Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
Ranked #186
Ranked #24,572
3.68 | pDev: 12.77%
Sep 14, 2023
Jun 18, 2001
Summerfest is golden bright, balancing delicate yet complex malt alongside spicy, floral hops. Hints of lemon zest lead into a dry finish, and the sessionable 5% ABV invites another round on those endless summer days.
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Rated: 3.57 by Myboymi from Kansas

Sep 14, 2023
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Reviewed by 6stubbies from Florida

1.88/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
Dry bitter pretender of a Pilsner. From draft no head, flat. Slight citrus doughy smell. Taste was more bitter than IBU rating. Refreshing at first but couldn’t get over the bitter aftertaste that left my mouth dry reaching for water. In fairness maybe it was a bad draft but I will steer clear of this.
Aug 23, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Aug 04, 2023
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Reviewed by Death_Adder from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Has a beautiful golden color, decent head, and practically no aroma. The taste is lemony and light. It is a fine and refreshing lager, but I'm more likely to grab a slightly cheaper pack of Miller High Life or PBR. Jeremy Piven probably loves this stuff.

Style: Lager | Tap/Can/Bottle: Can | Abv: 5% | Rating: 3.5
Jul 22, 2023
Rated: 3.58 by bret27 from California

Jul 15, 2023
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Reviewed by kotocar from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
It's definitely better then that pilsner (nooner). It's got a slight fruity taste in the background. It's a little bitter. I thought this would be much more refreshing. I think it's the dry bitterness of it all.
Jul 11, 2023
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Reviewed by Skabiski from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Not a bad beer by any means, just kind of boring. IMO another over-hopped lager. For those of you who love this stuff, I will leave it on the shelf for you. Enjoy
Jul 06, 2023
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
poured from a 12oz can into a half pint glass. pours straw gold with a slight chill haze to it. a finger of soapy white foam head. lemon and herbal notes on the nose. taste follows. it’s super easy drinking. medium-full mouthfeel bordering on thinner. pretty good.
Jul 05, 2023
Rated: 3.36 by SpaethJam from New York

Jul 04, 2023
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Reviewed by barneyrubble from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Color is clean and transparent and Golden Yellow.
Nose is light lemon and mild yeast
Taste is a nice lemon tinged malty profile with a subtle hop dryness, not too bitter, just right.
Excellent medium body with a smooth and clean finish. Some light carbonation through the taste and a bit of thickness at the end.

Overall a very worthy beer and one that should be brewed year-round. Just a bit different from other Bohemian or Czech style to make it fun!
Jun 30, 2023
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Rated by Barettes from Washington

3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Clear as a cloudless day.
Lemon, floral, and biscuit on the nose and tongue
Yum Yum
Jun 30, 2023
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
crystal clear straw yellow, voluminous white head of loose/large-ish bubbles, but the head goes away pretty quickly. No real lacing. Nose and taste are both herbal/grass/ lemon zest with some barely there hop bitterness. Very easy drinking. Nice mouthfeel with moderate to mild fine carbonation and clean finish. Very easy to drink multiples of this on a hot day
Jun 29, 2023
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Rated by calvin_os from Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Not as refreshing as I was expecting. Still drank quite a few though.
Jun 25, 2023
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Reviewed by mcm180 from Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Poured from 12oz can into my trusty Guinness glass.

Golden yellow beer color. Nothing unique, but it’s pretty. Kinda like a newscaster is pretty in a generic way.

Smells floral, lemony, and round. Full. Not quite lemon Pledge but full. Even for my poor smelling.

Taste: too spicy-hoppy to be refreshing. The can lied to me. Tastes like it’s trying hard to be a proper snobby craft beer instead of a drinkable lager. Or like Sierra Nevada just couldn’t help themselves and made another IPA.

Feel: a little thick and syrupy. Decent carbonation, but the overly heavy feel kinda goes with the hifalutin beer thing.

Overall: not for me.
Jun 24, 2023
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Reviewed by Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
April - July 2023 Seasonal Release - 6 pack
12 oz. can dated 060523 (6/05/23) - 5.0% ABV / 28 IBU
Brewed and canned in Chico, CA or Mills River, NC
Poured into a Bell's branded nonic pint glass

Look - Pours a thin and fizzy off-white head that dies down pretty quickly. Crystal clear, golden yellow appearance with tons of streaming bubbles.
Smell - The scent is mostly floral hops and lager yeast. Also picking up some woodiness and slight zesty lemon qualities.
Taste - The taste follows the nose with the floral hops and woodiness dominating the most. The slight bitterness seems to be cancelled by a lemon sweetness in the aftertaste.
Feel - Medium bodied with a semi-crisp mouthfeel and finishes dry.
Overall - Nice hop characteristics for an easy drinking lager.
Jun 22, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by siege06nd from Virginia

Jun 21, 2023
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Rated by AZgman from Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Meh, not up to the hype. Not bad, not great.
Jun 20, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by mkh012 from Colorado

Jun 19, 2023
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Reviewed by whitro17 from Florida

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Look - clear pale straw, white head that disappeared quickly, no lacing
Smell - floral, bready malt, light menthol
Taste - lemon zest, grassy, bready, fruity, spice
Feel - light body and carbonation, dry finish
Overall - So intrigued by all the pics posted and solid reviews of this lager that I had to pick one up and see for myself what all the hype was about. Pour was an old school pale straw and the scent brought back memories of the lagers I grew up on. Bready malts, floral and a hint of menthol on the nose. The taste is bready, grassy and fruity but enhanced by the lemon zest and a bit of spice. Good brew that is a refreshing summer lager best enjoyed while listening to Du Hast by Rammstein.
Jun 18, 2023
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Rated by billlang from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Good hop profile. Slight lemon and bread taste. Great summer beer.
Jun 16, 2023
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