Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada SummerfestSierra Nevada Summerfest
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Photo of Foxtrot
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't given Pilsener's a try, and thought it would be appropriate to give them a go.

Poured a nice clear tawny yellow with ample fizzy bubbles and a small head with light retention and light lacing.

Nice aroma's of hops with some pale malts. Nice and crisp even in the nose.

Taste is a nice quick snap of hops and prickly carbonation on the tongue. Flavors of grains, lemon zest and spices really deliver midway through the sip.

Mouthfeel was good. Nice carbonation and crisp/light body make this a really good summer beer.

Drinkability is good. Clocking in at 5% ABV. makes this a huge session brew.

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Photo of Morockm
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6'r from Fresh and Easy in Point Loma for $7.99 and drank em' all from the bottle.

A: As mentioned above - I drank the entire 6 pack from the bottle - chilled on ice in a cooler. For grading purposes, I just averaged the appearance score based on the other graded aspects of this beer.

S: I get a big, yet faint, Czech pilsner aroma, backed with a good amount of sweet malt, finishing a little sour and skunky like a Heineken.

T: Malty like the nose suggested, sweet honey, cereal grains and fortunately the hop, that I didn't detect at all in the smell, is in the mix - very mild but definitely noticeable.

M/D: Extremely drinkable light bodied pilsner with some style - well carbonated with a clean finish. For sure an all-day drinker for the warm summer months.

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Photo of NardiByNature
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tall pilsner glass – it’s a very clear gold with a very white head that settles down into a cap over a couple minutes. Carbonation is relatively sedate. Nose contains the usual suspects - faint lemon, honey, grass. For a pilsner the nose isn’t so spicy. The taste is great – floral and crisp and it has a nice bitter-sweet balance like any good summertime lager. Very crisp and leaves me wanting another sip. Given the right setting (hangin out on the roof with some friends and lawn chairs on a sunny day for instance) this beer would be absolutely perfect.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from this year's issue... served at fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear pale gold, with a snow white soapy head that forms well and lasts nicely for minutes. Cling is great for the style... it drapes the inside of my glass.

Smell- Clean, fresh aromas of spices (grains of paradise?), orange peel, and malts that come through wonderfully even when cold.

Taste- Instantly, the Czech pils character comes forth with its telltale Saaz hop signature and crisp bitterness. After the swallow, a bready malt takes over and smoothly glides over the tongue and returns on the exhale. Subdued overall, it is certainly quenching and less spicy than Samuel Adams' summer offering.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Supple and well balanced in the mouth... a very solid, drinkable beer on its own or with food. A welcome guest to this year's cooler.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured light yellow color with 2 finger white head. Looks pretty much like an American lager.
A= crisp clean smell, saaz hops it smells like but I'm not 100% sure. Smells really good.
T= crisp, clean, refreshing has a Sierra Nevada flavor to it. Taste like a lager, a good lager, but a lager, drying finish, with a good amount of hop bitterness.
M= thin, but expected

Overall this is a good refreshing lawnmower type beer, nothing particularly special about it, but a good solid brew that I wouldn't turn down none-the-less.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon-golden body with two dense fingers of bone-white froth. Ample lacing on the Yankees mug--all well-presented. Fair amount of Saaz hops with a dash of pepper, along with modest citrus. Bitter heads the flavor, both from the hops and the spice. Lemon and orange peel emerge, but this lacks a sweet component. There's citrus, but it's not nearly as citrusy as I expected, or wanted for a summer brew. It's rather good, however. Very smooth texture, the mouthfeel is easily one of the best aspects of Summerfest.

Worth trying, and one I'd recommend. It is not, however, to summer brews as Bigfoot is to Barleywine.

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Photo of curtisjoseph
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tgatort
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PierceTheElder
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drews240
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toolbrew
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a small white head that fell quickly. Slight head retention and little to no lacing.

Spicy hop smell and some hints of grain as well.

Same spicy hop taste and fading into a milder finish.

Light crisp body that goes down easy. Tastebuds on the middle of my tongue feel the most excitement from the brew.

It's a good beverage and I could enjoy a few here or there.

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Photo of erosier
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a tall and medium bodied white head that sticks to the glass very well all the way down. Sweet malty aromas along with the famous hoppy aroma associated with the sierra nevada beers. The taste is very nice for this beer - nice sweetly toasted malts and a very refreshing bitter hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is alot like the other Sierra Nevada beers which are very crisp, fresh, and refreshing. This is a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of jkblr
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 5/5/17 poured into a pokal glass at fridge temp 5% ABV 28 IBU. The beer pours bright straw yellow in color with a fluffy white head. Lacing is substantial. Aroma is grassy hops with maybe a little pils malt. The taste is bready malt first, followed by floral notes and finishing with a grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sharply carbonated and dry. Overall, very good. This beer provides a nice malt and bitterness interaction that I prefer in summer beers.

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Photo of Mojo
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light straw with a massive 4 finger soapy head that never quite goes away. Substantial lacing is left on the glass. Smell is very subtle, but I picked up apples, fruits, and a floral aroma. Mouthfeel is excellent with lots of carbonation. Taste is malt and fruit, well balanced with nice hops on the finish. I recommend this one.

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Photo of zachlink720
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best way I can describe this is as lemony (hops) corn Pops (subtle grains). I mean this in the best way possible. A good refresher and a good alternative to a thicker Sam Summer, or something else with too much hoppy dryness making the refreshment just out of reach.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a thin, white head that fades a little, becoming slightly patchy.
Smell is slightly spicy malts, with a little bit of hops presence. Very faint pineapple and apple, lemon, with a touch of peach.
Taste is crisp malts, with some faint, bitter hops. Slightly buttery, bready malts on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a dry finish. Light body.
Drinkability is very good. Another good summer beer, that goes down easily.

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Photo of Mdog
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold color with a white head.

Smell: Grassy hop aroma.

Taste: Starts with some malt breadiness, then some dry bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Not too bad for a pilsener.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, substitute this in place of skunked European imports.

A light and refreshing lager that's not too heavy, it's a good one for hot summer days.

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Photo of mah0019
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving - Bottle into my beloved pint glass.

Appearance - extremely light colored, a little head which dissipated quickly after pouring, some subtle lacing. Extremely light is what strikes me, almost made me fearful for the taste I was going to get.

Smell - Hoppy and fruity, but not over bearing or too bold. Similar to their pale ale.

Taste - quite refreshing, however seems too similar to their pale ale to warrant a purchase when that is readily available. Hop and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel - To me this is where the brew truly excels. It has a nice weight to it, which was quite unexpected after viewing its appearance. Washes down great, with enough thickness to leave you with a nice after taste and feel. Impressive in my opinion (everyone has their own desires though).

Overall - pretty good ale, but again, I would suggest just getting their pale ale if you are new to the fold. However, if you have some experience with this brewer, then by all means, shake things up. It surely made my Thursday watching NBA finals quite exciting.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edchicma
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden appearance with a monumental head. Smell was light as to be expected in a summer offering. Tatse was smooth, with very little aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium and somewhat smooth, but not overly so. Drinkability ws good, with very little bite back.

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Photo of goldbot
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, lots of carbonation, very clear. Tons of fluffy, white head.

Clean malty aroma; very light with a slight touch of spicy and floral hops. Smooth and clean taste - malty with good noble hop character. Floral, spicy hop bite on the back end.

Light body with smooth mouthfeel. Overall a clean, balanced beer. Very drinkable. Perhaps a bit light on the hop flavor.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unable to decode freshness information. Pouring into a glass mug.

Clear, bright gold with a healthy white head. Not too much lacing going on. Smells like a freshly mowed lawn, only it doesn't make my eyes itch.

Clean malty palate, grassy, spicy. Very mild bitterness.

All in all quite drinkable. Summerfest could be a year-round offering, so long as they change the name.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 4,254 ratings
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