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Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada SummerfestSierra Nevada Summerfest

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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a straw gold color with a white head, light carbonation and some residual sticky lace. The aroma is hoppy and grassy. Taste is of hops (grassy) with some background sweetness and a tangy, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with some effervescences.
I tried this same six-pack a few moths ago and really did not like it. It seemed overwhelmingly imbalanced. It seems to have mellowed well.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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

I have a lot of respect for Sierra Nevada putting out great, easily accessible beers. The Summerfest Lager is no exception.

Having been raised on ales, my tastes tend toward appreciating them more, but lagers like this and a few other definitely are opening my mind to the world of lagers.

Standard looks for a pils... A solid white cap with decent lasting power from a vigorous pour. Clear and golden in color, but maybe a little pale. Not quite as wholesome and rich golden that I've seen in some others recently. Lively little bubbles streaming to the top look nice, too.

I think I'm getting to know the aroma of Saaz hops better. That was my guess before looking the beer up, which other reviewers seem to confirm. Nice and spicy, grassy hop-dominated aromas. Just a little bit of faint malts.

Flavor is balanced more, but still tends toward the Saaz. Very clean and pleasing with subtle bready malts, but mostly grass and spice with a lightly bittered fininish. Mouthfeel is clean, just about adequate but maybe a bit thin for me.

I picked this up really cheap on sale, for less than six bucks. At that price, combined with the easy-drinking tastiness, makes for a pretty drinkable brew in my book. At that price though, SN Pale Ale seemed a better deal, like I was getting more flavor and enjoyment for my money. This beer is good, but I wouldn't mind if everything was notched up just a little bit.

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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A very light, clear orange amber with a frothy pillow of head on top, that dissipates into a collar that's slightly thicker than the norm.

S - Lots of grain and floral notes, with that lavender twinge I've come to expect from Czech Pilsener.

T - Crisp, bitingly bitter on first sip with a vibrant hoppy kick. Not much complexity in the hop profile, however. This one is also slightly yeasty and finishes relatively clean and kind of dry.

M - Not watery, as the active carbonation gives a good bit of foamy body to it, but still pretty thin.

D - Absolutely a session brew. The bitterness is not overwhelming and the ABV is modest enough.

Overall - It's a very basic pilsener beer. It's definitely still more substantial and satisfying than BMC light beers, but it's definitely a summer thirst quencher rather than a complex sipper.

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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear golden straw with a billowy pale white head atop. Scents of fresh cut hay and some citrus make for an enjoyable smell. The taste is quite enjoyable as well - some lemon/lime flavors are noticeable, with a slight piney bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Very crisp and refreshing, very drinkable. The perfect beer for a cook out on a hot summer day. I'm generally not a big fan of pilseners, but I enjoyed this one.

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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling date on the case was May, 2004

There's a real nice balance between hops and malt in the nose, but not too aggressive on either front. That impression continues to the palate. An initial burst of sweetness gives way to more dominant malty characteristics, almost grainy, but certainly not in a bad way- almost like a German Pils. The finish is dry and lingering. This beer definitely benefits from a vigorous pour as its aroma is its best quality. It has a nice balance about it as well, though I would wish for a touch more personality.

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

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 4,245 ratings
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