Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Style: Czech Pilsner
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.