Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
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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:
638
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,192 |  Reviews: 1,598
Photo of california_republic
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Packaged 3/20/2017

Look: Clear, golden, light straw color with sizeable head

Smell: Sweet bread malts, cracker, honey, lemon, floral, spice. Profile is very aromatic and speaks to the high quality and attention to detail of Sierra Nevada brews.

Taste/Feel: Bright and lemony at the beginning with a lot of carbonation makes it very inviting and refreshing. Middle is crackery and bubbly with a hint of honey and slight hop bitterness. Finish is dominated by grain, honey, and herbs like a good sweet tea.

Overall: Excellent. Refreshing and actually sessionable with great flavor and aroma and a pretty big honey character. Objectively, it's excellent and I can't find anything wrong with it. There's nothing to complain about. But in relation to other pilsners, it's not like this is some outstanding miracle. The truth is that the Czech pilsner is such a time-honored classic that you've either made an perfection or you've made garbage. Summerfest doesn't stand head and shoulders above the rest, but there's also nothing that I would change about it.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a gold with a good sized white head. Flavor consists of grass, mild citrus, floral notes, low bitterness, and some pleasant sweet malts. Feels great, smooth and creamy. Great refreshing pilsener.

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Photo of kitekid
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

enjoyed this just 18 days after bottling!
-clear, golden color decent white head that dissipates quickly
-slight malt aroma
-crisp, clean taste. little floral. a little citrus, and a faint lingering sweetness
-light with moderate carbonation, refreshing
-I could (and will) drink a lot of these this summer
I've been experiencing IPA overload here lately and this was the perfect antidote
I like this beer ... a lot

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Photo of Riff
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, golden yellow with a minimal white head that faded off quickly. Smells of lemon and crackers. Not very aromatic. Taste is lemons, grassy, some cracker, and a bit of a white wine flavor. Feel is light body. Taste fades quickly and cleanly. It's a hot summer day and this goes great with it, would certainly have this again.

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Photo of Corrado42
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of jeffreyhill021
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
4.56/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bammer21
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of porters4life
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jg24rules
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikey440
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of drmeto
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear straw golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-lemon,floral,spicy,biscuity,honey,red apple
T:
-spicy,lemon,grassy,honey,white wine
-finishes dry
-medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
Solid Lager, that is more german than czech though.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of NordicViking913
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gandres
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
S: Light amber pale, hazy small off white foam
Smell: low aroma, not a lot
Taste: low bitterness
Feel: lively carbonation, sudden drop with long finish
OA: very good lager, repeat: yes, look for: No"
Drank: 10/21/2016 8:00 PM

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Photo of Element1290
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "PKGD" date 05/03/16.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light golden color with less than one finger white head that quickly dissipated until just a ring of small bubbles remained around the glass, there is no lacing present, medium carbonation.

SMELL: crackers and honey sweetness, very faint to the nose.

TASTE: initially sweet honey then crackers and then a lemon citrus note and a light hop kiss at the end.

PALATE: lighter body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this beer is not much to look at but it's a good tasting lager perfect for the Fourth of July, this beer would have broad appeal and would be a safe bet for a family gathering, I would buy this again for myself and this would be my "go to" when hosting friends and family.

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

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here comes a bright yellow and golden beer with great professsional grade clarity and a firm 3/4" white top. Could be Budweiser it looks so good. Aroma has lots of lemon and hop zest.

Surprisingly bitter, this is definitely fitting the bill of those mass produced lagers, but this one drops substantially more content in it, hops, impart actual flavor here, not just bitterness, which is ample. The lemon takes on a Sorachi Ace kind of connotation even though I believe there are none actually in here. Lager yeast is clean, not really fruity, although that could easily be what contributes to the lemon summertime feels.

Solid summer choice for someone not looking for massive hops or gose/berlinner weirdness.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear gold color with a small white head. The aroma is all hops and malt. The taste follows the nose but also has a nice dose of pepper.

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