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Cisk Lager - Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

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BA SCORE
71
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 21.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc. visit their website
Malta

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2004)
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Reviews by flyingpig:
Photo of flyingpig
2.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can as a gift from Malta:
Clear and light straw colour but is topped with a huge, very foamy looking head that is bone white and holds better than you would expected. It does gradually reduce and leaves a slight trace of lacing on the glass too.

Sweet and quite basic with a lot of corn and adjuncts as well as a slightly astringent aroma with some cereal and wheat as well. Pretty much standard for a basic macro lager and it's not great sadly.

Lager malts and some adjuncts kick things off but the taste is a little bland with some cereal and a hint of grassy hops. A few malts make an appearance and there is a touch bitterness too.

Smooth and fairly crisp too with a light, almost watery body and a very clean taste. The finish has some bitterness and doesn't seem overly dry.

What I expected from this one really, a fairly bland but certainly drinkable pale lager. There is nothing much in the way of taste or aroma to this one and it's pretty inoffensive.

flyingpig, Nov 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of boatshoes
2.23/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a six pack of cans of this on a whim with a buddy of mine. It was really cheap...so I wasn't really going into this one expecting a whole lot...

Appearance- The usual adjunct lager. Not a whole lot to describe here or be impressed by. Light golden body with two fingers of fizzy white head that dies fairly quickly. Not really off for the style, but not great looking.

Smell- Not great. Very musty smelling and it can't be skunk because of the can. Metallic, corn, and adjunct. Smells about what I would have expected and not particularly good.

Taste- More of the same. Very metallic tasting and almost sickly sweet taste of corn and adjunct. Lots of sweetness and metallic sharpness that overwhelm the palette. A touch of musty hay as well perhaps but lost to the other flavors.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel I found to be a little aggressively carbonated even for the style. Drinkability, needless to say for me was pretty low. I had one of these and didn't go back for anymore.

Overall, not good. Better adjunct lagers and better beers around to be drinking.

boatshoes, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

First things first. Why is this listed as an American Macro when it's from Malta which is off the coast of Spain? Shouldn't it be a "Euro Lager?" It's definitely more flavorful than most water American crap.

A - Clear and bright yellow with a nice big fluffy white head. A decent amount of powdery white lace is left on the glass.

S - Pale malt aromas remind me of a "wheat crisp" ...whatever that is. That's just what comes to mind. No real hop component to be found, the lack of hops is what separates this from the nose of a German pils.

T - Tasty, fresh, and clean malt flavors with a twinge of hops to keep it honest. This is like an airy snack chip or wheat crisp like I noted in the nose.

M - Light bodied with a level of carbonation that, while still high, is much less aggressive than bubbly American Macro Lagers.

D - This is not bad at all, but it's pretty boring and forgettable. Just your basic refreshing lager with a tad more character than BMC. This is a beer than I could down a few of with no complaints.

pmcadamis, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of swamiswamu
3.7/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I spent a month in Malta last summer. The island is pretty much a dry spit of land in the middle of the Med. It was a British colony for much of the 20th century, so the beer culture is pretty good. Cisk is everywhere. There were as many Cisk signs hanging in storefronts as Guinness in Ireland or Budweiser in the states. It is a pretty simple lager. Straight forward in taste and immensely thrist quenching on the beach. It had a great golden color and average head. I'll always have fond memories of Cisk, but I'd chose a Blue Label by Farson's over it any day.

swamiswamu, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of WoodBrew
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Who put the Pils Urquel into my Cisk bottle!! Does Malta have a stolen IP reputation!!! I swear I was drinking a typical czech pils style beer. American Adjuct Lager...WTF is that?? Never hear of it. Is that english for "our beer tastes like czech style beer??? I don't know...but lets cut through this....The color is a fine clear golden color...typical head an lacing that one would expect. Smells and tastes like pils urquel....to me. Bottom line is I like this beer just like I like pils urquel. So feel free to suck these down like no-bodies biz. And no I am not endorsed by Pils Urquel!

WoodBrew, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Lukas in Lone Tree, figured I'd give this a whirl while I'm watching some euro football

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of eggshell white head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Soapy & lemony hops, some crackers

T: Grassy & lemony hops, plus herbal hops & crackers up front. Metallic hops & a bit of grainyness follows as this warms. Finishes lemony, soapy. metallic (hops, all three) & wet, plus slightly astringent

MF: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation & alright balance. I'd take this over BMC any day

Drinks okay, more malt heft is needed to make me happy

russpowell, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of tone77
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather skunky. Taste is crisp, malts and grains, a bit of a hop presence, not a lot going on. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a very ordinary beer.

tone77, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a crystal clear golden-brass with an impressive 2 finger creamy dull white head that showed an equally impressive retention rate. Visible carbonation was very faint with but a single bubble or two witnessed at any given moment.

S: nice with fresh grains and a delicate soft flowery hop aroma of lemon peels. Per style was well hopped and very nice.

T: A really nice start with a spicy lemony zest, with some fresh grains. Fresh citrus and soft flowers combine with a fresh grainy palate delivering a fine example bursting with sweet grains and a generous amount of lemon flowery hopping.

M: extremely light, incredibly smooth and softly carbonated. Could hardly tell of its presence, slick with a nice flowery and citrus hop fade.

D: Goes down effortlessly, a sure fire quaffer that is nicely hopped and one that I found surprisingly good. Case worthy and one that I could easily drink in multiples. Drinks more like a amply hopped pilsner then a lager but was good none the less.

end note: was really surprised by the wide varied ratings this beer got. definitly worth a try and solid by example.

beerthulhu, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

desint, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle. Lager glass. Golden color, crystal clear appearance. White froth & thin crown. Slight sulfury, honey & grassy aromas. Crispy & bitter upfront. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Watery texture. Malty sweetness, harsh grainy & rough bitterness resolve in a dry sweet finish with light acidic touch. Unbalanced & boring.

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Globetrotter
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had visited Malta twice before becoming a BA, and had pleasant memories of this brew from those trips. Recently a colleague went there for a conference, and brought back a bottle to try. Thanks, Dr. Mark! 30cl brown bottle with a yellow and white label featuring a rearing white horse on a shield above the name of the brewery in big red letters. No useful ingredient information. Best before January 2006, I opened it on 9/4/05.

Pours a slightly pale clear gold under a thin 1/2 finger white head that fades quite quickly, leaving just a bit of film and collar, but no lace. The nose is tinny, with a touch of grass - very different, but neither good nor bad. The mouth is light and extremely prickly. The taste is OK, from the smooth malt opening to a hint of sweet raspberry on the edges and a decent hop bite in the finish. The dry, slightly metallic bitter lasts well in the aftertaste, inviting another sip. Not great by any means, but a decent quaffer.

Globetrotter, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of Clembo1957
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm working in Malta for six weeks and to be honest there's not a lot else to drink in Malta except Cisk unless to want to drink imported English Nitro Keg beers or Guiness.

Most of the bars in Malta tend to stock it, either on tap or in bottle, the beer is also available in cans.

Given that there's not a lot of alternatives Cisk lager is an innoffensive bland lager, nothing wrong with it and drinkable.

The beer has a light pleasant appearance, and a slightly hoppy aftertast. Bland but innoffensive.

Clembo1957, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of liamt07
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

liamt07, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of bostonryan
2/5  rDev -32%

bostonryan, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of xdant
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought this back from a recent trip to Malta. Poured pale yellow with a nice fluffy white head.

Aroma was nothing special, but the taste was clean and refreshing. Nice and crisp with good carbonation. If youre in the area this is definetly worth a try...basic but good.

xdant, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of mwalters
3.48/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This, to me, seems like a nice solid lager. Nothing out of the ordinary or spectacular, but solid.
The color was a nice straw color with a decent head retention. The smell had a faint hop characteristic. Very easy to drink but nothing out of this world. I'd pick it a hundred times over a BMC. Give it a try.

mwalters, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
2.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Very light golden colour, very clear, white fluffly head, head does not last long, little lacing.

S: Weak but typical lager smell, nothing special.

T: Strong malt flavours, a bit of sweetness, minimal hops, easy to drink! The beer does not have any strong flavours in any direction, just a malty aroma, little hops, otherwise no special characterisitics.

M: Average Lager mouthfeel, nothing special.

O: Nothing Special is probably the best term for this beer, no special flavour characteristics, easy to drink, I guess it's nice and refreshing on a hot day.

PancakeMcWaffles, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

CAN you dig it? A major trade came off this past weekend and this is one of the beers that I received. CANQuest, onward!

It could not wait to get out of the CAN and began foaming up as soon as I cracked the top. An expeditious pour created two fingers' worth of fluffy bone-white head with medium retention. Nose had a decent admixture of Saaz hops along with a cereal sweetness. I CAN dig it, having had many of these types of beers during the quest. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Mouthfeel was slightly thin and there was a honey/lager sweetness on the tongue, too sweet for my taste. Finish had a perfume-y taste, way too sweet to be worth revisiting.

woodychandler, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of KeefD
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with little floaties hanging around, lots of carbonation, and a big fluffy white head that left some very nice lacing. Aroma is grainy and husky. Light skunk, but not overpowering. Crisp, clean flavors. Very light hopping, lots of grainy malts, very light flavored bordering on watery. Mouthfeel is crisp, finishes clean. Nothing spectacular about this one. A little more hop flavor than most adjunct lagers, but it's nothing I would seek out again. A fresh bottle might taste much better.

KeefD, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Oakenator
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Oakenator, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Polidmar
3.93/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden European Lager/Pils with estery/floral notes on the nose. Nice white foamy head with hanging lace on emptying. Bitterness together with carbonation give a very refreshing mouthfeel especially on hot days which are very typical of the island.

Polidmar, May 12, 2008
Photo of Greggy
2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a clear straw color with a thick billowing head that very slowly recedes down into some lacing.

Smell- After popping the bottle it smells like the room had just been sprayed with skunk. I am not sure if this was due to heavy light damage or what. The skunk seems to recede after a short while, however. In addition to the overbearing skunk, there is a fresh lemon or lime scent.

Taste- Crisp taste with some very light skunky taste as well as some very light refreshing lemon esque notes. There isn't a whole lot to this beer but it's pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel- A bit of medium carbonation on the mouthfeel. The finish of the brew has a touch of residual skunkiness which hurts the mouthfeel a bit.

Drinkability- If it wasn't for the skunkiness of this, it would be a nice session beer in my book.

Greggy, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is large, fluffy, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of light bready malt with a faint hint of nobles hops. The taste is a bit more bold than the aroma. There is a nice soft bready malt flavor which goes away quickly. The mouthfeel is a little fuller than light bodied, with a nice velvety texture. Overall, this is a pretty good macro lager. This could make a good lawnmower beer.

KarlHungus, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of MarkoNm
2.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This Maltese lager pours a completely clear golden color, topped with at least two finger of white foamy head with short retention.
The aroma is mild, just some hopps and perhaps a little grains.
The taste naturally follows the nose - light, slightly watery, with initial sweetness, but lacking a bit of that bitterness in the end.
Not much to it, could be better, but it's damn good on one of Malta's sunny beaches.

MarkoNm, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of bark
2.1/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is yellow (6 EBC), the liquid got some dust-like residue floating around. The finger thick airy head is two fingers high. No lacing.

The smell is dusty and a bit frowsy. Some sharp sweetness, hints of cereals and dough. Spicy hints and a mild chemical bitterness.

The taste is sweet with dough-like flavours of unfermented cereals. Odd weak notes of Christmas spices. Mild aftertaste with dusty sweet notes, chemical alcohol and a hint of raisin.

Medium to strong carbonation. The bubbles are rather strong. The liquid is sticky.

I am not impressed.

bark, Jan 06, 2012
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Cisk Lager from Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
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