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RATINGS: 1942   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Citrusy nose, but this feels like a fairly single note beer. It is nicely refreshing on a hot day. Quite hoppy flavor throughout, but not as sharp as your average IPA. End notes are mildly malty, after the sharply hopped spike on the middle of the tongue.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGod (5500) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Pours gold with a small white head. Aroma is malty and sort of grainy. Lack of a strong hop presence seems surprising for a Sierra Nevada beer. Taste is also sort of grainy and wheaty. There is a lighter malt flavor to it but overall it’s kind of average. The palate is smooth enough and sort of enjoyable but the finish is a bit bitter while having an unpleasant taste. Not very good. A surprisingly lacking beer from Sierra Nevada. usually their beers are above average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Has a semi-skunky aroma that thankfully did not carry over into the flavor. By the aroma, I was expecting some old newspaper-flavor beer,but it actually tasted very fresh and refreshing. A crisp beer... definitely a summer brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Pale fold color with a small head. Grainy malt aroma with a hint of hops. Malty flavor with a slight medicinal taste. Light hop flavor in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2626) - GERMANY - JUL 15, 2004
If you are going for a light summer beer to refresh yourself, this is a pretty good one. Slightly hay smelling nose, but pleasant. Pale gold color and a low head. Light citrusy malt and a dryish hop tingle at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Very refreshing. In a nutshell, that’s it. A light yellow lager that actually offers some taste. Ya know, this is exactly the beer I want to offer to all my silly low-carb crazy friends who insist that it’s either Miller Lite or Mich Ultra (eeekkk!). This beer is anything but heavy and actually has some light citrusy flavor. If you try you can detect some light maltiness and some hops, but they’re not there "in your face". I’m normally a barley wine and imperial stout kinda guy, so for me to appreciate this beer you know it’s got to be respectable. If I’m kickin’ back by the pool you can be sure a few of these will be in the cooler.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3580) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 Bottle. Lot of flavors in this golden, somewhat hazy color, with a nice white head. Nothing really remarkable about this brew except I wanted another. In some ways that might be the ultimate test. Good refreshing summer beer. That was last summer. Tried it again for 2006. Maybe I am just a little more knowledgeable but this seems a little better. Time to up the rating a notch or two. Again for 2007. Good as every. They keep the quality i[ at SN.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a golden color with a medium-sized white head. Aroma of bread, hops, yeast and spice. Flavor of hops and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Slightly hazy golden yellow with a medium diminishing frothy white head. Aroma of bread, sweat, straw, lemon, honey, and a hint of spice. Medium watery body with lively carbonation. Grassy flavor of bread, pepper, citrus and honey. Much, much better than your run of the mill ’premium lager' - an excellent summer beer’. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Fresh and crisp flavor, with a nice balance between malt and hops. Maybe some citrusy/wheat flavors too. I liked it as an alternative to a "big three" lager.

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