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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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3,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,645
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 65
Gots: 261 | 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 david18
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a sixteen ounce glass of this beer at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I am surprised to learn that this is a czech style pilsner and am weary of anyone outside of pilsen attempting this style. In general I liked it a lot. Very light and refreshing. A little cloudy in color with a great smell. Very good summer beer but not my favorite. I generally like german pilsners better.

Photo of Macca
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear bright straw colour with a fluffy white head.

Sweet malt is the first thing that hits me on the aroma. Then some spicy hops.

A bit underwhelmed by the flavour. Crisp and easy drinking but not a lot going on. I suspect that freshness might be a factor.

Light bodied.

I would like to try this brewery fresh. Think it might be a bit delicate to handle the trans Pacific voyage.

Photo of charlzm
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed May 8th, 2010.

Pours a fairly pale golden hue. Plentiful carbonation continuously replenishes a one-finger white head.

Aroma is lightly grainy in a way that will be familiar to anyone who has ever had a macrobrewed pilsener.

Flavor is lightly malty and a touch husky with a clean, mildly bitter hop bite on the finish. Easy to drink but flavors are not especially vibrant or well-defined.

Carbonation keeps things moving along on the palate with a touch of dryness, but mouthfeel is not particularly notable.

Not a terribly exciting beer by any stretch, though not flawed in any way. Still trying to figure out why this is the style target of hundreds upon hundreds of breweries...

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.

Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent pils for a summer afternoon. Pours clear and very light pale yellow with a fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing. Grainy aroma, some grassy, vaguely floral hops, a bit bready but not all that complex.

Taste follows the nose; it’s simple and seems almost underhopped for the style; a bit bland; some grassiness but feels like it needs a sharper hop definition and bite. Light breadiness; some floral and citrus, again plainer and less interesting than I’d like. Body was light and carbonation medium; I feel like this might be one of those beers I’d like more from a bottle than on-tap, as it felt smoother and less bubbly than I’d like for the style, taking away from the crispness and refreshing aspect of the beer.

Photo of DeepSix
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost 2 bottles into a 23oz mug club mug...what? I barely can find a use for it. Not a huge head here, a little bit more darker then I'm used to for this style. Don't get me wrong, its light, but a bit more amber and less clear yellow.

Not much smell here, for me. Light grass notes, but no floral hop notes that IS tasted. Some lemon there too.

A crisp semi-sweet malt taste, hit midway through a hop presence that makes itself known.

The light body you'd expect, along with some fairly moderate amount of carbonation.

This a pretty drinkable summer beer. Not really the best czech I've had but I looked on the bottle, it doesn't really have that word anyway, just "lager", so ya know why not give em a break. Not quite low enough ABV for session but close em to drink a bunch of em on a hot day.

Photo of GRPunk
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Somewhat clear straw-yellow with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. It had medium carbonation and a light lace.

S- Very subtle scent. A balance of fruity malts and floral hops. What aroma was there was true to style, but again it was somewhat faint.

T- While balanced, I found slightly more fruity malts than citrus hops with a clean finish. I was expecting a little more hop flavor from a Bohemian Pilsener.

M- Quite smooth with medium carbonation.

D- This was very drinkable and a nice light, summer beer.

Overall- It was a decent summer brew. It was lighter than many of the typical Craft Lagers, but a good alternative to the usual suspects from the macros. I'd drink it again, but it isn't something I'm going to seek out.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a nice off white head. Lace is nice all the way to the bottom of the glass. Smell is abundantly hoppy and very pleasant. Mouthfeel is excellent with carbonation. One of the better of the brews by Sierra. Definitely will buy as long as in season, a good beer.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a Brown Bear Brown pint glass.

A - pours brilliant yellow, very clear, with one finger of head. Looks refreshing.

S - I smell what I believe to be DMS, no appreciable hop aroma.

T - Nice pale malty flavor, mild hop bitterness

M - crisp, lightly carbonated

D - a very solid, refreshing beer. Perfect for a summer day.

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

Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-23-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Wal-Mart

Clear beer of light straw color, with tons of bubbles seen in the glass. The head is huge, 4+ fingers high, and white. The retention is very good and lacing is fair.

Smells are of floral and grassy hops primarily. Has a classic pilsener aroma overall.

Taste is crisp with a medium amount of bitterness from the hops. Little sweetness at all. The mouthfeel is clean on a light body. Carbonation is medium-high in this refreshing beer. The finish is dry and somewhat bitter.

Overall a nice summer lager.

Photo of OldYoda
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was a gift from my friend Bob. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my trusty Troeg's pint. A fairly aggressive pour produced a modest head that disappeared quickly leaving minimal lacing. This beer is a beautiful clear honey gold, really a lovely beer to look at.

Smell is very minimal - nothing jumps out. A little citrus, a little hops but overall very subdued.

Taste is a combination of light malt with a nice bittering finish. Very pleasant beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a nice finish.

An excellent summer brew that you can easily session. As a summer offering this is vastly superior to the Sam Adams summer beer. Another excellent product from SN.

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color, two finger head with decent retention but minimal lace.

S: Lots of grass, bit of sweet malt underneath.

T: Good balance of semi-sweet malt with piney/citrus hops. Finish dry with a touch more pine and a hint of grapefruit. Flavors are pretty subdued-- wish there were more here. A bit of minerals throughout.

M: Nice light feel, a little bit on the fizzy side, but not bad. Gets a bit more creamy towards the end of the glass.

O: All the flavors are right, but the volume is down too low. Underwhelming, but still decent. Would probably go best on a day when it's hot and you need something cold-- this would fill the bill. Goes down smoothly and easily.

Photo of mjw06
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Always dreamed of the day I would taste a Sierra Nevada selection that didn't seems overpowered or based on a palate of their signature cascade hops. Well, I finally got it and I wasn't all that impressed. I beautiful appearance and crisp, clean smell waters the mouth but only for slight disappointment. Don't get it twisted, this is a good beer, but it loses for me on the terms of being a summer selection. Few breweries master the summer seasonal, as it seems that most just offer a watered down selection of their flagship brew - and Sierra Nevada nearly falls into that category. It falls short in taste while simultaneously lacking in the "refreshment" category, and that for me is a big no-no. If you sacrifice one, you better compensate in the other. Good beer, descent summer seasonal.

Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold, almost like a bud light in appearance. Nice head on fairly aggressive pour, but it dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Very aromatic, prominent hop herbiness and a nice malt sweetness.

Taste: Very much like the nose, just in different proportions. The hops still have a nice herb character, but also some nice spice as well. The malt is very clean and slightly sweet, with an ever so light toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, like almost all of the beers from this style are, but very crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A very nice lager, something to pull out on a 100 degree day with some real flavor. Just another fine beer from the guys at Sierra Nevada, nothing ground breaking, but always well above average.

Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just tried the 2008 version - A light gold body with minimal head and no lacings. A springy (I know it's a summer beer, so that doesn't count as a pun) beer, with a good hop presence and some citric notes picked up. A smooth, almost full-bodied beer with a good hop presence and something like bread malt in there. Still, mostly a silky, but not watery, flow through the mouth with some citrus (lemon mostly) that makes this an easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.
Not SN's best seasonal efforts, but I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it to a beer buddy.

Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This remains a very good pilsner-style Lager from the folks @ Sierra Nevada.

*Clear golden sunshine when poured into a glass with very little head.
*Hints of grass, corn, and hay on the palatte.
*Pleasant bitterness at the finish, consistent with German hops.

I find this year's edition (2014) to be a little bit lighter in flavor and mouthfeel than previous years. Maybe it's just me, but that's how it seems.

Photo of tigerdoc
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thick creamy head the dissapates moderately quickly. Nice crisp aroma of light malt and noble hops, however the aroma isn't as powerful as some of the better pilsners. Taste is similarly malty with a nice hop bite on the end that lingers on the palate. The mouthfell is nice and light with moderate carbonatoin that support the crisp bitterness from the hops. Truly a great summer beer, very refreshing, very drinkable. This beer doesn't inspire deep thought by any means which is why I think the overal score is a little low, but I think it accomplishes what is sets out to do in creating a great refreshing beer for those hot summer days.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Super pale yellow with a perfectly white head. Lots of lacing is not hard to achieve with this beer. It throws sheets and sheets that cover the whole glass. Lots and lots of bubbles rising to the top, spawned by the laser etching in the Perfect Pint.

S- Mild nose. Lots of spicy hops. Plenty of lemon, fresh cut grass, wet dog and some cracker like malts. Lots of that classic Saaz stuff.

T- Loads of hops for a pils. They start out lemony, zesty and sweet. By the end they become piney and just bitter enough to give this a really nice bite. The only downside is that from time to time the finish becomes quite medicinal.

M- Light and sharply carbonated. Its just a totally clean feeling beer. Its somewhat dry but there are many pilsners out there that are much more dry. I think in this case this is a good thing. It helps this beer quench your thrist better.

D- Super easy to drink. I have some yard work to do so over the course of the day I dont think I will have any problem finishing the 6 of them.

Photo of DuqTroops
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - yellowish in color, little head. in fact, when it was brought to my table, the head was gone.

Smell - typical pilsner. little smell to it.

Taste - bittersweet aftertaste, not much to it.

Mouthfeel - easy to drink, little to no carbonation.

Drinkability - very easy to drink.

Not much to this beer. Typical pilsner with not overwhelming qualities.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Bright yellow colored beer with an ample white head on top, foamy but thick and with good long retention.
S: Wheaty, grassy, lemony, strawy; typical summer beer scents, with a crisp lagery tinge to it.
T: Wheaty and strawy with some grainy malts; again, typical summery flavors, but a little bit strained and dirty.
M: Alright, but not quite as refreshing/bubbly as other similar beers.
D: Fine, enjoyable and drinkable.

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, sparkling golden yellow
A bit of hops to the nose, slight honey sweet scents, minor malt
Light hops and of course that pilsner presence, clean finishing
Definitely a good beer, a nice change as well from the IPAs, torpedos, bigfoot, and celebration ales. Good for the summer, light and clean. I don’t always thirst for a pilsner, but when I do this is a favorable choice.


Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Bright golden colored with a large loose white head that dissipates leaving good lacing, clear

S: grass, slight grain, lemon

T: sweet and light malt up front, lemon peel, finish turned to dry lemon pine hops

M: light with medium carbonation, could use more fizz

O: crisp lager with a good bitter hop ending

Photo of TheMarkE
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold with decent head and good lacing.

Smell: Pale grains, a hint of lemon and floral hops.

Taste: Pale grains, lemon, floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing. Very slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. As advertised, it is a crisp summer lager, but there's not much more to it than that. It does have the signature Sierra Nevada quality, but lacks the great flavor of many of their brews. In this one case I prefer winter over summer- their Celebration IPA is worth waiting for every winter.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice golden color, with a heafty head on top of it. A bit of malt on the nose, and a fairly large amount of skunk. Suspect my pack was abused in some way before I got around to buying it.

A pretty decent lager, tastewise, not too heavy on the malts, and with a decent, but not overwhelming amount of hops. A tad astringent on the mouthfeel, but not enough to keep it from being quite drinkable. Not astonishing, but a solid, drinkable, uncomplicated lager. Worth a try.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,645 ratings.