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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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3,673 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,673
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 74
Gots: 297 | 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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Ratings: 3,673 | Reviews: 1,485
Photo of BigJim5021
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale-ass straw with a big, frothy white head. Lacing here and there.

I'm catching a very minor whiff of pale, biscuity malts and not much else.

Biscuity malts and some light hop bitterness make for a decent flavor. Reminds me more of a German pils than a Czech to be honest.

The mouthfeel is nice and crisp with good carbonation.

Drinkability is high. This is a slightly above average, easy to drink pils. Definitely no frills, but solid.

Photo of Kromes
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with thick fluffy white head. Good carbonation can be seen in the glass. Good clean crisp hop and malt aroma. Nice crisp malt backbone with a large earthy hop flavor and bitterness. The malt flavor ends and only the bitterness remains in the finish. Good mouthfell and drinkability.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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 charlzm
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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 GRPunk
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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 FickleBeast
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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 OldYoda
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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 tigerdoc
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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 cmaloy
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a beautiful creamy white head that went quickly. The beer is clear and golden yellow.

S: Floral hop aroma with spcie.

T: Refreshing and taste great. Spicy hop flavor with a crisp finish and light bitterness.

M: Moderate-light bodied, with medium-high carbonation.

D: Good beer.

Photo of Shoney_35
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of soupyman10
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a coper color with two fingers of head that dissolves pretty slowly. Not bad appearance. Nose is a little spicy on top of more average lager scent (grain and some sweet malt). A touch of sour apple in there as well. Taste is okay. Lots of fairly smooth graininess. A little apple. Overall it's mainly your standard lager taste. This one's alright, although I liked the smell more than the taste. Definitely better ones out there by SN.

Photo of SethB2
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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 clayrock81
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Nkunkel
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of halo3one
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Ahhh...Americans sure have it good, being able to buy this brewer's wares pretty much anywhere...

2010 edition, this beer pours a clear medium straw colour, with sparse, but consistent rising effervescence, and one finger of creamy white head, which leaves some thin splotches of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of crisp white grain, and spicy, floral hops. The taste is sweet malt, earthy spice, a bit of warming alcohol, and weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body fairly full, and pretty smooth. It finishes clean, and a little warm.

A decent quaff, but kind of heavy, and not quite as refreshing as one would expect from a Czech Pilsener.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with two fingers of head. Nice retention. Smell is a little musty with good hop aroma. Very light flavor profile; wheat, grains, and a decent hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers for a while. Smooth, clean, and crisp though a little thin and watery.

This is a pretty standard pilsner. Just another light summer offering.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden yellow color with a frothy white head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is pale malts and a graininess with a hint of spices. Taste is a grainy malt flavor with a hint of fruity esters, and a clean dry finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth and drinkability is high.

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

A - a bright yellow/straw color with a small white head that fades quickly

S - Dough and wet-grass

T - Toast and dough. Clean and crisp, but the after taste hangs for quite a while in the back of the throat

M - Crisp and medium bodied

D - Nicely refreshing

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

I poured into a pint glass to an inch and a half of white head. The beer is a nice golden color. The smell has that "European" pilsner smell to it. It is grassy and grainy. The taste definately reminds me of Bavarian beer. It is crisp and clean with some grassy flavor. It is an ok beer. It's just not a style that I seek or crave.

Photo of Px2GrafX
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

presentation: 12oz. bottle with the typical sierra nevada graphics. light yellow, cream and silver printed label. "bottom fermented" is printed on label. sierra nevada's interpretation of their summerfest is on the top of the bottle along with the year "2005". abv is displayed at 5.0.

appearance: pours pale gold with yellow highlights in a pint glass. quarter inch head disapated to almost nothing quite quickly. bubbles rapidly float to the top keeping some remnance of a head.

smell: wheat and light hops. smells a lot like a cheap american lager.

taste: floral, hoppy and bitter. some grassy wheat, grain flavors with not enough sweet in the finish. a little dry and lightly lemony sour. no real noticible alcohol.

mouthfeel: not the bite you expect in a lager, but very smooth for a lager. thin as expected. not too bad.

drinkability: drinkable and fairly thirst quenching. a good summer session brew.

overall: i served this refrigerator cold, but liked it much more by the end. this is a lager, right? this does aid in the summer drinkability, however. not terrible, but not the best either.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,673 ratings.