Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager Review: Prepare for Summer

The Sierra Nevada brewery, located in Chico, California, is a real success story for craft beer. The company began with two men, Paul Camusi and Ken Grossman. In the 1970s, they began homebrewing, which was not nearly as popular then as it has become since then. In 1979, they had reached a point in their brewing where they decided to make it a business. They officially created the Sierra Nevada company with loans from their friends. At first, the company was only able to sell small amounts of beer, but their beer became popular very quickly, and today Sierra Nevada is a very large operation. But they still make craft beer, rather than crap beer (mass-produced stuff like Coors).

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager (5.0% ABV) is a lager nominally brewed in the Czech Pilsner style. A Pilsner is a lager (bottom-fermented, cold-fermented) in the style of a Medieval Recipe from the town of Plzeň in the Czech Republic. It essentially refers to a lager brewed from pale malt and light, aromatic hops. Summerfest Lager, according to the company, is intended to be a light, crisp beer to suit the hot weather of Summer — floral, dry, and spicy. Does it live up to the description?

Everything On Tap Review: Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager:

Bottle: Medium-brown glass is short and squat, displaying a dark blue label upon which is a khaki scroll-like layer. On the label is a lovely aestial image of a lake with verdant hills. The yellow and orange Sierra Nevada logo graces the top. The lettering is black.

Pour: The color, as you might expect, is a light, crystal-clear golden. The head is almost one finger thick, fizzy white, and dissipates at a medium-slow rate, leaving some light lacing.

Aroma: On the attack, light floral and grassy hops tickle the nose. Then a light bready malt appears, with some lemongrass on the finish.

Flavor: A light but present grassy and spicy hops flavor touches the tongue on the attack, followed by light, mildly-toasted, yeast and malted grains. It is a pleasant flavor that would indeed go well with a hot day, but I personally prefer a spicier, thicker flavor for the hot months.

Mouthfeel: The body is very light but crisp. The carbonation is mild. The overall impression is that of smoothness and crispness.

Structure: This is a very light lager, so there is not a wide, complex structure. The structure is certainly stable, but not strong.

Food Pairing: This lager would be suitable for light Summer barbecue, such as shrimp or fish.

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