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
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.