Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,219 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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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%

Photo of BrownNut
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

12 oz bottle poured hard into a nonic.

Golden color, not that pisswater yellow but a deeper golden transparent. Head billows up and recedes rather quickly. No lace show and minimal ring around the collar head remains.
Husky grain, touch of lemon and sourdough bread with grassy hops in aroma.
Feel is crisp and mildly slick.
Husked grains to start with more bready sourdough funk and light lemon tartness. A touch of fermented sugars drying it into the finish with lingering spicy herbal hops.

A fuller body than I'm used to for the style but the drying finish and bold earthy hops lingering after the swallow are what keep me coming back for more.
Great for the heat wave we are currently stuck in. As this is refreshing, yet full flavored.

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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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, march date SAPP glass

A: 1 finger rough off white head. completely clear Light yellow with streaming carbonation coming off the bottom. nice looking bee. head stays around as a ring on the sides of the glass. slight lace clings, but fades

S: rich malted barley and bread, a punch of floral and grassy Saaz, and a light lemon zest aroma. slight earthy notes

T: nice little hop punch upfront, then a huge wave of delicious sweet grain that fades into a nice floral hop finish. Really nice

M: low bodied, carbonation is great, no issues here

O: I love this beer and buy it by the case in summer. You owe it to yourself to grab some. Even my Sierra Nevada hating friends like this one. This is a beer for everyone, even BMC folk will enjoy

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a foamy white head with good retention
S-pretty clean aroma, bit of malt, low hop bitterness
T-maltiness followed by nicely balanced hop bitterness that has a faint pine characteristic to it
M-light bodied with decent amount of carbonation
O-nice, clean, well balanced pilsner. Go to beer for the summer time.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mschind
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz dated 2012

A- typical Pilsener pour, good foamy clean white head that dissipates rapidly with some lacing. Nice straw gold color with a bit of chill haze in mine.

S- clean grain and mild hops.

T- pronounced malt up front followed immediately by a mildly bitter hop kick. Finish is balanced.

M- light body with appropriate carbonation.

O- not quite up to par with the European Pilseners but a good effort.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice golden straw with moderate carbonation. Head is bleached white with minimal retention, but nice lacing.

S: Let's get it going. Good pilsner smell of grass, husked grain, touch of lemon and a bit of caramelized sugar.

T: Good malt presence of husked grain and a touch of burnt sugar. Moderately spicy hop presence. Still, the malt plays the bigger role here

M: A bit full bodied for me. This lager doesn't strike me as being particularly crisp or drying like the traditional Bohemian styles.

O: Disappointing translation of the style. The hops really don't push through enough to give this beer that nice crisp edge that really defines the Czech Pilsners.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,219 ratings.
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