I'm usually wary of "summer" brews because they tend to be too sweet for my palate. However, the Sierra Nevada Summerfest offers none of that mouth-puckering fruitiness you find in the likes of, say, Leinekugel's Summer Shandy.
At 5 percent ABV, this pilsner-style lager is not going to deliver you to the safe harbor of Blackout Island by itself. It wasn't until I was offered a taste of tutti-fruity moonshine that my sails caught the wind and took me where I wanted to go.
I will concur with Jamoosh and say that it is a nice refresher for a hot summer day, but it's not a heavy hitter by any means. Its light body and mildly hopped finish left me more full and bloated than happily buzzed after three-quarters of a 12-pack.
The beer did, however, clear my system fast enough for me to record a new personal best in Monday's 5-K to cap off a much improved month of running.
At a Glance
- Who: Summerfest (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.)
- What: 5 percent ABV, pilsner-style lager, 12-pack
- When: May 29, 2010
- Where: Memorial Day weekend pig roast
- Why: Post-run, hot day refreshment
[Drunkard's note: The Booze Hounds Beer Rating scale (0-5 Hiccups) is based on a complex mathematical formula that would be impossible to explain to such a dunderheaded audience. Let's just say the higher the score, the more likely I am to drink it again. Natty Light would get a zero.]