Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

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1,512 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,512
Hads: 3,887
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 95
Gots: 436 | 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 MaineBrewing
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a clear straw color with brilliant white 2 finger head. Left good lacing and always appeared lively.

S - smell is a citrus forward and slight piney hop with cereal grains and a nice peppery bouquet.

T - taste is close to the aroma, nice hop flavor profile dominated by citrus notes with a little piney and resinous character in the background. The hops are well balanced with the light malt character with notes of toast and cereal grains. Finishes very dry with a slight bitterness and a nice clean lager yeast character.

M - very light and carbonated, easy drinking perfect for the style.

O - overall this is a nice flavorful summer lager. Looks great and smells great, the flavor is very balanced and it is quite drinkable. I would session this easily on a hot summer day. (794 characters)

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

Golden straw color, clear and crisp,light head and no lacing on the glass.

Smells sweet and malted, balanced hops

Tastes like summer, crisp and clean, sweet malts are followed by slight hoppy bitterness

Very full and balanced mouthfeel, a little carbonated to play on the palatte.

A fantastic summer beer, very refreshing and light will definately drink again. (372 characters)

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

006920550 stamped on the right side of the label.

Live review. Poured from the 24 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $2.99 a few days ago into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Meringue like white head overa a slightly murkey but translucent straw yellow body. Visible in the bottle before opening was some sediment...perhaps the yeast (?). This is a better than average looking lager. 3.5

S Pleasant, interesting lager smell and much "stronger" than that of, say, Budweiser. 4.0

T Very tasty, tangy lager tastes that remind me of the organic Samuel Smith Lager which was very good or perhaps an offering from Rogue whose name escapes me. I liked both of those lagers so believe me this is a compliment! There is a nice tartness bordering on citrus (could this be from the yeast and barley?). 4.5

M "Crisp" as suggested on the label but also a nicely rounded aftertaste too. Quite good. 4.0

D Very, very easy to drink this interesting beer that has a very manageable ABV. 4.5

Notes: Very good price for a well crafted beer! (1,081 characters)

Photo of aepb1
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden with a white head that stays for a while

S- Malts and some citrusy hops

T- Great light pilsner feel. Dry and crisp. The taste really excels and I can't wait for it next year. I just purchased the last 6 pack from my local packy...

M- Light bodied, crisp finish

D- GREAT summer beer and an excellent example of a pilsner! (334 characters)

Photo of merryjoulton
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear straw color with beautiful bubbles and a thin foamy white head. Smells of citrus, malts, bready biscuity yeast. Taste is crisp and bitter, hints of the breadiness and citrus flavors are there. Not much to the taste, but I didn't want any more. A straightforward tasty full lager. Mouthfeel was nice and clean, not thick or soupy. Drinkability is huge. (373 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very clear pale straw color with a thin white scarce head. little lacing.

smells sweet and yummy with a slight grassy nose. very clean and crisp smell.

taste is the same but the sweet tastes a bit more like honey, definitely got some peppery and flowery hops too.

mouthfeel is crisp but a little dry in the finish. thin bodied too, but has a pleasant malty aftertaste.

easily drinkable beer.

i like this beer, had it at the beach the other day and it was quite the compliment to a sunny day and some burgers fresh off the grill. (533 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber-gold with an inch-thick foamy white head. Aroma is light, pale malt, very mild hops, light soapy element.

Taste is light, biscuity malts and faintly tart hops. Lots of lemon, grassy (lemongrass?), slightly sour bitterness on top of a gently mild lager sweetness. Almost crosses over into hefe territory, but without the strong banana or yeasty elements.

Mouthfeel is thin and soft, not real complex but very quaffable. I could definitely session this one, especially in the heat of summer. (515 characters)

Photo of gravytrain
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a see through golden color with nice head that disappears quickly.
Smells exactly like a lager should. Just beer.
Taste is spot on. Crisp with a nice flavor that is easy to drink.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a nice lingering flavor.
Drinks very easily. I might just drink the whole six tonight. (298 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Summerfest. 24 oz. brown bottle served cool into a tall pilsner glass.

Summerfest is a very pale yellow color with good clarity and thick head. The head settles fairly quickly leaving a bit of lace. Bubbles are like that of pop.

Aroma is nice and spicy with those german (saaz?) hops. This has a great pilsener smell.

Flavor is solid as well. A nice crisp malt backbone helps support a strong hop presence. Spicy, clean, and well balanced, this flavor is really pretty hard to fault.

Mouthfeel is light in body and moderately carbonated.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. I just can't figure out why it scores so low. (636 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 5/17/10

Very clear goldenrod yellow in color. Poured 1/2 inch head that dissipates to a thin layer fairly quickly. Marginal retention & ok lacing.

It smells of pilsner malts, offering a mild toastiness. Hop spiciness punctuates the malts, most notably with overtones of lemon zest. Grassy notes are present as well.

Summerfest tastes impressive, especially in regard to hops. I find it to have a nice Saaz kick upfront; dry & spicy with a few hints of lemon. Pilsner malts are well-situated with the hoppiness. Some grassiness is woven in, too.

Lighter in body with carbonation that is nearly flawless in relation to the flavor profile - lively, yet not overly vigorous. The finish is dry, crisp & clean. Very nice.

Sierra Nevada did a good job with Summerfest, in my opinion. This is an incredibly easy drinking beer. Recommended. (865 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light yellow with a monster head that laced the glass quite nicely.

Smell – Typical hop aroma with a tinge of sweetness.

Taste – Americans seem to have great difficulty in producing the German pilsner style of ale, but this one nails it. The clean, slightly bitter, refreshing flavor of the neutral hops is lightly complimented by a touch of sweetness. The beer is dry and refreshing, which is just right for the summer.

Mouthfeel – Some nice carbonation and the traditional dryness make this one a stand out.

Drinkability – This went down just like it is supposed to: clean, crisp, and refreshing.

Comments – I have to part with the (current) 3.62 rating of by BA Buds (on average). This offering from SN nailed the style, IMO. (762 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright clear golden hue is covered by an unfortunately very evanescent white head. Floral saaz nose with plenty of toasted malt flavors. If you thought that was enough, have a sip because they come with a vengeance, even bigger, toastier, loafy than before. Floral/minty fresh hops build up a fine aftertaste. Delicate and refreshing. Crisp bodied. Very satisfying. (365 characters)

Photo of ExMachina1
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, this AIN'T a Czech Pils. Sierra Nevada doesn't claim that it is--they call it a European Light Lager--and it's really not anywhere close to the Czech style either...the color's too light, the IBUs too low and the overall presence too fleeting. That said this is a GRrrrrEAT Euro lager, a beer worth having on hand year round!

Pours a nice straw-gold with a puffy white head that fades at a moderate rate.

Aroma is of subdued, fresh hops with a little sulfur coming through. Body is round and refreshing with a modest bitterness and a light malty graininess. I noted faint phenol and sulfur but perfectly acceptable for the style. Finish is dry and the overall impression is crisp and refreshing. Really really nice. Eminently drinkable.

This is an underrated beer and an underrated style. (803 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice crisp Pils look, with pale clear yellow and 2 finger head. The head has large carbonated bubbles however and the head disappeared quickly.

Smell - smells like a crips noble hopped Pils. Straw and bready qualities with slight lemon scent.

Taste - Again, this tastes like a pilsner to me. A very good one as well. Crisp but not bitter. Refreshing. Well balanced and some lager/malty notes to balance the crips hop as well.

Mouthfeel is good but a little fizzy.

Overall - this is one of my favorite czech pilsners to date. For pilsner lovers, I highly recommend this one. (585 characters)

Photo of RichieS2
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a 15 oz Czech Pils glass.

T - Good for the style, straw yellow color and easily transparent. There was little head and quite a bit of carbonation.

S - Plenty of sweetness from malt and not much hops that I could detect.

T - Great; the scent was a perfect foreshadow; the brew had a satisfying sweetness that led to a slight spiciness when the hops came into play. The beer finished clean.

M - Thin to be sure, but that is the style. It felt good in my mouth and going down.

D - Excellent, I could drink this all summer long. (554 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice and delicate spicy nose with hints of grassy and floral hops I also get that European Pilsner grainy smell. Taste is so refreshing with that spicy hop in the beginning and a nice tangy bitterness to go along with that bready almost wheat like pilsner malt. The best thing about this is the mouthfeel in my opinion. Its been lagered for a while and you can tell. It almost gives off that creamy Samuel Adams Boston Lager type body which I think a lot of Pilsners are missing. This long lagering period that they speak of is really the highlight of this beer when compared to the other amazing Pilsners like Noble Pils and Prima Pils. This is one of my favorite summer beers of all time. So crisp refreshing and such a nice herbal bitterness for a low IBU. Top notch beer from Sierra Nevada. (801 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, clean golden color with some active carbonation. The ivory head is tall, very dense, and frothy, with very good retention. Lacing is fairly nice as well.

S: Fresh herbal hop aromas are most noticeable. A slightly lemony citrus smell is also detectable. Sweetish, mildly doughy malts are also present. Simple, clean, and appealing.

T: A significantly sweet, slightly doughy pale malt backbone makes its presence known. As the nose suggested, assertively herbal and slightly lemony hops provide a nice flavor, with mild bitterness. Light notes of spice.

M: A medium-firm body, with a dry, refreshing crispness. Carbonation is moderate.

D: No bones about it - this is a very tasty summer lager. As I've come to expect from SN, a finely-tuned and refreshing brew that should have wide appeal across the board. (832 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours with big white head that fades to a nice straw color. A pretty good amount of carbonation is in there too. Clear
citrusy hops are very present with some spicy notes at the end of a good swill.
A good well rounded beer with some bit.
good for a hot summer day if you need a good thrist quencher.
First rate in it's style.
Drink well my friend. (348 characters)

Photo of tony223366
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw golden yellow and crystal clear. Beautiful. White fluffy 3 finger head. Nice retention and a litle bit of lacing. Great action from the carbonation.

S: Very clean aroma with spicy, earth hops and a very grain like malt base.

T: This is actually really, really good! I'm thoroughly shocked by how much I like this. It's not incredibly complicated.. starts with some earthy hop spiciness then moves to the sweet grainlike qualities of the malt and turns just slightly fruity and finishes on a great bitter, clean finish.

M: Medium body with prickly carbonation. Awesome

O: I really can't get over how much better this beer is than I thought. This might become a summer regular for me. Deliciously well balanced and simple. (734 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This baby pours a clear, light yellow, nice fizz, with a pure white 1 finger head that relaxes to a lasting skim.

The aroma is classic pilsner, tart yeast, spicy hops, lemony, with a nice earthy bitter behind it, and an underlying bready sweetness.

It has a medium strength taste, which starts tart and bready sweet, picks up some complex spicy hop notes, and finishes clean, mildly bitter, with hints of floral hops behind the lasting spice. Best finish of any pilsner I've tried.

Mouthfeel is high carb., bright, clean, light in mouth, and frames an excellent finish.

Very easy drinking, tasty, and refreshing. I could drink these until the moon leaves earth orbit.

Impression: Lager fans, you need to try this if you haven't. Those who don't care for lagers may be surprised to like this one. A must try. (812 characters)

Photo of zerk
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a persistent 1/2 inch white head. There is a steady trail of bubbles tracing up the glass. Aroma is a mix of bready malts and spicy noble hops with a touch of citrus. Flavor begins with slightly sweet biscuit, then becomes spicy with a healthy dose of hops. Finishes with a refreshing bitterness. All of the flavors are in excellent balance. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with appropriate carbonation for the style. This is a very tasty pils/light lager, and a wonderfully refreshing summer beer. (522 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a cap of white foam that leaves rings down the Pilsener glass.

Slightly hop-forward with suggestions of flowers and lemongrass and a firm, but clean bitterness. Slightly sweet, bready malt is the counterpoint to the hops in this remarkably crisp, refreshing, yet complex beer.

The best American brewed Pilsener I've encountered. The Saaz hops really sing, yet balance is maintained throughout. (411 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer for the first time in early summer and stuck with it fairly regularly throughout the season. Very nice on a warm summer's day.

I don't usually like Sierra Nevada brews, but this was certainly an exception. Nice flavor, not too strong or too weak. A bit of carbonation and definite drinkability. Can polish off a sixpack in an evening and still feel up for more the next day. (394 characters)

Photo of akk101
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pale straw color. Good head retention with thin layer lasting throughout.

S - Crisp. Faint hop aroma

T - Light malt upfront followed by bitterness to the back of the tounge. Finishes up crisp with slight hoppy aftertaste

M - Crisp and refreshing

O - Versatile beer that goes good for many occasions. Good hop presence to make it stand out from other lagers. Great for those who want flavor but find Sierra Nevada Pale Ale too agressive. (475 characters)

Photo of 01121987
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is a great summer beer, light, crisp and refreshing but also flavorful. i would drink this all summer if my wallet would permit but i guess il have to suppliment with some homebrew which is not such a bad alternative. the only imperfection is the head retention which is lacking quite a bit. (296 characters)

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