Thirst Quenched, Socks Present
A Review of Summerfest by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Posted on 10/29/2012 by Chops
                   
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I have always found it to be very informative to enjoy a seasonal beer out of season. Your expectations have been wiped clean because the weather outside is not influencing your opinions or cravings for said beer. All you have is a beer. Just a simple frosty pint. You can actually concentrate on the style without the seasonal noise. Case in point: I recently stopped by my favorite local pub and they had forgotten about a keg on hand of the Sierra Nevada Summerfest pilsner. So what's a responsible barkeep to do? Well tap it of course! So here I sit in the cool months of fall enjoying a light and refreshing summer brew.

In the glass, Summerfest has that classic pilsner straw coloration, but is a few shades darker than your standard swill water. It has the apple juice appearance that a good pilsner should have. It comes with a sudsy white head that has decent retention. There's not much to be found on the aroma, just a general grassy note similar to a lager. This was also the main flavor note, mostly grassy with a faint lemon zest. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, making it an easy drinking brew. The hop profile is faint at best and doesn't really add much to the equation. The beer finishes clean with a mild citrusy bitter aftertaste.

Overall, the Sierra Nevada Summerfest is a pretty good pilsner. There is very little unique about it, so in a sense it's fairly forgettable. But, perhaps its most significant trait (or lack thereof) is a total absence of that nasty metallic undertone common with crappy piss water. That is really the only thing I ever want to see in a good pilsner, so hats off to Sierra Nevada for avoiding that most disgusting of traits. That alone is enough to recommend Summerfest to any and all beer fans. Seasoned drinkers can enjoy it as a great lighter session beer. Novices can utilize it as an educational tool for what pilsners are supposed to taste like. Summerfest won't knock any socks off, but it's not meant to. Just kick back on the porch and enjoy it for what it is: a tasty no-thinker drinker.

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