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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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BA SCORE
83
good

3,387 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,387
Reviews: 1,459
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 60
Gots: 174 | 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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jabocu

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a thin white effervescent cap. Cap gone in a few seconds. Aroma is lite with light sweet malt, floral, and hint of lemon. Light grain and yeast in nose. Flavor is sweet grain, lime, mild hops, and yeast. Body is light, with very crisp carbonation. I could drink a six pack of these in a sitting. Not very complex, but very refreshing and tasty for the style. Good Job!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 00:46:17 | More by jabocu
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear straw color with a white and bubbly one inch head that has decent retention. Smells slightly skunked maybe, and a slight floral hop to counteract that.

Taste is more complex than your normal pilsener or lager with a small hoppy bitterness that balances out a fun little maltiness. both flavors are pretty subtle but create a really solid and refreshing beer on a hot summer day. With a perfect crisp and totatlly refreshing mouthfeel, this beer becomes one of my favorites to simply enjoy when I'm relaxing in the summer. It's fairly simple and concise, leaving me to enjoy a decent beer that's also refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 05:26:50 | More by chodinheaven
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SiriusAth

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a clear, pale gold with a nice 2-finger cap of pure white foam. Retention is better than average for a pilsner with some nice bands of lace right from the get-go.

The nose is lemony, grassy, and floral, but very clean; classic pils. There is some just discernible pale malt type sweetness but very understated.

Pleasant lemony flavors start in the mouth, followed by a touch of sweetness and ending with a mildly bitter finish. Well balanced, nothing too extraordinary but in no way bad.

Crisp, refreshing, dry, good carbonation, just above light bodied (if light=1 and medium=2, then it's a 1.4). As such, this beer does exactly what it is supposed to do on those dog days.

Summerfest is a well crafted beer that fits the season well with its supremely easy drinkability and quenching qualities. I could drink this all day long on a hot one, and I'm not much of a lager fan except when very well done. A solid brew from a solid brewery. Cheers Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 05:11:17 | More by SiriusAth
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Stimack

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Must thank my sister for bring this when she visited this past week. First time giving this brew a try and needless to say I was not disappointed. The brew poured to a somewhat deep golden color with some amber like highlights. Fair sized white head that has nice retention leaving good retention. The aroma is a nice mix of malt (sweet, slight grass like, fresh feel) and Hops (spice like feel in the nose when taking a deep smell). The flavors are nice, again malt comes to mind first but not as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe. The malt flavor quickly breaks to the hop which dominates the back half but not in an over powering way, saaz is clear in the flavor. Has a medium dry finish. Overall I like this brew, nice character, satisfying although not overly rememberable. I would get this again, but it will not stick in my mind to run out and get again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 01:23:13 | More by Stimack
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light yellow body, very translucent. A little bit of very fluffy white head.

Not a very strong aroma. A little bit of malt.

Not a bad pilsner here. Light tasting with a little malt and a touch of hops. Some sweetness in the background. Light and carbonated mouthfeel.

An easy summer beer to drink, fairly tasty, light, and easy to throw down.

I prefer a sunshine pils for a summer pils, but this is still a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 04:50:56 | More by Hojaminbag
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DoubleJ

California

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a stange, it's frothy white head floats on top the clear straw colored body. Aroma is grassy. In taste, it's more of a helles lager than a pilsner to me, as there isn't much hop profile, which is surprising given this is a Sierra Nevada brew. Somewhat like drinking saltine crackers with grassy notes to it. It's still a pretty good hot weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 05:04:31 | More by DoubleJ
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dfried

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp clear golden yellow in color, active carbonation, foamy white head. Crisp, sweet malt aroma with some skunky noble-ish hop aroma, hints of lemon zest with some floral notes. The taste is much the same, sweet, crisp, clean pale grain malt. Skunky hops again, but the citrusy lemon is more distinct in the aftertaste, it lingers there and leaves the beer refreshing. Almost some sweet honey-like notes in the aftertaste as well. Fairly light bodied, easy drinking beer.

Overall: you know, a pretty good lighter lager. Light refreshing, great for a hot summer day (or a little bit cooler day when they are on fire sale in the fall.) I really like the lemony aftertaste it leaves.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 20:10:05 | More by dfried
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this beer. I had it with my pizza tonight, and it came across as a mildly bitter, refreshing pils. A nice dry hoppiness, clean and refreshing. Tastier than a lot of pilsners, with an interesting balance between the usual micro bitterness and a typical lager smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 19:44:05 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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ralree

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden, pretty clear, alright head, but recedes pretty fast and the lacing is non-existent.

S: Malt smells pretty bready and good. Light fruit smells dominate, with some light hops in the background. Some grain present.

T: Hops are present and pretty flavorful. Malt is bitter and bready. This one is very clean, and would be good with a meal, but it's a little weak on its own. Alcoholic fruit taste up front which goes away quickly. This would kill with a burger...

M: Feels good in the mouth - pretty dry. It's a little over-carbonated. Just a tad astringent, which is perfect.

D: This drinks well, but it's not too good on its own. Have it with a meal for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 00:47:34 | More by ralree
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argock

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear short pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Clean-appearing golden brew with nice off-white head with some froth which leaves a nice crowning effect at the top of the glass.

S: Heavy dose of grain and hay aromas with a healthy hops nose as well.

T: Malt sweetness with crisp, spicy hops bite is squashed quickly by a hammering of husky tannins that come through like a huge wave over your tastebuds.

M: Smoothness is not a strong point of this beer. It is very, very dry with lots of prickly carbonation to give this brew a high quench factor. Husky grain and Saazy hops aftertaste is very long.

D: Highly drinkable and I'll try it again when summer really hits. A good lager with a lot of bite but not a lot of smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 03:54:28 | More by argock
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden clear beer, with a foamy head that left a little lace on the glass. Mild nose with just a hint of floral hops. Bitterness is barely present in the taste. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, my basic complaint is that this beers simply isn't crispy enough. I want a little dryness in the finish. This finishes...wet. An easy drinker, a nice alternative, but there are better selections.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2005 01:48:38 | More by pentathlete
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz short brown bottle, capped, no freshness date, but 2003 on the neck label.

This lager poured a light amber yellow color with creamy, white foam that coated the glass well. There was nice, persistent bubbling. The smell had notes of citrus and floral hops on top of light lager malt. The taste was mild : malty and hoppy. There was a hint of floral hops and a touch of citrus. The finish was nicely hoppy. The mouthfeel was crisp with medium body and good carbonation. There was a touch of sweetness in the aftertaste, along with some hops. This was a light, refreshing pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 22:32:01 | More by UncleJimbo
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benclimbs

California

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours yellow and fizzy with a nice head and some retention, lots of bubbles

smell is fresh bready with some ripe apples

taste is clean lager flavour with a hint of pine in the very end

mouthfeel is pretty normal for a lager but with a bit more dryness at the finish

pretty drinkable and pretty nice for the style

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 00:25:57 | More by benclimbs
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BeerAngel

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely clear golden color with a 2 finger slightly off-white head. The smell is a very familiar hoppy smell that Sierra Nevada is notorious for with a lemony smell as well. The taste is slightly hoppy with a grass/lemon taste. Fairly refreshing, but below Sierra Nevada's normal standard. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2002 19:01:14 | More by BeerAngel
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mghotbi

California

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with one finger white short-lived head and persistent lacing.

Citrus aromas and trace of noble hops dominate the nose.

Taste is clean with prominent citrus note balanced by a mild sweetness. Finishes clean and dry.

Mouthfeel is light with balance of creaminess and tight carbonation. Very drinkable.

In a craft beer world dominated by big hoppy ales, Pilsners sometimes don't get the respect that they deserve. It's nice to see Sierra Nevada give this style some props. One of my favorite hot Summer day beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 03:16:01 | More by mghotbi
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uustal

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow pour. Light, clean and crisp. Lemon zest and wheat flavors predominately as well as hints of light malt round out the flavor profile . Well balanced all together. Quenching and drinkable, but light on flavor. A well defined summer seasonal beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 01:58:06 | More by uustal
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colts9016

Idaho

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal glass at 42 degrees. Appearance: A one finger foamy and creamy white head that has some retention. The body of the beer is a medium gold color. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant. Nose: A malty goodness with a sublte sweetness. There is a little bit of spiciness with floral and citrus and a touch of wood. Taste: A decent maltiness with a sublte sweetness. There is a light hoppiness that is spicy, floral esters and a touch of wood. Overall: There is a creamy carbonated mouth feel. The body of the beer is light and the finish is light. This is not a great beer but it is decent. I really didn't care for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:11:49 | More by colts9016
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a decent head and very good lacing. Smell s of a rich malt with just a faint hint of hops. Full bodied as "summer" beers go. A rich malt flavor with and nice hop bitternes and flavor - not IPA or even APA hoppines but it is very detectable. Smooth and crisp. High carbonation. A nice summer beer. Not a lawnmower beer, but a sitting on the porch type.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 00:38:16 | More by sabrills70
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Review based on notes I found in a file from July 4, 2010.

A - The beer poured a slightly hazy light straw color with a nice larger white head.

S - The beer smelled of grain, hay, and spice.

T - The beer started with a clean grain malt flavor with a mild bitterness. The middle has hints of lemon and spice and finishes slightly sweet.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation.

D - Good.

Overall, I thought the beer was ok but not special. I think there are better representations of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-05-2011 21:10:28

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 17:52:57 | More by hopfacebrew
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riboflavin88

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of this brew was golden and copper, with a white head. The smell was grainy and spicy, a nice burst of hops as well. The taste was clean and crisp as others have said. A hint of citrus, maybe lemon in the background, but predominantly spicy hops up front. Mouthfeel was pleasant, good amount of carbonation made it great to drink during the winter and gave me hope of the warm summer! A very drinkable beer, would go great with a rack of ribs or some BBQ chicken.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 04:03:51 | More by riboflavin88
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Gish

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Yellow with a quickly dissipating head and minimal lacing.

S - Grassy hops with a hint of mustiness.

T - Sweetness hits the tongue but is quickly followed by a big dose of crispness. Very dry, almost white grape juice-like. A tad too bitter in the finish in my opinion.

M - Lively carbonation and a light body that fits the style well.

D - Low abv and a wonderful crispness make this a great session beer. However, the dryness seems a bit out of place. I've had pilsners that were more balanced and more enjoyable. Still a very worthy buy if you're a fan of lagers.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 22:20:05 | More by Gish
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MaxBrews

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light amber color. Very carbonated. A mild head that gives way to a thinner lacing.

Smell: Cereal grains, malt, not a very strong or distinct smell.

Taste: A light citrus taste, grainy and grassy in the malt

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated but smooth.

Drinkability: smooth an refreshing, fits the summer vibe with its citrus notes. A nice smooth, somewhat light easy to drink beer for those hot summer nights. However this beer easily surpasses many other beers in quality and taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 19:31:34 | More by MaxBrews
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely pale golden color with a very fluffy white head that quickly fades away and leaves small traces of lacing.

Aroma starts off very floral and quickly gives way to subtle hints of corn, grass and citrus.

Initial taste seemed somewhat metallic but thankfully it picked up quite a bit as I went on. After a few sips, I began to notice some floral hops upfront along with notes of lemon and grass with some spicy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with the right amount of carbonation. At first glance, this really looked like a typical macro to me and that would really be my only complaint. Not sure why it tasted so off at first, but the more I drank, the more I enjoyed it. It just took some time for me to notice the hop presence which usually isn't an issue with SN. Overall this was very refreshing and I can see this as a good thing to have on a hot day. The main thing that would hinder me from picking this up again is that when I think of SN, this isn't anywhere near the top of my list. Still this is a great example of the style so I have to give credit to SN for another quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 04:47:32 | More by Vengeance526
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear gold with about a finger's worth of head. The head holds for a while, then dissipates into a thin covering which leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. I am impressed.

S - The thing that I don't dig so much about lagers, and pilsners in particular, is that malty funkiness that I associate with European style beers. However, there is something about the blend here that is encouraging.

T - I still taste that funkiness that I'm not a huge fan of, but I also taste a sweeter malty note that really causes me to reflect. The finish is very clean and leaves me wanting more, not because I'm trying to cover up an unpleasant finish, but because I like the way the taste develops.

M - I like the bubbles. Very smooth and clean tasting.

O - I happened to have this beer on a relatively cool night while grilling up some BBQ chicken, but I've also had it playing lawn games on a hot afternoon. I find it to be a refreshing break from my IPAs and always look forward to this one, despite my hangups on the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 11:00:12 | More by Andrew041180
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ryanocerus

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with minimal head and large amounts of carbonation. There was a very hoppy aroma which carried through into the flavor. There was a very slight malty aftertaste that increases as it warms, but not enough for me as the hops overpowers it. It was very smooth, but full of flavor without detectable grain or other add-ons that can take away from the flavor. An excellent lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2002 13:00:40 | More by ryanocerus
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,387 ratings.