Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada SummerfestSierra Nevada Summerfest
BA SCORE
3.67/5
4,244 Ratings
Sierra Nevada SummerfestSierra Nevada Summerfest
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
Ranking:
#31,887
Reviews:
1,610
Ratings:
4,244
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.95
 
 
Wants:
141
Gots:
658
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,244 |  Reviews: 1,610
Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A literally over-the-top head (16oz glass, 12oz beer). Great rockiness of a nearly pure white head. Excellent thick lace on the glass edge. Beautiful golden (and clear) color.

Unusually musty aroma. Low hop, mostly lighter grained malt smells.

Strong malt flavor in the front followed by a decent bitterness from the hop. There are the beginnings of some skunkiness. This is a delicate beer, but there is very good body for the style; appropriate carbonation.

I'm a little disappointed with this one: I was expecting a typical 4+ offering from SN. The skunk part aside, this would likely be a run-of-the-mill pils. I could not find the typical fresh hop smells or flavors.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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 woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This showed up recently at The Fridge and went into my fridge awaiting furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). Reviewed 08-14-2013.

It was a long day of paranoia and I was jonesing for a beer, so I executed a quick Crack and an inverted Glug, resulting in two fluffy, foamy fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was a sunshine yellow with NE-quality clarity. SRM = 4 to 5. Nose had a great Noble hop grassiness underlain with a light biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and man, this really hit the spot! The Saaz hops commingled beautifully with the malt to create a light, easy drinking lager in the form of a Pils. Finish was crisp, dry, refreshing and I may have found a new CANdidate for the summer cooler.

My original bottle review from 07-07-2005 with scores of 4.0; 2.5; 3.0; 4.0 and 3.5 follows:

This poured with a decent white head, but it just evaporated to wispiness. I had a light malt smell, but even that was tough to discern. It had a nice tang in the mouth, but no taste that really jumped out. The finish was lightly grainy, not so much of malt, but more like wheat, or (heaven forbid) corn. It just reminded me of being out in the fields behind my maternal grandparents' house as a kid. It was a decent beer, but I'd like something with a bit more flavor, even in the summer.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of duceswild
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Enjoyed on July 4th.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy white head on top. Moderate retention and lacing.

S: Light hops with a heavier dose of bready and grain malt. On the sweet side.

T: The bready malt returns along with some light spice and earthy flavor. Light citrus and a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Tasty and east drinking, can't ask for much more, especially in the summer on a hot day. Probably wouldn't stock it in my fridge, but would gladly drink again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Jason
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown shorty bottle, no freshness date but there is the year 2009 on the neck label.

A- Quick to froth a white head, subsides to a thin but sticky lace. Shimmering clarity off of the golden yellow colored brew.

S- Clean fresh cut hay, spicy hops ... a very clean nose.

T&M- Crispness is beyond belief, so refreshing. Clean but dry malty palate, hint of lemon in the spicy hop character that lends a nice bitter bite. Touch of herbal hop and grain husk middle to end, finishes quite dry.

D- Give one of these to a macro drinking friend and see what happens. I could easily go through a few on a hot summer day.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 08/21/15 notes. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Super easy to drink, clean and crisp. Bready malts, grains, light fruits and light floral notes. Overall a decent summer beer, good for some summer day drinking.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2007 offering served up on tap. Much better then last years offering. This poured a nice pale golden color with a nice white frothy head. Smell was pretty hoppy, especially compared to last year. Lots of citrus and pine hops were evedent in the flavor. Fine crisp clean finish with lots of carbonation. An awesome session beer or a barbecue beer, really very nice overall, and a wonderful addition to my summer beer lineup.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap @ Maewyn's in York, served chilled in a pint.

The color is a pale golden with thick cap of white cream, the clarity is good and the lace clings in ringlets. The smell is good with some gentle floral/herbal hop aromas with mild malt and slight yeast ester which gives a sort of bready backing. The feel is very good, nice hop presence which gives the kind of acidity you want from a pils, plenty of carbonation, but not overboard. I think the malt profile is pleasant adding a bit of sweetness to keep the lager balanced.

The flavor is smooth and malty up front, but mid-taste the flavor of the herbal hop emerges with some nice gentle grassy and tea like flavor, somewhat floral but not too much to be enjoyable with some citrus elements. The taste of the malt is gentle and slightly sweet with a mild yeast that adds some character to the brew and perhaps a tinge of mineral. The overall impression I get from this is it is a great beer, an all around flavorful and quaffable lager which is saying something because there aren't enough of its ilk out there these days.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a crystal clear pale golden color with a short lived fluffy white head.

S: A pretty typical lager aroma. Mostly grain and malt sweetness with a touch of earthy hops.

T: There is a touch of bready malt with a mild spicy and earthy flavor from the hops and yeast. The finish is surprisingly bitter with a citrus in the mix as well.

M: Light to medium body (for a lager, that is) with a nice crisp carbonation.

D: A pretty refreshing and good tasting lager. But, I don't really ever worry about Sierra Nevada when it comes to making a good beer. Good for a hot summer day.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Ah, the Whole Foods bargain area. Delightful. This guy pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose comprises light wheat, flowers, corn, grass, and a touch of sugar. The taste is similar, with the floral hops really coming through nicely, along with a hint of oatmeal. The body is pretty light, with a very light carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a solid pils, but missing a small something in the taste department to really kick it up a peg.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market Basket
Pours a medium straw color wit a decent sized white head that dissipates to wisps of foam on the top. spicy floral hop aroma with a light biscuity malt base. the flavor is crisp crackery bready malts with plenty of spicy hops to counter. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Nice hoppy light pilsener beer I quite enjoyed this one.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 4,244 ratings
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