated towards it much either. It would do in a pinch on a hot day for sure.

06-02-2011 22:35:32 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Bierguy5


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

2004 Edition. From the bottle pours a crystal clear golden liquid with a white foamy head. The head stayed for a little while. There was not much lace left on the glass. Smell is slightly grassy. Taste is a good combo of pale sweet malt and a fair amount of grassy/herbal hop flavor with a dry finish. Light bodied, but not watery and the carbonation level was where it should be for this style. Overall, not bad. Lagers like this typicall do not appeal to me, but this could be a good thirst quencher. It was pretty crisp and clean, with a nice balance. I would probably be willing to have another one. Could make a good backyard session brew this summer.

05-23-2004 21:24:20 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of ThomasMetal75


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%


A- Just like a macro lager, but with a pinky's worth of head.

S- Light floral hops mixed with the typical lager grainy smell. The combination of the hops and grains make the beer almost smell musty.

T- Light floral hop spice. Faint graininess. Carbonation makes the beer taste crisp.

M- Heavier than water, but the body of the beer still has that watery texture to it. It's so easy to drink. This is what you want on a summer day!

Overall, the Sierra Nevada Summerfest is a great beer for the summertime. It's light enough in body to be refreshing during the hot summer months. The taste with the light and spicy floral hops reminds you that you're not drinking a macro lager!

06-15-2012 01:58:00 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of bignick


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

6-pack of 12oz bottles purchased at Dorr's Liquor Mart in Brighton. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a highly transparent golden color with very visible carbonation rising to the head. It smells and tastes a little bad-beery. However, the taste cleans up, and a nice, although subtle, hop bit rolls over the back of the toungue. Overall, this is a pretty decent and simple beer. It is pretty good for the style, but I would grab a Harpoon Summer before I grabbed this one.

05-07-2006 21:59:46 | More by bignick
Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear golden-yellow, with lots of bubbles. Two fingers of white head that just sat there - dissipated very slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Corny, malty, some grassy hops thrown in there.

Taste: Smooth, crisp, with a nice hoppy kick at the end. The hops aren't too bitter. and balance out the brew very nicely. The grassiness of the hops seems to pervade the entire brew. Not too much to this one, but it's nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick for this kind of beer, good carbonation. Nothing to really complain about.

Drinkability: Goes down very smooth, and very easy to drink. As its name would suggest, this is a great summer beer. It's not the best pilsner I've ever had, but it's a solid beer.

05-04-2009 01:19:51 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of gopens44


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

A - Super clear super pale straw with an incredibly memorable thick foamy stark white head.

S - Biscuity maltiness with just a hint of spice and a tiny bit of hops

T - Biscuity, a touch floral. A little sweet - enough to balance out the nice bitterness on the finish.

M - Well carbonated yet pretty smooth. Moderate bitterness in the aftertaste.

O - I picked this up as a requiem after another 100+ degree day. And ya know what? It works pretty well! Clean, crisp and very tasty.

06-09-2011 23:00:32 | More by gopens44
Photo of Murchmac


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

This years is much better than last years. I didnt used to care for this beer. This one I like a lot.

Pours a brilliant yellow, with highlights of a european pilsner.

Smells a little bit of cut grassy.

Tastes bery crisp, clean, and hoppy. Great malts in there too.

Finishes sloppy, with malts and hops and macro. But enjoyable.

Good beer, good times.

04-21-2008 02:20:36 | More by Murchmac
Photo of jjamadorphd


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Sierra Nevada Summerfest - another offering from this brewer that everybody seems to like but I just haven't found that beer they make that tingles my toes. For this one I found it run-of-the-mill when it came to its appearance, although it did pour a nice head with lacing. The odor was okay as well as the mouthfeel having a decent crispness about it. The taste was definitely the best part of the beer and at least that left me thinking there's probably an offering to look forward too.

06-16-2014 02:02:56 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of semibaked


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a bright almost neon yellow with a crystal clear body that is producing more carbonation than I have ever seen in a beer. Also had about a half finger of bright white foam.

S - Big lemon and lemon candy smell that dominates the slight malt I smell.

T - Slight lemon and malts, plus a nice bitterness from the hops in the middle.

M - Just your run of the mill lager mouthfeel which is very thin and watery, plus a little oiliness.

D - This is up there with the other summer beers I have had, super refreshing, crisp and clean with a lingering lemon candy flavor. Good stuff

05-07-2010 20:08:13 | More by semibaked
Photo of GreenCard


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

The 2009 release...

Appearance: pale yellow to light gold, sparkling clarity, sudsy white foam that collapses to a thin film

Aroma: very light perfumey scent of wild flowers honey and grain husks

Flavor: light malt profile with a hint of elderflowers and fresh-cut grass; slight citrusy note before the semisweet dry finish with a mellow hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: light body, sparkling effervescence, crisp texture; refreshing

Other comments: A very clean lager with a gentle, summery personality. If it was a woman, it would be a quietly beautiful girl-next-door that you would frollick through a field of flowers with (but not one you marry).

05-11-2009 01:20:29 | More by GreenCard
Photo of Freshie


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

A- The color is pale golden and clear. Slight head when poured, but head retention is poor after a few minutes and dissolves to nothing.

S - Slight aromas of citrus and spice. A bit of medicine in there too.

T - Very crisp and clean. Sweet flavors upfront. Some fruit and candy. Grassy hops builds in the middle, with a yeasty taste to finish.

M - Very light in the palate, and finishes crisp and clean.

D - Probably one of the best lawnmower beers out there, but nothing more than that

06-29-2010 03:07:30 | More by Freshie
Photo of SethB2


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a transparent golden color with a small head and no lacing. Smells like a lager. Grainy tones dominate with a small hoppy and roated aroma. Tastes pretty damn good. Roasted malts and a better than average hop bit. Mouthfeel is a bit thing and watery. Nothing to write home about in that department. Drinkability, however is good. Very easy drinker and a good warm weather brew.

05-05-2006 01:41:08 | More by SethB2
Photo of MisterClean


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

On tap at Sac Brew Company's Sierra Nevada night.

A - Poured a straw yellow, with a 1 fingered head, dissipated fast and left little lacing.

S - Light honey and sourness from pilsner grain.

T - A heavier note of sourness and light honey again.

M - Well-balanced, malt dominated, lightly dry and cirsp.

D - Not bad overall, glad to know SN doesn't have to overkill a beer with hops to make it drinkable.

04-24-2009 02:18:30 | More by MisterClean
Photo of lackenhauser


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Nice deep golden color-minimal head,decent carbonation level.Aroma quite floral and hoppy.Being a Sierra product goes without saying.Malty flavor with an upfront hoppiness.Quite bitter actually.Almost a grain flavor lingering.Nice full mouthfeel-again bitter but also quite smooth overall.A good effort from Sierra considering they dont do lagers-dont know if id call it a pils,kolsch or what but nice none the less.

05-02-2004 20:48:28 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of MusicmanSD


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

First time tasting an american version of my favorite style, cant say I'm too impressed, especially because its Sierra Nevada. The appearance is a lil' bit paler than the czech beers, the smell is more malt than hops with very clean sierra water underneath it all.The taste is average, no real hop bit compared to say Pilsner Urquell, which is suprising because SN is "micro". The mouthfeel is pretty heavy for a pilsner, I'll give it that however and I could drink these all day. Whats funny is I quafed all these down on all cloudy days...but a damn good beach beer! Something to give to the BMC drinkers, see what they think. Not as good as the European examples, but still a good-average beer.

05-04-2007 00:16:20 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of bnes09


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Bright lemon yellow with good clarity and tons of bubbles. Thick white head with unrelenting retention and creamy lace.

Grainy and fruity aromas. Hints of lemon and yeasty banana smell.

Taste goes along with the smell. Smooth and crisp grainy charcter. Floral hop adds a touch of bitterness. Honey sweetness. Lemon flavor throughout. Finishes with a sour off flavor.

Pretty light bodied and a somewhat gritty mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation, almost too much. Leaves a dry feel instead of a crisp, clean finish.

Not a bad summer lager. Everything is good except the finish.

10-24-2010 04:36:52 | More by bnes09
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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