hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice, crisp, refreshing brew. Nice bright gold body with a thin white head. Sweet aroma of corn, citrus, and a hint of hops. Smooth and sweet with a crisp bite at the end. A good summer beer.
rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. amber with small head. lager with some above average hoppiness. not bad, but i want better from SN.
Howlader (394) - - JAN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle served in a snifter. Decently flavoured summer beer, could use some more body.
beerfest5 (1026) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I find it very difficult to find the redeeming qualities in summer beers. Its rare to have one that achieves all the goals that the brewer makes, and this is no exception. Crisp, clear, muted hop tones, the lagering only makes this cloying with the addition of the munich malts. Blah
Brandon1989 (228) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a amber color with a small head. the taste has some hops and grainy flavor. worth a try.
jbuskirk (274) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Is this the most complex, flavorful, or stylistically pure beer that Sierra Nevada has ever made? None of the above and not by a long shot. Still, Summerfest has a light, malty feel, smooth carbonation, and a bit of hop bitterness to keep things interesting. So is this pilsner refreshing, satisfying, and highly approachable? Absolutely. In this case, the whole is better than the sum of parts.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a golden straw ale with brilliant clarity (like it amplifies the pixels on my screen like a magnifying glass). A single finger of bone white foam falls over a couple minutes to a thin quilt of the same. Good spotty lacing.
S: Smells fresh and simple: grains, sweetgrass, simple crisp hops and that’s about it. This is the way this beer should be, nice. Totally low impact and refreshing in tone.
T: Nice and crispy hops are proficient, a little higher than I recall having had this earlier today. The beer has a mid palate flavor that reminds me of cornbread, which I like. The hops really offer the premier degree of refreshment this beer can provide.
M: Medium to low body with higher carbonation. This is the prime composition for the style IMO.
O: This is a great example of the style. Having just been to the Czech Beer festival in Berlin, I would argue this competes with the originals.
Serving type: bottle
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Twenty-nine degrees at 7.30pm means summer is well and truly here. Let the quenching begin. This is a clean, generally well-made but mildly over-carbonated session lager. Just a bit too ’grippy’ on the tongue and fractionally astringent. Hazy gold, with a loose, low head. Nice European Saazy aroma - one sniff conjures up images of sun-drenched hop fields. Faint lemon cordial and yeast. Carbonation verges on harsh for the style - verges. Prominent Munich and pale malts in the mid-palate before a slightly metallic finish. Is that the Perle? Could almost believe there was Pride of Ringwood in this if it wasn’t for the detailed list of ingredients.
(12fl oz bottle from Carrington Cellars.)
LesArgen (177) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
There’s something about this beer that doesn’t quite work, as if the constituent ingredients didn’t come together. The 5.0% alcohol is strangely prominent.
ShaneJ (387) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Plonk. Pale amber/gold, not much head, dry, crisp beer, flavours and aromas quite subdued, not the usual big Sierra Nevada beer, a bid doughy/bready, some grassy hops, light body, thin palate. So so.
Ontbeertaster (2257) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle, pours a nice bright yellow, aroma is light straw flavour, taste is light hops and smooth, think our bottle was slightly stale but it was still drinkable