Posts Tagged With: Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Summerfest

Beer: Summerfest
Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Style: Czech Pilsner
ABV: 5.0%


 Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s apartment
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Hazy straw body of a Czech Pilsner, with a creamy white head that recedes to a foamy brim.

Smell: Lemon. And corn. It actually kind of smells like a better Budweiser.

Flavor: It tastes better than it smells. The characteristic Pilsner malt-to-hops ratio is off, with an emphasis on the malt side. The result is a sweeter, less interesting Pilsner. Oddly, it tastes like cardboard smells. Oddly.

Feel: Thin body, less carbonated than other Pils.

Concluding Remarks: Summerfest, Sierra Nevada’s moniker for their Czech Pilsner, is mediocre. It kind of tastes like watery cardboard malt seltzer (imagine it). Overall,  it’s a fine summer beer, but it’s missing the nuanced spice and hops of a Czech Pils. If Sierra added a little more hops next time, the Summerfest could put the ‘fest’ in…Summerfest.

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Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad

Beer:  Ovila Quad
Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Style: American Quadruple
ABV: 10.4%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Tulip glass
Drinking Establishment: The Distillery, Savannah, GA
Primary Consumer: Ally
Consumption Companions: SCADinavians



Sight: Dark, root-beer brown with reddish tinge.  No head by the time it was served.

Scent: Really, it had no discernible scent.  Perhaps some maltiness and the typical yeastiness one would expect, but the scent of our Pretzel Treasures appetizer overpowered the beer.

Flavor: Figs and yeast, with just a little bit of sweet maltiness and a hint of spice (cloves, to be exact).

Feel: Balanced and smooth.  Medium carbonation.

The Ovila Project is Sierra Nevada’s special collaboration with the Trappist monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux, located just a few miles down the road from the brewery in California.  In addition to a Dubbel and a Saison, the Ovila Quad is created in the centuries-old tradition of monastic brewing–which means you get a high ABV brew that doesn’t taste like it has a high ABV!  Yep, this is one smooth criminal here, but overall, the flavor this Quad has to offer falls short of spectacular.  It isn’t bad for an American take on the Quad, but in general, still kind of average.

Regardless, you can feel good knowing that a portion of the proceeds from sales go toward the restoration of the historic Ovila chapter house building on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux!

Concluding remarks: Better than most American Belgians, this sippable Quad is worth a try if nothing else strikes your fancy on the beer menu; or, if you have a hankering for a Heineken but happen to be at the Distillery.

The Distillery: no crap, only craft.

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Sierra Nevada Porter

Beer: Porter
Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Style: American Porter
ABV: 5.6%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa



Sight: Opaque, deep rich amber coloration. About a centimeter of thick, creamy head (bow chicka bow wow).

Scent: Slightly roasted malty smell. Just a faint whiff of coffee and earthiness.

Flavor:  Upon first sip, it has a run-of-the-mill roasted malt taste. The flavor is pretty mild upfront, very slight hoppy/bitter aftertaste. Not particularly dynamic or complex. However, after resting, the overall flavor develops a slight sweetness.

Feel: Creamy in my mouth (sorry). Pretty decent carbonation.

The Porterness of this Porter is not very Porterly (i.e., there’s not an overpowering presence of coffee, caramel, chocolate, or robust roastiness). Though, maybe a super bittersweet chocolate–the chalky kind you would melt to make brownies (or, for non-bakers, the kind your mom had in the cabinet and didn’t taste quite right…whoops.)

Concluding remarks: This is a Porter. No bells or whistles, no fancy added spices or flavorings. Pick it up if you can get it at a decent price (<$9). However, you might get bored with it after two or three in. So, share it with your friends and ask them what they think.

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