Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
There's something about a warm summer day that calls out for a cold glass of great beer, and this classic Czech-style lager is sure to fit the bill. Crisp, golden and refreshing, Summerfest is the perfect choice for soaking up the sunshine. Summerfest is a Czech-style lager featuring a slight malt sweetness, a spicy hop flavor, and the crisp finish you want on a hot summer day.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Reviews: 1,540 | Ratings: 3,984
Photo of squirrelpirate
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager poured a clear straw with a thick white head that quickly dissipated to a thin bubbly lace on the surface. I detected only faint grassy notes with a little malt sweetness.

This is a very crisp, refreshing beer with moderate carbonation. The taste is a smooth malty sweetness with mild hop presence lingering in the aftertaste. It has a light body and is very easy to drink, with a moderate mouthfeel that is a bit surprising.

Like a lot of the other reviews, I don't find this to be a good Czech Pils, but it is a very refreshing summer beer that I could easily drink for an afternoon. A good overall beer.

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Photo of chicagobill13
2.51/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I love Sierra nevada Beers but this one kind of disappoint me. A nice crisp clear lager. Nice session beer. Barely any head. Perfect on a hot summer day. I believe this beer would grow on me but I remember having this beer last year and loving it. I am thinking they change it every year. Is this true?

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Photo of cjl1209
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Crisp Summer Beer"

A - Pours a light gold with a small white head. Looks to be well carbonated judging by the bubbles running up my glass.

S - A little bit of grain and a little bit of hops. Not much going on here at all.

T - It's a little light in the flavor department as well. Citrusy hops and yeast accompanied by a pinch of lemon. Hoppy but not overtly bitter. Nice bite on the finish.

M - Medium-light and very crisp. Has the perfect body for a summer beer.

D - Through the roof; a perfect session brew.

Final Thoughts: Not a bad beer, it's just far too weak on the smell and the taste. Simply put, there's just not enough going on.

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Photo of kush6875
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of wmthorne
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the flying saucer in Cordova. Served a little warmer than I would prefer. That isn't the beers fault

Yellowish orange in color and almost no head. Smells a little hoppy but I can't distinguish a distinct aroma. I was expecting a little more.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Hoppy but not overpowering. Almost no lacing below the original pour.

I'll give it another shot cold from a bottle. I have no problem with this beer.

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Photo of Twerknasty
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours morning after color, foamy egg white head with decent bubbles. Smells very fresh, lively, and malt dominated. On the very background, a subtlety of hops arise. To start off, a very RS dominated palate, that subsides everything. Only a slight bit of grass taste, followed completely by sweet malts pertaining to cheerio/honey flavors. Refreshing, and a good pool-side brew is the best way to look at it.

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Photo of MirImage
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into a pint glass.

A: A crystal clear light golden color with a white head. The head dissapated too quickly for my liking but there was decent lacing.

S: Not much nose on this one. Smells a little like hay/staw.

T: A nice light pilsner. very good quencher with a little kick.

M: Light and crisp, not overly carbonated like some mainstream pilsners.

O: This could be a go to beer during a hot summer day at the beach or cookout. I wouldn't really go for it otherwise.

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Photo of dataskatt
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color. Nice head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Smell is underpowering...clean, grassy, some hay. Taste is clean, with hops & floral notes...a little pine. Overall, a nice refreshing beer. It is very similar to their pale ale, only lighter and not as intense of a smell or taste. Perfect for hot weather when you want less intensity. Enjoyable. Would buy again.

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Photo of honkey
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of stodbrew
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of ExMachina1
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of stuckonhops
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
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..

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Photo of zhooker
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of gus
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of 01121987
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

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Photo of Hoptopher
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of thisisshsas
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of Maninthearena
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of russellaaron69
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of djbst73
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good. A bit too subdued as a Czech pilsner, could almost pass for a Helles Lager but a bit too hoppy for that. Had the same gripe with the Nooner Pils. Nevertheless a very good lager and I prefer it to the Nooner. A straightfoward , quality, easy drinking Pilsner.

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Photo of barleypopmaker
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,540 ratings.