Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

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Reviews: 1,512
Hads: 3,886
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 94
Gots: 435 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Photo of STEELERFAN2390
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this beer is an excellent summer brew..
my version of lawnmower beer seeing how i'd never even consider drinking an American lager of any type.
not the greatest Czech pils ive ever had ,but its up there with a slight sierra Nevada hop twist.
overall , im liking it a lot. pick it up at your local grocer for 13.99 a twelve I you can! (333 characters)

Photo of TheBCrew
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with 2008 date poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear golden color with 2 fingers of white lacing which quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing. Smell is earthy and somewhat sweet with a hint of lemon. Taste is light and delicate. Very clean with a bright floral beginning, balanced middle and a dry crisp finish. Mouthfeel is light and very smooth. Quite refreshing and highly drinkable on a hot summer day. Great example of an American (i.e. hoppy) version of the style. (487 characters)

Photo of tmitch75
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hats off to Sierra Nevada for stamping a pilsner with a vintage date so I know it's fresh. This one is 2008 vintage.

Pours a clear golden color with slight haze in the wider part of the pilsner glass, huge with head with good staying power.

Clean full malt smell with slightly spicy notes.

Taste is what it should be, clean bready malt with lightly floral and spicy hops.

Very crisp mouthfeel makes this quite a refreshing beer. Excellent summer seasonal and a great sessioner for summer BBQ's.

Tasted on 7/24/08. (518 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Updated for the 2010 offering.

A -- White, sudsy, thick, clingy top -- clear, gold body. This beer defines the color gold.

S -- Spicy, flowery hops with light sweet malt back. Some DMS at first pour, but it dissipates quickly.

T -- Starts with a spicy bitterness that fades into a lightly sweet, bready maltiness. Finish is lightly bitter, even slightly citric, but it's a dry, hop finish overall.

M -- Light and crisp to soft mouth-feel with a light body.

D -- Who couldn't love drinking this? The right amount of hop bitterness and good flavor character for those who think Pilsners are lame. The dryness of this beer leans it to a German Pils, and the hop character bears that out. Hard to believe such a big ale brewer can nail the Pilsner style so well. (763 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap @ Maewyn's in York, served chilled in a pint.

The color is a pale golden with thick cap of white cream, the clarity is good and the lace clings in ringlets. The smell is good with some gentle floral/herbal hop aromas with mild malt and slight yeast ester which gives a sort of bready backing. The feel is very good, nice hop presence which gives the kind of acidity you want from a pils, plenty of carbonation, but not overboard. I think the malt profile is pleasant adding a bit of sweetness to keep the lager balanced.

The flavor is smooth and malty up front, but mid-taste the flavor of the herbal hop emerges with some nice gentle grassy and tea like flavor, somewhat floral but not too much to be enjoyable with some citrus elements. The taste of the malt is gentle and slightly sweet with a mild yeast that adds some character to the brew and perhaps a tinge of mineral. The overall impression I get from this is it is a great beer, an all around flavorful and quaffable lager which is saying something because there aren't enough of its ilk out there these days. (1,092 characters)

Photo of loftisCT
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brewed on the 68th day of 2010 (so early March), and enjoyed on May 2, 2010

A: Pours a crystal clear light straw color. The head is bright white with a nice mix of small and large soapy bubbles. The head recedes quickly but leaves decent lacing. This beer is ALIVE!!! Small bubbles aggressively rise from the bottom to the beers very last drop. This beer is a GLP, or good looking pilsener.

S: The nose reveals a nice exchange between sweet grainy malts and fresh smelling mix of spicy and floral hop aromas, with just a slight citrus hint. I am used to a sweeter, honey-bread malt aroma coming from pilsener but this more grainy malt but still smells very fresh and clean.

T: The sweet graininess of malts is balanced beautifully by the delicate, spicy and noble characters of the hops. The malt wins out for a moment, but its victory is short lived as the hops kick in at the end. The hop finish is not so much bitter as it is drying as a mild earthy spiciness is left on the back of the tongue.

M: The mouthfeel of this beer is amazingly light and refreshing. This beer is very highly carbonated which makes it feel lively on the tongue and provides a delicious crisp finish.

D: I could drink this beer all day. In my opinion this is a great, affordable pilsener. It may not be the most complex beer but it has everything I look for in a pilsner: a showcase of noble hops, a nice solid, slightly sweet malt backbone, and amazing drinkability. (1,450 characters)

Photo of Jsteez
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass. Also, drank it from the bottle. The date showed 2012, but no month was present.

A-Light, golden straw, and yellow. It came to a soapy head that lasted for a minute. A little white ring around the edges, but not too much.

S-Moderately sweet, light hops, white bread,light malt, a little floral,but not over-the-top.

T-Amazing. Moderately malty sweet (if that makes sense). Slight floral going in. The perfect amount of a light spicy aftertaste.

M-Light, refreshing, perfect balance of carbonation,spice, and sweet malt.

O-This brew is perfect for summer days. I drank this after a long run. Great thirst quencher. It is what the macrobrews wish they were. Refreshing beer to have at a bbq. Some brews need to be consumed from the proper glasssware. However, this brew can be enjoyed right out of the bottle or a glass! Really drinkable. This beer is excellent. Cheers! (912 characters)

Photo of batty
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice clean but tasty lager. as far as pilsners go i'd say this is my #2 (#1 = Scrimshaw).

pours nice golden yelllow, nice white head. head drops too fast, but nice lacing.

smell is pretty clean, little grassy malts.

taste also pretty clean, no off flavors noted, light malt and bit of hop presence, just the right amount of bite at the end.

not overly carbonated, which is nice, but a good refreshing fizz. pretty light and beautiful summer beer, good for pounding on a hot summer day. (490 characters)

Photo of FatSean
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just another great beer from Sierra Nevada. A Chech Pilsner in a sea of ales :)

A quality take on the style, although I found the malt flavors a bit harsh in the finish. Absolutely drinkable, I'm glad I can get them in the 12-pack at a slightly better price. (259 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great Pilsner lager. Here goes:

A: Pours a beautiful, clear gold with a large, fluffy head. Also leaves adequate lacing.

S: Generic Pilsner hops: grass, hay, white pepper, etc. Not much malt.

T: Hops are omnipresent, but the malt better makes its presence known. Lots of grassy Pilsner hops interspersed with grainy, cereal malt. Good

F: Very crisp and refreshing.

O: A very good summer lager. (408 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden amber in color with a massive rocky white head that leaves thick sheets of lace on the sides of the glass as it slowly dissipates. Nose is dominated by floral hops and perfume with some additional grassy herbal notes. Light to medium in body with a moderate amount of active carbonation. Taste is lightly spicy hops and bitter grain husks up front followed by just a touch of sweet malts and then some lemony notes and citrusy hops. A very refreshing beer and one of the best summer brews on the market. (516 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer in the summer time. Golden color, light & crisp hoppy aroma - nothing special upfront - but a true delight to drink. It's got a mild hop kick to save it from being an ordinary pilsener and goes down nice and easy. A fantastic session beer for those summer nights with friends. (291 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This showed up recently at The Fridge and went into my fridge awaiting furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). Reviewed 08-14-2013.

It was a long day of paranoia and I was jonesing for a beer, so I executed a quick Crack and an inverted Glug, resulting in two fluffy, foamy fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was a sunshine yellow with NE-quality clarity. SRM = 4 to 5. Nose had a great Noble hop grassiness underlain with a light biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and man, this really hit the spot! The Saaz hops commingled beautifully with the malt to create a light, easy drinking lager in the form of a Pils. Finish was crisp, dry, refreshing and I may have found a new CANdidate for the summer cooler.

My original bottle review from 07-07-2005 with scores of 4.0; 2.5; 3.0; 4.0 and 3.5 follows:

This poured with a decent white head, but it just evaporated to wispiness. I had a light malt smell, but even that was tough to discern. It had a nice tang in the mouth, but no taste that really jumped out. The finish was lightly grainy, not so much of malt, but more like wheat, or (heaven forbid) corn. It just reminded me of being out in the fields behind my maternal grandparents' house as a kid. It was a decent beer, but I'd like something with a bit more flavor, even in the summer. (1,332 characters)

Photo of Kearneytheking
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a great summer brew! Wow, good to find a summer brew with no overwhelming lemonade, fruit, or gimmicky flavor profile to make it "refreshing"

Appearance: Beautiful yellow gold lager

Nose: Hoppy, lemony scent to it

Taste: Nice crisp lightly bitter hops, good citrus zest, and a bit of spice.

MF: lightly carbonated, good body.

Overall - my favorite summer lager of the year thus far (Still June, however.)

Highly Recommend! (433 characters)

Photo of clint1019
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Straw colored with a thin head. Some lacing,but not much.

S - Crisp, clean malt aroma. Kind of a lemon-grass aroma with some spicy hop aroma added in.

T - Clean, crisp, soooo refreshing malt flavor followed by a slight hop bitterness

M - light bodied,very dry on the palate & very bubbly.

O - The perfect thing for a hot summer day. Very light, refreshing and overall a pretty nice beer. (395 characters)

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, very light yellow with a two fingered head and nice lacing the whole way down. This is hell of a lot lighter in color than I expected.

Smells grassy, hoppy. Not picking up much else. Smells very clean and crisp. So far, we're on the right track for a summer beer.

Tastes very herbal. The hops have a light citrus quality. The malt ends up being quite sweet. The carbonation is high and the crispness and dryness is extraordinary.

At 5% ABV, I could session this all day long. Truely a fantastic summer beer. (525 characters)

Photo of surfmeister
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: golden, not yellow, impressive, sturdy head with beautiful lacing
Smell: quite subtle I thought, could have used a little more oomph of malt or hop
Taste: aaahhhh, big burst of malt with floral hops balancing. The important point here is wonderful malt AFTERTASTE, which really makes you want to drink more
Mouthfeel: fuller than your average pilsner, SN has successfully added a more substantial feeling to this beer
Drinkability: Exceptional, this will probably become my fridge pilsner
Comment: I am going to email SN to beg them to make this a year around brew (581 characters)

Photo of redzone3120
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A pale golden yellow color that is very clear with fine bubbles drifting up from the bottom. Light foamy head that dissipates quickly like a soda though tastes smooth.

S - Hoppy notes with a little lemon zing in the background, maybe some grain? Overall has a great fresh beer smell though hints that it is going to taste a little bitter.

T - Not as bitter as I expected at the start though I can taste it after a few seconds. Good flavor with the bit of lemon and some light blended hops and malt. Flavor is stronger than typical summer brews but not heavy. Has a nice dry clean finish.

M - Has a very crisp and semi-refreshing feel with lots of fine carbonation. Feels a bit heavier than similar summer styles.

D - Drinkable though not a lot on a hot summer day. Just a little bit too heavy for a casual beer but well balanced and flavorful. (851 characters)

Photo of lweaver18240
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Deep golden straw color with two finger head and good retention.

S- Smells like a lager, but the trademark hops of sierra nevada are present. Smells delicious and well balanced.

T- Tasted like it smells, good balance of malt and hops. A step above the Yuengling that I'm used to I must say.

M- Light and carbonated, almost fizzy. Smooth and slightly dry, perfect for a cold refreshing lager.

D- Amazing, perfect in my opinion. Would love to see this sold by he case in my area. (484 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium gold, topped with a four finger pillowy white head, leaves puffy bits of lace.
Wonderfully fragrant, toast, clay, lemon zest, earth and floral hop, bit of spice.
Lemon, a bit zesty/spicy taste, peppercorn note. Citrus zest, biscuit, really hits the German hop taste right, grainy note.
Light, crisp and smooth. (334 characters)

Photo of MattBrooks
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool. A lager from Sierra Nevada. I had the chance to try this at an in-store tasting in Stow, MA; and was so pleasantly surprised, I picked up a 12 pack on the spot. All of the friends I shared it with over the weekend agreed that it is a top notch selection from SN.

The color is amber (sort of a cross between yellow and orange), with a minimal head. It smells good enough; but the catch is the easy drinkability and clean, pure taste. (439 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one for breakfast with some Bleu Lescune, Pavée de Hervé, some Dom Villas and a croissant. Not really a pairing thing more of a I love beer and cheese thing.

A- Looks crisp just like hey say on the bottle. Beautifully pours a very yellow golden easily topped off by a white as white can be, mushy, airy head.

S- Open bottle smells very good and different. A soft grain and hop that together reminds me of an unripe watermelon. In glass is a similar grain and hop. Smells like a lot of euro laers but without the chemical/adjunct dirtiness. Smells pure. A bit of fresh oyster water. Can't wait to taste.

T- Very good. Grain dominates and hop touch is delicious. I'm leaning towards Hallertau more than Saaz but this is a totally uneducated guess. I get a bit of apple juice through aeration. Not waterybut you can kind of taste the water. Great after-taste.

M- Actually not that crisp. Very full mouthfeel. Medium carbonation that goes a long way - just comes alive in your mouth.

D- High. As drinkable (and very possibly even more than a Grolsch, Wernesgrüner etc.

If only this was a more official standard when it came to pilsners/lagers.
Very good beer. (1,175 characters)

Photo of davidaubrey
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. I like a good pilsner and this one is. Hops are balanced well against a malty dry taste. The color is slightly deeper yellow other pilsners. This beer is very refreshing, though I have a difficult time justifying paying mirco-brew prices for a pilsner. Nevertheless, this one is just as good as any of the quality German imports, such as Spaten. (369 characters)

Photo of devinoconnor
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome summer choice for cookouts and the warmer weather.

Pours a golden yellow color, a little darker than a light beer. Lager and pilsner mix.

Smell is very fresh- nice aromas of citrus, pine, and earthy river water.

Taste is crips and smooth, citrussy. Has that element of pilsner, a little carbonation, but the added hops make it a more complex lager. (373 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served this Pilsner on tap in a pint glass. Poured a nice gold clear color, nice thick white head, poor retention, decent lacing. Aroma smells of fresh cut grass, nice amount of piney hops! The taste of this pilsener is light in body, smooth, malty, dry, has a nice amount of piney hops. Surprise for a Summer Brew. Overall, awesome session beer, high marks for drinkability, great gateway beer, very nice on a hot summer day. Crisp, finish's dry. (447 characters)

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,512 ratings.