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RATINGS: 1923   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Summerfest is a delightfully refreshing example of a traditional style lager beer. While lighter in body than our ales, Summerfest displays significant hop aroma and a tangy hop bite. The long lagering period adds a smoothness that makes this beer a great summertime treat.

Bittering Hops: Perle & Saaz
Beginning Gravity: 11.8 Plato
Finishing Hops: Saaz
Ending Gravity: 2.7 Plato
Malts: Two-row Pale, Dextrin Malt, Munich
Yeast: Lager Yeast (bottom fermenting)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Bottle: This along with the Wheat is a beer from Sierra Nevada that one should skip. Light golden color, clear, with a medium white head. Some citrus hops aromas, but mainly I just smell light malts. This beer really does not taste any better than a macro - there’s some mild malt taste, barely any hops bitterness, even some skunked taste. This beer is not really indicative of Sierra Nevada’s offerings, just a bad one in amongst a bunch of winners.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zeswaft (1422) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2011 For the most part, this is not great. Taste is one notch above Budweiser, corn taste and all. I would hope SN could put together a competitive pilsner like Prima Pils.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Light golden color with good head, aroma is hoppy. Taste is of hops and some malt in between. Full-bodied, this is an outstanding beer for being a lager when it’s more of a pilsner. Great beer from a great brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cubedbee (10) - USA - JUN 19, 2004
Light golden yellow with thin head that fades fast. Citrusy hops aroma. Crisp with sweetness up front fading to a bitter ending. Good for a summer beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (580) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Pours a golden color with a thick, fluffy white head, that disapates rather quickly but leaves a stcky lace behind. Aroma was grassy, maybe a little citrus. Flavor was light and crisp. a light bitter finish. It was 110 degrees here today, and this was a very refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Golden-straw body with mild carbonation and a clean, sudsy white head. Aroma is nutty, citrusy and buttery. Flavor is grassy with a lightly bitter finish. Fizzy but crisp and about as refreshing as a beer can get. Good summer beer, as billed. This may be the perfect gateway beer for stubborn BMC fans.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2004
An average lager from this great brewery. Beer combined with the word summer normally are a piece of shit, but this one is, however, a pleasant lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Medium gold color with a moderate head, fair lacing and a nice grassy hoppy aroma. Medium bodied and dry with faint citrus and yeasty notes, and a good hoppy bitterness in the finish. I thought this one had a certain European flair to it, more so than most American pils I’ve tried anyway. First class.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2004
light lagar style beer, well presented and very fresh and clear looking. Decent hop aroma and some good bite towards the end of the taste. A very drinkable brew, much like Henry’s Private Reserve.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2790) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Bottle 2004: Ok nose. Lemon, sourdough, grass. Lite golden yellow color. Good head that disappeared quick. Sweet, crisp, bitter flavor. Lemon, Toasted grains come to mind. Smooth, sour bitter finish. Very tasty. Now if more lagers were like this...

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