Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,159 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Summerfest LagerSierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

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

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19.

Poured a dark gold color, with a big foamy head that dropped quickly. Not much in the way of lace.

Smell is rather mild. The most noticeable trait is it's mildly sweet maltiness. There's also a bit of grassy hoppiness.

Taste is more interesting than the smell. Although the most dominant flavor is, again, a mildly sweet maltiness, there is more hoppiness in the taste than in the smell. In addition to the grassy flavor noted in the smell, the hops provide a mild spiciness that complement the maltiness rather well.

This straddles the line between light and medium bodied. While it's refreshingly crisp, there's more flavor than you'll find in a lot of pale lagers.

This is a very drinkable beer, good for consumption at the end of a hot day. This is the first lager I've had from Sierra Nevada. Not bad.

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

A- pours a clear golden hue with some light bubbles and a small head

S- spicy, floral hops, sweet yet grainy malts, a few yeast notes- good but not great

T- assertive hop presence, with a good malt backbone that all came together even more so than the aroma led me to believe

M- crisp, clean, and with a dry, hoppy finish

D- perfect for that trip to the rope swing, day at the lake or beach, bbq's, sporting events, etc.

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

Quite a refreshing beer. Pours a clear golden colored with an active, pocket-filled head. Smells florally fragrant and lightly hoppy when cold and then a sweet grainy aroma comes through once it picks up in temperature. It's got a nice sweetness with just a touch of bitter hops. Very active carbonation to this light-bodied beer and it's quite gassy, so I pace myself with these. Very enjoyable.

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

I love SN. Had this in my fridge for ages though before I actually tried it.

Poured a golden yellow with a small white head. Fast dissipation, but nice lacing all over the glass.

S - mild hops and citrus

T - more bitter than I expected, but well-balanced with the mild malts, biscuity, light citrus flavour

MF - fairly crisp
D - good. Could definitely be a session beer.

Not the most amazing beer ever, but definitely a decent light summer beer from SN.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, lots of bubbles and a huge white fluffy head which take a bit of time to die down.

The smell is malts,straw and grass. Smells like summer!

The taste is malty and like the smell has a grass like flavour. Very light.

The mouth feel is really smooth and light, with medium carbonation.

Overall quite nice,light and refreshing. Very subtle flavours but if you let it warm up a bit, it becomes very enjoyable.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a yellow-gold with a medium sized head of foam that reduced to a fine layer but it stayed for the entire session.

The smell has is kind of citrusy and earthy. Reminds me of a lot of lagers.

The taste has a nice citrus hop flavour up front followed by good sweet malty notes, and a bit of the earthiness I mentioned in the smell, midway through with the hops character returning in the finish. Good stuff.

Bottom line: This is first time I've seen this beer in Casper and I think it'll make an excellant thirst quencher on a hot summer day. I recommend it.

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Photo of Zuidman
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Light golden color but not much lacing in the glass.

S: I can smell the malt and biscuit in this.

T: Good taste, not much bitterness but the bitterness that is there lingers a bit.

M: Medium in body, crisp.

D: Taste is better than a lot of pilseners I've had.

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Photo of nwhittin
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of albertjr21
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At this point in the life of my ever evolving palate, I wont say that I often opt for the Pilsener style when it comes to beer selection. But, several years ago, I admit, I was fond of pouring a Pilsner Urquell into my mason jar turned freezer chilled mugs. It was the most refreshing thing on a hot humid day but I did grow out of it. I did this time need something to go with my spicy Indian dish of Chicken Tikka Masala and turned to the reliable Sierra Nevada Co. for their hand in marriage of food and beer.
Overall, what a great couple they make...I was quite impressed with how well the crisp and mild bodied brew cut right through the spiciness after every bite and left a clean and refreshing finish with a pleasant low bitterness. The malt and hop aromas aren't very appealing to me but I do appreciate the smooth, full flavor, and aftertaste that Summerfest grants the palate.

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

12oz bottle, the first of the 2012 batch, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale gold body beneath an inch of fine white head. Average retention, spotty lace. Pretty good.

S: Clean and simple, with crackery malt, spicy hops, and a touch of citrus fruit. Light minerality. Pleasant.

T: Opens with bread crust, followed quickly by fresh, spicy, herbal hops; some sweeter malt balances with dry, crisp lager yeast on the super-clean, mildly fruity finish. Vibrant and enjoyable throughout.

M: Lively, frothy, slightly coarse carbonation in a soft medium body. Good.

O: This is a terrific, piquant, crisp Pils - but I can't imagine it will still be so tasty come July...


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

Pours a pale –a little too pale if you ask me– gold with a decent 1-inch head that fades away quickly. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent. The nose is mostly toasty malt, with an almost wheat-like undertone. A delicate, grassy hop aroma also shines through. The beer itself is, I find, very well balanced, though it leans just enough to the bitter side to be extra crisp and refreshing. All of the flavors taste very fresh and clean, as I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, but fades nice and smoothly.

An all-around delicious beer; and, at 5% ABV, one that you won't feel guilty drinking from noon to midnight on these long summer days. It's nothing fancy, but it really hits the spot.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great light summertime lager! Pools a clear light golden color. Good carbonation and head. Little to no lacing. Very good flavor with mild slightly dry finish. Might just have to buy a 6 pack of this

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 is printed on the bottle neck label. Bought this like 2 days after it arrived in the store, so I'm assuming it's very fresh.

A: Pours light golden color with an initially large head that settles to thin lace over the beer. Carbonation bubbles stream towards the top throughout the entire experience, creating an aesthetically pleasing effervescent effect. Spotty and patchy lacing on the glass, though impressive for a pils.

S: Initially it smelled like corn and grain, not very inviting. As time passed, I noticed some sweet biscuity malt flavors that went along with faint hop aroma. It's got some light honey sweetness to it, as well. It's got an impressive nose for a pilsener.

T: It's got a bitter start, with some light sweetness coming in midway through to balance the bitter. There isn't a lot of hop flavor--just bittering. The finish is drying and decent, with a hint of sweetness and bitter citrus co-mingling. It's light bodied with a lot of carbonation that tickles the tongue and unlocks more bitterness and gives it a really crisp feel.

D: It's decently drinkable because it's so crisp, but it's a little to bitter and devoid of character to be a top-level session beer. For a pilsener, this is a really good beer. I haven't met a pils I really liked yet, but this one is the best I've had so far. It's a fairly sessionable brew, but the pils style probably wouldn't be my first choice for a session beer.

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Photo of stephenlee
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beeragent
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a light hazy gold. 1/4 inch head that faded quickly, with light spots of lace. The aroma is light hops and grain. The taste is light hops, a hint of malt thickness, and a slight grassy finish. Light mouthfeel and smooth finish. Overall, this is a very easy crisp pilsner. High drinkability. I'm looking forward to having a few of these on one of those hot Texas summer days.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

A - Yellow/Golden with a thick white head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Small pieces of head float in the middle. Small dotty lacing.

S - sweet malt aroma, subtle banana, crisp noble hops. Some citrus and floral notes in the background.

T - Some biscuit, bread, lightly fruity and spicy. Floral finish with some grass.

M - Medium to high carbonation expected from this style. Finishes very crisp but starts very dry.

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Photo of Malone47
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Agentveba
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Nice golden, crystal clear, but the head only ends up with the thinnest ring (tap pour, so can't tell build up before).

Grassy to hay-like, herb bread, lager yeast detectable. Light metallic note.

Light bread malt - almost a white bread like note, with its light sweetness. Balanced quite early by the neutral to grassy bitterness. Stays pretty balanced through mid taste, but the bitterness takes over. It becomes grassy and slightly metallic.

Crisp, light, straightforward a beer that leaves my palate with just a light bitter tingle, requesting another sip.

Definitely a good beer to grab when actually thirsty. A beer it would take a few to get tired of. It does fade a little in enjoyment for me as it warms, though. Luckily it's pleasant enough to drink that it is unlikely to get too warm too often.

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Photo of Philousa
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear pale yellow with little foam that sinks back down with each sip. Light seems to pass through the glass, doesn't really catch anything in the beer itself. Aroma starts with very floral hops, then slightly pungent yeast, and bright, light lager malt. Very classic for the style. Light, crisp, honey kissed malt greets the tongue. Tangy yeast yields to somewhat bitter hops. I get some fresh cut grass/pulled weed taste, as well as sugary floral nectar. Feel is balanced as is the finish.

Very good beer when you want a quality pils. No part is a standout, but together they all mix to become a somewhat unique beer. It's like Voltron for your mouth.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent clarity, dim golden color, effervescent with apparently high carbonation. Thick, frothy white head with aggressive pour.

Smell: Feint floral or citrus smell

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very refreshing, light pilsner bursting with carbonation. Slight sweetness from malt, rather hoppy and overbitter for the style. Feint metallic aftertaste. Despite its lightness, it has the mouthfeel of a beer--with real bite.

From appearances and smell, could be great. The taste is very good and close to the standard for a good pilsner, but is ever so slightly imbalanced, overly bitter and lacks the mellow hoppiness of the very best pilsners. This is a good fallback option but a step below the leaders in this style.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a white head.
Faint aroma of pale malts and hops.

Crisp and very clean. Pale, grainy malts with a nice hop balance. Slight citrus flavor. Light and thirst quenching.

Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable.

Overall a good beer. Summerfest is quite fitting as this would make a great lawnmower beer.

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Photo of fredferrell
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a frosty mug... This beer tasted of noble hops and 2 row barley, which gives it a pretty good bitterness compared to other pilsners. There was some floral esters and lemon there too. I would say it is along the same lines as the Sam Adams Noble Pils. Overall a pretty good beer that I would buy again.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,159 ratings.
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