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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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1,523 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,523
Hads: 3,945
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.44%
Wants: 106
Gots: 491 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

There's something about a warm summer day that calls out for a cold glass of great beer, and this classic Czech-style lager is sure to fit the bill. Crisp, golden and refreshing, Summerfest is the perfect choice for soaking up the sunshine. Summerfest is a Czech-style lager featuring a slight malt sweetness, a spicy hop flavor, and the crisp finish you want on a hot summer day.
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Photo of JoshuaJ
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, very light yellow with a two fingered head and nice lacing the whole way down. This is hell of a lot lighter in color than I expected.

Smells grassy, hoppy. Not picking up much else. Smells very clean and crisp. So far, we're on the right track for a summer beer.

Tastes very herbal. The hops have a light citrus quality. The malt ends up being quite sweet. The carbonation is high and the crispness and dryness is extraordinary.

At 5% ABV, I could session this all day long. Truely a fantastic summer beer.

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Photo of surfmeister
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: golden, not yellow, impressive, sturdy head with beautiful lacing
Smell: quite subtle I thought, could have used a little more oomph of malt or hop
Taste: aaahhhh, big burst of malt with floral hops balancing. The important point here is wonderful malt AFTERTASTE, which really makes you want to drink more
Mouthfeel: fuller than your average pilsner, SN has successfully added a more substantial feeling to this beer
Drinkability: Exceptional, this will probably become my fridge pilsner
Comment: I am going to email SN to beg them to make this a year around brew

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Photo of redzone3120
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A pale golden yellow color that is very clear with fine bubbles drifting up from the bottom. Light foamy head that dissipates quickly like a soda though tastes smooth.

S - Hoppy notes with a little lemon zing in the background, maybe some grain? Overall has a great fresh beer smell though hints that it is going to taste a little bitter.

T - Not as bitter as I expected at the start though I can taste it after a few seconds. Good flavor with the bit of lemon and some light blended hops and malt. Flavor is stronger than typical summer brews but not heavy. Has a nice dry clean finish.

M - Has a very crisp and semi-refreshing feel with lots of fine carbonation. Feels a bit heavier than similar summer styles.

D - Drinkable though not a lot on a hot summer day. Just a little bit too heavy for a casual beer but well balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of lweaver18240
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Deep golden straw color with two finger head and good retention.

S- Smells like a lager, but the trademark hops of sierra nevada are present. Smells delicious and well balanced.

T- Tasted like it smells, good balance of malt and hops. A step above the Yuengling that I'm used to I must say.

M- Light and carbonated, almost fizzy. Smooth and slightly dry, perfect for a cold refreshing lager.

D- Amazing, perfect in my opinion. Would love to see this sold by he case in my area.

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Photo of mschofield
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium gold, topped with a four finger pillowy white head, leaves puffy bits of lace.
Wonderfully fragrant, toast, clay, lemon zest, earth and floral hop, bit of spice.
Lemon, a bit zesty/spicy taste, peppercorn note. Citrus zest, biscuit, really hits the German hop taste right, grainy note.
Light, crisp and smooth.

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Photo of MattBrooks
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool. A lager from Sierra Nevada. I had the chance to try this at an in-store tasting in Stow, MA; and was so pleasantly surprised, I picked up a 12 pack on the spot. All of the friends I shared it with over the weekend agreed that it is a top notch selection from SN.

The color is amber (sort of a cross between yellow and orange), with a minimal head. It smells good enough; but the catch is the easy drinkability and clean, pure taste.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one for breakfast with some Bleu Lescune, Pavée de Hervé, some Dom Villas and a croissant. Not really a pairing thing more of a I love beer and cheese thing.

A- Looks crisp just like hey say on the bottle. Beautifully pours a very yellow golden easily topped off by a white as white can be, mushy, airy head.

S- Open bottle smells very good and different. A soft grain and hop that together reminds me of an unripe watermelon. In glass is a similar grain and hop. Smells like a lot of euro laers but without the chemical/adjunct dirtiness. Smells pure. A bit of fresh oyster water. Can't wait to taste.

T- Very good. Grain dominates and hop touch is delicious. I'm leaning towards Hallertau more than Saaz but this is a totally uneducated guess. I get a bit of apple juice through aeration. Not waterybut you can kind of taste the water. Great after-taste.

M- Actually not that crisp. Very full mouthfeel. Medium carbonation that goes a long way - just comes alive in your mouth.

D- High. As drinkable (and very possibly even more than a Grolsch, Wernesgrüner etc.

If only this was a more official standard when it came to pilsners/lagers.
Very good beer.

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Photo of davidaubrey
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. I like a good pilsner and this one is. Hops are balanced well against a malty dry taste. The color is slightly deeper yellow other pilsners. This beer is very refreshing, though I have a difficult time justifying paying mirco-brew prices for a pilsner. Nevertheless, this one is just as good as any of the quality German imports, such as Spaten.

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome summer choice for cookouts and the warmer weather.

Pours a golden yellow color, a little darker than a light beer. Lager and pilsner mix.

Smell is very fresh- nice aromas of citrus, pine, and earthy river water.

Taste is crips and smooth, citrussy. Has that element of pilsner, a little carbonation, but the added hops make it a more complex lager.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served this Pilsner on tap in a pint glass. Poured a nice gold clear color, nice thick white head, poor retention, decent lacing. Aroma smells of fresh cut grass, nice amount of piney hops! The taste of this pilsener is light in body, smooth, malty, dry, has a nice amount of piney hops. Surprise for a Summer Brew. Overall, awesome session beer, high marks for drinkability, great gateway beer, very nice on a hot summer day. Crisp, finish's dry.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of afordney
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of adamette
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

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Photo of aepb1
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of gravytrain
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of ExMachina1
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of RichieS2
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,523 ratings.