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 | website

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 mrasskicktastic
2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pale urine yellow with about three fingers of off white head. A bit of lacing clings to the side after the head disappears, which takes about three minutes.

S - This is like shoving your nose in a bud light. A little grassy with some sweet corn.

T - Foretaste has a grassy kick with some lightly sweet light bodied malt. The aftertaste is sort of grassy and lighty bitter. The bitterness lingers for a while.

M - Thin, watery, lightly refreshing. A few moments after drinking, my mouth goes dry though.

D - Nothing special here. I could drink again, I'd rather not though. It is basically an above above macro lager mixed with a pils. Not my thing.

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Photo of hoffman
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours up like a pils, nice and gold with a totally white head that rises and falls quickly. The smell is relatively attractive. A nice sweet tone that inturrupts the grains in the back and a bit of herbal hoppiness. The taste is lacking very sweet and grainy up front, slgihtly bitter and grassy in the finish. The mouthfeel is largely watery and unimpressive. A quite drinkable beer but not for me.

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

A decent pils, but having recently tried another fantastic one, this doesn't really stand up (the beer in question being prima, from victory brewing). Smell is good enough, taste is interesting, but rather one dimensional. I could definitely drink a few of these, but wouldn't necessarily seek it out. A recommended try for pilsener fans, but sierra pale fans need not apply.

2005 vintage, btw

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

Pours a pale orange lager hue with a nice rocky head, too bad it doesn't last. Some light lacing along the way, but the color tone works. Smell is biting floral hops and breadiness with some malt sweetness, spot on for the style. Taste is about the same, but with a nice tea and honey aftertaste that sits on the tongue. Subtlety works. Biting hops in the start balance with the mild carbonation in the finish. Can be a little thick at times, but I could easily take down a 6 and be ready for more.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a few fingers of white foam that melt to a light skim.and spotty lacing. Nose is a bit off-puttingly musty/skunky/adjuncty with a hint of light fruit in the background. Taste starts of with the musty malt husk, a hint of skunk and spicy "fruit" bringing up the rear. Mouthgfeel is crisp and smooth, with a summer-like drinkability one might say. Nothing special here, a slightly above average micro/macro lager.

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Photo of jabocu
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a thin white effervescent cap. Cap gone in a few seconds. Aroma is lite with light sweet malt, floral, and hint of lemon. Light grain and yeast in nose. Flavor is sweet grain, lime, mild hops, and yeast. Body is light, with very crisp carbonation. I could drink a six pack of these in a sitting. Not very complex, but very refreshing and tasty for the style. Good Job!

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Photo of afordney
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw color, clear and crisp,light head and no lacing on the glass.

Smells sweet and malted, balanced hops

Tastes like summer, crisp and clean, sweet malts are followed by slight hoppy bitterness

Very full and balanced mouthfeel, a little carbonated to play on the palatte.

A fantastic summer beer, very refreshing and light will definately drink again.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a imperial pint glass

A- pale yellow with big white head that sticks for a bit

S- decent hint of hops, but not a lot of nose to this beer

T- a very crisp and clean taste no real bitterness or after taste present.

M- thin which is particular to the style

D- this is an excellent summer beer. Very clean and very refreshing. An easy drinker on a hot summer day.

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Photo of jslot38
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Touch darker than your classic american macro. Some golden hues, bubbly foam white head.

Smell: Biscuit, slight sourdough. A touch of lemon.

Taste: Touch of oiled fresh hops initially hits the tongue but is mellowed over by a malt base that consists of biscuit, rice (slightly), and grains.

Mouthfeel: High level of carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes: I feel as if this is a beer that I could drink a bunch of on a nice lazy day in the summer. However, its not one that I would jump to for its taste. Certainly no where near Sierra Nevada's other masterpieces.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stumpy bottle that states 2006 at the top. Typical for SN. Clear, straw yellow in color with a good size white head that lasts. Very few bubbles make their way to the top.

Smell is sweet with some malt and citrus notes. Appears to be pretty light as nothing overpowers. Taste however, is more bold than I had expected. Effervesant in the mouth. Sweet and light in the beginning but gives way to some bitterness in the end. Flavors goes on for some time after.

What a nice, refreshing beer. I don't remember it being this tasty and pleasing. I think it serves it's purpose nicely. Very easy to drink. I would also consider this a "cross over" beer for some people.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw color. Crystal clear and bubbly producing a half inch head that sticks around well, though tracing is somewhat poor. Aromas of hay, citrus, wheat, and that trademark lager yeast smell. Light bodied, and flavors are citrusy, a mild hop bitterness followed by a little biscuity finish. This is a supremely drinkable lager, one I've really enjoyed. Very refreshing, clean and smooth though with a noticeable bitterness and a good malty background. Would go well with any lighter or greasy summer fair and perfect for a picnic or beach. I'd purchase again but the $8 price tag is rather steep for a SN seasonal.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a sixer of this (2006 edition) for the Kentucky Derby last Saturday in anticipation of clinking a few bottles in victory (and financial gain). Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for my horse to finish and the beer didn't impress too much either but let's give it the official taste test.
Color is golden and features a snowy cap of head that is ably supported by an armada of carbonation bubbles. Hops are evident in the nose but are overshadowed by a grainy quality in the nose that doesn't do it for me. Not real stellar so far.
Initial taste is fairly decent but astringencies and a negative bitterness take it downhill from there. The mouthfeel is watery and thin, even for a Euro lager. Decent hop tones in the aftertaste but that's about all to recommend it.
I know everyone loves Sierra Nevada but I think this is sub par at best. I won't look for this one again, especially not for nine bones plus tax and deposit for a sixer. There are many better summer beers for my cash.

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Photo of germaniac
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear shiny gold, with not a whole lot of head retention after an initially foamy pour. Has that semi-skunked lager aroma, with a good mix of light graininess and hops. Very crisp and refreshing. Clean thru the middle, ending with minimal hop spiciness. Makes a great hot weather alternative to the ever present wheat beers. Nothing earth-shattering here, just another great brew in Sierra Nevada's already stellar lineup.

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

6-pack of 12oz bottles purchased at Dorr's Liquor Mart in Brighton. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a highly transparent golden color with very visible carbonation rising to the head. It smells and tastes a little bad-beery. However, the taste cleans up, and a nice, although subtle, hop bit rolls over the back of the toungue. Overall, this is a pretty decent and simple beer. It is pretty good for the style, but I would grab a Harpoon Summer before I grabbed this one.

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Photo of SethB2
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a transparent golden color with a small head and no lacing. Smells like a lager. Grainy tones dominate with a small hoppy and roated aroma. Tastes pretty damn good. Roasted malts and a better than average hop bit. Mouthfeel is a bit thing and watery. Nothing to write home about in that department. Drinkability, however is good. Very easy drinker and a good warm weather brew.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More of a pilsner than a euro pale if one wants to nitpick.
Reminds me quite a bit of Brooklyn's pilsner but lacking the lacing and a bit of depth. Clean and crisp but could use another layer.. perhaps a bit of snappyness or more citrus. There's a bit of lemon in there with a clean grain and grassy profile.
Certainly a good warm weather beer or a good session beer. This is a craft brew you can give to the uninitiated without them balking.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $7.99 a six pack. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer was a fizzy pale yellow coloration. The head was fluffy white and about 2 fingers high. There was minimal head retention.

Smell: There was a nice nutty roasted grainy smell to the beer. The hops contributed a nice spicy citrus complement.

Taste: The beer had a nice roasted grain cereal taste. There was a nuttyness making its presents known in the beer. The hops presented a unrelenting bitterness and citrusy undertone.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer was medium bodied. There was plenty of carbonation to go around. This was a very satisfying and highly quaffable beer treat.

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

Just picked up my 6-pack of the summerfest last night and am now just trying my first one.
Pouring it into my favorite pint glass I see hit creating quite a white head on top a clear pale yellow colored beer. The head quickly died to a thin whispy layer.
The smell was of citrus, grass (earthy), floral and fruity with an ever slight hint of sweet malt. None of this was overpowering it was really nice and just right for a crisp summer brew.
Taste was very crisp with a smack of hoppy bitterness and dryness on the first taste. Very citrusy with a smoothing malt flavor in there. A slight sweetnees helps take the edge off the initial bitterness. Slightly dry finish and lots of carbonation gives it quite a bit of body in the mouth. A very busy lager.

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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 jameaterblues
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just picked up a six pack of the 2006 Summerfest and here I sit with my first bottle. The date code says '6077' which from what I have gathered means it was bottled on the 77th day of 2006...that means its real fresh...bottle something around 20 days ago.

The beer poured a really light golden yellow color, with some orange hints. The head was bright white and very fluffy and rose to about 1/2 an inch and disappeared very quickly. For a lager it has a really nice lace.

Smell: there are some fruity esters present,and nice grassy floral citrusy hops, and mellow sweet malts. It smells like a lager but there is definitely a little more going on.

Taste: The hops hit the tongue as soon as it hits the mouth. There is a nice malty base in the body, but the finish is slightly bitter with a spicy citrusy hops.

M/D- A couple summers ago a friend brought a six pack of this over my house...I really did not know much about beer then, and this is the first time that I have had it since. This lager has wonderful flavor...the hops are not too overwhelming, and I think that a macro drinker would probably be able to get into this beer....mostly because of its overall smoothness. It kinda coats the tongue as it goes down, and that is not a bad thing. Once again I am impressed with SN, but surprised that I cannot detect those cascade hops...they don't appear to be present. This will provide some good drinking this weekend in the hot SC heat.

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Photo of marksto
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this on sale at Total Wine. It's been a few years since I've had it, and I knew while enjoying the first glass that this was standing out more than I had remembered past samples.

Didn't take too long to figure out why. The bottling date stamped on the neck begins with "6077" meaning it was bottled on the 77th day of 2006 - it's been in the bottle just over a month. This style of lager beer is particuarly sensitive to age, and the freshness of this sample really shines through.

The nose shows lots of sweet grain, a light hoppiness, and some grassiness. The flavor is crisp, clean, and dry with a refreshing hop kick in the finish. Very refreshing and an excellent brew to enjoy in the season for which it is named (as the thermometer climbs to the 90 mark here in sunny Florida...).

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably a great beer to drink on a hot summer day. It's a clear yellow with a medium head, nicely carbonated. It had a fresh, grainy odor, along with some fruitiness. A tangy citrus taste, with some hoppiness. A smooth,drinkable beer.
I'll try it again when it's 30 degrees warmer.

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Photo of Naes
2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very clear straw colored beer with a decent white head and a good amount of visible carbonation.
The aroma is nothing special, as it just has a bit of malt to it.
The flavor is of toasted malt with slight amounts of hops near the finish. It is similar to a macro lager, but is less sweet.
Mouth feel is light in body with ample carbonation.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce stubby brown bottle poured into a 16 ounce shaker pint glass.

I'm generally a fan of ales over lagers but hey it's summertime and I like SN's brews so I'll give this one a whirl.

A - A clear, well carbonated transparent yellow with a nearly two finger white head sitting up top. Not my favorite look for a beer but definitely where they're going with this one.

S - A clean smell loaded with pilsner malt. Some mild hoppy tones.

T - A clean taste of pilsner malt with a very clean finish. No realy aftertaste to speak of.

M - Thin light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - A good quencher for yardwork and a clean session beer.

Notes: Def a step up from the mass produced pils/euro plaes such as Labatt's or Heineken. I'm not really a fan of the style but this goes down easy. I drank it a little warmer than optimal temp for this style because my beer fridge is kept as cellar/cool temp and lagers generally go better on a summer day served colder.

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Photo of bgraney
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden appearence with a fluffy head. Looks like a good lager and thirst quencher.
Nothing out of the ordinary in the aroma other than some lemony background scents.
Picked up more of the lemon background in the taste, doesn't hang around long though. Has an enjoyable flavor and goes down easy.
I rarely have more than 2 beers in any 24-hour period but if for some reason I decide to drink beer all day and night I will consider this one as the brew of choice.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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