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RATINGS: 1922   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)


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2004
This is a great summer beer. Light and refreshing. Not too much aroma, other than slight hop and malt. Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Crystal clear light amber-yellow body. The head is a pleasant rocky white pillow. The aroma is hops, grass and some lemony citrus. Quite bitter as the aroma would tell you, some sweetness in the middle, but mainly it is hoppy. Very non-fruity with a clean bitter palate. The saaz lend some grassy/metallic notes, especially right after the swallow. Medium body with a lively bit of carbonation. A decent but not outstanding beer.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 25, 2004
2004 12 oz. bottle: smells really strong pungent hops. pours pissy yellow, with small fizzy head. tastes of grainy malts and feels bubbly in my mouth. i dont really like lagers

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Somewhat biscuity malt, great saazy snap, great finish, great when warm (absolutely no sugariness) - a delightful summer lager. Aroma a bit subdued (a little diacetyl, a little sour grass/hay), but the flavor makes up for it

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Draught. Refreshing, grapefruit, citrus aroma. Clear gold body with some visible carbonation and a small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing head. Very good lace. Zingy initial mouthfeel with a hint of diacetyl. Wonderful doughy, bready finish, like some of the unpasteurized beers of Germany. Faint hoppiness which is good for summer quaffing. Very drinkable. Reminds me a little of the Bells two hearted, but the SNS is not as sweet. Some faint banana notes. A good refreshing summer beer with enough flavor to make it interesting. Would definitely drink a 6 of this on a hot day. Can’t do that with SNPA.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hangover (1064) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Nice clear golden pour, with a somewhat lasting white head. Initial pils aroma immediately turns me off. Taste is tolerable, I guess. Some sprucey hops, mild citrus, distracting bitterness, slightly sour, barely discernable malt presence. I hate this style. I figured SN would have chosen a wheat or hefe for their summer beer. If you’re a big fan of the style, I say go for it... if not, stay away.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Smells like any US standard brew, looks like a cup of piss, without the THC, no head at all, wow, can’t say that I taste much of anything, maybe a little pine needly but thats pushin it, quotes from two regular high life drinkers "reminds me of high life", yes, me too, blah.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Pours a medium-golden color with a nice, white, bubbly head that sticks around for a good, long time. Aroma is mostly lemon and hops, along with some maltiness and yeast. Tastes sweet and malty up front with a super-clean, lightly hoppy finish. Not remarkable, but a wonderful thirst-quencher.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Pale straw color, small white head. Smells of honey. Tastes of slight hop bitterness, but is balanced by a smooth taste and honey. Pretty nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FormatKid (7) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2004 does not count
I’m impressed with SN’s spin on a lagered beer. Looks as good as anything you could expect for the style, transparently pale gold in appearance. Nice thick, sticky head. Smell is soft breadiness and earthy hops. Taste is lightly biscuity with saaz hops coming through nicely on the finish. A nice pils!


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