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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

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2,878 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2878
Reviews: 1409
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%

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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001)
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Photo of mafiasentinel21


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear gold. A pretty frothy head for a summerfest beer, reduces quickly.

S- Grainy. Smells like a pils oughta.

T- Pretty good. Extremely crisp; the carbonation bites, there are slight fruit notes and the hops bite a little bit at the end. This is like the light version of SN's Pale Ale, with less hoppy and fruitiness.

D- Pretty high. This is a light beer, and great on a summer day. One of the bros. said this was a good beer to show to a macro drinking buddy and I couldn't agree more.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 00:55:07 | More by mafiasentinel21
Photo of traviserickson


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Transparent, white head. Looks like your typical lager!

S: Sweet, no hops, slightly herbal. Kind of a plastic smell to it. Yeast aroma comes through.

T: Sweet and crisp, not skunky.

M: Thin and well carbonated

Overall: Like a Stella without the bite. Nothing too exciting going on here...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 16:31:04 | More by traviserickson
Photo of alcurtsinger


4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass

A- About 2 fingers of white foam and looks like the normal pilsner look.

S- Some citrus and the normal pilsner smell

T- Malty with a touch of hops. Subtle flavor.

M- Crisp, smooth, light

D- Very drinkable. A great beer to have when sitting out by the pool or doing some outdoor activities.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 21:06:03 | More by alcurtsinger
Photo of binkman


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium yellow with little head, though a bit of lacing stuck to the sides of the glass as I drank it.

S: Only subtly hoppy with some toasty bready notes up front.

T: Toasty, bready maltiness is followed by a clean noble bitterness. Maybe slightly citrusy?

M: Very light, clean, and lagery. Good carbonation. Very nice.

Light body feeling with a good clean crispness. Carbonation level is just right and compliments the body very nicely.

O: Crisp clean lager that would probably impress your macro-drinking friends. That being said, slightly too much residual sweetness for me. But if you bought me one, I wouldn't say no.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 12:24:40 | More by binkman
Photo of PhillyMonk


3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, straw-colored with very little head. Smells surprisingly malty, but clean. Taste is crisp, carbonated and a bit astringent at first, giving way to a fair amount of hops. I'm not a huge lager fan, but even so I would have expected a little more out of Sierra Nevada, which I'm a big fan of in general. If you like hoppy lagers or pilsners, this one might be worth a try. This wouldn't be a bad barbecue beer and would pair well with some grilled chicken and veggies.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 04:11:09 | More by PhillyMonk
Photo of lweaver18240


4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 04:18:46 | More by lweaver18240
Photo of CEversole


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden colored, clear, clean look. One finger head. ok lacing. good retention.

S: Earthy, summer-y, good.

T: Not much upfront taste. However, the lingering/after taste is quite pleasant. Definately some floral hops, and other hops as well. Citrus, grassy tones. Great for the style and season. Has a bit of a sweet taste right at the end.

M: Crisp, carbonation is good. I would like just a bit more in this style of beer, but not at all dissapointed.

O: Great beer, never dissapointed by Sierra Nevada. Will buy again next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 22:25:01 | More by CEversole
Photo of Lancer211


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stein. 2006 edition.

A - Golden yellow, immediate slight head that settles into a white ring around edge of mug. Average for a pils.

S - No adjuncts here, a real pilsener. Hoppy, almost floral. Very appetizing, and not a hint of skunk. (Thank you, Sierra Nevada, and your brown bottles)

T - I couldn't have imagined giving a pilsener a 4.0 on taste until this one. Hops at the forefront, with a supporting performance in malts. A drying finish, a little bit sweet in the middle.

M - Extremely smooth and refined, no complaints.

D - Low alcohol content and excellent while not overpowering flavor?? Jackpot....

Easily the best pils I think I have ever had. Thank you, Sierra Nevada. Now... if only I can wait another 9 months for when the 2007 batch comes out.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 23:59:24 | More by Lancer211
Photo of Salpta

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As a rule i'm not impressed with lagers. This one is not really an exception. There is hops there, there is malt there, but the overall flavor profile is just like a macro. Only more forceful. As a lawnmower, i'd say its passable, but has too much hops for a thirstquencher, which is what i want in a summerbrew.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2004 22:42:23 | More by Salpta
Photo of scubahood


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Nice lacey head with the perfect amount. Beautiful light yellow color with nice carbonation.

Smell: Subtle smell balanced of hops and malt. Clean smell.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Medium-Light mouthfeel. Nice hop taste that was not expected from the smell.

Drinkability & Notes: Not a huge fan of summer seasonal beers but this is one of my favorites. Very drinkable, very tasty, and easy to find in stores!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 19:42:13 | More by scubahood
Photo of bigchris1313


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review, so please bear with me. This is the greatest beer I have ever had. Before trying this beer, my favorite beer had been Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Tonight, I picked up a single bottle at my local liquor store. Wow. The color is a light gold and the smell is fruity. I can't really describe the taste, other than that it seems hoppy, and although strong, it is more mild than the SN Pale Ale. The mouthfeel is thin and smooth. This beer is simply perfect: much stronger than any macro, yet just a small step below the Pale Ale. Again, I can't really the flavor in any great detail, but was simply great.

Update: 4 Months later I had a Stone IPA and never looked back. After following the path to hop-enlightenment, this beer is now merely a great pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 05:28:29 | More by bigchris1313
Photo of Haus


2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a straw yellow with a frothy white head. Head dissapates to almost nothing... not much lacing of the glass.

S - Light pale malt aromas mix with subtle, citrus notes and a touch of grassiness.

T - Lightly sweet pale malt mixes with some floral and citric hop qualities, leading into a fairly slick finish that leaves some a moderate aftertaste.

M - Light, clean and crisp with nice carbonation.

D - A sessionable brew that will definitely go well with summer weather. Thirst-quenching and light. Not terribly impressed with this lager especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 01:46:23 | More by Haus
Photo of gpatt55


3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Philly West

Pours a macrolager-like yellow/green straw color with a thin sudsy head. Nose of straw and light citrus hops. Richer flavor than the color would suggest, nicely malty, medium bodied lager. Front porch beer, refreshing with good flavor. Nothing earthshattering here but a perfectly good summer session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 20:51:24 | More by gpatt55
Photo of HoopTime


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – pours w/3/4 inch head retreats to thin layer of foam on top of beer with very scant lacing, steady stream of bubbles, looks nicely carbonated. Gold with some subtle brownish tint

S – Clean, though not medicinal. Slight sweetness of the malt with a bit of a spiciness.

T – on the malty side of the spectrum, though enough hops to keep it from being too sweet.

M - tingly on the tongue with lots of bubbly carbonation, on the lighter, thinner side but still leaves feel of thin coat on the tongue

D – I'm not a big Pilsner fan but this is a decent enough beer. Light, crisp, refreshing – good for a hot summer day, taking a break after mowing the lawn – a passable afternoon session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:19:28 | More by HoopTime
Photo of slassy


2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very light and marigold yellow. Hardly any foam, just some traces on the top that fade quickly.

S: Mainly malt mixed in with some floral tones...which almost smell like freshly mown grass.

T: Not as malty as I anticipated. Some mild sweetness, but no other flavors are too pronounced to this tongue.

M: Extremely light and 'fluid'. Carbonation level is perfect- enough at the beginning of a sip to be interesting and reminiscent of soda but not annoyingly strong like you get with many beers.

O: Very refreshing, and not by bad by any stretch, but certainly forgettable. Wouldn't be a bad session alternative to drinking megabrews.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 03:56:49 | More by slassy
Photo of rgore


3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice bronze color with a some carbonation. Pours with about an inch of dense off white head. Nice lacing throughout.

S - Earthy and Malty. Not enough hops for me. The malts smell too sweet off the nose without the requisite amount of bitterness to balance them out.

T - Similar to the nose. My complaints are the same: not enough bitterness in this beer to balance out the overwhelming sweet and earthy malt in the beer. Overly bready, a little too carbonated.

M - Good mouthfeel, it lingers enough and isn't too thick or too thin.

D - The alcohol content makes it seem drinkable but for me its not light enough. Again its too heavy without the hops to balance it out, the sweet malty bread flavor with the carbonation keeps me from enjoying more than one or two.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 13:00:18 | More by rgore
Photo of MS2k


3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very light yellow with sparkling clarity. Head is fluffy and white.

S: Lightly citrus/sour with a slightly-sweet lager aroma.

T: Has a rich hoppy bitterness to it without being overbearing. Definitely some light malty character, but overall a very subdued taste.

M: Light, crisp, and refreshing. Keeps its carbonation well.

D: What you'd drink while lounging about outside on a hot summer day. As I'm doing this currently, I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 20:26:30 | More by MS2k
Photo of cmaloy


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a beautiful creamy white head that went quickly. The beer is clear and golden yellow.

S: Floral hop aroma with spcie.

T: Refreshing and taste great. Spicy hop flavor with a crisp finish and light bitterness.

M: Moderate-light bodied, with medium-high carbonation.

D: Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 23:35:43 | More by cmaloy
Photo of adevans

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pils glass.

A - Slightly yellow, mostly clear, two finger head that was off-white. Minimal lacing.

S - Smells of grain, a lemony citrus, and a floral hop aroma.

T - A floral, acidic taste with a citrus finish. A clean, yet slightly sour aftertaste with honey.

M - Moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel, with a dry finish.

O - Refreshing, good for a summer sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 14:20:44 | More by adevans
Photo of hrmhrm


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is what an American macro brew should taste like. Would I accept one if offered on a hot summer day? Gladly. Would I happily pluck one out of a cooler otherwise filled with Buds and Millers and Coors. Indeed, I would. Would I pay a premium micro brew price for this beer again? No, I would not.

Serving type: growler

07-23-2011 07:29:37 | More by hrmhrm
Photo of danreitz

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mason jar. Appears a slightly cloudy gold with a foamy, quick-dying head. Aroma is bright and malty. Immediate hop flavor followed by a slinky citrus flavor. Finishes lightly bitter with a bite that gets stronger after you've taken a sip. The citrus flavor gets slightly less prominent as the beer warms. It's very bubbly on the tongue and light-bodied.

An easy-drinking, bright-tasting lager. Complex enough to please my palate, but refreshing and light enough to throw back a few. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 19:23:46 | More by danreitz
Photo of MaGno


3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a light golden color with small to medium head.
Has medium to large bubbles present from initial pour to finish. The head pours to about 1/2" and dissipates within 30 seconds to a light lace.

Smell: Light smoky malts with herbal, grassy and citrus hops. Very clean smell. No alcohol smell to speak of.

Taste: As expected, grassy and citrussy with a slight alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth light carbonation turns to a bitter dry finish. Almost a slight metallic taste at finish.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this lager for what it was, a nice summer seasonal. Good for a hot summer day although it may become too bold after just a couple of beers. I would probably have this one again but would not go out of my way to hunt for it. Just a nice average summer lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 03:16:17 | More by MaGno
Photo of scaaven


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall average, I wanted to try something different. Pours a pale yellow/brown with a small head. Taste is crisp and carbonated, but refreshing. Up front you can definitly taste the malt and a slight bit of hops (i was surprised there weren't more hops from SN!). Not a very complex taste going on here, but there's nothing really bad about it. Aftertaste is a pleasant bread / yeast flavor. I think I'm a little biased because I'm such a fan of Pale Ale and this one is quite different. I probably won't buy this again, in favor of new excursions and old favorites (pale ale!!!) thanks for reading.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 22:46:22 | More by scaaven
Photo of againes


3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an all around good Czech style Pilsener. Superior to the macro American lager styles with a fruity, citrusy taste and dry finish. The aroma is a little lacking compared to say a Staropramen but clean and effective nonetheless. The color is a rich gold compared to the straw gold macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 07:36:00 | More by againes
Photo of jamesdr1968


4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just bought my first case of the year (2010) tonight. I was very impressed with it. Not your typical SN offering, because the hops are a bit muted. To be honest, this reminds me of what a good, every day American beer should be like. Unfortunately, here in PA (with tax), it costs $36 a case. So, not the best choice for an "every day" beer. Color is a lovely golden hue. Nice head on it, although not nearly as thick as their standard pale ale. Smelll is light, crisp, sharp. Taste is a very good balance of hops and malt. Really smooth. Grainy is a good word to use to describe the taste. Mouthfeel is fine, just right. This is an almost perfect beer for those warm-weather days. A reasonable ABV (5%), so you can drink a few and still maintain a coherent conversation with your buddies.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 01:05:42 | More by jamesdr1968
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,878 ratings.