Cisk Lager - Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
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4.2/5 rDev +42.9%
Poured from the 12oz can into a huge 1 liter stein. I figured that would be suitable for an easy drinking lager.
Appearance- Beer pours a clear urine yellow with a healthy two and a half finger head that dies down slowly, about average for what I was expecting for this beer. Lacing is fairly thick and clings to the sides of the glass well.
Smell- Very light German pilsner malts and a stronger hop aroma than the average light lager. A hint of skunkiness but for what this is it actually smells pretty good. A light sweetness and going closer to the Czech variety of pilsner than the German variety.
Taste- Surprise, surprise.. It tastes pretty nice. It goes down smooth, has that slight Czech pilsner sweetness and a crisp hop balance more on the German end. Lightly grainy, but I only think this benefits the beer in the end. Very clean and dry on the finish.
Mouthfeel- Lightly bitter, drying, somewhat oxidized, medium high in carbonation and very light bodied.
Drinkability- Given the choice of this or any other macro lager that was handed my way, I would take this and enjoy it for the swilling needs. Easy drinking and worth the whopping $1.20 I paid for it.
12-29-2008 23:23:23 | More by blakesell
4.1/5 rDev +39.5%
Poured from a 330ml can.
Great column of bubbles i the middle of a clear, straw yellow hued beer. Great two finger head though, plus a thick foam and lacing. Just a great looking beer. Straight up, dried grass on a baseball field hits the nostrils like a bomb. Very dry malt aromas as well. The grassy hops take over the nose with no resistance. Very clean, grassy hops and bone dry pilsner like malts. Very smooth and quenching plate. A little watery, but still pretty tasty for a macro style lager.
12-08-2008 03:16:18 | More by scruffwhor
4/5 rDev +36.1%
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.
03-02-2009 22:02:26 | More by beerthulhu
3.93/5 rDev +33.7%
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.
05-12-2008 15:25:44 | More by Polidmar
3.73/5 rDev +26.9%
I bought this in a mixed six pack.
It pours a clear bright yellow with a 2 finger head of foam.
The smell is of grain and some sweet malty tones. If it's a good taster, the smell is hiding that possibility.
The taste starts off on the grainy side but has a nice malty undertone and a bit of a lemon citrus zip. Hmm...not bad at all and quite refreshing. I can taste more of the hops the further I get into the session and the beer is starting to remind me of of a Pilsener. Ok, I like this one and I'd drink more if I had more.
Bottom line: What a pleasant surprise!
05-10-2009 17:35:55 | More by Bitterbill
3.7/5 rDev +25.9%
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.
10-18-2004 17:54:03 | More by swamiswamu
3.6/5 rDev +22.4%
Cisk Lager is a golden color with a one inch, fluffy white head that displays good retention. The aroma is a little musty to me. But that aroma was no indication of the taste however. Malty sweet, but as Cisk warms there are some hops too. There is another taste lingering at the back of the throat; it may be metallic, but if so, it's not offensive. Feel is light bodied with sufficient carbonation. Drinkability is very good, I could polish off a six pack under the right circumstances.
I am a sucker for a respectable lager and I would have this one again and again.
12-17-2009 23:17:27 | More by kegger22
3.5/5 rDev +19%
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.
08-11-2006 00:04:11 | More by xdant
3.48/5 rDev +18.4%
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.
06-10-2008 05:00:27 | More by mwalters
3.43/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
03-12-2008 02:43:47 | More by KarlHungus
3.4/5 rDev +15.6%
This local Maltesian brew was surprisingly good.
Being that the island/country only had 5000 people and has two brewaries I was not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised.
the beer pours a very pale yellow but had a nice thick head.
this is a Very good lager. Great hot weather brew.
It smells like lager, nothing particularly unique about it.
The taste was surprisingly good.
It has a very crisp clean taste and is easy to drink. I know that sounds like a Coors Light ad, but it actually tasted like beer, where as Coors does not.
It had a very nice mouthfeel. It was perfectly carbonated, lots of very fine bubbles.
It has a nice delicate hop finish. It was very easy to drink a few pints of this stuff.
05-29-2006 18:11:45 | More by Tang07
3.34/5 rDev +13.6%
330ml bottle poured into pint glass 20/3/14
A clear golden yellow with small fast bubbles, a few random bits of sediment being pushed by the bubbles throughout, well sustained finger of bone white foam leaves a few partial rings down the glass
S sweet malt, honey lemon cough drop, some dried hay, faint grassy hops, better then I was expecting
T not that far from the smell really just a little less of it, again there's nothing offensive but nothing special
M light airy, fairly clean finish, suits the style I suppose
O I was expecting something worse then this, I could drink this on a beach if I had to but not something I'd go searching for
I'm pretty sure this's a country tic for me, I'd take this over macros from North America any day of the week but I hope they have better beer then this in Malta.
03-21-2014 00:21:27 | More by wordemupg
3.3/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
09-04-2005 17:59:56 | More by Globetrotter
3.3/5 rDev +12.2%
This beer is all over the place on Malta, and is on tap nearly any place you go.
Pours a pale gold with a moderately sticky white head that leaves pretty good lacing down the sides of the pint.
As far as aroma and taste go, this is pretty standard macro lager. Decent carbonation and mouthfeel though. Not overly watery. Drinkable, and would do the job if you are looking for an escape from the heat. Not much grass to speak of on the island, but this would make a better than average lawnmower beer.
02-18-2007 22:51:54 | More by petemoss14
United Kingdom (England)
3.25/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
02-01-2011 18:07:23 | More by Clembo1957
3.18/5 rDev +8.2%
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
06-25-2008 20:18:23 | More by russpowell
3.15/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
12-30-2008 02:42:45 | More by KeefD
3.13/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from a 250mL bottle into a plain water glass. Best before 11 June (2011, presumably).
A: A stark white head is short-lived. Golden colour. Light bubbles. Veeery clear with decent lacing.
S: Neutral. Some grain. What is present isn't very pleasant.
T: Not bad. Lagery -- moderate grain sweetness balanced by light hops. Aftertaste is *slightly* dry and pleasantly bitter. Not a lot going on.
M: Carbonation and good balance create a nice mouthfeel.
D: A good lager, I suppose. Quite drinkable. Ubiquitous in Malta. By no means a "must-drink," but worth trying if you're here.
02-20-2011 10:53:19 | More by AgentMunky
3.13/5 rDev +6.5%
A: Clear pale straw color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head with fair retention. Lacing had medium thickness. Decanted lightly throughout.
S: Prominent skunky aroma but it dissipated quickly. Settled into a sweet grain and citrus aroma with some bitterness at the end.
T: Skunk was not int he taste (but I was ready). Some slightly sweet bready malt, light citrus. Nicely bittered finish
M: Medium light body. Ample carbonation. Past the smell, crip, clean and refreshing.
D: Maybe if I let it sit for a while to let the skunky nose dissipate, I would have enjoyed it more. Once past that, its an easily drinkable refreshing beer.
11-11-2008 15:40:11 | More by Haybeerman
3.08/5 rDev +4.8%
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!
02-11-2011 06:05:01 | More by WoodBrew
3.08/5 rDev +4.8%
This beer has a pale, bright gold color with a decent sized head on top. The nose is grainy and sweet. The flavor has some light hints of hops, but otherwise is clean, lightly malty (though grain-like) and not too sweet. Very light bodied but well-carbonated. Not too bad, unlike the absolute awful XS I just tried.
03-15-2009 23:39:02 | More by allengarvin
Cisk Lager from Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
71 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.