Summer’s almost over (my kids go back to school in three weeks, thank God), but that doesn’t mean you won’t still find dozens of summer-themed brews on the shelves. Drink it up. It’s still plenty hot.
Sierra Nevada’s Summerfest is by and large what we expect from a summer-themed beer. Not too complicated. Crisp. A bit of fruit in the palate. It’s a light lager but it’s got a fair bit of bitterness still in it. (Sierra Nevada gives Summerfest 32 bitterness units; its Pale Ale has 37.) If you’re a fan of heavier beers but crave something less dark once in a while, this will probably do the trick.
For me, I don’t mind the bitterness but it’s not totally what I’ve come to expect from a summer brew, which should be a little sweeter and citrusy, for my palate. Still, not bad at all.
B / $7 per six-pack / sierranevada.com