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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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3,529 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,529
Reviews: 1,470
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 63
Gots: 225 | 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 semibaked
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a bright almost neon yellow with a crystal clear body that is producing more carbonation than I have ever seen in a beer. Also had about a half finger of bright white foam.

S - Big lemon and lemon candy smell that dominates the slight malt I smell.

T - Slight lemon and malts, plus a nice bitterness from the hops in the middle.

M - Just your run of the mill lager mouthfeel which is very thin and watery, plus a little oiliness.

D - This is up there with the other summer beers I have had, super refreshing, crisp and clean with a lingering lemon candy flavor. Good stuff

semibaked, May 07, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

The 2009 release...

Appearance: pale yellow to light gold, sparkling clarity, sudsy white foam that collapses to a thin film

Aroma: very light perfumey scent of wild flowers honey and grain husks

Flavor: light malt profile with a hint of elderflowers and fresh-cut grass; slight citrusy note before the semisweet dry finish with a mellow hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: light body, sparkling effervescence, crisp texture; refreshing

Other comments: A very clean lager with a gentle, summery personality. If it was a woman, it would be a quietly beautiful girl-next-door that you would frollick through a field of flowers with (but not one you marry).

GreenCard, May 11, 2009
Photo of Freshie
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Freshie, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of SethB2
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a transparent golden color with a small head and no lacing. Smells like a lager. Grainy tones dominate with a small hoppy and roated aroma. Tastes pretty damn good. Roasted malts and a better than average hop bit. Mouthfeel is a bit thing and watery. Nothing to write home about in that department. Drinkability, however is good. Very easy drinker and a good warm weather brew.

SethB2, May 05, 2006
Photo of MisterClean
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

On tap at Sac Brew Company's Sierra Nevada night.

A - Poured a straw yellow, with a 1 fingered head, dissipated fast and left little lacing.

S - Light honey and sourness from pilsner grain.

T - A heavier note of sourness and light honey again.

M - Well-balanced, malt dominated, lightly dry and cirsp.

D - Not bad overall, glad to know SN doesn't have to overkill a beer with hops to make it drinkable.

MisterClean, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Nice deep golden color-minimal head,decent carbonation level.Aroma quite floral and hoppy.Being a Sierra product goes without saying.Malty flavor with an upfront hoppiness.Quite bitter actually.Almost a grain flavor lingering.Nice full mouthfeel-again bitter but also quite smooth overall.A good effort from Sierra considering they dont do lagers-dont know if id call it a pils,kolsch or what but nice none the less.

lackenhauser, May 02, 2004
Photo of MusicmanSD
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

First time tasting an american version of my favorite style, cant say I'm too impressed, especially because its Sierra Nevada. The appearance is a lil' bit paler than the czech beers, the smell is more malt than hops with very clean sierra water underneath it all.The taste is average, no real hop bit compared to say Pilsner Urquell, which is suprising because SN is "micro". The mouthfeel is pretty heavy for a pilsner, I'll give it that however and I could drink these all day. Whats funny is I quafed all these down on all cloudy days...but a damn good beach beer! Something to give to the BMC drinkers, see what they think. Not as good as the European examples, but still a good-average beer.

MusicmanSD, May 04, 2007
Photo of bnes09
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Bright lemon yellow with good clarity and tons of bubbles. Thick white head with unrelenting retention and creamy lace.

Grainy and fruity aromas. Hints of lemon and yeasty banana smell.

Taste goes along with the smell. Smooth and crisp grainy charcter. Floral hop adds a touch of bitterness. Honey sweetness. Lemon flavor throughout. Finishes with a sour off flavor.

Pretty light bodied and a somewhat gritty mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation, almost too much. Leaves a dry feel instead of a crisp, clean finish.

Not a bad summer lager. Everything is good except the finish.

bnes09, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Goliath
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours crystal clear and golden with lots of carbonation flowing producing a large white foamy head with decent retention but no real lace.

Aroma is fairly typical. A subtle maltiness with a little bread and a slight hop.

Taste is ok. Fairly classic taste. A nutty maltiness and not much else.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with bright carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Low alcohol is really sessionable, pils flavor is pretty classic but not really my style.

Goliath, May 21, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

'Helping out' my local favorite, Beaumont Market, by picking up this bottle from their clearance bin: at $0.95 for a 12 oz. I thought it was worth a try. It was a rainy, breezy mid-November Oregon evening, so summer's a distant memory.

A: Crystal clear pale wheat yellow. Less than 1-finger of white head which fades to a sparse lacy film. A few streams of lively carbonation.

S: Pure lagered maltiness. Dry and bready with a clean & fresh hoppy balance.

T: Full & sweet maltiness, grain-based certainly without that nasty adjunct/filler flavor. Nice hops which are grassy and have some citrus sweetness.

M: Crisp and clean. A typical pilsner bite in the dry finish. Light to medium mouthfeel with only a little lingering sourdough bitterness.

D: A nice surprise, a refreshing "lawnmower" beer in the waning days of autumn. Sessionable with its low abv...good clean flavors. Pilsener is not my style of choice, but I'd get this one again.

msubulldog25, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

A: Crsytal clear golden beer with a fair amount of carbonation that collects on the sides of the glass and results in a good 2 fnger head. The head has little retention and leaves no lacing.

S: Very clean smelling, some grassy grains and a slight floral hop note. Subtle, but nice.

T: Much like the smell, the taste is rather straight-forward. A grassiness up front, some biscuity notes, and a slight hop bitterness at the finish. Leaves the mouth with a grainy taste that is quite pleasant. Not all that exciting, but tasty.

M: Light body, high amount of carbonation makes this a very crisp summer brew.

O: A surprising offering from SN (at least as far as I'm concerned) due to the subtle use of hops rather than the Cascadian avalanche that I've come to expect. This is a a clean, refreshing beer that is great fr a summer's day.

DaveBlack, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of acevenom
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into a glass mug. Pours pale straw with a large, frothy white head. There are lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. There is pale roasted barley malt as well as some cracker in the aroma. There are some hops in the smell as well. The taste is bready from the malts and the hop flavor is not strong. There is some mild citrus from the hops, but this is not very noticeable. Overall, this is pretty basic, but still good. The body is light and the carbonation is abundant. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good beer. It is very drinkable and refreshing after a long, hot day. Have a few bottles of these chilled for your summer cookout or ready for you after you mowed your lawn.

acevenom, May 22, 2012
Photo of jgagne
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

jgagne, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of archyquaffer
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass. A halfway aggressive pour produces one-quarter inch of bubbly white head that dissipates quickly but coats the top of the beer. The bubbling stays lively for awhile. The color is a moderately pale golden.

The beer has that lovely aroma and taste that I associate with a good `Pilsener, and is crisp and fairly clean on the palate. The bubbles help with lots of pungent burps, which waft through the nose. The hops are of just the right intensity for a beer of this style- a pleasant surprise since some of the beers from this brewery are just a tad too hoppy for my taste (but still quite good nonetheless).

I give this beer a good grade because I think they capture the style well, without going totally overboard with the hops.

archyquaffer, May 08, 2013
Photo of HuskerTornado
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Pours a clear, bright golden color with a medium sized head that has fair retention for the style and some lacing.

Smell is of hops, some lemon grass, some hay.

Taste of sharp hops up front with some dry biscuits, and a bit of tart lemon. Mouthfeel is lively, highly carbonated with a dry, hoppy, peppery finish.

Overall, a very good summertime beer, crisp and refreshing.

HuskerTornado, Jul 14, 2014
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.

chOAKbarrell, Sep 12, 2005
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 02, 2004
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.

Rootdog316, Oct 02, 2007
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.

trackstar1043, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of BigIrishman
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.

BigIrishman, May 13, 2010
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.

SpdKilz, May 26, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
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.

wcudwight, Mar 25, 2006
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!

hail_seitan, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
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

spinrsx, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Lexluthor33
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.

Lexluthor33, May 29, 2008
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,529 ratings.