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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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3,370 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,370
Reviews: 1,457
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 60
Gots: 168 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001)
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-31-2014 04:14:09 | More by Skillz
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-18-2014 16:11:15 | More by Necronomad
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-11-2014 04:29:46 | More by Carl_R
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-24-2014 08:02:38 | More by Sound_Explorer
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4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow lager with a 1-inch foam cushion that recedes to lace glass. Smells initially of honey, floral nectar and spicy hops. Malt contributes to initial sweet taste sensations but the beer finishes with a crisp dry bitterness. Sierra Nevada shows some versatility, branching out from their cascade-hopped ales to nail down a pilsner!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 08:30:38 | More by pweis909
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

06-02-2013 02:26:18 | More by jpd026
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3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 edition. Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice foamy white head, nice retention, and a bit of lacing. Aroma is of fresh grain, a bit of lemony citrus, a touch of sweet malt, and spicy hops.

Taste is pretty citrusy up front along with some spice in the form of clove i think and just a touch of sweetness and banana are present also. Lemon lingers on the palate afterwords Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty smooth and nicely carbonated. This is a nice easy drinker for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 01:53:12 | More by hckyfn9999
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden body with a decent white head of short duration. A ring of suds nearly encompasses the entire rim of the glass as ample carbonation continues to feed it. Random incidents of lace break out from time to time. The nose delivers a light hop plume on top of malt breadiness. Smells refreshing and crisp. The taste is light and smooth with a fairly hefty degree of bitterness in the finish. Quite dry, but a slight sourness balances things out in the end to keep this feeling a bit more summer like and satisfying. Easy to drink and enjoyable to boot. Laga!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 02:57:08 | More by SupaCelt
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2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought this as an experimental sixer from Hy-Vee, and I wish I had read the label first. I'm not a huge fan of pilsners to begin with, and this is an explosion of the classic pilsner taste. There's some hops and grain and that's about it. It actually seemed a bit sour. Call me a hater if you want, but this is NOT going to be in my fridge ever again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 02:44:43 | More by DesMoinesMike
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-12-2012 18:16:38 | More by Jmick28
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-17-2014 23:15:00 | More by tviz33
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-26-2013 05:04:29 | More by Jackal
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3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Pilsner hourglass. Bottled 03/27/14

A- Pours a pale straw yellow, darker than Bud but lighter than Urquell. High degree of clarity with a big white head that quickly dissipated.

S- Nice typical Czech pilsner noble hop aroma, grassy with some slight Challah bread/communion wafer aroma. Not getting any skunkiness.

T- More noble hops since it's a Czech pilsner I'd say it's Saaz. Get some fresh baked Challah bread on the finish. A great American attempt at Pilsner Urquell.

M- Light and crisp and clean.

O- Surprised how pleasant this beer is, most American attempts at a Czech pilsner that I've had has always had an off flavor but this is clean and very similar to Pilsner Urquell. Forget your American wheats, and fruit flavor extract beers, this is what I'd like to have in the ridge at all times during the summer. Wish I could find it in cans.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 08:58:34 | More by PaulyB83
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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Light amber coloring with nice head and rather substantial lacing. High carbonation apparent. Good looking brew.

S: Nice pilsener tones, mostly grassy and malty tones with just a hint of the hops as well. Solid.

T & M: This is my go-to summer brew that I never got around to reviewing last year. Nice maltiness up front with crisp nicely bitter finish. Mouthfeel is not thin but not overbearing either, some slight buttery tones as well. Carbonation does not overwhelm.

D: Super drinkable, I could drink Summerfest all day long.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 01:40:08 | More by elniko
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3/5  rDev -18%

07-02-2013 17:58:16 | More by avschmitt
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-19-2014 01:17:52 | More by Theogre83
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-08-2014 19:25:29 | More by WesMantooth
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-08-2014 20:16:57 | More by HuntDaddy540
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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp clear golden yellow in color, active carbonation, foamy white head. Crisp, sweet malt aroma with some skunky noble-ish hop aroma, hints of lemon zest with some floral notes. The taste is much the same, sweet, crisp, clean pale grain malt. Skunky hops again, but the citrusy lemon is more distinct in the aftertaste, it lingers there and leaves the beer refreshing. Almost some sweet honey-like notes in the aftertaste as well. Fairly light bodied, easy drinking beer.

Overall: you know, a pretty good lighter lager. Light refreshing, great for a hot summer day (or a little bit cooler day when they are on fire sale in the fall.) I really like the lemony aftertaste it leaves.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 20:10:05 | More by dfried
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4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 18:01:19 | More by aepb1
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-06-2013 04:34:17 | More by BugTownPub
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-16-2013 23:03:33 | More by Bromine
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-02-2014 02:52:44 | More by Greasy
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-20-2014 01:11:24 | More by Phigg1102
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-10-2014 06:23:12 | More by jmtpi
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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