Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager
BEER INFO

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,571
Ratings:
4,110
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
20.38%
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
585
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 1,571 | Ratings: 4,110
Photo of bristol2120
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a big head, but quickly recedes. No real lacing. Pale golden in color.
S - Very faint floral hoppy notes. Less than one would expect from a Siera Nevada product.
T - Subdued hops and citrus, specifically grapefruit presence.
M - Surprisingly watery. A good level of carbonation though.
D - Refreshing and drinkable, but still there are better out there.

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Photo of rgore
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice bronze color with a some carbonation. Pours with about an inch of dense off white head. Nice lacing throughout.

S - Earthy and Malty. Not enough hops for me. The malts smell too sweet off the nose without the requisite amount of bitterness to balance them out.

T - Similar to the nose. My complaints are the same: not enough bitterness in this beer to balance out the overwhelming sweet and earthy malt in the beer. Overly bready, a little too carbonated.

M - Good mouthfeel, it lingers enough and isn't too thick or too thin.

D - The alcohol content makes it seem drinkable but for me its not light enough. Again its too heavy without the hops to balance it out, the sweet malty bread flavor with the carbonation keeps me from enjoying more than one or two.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a large head.
Nose shows weak floral/grassy hops with faint bready malt underneath.
Lots of bready/grainy malt as a flavour too, dominating really. Some grassy hops also. Finishes with a grainy mild bitterness.
Nice moderate carbonation, perhaps could be a bit higher?

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.Lager glass.Enjoyed on jun´11.Pale straw color. Clear. White,medium bubbled froth.Fairly good retention.Some rings.Floral hops,sherry notes to the nose.Clean fruity tasting,slightly malty below. Crisp & smooth bitterness.Medium body but a little fat.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sierra Nevada beers are a usually above average indulgence, with some of their offerings being mind blowing. This Summerfest beer is definitely not mind blowing, and some would say it is not even near above average. For me, this was middle of the road: a well-made brew that is just terribly unexciting.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest pours a yellowish gold color with a decent foamy head that retains for a few minutes before thinning out. The aroma is crisp and hoppy: those distinct citrus and piney hop notes jump out of the glass and up your nostrils. Although the mouthfeel is a bit thin, it is crisp and bubbly enough to make this a quaffable beverage. There is a light malt presence in this beer, but of course the hoppiness is the most dominant feature, lending the trademark SN citric and piney notes. The dryness in the finish rounds out the brew well enough. The aftertaste has a bit of a bready/cracker like quality to it along with the lingering citric dryness, and there is no alcoholic warmth in the end.

This beer really doesn't bring to mind the dog days of summer. For me, it is just a hopped up fizzy yellow brew. I think SN's Wheat Beer was more interesting than this, and that one previously held the title for my least favorite SN brew. This is still a well-made brew, no doubt about it, but there isn't enough here to keep my interest.

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Photo of jslot38
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Touch darker than your classic american macro. Some golden hues, bubbly foam white head.

Smell: Biscuit, slight sourdough. A touch of lemon.

Taste: Touch of oiled fresh hops initially hits the tongue but is mellowed over by a malt base that consists of biscuit, rice (slightly), and grains.

Mouthfeel: High level of carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes: I feel as if this is a beer that I could drink a bunch of on a nice lazy day in the summer. However, its not one that I would jump to for its taste. Certainly no where near Sierra Nevada's other masterpieces.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A VERY light lager here. Has a pale color reminiscent of a domestic banquet beer. However, the taste is much more developed; Light, citrus, and full. There is a slight taste of the lager yeast in the brew which, while not unfavorable, is unexpected. This is a hot weather beer, one to be enjoyed while sitting in the shade at midday, or around the bbq. Another plus to this beer is the decent price and its wide availability (anywhere one can find regular Sierra Nevada).

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Photo of ybnorml
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean light yellow beer. Has a small bright white head. Which dissapears quite quickly. There is a light grainy biscuty aroma with a hint of skunk in the background. The bitterness starts off the flavor sharply. Then the grainy biscut character takes over at the end.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very brief write-up for the 2015 batch. The aroma is more or less typical to the average craft Czech-style pilsner - lots of grassy hops dominate. Having said that, there's no real 'pop' on the nose. The taste, again, is pure Saaz hop goodness. Just like the nose suggested, nothing really pops (though it is a decent lager). This one seems much lighter than most on the palate (carbonation is almost intense, natch), going down with that ease that only a pilsner can attain. It doesn't wow me like some pilsners do, but it'll do in a pinch.

3.15/5: One can do better, but I wouldn't kick this out of bed

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It appears a golden yellow. Carbonation is good. Smells a of cereal and barley with a hint of citrus background. The flavor follows the nose with regards to cereal like quality. The finish is slightly sweet with a balanced bitter finish. A nicely balanced lager on the palate and a light body characteristic to lagers. Being the third year I've had this beer in a row, I feel as though this year's batch is a little more bitter than before, but the balance is there, it lacks complexity. A fine lager nonetheless.

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Photo of HazelEyedHippie
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite beer. I like bitter beers as much as the next person, but this one (for me, anyway) is bitter without having enough flavor. The smell is nice, looks nice, but is just too bitter for me. I love dark beers and I love a deep, dark flavor, but I found this to be just bitter without too much taste. I definitely wouldn't want to drink this poolside in summer!

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Photo of zhooker
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Just bought a sixer from down the block. Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass. Extremely light in color, slightly golden and very clear. A finger's worth of head builds and quickly dissipates. Persistent bubbling action.

Light nose to match the color. Pilsener maltiness and a floral hoppiness. Maybe a tad of citrus-y spiciness.

The smell does not belie the taste. A crisp and refreshing mouthfeel compliments a light, tempered malt taste that doesn't veer too far from your standard mass market Pilsener/lager. The hops, however, are more pronounced than the usual, which is welcomed. Hints of citrus spice, reminiscent of some hefeweizens, float in and out.

Even during the hottest of summer days, Summerfest, a "crisp summer lager," is a bit too light for my taste, and the flavors too unpronounced. However, this kind of inoffensiveness and neutrality is perfect for friends and visitors just looking for something pleasantly drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of acelin
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

This beer is pretty clear,although hazy for a lager. Has a non existant head.

Smells of hop aroma and faint pale malt. Some yeast character.

Taste is lager like, yet very hopped, and not in the usual pilsner fashion. Very west coast. Just "ok."

Mouthfell is average.

Overall an average offering from SN.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Bright, clear yellow, well carbonated. Small white head with a little bit of clingy lacing.

S: Wheaty, bready malts with just a hint of fruity hops.

T/M: Bready malts dominate, with some mild spiciness and a bit of hop flavor, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very mild and straightforward. Mouthfeel is on the thin, watery side.

O: A pretty good pilsener, nothing special or amazing, but it's crisp and refreshing and good for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a lager glass.

A: A light golden color with a one finger fluffy white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Grainy, lemon, grass, sweet malt and floral hops.

T: Fresh fruits come first with lemon and a bit of banana coupled with some fresh cut grass, grains and a bready sweetness that keeps the floral hops in check. Finish ends a bit bitter with some dryness but the sweetness lingers too. It just seemed to be an average pils to me, and that won't cut it.

M: I was disappointed in the mouthfeel. It does not linger, its a bit light as the beer is quickly forgotten once swallowed.

D: Good, they are very easy to drink.

Overall I was a bit disappointed in this beer. I thought it just lacked any excitement or any remembering qualities. Is it drinkable? Sure, but it can't hold a candle to any PA pils nor even the new Noble Pils by SA. I see people rating this beer a 4 or better and I just don't get it, it's an average beer and a below average pils. PS, tap is a bit better.

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Photo of corby112
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

On draft at The Bishop's Collar. Pours a pale golden yellow that is completely clear with a thin white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. No lacing at all and not very impressive looking at all.

Bland aroma with very faint earthy hops along with a pale malt presence. Hints of yeast, bread, pilsner malt, grass, stra and faint light fruit.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice crisp hop bite up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt body into a slightly dry, refreshing finish. Dry bitter hops up front countered by sweet pale malts and crisp light fruit notes, especially apple and pear. Slight bready yeast with faint grassy straw notes. Very quaffable especially in hot summer weather.

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Photo of ski271
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light orange-gold with a small, white, foamy head that hangs around for a little while before diminishing to a thin film. Moderate speckled lacing.

Smell: Floral and herbal with a light soft-pretzel-like bread & yeast to it.

Taste: Malty, bready, floral, and a little musty. Lemon, grape and earth. The finish is short, crisp and dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing but not very interesting. Nothing is really all that special here, which was a big disappointment coming from Sierra Nevada. Not bad, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice light summer time beer. Nothing over the top. Nicely balanced. A clear pale colored beer with a nice creamy head and nice retention and lacing. Faint smell. Be careful not to snort it up your nose trying to smell. Biscuits and earthy, grassy notes. Some floral notes. The taste is pretty average pale ale with a bit more citrus notes than most. Faintly bitter, biscuity and grassy with some earthy notes. Pretty average, but refreshing. light and easy to drink.

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Photo of kculrich
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hard pour into a cold pilsener. Clear yellow, maybe a little darker than I expect a pils to be, no head to speak of. No particular smell, really, something sharp, maybe a little hops? Tastes clean and dry but nothing stands out. Over-carbonated to my taste, distractingly so. I don't know, I drank this all last summer and enjoyed the heck out of it but it's not doing anything for me now. I can see myself knocking back a few on a hot afternoon after mowing the lawn, otherwise, meh.

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Photo of newk340
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: looks like a carbonated translucent. lemonade or Mellow Yellow. lots of carbonation though!

S: hints of lemon and orange zest, summertime!

T: minimal taste, hints of citrus flavor that are quickly gone and a soon afterthought.

MF/D: very thin, carbonation may be one of the only noticable traits of this beer.

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Photo of GeneralZod
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE
Clear golden color. Held average head retention.

SMELL
Average inviting aroma. Can't quite tell what is it, but it's not bad.

TASTE
Somewhat bitter. Leaves an aftertaste, but not bad.

MOUTHFEEL
Somewhat coarse and carbonated.

DRINKABILITY
It's good beer. I would definitely have another and would not turn one down when offered.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2010 release. Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Deep straw color with a hint of cloudiness. Smaller white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet malt and floral hops, but a weak smell overall.

Taste: Sweet, tea-like flavors giving way to floral hop flavors and hints of herbal bitterness. Fairly light on flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with medium carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but is fairly bland compared to "real" Czech pilsners. I would be willing to have this again, though not if, say, Pilsner Urquell were another option. Good summer refresher, though.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden yellow with a small, fizzy white head that lasts only 30 seconds. No lacing. Aroma is very subtle with hints of corn and a very slight fruitiness. No hop aroma at all. Taste is true to style, but rather lacking. Again, fruitiness noted and grassy herabal hops in the background. Mouthfeel is thin and goes down smooth.Overall, I think Sierra Nevada should stick to top-fermeting ales. A great beer to drink during these hot summer days in SoCal.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Surprised this is ranked so highly, I enjoy lagers but found this one underwhelming and the worst offering I've had from SN yet. Body is bright yellow gold with an initially fluffy head that quickly disappears to a light ring of foam. Almost zero lacing. Smells like apples and slightly spicy yeast. Taste is very sweet, with little hop bitterness to balance it. Lots of corn and grain type flavors, very reminiscent of Coors Light to me. Just a little hint of grassy hops and spicy yeast, but an almost overwhelming buttered popcorn type taste. Flavor is overall lacking and just a half step above a typical macro beer, imo. Feel is thin, watery, and highly carbonated, yet the sweetness makes it feel a lot heavier than it is. By the time I was finished with my glass, I felt like I'd drank a huge and heavy stout. Finish is a persistent sweetness and isn't very dry or crisp at all. I guess this would be a good intro to craft for someone used to drinking AALs, but I just found it to be an average at best lager.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light and a hard pour yeilds little head. Nearly yellow in color. Lots of bubbles.

S: Light. Hints of lemon a little yeast... but yes... very light.

T: A little hops. A little citrus. A little yeast. Certainly not heavy on flavors but theres something there.

M: Average indeed.

Slightly above average. An easy drinker that has some amount of flavor to it but nothing to write home about.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,571 ratings.
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