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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

3,358 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,358
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 58
Gots: 165 | 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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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
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

A decent little yellow pour with big carbonation and little foam. Aroma is uplifting, that good light zip.

Taste, lemon, astringent suprisingly. Light bodied, hops stick out more, more of the Euro style hops, not traditional SN type. Resonates moreso downbottle, a good hot weather beer at a legit price.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 16:12:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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asabreed

New York

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided on a summer, thirst-quenching beer tonight, or one that I figured would be such. I'm splurging tomorrow for more cellar-away brews, but tonight I wanted a 6-pack of something lighter that I'd never had before. Here goes.

Appearance: What a great head. Halfway through the glass the sucker is still thick and foamy, and the lacing is webbing nicely around the glass. I know for this type of beer the color's supposed to be lighter and yellow, but it looks a lot like Miller Lite. Thankfully it doesn't taste like it. But the head and the lacing are eye candy, especially since I wasn't expecting it.

Smell: Herbal and hoppy aromas up front, and faint grass. Some lemon and orange zest, though it's faint. Malts and yeast, though the yeast is a bit stronger. Not extremely discernible, though it's still warming and not at cellar temperature. I still couldn't see this opening up to insanely great aromas, however, though it's certainly not even close to unpleasant.

Taste: Kind of a mesh of all mentioned above, really. Malts and yeast coming through the most, a bit of sweetness, grass, then slight hop bitterness at the end. Faint lemon and orange zest. Not bad, but I wish it was more interesting.

Mouthfeel: What I expected. Pretty light body. Light carbonation. It's quenching, I'll give it that. Could be better.

Drinkability: This would be a beer I'd bring to a grill out for someone who'd usually be drinking light swill; if it were ice cold I couldn't find many people who aren't even remotely adventurous drinkers finding a difference (though this may be a bad thing I suppose and I should probably give them some other better craft beers to try possibly). That's not saying it's a bad beer, it's just not one of SN's best by any stretch.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 02:11:25 | More by asabreed
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Archetypal pils looks. Gleaming gold with a bountiful white froth.
Lemon and herbal aromatics above a bready malt.
Begins with a dry-ish pils malt base. Saltine crackers fading into crusty sourdough bread. Lemon pepper hops enter and take control. Simple and effective.
Lacking some of the snap I want. Though it is refreshingly light bodied and drinkable by the gallon.
While not a juggernaut of pils flavor, it is enjoyable and worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 14:46:59 | More by cokes
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BierFan

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle.

Appearance: Clear golden body. Slightly off-white fizzy head. Carbonation looks great.

Smell: Not much aroma. This is my biggest problem area with this particular beer.

Taste: Very refreshing, with a modest bitterness. A little bit of lemon from otherwise spicy hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 04:32:36 | More by BierFan
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Murph

Arizona

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

Pours a bright straw color with a thin white head that sank quickly. Smell is slightly hoppy. Taste s a bit more subtle than I would like it to be. Nice malt backbone, but comes up a little short on the hops. I would like them a little spicier. Nice smooth body and very drinkable. Not a bad beer but like I said, I like my pilsners to have a really spicy hop value to them. Great summer session brew. It is nice to see a brewery that doesn't feel the need to make there summer offering a fake hefe.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2002 12:42:37 | More by Murph
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

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

a crisp summer lager it says.

a crisp summer lager it looks. pours a light hay hue with tinges of lemon and butterscotch candy. a fairly nice two-finger creamy and surprisingly thick head has fair retention and leaves behind acceptable yet uninspired lacing.

smells like what I'd imagine summer crispness would smell like. some grainy notes mixed with ample traces of fresh green euro hops (sazzy?) and some interesting fruity notes - somewhere between and apple orchard and a pineapple grove. interesting.

tastes like crispness. okay... not really that crisp. grain hits up front, with a bit of cereal grain funk, then some crisp hops and nice citrusy and appley notes come in and help out. As it warms, the flavors take turns dominating. I can't quite pick out one strong leading flavor. which I'm okay with. interesting zippy tropical notes make their way through.

mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and refreshing. oh wait. this is sierra. hmm... medium bodied, smooth, ample carbonation gives just a bit of prickly pop to give body and help hammer home the subtle hops. a touch drying on the finish.

All in all, I wouldn't turn this one away. There's a time and a place for a good lager, and I guess this comes close to fitting the bill. Sits ahead of many euro pils out there in my mind, but i still can't quite call it impressive, as it just leaves me feeling like I missed something. Drinkable, sure. but there are other more striking pilseners out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 18:14:49 | More by djeucalyptus
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that eventually completely disappeared, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The initial taste has flavors of biscuit malts, yet this is quickly followed by spiciness and a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, very crisp and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink, but the taste would have been more interesting if it wasn’t dominated by the spiciness of the hops and there were some more malty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 19:23:56 | More by metter98
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Soilworker

Idaho

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

Apperance: Pale Golden yellow with a thick head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Very clean aroma. Floral notes dominate the bulk of the nose accompanied by light fruity smells (almost like fruity pepples). Light hay/malt is present as well.

Taste: Very light and crisp; lager style malts dominate after a hit of light fruity and hops (florally and minimally bitter) taste.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing and crisp. Could definitely see drinking this one a hot summer day.

Drinkability: As mentioned before this beer exceptionally refreshing and would definitely see drinking this on a nice summer day.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 08:07:55 | More by Soilworker
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joshuadlight

Texas

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

This beer is just fine for what it strives to be. A drinkable pale yellow fizzy summer beer. It is a much more tasty and flavorful substitute for a Budweiser or a Miller Lite. Plenty of Pilsner flavor and smell, a bready bitterness that comes through. Nothing spectacular as none of the flavors jump out at the drinker, but it is solid in every respect and I recommend it as a summer beer to drank outside in the hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 06:50:26 | More by joshuadlight
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden Hue, with nice carbonation rolling to the top and good lacing. About a half finger of head. I poured this into a Belgian style beer glass. Beer has a very inviting appearance.

Smell of citrus, low alpha hops and malt profile but not as overwhelming in it's hops as a Czech or German Pilsner; more balanced with it's aroma. Nothing big profile, but it's not supposed to be.

The taste and mouth feel has nice carbonation, more malt in the profile now, hint of citrus very refreshing, clean, crisp finish and very easy to drink. A nice lawn mower/session beer during those summer months. Sierra Nevada definitely hit the target on this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 00:35:04 | More by Durtdiggler
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a pleasant white head. Pretty standard looking lager but for some reason it really seems to be saying "drink me."

Smells like hay and fresh, chilled wort. Tastes crisp, clean and...inoffensive? Nothing outstanding but so perfectly rounded. Lightly grainy, this is what I think of when I hear the word "beer."

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 15:21:40 | More by donkeyrunner
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

On-tap 6/30/07 at Racebook Brewpub @ Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light but bready malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is very straight-forward, simply light malts, lager yeast & hops, all decently balanced. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a beer that I wouldn’t buy in a six-pack unless my options were severely limited, but on-tap it’s worth drinking over many of the usual suspects (macros, Sam Adams, Guinness et. al.) that most places carry.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2007 15:12:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,358 ratings.