Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Czech Pilsner glass.

A: Light yellow color with one finger of head that fades quickly leaving light lacing. A ton of carbonation.

S: Pale malt, pepper, and hops.

T: Pale malt, hops, grapefruit with a citrus aftertaste. Taste of grapefruit lingers afterwards.

M: Light body mouthfeel which transforms with the bite of the hops. Semi-dry finish.

O: Overall this is a very enjoyable and easy drinking beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a weizen glass

A - Light hay amber with 1 finger white head with good lacing and good retention

S - Playdoh, wheat

T - Pretty earthy, herbal and fairly bitter. My palate does not enjoy this composition but I respect it.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Good summer beer, just not for me.

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager pours a clear light yellow with a small, white fizzy head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. Lots of small bubbles float slowly to the surface.

The aroma is rather faint. It has notes of lemon grass, a touch of pale malt and a little skunk mixed in.

Each sip of this light bodied beer is watery on the palate with a mild to moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor begins with some notes of lemon and a touch of pepper. In the middle some light grain appears that presents some malty sweetness. It finishes mildly bitter and floral with lingering grassy bitterness and lemon.

This is a tasty, very easy to drink beer. It's well balanced and quite refreshing.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, yellow-orange color with a small, fizzy white head that dissipates leaving little to no lacing.

Aromas begin a bit grassy with a bit of citric lemon peel. As it warms I get a bit more of sweeter crackery pale maltiness with floral notes.

The tastes are an improvement from the nose with more of a crackery pilsner base malty crisp and sweetness. As it warms you get a hint of lemon and some floral hoppiness with some lingering minimal spicy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes crisp with a light, lingering spice on the tongue.

Overall this is one of the few summer style beers that I still enjoy and will revisit year to year (along with Anchor Summer and Harpoon Summer). It is the perfect pairing for anything from a backyward BBQ to a nice dinner of Asian or Spanish cuisine. Not overly complex but above average flavor wise for the style.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,192 ratings.
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