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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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3,672 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,672
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 74
Gots: 294 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 3,672 | Reviews: 1,485
Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a sixteen ounce glass of this beer at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I am surprised to learn that this is a czech style pilsner and am weary of anyone outside of pilsen attempting this style. In general I liked it a lot. Very light and refreshing. A little cloudy in color with a great smell. Very good summer beer but not my favorite. I generally like german pilsners better.

Photo of BBM
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 samie85
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Macca
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear bright straw colour with a fluffy white head.

Sweet malt is the first thing that hits me on the aroma. Then some spicy hops.

A bit underwhelmed by the flavour. Crisp and easy drinking but not a lot going on. I suspect that freshness might be a factor.

Light bodied.

I would like to try this brewery fresh. Think it might be a bit delicate to handle the trans Pacific voyage.

Photo of Twerknasty
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 maddogruss
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 donniecuffs
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent pils for a summer afternoon. Pours clear and very light pale yellow with a fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing. Grainy aroma, some grassy, vaguely floral hops, a bit bready but not all that complex.

Taste follows the nose; it’s simple and seems almost underhopped for the style; a bit bland; some grassiness but feels like it needs a sharper hop definition and bite. Light breadiness; some floral and citrus, again plainer and less interesting than I’d like. Body was light and carbonation medium; I feel like this might be one of those beers I’d like more from a bottle than on-tap, as it felt smoother and less bubbly than I’d like for the style, taking away from the crispness and refreshing aspect of the beer.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a nice off white head. Lace is nice all the way to the bottom of the glass. Smell is abundantly hoppy and very pleasant. Mouthfeel is excellent with carbonation. One of the better of the brews by Sierra. Definitely will buy as long as in season, a good beer.

Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 sommersb
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-23-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Wal-Mart

Clear beer of light straw color, with tons of bubbles seen in the glass. The head is huge, 4+ fingers high, and white. The retention is very good and lacing is fair.

Smells are of floral and grassy hops primarily. Has a classic pilsener aroma overall.

Taste is crisp with a medium amount of bitterness from the hops. Little sweetness at all. The mouthfeel is clean on a light body. Carbonation is medium-high in this refreshing beer. The finish is dry and somewhat bitter.

Overall a nice summer lager.

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color, two finger head with decent retention but minimal lace.

S: Lots of grass, bit of sweet malt underneath.

T: Good balance of semi-sweet malt with piney/citrus hops. Finish dry with a touch more pine and a hint of grapefruit. Flavors are pretty subdued-- wish there were more here. A bit of minerals throughout.

M: Nice light feel, a little bit on the fizzy side, but not bad. Gets a bit more creamy towards the end of the glass.

O: All the flavors are right, but the volume is down too low. Underwhelming, but still decent. Would probably go best on a day when it's hot and you need something cold-- this would fill the bill. Goes down smoothly and easily.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, pale gold color. White frothy head is fairly small and dissipates rather rapidly, leaving a thin lacing.

Smell: Aroma is hardly noticable, but when you can get a whiff it's mostly light grains and mild florals. Nice, but not complex and not strong enough.

Taste: Very clean and crisp. Hops with a bit of lemon flavor, together with some grains towards the aftertaste. Overall a very mild flavor and maybe a tad bit too sweet, but pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but still with a good bit of substance. Mild carbonation that gives a nice tingle as well.

Dinkability: Certainly very drinkable -- moderate ABV, together with the nice taste (although mild) makes it possible to have more than a few...

Overall it's a nice American-brewed pilsner that's commonly available (when in season). There's nothing spectacular here (it's hardly my favorite Sierra Nevada beer), but it's certainly worth trying.

Photo of nota
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color filled my glass. Nice white frothy head that dissipates into lacing. Good hop presence, grain, grass taste. Dry bitter finish. Soft carbonation, medium body. I wish I would of bought more than one. Easy drinking without sacrificing flavor.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Bright yellow colored beer with an ample white head on top, foamy but thick and with good long retention.
S: Wheaty, grassy, lemony, strawy; typical summer beer scents, with a crisp lagery tinge to it.
T: Wheaty and strawy with some grainy malts; again, typical summery flavors, but a little bit strained and dirty.
M: Alright, but not quite as refreshing/bubbly as other similar beers.
D: Fine, enjoyable and drinkable.

Photo of DannyS
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A very light, clear orange amber with a frothy pillow of head on top, that dissipates into a collar that's slightly thicker than the norm.

S - Lots of grain and floral notes, with that lavender twinge I've come to expect from Czech Pilsener.

T - Crisp, bitingly bitter on first sip with a vibrant hoppy kick. Not much complexity in the hop profile, however. This one is also slightly yeasty and finishes relatively clean and kind of dry.

M - Not watery, as the active carbonation gives a good bit of foamy body to it, but still pretty thin.

D - Absolutely a session brew. The bitterness is not overwhelming and the ABV is modest enough.

Overall - It's a very basic pilsener beer. It's definitely still more substantial and satisfying than BMC light beers, but it's definitely a summer thirst quencher rather than a complex sipper.

Photo of dasenebler
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer-- who cares if it's a seasonal or how it compares to other sierra nevada offerings. This is a real lager, and you could probably convert several bud/coors/miller/pbr drinkers with this brew. Pours a rich gold, with a good size head. Smells crisp and somewhat hoppy-- tastes hoppier than expected. Mouthfeel is good-- light but you know its there, and it forces you to really taste rather than swill. This beer redeems the american lager category.

Photo of IIKaRuII
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tall flute glass. pours a hazy golden color. has a little cloudiness to it. was kind of gentile with the pour so i didn't get a big head. has bubbles that seem to never end. I am betting this being a lager that it will be heavily carbonated.
smells light sweet grains, and hay.
Taste is a complex grain with a nice crisp after tones of bitterness. refreshing and clean. just a bit spicy in the middle. not too much though.
as i suspected very carbonated. bubbles a lot of the palate. very crisp as they describe on the bottle.
Highly drinkable. has a different taste then most pilsners styles out there. this is something i would love to drink at a party or anywhere for that matter. I like it.

Photo of jgagne
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-clear golden body with thin lacy white head.

S-hints of citrus, hops, and spices

T-Light crispness with just enough amount of spicy hops.

M-Very light body and medium to high carbonation

O-Good beer for a hot summer day, just nothing to thrilling. Would drink it again for a barbecue or something like that but something i will be excited to drink again.

Photo of Goldorak
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this hidden in the back end of my Beerfridge...

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow with a little off orange hue, with only a hint of ring around the glass.

Smell: Decent hoppy smell, that must be Saaz, or a close cousin.

Taste: Most definately grassy, with the aftertaste of baby radish shoots, or maybe those wheatgrass shots you can get in those yuppie juice bars. Ok maltyness, aftertaste lasts long, and sticks to your tongue, I like that.

Photo of Enola
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Freshie
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The color is pale golden and clear. Slight head when poured, but head retention is poor after a few minutes and dissolves to nothing.

S - Slight aromas of citrus and spice. A bit of medicine in there too.

T - Very crisp and clean. Sweet flavors upfront. Some fruit and candy. Grassy hops builds in the middle, with a yeasty taste to finish.

M - Very light in the palate, and finishes crisp and clean.

D - Probably one of the best lawnmower beers out there, but nothing more than that

Photo of hojuwestlake
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is light golden with not to much head. Sweet fruity smell maybe a little honey.

Very crisp almost over carbonated but refreshing. Light malty taste a little sweet with a light hops finish.

A good beer for the summer, would be great after a long hot day working in the yard.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold with decent head and good lacing.

Smell: Pale grains, a hint of lemon and floral hops.

Taste: Pale grains, lemon, floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing. Very slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. As advertised, it is a crisp summer lager, but there's not much more to it than that. It does have the signature Sierra Nevada quality, but lacks the great flavor of many of their brews. In this one case I prefer winter over summer- their Celebration IPA is worth waiting for every winter.

Photo of Tballz420
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,672 ratings.