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RATINGS: 2023   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   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 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2004
1998 bottle poured cloudy amber smallhead some lacing.aroma citrus, malts, yeast and honey.flavor malts, citrus, honey.at first I thought an ok beer than it started to get a hold on me. this is a beer that I hope I acn get my hands on again, want to be able to share with people that don’t know what a good beer is

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Aroma is a lot like a macro lager, a little sour, sharp, some honey notes, but not really unique. Clear, straw yellow color, very little head. Flavor is a little more full than the average macro, and palate is a little thicker, but still it’s rather dissapointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (6043) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Dark Gold, Thin head. Grainy, salty (?) aroma, Mellow hops and fresh water flavor. Very crisp finish. Very clean, Nice summer brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Good beer, if not remarkable. Not really into the lawnmower varieties even though I should possibly learn due to the climate I live in here. And it’s really Sierra’s own fault for spoiling me with the likes of their Celebration and Bigfoot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2006 So, I rerated this one and apparently didn’t update the text for a while now. Anyway, here it is. A reserved, frothy white head crowns a perfectly clear, light gold body with effervescent carbonation. The aroma begins with the subtle sweetness of light, fluffy breads and wildflower honey. Delicate citric, floral and grassy hop notes bring balance to the equation. The flavor is never too intense in a single direction; always balanced and always nimble. Starting with a soft sweetness it rolls into a moderately hoppy, grassy finish. The palate is light, yet creamy in texture, with a brisk carbonation.

12 oz bottle, lager glass. Honey on white bread malt (M); dry herb hops (L); dough and sweat yeast (M/L). Light gold body with effervescient carbonation is topped by a large, frothy, white head that lasts quite well. Moderatelys sweet flavor, lightly acidic becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium-light body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. There’s a very late astringency to this beer. The bottom line is: a little acidity here, unpleasant yeast there, astringency elsewere...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Nice light yellow color and is a good tasting lager. Aroma is distinctive and goes down smooth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
envane (569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Golden coloured with a white head that settled into a ring that lasted the entire way. Aroma is doughy and floral hops. Taste is clean lager malt, with enough hops to make this a pilsener. Finish is dry and hoppy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
garrison (810) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2004
From a bottle of the 2004 vintage I purchased at Kroger’s - This one poured poured a nice golden hue, with a rather light "doughlike" aroma. Very nicely hopped for a lager, S. N. Summerfest is a very good example of lager, and is a great example of a top of the line beer for baseball games and lawnmowing breaks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Not a bad lager at all. Pours a straw color with a nice white fluffy head that leaves a very nice lace down the glass. Aroma is malt with a touch of hops. Flavor is subdued and very well balanced. Hints of citrus, hops and ... apricots? Palate is well carbonated and crisp; not a whole lot of body here, though. Very nice for a hot summer day. Overall this is pretty good and about what I’d expect for a SN Lager. This would be an excellent choice to give to someone who isn’t into microbrews if you don’t want to scare them off with overwhelming hops.

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