Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,159 Ratings
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Photo of timontheroad
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely crystal clear golden color, with a big three-finger fluffy white head, great retention and lacing. Light grassy aroma, with that characteristic pilsner noble hop smell. The taste was slightly bitter, with a bit of cracker malt taste as well, again with that nice pilsner taste. The mouthfeel was fairly thin, but very true to style, with an outstanding crisp, dry finish. Once again, Sierra Nevada has put out another outstanding beer. Hats off to them!

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

Photo of EvanWilliams
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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

Pours clear golden with dense half finger head that dissipates to form a transparent layer and filled with small slowly rising carbonation bubbles. Aroma is herbal hops with some fruity esters.

Taste is moderate herbal hops with sweetish honey-like malt with clean finish and bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with average carbonation.

Overall very refreshing and nicely made Pilsener.

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Photo of Nage37
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mthomp081
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chilidog
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this 03 Summer in febuary of 04 in the singles section. I bought two. I'll look for some fresh 04 when its more the season. It was warm today for febuary, so I tried it.
It pours a very nice clear straw gold. The head is large, fluffy and white. Lace is web-like all glass long, very nice. Though a moderately carbonated beer, the fireworks under the head put on a tornado like show. Very active. The aroma is slightly sweet and grainy. The taste also carries over some sweetness, perhaps the malt. Hops play a citric roll toward the tale of the taste. The mouth is left with a little hop oil feel while a slight dryness settles in.
A good summer brew to be had and a good smooth bud convert tool.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a SN Summerfest shaker pint glass.

Pours a brilliantly clear pale gold in color with about a half finger of white head. Aroma is quite clean. A bit grainy with a biscuit-like aroma. Low hop aroma. Taste is pretty good. Very clean, lightly malty, touch of honey, some spicy hop flavor and a nice balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty good with light-medium body and moderate-high carbonation. Drinkaiblity is pretty good as well. A nice easy drinker that is fairly flavorful and well balanced.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of oelergud
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear honey/wheat golden body, good carbonation. White rocky head, great lace and decent retention.
Smell is green grass, floral, earth and slightly musty hay. Good malt base with some caramel tones. Hops are there late in the swallow and are well balanced with the malt in the aftertaste.
Excellent mouthfeel, not watery as you see with many lagers. Coating is present but not too thick for a lager either.
Highly drinkable, one of the best lagers I've had so far.


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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of CTbrew32
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a one finger fizzy head produced.

Aroma- Sweet, dry pilsner malts with a little bit of floral hops.

Taste- Pilsner malts are big at first which leads to drying finish. Towards the end citrus/herbal hops linger adding balance and dryness.

Mouthfeel- Dry and crisp with a good amount of carbonation up front.

Overall- One of the best pilsners I've had so far. Great balance and flavor between pilsner malts and the nice kick of floral hops at the end. Perfect beer for the summer that's light, yet load with flavor.

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Photo of Chaz
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant pale golden in color, with a solid, tight off-white head. Excellent lacing. Nose is pungent noble hops and a dusting of pale malt; fairly convincing. Sharp hop bite is the first impression on the palate, with a light scrubbing carbonation on the tongue. Dry, biscuity, bready malt qualities are very ably balanced by the hops. Notes of golden pear and grape skin, and light honey are all punctuated by the hops, which themselves add a gentle floral touch to the aromatic qualities. Dry overall, but fairly juicy and creamy on the tongue, really goes a long way for such a light-bodied beer. Truly exceptional drinkability. For years this was the one Sierra Nevada seasonal I had trouble selling-through, and I always felt it a shame as it's so well-done, and is probably my favorite Sierra Nevada offering. Would that this could be my daily beer I'd be a very happy man indeed. I'd put it up there with Prima Pils as one of my favorites of the domestic craft renditions.

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Photo of slim2043
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

This was bottled on March 1st?

A - crystal clear yellow golden body, small white head thins to thin ring.

S - bitter grassy and a bit funky in the hops, light sweet malty character.

T - Hoppy for sure, an interesting tang/citrus sort of character. theres a certain fruity dryness in it.

M - Smooth, light, just delightful

O (D) - This could be a go-to summer beer. Tasty, interesting, hoppy, not too expensive. GOod beer.

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Photo of dominic4beer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of RyanAU
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall a good summer beer

Appearance- yellowish gold color, transparent

Smell- grassy hops

Taste- grassy hops

Mouthfeel- light body, lots of carbonation

Drinkability- pretty drinkable, a good summer beer, I would definitely drink it again.Good for working outside on a hot day

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Photo of alelover
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of aufie
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mweso2000
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of beaulabauve
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a serene, stylized landscape painting on the label.

Pours a super clear light golden yellow. A frothy white head laces the glass. I see many trails of carbonation. Smell is sugary sweet, with a whole lotta light biscuit. Taste is pleasantly bitter upfront, with a good dash of hops and more biscuit to back it up. Spicy finish, but very smooth. A bit of complexity for a pilsner, and it goes appreciated. "Crisp" as the label says, it is, and this would be a great session beer for a warm evening. Very good. I don't regret purchasing a sixer, and I'm sure a few more will follow..

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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