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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Summerfest is a Czech Pilsner, and pours a clean and clear pale gold. Topped by one-inch of white head, lacing is minimal. Grain and malt sweetness blend with citrusy hops and a bit of spice. Clean Pils Malt flavors meet a slight sweetness before a citrus hop backbone brings hints of lemon zest that linger through the finish. Moderate in carbonation, Summerfest is medium-light in body. GREAT for a hot day like today!


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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crsytal clear golden beer with a fair amount of carbonation that collects on the sides of the glass and results in a good 2 fnger head. The head has little retention and leaves no lacing.

S: Very clean smelling, some grassy grains and a slight floral hop note. Subtle, but nice.

T: Much like the smell, the taste is rather straight-forward. A grassiness up front, some biscuity notes, and a slight hop bitterness at the finish. Leaves the mouth with a grainy taste that is quite pleasant. Not all that exciting, but tasty.

M: Light body, high amount of carbonation makes this a very crisp summer brew.

O: A surprising offering from SN (at least as far as I'm concerned) due to the subtle use of hops rather than the Cascadian avalanche that I've come to expect. This is a a clean, refreshing beer that is great fr a summer's day.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada's Summerfest is a Czech Pilsener-Style Summer Seasonal Lager. It has been Sierra Nevada's Summer seasonal for many years. According to the label: "Summerfest is a Pilsner-style lager brewed for enjoyment on warm summer days - featuring a slight malt sweetness, delicate spicy and floral hop flavor, and a crisp, refreshing taste."

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Served at 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Beer pours a frothy white head that thickens as it recedes gradually. Body color is a pale yellow with a very slight haze. Carbonation is light but spritely. Overall a nice appearance for the style. 3.5

(Smell) A 50/50 blends of Pilsener pale malts and a mild, grassy and floral hop. Yeast tones are slight, with some cracker and a clean, crisp aroma. Other sweetness may come from a hint of honey or honey malt which adds a slight depth of flavor to this beer. Potency is medium. Mild but approachable aroma overall. 4

(Taste) Flavor starts up with a crisp mild malty profile first with a lasting sweet mild dry cracker and honey finish paired with a bit of hop resin. Balance is nearly there, although the beer is a touch sweeter than the average Pilsener. It lacks potential hop flavor and bitterness. Largely enjoyable but there's some minor tweaks to be made to the flavor profile to optimize the potential this beer has. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Sweet, slick texture with a bit of froth. It perhaps could benefit from a more pronounced crispness throughout. Body is light and alcohol presence is mild. 3

(Overall) I enjoyed this beer although I found some criticisms that differentiate it from the average pilsener, most notably the sweet profile with a dry honey cracker flavor and a smooth, slick texture that doesn't excite the flavor much. In this regard, this may be a beer worth trying due to some original flavors. 3.5

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 4,254 ratings
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