Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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83
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4,218 Ratings
Sierra Nevada SummerfestSierra Nevada Summerfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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
Ratings:
4,218
Reviews:
1,605
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
646
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 4,218 |  Reviews: 1,605
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Knapp85
1.95/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

What a bummer, I was so pumped to try this beer when I show it on the shelves at my local shop. Got it home and gave it go after it was chilled. I found myself asking if this was really a Sierra Nevada product. I understand the beer is supposed to be light and refreshing for the time of year but, This was really light and along the weak side for me. There really wasn't a whole lot of hops in this from what I could get from it. The Color was a light yellow and very clean looking. Thin head. I know the style of beer is supposed to be like this but I thought SN would have amped something up just a little to give it a bit more of a punch.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One word for this beer: crisp. It has a nice snap to it as you sip and its very refreshing. It may not be as extreme as other beer styles out there but this one is great to have on a nice, hot day. I have yet to be let down from this brewery and they seem to tackle all assortments of styles with ease.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that eventually completely disappeared, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The initial taste has flavors of biscuit malts, yet this is quickly followed by spiciness and a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, very crisp and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink, but the taste would have been more interesting if it wasn’t dominated by the spiciness of the hops and there were some more malty flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good beer of a benal style by a great brewery. Looks medium straw in color with a stark white head that falls to a trace, but laces nicely. Smells of faint vegetables, mild sourness, yeasty, bready, and earthy. Light hops on the nose. Tastes like corn, cereal grains, hops for bittering, bread, wheat, and yeasty. Slight souring on the side of lemons. Body is better than most lagers, adds creaminess, and better coats the mouth. Finishes clean and powdery. Leaving subtle bittering. If you want a Euro Lager, then this is a good rendition. But if you want a good Sierra Nevada brew, then get any other of their beers.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2010 edition. Ahhh...Americans sure have it good, being able to buy this brewer's wares pretty much anywhere they gosh darn please.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden straw colour, with some sparse, but consistent rising effervescence, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet somewhat creamy white head, which leaves a few thin splotches of sudsy lace around the glass as it gradually recedes.

It smells of crisp, grainy pale malt, a touch of spicy wheat, lemon zest, and prominent grassy, floral, and dried hay hops. The taste is more cereal-heavy, semi-sweet malt, lemon rind, a stoney flintiness, earthy, sort of peppery spice, and further leafy, grassy, and mildly weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its swirling and probing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight for the style, and pretty smooth, those hops knowing where to draw the line. It finishes off-dry, just, and clean, with a wee warmth that is hard to ascribe to a specific alcohol sensation.

A rather enjoyable quaff, and still quite refreshing, but kind of heavier than one would expect from a native-brewed Czech Pilsener. Whatever, it definitely works for assuaging our dire, dog days of summer needs, as I could surely go for another one of these, post haste.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm somewhat over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of slight cream, okay thickness, and average retention. Clear yellow colour. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Clean malts, bland hops, and some barley. A very boring and bland aroma. Average strength. Not particularly appealing.

T: Clean malts lend it body. Background floral hops give it a little character, but not enough to save it from its simplicity. There's very little going on here. No yeast or alcohol notes are present. There's some malty sweetness on the climax. The finish is bland, but at least it's a change of pace from the body - some crystal malt is all that really comes through. Bland and boring all around.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thick enough. Acceptable carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but mundane. I'm pretty underwhelmed - but hey, it's Sierra Nevada. I wouldn't get this again, but it's a decent little pilsener. Probably best on draught.

C

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden clear color with a nice little head that didn't hang around very long; no lacing

Smell: Grassy and herbaceous with a bit of lemon peel

Taste: Clean malty, somewhat floral backbone that is quickly met by the lemony tart hops; long lemony finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well carbonated

Drinkability: A very different idea for a summer beer; light and lemony

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lager with a medium creamy white head with great retention. Aroma of medium sweet floral malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is very refreshing with a nice dose of sweet malt with some crisp floral hops. Body is a bit too thin to make this truly special but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours out a straw yellow with no head.

S - Smelled of grains and caramel with a hint of a floral aroma.

T - The grain/caramel flavor came through along with a grassy hop bitterness.

M - It had a very sharp and crisp mouthfeel. A light bodied lager that is quite sessionable.

D - It is drinkable, especially on a hot day. I'd say it is fairly typical of a Czech Pilsner. Good but not my favorite style of beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thick white head slowly dies above a clear golden colored ale.

Very light citrus hops and floral aroma and the taste resembles the aroma to a T.

A clean tasting medium bodied beer with a slight dry aftertaste that keeps a bit of the taste of the the beer hanging around.

Seems like this would be a pretty good beer to have on the beach on a hot summers day, to bad it's in a bottle and that would be a very irresponsible thing to do.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of largadeer
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and straw-colored. Not much head, just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Grassy, grainy, buttery.

Taste: Mildly sweet, a bit husky and grainy with a touch of citrus. Spicy hops lead to a dry but buttery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Notes: A simple, sessionable lager. Nothing particularly special about it, but quite good for what it is.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/4/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, cracker, bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good pilsner style. All around well balanced flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer 4 of 4 for the Sierra Nevada Tasting Event at Stub and Herbs that I reviewed.

Poured into 6 oz Sierra Nevada sample glass. Pours a small head, due to the glass. Color is a clear straw yellow. Very little lace.

Smell is very grainy and corn-like. Not one of my favorite smells coming from a Sierra Nevada beer.

Taste: Just like the smell. Very grainy and I get a metallic flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp. Over carbonated. Very light bodied.

Overall, this is by far my least favorite offering from Sierra Nevada. I don't plan on ever buying this, but maybe on a HOT summer day I could try it again.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear straw color with plenty of visible carbonation and a nice white head. Some decent lacing on the way down. The nose brings a good dose of Noble hops as well as some fresh grain. The hops are key here and add a real zest to this. Nice floral characteristics. A bit of straw and grain in the background. Nice and crisp, this is a really easy-drinking brew.

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Photo of nickfl
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2013 bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours golden with excellent clarity and a massive amount of carbonation bubbles. The carbonation level is high, but seems appropriate for style and is softly prickly. Light body. Very durable white head.
Quite true to style, partly due to the use of Saaz hops.
A quality pils that would fly in CZ.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice for the style,not to hoppy good malt-accented beer.Light color with a decent head.Would try again,Iam not into summer accrnted lighter beers.Bring on Oktoberfest!

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,218 ratings.
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