Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

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3,645 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,645
Reviews: 1,480
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 65
Gots: 263 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001)
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Photo of silver0rlead
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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 u2carew
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with half a finger thick head, white in color. Quickly settles to thin lacing around the edge of the glass that is semi-sticky. The body is crystal clear with active upward carbonation. Gold in color.
S) Dry grainy aroma with the earthy pungency often found in a pilsener. Subtle hints of fruit - lemon and grapefruit.
T) Slowly moves from beginning to end and brings some complexity to the palate. Malty upfront with underlying nutty tones. Then moves to a more pronounce nuttiness with some dry grain. Then the sweet and nutty flavors fall out and leave a dry taste to finish and linger in the aftertaste along with hints of citrus sour. With time the malt hangs on the palate a bit longer.
M) Fizzy yet creamy. Light body. Dry at times.
D) A new brew for a warm day. I'd have another ... as long as the weather cooperates.

Photo of Px2GrafX
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation, tow finger light fluffy head.

S-Bread/straw malts, some lemon not much else.

T-Sweet bread notes with lemon and grass sneaking in as well, no bitterness whatsoever.

M-Light in body, well carbonated.

O-A decent summer beer but at the end of the day boring.

Photo of BBM
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very light, sessionable summer lager that isn't overly complex, but doesn't have to be. There is a pleasant balance of grassy hops and a grain malt profile. Summerfest is they type of beer you don't really need to over analyze, but rather just drink and enjoy.

Photo of cjnuxoll
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

here's a strong, flavorful lager that makes me forget how much i really don't like everyone else's favorite pale ale. summerfest reduces the bitterness of SNPA and adds the wheaty flavor that should be common to a lager. i know i'm comparing a pale ale to a lager, but i'm just qualifying my preferences so you know where i am coming from in my beer tastes in this review.

it's lightly carbonated and full bodied. the alcohol content is slightly higher than that of a normal lager, so you know from the stronger flavor you're getting a micro brew from a company that is quickly becoming one of the largest distributors in the country. it's not a sell-out beer - it still has the uniqueness that tells you it's a sierra nevada without overwhelming or offending. just a solid contribution to give you some additional options at the beer store.

[edit] had a few more since the review. It's growing on me. The Summerfest is pretty good; but I've found, that like a fine wine, you need to let it "breathe," so the yeast oxigenates and mixes. It's lightly carbonated, but as the yeast dissolves when opened, it maintains the bubblieness and stays sharp.

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head. Steady streams of tiny bubbles rise to the top.

The smell is of grassy, grainy notes. Mild. Clean.

The taste is of sweet grain balanced by grassy notes. Semi-dry finish.

Smooth, crisp and clean with a light, but not too thin, body.

A decent summertime pils.

Photo of samie85
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden with a 1.5 finger creamy white head that slowly dissipates. No lacing to speak of.

S-Musky, spicy hops with some light malt notes.

T-Spicy, slightly bitter hops upfront that fade quickly into malty, light, dry finish.

M-A little thin bodied, with medium , prickly carbonation that's bordering on heavy level.

D-I've had better Czech Pilsener's but this is a very solid effort and I surely won't mind finishing off the six pack in the coming weeks.

Photo of Enola
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is typical for the style. Yellow, fizzy and generally bland. but when reveiwed within the style it is a little above the norm. The taste is little smoother than is typical. It doesn't seem to have the harshness that is so typical. This would be a very easy drinking brew for those hot summer days. I would take one of these over mass produced beer any day.

Photo of Twerknasty
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours morning after color, foamy egg white head with decent bubbles. Smells very fresh, lively, and malt dominated. On the very background, a subtlety of hops arise. To start off, a very RS dominated palate, that subsides everything. Only a slight bit of grass taste, followed completely by sweet malts pertaining to cheerio/honey flavors. Refreshing, and a good pool-side brew is the best way to look at it.

Photo of mikeg67
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours straw color with a huge white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of hay, herbal hops and some malt. Light, crisp body. Floral hops dominate the flavor with malt provide good balance. Long, hoppy finish. Nice summer session brew.

Photo of maddogruss
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a clear, golden body with a silky, white head with good retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A sweet, grassy smell with some sweet, honey and some other bittersweet undertones.

T: A light, slightly sweet, honey taste. The taste is somewhat faint and just enough to sit on your tongue. Slight earthiness in the aftertaste, but nothing too overbearing.

M: A light, crisp moouthfeel that was nice and refreshing.

D: Nice combination of mouthfeel and taste made this beer a fairly drinkable one. Definitely a nice summer beer.

Photo of BricksandPorter
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured one 12oz into an American Pint.

Pour - golden straw with a light yellow, almost pastel hue and crystal clear. Thick, rocky, bone white, one finger head with small and medium bubbles that creates a soapy effect. Lacing was splotchy and turned to a scum-like film after a few minutes. Carb looks good - not too much.

Nose - sweet, almost berry out in front. No hops, but a good combination of corn and malt. Gave a hint of mineral or metallic water. I find this happens with SNBC - not that i mind it, its just distinct.

Taste - a delicate, but distinctive pils feel. Not overwhelming but different in character. Hops are up front and meld well with the dextrin and the munich, and i like the combination of perle and saaz. Notes of banana and a finish that is slightly earthy. Nothing very overpowering here. This is a well balanced and crisp tasting lager.

Mouthfeel - medium-full body with nothing jumping out to define the character. I like the balance in the taste, but the carb might make it too biting in that respect. The bittering makes this enjoyable but overall, its a nice average pils lager.

Drinkability - Defenitely a summer session beer to be paired with light seafood or salad. Better for the end of the day beer drink than the "just got done mowing the lawn" beer in the early afternoon.

Photo of Nesued
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was starting to get to the end of the summer and I hadn't tried this offering yet. Figured I'd pick up two six-packs to try it out.

Appearance - Clear, light straw color. An ample amount of carbonation keeps feeding a lively head. A bit of a head formed upon pour and a ring remained. Inviting presentation.

Smell - Yeasty and malty aroma. A bit of a flowerly aroma as well.

Taste - Crisp and tart initial presentation. A very nice residual hoppy bite. The middle seems to lend itself to a bit of a lemon dense body.

Mouthfeel - Suprisingly dense for a pilsner. I was suprised at the body of this one. There is a good amount of presense that continues to remain and transported by the carbonation.

Drinkability - This is well made and a good summer beer to down during the "dog days". I could very much keep this in my "beer fridge" during the summer months.

Photo of randeezy74
3.55/5  rDev -3%

Photo of donniecuffs
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an American pint glass, very yellow/gold, with good carbonation, but a thin white head and no lacing. The smell was lackluster, with just a subtle hint of lemon, and some herbal/grassy notes. The taste was the same, with a slightly more pronounced herbal presence rather than citrus. The mouthfeel was a pleasantly thin, carbonated brew; certainly refreshing for a 'lawnmower' beer, and definitely sessionable. However, it does need some more flavor.

Photo of Vigilante
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Czech Pilsner glass.

A: Light yellow color with one finger of head that fades quickly leaving light lacing. A ton of carbonation.

S: Pale malt, pepper, and hops.

T: Pale malt, hops, grapefruit with a citrus aftertaste. Taste of grapefruit lingers afterwards.

M: Light body mouthfeel which transforms with the bite of the hops. Semi-dry finish.

O: Overall this is a very enjoyable and easy drinking beer.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from last summer, out of the Backloghemoth.

A - It pours a somewhat drab straw hue with tinges of caramel, and it is capped with a moderately sized and polite looking white cap. I am surprised that this beer does not have more radiance and eminence, SN usually crushes it on appearance.

S - The nose is equal parts mineral-y pale malt and flowery, lemon-y hop notes. The hop bouquet is a bit perfume-y for me, but it is not very assertive, so it is a minor quibble.

T - The taste is just about in-line with the nose. There is not very much depth of flavor, just vague pale malt and faint flowery/lemon-herbal hops. Some honey sweetness becomes apparent as I start taking larger sips of the brew. There are no off-flavors or aromas here; even if it is not terribly exciting, it is tremendously solid.

M - Feels good man.

O - I can't really knock this brew for any specific element, because it is pretty good. That said, I am not crazy about it.

Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle. Nice label!

Beer pours a light golden yellow. Large initial head which quickly settles down. Small amount stays through out. Nice lacing

Beer has the signature Sierra smell which is wonderful. You also pick-up some malt and a hint of fruit.

Taste is very solid. Nice balance of hops and malts with the malt sweetness taking a slight position in the forefront. Very crisp taste which does fade a bit as the beer warms. More alcohol comes through then too, which is the only realy fault with the beer.

Beer is very easy to drink and it is smooth. Not sure why this one is a summer beer. Seems to me like it a would be a good everyday of the year type beer, but nothing in the taste screams out summer to me.

Another very good beer from a very competent brewery!

Photo of AmishT
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brilliant golden-yellow with a nice white head that doesn't retain for very long. Some nice champagne-like bubbles rise to the surface.

S - Bold, bready, malty sweetness is the most prevalent aroma, with some faint spicy hops in the background. A very pleasant and inviting character one, which is good because this is a Summer Seasonal. Interesting nose, for sure. I was expecting a stronger hop character.

T - Well the flavors aren't nearly as bold as the aromas; not very complex either. Right off the bat, a feeble balanced malt and hoppy flavor is overwhelmed by the strong carbonation of the brew. Some lemon flavor is present. A nice earthy hop finish is present, but I would definitely enjoy stronger hop flavors.

M - As mentioned before, very strong carbonation. Light-medium bodied. Not watery, but not much flavor. Pretty smooth. Some dry earthy hop flavor coats the palate after swallowing.

D - While it isn't the most flavorful beer, the light body and nice earthy hop finish bolster its drinkability. Definitely a crisp and refreshing summer brew.

Photo of JISurfer
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very refreshing beer. Light on the palate, clean finish, no bad aftertaste. This could easily be used as a crossover beer. It had a solid malty backbone, but still had an ever so slight tinge of the hops. I could seriously sip a few of these after a hard days work outside, which is something I'll be doing plenty of this summer.

Photo of Durge
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light yellow golden brew with a nice head and well laced. Smells crisp and bready with an apple highlight. An interesting blend of creaminess and more peppery tones. There is a wheat taste that becomes more evident as you go, and it is very smooth with a fine carbonation. Pretty drinkable stuff, should be a popular choice for those looking for a pleasant summer time refreshment. I would drink it again for sure even though this is not my favorite style.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of overdosed on IPAs this year, so I've been enjoying some lagers of late.

Crystal clear bright yellow with a rock foam head that subsides relative quickly. Lacing is decent.

Hint of bitter hop aroma on the nose. Maybe some bready notes if I concentrate real hard.

Bitter hops come through, with some lingering grassy notes. Little bit of biscuity malt flavors in there as well. A bit of a borderline sour/bitter aftertaste in this beer. Flavor hops kind of poke their head out, but then recede just as quickly.

Mouthfeel is OK. Might be a hair undercarbonated. Light and crisp.

Overall I can't say I'm that impressed. I've had other 5% ABV pilseners that blow this one out of the water. Might even be too bitter/sour for non-craft drinkers.

Photo of Tballz420
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice crisp, clear-golden color, looks very refreshing. Theres a big white head on top, with lots of lacing down the sides. Also present are lots of little bubbles rising to the top. This is a very crisp tasting lager, with a nice bitter hop character present as well. Not the best beer in the world, but damn fine for a nice hot day.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,645 ratings.