Sierra Nevada Summerfest Crisp Lager
Reviewed by Brady White on August 11, 2015 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
- Origin: Chico, CA, USA
- Rated On: August 11, 2015
- Best Before: packaged May 19, 2015
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Czech Pilsener
- Rating: GOOD !
This 12oz bottle pours a clear, medium golden straw colour, with some sparse, but consistent rising effervescence, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet somewhat creamy white head, which leaves a few thin splotches of sudsy lace around the glass as it gradually recedes.
It smells of crisp (yup), grainy pale malt, a touch of spicy wheat, lemon zest, and prominent grassy, floral, and dried hay hop bitters. The taste is more cereal-heavy, semi-sweet malt, lemon rind, a stoney flintiness, earthy, sort of peppery spice, and further leafy, grassy, and mildly weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate in its swirling and probing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight for the style, and pretty smooth, those hops apparently knowing where to draw the line. It finishes off-dry, just, and clean, with a wee warmth that is hard to ascribe to a specific alcohol stripe.
A rather enjoyable quaff, and still quite refreshing, but kind of heavier than one would expect from a native-brewed Czech Pilsener. Whatever, it definitely works for assuaging our dire, dog days of summer needs, as I could surely go for another one of these, post haste.