Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,230 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

Crisp, clean, and dry. Very enjoyable, I can't believe it took me so long to finally try this beer. I can definatly see myself having one of these outside on a hot day.

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Photo of dag1991
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IceAce
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant yellow-gold body with a wispy white ring of foam in place of a collar. Nose is light with notes of honey, clover, and malt.

Entry is silky with just the right touch of carbonation. Midtaste features malt on the front side and a honey-like smoothness leading headlong into the finish...a crisp hop-snap accompanied by a long malt fade.

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Photo of belgianvan
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 04/18/16

L- Clear, golden, and gorgeous. The head is fairly restrained at about 1 finger high and is bone white. Lacing is absent.
S-Pretty clean nose of bready malts and muted hop presence.
T- No earthshattering discoveries here just what you would expect. Bready malts and a balanced hop presence make this beer exactly what you would want during or after a long day in the sun. Crisp, clean, and refreshing as advertised.
F- The carbonation is prickly but restrained. The overall mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. There is a real smoothness behind the prickly carbs which make this really enjoyable.
O- This beer is exactly as designed and promised. Perfect for a hot summer day. Makes all that yardwork worth it.

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Photo of lukejhoward
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden, translucent color...light malty, bready smell with a small amount of hops and lemon zest in there as well...taste was right on par with the smell...this brew was very crisp and clean with a lighter, refreshing mouth feel, good amount of carbonation but certainly not too much...overall a great brew, really looking forward to this one during those hot summer evenings!

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Photo of MaltAndHopsFC
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden straw color on the pour. Wispy white finger of head. Nose is grassy, lemony, somewhat herbal but I'm not getting much spice. Taste is crisp and refreshing, just the right amount of hop bite to balance out the bready malt. A refreshing American lager.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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 DannyDan
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with lots of carbonation and minimal lacing and retention. The nose consists of lemon peel, biscuit, hay and sweet malts. The taste starts out with a lemon flavor that has floral hops, spices and sweetness mixed in. The mouthfeel is fresh, crisp and smooth and overall a good beer from Sierra Nevada if you are in the mood for a lighter drinking beer from them.

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Photo of Dools9
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A Gorgeous, crystal clear golden color. Nice finger of white head leaves good lacing on the glass and retains well.

S: Aroma is on the mild side, musty lager yeast, bready malts, spicy hops. Light lemon, citrus as well.

T: Bready, biscuity barley malt, some fresh cut hay, nice lemon zest on the finish. Hops are grassy, slightly floral and lightly bitter. Pale malts round out the flavor, superbly balanced.

M: Very crisp and clean, super refreshing beer. Medium to light bodied, very smooth.

O: Excellent summer beer. Perfect for the beach and BBQ. Sierra Nevada is always a solid choice.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of porters4life
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leroybrown10
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NickySop
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear gold. Very active with good sized head.

Smell: Primarily smell Saaz - pepper, grass, floral and some bitterness.

Taste: Peppery hops and relatively dry malts. More spicy than bitter at end, although there is some bitterness.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, semi-dry.

Drinkability: Fairly mild and balanced Pilsner. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean and crisp looking pale straw colored body with a frothy effervescent white head.

Spicy hops with a light cereal grain malt backbone. Some floral and grassy notes can be detected as well. First taste presents a nice bittereness with a good bit of spice and a slightly sweet graininess. Finishes with a floral and herbal hop bite that has a bit of a minty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a lively carbonation a slightly drying finish. Overall, a very enjoyable and refreshing beer, ideal for a hot summers day but nothing really mind blowing about it either.

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Photo of joshwlt
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking helles/pale lager just what you would be looking for, for the style I suppose. A one inch white head, exceptionally clear straw gold color, and light lace that falls back down to the beer. At first a spicy hop shows up and grainy malt maintains throughout. Basically what you would be looking for in the style, probably one of the better pale lagers I've had. Has a corny and slightly vegetabley smell. Easy-drinking crisp, clean, grainy, and slightly hop-spiced lager. Nothing spectacular but a decent rep for the style.

Note: I reviewed this as a pale lager, not a "czech pilsner", although I could see that it may be more appropriate to label it so with its slightly more noticeable hop presence, I find it doesn't have some of the characteristics I dislike in czech pilsners.

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Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, yellow-orange color with a small, fizzy white head that dissipates leaving little to no lacing.

Aromas begin a bit grassy with a bit of citric lemon peel. As it warms I get a bit more of sweeter crackery pale maltiness with floral notes.

The tastes are an improvement from the nose with more of a crackery pilsner base malty crisp and sweetness. As it warms you get a hint of lemon and some floral hoppiness with some lingering minimal spicy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes crisp with a light, lingering spice on the tongue.

Overall this is one of the few summer style beers that I still enjoy and will revisit year to year (along with Anchor Summer and Harpoon Summer). It is the perfect pairing for anything from a backyward BBQ to a nice dinner of Asian or Spanish cuisine. Not overly complex but above average flavor wise for the style.

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Photo of Riff
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 zac16125
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Summerfest
12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a crytal clear bright straw yellow with 2.5 fingers width of bright white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. Head has good retention but leaves almost no lacing.

S: Hop spice, floral and grassy, subtle citrus. Simple, but very nice for the style.

T: A touch of sweet citrus, bready and sweet malts, floral, spicy hops, subtle bitterness on the finish. Quite tasty.

M/D: The combination of light body and heavy carbonation give it a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Drinkability is good.

O: Im not a huge fan of the style, but this one was an enjoyable drink. Light enough to be refreshing, but flavorful enough to make it actually worth drinking. Nothing spectacular but worth a try.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a tall pilsner mug.

Nice looking brew, glowing gold with a fat 3 finger bright white head. This quickly condenses to thick skim, but leaves plenty of sticky lacing behind.

The nose is clean and crisp, light malts with floral sweetness and a bit of mild spice hidden underneath. The taste is more robust, spicy and juicy, while still maintaining an good crisp feel. A sting of bitterness and a bit of tangy lemon at the finish. Very refreshing.

Overall impression: This is definitely a beer that should be popping up in those "how do I convert my BMC-loving friends?" threads. Nice backyard brew.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale, hazy yellow with small head, lots of carbonation rising up from the bottom

S - Lots of biscuit malt, a bit of zest and spice.

T - A very crisp taste. The malt provides a good amount of sweetness, lots of biscuit background. A nice spicyness to it.

M - Clean and crisp. Goes down very smooth.

Overall - I thought this beer was quite good. Nothing over the top or fantastic, but a great beer on a hot, summer-like day

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Photo of DNICE555
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice calarity, lots of carbonation, frothy white head.

S - Citrus and floral notes.

T - Slight bitterness from the hops. A lager sweetness follows. Some nice citrus in there.

M - Very refreshing after a 5 miles trail run in the new kicks with zapps. Compliments a spicy jalapeno turkey burger, avocado, asparagus, and spicy brown rice very nicely. Zapps the chef.

D - Goes down very nicely. 2 of these after a nice run is perfect. A light 5 percent makes them very east to put down.

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Photo of atis
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with dense half finger head that dissipates to form a transparent layer and filled with small slowly rising carbonation bubbles. Aroma is herbal hops with some fruity esters.

Taste is moderate herbal hops with sweetish honey-like malt with clean finish and bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with average carbonation.

Overall very refreshing and nicely made Pilsener.

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Photo of marksto
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this on sale at Total Wine. It's been a few years since I've had it, and I knew while enjoying the first glass that this was standing out more than I had remembered past samples.

Didn't take too long to figure out why. The bottling date stamped on the neck begins with "6077" meaning it was bottled on the 77th day of 2006 - it's been in the bottle just over a month. This style of lager beer is particuarly sensitive to age, and the freshness of this sample really shines through.

The nose shows lots of sweet grain, a light hoppiness, and some grassiness. The flavor is crisp, clean, and dry with a refreshing hop kick in the finish. Very refreshing and an excellent brew to enjoy in the season for which it is named (as the thermometer climbs to the 90 mark here in sunny Florida...).

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 4,230 ratings.
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