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 | website

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 Wegbier
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

a pretty white head that stays fluffy all the way down leaving some lacing, a pale to golden color with lots of lively bubbles.

s- i detect so little smell from this beer it saddens me. Very light note of floral hops.

t- light crisp clean floral hop pilsner, I dont feel like there is much going on.

m- thin and clean, i dont know what else to say for this one

d- very drinkable, this is a session beer for a hot day by all means.

I cant find a freshness date on the bottle and I suspect that to be a possible culprit for a fine pilsner with quality ingredients. This reminds me more of a typical North German pilsner than anything czech but that might be my own subjectivity.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

appearance; straw yellow, lots of evident carbonation in the beer, thick, white head.

smell; smell is actually not to pleasant. grass and yeast

taste; yeast, grain, earthiness, very faint citrus and spice.

mouthfeel; mouthfeel is very nice; very crisp, perfectly dry in the finish, carbonation is high but it suits the flavors and body.

overall; not a drain pour but not a great beer, i think they were going for a unique, complex lager but the flavors just weren't great. not terrible for the summer but i wouldn't buy again.

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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 connecticutpoet
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a standard pilsener yellow with a rather large head that dissipated after a few minutes to a ring of lace.

The aroma was of aromatic hops, mostly Saaz, with borderline hints of skunkiness. Not too bad, but not spectacular.

The taste was of bittering hops on the foretaste, with hints of pine and minimal citrus. Possibly coriander as well. It was about average, IMO.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear, dark yellow with a very thin white head that quickly fades. Nearly no bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass...looks a little plain.

S- Very mild malt scent. Really, not much of anything.

T- Not really a whole lot. I get a nice bit of maltiness in the back of my mouth upon taking a sip, which is nice...but thats really all.

M- Not a whole lot of carbonation at all. Very light.

D- Oh yeah, its drinkable. Because of how light and rather flavorless this is, it goes down real smooth and you don't even blink. I could easily pound back a few of these in a night...if I was into drinking beer like this on the regular.

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Photo of vdread
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Summerfest pours a very pale yellow with ample head.

smell is grainy with saaz hops. not a lot going on here.

the malt is bready, slightly grainy, the hops are light, earthy, spicy, slightly grassy. there isn't much going on here either. i can't help but wonder what redeeming qualities the people at Sierra Nevada see in this beer. it's definitely a step away from their regular line up

mouthfeel med. for the style. well carbonated. leaves a strong bready malt aftertaste.

drinkability ok. though lacking in flavor for the most part, it tastes fresh at least and is easy to drink. this is the type of beer i would give to somebody who doesn't normally drink craft... while i sip a torpedo.

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Photo of Portertime
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think I have enjoyed past summerfests by Sierra Nevada but if they are chamging the recipe each year like their Celebration Ale I certainly do not like this summer's recipe. It had it chilled in a pint glass. Poured a nice bright, lucid golden color with a decent head and hardly any carbonation. The smell was okay with some some malt sweetness and pilsner notes. The taste was of a typical lager but not much complexity. Reminded me too much of a Corona which turned me off because I certainly don't want to put a lime in my Sierra Nevada. I guess I could do a side by side comparison but I'm just not feeling the macro lager taste. I stick to the pale and Celebration ales.

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a straw yellow color. It has a definite grain smell to it, as well as a definite note of the hops. Has the familiar pilsner sting to the taste, and this does stay with you like it does most pilsners. For a cross between a pilsner and a lager, it isn't bad though I think I would go with one or the other. Still, for what it is, it's not bad, and something I would drink again.

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Photo of Jayli
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am generally a fan of Sierra Nevada, and although this is a decent beer - it fell short of my expectations for a Sierra Nevada brew.
The beer poured a pale yellow with an average head. The scent left a bit to be desired as I found it to be rather bland. There was a slight metallic-ness taste to it. Overall mouth feel wasn't bad. This is an ok beer, I certainly wouldn't turn it down...though for 9.00 I wouldn't purchase it myself again.

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Photo of afatty
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with compact white head that leaves nice lace in a clean glass. Faint hop aroma and smooth mouthfeel. Very light hop flavor and little bitterness from Saaz and Perle hops. Sweet malt flavor is balanced to the hops. Quite good for a pilsner style light lager. Not a favorite style for me and I would stick to the ORIGINAL pilsner if I were going to drink more. It does a good job of quenching thirst which is important in a summer beer. It will not take the Pale Ale's place in my summer line-up.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz 2007 bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Golden straw color with light carbonation. Nice clarity. Slowly dissipating one finger head that leaves thin film over surface
S: Malty, grassy smell. Nothing spectacular, but appealing
T: Crisp, refreshing flavor to start, with a hoppy bitter finish. Some hints of lemon.
M/D: Medium bodied, mild carbonation finishes very dry with bitter aftertaste. Nothing too spectacular, nothing bad. Nice summer beer but coming from SN slightly disappointing compared to some of their other seasonals.

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice light golden color, clear and bright with a one-finger white head.

Smell: Smells of subtle, sweet grains and a faint floral hoppiness.

Taste: Tastes of grains mostly; malty and crisp. Just a little citrus too. And possibly a slightly toffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is light and smooth, a little slick (not watery) and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice beer. I might buy it again at some point, although I usually go for something a little darker or with more of a kick. But this was refreshing and a fitting compliment to my hot, humid apartment.

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Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured into a wine glass

A: a crystal clear light yellow color. looks like champagne. very bubbly. half a finger of frothy white head dissipates instantaneously.

S: lemon. light floral hops. clean. pale malts.

T: bready character. lager yeast. crisp hop finish.

M: very well carbonated. light bodied.

O: a crisp, refreshing offering from sierra nevada. doesn't blow my mind, but it's a very well done summer lager/pilsener. excellent to drink with food. good day-drinking session beer.

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Photo of redneckchugger
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured straw clear into a pint glass
almost no smell at all.
tastes pale and fizzy, slight bit of hops.
crisp mouthfeel, goes down easy.
i am the first to admit i don't have the pallate of some peope, i did smoke for years, but i don't get this beer, i tastes like a macro, a good macro, very good and i would drink it again, but its not what i expect from a pilsner.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at taco Mac. Poured to a medium yellow color with decent carbonation and a medium off-white head that lasted well and left okay lacing. Light hoppy aroma and a flavor that followed suit, with some citrus and dough in both the nose and taste. This all led to a mildly thirst-quencing beer. Not great, but a decent summer beer.

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Photo of BigB415
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 Summerfest pours golden color with medium head. Smells of pines and tastes some hops. Very refreshing and seems like a typical Sierra Nevada beer, very simple yet refreshing. Summerfest is especially suited for the season it is named after. Unfortunately I don't get any other aromas than pine and hops. I would love to have a lager go to but all lagers taste the same to me.

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Photo of Salpta
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As a rule i'm not impressed with lagers. This one is not really an exception. There is hops there, there is malt there, but the overall flavor profile is just like a macro. Only more forceful. As a lawnmower, i'd say its passable, but has too much hops for a thirstquencher, which is what i want in a summerbrew.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Summerfest is a sparkling pale gold lager with a small, fluffy white head. Light grain and citrus dominate the aroma, followed by a muted soft fruitiness. In the mouth, it's light and very soft. It may be a little gritty at the end. The flavor is clean and crisp, like a melon. It has a decent bitterness that is fruity and wooden from the Saaz. It's refreshing summer drinkin'!
(rated May 30, 2007)

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy light amber/yellow with a massive head that quickly fades.

Smell: Smells metal and citrus. Has some herbal notes that are nice. Different than all other summer lagers i have had.

Taste: watery and bland. Its got a bitterness to it that turns me off to it. A little malty in the approach but the finish is off.

Mouthfeel: Way too carbonated for me. Its like sprites level of carbonation.

Drinkability: If it werent for the high carbonation it would be a good alternative to the SA summer beer but its not very drinkable to me.

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Photo of bgreg3
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App- light gold very standard looking but it is nice and clear with a white foam head standing about 1/4 " tall.

Smell- typical kolch style beer , malt grain and barely. slight skunk aroma, desirable in the right amount.

Taste-Very grainy break like begginning converts to very sweet malty end on a quick dry finish. Nothing special really , but I expected more from ,my boys in chico CA

MF and drink-Very very light and an incredibly crisp finish leaving me very refreshed on this hot july day drinks very well and should be consumed 2 or 3 at a time in my opinion.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not to much going on in this one, which is perfectly fine for a light summer ale such as this.
Had on-tap at the Bend Brewfest, as well as poured from a bottle at another time. A solid hit for SN, but not one of my favorites. (probably just because i dont care for the style)
Looks clear and bright like straw. Good carbonation, very nice head/lacing, just what a pilsner should be.
Smells of yeast and maltyness, though theres something wierd there too, reminded me of Lemon Pledge...
Taste is weak, but like i said earlier, this isnt my prefered beer style. Bit o' hops tucked in there, not to bad really.
Mouthfeel is good, nothing notable.

Sierra Nevada rarely does bold beers. But they are well-crafted and consistantly tasty. This one falls in nicely in their catalog, but i wouldnt get it again.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1321st Review on BA
Bottle to Pils glass


App- Looks like a nice beer. A medium darker yellow with a one finger white head and a good bit of lace and sticky cling.

Smell- Doesnt smell like a traditional lager. A little bit of corn, wheat and earth. Dont get much hops on the nose. A little floral comes through.

Taste- Okay, as I sit smaking my lips. It tastes like tortilla chips to me. Has a bit of salty taste to it with some corn and a bit of grass. I try, I really do. Just not a lager guy.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit of wheat and earthy grass on the finish.

Drink- I can see how people like this. Pretty crisp and clean. Step up from an AAL. Just not for me.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Situation: Celebrating the halfway point of summer school...
Glassware: Ayinger willibecker...
Appearance: golden yellow body; steady, busy effervescence beneath bright, white, foamy head; looks to be a lager/pilsener tweener...
Aroma: nice balance of hops and malts--with a floral overlap that pleases; malts are sharp, hops are lowery...
Palate: light-to medium-bodied; slightly available early with a buzz at the throat; only twinges are detected at the tongue...
Taste: pleasantly restrained in its maltiness--a toned-down pilsener indeed, but definite dimensions to its profile...
Overall: a six-pack session beer for the summer, as advertised... not as big (Bigfoot), professional (pale ale) or awesome (Wet Hop) as their more memorable offerings, but smooth and agreeable...

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Photo of audiojon
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent pils, but having recently tried another fantastic one, this doesn't really stand up (the beer in question being prima, from victory brewing). Smell is good enough, taste is interesting, but rather one dimensional. I could definitely drink a few of these, but wouldn't necessarily seek it out. A recommended try for pilsener fans, but sierra pale fans need not apply.

2005 vintage, btw

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Photo of tbone53
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

dont try and twist the cap off of this one.need a bottle opener that is a plus for the home born on date but it does say 2007 on the bottle.
a:head quickly diappears but what is left laces nicely down the bottle.
t:a little stronger than the trditional macro brew similar but stronger.
m:feels good on the palate.
d:this is a beer that could get me into trouble.easy smooth drinking.this is one you could probaly get those brand loyal guys to drink.
ill buy this one again.good sound choice.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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