Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,215 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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a nice head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus, some malt sweetness and fresh grain.

T: Starts with a nice crisp nip with a mild malt sweetness and bit of fresh grain. Nice bitterness through to a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp smooth and refreshing. Nice balance.

O: Good summer beer, goes well with everything.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle of the sixer poured into a Pike pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a lightly fizzy golden yellow that is a bit reminiscent of urine. Certainly nothing that surprises me for the beers style, though. A huge soapy head that has decent lacing.

Smell - Not much going on here. A bit of lemon peel and zest. Lightly sweet malt.

Taste - This is really well-balanced pilsner. I've loved every bottle that I've had. The aftertaste is simply unmatched to any other pilsner I've had before. Huge caramel malty breads backup a bit of lemon peel and hops. The bread malt is extremely unique.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Easily sessionable and drinkable. Well-balanced and easy on the palate. A great summer beer with a bit of malty sweetness behind it.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temperature.

L - Straw color with a massive 5-finger white bubbly and pillowy head. Excellent retention but not much lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. Sierra Nevada beers always look terrific.

S - Big, bready malts and some earthy, grassy, spicy, floral hops to go along with them. There’s a little bit of diacetyl here, too.

T - Starts sweet with bready, biscuity malts and some diacetyl again. Finishes with a pleasant hop bitterness with earthy, spicy, and floral notes. Well-balanced between the malt and the hops.

F - Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a clean and crisp mouthfeel, and a pleasantly bitter and dry finish. Spicy and floral hop bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time.

O - This is a really nice pilsner and a great summer beer. Very drinkable and sessionable. Does Sierra Nevada really make anything less than good beers?

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light gold with a white soap-foam head

S - Light malty sweetness, like the nexus between honey and something floral.

T - Sweetish satisfying honeyish malt. A slight bit of hop bitterness.

M - A bit thicker than mainstream lagers

O - I had initially gotten bad macro lager taste and cardboard out of this. But later in the pack I got a pretty good flavor, a sweetish kind of malt and overall was just pretty tasty. I wonder what the difference was. The first four or five were just nothing beers but now I'm on board. Weird.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,215 ratings.
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