Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
good
4,192 Ratings
Sierra Nevada SummerfestSierra Nevada Summerfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,192
Reviews:
1,598
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
639
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,192 |  Reviews: 1,598
Photo of Thirstygoat
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YoungMtn52
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice crisp lager with plenty of malty, hoppy flavor but with no aftertaste and the right amount of carbonation...will buy this one again...

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Photo of JPadilla
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mpyle
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ap Golden and brilliantly clear. Modest white head with some creaminess and retention. Coarse, cola like carbonation bubbles

Ar. Soft nose, malt, sulfur, minimal hop. Mostly clean. More noble hops (spicy/herbal) as warms.

Flav. A bit of malt sweetness and some spicy noble hop flavors up front. Clean flavor profile. Finishes with some gentle bitterness.

Mf. Med body and med high carb. Very unobtrusive mouthfeel.

Overall Flavor and aroma not quite up with best of style, but a super drinkable seaonal lager from Sierra Nevada. As warms up seems a bit like an American Pilsner Urquel

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Well, we are going on the last legs of summer here in the 2nd to last day of August. Cracked my one and only Summerfest for you beach-ball hittin' babes out there.

Summerfest pours a strikingly golden coin color with 3 fingers of voluptuous head, leaving tons of lace behind. Haze and sediment float lightly around the glass.

Aromas of oranges, pears, fresh cut apples, pilsner malts, and fresh cornbread.

Flavor is pretty darn great at the front, with lots of fruit and bread notes, namely pear and sourdough; but towards the finish it just falls flat. Lots of ashy flavors, stale pilsner malts, 3 year old bubble gum pulled from a railing (or what I think that would taste like), metal, and dirt. The first 2 seconds great, the last 8, a big nope.

Feel is crisp and tight, gives off a very nice effervescence. Semi Dry finish.

Overall, the Summerfest seems to promise a lot but fails to deliver in a big way. I wish the finish on this was better, but maybe I just got a severely light-struck bottle :-(

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

Photo of tedho21
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For the style it is a dead ringer for a nice Czech pilsner - sooo not sure why they call it a lager, why not just call it a summer fest pilsner. Aaaanyway, regardless of how the marketing guys wanted to name this beer I still love it. Bright hops + light bodied malt makes this a very drinkable and enjoyable lager/pilsner. Many of the pilsners are a big over hopped for the style in my opinion. As a comparison this is tastier than the Nooner Pilsner from Sierra Nevada just because I think the got the hops to malt ratio dialed in better.

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Photo of sephyrott
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 6-pack from Don Quiojte $7.77
Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Slight tangy taste, not much else
Made for hot summer weather, but not much better than a macrobrew so i would pass on this.

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Photo of Blholmes86
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dzb5359
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kubishark
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clear yellow gold with very little smell, with what aroma it has being grassy and malty. Tastes true to the label, very crisp indeed. Sweet and grassy, with a touch of hops, with a very light, drinkable feel. This is what a summer beer should be. Another fine offering from Sierra Nevada.

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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 Nunya
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 bigbutter
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 casapy
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Summerfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 4,192 ratings.
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