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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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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4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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1.33/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I got a growler of this yesterday. It was fresh and the keg was just hooked up to the tap. No more than 20 minutes old.

My first response after tasting this for the first time was that it was a Budweiser clone. So the next day, I did a side by side tasting of the Budweiser and Summerfest. The difference were so minimal that if someone were to switch these two, I would not be able to tell a difference. The only differences were in the appearance and slight bitterness. The head on Summerfest stuck around proving that it used malt instead of corn and rice. There was only a slight more bitterness. So slight that I am just digging for things to differentiate it. But the Aromas and Flavors were identical. There was absolutely NO hop character whatsoever. No Pine. No citrus. No, nothing that is described on their website.

This is what I would consider an epic fail on Sierra Nevada’s part. If they were looking for a way to make a more expensive version of Budweiser, then they have succeeded.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Humulus85
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time with this one, but SN has yet to disappoint. From 12oz bottle into my choice pint glass.

Pours a straw yellow, classic american lager, crystal clear. A loose one finger head dissipated rather quickly leaving behind a bit of lacing. If I didn't know better I'd say this was a PBR.

Nose consists of husky grains and some grassy hops. Super clean, classic pilsner nose.

Some zesty hops upfront with grainy backbone. A touch bitter in the finish. Crisp and clean on the palate. True to the style.

The bread and butter of a good pilsner is the crisp, refreshing mouthfeel, and this has that in spades. Well carbonated and super smooth. Light but not watery.

Overall this is a very tasty pilsner from a brewery known more for their hoppy ales. A great hot weather brew that is super refreshing and low on the ABV. Give one of these to your macro drinking friends, and show them the light! Cheers!

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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a stubby bottle into a Man Utd pint glass. Nice straw golden appearance with a thick foamy 3 finger that slowly falls to to a sticky thin lace. I get a really nice toasted bready, grain, light maltiness with some spice from the hops. Really surprisingly great nose, not too many brews do I get a healthy nose from, this one just resonates with me for the style of beer. Really nice nose. Maybe I am exaggerating, but maybe I got a really fresh brew, and 2012 brew has a nice nose....not sure.

This has the most refreshing pilsner taste of balanced hops and great pale, sweet toasted malts. Great balance, not an unbalanced hop/citrus/lemon/wheat taste that is too oftenly labelled 'summer' brew. Fantastic for any time of the year, ESPECIALLY summer time due to the outstandingly refreshing crisp balanced taste. Sooo much better than some lemonade summertime brews, yet so much more satisfying!!!


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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold, almost like a bud light in appearance. Nice head on fairly aggressive pour, but it dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Very aromatic, prominent hop herbiness and a nice malt sweetness.

Taste: Very much like the nose, just in different proportions. The hops still have a nice herb character, but also some nice spice as well. The malt is very clean and slightly sweet, with an ever so light toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, like almost all of the beers from this style are, but very crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A very nice lager, something to pull out on a 100 degree day with some real flavor. Just another fine beer from the guys at Sierra Nevada, nothing ground breaking, but always well above average.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, bottled date of 2087 (I guess sometime in March). This pours a light yellow color with a short lived white head. The smell is of grain and grass, slight hop. Feel is medium to light. Taste is good enough, grain, some grass hops.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a clear light amber with a small white head that has good lacing and retention. The aroma is biscuit, bread, a light mineral note, some grassy hops, and a bit of earthiness. The initial taste has a light sweetness. It is bready with earthy notes as well as some light floral hops. The finish is a bit doughy, but clean and dry. Light bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 4,245 ratings
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