Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 1,576 | Ratings: 4,136
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 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 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 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 HorseheadsHopHead
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Comes in a clear, bubbly straw color with a nice foamy white head

Smells of sweet grains, flowers, grass, peppery spice, and minerally water.

Tastes of biscuit, lightly toasty graininess, grass, with a zing of green pepper on the finish. More balanced for a pilsner, as opposed to their more hoppy German pilsner Nooner. Finishes very crisp and clean, with a slight drying.

The mouthfeel is light, but feels closer to medium thanks to the plentiful carbonation that keeps things moving on the palate.

A very refreshing pilsner for the hot summer months. Thanks to Sierra Nevada for another great lager.

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Photo of ronjohn
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a fan of lagers and IPAs. This is a nice offering from Serra Nevada. Light, golden, very crisp and refreshing. Nice carbonation, no bitterness. A noted lighter departure from Sierra Nevada's typical beer. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely clear straw in color. not great head retention.
Spicy saaz hops in the aroma, some sweet malt, not overwhelming
Big spicy, grassy hops. Lots of sweet crackery pils malt, some honey, a bit floral
A little sweet, but very refreshing and easy drinking.
Nice pils, well done.

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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 AZBeerDude72
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great summer beer. Very light and smooth. Full body and great overall characteristics. Pours nice, good head. I really enjoy most of Sierra Nevada beers, this one is a top summer beer for 2016.

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Photo of stevoj
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light, smooth and drinkable. Clear golden with small white head. Light grain aroma, taste is crackers, bread, more cereal grains. Hops are an afterthought, not enough for any bite or finish. As the name implies, a good summer beer though....

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Photo of Gajo74
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color, spritzy carbonation visible, frothy white lace retains well.
Lemony and bready in the nose. Sweet on the tongue. Lightly toasted malts. Lemony and with a kiss of spicy hops for balance. Crisp in the mout. Light bodied but with enough fullness in character to make it interesting.
Overall, tasty and delicious! Refreshing and perfect for a summer day. Pleasantly surprised, yet, not really considering it's Sierra Nevada after all.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 release
~ 1.5 months since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a pale yellow color, crystal clear transparency. Fast rising carbonation bubbles. Finger thick, fizzy white colored head.

Aroma- Yeasty fruitiness, pale crisp malts, light breadiness, slight floral and herbal notes.

Taste- Sweet crackery malts, yeasty fruitiness, honey sweetness with some underlying sweet apple type flavors. Mild spicy floral hops.

Feel- Crisp and clean, light bodied with a moderate carbonation.

Overall- A nice craft style lager. Nothing really stands out but just super easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of twage04
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pale gold, medium carbonation. Aroma is of pilsner malt and continental hops, taste is of the same. A lot of malt flavors come through. Overall an easy drinking czech pilsner,

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Photo of TtheGrey
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap last night at my favorite drinking establishment, Hoops and Hops. I thought it was very good. Very happy with this choice, in fact I treated myself to a second pint. Will look for it in the future. Sierra Nevada is becoming my favorite brewery now. Nice job on this one!

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Clear gold with one finger white head, excellent lacing.
S- Mild malt & mild hop.
T- A big spicy peppery hop flavor but not really that bitter mind you, just distinctively hop, balanced by a mildly sweet malt.
M-Big carbonation, light body, very clean & crisp, slight astringency.
O- Great summer beer! What else did I expect from Sierra Nevada?

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Photo of AleMan66
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a clear golden with a one finger white head. The smell is a bit skunky. I'm not seeing that others have made that same observation. The taste is spicy and hoppy, very average. I'm not impressed.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 03/15/16

Pours clear straw yellow with a frothy white foam head. Smells skunky and citrusy with lemon and orange peels, biscuity cracker, honey grains, some apple and pears, with floral earthy grass and pine. Tastes like lemony orange citrus, honey malt, bready grain sweetness, some biscuity cracker, mild green pear and apple, surprising tobacco-like spice, with floral pine and dank earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice, crisp and refreshing Czech-style lager.

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

Color quite pale straw yellow with a moderate white head. Nose reticent, typical mild lager profile. Taste is rather reticent as well - it is nicely balanced and refreshing, but surprisingly nondescript. I can't say that it gives me any reason to search it out again. I enjoy Czech pilseners, and love Saaz hops, but this one simply doesn't have the character of the best of the class. Bottle says "PKGD 04/18/16" and I drank it on 17 May, so freshness was not the problem.

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Photo of Alan_Bats
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L- Very light and clear. If it weren't for the nice frothy head, it would appear like a light beer.
S- Not very aromatic but it is nice that both hop and malt aromas come through.
T- Very crisp. Really a great balance of hops and maltiness. Hops are on the citrusy side and the malt gives a nice aftertaste
F- Light bodied but still extremely crisp
O- Sometimes it is hard to find a summer seasonal with much flavor. This beer makes up for a bland look and smell with good balanced flavors.

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Photo of FBarber
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light clear crisp golden hue. Thick pillowy white head slowly dissipates leaving tons of sticky lacing and a thin white film on the top of the beer.

Smell is a nice aromatic blend of bready malts, sweet honey, and crackers. Slight floral undertones from the hops.

Taste follows the nose with a blend of bready malts, fresh baked bread, and cracker, with a slight honey like sweetness. Slightly spicy on the back end giving way to a mild hop bitterness on the aftertaste provides a nice balance to the mild sweetness.

Feel is very smooth, crisp and supremely drinkable. Mild carbonation.

Overall, a wonderful summer beer. Nice Czech Pilsner - perhaps a bit sweet for the style, but one of the better American examples. Every year this is one of my go to warm weather beers.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Straw gold color with a small creamy head with about half an inch remaining on top, no lacing and lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Spicy noble hops, white bread and grassy malt.

T: Very clean, grassy and white bread, lots of spicy floral hops, finishes pretty dry. Very good lager.

F: Light, crisp and very easy drinking.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing better than a nice crisp pilsner to shake up the mundane (not!) Life of a beer geek. What's not to like? "Oh but it's not a barrel aged sour?" To you I say, "sir, you do not like beer."

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pale gold with a frothy, bright white head. Decent lacing left on the glass. The nose is somewhat muted with Saaz hops standing out among a generic beer smell. The nose is not great but the beer is very refreshing. The flavor consists of hops (Saaz) nearly perfectly balanced by some bready, semi-sweet malt. The finish has a lingering bitterness that reminds me of aspirin, but nowhere near as strong. The flavor is great-very, very refreshing and enjoyable. The mouthfeel is spot on-not too thick and not overly carbonated. Overall, this beer is excellent. I have recently realized how much I love lagers and I see myself drinking more of these in the future.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 04/18/16

L- Clear, golden, and gorgeous. The head is fairly restrained at about 1 finger high and is bone white. Lacing is absent.
S-Pretty clean nose of bready malts and muted hop presence.
T- No earthshattering discoveries here just what you would expect. Bready malts and a balanced hop presence make this beer exactly what you would want during or after a long day in the sun. Crisp, clean, and refreshing as advertised.
F- The carbonation is prickly but restrained. The overall mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. There is a real smoothness behind the prickly carbs which make this really enjoyable.
O- This beer is exactly as designed and promised. Perfect for a hot summer day. Makes all that yardwork worth it.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,136 ratings.
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