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RATINGS: 1985   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2095) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2003
The beer pours a very nice dark golden colour..with a good sized pure white foamy head..which seems to last quite a while. mmm nice fresh aroma on this beer..nice slight hoppy floral smell..i smell some lenon grass too. This is an excellent tasting lager..very fresh ( as would be expected this early) at first there is a nice crisp malt sweetness..followed soon after by the bite of the hops very well balanced..sense some wheaty tastes and lemon too..very nice. Feels very good on the tongue there is a crispness but its not dry. A most drinkable summer beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3899) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Strong yellow/honey color, thin white head. Obvious hopping in the aroma, especially at first whiff, then notes vaguely reminiscent of Vicks Vapor Rub (minus the Eucalyptus opening the nostrils), then fading to a dull dustiness--I guessed Saaz, but I see by its commercial deScription that it is Hallertauer. Very dry, grassy flavor, with a quick carbonated-water finish. In the realm of lagers it is o.k., but on its merits it didn't satisfy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Some head and lacing. Good color, sort of a golden color. Hoppy aftertaste with the right touch of bitterness. I found this nice and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Summerfets 2002: The appearance is a slightly pale copper body with a fluffy white crusty head. The aroma is Large with Lemons and caramel malts. I presume this beer must have changed quit a bit during its existence of well over a year. Very astringent and citric, finish is sweet yet dry, very crisp and well…..has a strange sharp Kumquat bittering characteristic.
Not nearly as hoppy as I thought this beer was going to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brownaler (393) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2003
An incredibly full flavored lager from Sierra Nevada. This is one of my new favorite lagers; underrated in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
desurfer (1257) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Light golden color, no head, bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. Grassy, earthy aroma. Herbal hop flavor, bitter and somewhat dry into a lingering dry finish. Another winner from Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1520) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 17, 2003
nice golden color, slightly hazy, thin white head. some splotches of lacing left on the glass. aroma is fairly lemony and hoppy. fair amount of hops in the flavor and what i consider to be a grainy finish. definitely the hoppiest lager i can remember...interesting and unusual for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Pours a pale golden yellow with no head or lace. Aroma is slightly malty. Citrus flavors with a little bitterness at finish. Nice summer lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Smells like grass, taste like oranges yet still heavier than I would like for a summer brew but looks betty crocker perfect with good head and lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymow (1084) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2003
A very nice summer brew. Refreshing and drinkable - not too heavy. Decent color, head and flavor. I'd definitely buy it again.

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