Friday, August 9, 2013

Sierra Nevada Summerfest

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (936) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2013
I poured a 12oz can into a lager glass. It was canned on May 27 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright pale yellow hue. Mostly clear but slightly hazy. Forms a small, bright white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves trace lacing.

Smell: Pretty standard lager aroma with hints of pale maltiness.

Taste: Despite the name, there’s nothing particularly summer-y about Sierra Nevada Summerfest. There’s no added spices or anything and the body isn’t especially light just to make it drinkable. This is a by-the-book lager and it works because it of that approach. That’s not to say the palette is boring or generic, it’s actually a genuinely interesting lager.

There’s notable pale, slightly starchy malt character here right from the start. A hint of lemon rind seems to be found in here somewhere, though I would not describe this as citrusy. They’ve opted mostly for spicy, dry European hops which impart a tad more bitterness than your average pale lager, but are mild enough to keep the beer balanced. A hint of additional sweetness as it goes down, but nothing that really lingers, making for a pretty clean finish.

Drinkability: Since Sierra Nevada Summerfest is a "standard" lager as far as technicalities go, it’s no surprise it also drinks like one as well. The mouthfeel is crisp, but not spastically carbonated. It’s refreshing while in the mouth and mild enough that drinkers of any experience levels can appreciate it. At only 5% ABV it blurs the line between what is and isn’t sessionable, though I don’t think anyone would have any trouble with at least two of these at a time. 
Grade: 7/10