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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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3,268 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,268
Reviews: 1,450
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 57
Gots: 143 | 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 kojevergas


2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm somewhat over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of slight cream, okay thickness, and average retention. Clear yellow colour. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Clean malts, bland hops, and some barley. A very boring and bland aroma. Average strength. Not particularly appealing.

T: Clean malts lend it body. Background floral hops give it a little character, but not enough to save it from its simplicity. There's very little going on here. No yeast or alcohol notes are present. There's some malty sweetness on the climax. The finish is bland, but at least it's a change of pace from the body - some crystal malt is all that really comes through. Bland and boring all around.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thick enough. Acceptable carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but mundane. I'm pretty underwhelmed - but hey, it's Sierra Nevada. I wouldn't get this again, but it's a decent little pilsener. Probably best on draught.


Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 01:28:34 | More by kojevergas
Photo of beernads


3/5  rDev -18%

05-18-2013 06:58:30 | More by beernads
Photo of corby112


3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

On draft at The Bishop's Collar. Pours a pale golden yellow that is completely clear with a thin white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. No lacing at all and not very impressive looking at all.

Bland aroma with very faint earthy hops along with a pale malt presence. Hints of yeast, bread, pilsner malt, grass, stra and faint light fruit.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice crisp hop bite up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt body into a slightly dry, refreshing finish. Dry bitter hops up front countered by sweet pale malts and crisp light fruit notes, especially apple and pear. Slight bready yeast with faint grassy straw notes. Very quaffable especially in hot summer weather.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2011 09:17:03 | More by corby112
Photo of MarkyMOD


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-01-2012 01:10:25 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light gold with good head retention.

S: Nose biscuity, cracker like with a nice floral hop presence

T: A nice refreshing biscuit, grain and floral hop mixture. This beer is clean, crisp

M: Light bodied, drisp, refreshing with a nice subtle bitterness

O: Overall a good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 12:17:56 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh man, I remembered this just being a light lager, but I've since gotten into pilsners and this one impresses me. The aroma got me first, it's pretty spot-on with the imported pilsner's like Jever or Budvar - slightly sour with a bland grain element. The flavor is surprisingly strong with a burst of citris and grassy hop flavors. It tastes like American hops might be in there. There's a nice white head and lacing to complete the appearance, and like all good pilsners, its quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 01:24:51 | More by tempest
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

BB date 04/10/09, served lightly chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: dark golden hue, an off-white creamy head with good retention, on top of lively carbonation full of microscopic fizz.
S: deeply flowery aromatic hops hand in hand with semi-candyish+honeyish+lightly grainy malts (reminiscent of some pale Scottish ale I've tried), intense aroma of fruitiness like peach and sweet lemon-grass sustains solid in the background.
T: a mouthful of spritzy, lightly toasted grainy flavour descends on the palate, along with an intensifying flow of sweet fruity and mildly honeyish flavour; gradually giving way to an herbal-hoppy and quietly bitter aftertaste that is bittersweet, zesty and dryish in the finish, where the lager's crisp sourness keeps a restrained presence.
M&D: lively but still smooth on the mouthfeel, with a medium-plus hoppiness in support of the overall malty flavour upfront, although in the end a slightly sticky mouthfeel gradually prevails. This is a decent lager overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 19:19:50 | More by wl0307
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz 2007 bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Golden straw color with light carbonation. Nice clarity. Slowly dissipating one finger head that leaves thin film over surface
S: Malty, grassy smell. Nothing spectacular, but appealing
T: Crisp, refreshing flavor to start, with a hoppy bitter finish. Some hints of lemon.
M/D: Medium bodied, mild carbonation finishes very dry with bitter aftertaste. Nothing too spectacular, nothing bad. Nice summer beer but coming from SN slightly disappointing compared to some of their other seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 20:08:04 | More by yourefragile
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New York

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

12 ouncer, twist top, no freshness/dating info given. Pours light golden and clear, near white head and just a tad o' fine lacing left behind. Spicy nose of lemony, grassy hops. Crisp, flavorful lager, subtle notes of light lemon/lime/gin. Grassy and floral hops. Fine warm weather brew. Underated member of the SN line up

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 23:40:43 | More by Billolick
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a golden bright yellow crystal clear body with strong carbonation and a soapy white head.

S-The aroma of pilsner malt and German hops are strong in the nose. Very crisp clean smell.

T- This beer has a good smooth hop flavor up front with a sharp malt finish. The hop bitterness does linger in the dry crisp finish. There is a bit of American citrus hops also at the finish that gives it more depth and character than typical to euro pale lagers. It has a bit of and acidic finish perhaps from the carbonation.

M-The mouthfeel is medium-full with some slipperiness and a bit of fizz from the bubbles.

D- This is a beer with a lot of character for this style. Nice complexity yet very good for quafting in the heat of the summer. The carbonation is strong but it doesn't really work with the slippery mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 19:35:50 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One word for this beer: crisp. It has a nice snap to it as you sip and its very refreshing. It may not be as extreme as other beer styles out there but this one is great to have on a nice, hot day. I have yet to be let down from this brewery and they seem to tackle all assortments of styles with ease.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 21:34:29 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of stakem


3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a can of this. Poured into a Sierra Nevada snifter, the brew appears a perfectly clear golden yellow with streaming bubbles of carbonation that support a finger of white head. As the cap fades, it leaves patches of stringy lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with a scent of biscuit-like grain. Enough hops are there to provide almost a lemony fresh citrus quality blended with grass and an herbal component. The aromatics blend back and forth between sweet and grainy and herbal with hops. A nice balance with a soft touch of fruity alcohol as it warms up.

The taste is sweet with a flavor of cereal-like grain that is slightly bready. A bit of fruit indication like lemon blends into some herbal and grassy hops that provides enough bitterness to contrast. As the brew warns up, a hint of sulfur emerges mingling with the hops and sweetness.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest to lively amount of carbonation. This brew is light, crisp, refreshing and overall clean and enjoyable. Certainly a summertime offering worth checking out that is fitting and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: can

07-03-2013 21:43:31 | More by stakem
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-13-2013 02:17:46 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of Zorro


3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brew with a sticky white head.

Smell is pleasant and grainy with a biscuit malt scent. There is a good solid dose of Nobel hops in the smell, nice herbal perfume and a bit of grassiness. Slight fruity nature comes out after a bit.

Taste is faint sweetness and heavy noble hops. Very fruity and perfume on the tongue. Stout bitterness in the aftertaste makes the dryness of the beer. Very good beer but the hop level makes my brain say Pilsner and not Lager.

Mouthfeel is quite good solid but not cloying.

Very satisfying and drinkable beer. A good Pilsner when you can't find a Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 01:50:09 | More by Zorro
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-20-2013 16:01:07 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good carbonation and head. Citrusy overtone, clearly a light body, crisp, clean summer lager. Some hops on the finish but they don't rip your face off.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2002 16:19:53 | More by jdhilt
Photo of woodychandler


4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This showed up recently at The Fridge and went into my fridge awaiting furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). Reviewed 08-14-2013.

It was a long day of paranoia and I was jonesing for a beer, so I executed a quick Crack and an inverted Glug, resulting in two fluffy, foamy fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was a sunshine yellow with NE-quality clarity. SRM = 4 to 5. Nose had a great Noble hop grassiness underlain with a light biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and man, this really hit the spot! The Saaz hops commingled beautifully with the malt to create a light, easy drinking lager in the form of a Pils. Finish was crisp, dry, refreshing and I may have found a new CANdidate for the summer cooler.

My original bottle review from 07-07-2005 with scores of 4.0; 2.5; 3.0; 4.0 and 3.5 follows:

This poured with a decent white head, but it just evaporated to wispiness. I had a light malt smell, but even that was tough to discern. It had a nice tang in the mouth, but no taste that really jumped out. The finish was lightly grainy, not so much of malt, but more like wheat, or (heaven forbid) corn. It just reminded me of being out in the fields behind my maternal grandparents' house as a kid. It was a decent beer, but I'd like something with a bit more flavor, even in the summer.

Serving type: can

07-07-2005 14:06:31 | More by woodychandler
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-15-2011 22:19:39 | More by orangesol
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of gentle carbonation and some hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts with light to moderate aromas of spicy and floral/herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts that is followed by light to moderate building to moderate flavors of hops - initially spicy but more herbal towards the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers only slightly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, a very enjoyable beer for the summer - I'm enjoying this one while I'm making and grilling up some burgers.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 22:56:16 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of DoubleJ


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a stange, it's frothy white head floats on top the clear straw colored body. Aroma is grassy. In taste, it's more of a helles lager than a pilsner to me, as there isn't much hop profile, which is surprising given this is a Sierra Nevada brew. Somewhat like drinking saltine crackers with grassy notes to it. It's still a pretty good hot weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 05:04:31 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-12-2014 01:23:13 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Wasatch


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05 edition Pours a clear yellow color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing afterwards. Scents of malt, lemon grassy, and kinda sweet. Very nice taste of .light malty and sweet. Light body. Very drinkable lager from SN. Another very nice brew from SN.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 02:28:19 | More by Wasatch
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer 4 of 4 for the Sierra Nevada Tasting Event at Stub and Herbs that I reviewed.

Poured into 6 oz Sierra Nevada sample glass. Pours a small head, due to the glass. Color is a clear straw yellow. Very little lace.

Smell is very grainy and corn-like. Not one of my favorite smells coming from a Sierra Nevada beer.

Taste: Just like the smell. Very grainy and I get a metallic flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp. Over carbonated. Very light bodied.

Overall, this is by far my least favorite offering from Sierra Nevada. I don't plan on ever buying this, but maybe on a HOT summer day I could try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 20:08:47 | More by mothman
Photo of ejimhof


5/5  rDev +36.6%

12-06-2011 23:29:28 | More by ejimhof
Photo of BARFLYB


3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada Pint glass.

Bud light yellow leaning towards a blond color that's quite bright. Sediment free with no debris. A stealth pour yielded a foamy top 1/4 of the glass with the white stuff, no lace.

Not a bold nose here, very muted, smells like a slightly fruity pilsner. Pale malts and some European hops.

A real crisp Pilsner right here. The taste is not much but man is it refreshing. A light sense of malt breadiness, straw, lemon spritz and hop bite at the end that's a bit floral. Simple and a good Czech Pilsner.

Light in body without being thin, the carb is nice and packing a punch without numbing the tip of the tounge. Goes down all to easy. Quite a drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:39:49 | More by BARFLYB
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