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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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3,484 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,484
Reviews: 1,464
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 206 | 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.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Sierra Nevada's Summerfest is a lot like a "lighter" version of their famous Pale Ale. The scent is very similar, but it does not have the hoppy kick finish that the P.A. has. Like the name implies, this is a great warm-weather beer that goes down fun & easy. The drinkability is the most notable feature of this beer, as you can easily drink several of these without feeling too full.

It seems to me that Sierra Nevada Summerfest would also be a great "conversion" beer, meaning that I would highly recommend it if you are trying to get a friend or loved one (who normally drinks macro filth) into craft beer.

09-12-2005 22:50:54 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

On-tap at the Capital Ale House.

Poured a sparkling clear yellow-golden in color with not a bit of head. Miniscule white head does a nice attempt at lacing the glass, but with token success. Aromas are quite clean brisk. Hoppy, but not overly so. There is a hint of malts there as well. Flavor is more of the same. An interesting mix of hops and that "lager" flavor. Not quite macro, but more mainstream than I'd expected. Maybe that's why it was so popular with the crowd at CAH. Brisk and snappy flavor, starting with a mildly bitter front, fleeting sweetness in the middle, and dry/acidic on the tail end. Moderate carbonation and decent mouthfeel. A good beer for the summer, no doubt, but I think I'll stick to my hefe's to quench the Richmond heat.

07-02-2004 20:50:29 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of Rootdog316


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Summerfest pours a clear yellow gold with a thin but lasting white head. Surprisingly, it has moderate carbonation. It has an aroma of malt and grass. It has a very interesting taste, and its got the lager body and malt profile with a nice gentle fruity hop. Summerfest has a mild bitter finish and has a nice balance of lager and floral hop.

10-02-2007 05:18:02 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of trackstar1043


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

2008 poured into a pint glass...

A - Pours a golden auburn, perfectly unclouded, with a rocky 2 finger off white head.

S - Smells of sweet malts, carmels, nuts, brown sugar, little trace of citrus and hops.

T - Mildly sweet just like the nose, a little weak on hops.

M - Light to Med bodied, med corbonation, clean finish.

D - Easy and pleasant beer.

04-21-2008 22:42:24 | More by trackstar1043
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance: Pours straw colored with a lot of bubbles that leave a pretty large white head.

Smell: The saaz spicy notes come through, a bit of a sweetness in there as well.

Taste: The saaz spiciness hits pretty hard, along with a malty sweet backbone. The sweetness is becoming a bit cloying the farther I get into this brew. Definitely more of a Czech style pilsner but lacks the malt complexity of many of the great Czech beers.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, crisp and lightweight.

Drinkability: Works well on a hot summer day, which is the main point of this beer. So it accomplishes what it's set out to be. Overall I'll pick up a six or two every year.

05-13-2010 02:22:59 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of SpdKilz


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance - Pours a light golden color with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Bready malts, lemon, and a slight skunky/hoppy smell? I just picked it up so I doubt it is bad?

Taste - Similar to the nose. An initial hop kick followed by a caramel malt backbone. Slight floral presence. None of the flavors are overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, slight carbonation, slight dry finish.

Drinkability - Relatively so. Not a beer that you would get "excited" about however. I don't think I will be getting this again however.

05-26-2010 22:13:30 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a typical macro pour, yellow, fizzy, with a small fizzy head that has little retention.
Nice pleasent fruity smell. Grapes. With a grainy aroma. Hint of citrus hops.
Nice unexpected hop bitterness in the taste, with a grainy malty flavor in the middle, an oily hoppy finish.
Feels crisp in the mouth, but watery.
Extremely drinkable.
This is what the macro breweries could do if they added flavor to their beers. Great beer to introduce your macro loving friends to craft beer. Also would be a good pool beer and maybe a bbq beer. Still not warm enough to fully enjoy in NC. This is a decent beer that serves it's purpose.

03-25-2006 05:38:36 | More by wcudwight
Photo of hail_seitan


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams lager glass

A - What a crystal clear body! A pale wheat color with a bubbling white head.

S - Cracked white pepper, straw, and honey.

T - The initial taste is dominated by an earthy spiciness from the noble hops. The malt lends a saltine cracker or plain Cheerio character. The finish has a touch of lemon with more spice.

M - Thin body with a seltzer-like effervescent carbonation. Very refreshing but not substantial.

O - A decent choice for a lawnmower brew, especially since it now comes in cans. However, not one of my favorite Sierra Nevada beers or pilseners. I'll take the Kellerweis over this for a yard work libation any day of the week!

07-14-2014 00:46:06 | More by hail_seitan
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear gold colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, lemons, hops, grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with hops and some citrus fruits.. lemons and grapefruits. It finishes with a clean and crisp citrus/hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Probably one of the best 'summer beers' that I have had to date. It reminded me of a slightly toned down version of their Pale Ale. It's highly drinkable and the flavours are well balanced. I'd buy it again. Thanks for the bottle Swedes21

06-23-2011 15:39:33 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours clear and golden. The head is small and the lace is thin. The aroma is basic hops/grains and citrus.The taste is grains, hops and a hint of caramel.
The brew is sort of sweet with bread malts.
The feel is clean,smooth and high carbonation. The dry aftertaste is just fine.Some mild bitterness in the finish.

Notes: I paired this with some Gouda cheese I picked up at Whole foods and it was perfect. I could have a few of these on a hot summer day or just about any day with some cheese. Maybe this is not the greatest beer for the style,but it is a good example of a fine summer brew.

05-29-2008 03:47:37 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of tykees88


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

On tap

A- Clear yellow, one finger head

S- It smells like summer, a refreshing lemon zest and hoppy bitterness makes me years for a taste.

T- Hoppy and lemony. A good taste but nothing to ride home about.

D- Good beer for a hot summer day on the porch, would prefer this out of the bottle at home versus on tap at a restaurant. I think that setting is what is going to make this beer more drinkable.

05-11-2010 16:10:20 | More by tykees88
Photo of PhiloPsych


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Light, clear, yellow and bubbly. This is what pilseners should aspire to be: light, crisp, clean, thirst-quenching, palate-cleansing, with enough alcohol to let you know you're drinking, and enough taste to let you know you're drinking beer. I chose this to go with Mexican food and, as it turns out, it is well-suited for that. I recommend serving this at summer parties or barbecues to friends who normally drink macro lagers--they should clearly notice the difference in quality.

04-27-2009 00:58:06 | More by PhiloPsych
Photo of bmwats


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pilsner.

A: Yellow hay color. Heavy carbonation pours into a giant, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. Some sticky residue remains as it settles. Plenty of nice spider web lacing.

S: Floral straw aroma. A little lemon citrus and a touch of sweetness.

T: Lightly hoppy and slightly bitter. Light malty flavor base.

M: Very light bodied and refreshing. Carbonation really effervesces the flavor components over the entire palette. Slightly bitter aftertaste remains throughout.

D: Lite qualities make for a very refreshing drink.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Giant foamy head, and a nice light sweet floral nose. Flavor is not complicated, but nicely done combination of subtle bitter and grain components. Overall, this is a really nice quaff.

10-02-2010 21:32:35 | More by bmwats
Photo of indy169


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

The 2006 Summerfest brew pours a clear golden color and the smell is like that of of a well done macro brew. The taste is even, with a fine balance of hops and malt for easy summer drinking. I can't help but thinking that the big brewers of the land could learn a thing or two from this beer. Why, with all their bigness, can't Miller, Bud, etc put out a QUALITY beer? Are they afraid the wannabees won't buy it??? They buy hard lemonade, anyway!
Very drinkable, but not terribly interesting.

07-07-2006 22:23:11 | More by indy169
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

The color is a very clear yellow/gold. Totally transparent. I could watch TV with through this thing. There is, however, a strange frosty bit of lace around the rim of the beer. The head disappears quickly ... and the lace does too. Maybe peer pressure.

Has the smell of a Belgian wheat/witbier, but with some additional sweetness (more orange than most whites) and a bit of spice even. Not bad at all really; quite summery.

It's got a nice sweet wheat/witbier flavor. There is an unexpected hit of lemon, balanced by the dry wheat base. Very light and sweet. It's refreshing. Becomes a bit more malty toward the end as it warms.

Feels light and a bit watery. The wheat leaves a slight dryness. Overall it is a very light and refreshing brew. It's got slightly more bitter malt than a regular wit (which may turn off some novices) but overall pretty nice.

06-20-2007 23:39:11 | More by williamherbert
Photo of nlmartin


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $7.99 a six pack. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer was a fizzy pale yellow coloration. The head was fluffy white and about 2 fingers high. There was minimal head retention.

Smell: There was a nice nutty roasted grainy smell to the beer. The hops contributed a nice spicy citrus complement.

Taste: The beer had a nice roasted grain cereal taste. There was a nuttyness making its presents known in the beer. The hops presented a unrelenting bitterness and citrusy undertone.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer was medium bodied. There was plenty of carbonation to go around. This was a very satisfying and highly quaffable beer treat.

04-28-2006 12:30:29 | More by nlmartin
Photo of briman


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a very pale straw color, slightly hazy, with a large stark white head that retains well.

Aromas of hay, with some spice from the hops.

Clean malt, maybe a touch grainy with a bitterness on the low end of medium. Finishes tart, with a bit of lemon and spice.

Medium body, with moderate-to-high carbonation. Certainly effervescent, and quite crisp. This one is a quick drinker, and as the label suggests, ideal for summer.

10-17-2010 02:51:54 | More by briman
Photo of BretSikkink


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Extremely clear light golden brew, quick head jumps up and holds tight which indicates that it isn't in fact a macro lager. Decent lacing at first but by the end the glass is as clear as the beer.

Plenty of pilsener grass and herbal hop, slightly medicinal with some sweet grain notes.

Good hop presence, fairly dominating for such a light lager. Good spicy crispness but the mouthfeel might be a little big for the style (which I'm not really complaining about). Quite floral for a while, nectary sweet taste. I found it fairly refreshing, and it's light enough for a serious heat wave. Big grain husk mouthfeel, ever so slightly medicinal.

This one could easily be served to any American lager fan without any trouble. Not too complex, slightly sweet, and light of body. Good accompaniment to potluck-type dishes and fruit salad.

04-22-2007 02:10:51 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of brureview


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured a light lemon color with a two finger head in a Pilsner glass.

Nice floral aroma, light fruit.

The carbonation is moderate as expected in the style.

Taste: light fruit and not as malty as in other beers in the style.

Finish: spicy light bitterness -perhaps too much for a lighter beer.

Overall: a very good summer afternoon beer. A bit hoppy for the style.
Clean taste, and refreshing. I would've liked a bit more malt backbone in the beer.

07-16-2014 20:44:38 | More by brureview
Photo of Redwood21


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Not the best beer from sierra nevada, but one i really loved last summer.

re tasting the beer this summer led to some mild dissapointments, but its still a good beer.

A; The beer is a golden color with a white foamy head with poor retention
S: floral hops aroma, with some heffe notes as well and a slight sulphur aroma
T that semi "skunked" taste is present. This is by no means a skunked beer, and its not bad its just present. there is also some spicey floral hops taste and some crisp hefffe type flavors, minus bannana
M: a well carbonated somewhat light beer which is par for the style
This is a good summer beer, and i enjoy drinking it, from what i recall from last summer its better on tap, but i enjoy it in a bottle just the same

05-03-2007 04:57:57 | More by Redwood21
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a clear yellowish gold with a fluffy finger and a half head

S - Light pine, metallic tinge

T - Bread. Pick up hints of grass and herbal notes.

M- Creamy, slightly on the low side of carbonation.

O - A refreshing highly drinkable lager. Probably more suited for an outside summer activity quencher than a sitting on the couch evening beer review.

04-26-2014 01:45:36 | More by Apellonious
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

appearance - clear straw color with white head

smell - fresh cut grass, black pepper,lemon zest, wheat

taste - close to the smell, lemon zest, black pepper, wheat, grass, cracker

mouthfeel - crisp, refreshing, high carbonation, medium bodied, good amount of bitterness on the finish

overall - good, refreshing beer for those hot summer afternoons, worth a try

price point - $16.99/12pk

06-15-2012 00:56:42 | More by keithmurray
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for $1.75. Poured into me shaker glass, this pils appears a hazed muted straw color with about a finger of bone white foam. Flavor and aroma are of lightly toasted grains, lemon, grassy hops. Just about medium in both body and carbonation. A decent warm weather lager.

05-19-2009 05:15:45 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of cvfish


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

A - This beer pours a golden straw color that produced a fluffy white head that had some retention and left little lace

S - The aromas produced by this beer were mild, some malts and hops

T - The taste of this beer was crisp, clean breadiness, some fruits, and a little hops on the finish

M - The mouthfeel on this beer had a light body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very easy drinking beer, my idea of a real pilsener the goes great on those hot southern days

05-12-2009 01:48:37 | More by cvfish
Photo of showell


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

I'm starting to get quite partial to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. I have yet to try one that I didn't like and this one was no exception, even though I'm usually not too much on lagers. This one poured a standard golden color, and what scent it had was malty with a touch of citrus. I was thinking at the time, well here goes Sierra's perfect run with me. I'm not going to like this one. The taste really caught me off guard though. It was a really nice citrus flavor, with quite a lot more hoppiness than I expected from a lighter beer. It was carbonated more than I typically like... but it was still quite drinkable. Good on a hot day when you're really thirsty. All in all, if I want a lager, I'll definitely get it again.

05-10-2009 23:19:30 | More by showell
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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