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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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1425) - 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 (3179) - 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 (1024) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (1537) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2008 Tangy citrusy nose with hints of lemon and flowers. Inital character is malty, but bitterness rises quickly, leaving a slightly bitter, tangy aftertaste that doesn’t overstay its welcome. Light copper color topped with medium-sized bubbly head. Crisp and to the point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Lager yellow with good white head. Fairly crisp with a distinct hop finish. Hints of citrus. A good lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Has a golden color with some carbonation and a lightly malted smell. Taste was also malted and finished with a slight hop bitterness. Overall I did not like this too much. It wasn't bad, just not my cup of tea. It has a strange taste that I could not put my foot on. Perhaps it was because I was at a taste-testing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2003
Picked up a 2002 bottle. Still good, hoppy for a lager. Crisp, tangy and sweet. Maybe too sweet for a summer beer. Can't wait to try 2003.

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