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Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,952
Reviews:
1,610
Ratings:
4,244
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.95
 
 
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141
Gots:
658
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Ratings: 4,244 |  Reviews: 1,610
Photo of Can_has_beer
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pinnacle of pils! In the past year I've started to appreciate pilsners and Summerfest is always number one. There are plenty of great pilsners that I can get year round, but nothing compares to the spicy noble hop flavor of Summerfest. School's out.

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Photo of maplacek
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of california_republic
5/5  rDev +36.2%
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 rrryanc
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of scinnh
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of Antonius08
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of johnrs
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of sunavamitch
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of ctbjr1309
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of apu1
4.99/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cresant
4.97/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. 2006 brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Clear, pale yellow body topped with two fingers of head. Modest head faded with no lacing.

Smell was WOW. Clean, crispy, spicy. Floral with slight metal. Perle and Saaz hops. Yum.

Taste was fantastic too. Nice interplay of Two Row Pale, Munich malts and grinding fresh hops. Malts ride in the backseat (where I like them). Slight hints of alfalfa sprouts. Nice biting dry finish. This provides all I want in a pilsner (one of my favorite styles) and seems to be a benchmark for the style.

Mouthfeel was coarse and raspy, just as I like in a Czech Pilsner. Medium bodied. I will return again, and again.

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Photo of wollybugger
4.88/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada obviously knows what they are doing. Although still fairly knew in the beer world, Sierra Nevada Summerfest is clearly one of the top lagers I have ever tasted!

I will say that it is good consumed out of a bottle, but on tap it is money. The beer is clear in appearance with a creamy head (my kegerator CO2 regulator is set at 5Lb psi and pours a perfect head every time.) It has an easy entry with a slight hoppy after taste. Summerfest is only 5% abv, so this becomes a great social beer.

Sierra Nevada is always impressive and once again they don't dissapoint. Treat yourself this summer, and tap a Summerfest

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Photo of RJB66
4.88/5  rDev +33%

Photo of yzer
4.88/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager 2008.

Bottling date (on shoulder of bottle) was 08074, or March 14, 2008. My Summerfest was purchased today and was 18 days old.

First of all, this is a Czech Pilsener. I don't find much reason to subject a beer like this to extended bottle conditioning. Enjoy it young while the flavors are bright. With the new SN caps it should keep fine for six months under refrigeration. We're not talking IPAs or barleywines here.

I went into the store today to buy another 6-pack Bigfoot barleywine. It was sold out and replaced by another SN seasonal: Summerfest.

Luckily, I still have some Bigfoot and Celebration laid up on the boat.

After all of the IPAs this winter it was good to run into this old friend. I enjoyed Summerfest 2007 through July of last year before it sold out. In fact, I was drinking more Summerfest than SN Pale Ale last summer.

The 2008 Summerfest has a generous white and thick head, as much as you could want from a lager. There is a torrent of carbonation that swirls up from the bottom of the glass stein and stays active. Nice deep golden color with a little long-lasting lacing: very good for a Pilsener.

Fruity hops from the first sniff, sharp toasty hops with a lot of complexity. It's amazing how anyone can produce such a light Pilsener with that much carbonation and body.

A tangy malt and lingering hops make for a dry and very drinkable lager. I'll be focusing on Sierra Nevada Summerfest and Pale Ale as the California heat settles in.

Excellent.

It's the following day, another bottle of Summerfest and a few more comments are in order.

I just love this Pilsener. The abundant and complex hops of this brew are a delight. I get that warm hops woodiness on the exhale and remember the firt times I enjoyed a very good Czech Pilsener. Crystal clear, golden, lively with a body that reminds you it's a real beer and not a macro.

As much as I would like to see a number of SN seasonals made available year long, this would be my choice. Summerfest has the potential to be enjoyed by a broader spectrum of beer lovers than Celebration, Bigfoot or IPA: three of my bottled SN favorites. Summerfest just isn't around long enough.

Brew up Summerfest all year long. America needs a Czech Pilsener like this all of the time.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.86/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

appearance : pale yellow color

Smell :floral , grassy , biscuity

Taste : it has a nice floral , spice and biscuit taste with a great malt background to the finish the beer off. The beer is well balanced and made. Nice summer time beer to enjo at picnic or any outdoor outing.

Mouthfeel : medium mouthfeel and body to this beer

A well made lager with great characteristics of a European lager. If you enjoy beers like Stella Artois , Heineken try out this great beer . I highly recommend it !

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Photo of billybob
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured a slightly opaque straw yellow color with a head equal to your pour style and leaving fair lacing on the glass. spicy hop smell. taste slight bread, spice hop. mouthfeel medium, smooth, very well balanced. very easy beer to drink very enjoyable put it on your list.

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Photo of TroyS
4.82/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this years Summerfest at MarCellar's in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It's a really great brew with nice smooth overtones. Yum yum. Some hints of banana. This brew is very clear and doesn't have much head to stick around. It's really really good beer. Go get some! Cheers! PlS. I'll have to add a pic later - saving bottle;)

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Photo of jlenik
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Victory Prima Pils pilsner glass.

a: clear, pale, and golden. an offwhite eggshell colored head about a fingers worth that remained for a few minutes.

s: a little hoppy and a little like straw.

t: sweet citrus with a balance malt aftertaste

m: crisp, clean, and refreshing.

o: a great summer beer. I love pilsners and this was definitely a winner again this year.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 edition poured into Great Lakes pint glass.
Clear golden goodness. Sunlight harnessed into beer.

Very light clean smell. Grassy and delicious.

So refreshing and glorious. Everything in balance.

Crisp and refreshing.

Could consume seven seas worth of this beer. Amazing.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a difference a couple of years makes. Not to this beer but to my palate. As I sit here enjoying my first summerfest of 2007 I decided to take a glance at my original review. What a load of crap it turned out to be. Either this beer got incredibly better or my palate changed drastically because this is an excellent Czech Pilsner in the elite class. Lawnmower beer at its finest.

Poured into a pils glass it forms a Ivory white 2 finger head that falls to a solid cover. Yellow body with medium carbonation.

There is a nice earthy backbone throughout this offering. Plenty of snappy saaz hop bite and also adds a soft dryness to the backend. There is an underlying wheaty/grainy taste but it stays right there in the background. Tremendously smooth and drinkability is off the charts.

Notes: The best American made Czech Pils I've had to date.

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of donquixote
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of nowhereman47
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 4,244 ratings
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