Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
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4,158 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,158
Reviews:
1,588
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
624
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,158 |  Reviews: 1,588
Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For the style it is a dead ringer for a nice Czech pilsner - sooo not sure why they call it a lager, why not just call it a summer fest pilsner. Aaaanyway, regardless of how the marketing guys wanted to name this beer I still love it. Bright hops + light bodied malt makes this a very drinkable and enjoyable lager/pilsner. Many of the pilsners are a big over hopped for the style in my opinion. As a comparison this is tastier than the Nooner Pilsner from Sierra Nevada just because I think the got the hops to malt ratio dialed in better.

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Photo of sephyrott
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 6-pack from Don Quiojte $7.77
Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Slight tangy taste, not much else
Made for hot summer weather, but not much better than a macrobrew so i would pass on this.

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Photo of Blholmes86
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dzb5359
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kubishark
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clear yellow gold with very little smell, with what aroma it has being grassy and malty. Tastes true to the label, very crisp indeed. Sweet and grassy, with a touch of hops, with a very light, drinkable feel. This is what a summer beer should be. Another fine offering from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of drpimento
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not too bad, but a bit too sweet for me. Aroma is grain, grass, crackers. Flavor's similar to nose, more sweet than bitter. Thank goodness sufficient carbonation. Sweet finish.

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Photo of Nunya
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of singletary
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has a nice golden color with a malt smell. The taste is good with a bit of bitterness but not very strong. This is a very nice offering from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of bigbutter
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't know if it's just my preferences mutating, but this beer seems to get more solid every year. Very crisp and bright, well balanced with a nice bready sweetness, and complimented with a noble hop like profile. Very refreshing. Cheers!

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Photo of casapy
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of wpreynolds
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PA-Michigander
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Spyderglx
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dag1991
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sheppard
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color. It's not crystal clean straw looking like a Rothaus Pils, but it definitely falls within what I look for in a pilsner. Not much aroma, but extremely nice saltine cracker flavor with some light bitterness. Not too spicy, not at all skunky. Ultimately, this is a tremendously refreshing summer beer from one of the venerable craft breweries.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Six curses from a lager wasteland
What happened to make the nightmare so real?
Hops Lightning
Underneath the moon
Hops Lighting
Born and bred heathen
Drunk on the blood of angels

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Photo of Frenzeljr
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of jhavs
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,158 ratings.
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