Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,220 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.

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Photo of cbl2
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/26/2007 $9.99 6 pack 5.00% Coded 7078Y1504.


Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with loads of carbonation that lead to 2 inches of foamy head that is quite persistent.


Crisp herbal notes alongside some sweet bready malts. Smells as a pilsner should.


Light in body, and sadly in flavor as well. Herbaceous grassy notes dominate throughout, with just a touch of malt sweetness for balance. Easy to drink, but ridiculously overpriced to have on a regular basis.

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Photo of billybob
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured a slightly opaque straw yellow color with a head equal to your pour style and leaving fair lacing on the glass. spicy hop smell. taste slight bread, spice hop. mouthfeel medium, smooth, very well balanced. very easy beer to drink very enjoyable put it on your list.

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Photo of hero27
2.62/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 Vintage
12 oz bottle

Pours a bright yellow color with a surprisingly frothy head of white foam.
Very faint grainy corn-husk aroma..other than that, nothing in the nose at all.
Light bodied with a pale malt flavor up-front and a dash of grassy, floral hops..some light lemon zest as well.
Overall, this is a very light, clean, drinkable beer that is a bit rough-around-the-edges. The flavor is lackluster and honestly rather bland with no standout qualities. It would be alright on a hot summer day to quench your thirst, but probably not one I'd choose to re-visit.

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

2002 Summerfest with a gold cap.

Found this lonley single 12oz. bottle of 2002 in the cooler of my favorite liquor store, it had been stored cold. It poured a deep gold with the slightest haze (not from chill) and nearly two-fingers of white foamy head. Lots of carbonation and a plenty of initial lacing, the head eventually settles to a ring and some surface lace...looks a bit darker than fresh Summerfest.

The smell is sweet and pale malty, kind of syrupy, followed by some grassy hops. The sweetness is citrusy and mostly that of oranges, definitely different aroma than when it's smells really good but hardly that of a pilsner at this point.

The taste is rather sweet and malty with a citrus tang in the middle that ends with a slight bitter, more watery than dry finish. Kind of a malt syrup with that stays sweet into a citrus, going quickly to grassy flavored hops that bitter at the last second. Aftertaste is quite clean with a tinge of orange peel. Much different tasting than the 2006 fresh.

Solid medium body with a smooth and cream-like mouthfeel...not crisp at all, yet somewhat refreshing. The alcohol is mild, could drink a bunch of these with ease.

Believe it or not, this is the most I've enjoyed a Sierra Nevada Summerfest and if you come across a 2002, I recommend you buy it and try it. I'll keep an eye out for it myself...cheers.

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Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled January 8th 2013.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a half finger white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Dissipates to a thin covering in a minute or two leaving some spots of lacing.

S: Aroma matches what one would expect from a lager. Light maltiness with a touch of hop bitterness. A bit of a crackery aspect as well as some spicy notes.

T: Mild blend of pale malts, light hops and lager yeast. Great bread like cracker taste that really rounds this out. A good deal of spiciness in this too.

M: Crisp, clean and refreshing. As expected this is a great brew for the summer. Ample carbonation.

Overall a tasty pilsner that is as the name suggests perfect for the summer. A lot more spice than I had anticipated, seems to come from both the yeast and the hop.

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Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jebrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of Rastacouere
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright clear golden hue is covered by an unfortunately very evanescent white head. Floral saaz nose with plenty of toasted malt flavors. If you thought that was enough, have a sip because they come with a vengeance, even bigger, toastier, loafy than before. Floral/minty fresh hops build up a fine aftertaste. Delicate and refreshing. Crisp bodied. Very satisfying.

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Photo of Roger85
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of warpig372
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ericj551
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager pours a crystal clear yellow with a thin head and light to moderate carbonation. The aroma is light dry grainy malt with a vague whiff of herbal hops. The flavor is crisp and dry with some light pilsner malt upfront followed by light spicy hop flavor. There is just a bit of lingering bitterness in the finish. Overall this is a very crisp, drinkable summer beer, but it just didn't have quite enough flavor for me.

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Photo of NeverSettle
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MattSharpless
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of HermitDan
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: Very crisp hop bite, dry, caramel malt, wheat notes. Cracker crisp and dry hopped nose. gold, clear, with a white foam head and ringed lattice. Medium/Lite body. 28 IBUs

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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 jk3
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

2008 release-Smell is crisp as they state with a nice tart hop smell. Not much head when poured into a glass. Color is a bright golden yellow. I thought I detected a pine smell and this is more evident in the taste. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated almost sparkly but not in a bad way. Flavor is a steady subdued flat bitterness that finishes clean and dry. This beer is refreshing and really quenches the thirst. The king of lawnmower beers? A good sampling of a hugely enjoyed classic favorite. Not a favorite style of mine but another good brew by Sierra Nevada.

2011 release- Upgrade!

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

The color is a very clear yellow/gold. Totally transparent. I could watch TV with through this thing. There is, however, a strange frosty bit of lace around the rim of the beer. The head disappears quickly ... and the lace does too. Maybe peer pressure.

Has the smell of a Belgian wheat/witbier, but with some additional sweetness (more orange than most whites) and a bit of spice even. Not bad at all really; quite summery.

It's got a nice sweet wheat/witbier flavor. There is an unexpected hit of lemon, balanced by the dry wheat base. Very light and sweet. It's refreshing. Becomes a bit more malty toward the end as it warms.

Feels light and a bit watery. The wheat leaves a slight dryness. Overall it is a very light and refreshing brew. It's got slightly more bitter malt than a regular wit (which may turn off some novices) but overall pretty nice.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This summer brew pours a transparent golden yellow with a foamy white head full of big carbonation bubbles, which subsides to leave a faint white lacing on the glass.

Citrus fruit, straw or grassy hops; wheat and yeast highlight the aroma of this brew.

Quite fresh, zesty lemon and again grass with just a hint of light spice.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation with a dry and refreshing finish.

This is a great summer brew. Nothing more, nothing less, and one that can be enjoyed throughout the day.

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Photo of bccrosley
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of mnj21655
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a SN Summerfest shaker pint glass.

Pours a brilliantly clear pale gold in color with about a half finger of white head. Aroma is quite clean. A bit grainy with a biscuit-like aroma. Low hop aroma. Taste is pretty good. Very clean, lightly malty, touch of honey, some spicy hop flavor and a nice balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty good with light-medium body and moderate-high carbonation. Drinkaiblity is pretty good as well. A nice easy drinker that is fairly flavorful and well balanced.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,220 ratings.
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