Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,219 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.

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Photo of drews240
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toolbrew
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +5.2%
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 edchicma
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +4.9%
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 +4.9%
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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Photo of wcdoyle
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottling.

Pours a clear golden color with a near-white, dense head which all but disappears. Good lacing. Sierra Nevada's web site mentions "big aroma" but I found the smell was first a mild grassy hops then a bit of malt filling in after. The taste likewise offers mild hops, then comes a a combined grain with an earthy-fruity flavor (maybe apple-pear). Mouth feel is somewhat creamy and dry with mid to high carbonation. What I like about this beer is that it is crisp and light, but--get ready for the contradiction-- doesn't taste that way. That is, there's good flavor and a mild aftertaste that asks you to take another sip. I might prefer other beer styles but this is a solid refreshing choice. If you have friends who like or prefer (!) macros, let them try this.

Note: Sorry Jason A. I just noticed that you wrote much the same thing about introducing macro-loving friends to this beer.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-23-07
2007 Edition

Pours a clear gold, with a big bubbly white head that lasts forever.

Smell is all piney hops, very light with some spiciness.

Taste is good, a decent malt presence rounds out very nice piney hop bitterness followed by a very pleasant spiciness.

Mouthfeel is also good, surprisingly thick. Carbonation is perfect, adds to the spicy kick.

Drinkability is very good, easy to drink but with lots of flavor. A perfect example of a pilsner.

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Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hrmhrm
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is what an American macro brew should taste like. Would I accept one if offered on a hot summer day? Gladly. Would I happily pluck one out of a cooler otherwise filled with Buds and Millers and Coors. Indeed, I would. Would I pay a premium micro brew price for this beer again? No, I would not.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Gold color with amazing clarity and a thick white head. Rich pils malt with plenty of spice from the hops. Bitter flavor but really nice balance between the malt and hops. Crisp and refreshing but plenty of flavor. Light bodied. This really grew on me as I made my way through the six pack. A really well done pils.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sprightly very clear pale yellow with a frothy one finger snowy white head which fades quickly with a little oily lacing.

Smell is crisp but nominal. A bit of citrus and a bit of hops, very clean.

Taste is also very clean and crisp, hints of lemon zest and a touch of bitterness nicely balanced with the other flavors.

Mouthfell is light and just slightly oily while the carbonation seems just right.

I had gotten away from lagers, prefering the various ales instead. I can definitely say I will be haviing more of these though! The drinkability is right through the roof! Cool, refreshing, light, with temperatures already in the nineties here in Florida this will be a welcome summer beer.

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Photo of MirImage
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into a pint glass.

A: A crystal clear light golden color with a white head. The head dissapated too quickly for my liking but there was decent lacing.

S: Not much nose on this one. Smells a little like hay/staw.

T: A nice light pilsner. very good quencher with a little kick.

M: Light and crisp, not overly carbonated like some mainstream pilsners.

O: This could be a go to beer during a hot summer day at the beach or cookout. I wouldn't really go for it otherwise.

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Photo of Brianito
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tekn0ph1sh
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Red WIne Glass. It was the 2010 edition.

A: Crystal clear straw colored light golden elixir. About a finger head that dissipates rather quickly with moderate lacing that was completely gone halfway through the beer.

S: Sweet maltiness followed by a floral hops smell. It was very mild.

T: Malty forwards with a kiss of hoppiness in the rears. It was very subtle. It had a biscuit like aftertaste.

M: It wasn't to heavy or too light it had ample amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a very drinkable lager. I could easily see myself downing a 6 pack of these on a hot summer day. Very drinkable and very refreshing. I definitely will buy more of this if I can find it.

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Photo of Ochsenblut
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This crystal clear Pilsner shines gold with a sticky, cloudy two-finger head. The carbonation is very active, supplying the head with ample lacing.

This beer is lightly aromatic, showing off breadiness and floral hops in limited supply.

This beer, although not exactly my idea of a Czech Pilsner, is very interesting. The hops profile is nothing short of exponential, starting small then coming to a crescendo of dry bitterness, all the while mixing with a semi-sweet biscuity malt.

The aftertaste is satisfyingly bitter, with an oily hoppiness that lasts for a good while.

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice golden brown. The head is great in size, retention, and lacing. Very good looking beer.

The smell is good but not blow-away good. Some nice malt and hops waiting for me.

The taste up front is strangely (for the style) like slightly roasted malt. It is good though. The ending is a nice balanced hop bitterness then the malt came back for the aftertaste. Again, not blowing anyone away but solid.

Like any good summer beer, this goes down smooth and easy. Very thirst-quenching. Might rotate this one around at poolside with a few other good summer beers. Light enough to drink a few and good enough to want to.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,219 ratings.
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