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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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3,576 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,576
Reviews: 1,473
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 64
Gots: 244 | 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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Photo of lsummers
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a great two finger white fluffy head.

Smells of citric buscuty hops and hay.

Tastes of sweet buiscut nutty barley sugar with some grassy almost apricot like hop notes to end on. Very pleasant and light, maybe a touch too light.

Mouthfeel is fairly round actually yet still retains it's sharpness from the carbonation.

Overall, this is a great lawnmower beer. Perfect for those hot days out in the sun. If your looking for something that is going to be brimming with taste, this one is a little subdued. Can't wait to try it again though.

lsummers, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of h4ger
4/5  rDev +9.3%

h4ger, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Lurkerson
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Lurkerson, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Barnsley
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Barnsley, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Kornoms
3/5  rDev -18%

Kornoms, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Kevlee722
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Kevlee722, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of toppoop
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

toppoop, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of SoCaliC8
4/5  rDev +9.3%

SoCaliC8, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of UncleAddie
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

UncleAddie, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
4/5  rDev +9.3%

raythealeman, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of dugly2ugly
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

dugly2ugly, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of bifrost17
4/5  rDev +9.3%

bifrost17, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Andrew041180
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear gold with about a finger's worth of head. The head holds for a while, then dissipates into a thin covering which leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. I am impressed.

S - The thing that I don't dig so much about lagers, and pilsners in particular, is that malty funkiness that I associate with European style beers. However, there is something about the blend here that is encouraging.

T - I still taste that funkiness that I'm not a huge fan of, but I also taste a sweeter malty note that really causes me to reflect. The finish is very clean and leaves me wanting more, not because I'm trying to cover up an unpleasant finish, but because I like the way the taste develops.

M - I like the bubbles. Very smooth and clean tasting.

O - I happened to have this beer on a relatively cool night while grilling up some BBQ chicken, but I've also had it playing lawn games on a hot afternoon. I find it to be a refreshing break from my IPAs and always look forward to this one, despite my hangups on the style.

Andrew041180, May 08, 2013
Photo of dankjohn
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

dankjohn, May 31, 2014
Photo of ngandhi
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004

Sierra Nevada Summerfest is America's attack on the German pilsener beer. Sufficient grain, especially on the start, with prickly bittering that's subdued by honeyed malt and balanced, yet mouthwatering, herbal hop flavor and aroma. The finish is of lemon zest peeled by someone who just ate an orange. Use a different yeast, and this could be a pretty typical American pale ale, but as a lager it truly shines.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, May 15, 2004
Photo of oakbluff
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours light golden, good clarity and nice white head. Nose- very grassy . Taste- grassy, herbal and spicy hops with light toasty malts. Medium mouthfeel for a lager of this style, but finishes clean. Dry finish with crisp carbonation. Good summer time quaffer.

oakbluff, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Body, white head that holds a nice ring and wisps of foam and laces well

Bready Malts, and distinctly saaz hops in the aroma.

Flavor is similar to the aroma. Nice saaz character

light and crisp mouthfeel, effervescent carbonation

Overall, a nice drinkable czech pils

MSchae1017, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of inebrius
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another beer poured into a Holiday Inn tumbler. I either need to get a set of travel glassware or take up a different hobby.

Summerfest pours (a colorful descriptive) with a (descriptive) head. The (fancy word for smell) is all fruity cereal flakes, matchsticks and dead lawn. Summerfest inspires me about as much as the tumbler I'm gulping it from. It's really a decent brew though. I imagine if I lived in a house and mowed my own lawn I would drink water afterward, but after the water and maybe a sandwich or something this might be good. It seems a bit heavy grain on the attack but a nice bunch of herbal greens takes over quickly enough. I like it better really cold.

inebrius, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

AlexM, May 26, 2012
Photo of VaporDome
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

VaporDome, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Naes
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very clear straw colored beer with a decent white head and a good amount of visible carbonation.
The aroma is nothing special, as it just has a bit of malt to it.
The flavor is of toasted malt with slight amounts of hops near the finish. It is similar to a macro lager, but is less sweet.
Mouth feel is light in body with ample carbonation.

Naes, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of Necronomad
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Necronomad, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

foxyaardvark27, May 16, 2013
Photo of chodinheaven
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear straw color with a white and bubbly one inch head that has decent retention. Smells slightly skunked maybe, and a slight floral hop to counteract that.

Taste is more complex than your normal pilsener or lager with a small hoppy bitterness that balances out a fun little maltiness. both flavors are pretty subtle but create a really solid and refreshing beer on a hot summer day. With a perfect crisp and totatlly refreshing mouthfeel, this beer becomes one of my favorites to simply enjoy when I'm relaxing in the summer. It's fairly simple and concise, leaving me to enjoy a decent beer that's also refreshing.

chodinheaven, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Larrydoherty
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Larrydoherty, May 27, 2013
Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,576 ratings.