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Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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4,247 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 Vinegarroon
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TeddyBG
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Golden colored with 1 inch head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Spicy hops.

T: Spicy hops up front and then a citrusy malt flavor. Slight hop bitterness at the end.

M: Highly carbonated. No off aftertastes.

D: Extremely sessionable beer. I'm going to have a hard time convincing myself not to finish this six pack.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (production code of 745Z0859???) in a fluted Pilsner glass

Poured clean, crisp, energetic, with a nice sparkle. Nose is immediately noticeable, dry, cider sweet malts, grassy, freshly husked corn, sharp estery florals...a nice, clean nose. With a little air some crackers & bread crust emerge. With a little agitation in the pour 2 finger's worth of tight, thick, softly sculpted & creamy pearl white foam with nice curtainesque lacing that hung like tree rings. The body is classic Pilsner - crystal clear, sunshine gold, with a steady parade of bubbles rising slowly thru it.

Clean, crisply dry with a back of the mouth muted crunch, light in mouthfeel & with the carbonation, very even & balanced. Bittersweet, grassy hops add a nice counterweight to the semi-sweet malts, which have a subtle honey aspect to them. As it warms the hops grow more prevalent & thus making it more bitter than initially.

It gets sharper, like a semi-sweet, dry champagne, softly scrubbing the tongue, leaving a mineral, somewhat rocky taste behind as it finishes clean, bittersweet, softly chewy with some grassy hops & echoes of stale bread. Incredibly easily to drink, it went down easy & smooth, yet more bitter than others of the style I've had.

A nice, easy to drink Pilsener that, while very easy to consume, wasn't incredibly refreshing like other summer style beers I've had. That said, with its slightly bitter aspects it would be fantasic with food. Dry white cheddar, whitefish, a simple salad, lobster, simply prepared shellfish, chicken, even zesty (not spicy) fare, etc. Definitely worth checking out, especially with food.

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Photo of digitalbullet
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep golden color with a thick head that has some staying power
Smell: Citrus notes with a light hops in the back ground
Taste: Light citrus color with a malty background. Very light on the hops.
Mouthfeel: Very easy on the palate. Good crisp carbination
Drinkability: This brew can be very dangerous on a hot summer day. This very easy to drink and a great session brew.

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Photo of veech
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid lager that screams drinkability. It is smooth, crisp with enough body to distinguish itself from most lagers. The beer pours a light golden color with good carbonation, head and light lacing. Aroma is mainly grain with light hopped finsh. Taste is smooth and understated but not wimpy. This is a lager that packs some substantial beer taste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both high and I wouldn't mind to session this beer anytime of year, but it is perfectly suited for the summer. Another nice job by Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is certainly a good beer. But I have always been a bit more partial to the "Sierra Nevada Pilsner" which is only available in select locations on draft. But... when it is a warm Northern California day, an ice cold Sierra Nevada Summerfest is certainly a good choice.

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Photo of rpardon7
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a crystal clear pale yellow with a small head that quickly disapeared. Smell was buscuit malt with a hint of herbal and grassy hops. Taste was a nice balance of hops and sweet malt nothing over the top. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp, dry yet very refreshing. Very light body and good level carbonation. Overall a very nice go to lager could perhaps be a bit bolder but is a great summer refreshing beer, complimented my waffle fries and brats nicely.

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Photo of teromous
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It has the perfect appearance of a pils. It has a rich golden color that is transparent, with a full white head and lots of visible carbonation. The lacing is very mild.

S: There is some European noble hop aroma along with the characteristic lager smell. I can pick up some grain scent and even some of the yeast. It smells very fresh.

T: It has a very well balanced flavor, without the hop or grain flavors being too strong for a pils, or overpowering each other. The hops have a light earthy quality, and there is the lager bite on the finish, with some light bitterness at the end. I can taste some of the yeast flavor coming through so it's not completely clean.

M: The mouthfeel for this is light but borders on medium. There is a light bitterness in the mouth that lingers.

O: Overall this is a nice alternative to many of the other standard pilsners available, and I enjoyed the beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, full golden color in the Stella glass. Nice head to go with it. Light body but not watery. Toast and faint barley aroma. Long nose of flowery hops to go with the resiny hint in the flavor.

Pleasant balance of hoppy flavors with the malt. Crisp and tasty overall. This has a little of the perfumey flavor I associate with some Kolsch brews. A hint of lemon-lime soda. Extremely drinkable with a very nice hop hit without lingering bitterness. Finishes with a spicy taste.

2012 edition in the 12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's.

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Photo of Zraly
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a gorgeous, golden elixir. Pours beautifully, bubbly-foamy goodness. A grassy-hoppy smell finishes off the pour. However, I noted that the head disappeared rather quickly.

This is very refreshing drink. The slight grassy-herbal flavor feels good on a warm, summer afternoon. The malt is smooth and friendly, faintly sweet and warming. While crisp and seemingly delightful, there is a lingering of a weird, metallic taste that is just a bit off in the finish.

Overall, I think this is a great BBQ beer. Although, I'm cooking with it right now :D It's integral flavor conjures up the heat of summer and the smell of burgers on the grill.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent straw yellow color. Bubbly white head dissipates almost immediately. Lots of carbonation is apparent. No lacing.

Smells of grass and sweet malt. Some faint hops and citrus in the background. Overall faint.

Taste is sweet biscuit, citrus, and a hop finish. A dry, mild bitter aftertaste lingers with some grapefruit notes.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth, with a dry finish. Some carbonation in the finish.

A good lager. I would purchase this one again.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 2012 release.

This beer pours clear yellow with a nice tall amount of white head. The smell and the taste match quite well. This beer is very grainy and crisp with an undeniable character from the lager yeast. It also has a light but present hop character which helps set this apart. Its easy drinking but it is to be expected. A nice summer beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05 edition Pours a clear yellow color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing afterwards. Scents of malt, lemon grassy, and kinda sweet. Very nice taste of .light malty and sweet. Light body. Very drinkable lager from SN. Another very nice brew from SN.

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 2002 version poured out a dark straw colored. Formed a nice white head, that left some lace as it subsided. Slight citrus and hops aroma to it. Taste had citrus elements and gave it a slight tang. Okay, for a summer beer, but there are better ones.

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Photo of Foxman
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a crisp, clear golden yellow, carbonated and lively. Three fingers of tight bright white head swell quickly and retain considerably, never really disappearing completely. Tiers of delicate lacing busy the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a stroke of light malt sweetness alongside a style-distinct hop bite and a rounded spiciness. A mellow earthy fruit note floats gingerly at the close.

Upon sipping, a very light lilt of malt semi-sweetness is rapidly feathered by a muted grassy note. A slight hint of berry twines through the middle along with a darting hop tang. A mildly sour doughy character proves most distinct toward the end with a well-directed Eurohop-style bitterness lingering at the finish. Overall, the flavor is very pleasant, but a bit more muddled at times than aroma would seem to presage.

Light bodied, it has enough presence to leave a gentle textural memory. A dry hops glow dims slowly at the finish.

It's easy to envision a split camp on this beer. The aroma promises big things, but the flavor comes off a bit diluted, and, well, fluffy. Still, enough of the elements poke their head through the clouds that the palate note an occasional poignancy, and those distinctions are real positives. It's light, and very refreshing, and that along with the flavor pretty much defines drinkable. In spite of some minor palatal ennui, I'm looking forward to drinking the four I have left. So, it's maybe not stellar, but it shines a bit in the vast Atlantic shore sky.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good summer beer for kicking back and putting a few away. Tast is crisp and refreshing with a light maltiness and touch of spicy hops. Mouthfeel is a perfect balance, light enough to remain drinkable without feeling heavy on a hot day. First beer I actually liked from Sierra Nevada, good job.

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Photo of rarigney
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of velkyal
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright golden with a nice white head. The nose is subtle lemons and a touch of grass, ah the delights of Saaz! Drinking this was like being transported back to some of the joys of regional breweries in the Czech Republic and their excellent 12 degree lagers.

At 28IBU though it is a little short on the hop front for a Bohemian pilsner, PU itself is 40IBU of pure Saaz joy. Otherwise this is one of the few American made craft lagers which actually stands up to German and Czech standards.

A lovely brew indeed.

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Photo of twb0392
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sopor
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, cystal clear yellow brew with a frothy pure white head being supported by multiple champagne-like bubble towers rising in my Pilsner. Head recedes fairly quickly leaving a clumpy white film.

Very light toasted malt nose with an even lighter spicing of hops.

Perhaps a slightly corny flavor up front leads into a slight toasty malt before a nice spicy hopping leads into a slightly bready aftertaste. Delicate but tasty! No frills, but right on to the style and a refreshing summertime lager.

Light body with active and refreshing carbonation.

A tossable, refreshing summertime outdoors kinda picnic beer. Very drinkable. Perhaps give a try to your swill drinking friends?

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on the 70th day (March 11th?) of 2011

A: Pours a pale yellow with a 1/2" head that fades fairly quickly

S: Malty, bready, some spicy hops. Maybe some grassy hops thrown in for good measure

T: Fairly complex for a lager. Follows the smell, with some slightly muted spicy and earthy hops, followed by a nice bready malt

M: Light body with a fairly prickly carbonation

D/O: Very easy to drink, and quite quaffable to boot. I am normally not a huge lager fan, but I can make an exception for this

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Photo of lsummers
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a great two finger white fluffy head.

Smells of citric buscuty hops and hay.

Tastes of sweet buiscut nutty barley sugar with some grassy almost apricot like hop notes to end on. Very pleasant and light, maybe a touch too light.

Mouthfeel is fairly round actually yet still retains it's sharpness from the carbonation.

Overall, this is a great lawnmower beer. Perfect for those hot days out in the sun. If your looking for something that is going to be brimming with taste, this one is a little subdued. Can't wait to try it again though.

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Photo of beerinator
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear light golden, with a nice white rocky head.

Aroma: Hint of metal in the aroma. Smells clean, fresh, outdoorsy. A slight bit of hop smell lingers in the aroma.

Taste: Upfront sharpness, bitter in the middle, leading to a clean aftertaste. Crisp and clean beer, with a dryness that quenches the thirst yet begs for more beer.

Notes: Easy to drink beer. Nice summertime thirst quencher. Much better than most breweries summer seasonal offerings.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, golden yellow with a medium-sized pure white head which leaves some fine lacing on the glass. Smell is lightly malty with some grassy hops. Taste is grain and a little sweet malt at first, followed by grassy, maybe a bit piney hops. Crisp, refreshing finish with very good balance. Medium to light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Very, very drinkable... this is a beer for drinking in large gulps on a very hot day!

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Photo of ccrida
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Yuengling pils glass, summerfest is clear gold with tons of streaming bubbles forming a medium sized white head that is pretty dense and leaves an impressive amount of lace.

Smell is bright, sweet cereals, very clean, with not of the diacetyl and sulfer that plagues most pilsners. Very nice at first, I tired of the sweetness.

Taste is good, again very clean, almost pushing blandness. A nice bitter hop bit keeps it semi-sweet at best. Not much too it though, a bit of graininess.

Mouthfeel is crisp and snappy, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is pretty good, for the style it's well made and very clean. I'd prefer a bit more character, it's not really my style, but well done.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 4,247 ratings
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