Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,231 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 jettjon
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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 +8.4%

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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 mrosenfeld32
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsm80x
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of gutbuster
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
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 aufie
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tmm313
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of beerme626
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of vwbus7
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of km02600
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of casapy
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of July2Nov
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
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 SFNC
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of SheepNutz
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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 whynot44
3.8/5  rDev +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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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 4,231 ratings.
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