Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Bohemian 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,205
Reviews:
1,633
Ratings:
4,347
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of draegerjosh
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elglueckert
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beersampler6
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice Pilsner that would be great to drink on a hot summer day. Clear golden color with just a little lingering head and lacing. Smells of malt, grain and just a touch of lemon. Tastes similarly, along with some trace hoppy notes. Clean finish and mouthfeel, not too much of that “lager” aftertaste. Good carbonation.

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Photo of Beerisgood69
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lagermademedoit
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YonDeLuis
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.39/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AlfaMale
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very crisp and clean. Great for a hot summer afternoon or evening relaxing on the deck. Pours smoothly with very little head. Very reminiscent of a true German lager as found in-country (not imported or brewed over here in the USA). Slightly sweet, but with just a hint of spicy undertones. Beautiful light amber color. This could quickly become one of my favorite lagers.

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3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The clear light golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 3/4” white head that slowly but visibly recedes while leaving some rings and a spider web of leggy lacing on the sides of the glass. Eventually the head becomes a thin cap that then becomes an irregular thin island of foam with a thick ring around the glass. Sipping leaves a couple of arches along with patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas are light and mostly about the floral and spicy hops with their grassy, herbalists hop character. There’s also a bit of crackery malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with a nice mix of spiciness, floral and herbal bitter hops backed up by crackery malts that bring along a slight sweetness. The balance, however, is a bit different than expected from the nose in that the herbal, spicy bitterness is more forward.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, clean and crisp with the moderate, slightly prickly carbonation. The finish begins as the malt character and it’s light sweetness fade away to leave a slightly spicy and herbal dry finish.

Overall this is an enjoyable and easily drinkable beer that has some nice light spicy, grassy, herbal and floral character that makes it very refreshing and dry in the ending. A really good beer for the warm summer evening and relaxing on the back porch with friends.

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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 4,347 ratings