Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,231 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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3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden, bright yellow. One finger head with fast retention. Also, no lacing.

S- Corn, honey, lemon zest, cracked pepper, slight hop presence.

T- Honey, corn, lemon zest and once again, a small hint of hops in the finish.

M- Medium carbonation and thin bodied. Crisp and clean.

Very easy to drink, escpecially on a 88 degree night like tonight. It's crisp, clean and refreshing. Has plenty of taste that a lot of summer seasonal beers lack.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labeled 2012 bottle from wegman's six pack poured into pint glass.

A= Clear straw color consistent with style. Half inch of bright white head.

S- Aroma reminiscent of macro-brewed lager, which is to say not much. I associate the smell with adjunct corn, but I doubt that is the case here.

T- Crisp and clean taste with little hop profile. Refreshing and light with a bit of sweetness that lingers afterward.

M- Thin, but not as thin as others of this type.

O- Not offensive, but with significantly less character than other craft summer seasonals. After trying other "summer beers" this is not particularly compelling. Probably the first SN beer I haven't been impressed with.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Very pale transparent straw color with a bubbly bone white head.

S- Faint pale malt and faint hop aroma. Maybe some fresh grass.

T- Pilsner taste with pale malt and a better-than-expected hop presence.

M- Extremly light body with good carbonation.

O- Good for cutting the grass or some outdoor activity and for the style.

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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2012-06-15 and 2014-05-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear golden-straw with a 2-finger white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Lager yeast and rising bread, light spice, lemon and hop floral. Inviting.

T - Pale malt, sourdough bread, lemon, tangy, light spice, nice amount of moderate bitterness with some lingering bready sweetness as it dries.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp.

O - Couldn't tell any significant difference between having it from a fresh bottle on 2012-06-15 and on-tap 6 days earlier. It's a very refreshing and thirst quenching pils. Thumbs up although for the calories and flavor, I'd rather have a Troegs Sunshine Pils or a Pilsner Urquell.

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3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a translucent straw yellow with a moderate 1" or so of foamy, off-white head; not much in the way of retention or lacing. nose is definitely on the subtle side but offers notes of grain and a touch of citrus (lemon zest), maybe a little grass. again, very muted.

flavor delivers more of the same. some grain, bready malts, and a little citrus. light and crisp, with a clean finish. not bad. light bodied mouthfeel with some especially spritzy carbonation.

overall, while i wasn't overly impressed here i do think the summerfest is essentially what it should be: a light, crisp, refreshing, and relatively tasty summery beer.

(originally reviewed: 06-20-2011)

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3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A Gorgeous, crystal clear golden color. Nice finger of white head leaves good lacing on the glass and retains well.

S: Aroma is on the mild side, musty lager yeast, bready malts, spicy hops. Light lemon, citrus as well.

T: Bready, biscuity barley malt, some fresh cut hay, nice lemon zest on the finish. Hops are grassy, slightly floral and lightly bitter. Pale malts round out the flavor, superbly balanced.

M: Very crisp and clean, super refreshing beer. Medium to light bodied, very smooth.

O: Excellent summer beer. Perfect for the beach and BBQ. Sierra Nevada is always a solid choice.

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3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into angled glass mug

A - clear yellow body under several fingers of bubbly white head; a few rising bubbles of carbonation

S - fresh grains with a spicy hop bite

T - honey-sweetened malts complimented nicely by bitter lemon and spice, dry finish

M - slick medium body, average carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O - As usual, Sierra Nevada does not disappoint; nicely balanced and very refreshing on a hot day.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


A- Just like a macro lager, but with a pinky's worth of head.

S- Light floral hops mixed with the typical lager grainy smell. The combination of the hops and grains make the beer almost smell musty.

T- Light floral hop spice. Faint graininess. Carbonation makes the beer taste crisp.

M- Heavier than water, but the body of the beer still has that watery texture to it. It's so easy to drink. This is what you want on a summer day!

Overall, the Sierra Nevada Summerfest is a great beer for the summertime. It's light enough in body to be refreshing during the hot summer months. The taste with the light and spicy floral hops reminds you that you're not drinking a macro lager!

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 4,231 ratings.
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