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RATINGS: 2016   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)

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2.4
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Bottle. Poured a pale yellowish color. Small head, Bad taste and weak aroma. Nothing good here.

1.8
FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 This beer is proof that microbrewers are quite able to make beers just as crappy as BMC. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium golden color with a large fluffy white head. The aroma was typical macro sour malt. The flavor was typical macro sour malt with just a hint of nut in the undertones. If I had wanted a crappy BMC I would have bought one. Instead I was tricked by this piece of crap.

3
h0meslise (1) - USA - JUN 9, 2005 does not count
Had it on tap at Pic-A-Lilli’s in Shamong, NJ. Never had it before but must admit when i first tried it i didn’t think lager; more like a mild Pale ale in terms of hoppiness. Not bad, but not great for SN, i’ve had better certainly. Generally inoffensive, but not anything i’d go out of my way to get

2.5
robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Aroma-egh. Like most lagers. Appearance-egh. Like most lagers. Flavor-egh. Like most lagers, BUT with a decent bitter finish. Palate-better than most lagers. Overall-the nice bitter finish kept this from being Budweiser.

3.3
jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Pours clear dark yellow with tight head. Nose is aromatic and inviting hops aroma. Well balanced flavor with a nice mildly bitter very flavorful hops end. Good.

3
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Refreshing, light, and hoppy. Sierra’s beers tend to all have a nice hop bite (even their stouts) but this didnt seem to have the signature taste that the others contain. Left me craving for a bit more bold taste.

2.2
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2005
not very exciting beer. smooth and clean but kind of boring...one 6 pack this year is enough.. had a 2005

2.3
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2005
bottle, not enjoying much at all, body is a golden color with some leanings toward a more coppery color. aroma is hoppy and reminds me of a pilsner more than a lager. flavor has a strong malt up front but that only lasts a second before a huge hop profile comes slamming in and basically assaults your taste buds, leaving a very nasty bitter, metallic taste behind. i was hoping this would be a nice thirst quenching summer session brew, and am hugely disappointed.

3
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Bottle: Translucent pale golden, mediocre frothy white head, minor lacing, light carbonation.   Subtle malt aroma, slight underarm.   Malty start, subtle, somewhat thick mouthfeel, with very little hop presence (contrary to the description).   Obviously not big bodied, but at least its fairly smooth.   Clean finish, lingering maltiness, but otherwise rather boring.   I recall prior years being a bit more flavorful.


2.4
GuilTTy (735) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2005
I’m not a fan of summer brews generally and of lagers at all (save for Victory Lager and I don’t quite understand why) so I didn’t have high expectations when I poured this one. Unfortunately, even the otherwise solid SN label hasn’t changed my mind. Clear amber pour under an average sized but quickly fading white head and some lace. Lightly malty and typically skunky lager aroma. Some citrus and toast in the otherwise bland flavor with a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Easy to drink? You bet. Tasty to drink? Nope. Overall, not offensive but not worth buying unless you’ve got some lagerheads to please.


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