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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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3,657 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,657
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 67
Gots: 274 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Photo of 21Maestro8
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TooGood
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another average, boring, but decent tasting summer lager. This is one of those beers that make you understand how only (for the most part) big beers get the really high ratings. There is not too much to be excited about in this beer. Pours out a golden, cider, straw yellow color with a sticky head that clings randomly to the glass. The aroma is heavy with earthy, hay-like, maltiness. The taste and mouthfeel is very doughy with a hop finish. The beer is pretty smooth, but maybe a bit too dry for this style. Again, there is nothing wrong with this beer, I just need more excitement from a seasonal brew. I will stick to the summer wits.

Photo of PhageLab
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pale yellow coloration, nice big head of froth, decent retention, thick, sticky lacing.

S - Fresh grainy aroma with a sharp grass hop tinge.

T - Earth toned malty pils with a nice touch of grassy hops and some zesty lemon backing. Pretty refreshing although it's a bit one sided.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation, pretty average for style.

D - Decent I suppose, but don't let this one warm up at all, it turns to funk. I would've been happy with the ESB for a few more months, but whatever. Not bad overall.

Photo of cvfish
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a golden straw color that produced a fluffy white head that had some retention and left little lace

S - The aromas produced by this beer were mild, some malts and hops

T - The taste of this beer was crisp, clean breadiness, some fruits, and a little hops on the finish

M - The mouthfeel on this beer had a light body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very easy drinking beer, my idea of a real pilsener the goes great on those hot southern days

Photo of arguemaniac
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just the right amount of residual malt sweetness blends perfectly with a delicious, smooth caramel grain character and it’s all balanced by a firm, leafy Saaz hop spice. Slight apricot malt fruitiness and more of that assertive hop bitterness in the surprisingly lengthy finish.

I think this is my favorite Sierra Nevada beer (besides perhaps Celebration, but even that one isn’t as drinkable) and it’s certainly my favorite summer seasonal. This exceedingly refreshing brew is exceptionally drinkable with balanced, flawless flavors. I only bought the six-pack a day or so ago and I’m already on my last bottle. Guess I’m gonna have to go out and get some more…

Highly recommended.

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mwa423
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a ton of head once it hits the glass. I was surprised at how much head immediately filled the glass and how long it took to die down. However, it did leave an impressive lacing.

S - Light grainy malts make up most of the aroma with a slight bit of hops. Very similar to the better macro lagers or craft pilsners.

T - Taste is very grainy with maltiness, a tasteable amount of hops but that's about it and some citrus notes. While this is a good example of a Czech Pilsener, it's on par with a beer like Miller Lite or many other macro lagers that reviewers slam. Simply, this beer is on par with those.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good and thick but is easily swallowed (making this a great lawnmower beer) and very drinkable. However, unless you're trying to make a statement unless a far less expensive macro, I would just purchase those instead of this.

Photo of brureview
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light lemon color with a two finger head in a Pilsner glass.

Nice floral aroma, light fruit.

The carbonation is moderate as expected in the style.

Taste: light fruit and not as malty as in other beers in the style.

Finish: spicy light bitterness -perhaps too much for a lighter beer.

Overall: a very good summer afternoon beer. A bit hoppy for the style.
Clean taste, and refreshing. I would've liked a bit more malt backbone in the beer.

Photo of WoodburyMN
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Barnsley
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left less than a one finger head that quickly dissipated into surface skim, no lacing. Body was a clear gold.

Smell - grassy, slightly herbal, bready malt.

Taste - like the smell - grassy, some herbs, some bready malt.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability - This goes down easy, especially on a hot day, and is good. Very sessionable.

Photo of magnusdave
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of HopBrain
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jeffwright
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jgasparine
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured with one finger of white foam, which slowly dissipated, leaving some lacing behind. The body was a nice honey color with some decent carbonation...

S- Sweet and grassy, with some honey notes on the nose... some low-alpha hops in there too. The hop aroma doesn't seem to be Saaz... despite the fact that Sierra Nevada lists Saaz for this beer... perhaps they have used some Saaz-like variant... curious...

T- Sweet pale malts come through up front with some zesty lemongrass notes. Slightly metallic. Nice dry finish with some pleasant hop bitterness.

M- Highly carbonated, but not overly carbonated. This carbonation works well with the spritzy flavors. The Summerfest has a rather thin body, but it's slightly oily. Again, it kindof works with the style.

D- Very refreshing. Almost the perfect lawnmower beer! Great thirst quencher for hot weather. Very drinkable (in the summer), although I would never consider it in the colder months.

Notes: I would like to see a classification of "American Pilsner"... this brew just doesn't conjure-up the thoughts of a European beer for me...

Photo of AwYeh
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass; thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing one of his bottles with me.

A: Pours a thin, clear yellow color with two fingers of white head and considerable carbonation bubbles visible.

S: Lots of grassy hops backed up by a faint, indistinct malty sweetness.

T: Very similar to the smell; I predominantly taste grass and that same sweetness. There isn't a lot going on, but it's well balanced and very refreshing.

M: Thin-bodied, smooth, and very crisp from the moderate-high carbonation.

O: A solid beer to stock your fridge with in the summertime; its refreshing quality and low ABV mean even a 12-pack of this wouldn't stick around too long.

Photo of Travcofarms
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of BarrelO
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden body. Big frothy head, but it quickly fades.

S: Crisp hops with a bit of malt. A few skunky notes.

T: Big bready maltiness merges well with clean hop bitterness. Very refreshing.

M: Light and crisp. Nice carbonation.

D: I wish this was a year-round offering. It's not jaw-droppingly good, but it'd be nice to have more quality pilsners widely available.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a .5L stange.

Pours a golden color with a massive white head. Foam retains very well, eventually giving way to sheets of lacing. I'm impressed.

Malty, pils-y aroma. After checking the Sierra Nevada website, it would appear the lemony hop note I'm smelling is from the Saaz. The aroma seems a little hoppier than most pilseners I've tried.

Taste is mostly of lightly sweet and grainy malts. Slight spicy hoppiness that carries over into the dry finish.

Crisp, clean, very refreshing. Body is on the lighter side of medium. Lively carbonation may be slightly overdone. Super easy to drink. This one is definitely hitting the spot after a workout.

This beer isn't spectacular, but I'm digging it, and pilseners don't rank too highly on my list of favorite styles. Another good one from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of jonathaniler
3/5  rDev -18%

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

Into a pilsener (also had in a pint glass, and nonic pint glass, nothing changed):

A: golden body with a foamy spotty head. It left some light rings. The lacing was light and speckled along the sides of the glass. There was barely any carbonation rising.

S: sweet and had some pepper tones to it. It was fresh yet still some light grains to it.

T: well balanced with the hops and a slight yeastiness at the end of the taste, gets peppery as it warms

M: light, moderate amount of carbonation is felt

O: this is a good beer and I would have this again

Photo of NiceTaps
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a room-temp pint glass.

A-very light golden straw color ala American light lagers. A little head and retention, nice carbonation.

S- bitter sour doughy aroma typical of the style. Dry bread.

T-bready, grainy, grassy. Malts, with a dry hop for balance.

M- light and delicate. good carbonation. a very dry finish.

O- an ok pilsner. I prefer SNPA, even for summer.

Photo of nquigley16
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,657 ratings.