Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada SummerfestSierra Nevada Summerfest
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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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Ratings: 4,240 |  Reviews: 1,610
Photo of Roger85
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ericj551
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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 MattSharpless
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of scottyshades
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, completely transparent, straw color. The head is tiny, dissipates quickly, no lacing

S: Wheaty, earthy, grainy nose. Hops are present, but a little too subdued.

T: Again, same as the nose. The flavor profile is a little subpar for me and for Sierra Nevada. Unbalanced, and a little too carbonated.

MF/D: I will say that this is a great session beer for the summer. Lacks flavor in my book (as well as balance), but very smooth and refreshing.

Worth a try, don't get your hopes up.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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 TargaFlorio
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawnspl
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I always grab at least one six pack in May or June. It's consistently delicious, crisp and emanantly drinkable. Straw gold pour with good clarity under a soapy white head. Lively carbonation speaks to the crisp snap of the sip ahead. Aroma is toasted malt, cracker and earthy hops. Taste is cracker, sourdough bread, lemon zest, barley and grassy hops. Smooth throughout and finishes with a crisp snap. Seasonal reflex purchase that I don't plan on changing.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Scott17Taylor
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clean crisp lager with a faint dry hop finish. The bready malts hit up front giving way to a dry bitter finish. My only complaint would be that there's a slight almost dirty taste in the finish with the dry hoppiness.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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 cswhitehorse
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Summerfest pours a clear yellow straw color with a quick dissipating foam head. Not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is malty and the taste is crisp and clean. It has a malty backbone with a spicy finish. In the mouth is leaves some of peppery spice on the tongue. Overall this would be a wicked session beer if it was August or September.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of scottspencer
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boca-X
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Capital Ale House.

Poured a sparkling clear yellow-golden in color with not a bit of head. Miniscule white head does a nice attempt at lacing the glass, but with token success. Aromas are quite clean brisk. Hoppy, but not overly so. There is a hint of malts there as well. Flavor is more of the same. An interesting mix of hops and that "lager" flavor. Not quite macro, but more mainstream than I'd expected. Maybe that's why it was so popular with the crowd at CAH. Brisk and snappy flavor, starting with a mildly bitter front, fleeting sweetness in the middle, and dry/acidic on the tail end. Moderate carbonation and decent mouthfeel. A good beer for the summer, no doubt, but I think I'll stick to my hefe's to quench the Richmond heat.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Summerfest, version 2010. The beer pours clear and golden with a nice pillow of white foam. Very attractive on a hot humid day.

Pale malt and earthy hops combine to form a clean aroma. A light to medium mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. The palate starts with a brief hint of pale biscuit malt. Grassy bitterness pushes it through to the dry end. A tad of fleeting sweetness glimpses through the center.

This is a clean and refreshing beer--great for summer.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Premo88
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: yellow ... pale yellow; about 1-inch head of white foam, pretty solid chunk of a head but little lacing; crystal clear ... in fact, might be the clearest beer i've ever seen.

S: grain; weak grain; slowly start to detect some very light, sweet malt ... definite sweetness, the biscuit/bread sweet

T: spice ... the spicy hops really bite up front, very noble pils-like; just a slight sweetening on the back end, not overly so but a nice little malt finish ... grain also shows up on the finish, light corn almost or maize

F: full carbonation, solid construction ... not watery or too light

O: what you'd expect from Sierra Nevada -- a solid pilsener, plenty of spice with a little sweetness that shows through here and there, about as drinkable a brew as one could find. also an obvious choice for a gateway beer. the alcohol kind of sneaks up on me with this one, which seems odd ... i'd like it more at 4.7% ABV or so, but hey ... i'll gladly take this one as is.

of all the summer pilsener/kolsch options here in texas, i'm not sure where this one ranks. but it's a can't-go-wrong choice because it's mighty good.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of projectflam86
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light golden color with a thin white head. Some lacing and lots of bubbles.

S- Grain and earthy hop nose. A sweetness is hidden somewhere in there.

T- A light hoppy bitterness initially that vanishes with a light sweet malt flavor taking over in the finish. Well balanced with some grain and a little bit of yeast like flavors.

M- Light and crisp with lots of carbonation.

D- Easy drinking summer brew with enough taste to remind you that it is a Sierra Nevada. Overall a great Pils/Lager

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 52.1% out of 100 with 4,240 ratings
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