Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,230 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. ounce bottle. 2014 printed on neck label. Bottled on February 21st, 2014.

Poured into a Pilsener flute glass.

A pale golden body sat under a fluffy white head. The head collapsed before the lips even hit the glass, leaving a thin but modest coat of lace throughout. Like most Pilseners, bubbles were racing towards the top of the body.

Herbal hops really stand out in the nose. Bizarre notes of... I guess cornbread would be the best way to describe them are what the malts bring to the nose.

The Saaz hops are front and center taste-wise. The slightest hint of lemon peel enforces the fact this is indeed a summertime lager. Fortunately that cornbread scent from the nose does not translate to the taste. Mild notes of grain and crackers from the malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Medium-light body. Goes down very well.

Overall: This beer has a lot working for it, yet like many people in this world, the nose needs a little work. Perhaps it was this certain bottle but the scent was not very appealing, but the other characteristics certainly made up for this minor issue. It is good knowing you will have at least one good friend to spend a sunny afternoon with.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good American pilsner. The hop profile is not very German tasting, but this beer gets the spirit of the style correct regardless. This is because the mouthfeel is spot-on and the hops function in the same way as a traditional pilsner-- balancing the grassy malts with a spicy but never overpowering bitterness. Another good offering from one of the greatest and most reliable breweries in the States.

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 4,230 ratings.
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