Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,216 Ratings
Sierra Nevada SummerfestSierra Nevada Summerfest

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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Photo of wahhmaster
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a light straw color with a large, fizzy, white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Has that spicy, grassy hop smell typical of most European pilsners. Also has a slight buttery aroma in the background.

Taste: Bitter and spicy up front with a hint of citrus. Develops into a slightly malty, toasty flavor. Leaves a pleasant, grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Exeedingly crisp and refreshing. I really don't know how this could feel any better.

Drinkability: A great pilsner and a superb summer seasonal. I could see myself easily drinking several of these on a warm day. While it reminds me a lot of the pilsners I used to drink in Europe, SN has added enough of its own touch to make this a unique and highly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled January 8th 2013.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a half finger white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Dissipates to a thin covering in a minute or two leaving some spots of lacing.

S: Aroma matches what one would expect from a lager. Light maltiness with a touch of hop bitterness. A bit of a crackery aspect as well as some spicy notes.

T: Mild blend of pale malts, light hops and lager yeast. Great bread like cracker taste that really rounds this out. A good deal of spiciness in this too.

M: Crisp, clean and refreshing. As expected this is a great brew for the summer. Ample carbonation.

Overall a tasty pilsner that is as the name suggests perfect for the summer. A lot more spice than I had anticipated, seems to come from both the yeast and the hop.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear golden color poured a big fluffy three-finger head in my Live Oak pilsner glass.

Smell is minimal... slight bready smell, some metallic and gaseous odor.

Very light malt flavor with a crisp edge that I wouldnt quite describe as hoppy. Very unoffensive flavor [...], but flavor none-the-less.

There's not too much I can say about this beer, but I definately prefer it straight from the bottle (its tighter and crisper this way than when poured into a glass or from a tap)... highly drinkable on a hot day.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...heck of a clean pour, golden and with a big billowy head that retains well. Looks like many classics of the style. Smell is well balanced in favor of the malt. Quite clean. Wish it had a little more yeast character, but otherwise it's quite solid. Taste is quite clean and sweet but well-balanced. Definitely a good one here. Mouthfeel is as advertised: crisp, clean, refreshing. Sierra Nevada almost never disappoints, and this is a highly recommended pilsener. Good for them, I know that lagering is not one of their specialties, so this is even more impressive for that reason.

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Photo of Jew4brains
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattkoon
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the summerfest from sierra nevada is very mild and drinkable, like a good summer ale should be. The color is a golden straw. The smell is slightly citrus and mellow. I really like how mild the flavor is. compaired to the rest of sierra nevada's beers summerfest is very smooth. I like the mild alternative for a summer ale. Their ipas are nice but I like those more in the cooler months. I really like this beer.

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Photo of match1112
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden color with a big pillowy white head that doesnt last long. smells of mild spice and grass. taste has a little spice up front with maybe a little lemon in there, cant really tell. good carbonation and very smooth. very enjoyable, cant believe it took me so long to finally buy a case of this.

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Photo of 2Cents
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seedyone
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/15/17 Rattle n Hum West, NYC. Nothing much has changed. Still inoffensive. Probly need to drink it quick as It might get funky quick

10/17/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Meh. Just meh.

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Photo of everetends
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got a six pack of this at Grub Mart in J'ville for $9.19. Poured into a goblet.

A: Poured a beautiful golden yellow. A vigourous pour yielded a nice bubbly head, that didn't last long. Now lasting rings, no lacing, but its a summer lager. Carbonation streams constantly shooting up the glass. Very good for the style.

S: Floral hops and malt.

T: The hops hit you first but barely before the malt evens it out. It has some sweetness to it that may come from the grains. Got an oh so slight fruity faintness to it. Very nice.

M: Good carbonation that makes this beer perfect for summer. Clean and crisp. Very nice.

D: Can't think of a better summer beer at the moment. Nothing to strong or complex, but you can put em back and not have a heavy feel. Very nice brew.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.9/5  rDev +6%

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 pbrian
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A crisp and clean lager with a focus on citrusy, spicy hop flavors. Quite enjoyable when someone else brings it to your party, but not a "hunt and seek" beer.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin fizzy white head. Nose is malty and almost breadlike. Taste is very smooth and malty, rich honeylike flavor and a sharp hop finish, very nice. Full-bodied and properly carbonated, this feels good in your mouth. I'm pretty impressed with this lager. Another good offering from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle of the sixer poured into a Pike pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a lightly fizzy golden yellow that is a bit reminiscent of urine. Certainly nothing that surprises me for the beers style, though. A huge soapy head that has decent lacing.

Smell - Not much going on here. A bit of lemon peel and zest. Lightly sweet malt.

Taste - This is really well-balanced pilsner. I've loved every bottle that I've had. The aftertaste is simply unmatched to any other pilsner I've had before. Huge caramel malty breads backup a bit of lemon peel and hops. The bread malt is extremely unique.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Easily sessionable and drinkable. Well-balanced and easy on the palate. A great summer beer with a bit of malty sweetness behind it.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass a pale yellow. Nearly perfect clarity with a wispy white head that disappears rather quickly. Tiny bubbles of carbonation race towards the surface of the beer.

The smell is very nice; like a perfect balance between the malty grains and spicy Saaz hops.

The taste instantly reminds me of fresh biscuits. Slightly sweet, but mostly tasting of cereal grains. The bitterness is subtle with just the hint of spicy noble hops. Very well-balanced and palatable. The body is medium with a grainy mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation and an overall dry texture. Drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of logan_0842
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"A crisp summer lager" surprised I have not had this yet.

2011 edition

A - Pours a bright yellow golden color with seltzer like carbonation and a half inch of head with surprisingly sticky head.

S - Smells of toasted malts, harsh grains and mild hops maybe noble? Grains smell harsh but balanced.

T - As expected the grains hops are moderate but balanced and the sweetness of the malt really makes it all very smooth. I did find it quite odd how sticky the hops were lasting long after the sip. Enjoyable.

M - Light to medium. Easy summer drinking.

Overall I was surprised how low the bitterness of the hops were but how they stuck on the back of your tongue for a minute after sipping. Certainly one of the better tasting pilsners I have had!

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Photo of AlaskaAg
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mark
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

good refreshing beer and really the only beer from s/n i will regularly purchase. very smooth

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Photo of KeefD
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An all-around good lager. Nothing over-the-top special in appearance (standard straw-yellow) or aroma, the standard grainy, husky malts and a minute amount of hop character reminiscent of their Pale Ale, only in much smaller amounts. Exceptionally refreshing and very easy to drink. A fantastic session beer for the summer months.

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

Photo of jiggahertz
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow barely opaque with a nice frothy two finger head after an agressive pour. Head is jumping around as it dissipates.

S: Yeastly, floral notes are all over the place.

T: Tangy in the front with a lot of hops that start with a crisp and clean taste. Malts then really take hold, grassy and full. Finish is dry and substantial.

M: Sticky, slight aftertaste.

O: This may be the most complex czech pilsener i've ever had.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Pale malt aroma with notes of floral, spicy hops. A hint of vanilla and lemon drops.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a punch of spicy bitterness. Floral flavor with a crisp with a light, lingering spice on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh yeah, a nice change from all the BIG American beers I had over the winter. It's friendly and refreshing.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pint.

A: pours straw yellow with a finger of white head and a little but of lacing.
S: grass and hay hops, grainy malt, very light lemon.
T: grainy malt, grassy with little hint of citrus hops.
M: smooth, light and bubbly.
D: the fact that i have gotten multiple sixers is proof this is not only good but very easy to drink.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,216 ratings.
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