Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,230 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,230 |  Reviews: 1,609
Photo of AlphaKingKegger
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of plato
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of cjnuxoll
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

here's a strong, flavorful lager that makes me forget how much i really don't like everyone else's favorite pale ale. summerfest reduces the bitterness of SNPA and adds the wheaty flavor that should be common to a lager. i know i'm comparing a pale ale to a lager, but i'm just qualifying my preferences so you know where i am coming from in my beer tastes in this review.

it's lightly carbonated and full bodied. the alcohol content is slightly higher than that of a normal lager, so you know from the stronger flavor you're getting a micro brew from a company that is quickly becoming one of the largest distributors in the country. it's not a sell-out beer - it still has the uniqueness that tells you it's a sierra nevada without overwhelming or offending. just a solid contribution to give you some additional options at the beer store.

[edit] had a few more since the review. It's growing on me. The Summerfest is pretty good; but I've found, that like a fine wine, you need to let it "breathe," so the yeast oxigenates and mixes. It's lightly carbonated, but as the yeast dissolves when opened, it maintains the bubblieness and stays sharp.

 1,149 characters

Photo of houhkx
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of jcb7472
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Arsenal0328
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bennetj17
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale straw, with lots of effervescent carbonation, but little head. Mild, yet inviting aroma of grainy malt with a light citric hop note. Clean and crisp flavor with a proper grassy bitterness kicking in early and lingering nicely on the tongue. The malt backbone is bready and dry without any residual sweetness. Carbonation is very nice. The body is light but never thin. This beer just goes down so smoothly, and the alcohol is not discernible at all.

This beer is damn near perfect and is just a fine example of a proper Pils. It's drinking very fresh right now and for 6.99 a sixer it is unbeatable. Way underrated in my opinion.

 643 characters

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of randylangford
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of ktblue22
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Celtics76
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of artoolemomo
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tom91281
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of brheuer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of brin611
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Segelstrom
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of alelover
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Ljoreilly
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of JeffSuttonTX
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Duvel
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 4,230 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.