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

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 ommegangpbr
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More of a pilsner than a euro pale if one wants to nitpick.
Reminds me quite a bit of Brooklyn's pilsner but lacking the lacing and a bit of depth. Clean and crisp but could use another layer.. perhaps a bit of snappyness or more citrus. There's a bit of lemon in there with a clean grain and grassy profile.
Certainly a good warm weather beer or a good session beer. This is a craft brew you can give to the uninitiated without them balking.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $7.99 a six pack. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer was a fizzy pale yellow coloration. The head was fluffy white and about 2 fingers high. There was minimal head retention.

Smell: There was a nice nutty roasted grainy smell to the beer. The hops contributed a nice spicy citrus complement.

Taste: The beer had a nice roasted grain cereal taste. There was a nuttyness making its presents known in the beer. The hops presented a unrelenting bitterness and citrusy undertone.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer was medium bodied. There was plenty of carbonation to go around. This was a very satisfying and highly quaffable beer treat.

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Photo of HochFliegen
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up my 6-pack of the summerfest last night and am now just trying my first one.
Pouring it into my favorite pint glass I see hit creating quite a white head on top a clear pale yellow colored beer. The head quickly died to a thin whispy layer.
The smell was of citrus, grass (earthy), floral and fruity with an ever slight hint of sweet malt. None of this was overpowering it was really nice and just right for a crisp summer brew.
Taste was very crisp with a smack of hoppy bitterness and dryness on the first taste. Very citrusy with a smoothing malt flavor in there. A slight sweetnees helps take the edge off the initial bitterness. Slightly dry finish and lots of carbonation gives it quite a bit of body in the mouth. A very busy lager.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a yellow-gold with a medium sized head of foam that reduced to a fine layer but it stayed for the entire session.

The smell has is kind of citrusy and earthy. Reminds me of a lot of lagers.

The taste has a nice citrus hop flavour up front followed by good sweet malty notes, and a bit of the earthiness I mentioned in the smell, midway through with the hops character returning in the finish. Good stuff.

Bottom line: This is first time I've seen this beer in Casper and I think it'll make an excellant thirst quencher on a hot summer day. I recommend it.

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just picked up a six pack of the 2006 Summerfest and here I sit with my first bottle. The date code says '6077' which from what I have gathered means it was bottled on the 77th day of 2006...that means its real fresh...bottle something around 20 days ago.

The beer poured a really light golden yellow color, with some orange hints. The head was bright white and very fluffy and rose to about 1/2 an inch and disappeared very quickly. For a lager it has a really nice lace.

Smell: there are some fruity esters present,and nice grassy floral citrusy hops, and mellow sweet malts. It smells like a lager but there is definitely a little more going on.

Taste: The hops hit the tongue as soon as it hits the mouth. There is a nice malty base in the body, but the finish is slightly bitter with a spicy citrusy hops.

M/D- A couple summers ago a friend brought a six pack of this over my house...I really did not know much about beer then, and this is the first time that I have had it since. This lager has wonderful flavor...the hops are not too overwhelming, and I think that a macro drinker would probably be able to get into this beer....mostly because of its overall smoothness. It kinda coats the tongue as it goes down, and that is not a bad thing. Once again I am impressed with SN, but surprised that I cannot detect those cascade hops...they don't appear to be present. This will provide some good drinking this weekend in the hot SC heat.

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Photo of marksto
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably a great beer to drink on a hot summer day. It's a clear yellow with a medium head, nicely carbonated. It had a fresh, grainy odor, along with some fruitiness. A tangy citrus taste, with some hoppiness. A smooth,drinkable beer.
I'll try it again when it's 30 degrees warmer.

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Photo of Naes
2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very clear straw colored beer with a decent white head and a good amount of visible carbonation.
The aroma is nothing special, as it just has a bit of malt to it.
The flavor is of toasted malt with slight amounts of hops near the finish. It is similar to a macro lager, but is less sweet.
Mouth feel is light in body with ample carbonation.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce stubby brown bottle poured into a 16 ounce shaker pint glass.

I'm generally a fan of ales over lagers but hey it's summertime and I like SN's brews so I'll give this one a whirl.

A - A clear, well carbonated transparent yellow with a nearly two finger white head sitting up top. Not my favorite look for a beer but definitely where they're going with this one.

S - A clean smell loaded with pilsner malt. Some mild hoppy tones.

T - A clean taste of pilsner malt with a very clean finish. No realy aftertaste to speak of.

M - Thin light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - A good quencher for yardwork and a clean session beer.

Notes: Def a step up from the mass produced pils/euro plaes such as Labatt's or Heineken. I'm not really a fan of the style but this goes down easy. I drank it a little warmer than optimal temp for this style because my beer fridge is kept as cellar/cool temp and lagers generally go better on a summer day served colder.

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Photo of bgraney
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden appearence with a fluffy head. Looks like a good lager and thirst quencher.
Nothing out of the ordinary in the aroma other than some lemony background scents.
Picked up more of the lemon background in the taste, doesn't hang around long though. Has an enjoyable flavor and goes down easy.
I rarely have more than 2 beers in any 24-hour period but if for some reason I decide to drink beer all day and night I will consider this one as the brew of choice.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear golden yellow with a large white foamy head. The smell has a grassy,floral,and malt sweetness to it. It's not too strong,but it's nice for a summer beer. The taste has some hop bitterness to it with floral and malt sweetness. This is a refreshing and tasty brew with a light m/f and a good mixture of flavors. This could an everyday beer in the summer.

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Photo of phishgator
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a nice golden lager with decent carbonation and a thick white head; I poured this into a pilsner glass. The aroma is nothing to write home about, there is some malt and a little floral aroma (very faint). The taste is a crisp body that has a slight bit of malty sweetness in the finish. The body is balanced well and quite enjoyable. A good lager that reminds me a German brew.

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Photo of ChuckD
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist-off 2006 bottle poured into a pint glass. Delicate white lacing atop a fairly clear, shiny golden body.

To the nose, slight floral bouquet with some grassiness and grains in the back.

In the mouth, a smooth, refreshing grainy sweetness held together with a spicy hop character and requisite carbonation. Tastes are somewhat complex for they type of drinker this is.

The feel is light and quenching but full on the tongue. It finishes dry and juicy - very satisfying and thist fullfilling.

Musings: Keep it around for the dog days. The taste is all about spices and lemons and will keep your thirst in check.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fest pours a crystal clear gold with a foamy white head. Dissipation is immediate and nearly complete. Clean and crisp hops and lager aromas with a touch of lemon. Primary component of MF and taste is the snapping turtle hop bite. Pretty darn drinkable.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear and golden with a big foamy head. Sure looks like a pale lager to me.

S - Light hops, light malts for a very crisp nose.

T - Like a macro lager, but a little fresher and easier. A very simple taste that doesn't overachieve.

M - A little pop from the carbonation, standard lager.

D - Easy to get one down pretty quick, but I didn't want another. Some people will love this beer, some not so much. It is important to remeber that this coming from the brewer of SNPA and Bigfoot is that this is a lager and to judge it as such.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a golden honey color with half a finger if white foamy head that laces and rings the glass quickly, light carbonation is rising up the beer

S - has a very hoppy citrusy smell, definitely reminds me of summertime, with hints of unflavored iced tea

T - definitely tastes like a hoppy iced tea, very refershing. I'd imagine this would be better on a summer night on a porch after a long days work

M - light tasting with a medium body, smooth wirh great bitterness

D - moderate, easily downed, another great SN brew

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Photo of Phatz
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Isn't a "Bottom Fermented Beer" a Lager? I don't know ... don't quite get where there going with this. There was clearly no sediment or bottle conditioning going on so ... Whatever.

Appearance: This beer is a hundred percent transparent golden color with a sudsy white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Very clean in the nose. There is a slight mustyness and a grain/hop aroma (typical lager beer smell) if you look for it.

Taste: Wow. My first thought was boy this is spicy for a lager. It has a definite peppery hoppy kick up front, but that is followed with very nice smooth sweet grain/malty middle. This is a very straightforward beer. There did not seem to be a lot of complexity but it is remarkably easy to drink. With a nice crisp (lightly bitter) finish I found it quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit light, but it is crisp and refreshing. The spicy flavor create the illusion of a bigger mouthfeel even though the body is a bit week through the center. Very nice in the end.

Drinkability: This is a lively beer for a lager, even a Euro Pale Lager. Great choice for a summer party. Easily sessionable and very inoffensive, approachable beer. It would likely be accepted by your guests.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a typical macro pour, yellow, fizzy, with a small fizzy head that has little retention.
Nice pleasent fruity smell. Grapes. With a grainy aroma. Hint of citrus hops.
Nice unexpected hop bitterness in the taste, with a grainy malty flavor in the middle, an oily hoppy finish.
Feels crisp in the mouth, but watery.
Extremely drinkable.
This is what the macro breweries could do if they added flavor to their beers. Great beer to introduce your macro loving friends to craft beer. Also would be a good pool beer and maybe a bbq beer. Still not warm enough to fully enjoy in NC. This is a decent beer that serves it's purpose.

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Photo of Enola
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is typical for the style. Yellow, fizzy and generally bland. but when reveiwed within the style it is a little above the norm. The taste is little smoother than is typical. It doesn't seem to have the harshness that is so typical. This would be a very easy drinking brew for those hot summer days. I would take one of these over mass produced beer any day.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found some of this cheap, a great summer beer, not exactly what you want on a sub 30 degree night in feb, but...
Fans of Sierra’s famous Pale Ale will notice the familiar hoppiness, however it’s nowhere near as bitter or strong. There is also just a hint of maltiness, and the beer pours very light, with a dark golden color and has a nice refreshing aroma.
Fans of the big American beers like Budweiser and Miller will find this beer suits their tastes, but offers a better beer flavor, and not a rice-like finish. This lager is quite fresh, and holds up well with other pilsner beers from overseas. This beer is a perfect pair for grilled burgers and chicken, had enough carbonation, and was a session beer for the hot days.


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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

One of my local good brew dealers had 3 sixers of this stuff sitting in their cooler for months, so I decided to give it a shot. 2005 Summerfest. Pours a pale yellow goldish color, similar to a lot of macros but damn I wish macros would taste like this. Sweet smell gives way to a real nice taste of sweet malt, hops, citrusy flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but you can sit there and drink this all day. I like it a lot. The store has 2 more sixers in the cooler, I think I'll pick 'em up later on!!

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Photo of jaluria
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a semi-cloudy, yellow color with a soft head that dissipated quickly and left behind no lacing. Aromas of hops, grains, and yeast. The taste was a very mild with only a bit of hop bitterness and even less sweet malt. The carbonation added some texture, but otherwise there really was nothing special about this beer. Hardly any flavors came out and not much going on in the aftertaste. Overall, this was a below-average beer lacking flavor and texture.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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 assurbanipaul
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber-gold with an inch-thick foamy white head. Aroma is light, pale malt, very mild hops, light soapy element.

Taste is light, biscuity malts and faintly tart hops. Lots of lemon, grassy (lemongrass?), slightly sour bitterness on top of a gently mild lager sweetness. Almost crosses over into hefe territory, but without the strong banana or yeasty elements.

Mouthfeel is thin and soft, not real complex but very quaffable. I could definitely session this one, especially in the heat of summer.

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Photo of whynot44
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light bodied, clear gold color with a medium white head.

Aroma is lightly sweet grain with a spicy, floral hops.

Taste starts out slightly tart with a biscuity malt flavor and then a slightly spicy, lemony hops bite. Balanced a little toward the hops for a pilsner, almost closer to a pale ale, but very nice. crisp and refreshing.

This should be very nice on a hot summer day to accompany mowing the grass or barbecue.

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