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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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1,520 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,520
Hads: 3,917
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 99
Gots: 463 | 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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Reviews: 1,520 | Hads: 3,917
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. (332 characters)

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. (296 characters)

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. (965 characters)

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! (440 characters)

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. (625 characters)

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. (621 characters)

Photo of jcance
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Overall a tasty pilsner. Very light, good to drink with food or in the early afternoon.nice carbonation and no offensive flavors. If you can get Nooner, though, I suggest you get it instead (189 characters)

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. (510 characters)

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. (832 characters)

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. (681 characters)

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. (1,380 characters)

Photo of RollingRocker
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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 (783 characters)

Photo of redzone3120
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of Rantingfury
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 (723 characters)

Photo of SiriusAth
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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! (987 characters)

Photo of benteach
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of pikemark
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of mayor55
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer lives up to it's advertising. Nice hot weather quaffer. Medium brown color. Very clean taste. This is what I think of when I here Bohemian style beer. Sierra Nevada seldom dissapoints. This beer will be going to Bear games this fall in a cooler full of ice. This is what American mass produced lager used to be . (322 characters)

Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: very light color. head quickly builds, and dissapstes quickly

Smell: smells a bit like fresh cut grass and a slight bit of lemon.

Taste/Mouth: very light. a bit of hop flavor up front,followed by some slight lemon and lemon peel flavor. very crisp.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable. great for a hot summer day. overall very impressed with this seasonal offering.

12 oz bottle in Denver, Colorado (409 characters)

Photo of aschwab
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had it at the flying saucer in Austin for their fire sale.

Not the biggest fan, tasted like most pilsners, not much flavor in my mind. Pours clear in color, with not much head. The smell of it is not all that strong. It was carbonated about right for a pilsner, but did not impress.

If it was a warm day, and wanted something to quench my thirst, I can see grabbing one of these. Other than that, it doesnt seem to give off much flavor. (438 characters)

Photo of fizzgig
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear gold, little head initially, slight ring persisting.

S: Pine and floral, more or less like other pilsners.

T: Like a middle of the road pilsner. Nothing too sharp or lingering.

M: Light, comes and goes pretty quick.

O: Keeping in perspective its purpose, it's just fine. Not necessarily a memorable experience but good for outdoor hot weather when heavier stuff won't do. (417 characters)

Photo of djwilson
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

pours a nice hazy yellow fizzy beer color. Just what is expected for a beer labeled as a summerfest lager!

pick up quite a bit of hops in the aroma, lightl grass, a little biscuit, and a slightly bready yeasty quality.

taste is pretty much what I expected, light, very crisp, with a light hop finish, with a light taste of caramel.

I could drink this beer all day. Goes down smooth, especially on a warm muggy, June night. Nothing special from Sierra Nevada but hit the mark for a good quality, easy drinking summer lager with enough hops to keep you interested. (609 characters)

Photo of dragonglen
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - A nice light and clear amber. A nice head foamed about 2 fingers high and left some lacing on the glass as it was consumed. A few bubbles continued to rise through the consumption.

S - A very average smell. A slight hint of citrus fruit, but not much more than that. My wife says it smells like beer.

T - I'm not a huge fan of Pilseners, but I didn't know it was a Pils before I drank it. I actually enjoyed it. You can definitely taste the hops, but overall the ale was light and crisp. A nice balance without much sophistication or unique flavors. Aftertaste was nice without too much sticking to the tongue.

M - A nice amount of carbonation, just how I like beers similar to this. It went down nice and smoothly.

D - Definitely a beer I could drink, especially for a cookout. It was nice and wet, but not a watered-down taste. I could drink 2 or 3 without any trouble, especially on a hot day. (961 characters)

Photo of jantonius
2.29/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Yellow to amber with slight haze, very thick head

S: Very earthy, slight grass and citrus

Taste: Little bitter and slightly malty

Mouthfeel: Too nuch carbonation, overpowers the beer

Drinkability: Ok summer beer, does not fit my choice in So Cal. Probably works in Chico, I am good for one of SN Summerfest. (314 characters)

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,520 ratings.