Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

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

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.

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Reviews: 1,580 | Ratings: 4,144
Photo of california_republic
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Packaged 3/20/2017

Look: Clear, golden, light straw color with sizeable head

Smell: Sweet bread malts, cracker, honey, lemon, floral, spice. Profile is very aromatic and speaks to the high quality and attention to detail of Sierra Nevada brews.

Taste/Feel: Bright and lemony at the beginning with a lot of carbonation makes it very inviting and refreshing. Middle is crackery and bubbly with a hint of honey and slight hop bitterness. Finish is dominated by grain, honey, and herbs like a good sweet tea.

Overall: Excellent. Refreshing and actually sessionable with great flavor and aroma and a pretty big honey character. Objectively, it's excellent and I can't find anything wrong with it. There's nothing to complain about. But in relation to other pilsners, it's not like this is some outstanding miracle. The truth is that the Czech pilsner is such a time-honored classic that you've either made an perfection or you've made garbage. Summerfest doesn't stand head and shoulders above the rest, but there's also nothing that I would change about it.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a gold with a good sized white head. Flavor consists of grass, mild citrus, floral notes, low bitterness, and some pleasant sweet malts. Feels great, smooth and creamy. Great refreshing pilsener.

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Photo of kitekid
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

enjoyed this just 18 days after bottling!
-clear, golden color decent white head that dissipates quickly
-slight malt aroma
-crisp, clean taste. little floral. a little citrus, and a faint lingering sweetness
-light with moderate carbonation, refreshing
-I could (and will) drink a lot of these this summer
I've been experiencing IPA overload here lately and this was the perfect antidote
I like this beer ... a lot

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Photo of Riff
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, golden yellow with a minimal white head that faded off quickly. Smells of lemon and crackers. Not very aromatic. Taste is lemons, grassy, some cracker, and a bit of a white wine flavor. Feel is light body. Taste fades quickly and cleanly. It's a hot summer day and this goes great with it, would certainly have this again.

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Photo of drmeto
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear straw golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-lemon,floral,spicy,biscuity,honey,red apple
-spicy,lemon,grassy,honey,white wine
-finishes dry
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light body
Solid Lager, that is more german than czech though.

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Photo of gandres
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
S: Light amber pale, hazy small off white foam
Smell: low aroma, not a lot
Taste: low bitterness
Feel: lively carbonation, sudden drop with long finish
OA: very good lager, repeat: yes, look for: No"
Drank: 10/21/2016 8:00 PM

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "PKGD" date 05/03/16.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light golden color with less than one finger white head that quickly dissipated until just a ring of small bubbles remained around the glass, there is no lacing present, medium carbonation.

SMELL: crackers and honey sweetness, very faint to the nose.

TASTE: initially sweet honey then crackers and then a lemon citrus note and a light hop kiss at the end.

PALATE: lighter body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this beer is not much to look at but it's a good tasting lager perfect for the Fourth of July, this beer would have broad appeal and would be a safe bet for a family gathering, I would buy this again for myself and this would be my "go to" when hosting friends and family.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here comes a bright yellow and golden beer with great professsional grade clarity and a firm 3/4" white top. Could be Budweiser it looks so good. Aroma has lots of lemon and hop zest.

Surprisingly bitter, this is definitely fitting the bill of those mass produced lagers, but this one drops substantially more content in it, hops, impart actual flavor here, not just bitterness, which is ample. The lemon takes on a Sorachi Ace kind of connotation even though I believe there are none actually in here. Lager yeast is clean, not really fruity, although that could easily be what contributes to the lemon summertime feels.

Solid summer choice for someone not looking for massive hops or gose/berlinner weirdness.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear gold color with a small white head. The aroma is all hops and malt. The taste follows the nose but also has a nice dose of pepper.

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Photo of mpyle
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ap Golden and brilliantly clear. Modest white head with some creaminess and retention. Coarse, cola like carbonation bubbles

Ar. Soft nose, malt, sulfur, minimal hop. Mostly clean. More noble hops (spicy/herbal) as warms.

Flav. A bit of malt sweetness and some spicy noble hop flavors up front. Clean flavor profile. Finishes with some gentle bitterness.

Mf. Med body and med high carb. Very unobtrusive mouthfeel.

Overall Flavor and aroma not quite up with best of style, but a super drinkable seaonal lager from Sierra Nevada. As warms up seems a bit like an American Pilsner Urquel

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Well, we are going on the last legs of summer here in the 2nd to last day of August. Cracked my one and only Summerfest for you beach-ball hittin' babes out there.

Summerfest pours a strikingly golden coin color with 3 fingers of voluptuous head, leaving tons of lace behind. Haze and sediment float lightly around the glass.

Aromas of oranges, pears, fresh cut apples, pilsner malts, and fresh cornbread.

Flavor is pretty darn great at the front, with lots of fruit and bread notes, namely pear and sourdough; but towards the finish it just falls flat. Lots of ashy flavors, stale pilsner malts, 3 year old bubble gum pulled from a railing (or what I think that would taste like), metal, and dirt. The first 2 seconds great, the last 8, a big nope.

Feel is crisp and tight, gives off a very nice effervescence. Semi Dry finish.

Overall, the Summerfest seems to promise a lot but fails to deliver in a big way. I wish the finish on this was better, but maybe I just got a severely light-struck bottle :-(

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For the style it is a dead ringer for a nice Czech pilsner - sooo not sure why they call it a lager, why not just call it a summer fest pilsner. Aaaanyway, regardless of how the marketing guys wanted to name this beer I still love it. Bright hops + light bodied malt makes this a very drinkable and enjoyable lager/pilsner. Many of the pilsners are a big over hopped for the style in my opinion. As a comparison this is tastier than the Nooner Pilsner from Sierra Nevada just because I think the got the hops to malt ratio dialed in better.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 6-pack from Don Quiojte $7.77
Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Slight tangy taste, not much else
Made for hot summer weather, but not much better than a macrobrew so i would pass on this.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clear yellow gold with very little smell, with what aroma it has being grassy and malty. Tastes true to the label, very crisp indeed. Sweet and grassy, with a touch of hops, with a very light, drinkable feel. This is what a summer beer should be. Another fine offering from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of drpimento
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not too bad, but a bit too sweet for me. Aroma is grain, grass, crackers. Flavor's similar to nose, more sweet than bitter. Thank goodness sufficient carbonation. Sweet finish.

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Photo of singletary
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has a nice golden color with a malt smell. The taste is good with a bit of bitterness but not very strong. This is a very nice offering from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't know if it's just my preferences mutating, but this beer seems to get more solid every year. Very crisp and bright, well balanced with a nice bready sweetness, and complimented with a noble hop like profile. Very refreshing. Cheers!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color. It's not crystal clean straw looking like a Rothaus Pils, but it definitely falls within what I look for in a pilsner. Not much aroma, but extremely nice saltine cracker flavor with some light bitterness. Not too spicy, not at all skunky. Ultimately, this is a tremendously refreshing summer beer from one of the venerable craft breweries.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Six curses from a lager wasteland
What happened to make the nightmare so real?
Hops Lightning
Underneath the moon
Hops Lighting
Born and bred heathen
Drunk on the blood of angels

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Comes in a clear, bubbly straw color with a nice foamy white head

Smells of sweet grains, flowers, grass, peppery spice, and minerally water.

Tastes of biscuit, lightly toasty graininess, grass, with a zing of green pepper on the finish. More balanced for a pilsner, as opposed to their more hoppy German pilsner Nooner. Finishes very crisp and clean, with a slight drying.

The mouthfeel is light, but feels closer to medium thanks to the plentiful carbonation that keeps things moving on the palate.

A very refreshing pilsner for the hot summer months. Thanks to Sierra Nevada for another great lager.

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Photo of ronjohn
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a fan of lagers and IPAs. This is a nice offering from Serra Nevada. Light, golden, very crisp and refreshing. Nice carbonation, no bitterness. A noted lighter departure from Sierra Nevada's typical beer. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely clear straw in color. not great head retention.
Spicy saaz hops in the aroma, some sweet malt, not overwhelming
Big spicy, grassy hops. Lots of sweet crackery pils malt, some honey, a bit floral
A little sweet, but very refreshing and easy drinking.
Nice pils, well done.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Nice golden, crystal clear, but the head only ends up with the thinnest ring (tap pour, so can't tell build up before).

Grassy to hay-like, herb bread, lager yeast detectable. Light metallic note.

Light bread malt - almost a white bread like note, with its light sweetness. Balanced quite early by the neutral to grassy bitterness. Stays pretty balanced through mid taste, but the bitterness takes over. It becomes grassy and slightly metallic.

Crisp, light, straightforward a beer that leaves my palate with just a light bitter tingle, requesting another sip.

Definitely a good beer to grab when actually thirsty. A beer it would take a few to get tired of. It does fade a little in enjoyment for me as it warms, though. Luckily it's pleasant enough to drink that it is unlikely to get too warm too often.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great summer beer. Very light and smooth. Full body and great overall characteristics. Pours nice, good head. I really enjoy most of Sierra Nevada beers, this one is a top summer beer for 2016.

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Photo of stevoj
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light, smooth and drinkable. Clear golden with small white head. Light grain aroma, taste is crackers, bread, more cereal grains. Hops are an afterthought, not enough for any bite or finish. As the name implies, a good summer beer though....

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