Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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4,157 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager
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:
4,157
Reviews:
1,588
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
622
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 4,157 |  Reviews: 1,588
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

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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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Light fluffy head fades very quickly over a brilliantly clear golden yellow color.

N: Semi sweet lager aromas, some wheat, toasty malts which are light, a little citrus and lemon zest. Very pilsner like aromas. Very light grassy hops.

T: Nice toasty but lighter lager like malt flavors. Some light sweet malty flavors, with a little toasty pilsner malt, citrus, lemon zest, clean and crisp, a light grassy hop turns into a fairly bitter hop kick. the gassy spicy hop kick gives a nice long finish.

M: very crisp, semi light body, good carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, little lager sweet malt taste but dries a bit. Toasty malts, light malts. Slight lingering sweetness, crisp and refreshing, nice hop characters but maybe a bit heavy in the overall hop profile for a summer beer and Czech pilsner.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear (filtered) golden body topped by a big, creamy, bright-white head that holds well and leaves some limited lace. Nice aroma of malt and hops with some fruitiness and a bright lemony note that I assume comes from citrusy hops. The body is medium-light with a very fine & slightly effervescent carbonation, making it very silky in the mouth. The flavor is lightly hoppy and citrusy up-front, warming into a lightly sweet maltiness as it crosses the palate, and drying out just before the swallow with some more light hop flavor and bitterness. All of these flavors are carried over, to some extent, into the aftertaste. A really refreshing and interesting change of pace that really does make a great summer beer. Not complicated, but with alot of finesse. Somewhat lighter in flavor and easy to drink, but with some distinct hop character and bitterness. Very nice, fairly unique, and well brewed.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/30/07 at Racebook Brewpub @ Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light but bready malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is very straight-forward, simply light malts, lager yeast & hops, all decently balanced. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a beer that I wouldn’t buy in a six-pack unless my options were severely limited, but on-tap it’s worth drinking over many of the usual suspects (macros, Sam Adams, Guinness et. al.) that most places carry.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with 3 frothy fingers of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a nice looking robust richness, which leaves back some thick spotty lacing. The aroma is floral, earthy, spicy, and fruity smelling, with a silky backing of malts across the back of the nose. This was flavorful, bright, and pleasant. I liked it.

The taste is moderately biting with fresh citrus flavors, along with grittier notes of earth and rind. This is well balanced with some lightly toasted grainy sweetness underneath, while this finishes with lingering notes of earth and spice. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a smooth, crisp, and clean feel throughout. Just a very easy and quaffable body on this.

Fresh, bright, and flavorful, with a super easy body and overall drinkibility going for it, this was a pleasant quaff. Another sturdy entry from Sierra Nevada.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of gentle carbonation and some hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts with light to moderate aromas of spicy and floral/herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts that is followed by light to moderate building to moderate flavors of hops - initially spicy but more herbal towards the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers only slightly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, a very enjoyable beer for the summer - I'm enjoying this one while I'm making and grilling up some burgers.

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

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, full golden color in the Stella glass. Nice head to go with it. Light body but not watery. Toast and faint barley aroma. Long nose of flowery hops to go with the resiny hint in the flavor.

Pleasant balance of hoppy flavors with the malt. Crisp and tasty overall. This has a little of the perfumey flavor I associate with some Kolsch brews. A hint of lemon-lime soda. Extremely drinkable with a very nice hop hit without lingering bitterness. Finishes with a spicy taste.

2012 edition in the 12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, yellow-orange body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Pale malt aroma with notes of floral, spice, and the juice of half a lemon.

Taste: Pale maltiness accompanied by a mild sweetness. A bit crackery, but then again, aren't we all? Hint of lemon, flowers. A punch of spicy bitterness. Finishes crisp with a light, lingering spice on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice little surprise. It's quafftastic!

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Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Poured a clear and pale yellow/gold color. It had a bubbly and active head to start with, and it lasted pretty well into drinking it.

The aroma shows off an earthy, grassy and almost peppery hoppiness to it. Some citrus and sweet, grainy, malty flavors come through and really balance the aroma out.

The taste is very well balanced with the earthy and grassy hops, the sweet grainy malt, and the lemony citrus flavors. Very clean and crisp overall.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Drinkability is pretty decent, it has a very nice balance of flavors working in it's favor. Pretty good version of the style and a easy drinking beer overall.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I fail to see how a beer brewed in California, U.S.A. can be called a Euro Pale Lager. Yeah, I know, if it fits the style... blah, blah, blah. But still, this beer deserves better. I therefore dub Summerfest a Yankee Pale Lager.

Pellucid bright amber with an impressively large, creamyfirm, French vanilla head that looks like it belongs on an IPA. The foam displays remarkable persistance and eventually lays down generous amounts of lace in vertical streamers.

The aroma is unmistakably of aromatic Saaz hops with very little else muddying the waters. I'm not a big fan of that particular hop, but it's actually somewhat pleasant here, both in the nose and on the palate. Its oftentimes sharp, pungent nature is blunted to some extent by a fair amount of sweetish pale malt.

A subtle clove and white pepper spiciness increases marginally with warming. I prefer more citrus in my summer beers, but I won't complain too loudly. The body is solidly medium, yet is still well within the bounds of easy drinkability demanded by the summer seasonal designation.

Summerfest is a pretty good Saaz-hopped pale lager, even if my lack of affinity for that particular hop variety keeps me from loving it. That said, this Yankee Pale Lager kicks the crap out of the vast majority of its Euro counterparts.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 version

An effervescent deep gold with 4 fingers of white rocky head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Herbalhops & a little bit of floral hops

T: Floral hops,lemons & straw up front. Finshses lemon hoppy Wth a little grainyness & fruittyness

MF: Geat balance & medium bodied, a little light on the carbonation

Drinks very easy, but not as tasty as last years

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,157 ratings.
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