branlovesbeer (11) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2012
1.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
My first response after tasting this for the first time was that it was a Budweiser clone. So the next day, I did a side by side tasting of the Budweiser and Summerfest. The difference were so minimal that if someone were to switch these two, I would not be able to tell a difference. The only differences were in the appearance and slight bitterness.
The head on Summerfest stuck around proving that it used malt instead of corn and rice. But the Aromas and Flavors were identical.
This is what I would consider an epic fail on Sierra Nevada’s part. If they were looking for a way to make a more expensive version of Budweiser, then they have succeeded.
SPDickerman (1047) - Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear golden yellow with a small white head. Smells malty and balanced with some hoppiness. Taste is crisp, malty, some bitterness. Light-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Sierra Nevada Summerfest finishes with a mild grainy sweetness.
JulienHuxley (4117) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear pale gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is citrusy, very hoppy, fruity tropical hop, grassy notes, subdued maltiness. Taste is bitter, light husky malt flavor,citrusy flavor. Palate is light bodied with light carbonation. Good.
Bacchus66 (41) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear pale gold, a finger and a half of white head. Fresh aromas, citrus, cut grass. The palate is crisp and lively. Digging this for summer - light, clean and refreshing.
onceblind (5307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brilliant clear golden with a thin by sticky white head. Spicy and grassy hoppy nose with a Pilsner malt and slightly crackery malt backbone. The flavor is crisp and full with Pilsner malts and a touch of blonde cracker backed up by a lasting grassy/leafy bitterness with a semisweet cracker/blonde Pilsner finish. Pretty nice and surprisingly full.
Hiero (157) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I like most of Sierra Nevada’s beers, but this one was a surprise. I’m not sure what they were going for with this. It had no head to it, no flavor, low carbonation. Being from Texas, I get summer beers, but this has almost a malt liquor type feel to it with a mild bitterness. Not really that enjoyable, even on a hot summer day.
xuqi (9) - Nevada, USA - JUN 19, 2015 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Barnyard, leather, alcohol, leather, banana, banana, leather, leather, leather, barnyard, basement aromas, basement aromas
PlinyDad1952 (99) - - JUN 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THIS IS A GRATE ALE FOR THE SUMMER TIME AND LET ME TELL YOU I AM SO ECXCITED FOR THE POOLS I WAITED SO LONG TO GET MY REAL LIFE-FAIKE WATER GUNS REDY TO SCARE ALL THE KIDS EHEHEHEHEH! NOW SERRA NEVEDA HAVE PRETTY GOOD SUMMER ALE HERE AND ITS LITE WITH FLAYVER LIKE FRUITS AND SPICES. IF YOU PUT ORANGE IN IT TASTE EVEN LIKE BELGIUMS. BUT LITE.
stantheman (767) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2015
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Joe’s Bar and Grill in downtown Seattle. A yellow amber translucent beer with moderate white head and faint bitter sour nose. Decent bitter hop flavor. Okay. 2.9.
rok1024 (1239) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - JUN 6, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange yellow appearance, medium head. Malty and fruity - lemon notes. Medium body, long bitterness. Good Pilsener.
dhatton (166) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours pale golden with minimal head. Nose is biscuit and tart apple aromas. Slightly sweet taste with light citrus notes. Crisp, refreshing finish. Hint of pine that lingers.