Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,838 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,838
Reviews: 1,528
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 90
Gots: 418 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of honkey
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Great head retention, good lacing. The color is a little darker than what I would expect from Czech or German brewers unless they are doing decoctions. I would describe the color as more yellow gold than the extreme light colored straw that modern brewers pride themselves on.

Aroma: Spicy hop aroma and slight lemon as expected, but a touch of honey aroma is there as well. It makes me think they used melanoiden malt to attempt to emulate a decoction mash. I suppose that would also explain the slightly dark color.

Taste: Nice spicy hops, slight citrus, biscuit, and honey. I would prefer that the honey flavor not be there and that the hop flavor would be a bit stronger. Nice crisp finish, but it does taste like it could have used more lagering time.

Feel: Mouthfeel is crisp, but a touch oily. Medium carbonation level could potentially be a bit higher to balance out the oily mouthfeel, or I'd prefer that it be a drier beer.

Overall: A better example than most American breweries make as far as pilsners go. I would like to have a drier example with less honey sweetness. I wouldn't hesitate to buy again, but I know now that it is not going to satisfy my thirst for a good dry, hoppy pils.

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a straw yellow color. It has a definite grain smell to it, as well as a definite note of the hops. Has the familiar pilsner sting to the taste, and this does stay with you like it does most pilsners. For a cross between a pilsner and a lager, it isn't bad though I think I would go with one or the other. Still, for what it is, it's not bad, and something I would drink again.

Photo of HuskerTornado
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of stodbrew
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 release.

Apperance is a very clear golden color. Nice white head that diminished quickly.

Aroma is sweet malt with a nice hop spiciness.

Flavor is more sweet malt up front with a nice hop flavor on the finish. Slightly bitter on the finish, too.

Mouthfeel is full without being sticky. Refreshing.

Overall, I will be drinking this steadily throughout the summer.

Photo of stuckonhops
4.72/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden with lots of tiny little bubbles forming a nice head that falls slower than what you may be used to from a lager style. Smells of light lemony citrus and lightly buttered breads. Taste is slightly grassy and slightly bitter. One of sierra nevada's "Lighter" flavored beers. Not extremely complex but keeps you coming back for more and more.

Very easy drinking while throwin horseshoes on hot days as well as just relaxing watching a game with the Air Conditioner on. Works well on all occasions. Better than miller for a "lawnmower beer" anyday.

very crisp..very tasty...definetly reccomend this for anyone..

Photo of kculrich
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hard pour into a cold pilsener. Clear yellow, maybe a little darker than I expect a pils to be, no head to speak of. No particular smell, really, something sharp, maybe a little hops? Tastes clean and dry but nothing stands out. Over-carbonated to my taste, distractingly so. I don't know, I drank this all last summer and enjoyed the heck out of it but it's not doing anything for me now. I can see myself knocking back a few on a hot afternoon after mowing the lawn, otherwise, meh.

Photo of gus
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excellent golden color,very clear in appearance, maintained a minimal head while drinking.

You can smell a light hops aroma. Very smooth going down,carbonation somewhat slight. No bitterness in mouth,no aftertaste.

I consider this an above average summer seasonal and would recommend this to friends and will drink this again.

Photo of kush6875
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage served from 12 oz bottle poured in to pilsner glass

golden, pale yellow color with a white foamy head that quickly dissipates

smells like a good hoppy pilsner with a litte hint of lemon

taste is very crisp and refreshing, great on a hot summer day or night

mouthfeel is nice a light and thirst quenching

this brew is highly drinkable and would be great to session!

cheers!

note: this would be a great gateway beer for a macro-drinker

Photo of ExMachina1
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of 01121987
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is a great summer beer, light, crisp and refreshing but also flavorful. i would drink this all summer if my wallet would permit but i guess il have to suppliment with some homebrew which is not such a bad alternative. the only imperfection is the head retention which is lacking quite a bit.

Photo of zhooker
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Just bought a sixer from down the block. Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass. Extremely light in color, slightly golden and very clear. A finger's worth of head builds and quickly dissipates. Persistent bubbling action.

Light nose to match the color. Pilsener maltiness and a floral hoppiness. Maybe a tad of citrus-y spiciness.

The smell does not belie the taste. A crisp and refreshing mouthfeel compliments a light, tempered malt taste that doesn't veer too far from your standard mass market Pilsener/lager. The hops, however, are more pronounced than the usual, which is welcomed. Hints of citrus spice, reminiscent of some hefeweizens, float in and out.

Even during the hottest of summer days, Summerfest, a "crisp summer lager," is a bit too light for my taste, and the flavors too unpronounced. However, this kind of inoffensiveness and neutrality is perfect for friends and visitors just looking for something pleasantly drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looked refreshing on the label. Hate to be vain here but its 100 degrees out! :-)

Ok it looks good going in to my glass as well! Real pure gold color and absolute snow white pure head. Nice!

Smells nice. Fresh grass aroma and some floral spice.

Taste is real real nice! Super clean lighter in body with perfect kiss from the hops in the end. Talk about fresh!

Great mouthfeel in the end and overall this is one fine quencher!

Photo of Hoptopher
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a plastic draft beer cup.

Appears a hazy golden straw color. A thin cream white head that retains well.

Has a decent malty lager smell. A little grassy or floral as well, but not to much going on.

Taste has a nice subtle sweetness from the malts followed by a floral hop taste that is not strong but enough ther to give this beer a good finsh.

The mouthfeel is spot on. Not to thin, well carbonated, and sits on the tounge just long enough to enjoy the hops used.

Overall i would have to say this is one of the better Pilsners I have had in a while, but that is coming from a small number.

Photo of thisisshsas
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A-Clean golden yellow coloring, a finger of foam. About what you would expect from a pilsener.
S- smell not very exident, not a good sign.
T- light crisp taste that shows a no bite.
M-light taste that becomes watery the longer it stays in your mouth. A very one dimensional taste.
D- goes down as light as any beer I've had in recent memory, the best characteristic of beer.

What more can I say, the beer is fairly tasteless, and I drink beer in park for taste. If I was at a bar and it was either this or macro lagers, I'd probably take the macro lager because the price doesn't add up to the taste. Very disappointing.

Photo of russellaaron69
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear straw color with soft white head that quickly faded into so pretty nice lacing. Smells like summer, fresh cut hay with a nice hoppy smell. Think I picked up a little citrus mixed in there too. The taste is very impressive. Spicy with a hint of citrus. The malt compliments the hops perfectly. Mouthfeel was a solid medium. Drinkability was awesome. Had this sitting on the patio of the local bar. Found it be extremely refreshing and plan on picking some up for a cookout coming up this weekend.

Photo of Maninthearena
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Clear straw yellow, full head. Looks extremely clean and pure, got my mouth salivating. Glass had a pretty little sweat going on.

Nose-Some pale honey kissed malts drift through the nostrils first. Followed by your typical hops in a pilsner. Clean and subdued floral element, almost like "sweet straw".

Taste- Some spicy kettle-hops , but not too bitter. Malt lingers on the back end with a sweetness of honey and some

Mouthfeel- Extremely fine carbonation, very slick. Became too watery too quickly though, could have coated the mouth for a more drawn out sip. Went down very easily though.

Overall- Very drinkable, hits the spot as most decent/good pilsners are. Flavor profile was nothing to beat home about, but definitely a beer I'd bring over as a gateway for those among us who are a little less adventurous.

Photo of djbst73
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labeled 2012 bottle from wegman's six pack poured into pint glass.

A= Clear straw color consistent with style. Half inch of bright white head.

S- Aroma reminiscent of macro-brewed lager, which is to say not much. I associate the smell with adjunct corn, but I doubt that is the case here.

T- Crisp and clean taste with little hop profile. Refreshing and light with a bit of sweetness that lingers afterward.

M- Thin, but not as thin as others of this type.

O- Not offensive, but with significantly less character than other craft summer seasonals. After trying other "summer beers" this is not particularly compelling. Probably the first SN beer I haven't been impressed with.

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

The beer pours a brilliantly clear yellow color. If you were to hold this up next to Budweiser you may have a hard time visually telling the difference, for a Bohemian Pilsner this beer's color is at the mark, albeit the low end of the color scale. In the aroma you have a lot more malt aroma than you would in that Bud, and that's a good thing, the bad thing is the hop aroma levels of the Saaz is a bit lower than I would expect for this style. The malt aroma is crisp and grainy, while the hop aroma is a bit more floral for me than spicy, as well as being low.
As for the flavor, the hop bitterness is a bit underdone as well as the flavor. The malt flavor is lingering as well. The bitterness is quite a bit lower than what I have had in many other Bohemian Pils, but it is there and it does not linger into the finish. I do like the beer's finish and it does leave you wanting more, the malt is just slightly sweet and finishes clean. Stylistically the beer misses the mark a bit for a claim as a Bohemian Pils, but it does deliver as a good easy drinking summer beer. I guess it all depends on what the main goal of this beer was, if it was to nail a Bohemian Pilsner style or be a mass market craft beer perfect for summer events. I would put my money on the latter. But this beer still could benefit from a boost in the Saaz hops additions even if it was just a little.

Photo of RollingRocker
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I've tried this beer and i must say that i am enjoying this beer quite a bit. Not only does it taste awesome it also goes down smooth clean and is very refreshing, especially after a hot days work (like right now).

Pours a golden color which you can see right through with a giant head that needed several minutes to settle, plus a good bit of lacing.

Smells slightly sweet with some hoppy undertones.

Tastes very crisp and clean with an excellent balance between the hops and the sweetness of the malt. Hop flavors linger for a little bit.

Mouthfeel is very nice just the right amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, noticed that one glass leads to another and they go quick. DELICIOUS!

Solid Sierra Nevada beer...one of my favorite brewers.

-RR

Photo of redzone3120
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured into a wine glass

A: a crystal clear light yellow color. looks like champagne. very bubbly. half a finger of frothy white head dissipates instantaneously.

S: lemon. light floral hops. clean. pale malts.

T: bready character. lager yeast. crisp hop finish.

M: very well carbonated. light bodied.

O: a crisp, refreshing offering from sierra nevada. doesn't blow my mind, but it's a very well done summer lager/pilsener. excellent to drink with food. good day-drinking session beer.

Photo of Rantingfury
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a glass and received a nice two finger thick white head of foam. The head faded quick, but left some decent lacing. The color was a nice clear golden tint. The aroma to me starts off with citrus and grass notes from the hops fading to some sweet malt. The taste is crisp with the bready malt and citrus and grass of the malt taking equal share of the flavor. There was no discernible metallic notes like on euro pilsners or lagers. The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated and light as to be expected from a pilsner. Over all this seasonal is a very drinkable beer. While it isn't outstanding... It is very solid, very crisp, and very refreshing. Too bad this one isn't a year round brew

Photo of SiriusAth
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a clear, pale gold with a nice 2-finger cap of pure white foam. Retention is better than average for a pilsner with some nice bands of lace right from the get-go.

The nose is lemony, grassy, and floral, but very clean; classic pils. There is some just discernible pale malt type sweetness but very understated.

Pleasant lemony flavors start in the mouth, followed by a touch of sweetness and ending with a mildly bitter finish. Well balanced, nothing too extraordinary but in no way bad.

Crisp, refreshing, dry, good carbonation, just above light bodied (if light=1 and medium=2, then it's a 1.4). As such, this beer does exactly what it is supposed to do on those dog days.

Summerfest is a well crafted beer that fits the season well with its supremely easy drinkability and quenching qualities. I could drink this all day long on a hot one, and I'm not much of a lager fan except when very well done. A solid brew from a solid brewery. Cheers Sierra Nevada!

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

Pale yellow with a very good amount of long lasting head with good lacing.

Smells of wheat, hops.

Nice bite to the beer. Flavors are crisp and refreshing. Well balanced. Light body. A tad sweet flavor to the malt.

Drinkable all day long, a very good beer for this time of year.

Photo of pikemark
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Gorodon's.

Poured a clear golden, looks like vegetable oil. Little head and moderate lacing. As I poured it I could smell the yeast coming of it, like frsh bread, very good smell.

The actual tasting was not as promising. Pretty dry and went down easy, but tasted too light for me. Carbonation helped it go down, but not much to the flavor.

Its good for a summer day but not one I would buy again.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,838 ratings.