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.

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Photo of tophers
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Super clear light golden with mostly creamy head that is not real thick, but is long lasting

s: Crisp, spicey hop aroma. Tiny bit of pils malt sweetness

t: Moderately-low malt sweetness with a bit of spicey. Crisp, but not as crisp as some of the czech pils I have had. Could be due to the malt being more present.

m: Moderately high carbonation with a moderately dry finish. Medium body.

o: Not bad...seems more of an American version of a czech pils (ie. appears to be domestic malts). I prefer the continental malts with this style.

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Photo of StubFaceJoe
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of donmonkey1
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, almost. The amazing, outstanding carbonation actually keeps a white mini-head over the beer.

Smell: Crappy macro corn.

Taste: Slight malt sweetness with floral hop flavor.

After smelling the beer I almost threw the bottle against the wall, embarrased that I'm such a big Sierra man. The taste changed my mind. This is a light and easy beer to drink that lets me enjoy the hops, beer after beer.

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Photo of RandyBoBandy
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of BrewtalAlement
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Piason
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mikerems
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of IpaRay
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: 12 oz bottle into a flute glass

A: Golden yellow, straw. 1/2 inch of head

S: Just like a lager, a slight skunk smell but clean.. some bready notes

T:Very light, clean, smooth, malty sweetness

M: light, clean

O: very drinkable, A nice beer to enjoy on a hot day with the grill an friend

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Photo of truesolution
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of denver10
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours an effervescent dark yellow, bubbles continually rising to the surface, with a thumbs width white head that sticks around for just a little while. Got the earthy, hay-like lager aroma with just a touch of sweetness from the malt. Interesting flavor to this, very drinkable. A nice dose of malty sweetness that has me thinking of the sugar from fruit, some hay, and little cereal. A creamy, active and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, alright beer but not one I need to drink again.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gave it another shot after a horrendous meeting at a pint night at the Winking Lizard in Canton.

Pour is like bright yellow with an abundance of carbonation flowing from the laser etched hop cone at the bottom. Actually looks appealing for its style.

Smells has a good touch of bready malt accented by a nice earthy and herbal malt presence. the bad part is the hint of skunk.

Sweet malt at first, but a metallic tinge comes in to check it. Earthy and medicinal and herbal hops make an attempt to balance things out. Very drinkable, but those medicinal hops leave a bit of an off aftertaste not to my liking.

Im glad I came back to this after my infatuation with extreme beers ended. its a nice American Session beer.

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Photo of Dcincotta
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of webmanspidey
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in a pint glass. This is a light golden color and fizzy. Smells are light cereal grains and light white grape juice. The taste has a nice balance between sweet grains and crisp hops, but leans toward the sweet end. This is extremely drinkable and achieves what it set out to do. I would've liked a little more hop flavor, however.

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Photo of TrentW
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of pogoowner
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight vegetal notes, and a subdued hop presence. Taste is of sweet malt and some herbal and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good lager that is nice and refreshing for the hot Summer months.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Sierra Nevada's Summerfest Lager a couple days ago for $8.99 at Meijers. A Pilsener sounds pretty good tonight and I'm interested to see what this beer is like so lets see how it goes. I can't decode their dating system, but I know it's fairly fresh and from the 2012 release. Poured from a brown 12oz short bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A- The label looks nice and has a nice summer scene on the label, looks good to me. It poured a fairly clear straw yellow color that took on a brighter golden color when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some pretty nice lacing. This is a good looking Pilsener, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts out with loads of those typical Pilsener malts that impart a pretty heavy grainy aroma with some biscuit and bready malts that had a lower amount of sweetness. Next comes a pretty noticeable earthy aroma followed by some grassy aromas. Towards the end I get a slight amount of lemon zest and a slight skunky aroma. The aroma was Ok, but I could have done without the skunky aroma.

T- There are some similarities between the aroma and the taste, but I still find them to be pretty different. It starts out with lots of those typical Pilsener malts that have a lower amount of sweetness and impart lots of grainy, biscuit, and bready flavors with the biscuits sticking out the most. After that comes nice earthy and grassy flavors along with a slight lemon zest flavor. Towards the end I get some earthy and spicy hops that provide some good balance and have a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a grainy and earthy aftertaste. This was a descent tasting Czech Pilsener, but I would liked it to have a little more interesting hop profile.

M- Pretty smooth, a little dry, very crisp, on the border of being medium bodied with a nice medium amount of carbonation. I have no complaints, the mouthfeel it was very Pilsener like and worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought that this was a decent beer and a slightly above average example of the style, it had some good Pilsener like qualities but I could have gone without the lemon zest but I could see why that flavor would be in their summer beer. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, and was crisp and refreshing, but it's a little to bitter for me to want to drink more then two in a row. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both very true to style and pretty well done. What I liked least about this beer was the aroma, the skunky aroma just seemed out of place and wasn't needed. This would be the kind of beer that I would order in a restaurant because it seems like it would go good with food, but it isn't something that I would need to buy another six pack of, but good when I want a crisp and refreshing brew, I recommend giving it a shot but the lemon zest might not be for everyone and I wasn't that thrilled about it. As far as Sierra Nevada beers go I would say that this one falls in the middle of the pack, not a bad beer by any means, but not that interesting even though it has some additional nontraditional flavors to it. In the end I think I prefer the more traditional Czech Pilsener's, but I am glad I gave this beer a shot, this was pretty different from the Pale Wheat Ales that most brewery's market as their Summer beer, keep up the good work guys.

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Photo of Aschap
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Winking Lizard

A- Poured a clear pale yellow color with 1 1/2 finger frothy head that left some droppy lace

S- Some lemon, pilsner malt, some zesty spice and grains. Good aroma, a little bit light

T- Some big lemon/lime notes, pilsner malt, some spicy notes, and graininess

M- Very high carbonation, effervescent, very refreshing, and thirst quenching. Just got done with a 10-mile bike ride before and this was the most refreshing beer I have ever had.

O- This tastes like what I wish Corona or other macro lagers would taste like. So refreshing, nice pilsner malt character, lemon, and spice notes. Very drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of Star80
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -2012 bottling. Pours out a golden yellow color with white fizzy head.

S - Smell is grassy, herbal and malty. Spot on for the style.

T - Taste is somewhat dry, but with a nice slightly spicey kick from the Czech hops. Crisp, but a slight malty sweetness coming through.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit prickly and carbonated but still very drinkable.

O - Overall a refreshing beer for those summer days when you want to have some good brews but not overdo it. These would pair well with your typical BBQ fare, chicken, ribs, etc. To me this is what the macro's would brew if they actually cared. Or better yet, what most American's would want from their beers if *THEY* actually cared and the Pilsener style really was the beer of choice. Maybe in 100 years everybody will be drinking pale ales or something.

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Photo of 1p5v
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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