Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,159 Ratings
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours gold with a solid head. a nice pils.

smell is plain. nothing great but nothing bad, a good thing for a Pils.

taste is crisp with noble hop bitterness. not bad but not the best pilsner either. good price, would only buy this again if in cans.

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

Photo of jettjon
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Pale yellow color with minor head of tan foam. Nose of bready malt and a touch of crisp hops. In the mouth, a bit more bready than expected along with subdued hops yields ho-hum flavor. Crisp and quenching but nothing special. Drinkable? Sure, but after one there's little to bring me back for more. Discovering that this is a "Czech Pilsner" is even more off-putting; it's a rather weak interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Unchi
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DemoniChris
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of bsm80x
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.12/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Skillz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold with decent head and good lacing.

Smell: Pale grains, a hint of lemon and floral hops.

Taste: Pale grains, lemon, floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing. Very slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. As advertised, it is a crisp summer lager, but there's not much more to it than that. It does have the signature Sierra Nevada quality, but lacks the great flavor of many of their brews. In this one case I prefer winter over summer- their Celebration IPA is worth waiting for every winter.

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Photo of MasterPenguins
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tmm313
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of beerme626
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeccaH
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of scottyshades
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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 vwbus7
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jebrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of July2Nov
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2008 edition

Appearance: Nice golden hue with an inch of head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet

Taste & Mouthfeel: Mellow and crisp with a citrus kick. Hops seems to come out a bit more than the malt. Has a strong and full dry finish.

Drinkability: For a summer lager, it seems to be a bit too full-bodied. Not quite sure if I would drink a bunch of these during the summer months. Not great, but not too bad either.

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Photo of blastoderm55
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of SheepNutz
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. It pours a very clear, very pale gold color with 2 fingers of head and some lacing. The smell is a mix of grass and hops, crisp smell. The taste is very light with a faint bit of grassy malt and a good hops balance. Just a little short on taste for me. The mouthfeel is a little light and oily, but the drinkability is superb. Great on a hot summer night.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2010 release. Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Deep straw color with a hint of cloudiness. Smaller white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet malt and floral hops, but a weak smell overall.

Taste: Sweet, tea-like flavors giving way to floral hop flavors and hints of herbal bitterness. Fairly light on flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with medium carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but is fairly bland compared to "real" Czech pilsners. I would be willing to have this again, though not if, say, Pilsner Urquell were another option. Good summer refresher, though.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a room-temp pint glass.

A-very light golden straw color ala American light lagers. A little head and retention, nice carbonation.

S- bitter sour doughy aroma typical of the style. Dry bread.

T-bready, grainy, grassy. Malts, with a dry hop for balance.

M- light and delicate. good carbonation. a very dry finish.

O- an ok pilsner. I prefer SNPA, even for summer.

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Photo of Mikus
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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