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RATINGS: 1926   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Light clear yellow straw. . . hoppy aroma similar to many other SN smells. . . flavour has some grass, wheat, hay and plenty of hops. Clean and fresh - as you can imagine, nice on a warm sunny day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Appears and smells like a typical lager, tastes maybe just a bit better than your typical lager. Interesting that on the label it displays prominently "Bottom Fermented" rather than coming right out and calling it a Lager. Nice try, but not even close to being as good as Victory Prima Pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1703) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2003
I'm not a big fan of lagers, but I did enjoy this. Lightly yellow colored as style, but some add notes of citrus and nutty malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2003
What a great, refreshing lager, maybe the best American Lager I have ever poured down my throat. Sweet, fruity, lightly citrusy hops nose and first sip and smooth sweet malt middle. Hallertau (I'm beginning to tell the differences) hoppiness is bigger than expected and completes the journey. Wonderful thirst quencher and a great brew to share with your beer-dumb buddies.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1429) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Aroma is totally hops and a bit grassy. Pours up large white head. Body of brew is golden, like the yellow fizzy stuff only this is not fizzy. Has nice hop flavor, not in league with the good IPAs, however good for the style. I will enjoy the six pack this summer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Shocking beer from Sierra Nevada, I would never have imagined they make something like this. Very faint hops, grassy sweet malts. Very much like a European lager. Wish it had a little more hops though. Very clean, no fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Pours a light straw color with a big fluffy head. Smells of floral hops. As far as light lagers go this one hits the mark. As tasty as the best pilsners with just enough body to make you feel like your not drinking water. Hoppiness comes close to that of Victories Prima Pils but lacks the complexity.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Summertime, the weather's easy...so the brewers at Sierra Nevada decided to kick back and pony up "Summerfest," a light, rather bland lager that would be good if it was 75 cents/bottle. But I digress. Its straw-colored body is accented by a beautiful, rich, creamy, succulent, perfect head of thin white bubbles. The flavor is almost overwhelming: it is best to try this 2 ounces at a time. OK. In reality, this is a bland, boring brew. I'll stick to the summer wheats instead.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2003
This lager pours a clear, deep orangish gold color with a small, diminishing, bubbly white head. The aroma is hoppy with grass and hay like qualities and a touch of malty sweetness in the background. It has a light body with crisp carbonation. The flavor is mildly malty up front but the hops take over the finish leaving a lingering hoppy earthiness and a slightly bitter twang. Smooth, crisp, and refreshing, this lager is easy drinking and perfect for drinking during really hot summer afternoons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighlanderOne (1041) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 RERATE 12/2006 Poured from bottle. Pilsener-like aroma, with honey. More like pilsener than lager in flavor, with honey, malt and wood qualities as well. Lots of lacing. Creamy, hoppy feel. Good stuff.

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