Cisk Lager - Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 56
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc. visit their website
Malta

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2004

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Photo of Crosling
1/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sampled side by side with Cisk Extra Strength Lager. A very light yellow/golden colored beer with a small white colored head, nearly identical in appearance to the XS. Nose smells of grain, corn, husk with a bit of herb, seaweed and ocean water. Just horrendous, but better than having no aroma, I suppose. Flavor is incredibly awful and undrinkable. Dirty, unclean and awful tasting. What a terrible beer. (406 characters)

Photo of drpimento
1.9/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

whooo put the skunk in the bottle? Poured with a huge thick foamy white head. Plenty of lace. Flavor wasn't quite as bad. Not saying a lot. Decent body. pale gold color. Think this one was light struck and woulda been a whole lot better before the dastardly deed. Too bad as this is a sample and therefore won't be carried. (323 characters)

Photo of bark
2.11/5  rDev -29%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.15/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow color, clean, low carbonation. White foam, average creamy.
The smell is malty, with a very low hop presence.
At the taste malt, with a very light hop hint.
In the end, a macro lager, low quality, one.
In the aftertaste a very thin bit of hop bitterness.
Macro lager. (273 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.18/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of boatshoes
2.26/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of Jetulio
2.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

330 ml. bottle poured into a lager glass

Appearance... Golden beer with foamy head colour white of 2 fingers aprox (not lasting)

Aroma...   Hay, wet straw smell, Grain aroma predominance

Taste... Some citric notes and acid too, sweetness and poor bitterness

Mouthfeel... medium body and carbonation

Overall... a not impressive lager, poor balance, not refreshing. To forget. (381 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.41/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A good looking beer. Pours up a mountainous head if you're not careful (so be careful). That quickly settles down to a thin layer of foam, but leaves behind some pretty impressive lace. Crisp, clear gold colour with lots of bubble action.

Now my sample came from a can, so I can't really go with the rest of the flow here, because this beer tastes mostly like, well – can. Very metallic. I think there is a decent beer lurking back there, but the thin blood-like smack of it just won't let the rest of it through. Kind of a shame, because it looks fine and has a decent mouthfeel.

Not recommended out of a can. Gotta see if I can find a bottle. (652 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
2.42/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
2.43/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
2.49/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (971 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.62/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of Rayek
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brilliant brass, with a fair amount of carbonation. A nice sized rocky white cap has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Musty, with aromas of cut grass and hay.

T: When cold, this beer is dominated by a harsh metallic bitterness that masks the other flavors. As it warms, the harshness subsides to make way for a pleasant dry malt flavor. The harsh metallic flavor remains through the finish, plus a mild lemon tartness.

M: Light body feels a touch overly carbonated.

D: This one of the few beers I've had that starts out terrible cold, but then gets better as it warms. I was almost liking it by the end of the glass, but the harsh beginning pretty much ruined it. Not worth a revisit. (713 characters)

Photo of Rennpferd
2.66/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured very nice with moderate carbonation and a nice clingy three finger head that shrank down to about 1 finger and held.

It had an average smell. A lite mix between malt and rice.

A slightly bitter malt-less flavor. It had medium body and a slightly dry hop alcohol finish.

Overall, the beer was average. I'm not traveling to Malta to get more, but I wouldn't turn this down on a hot day in the sun. (408 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
2.71/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (1,029 characters)

Photo of Greggy
2.85/5  rDev -4%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
2.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Look: pours very clear golden-yellow with a nice white head.
Smell: Grain, malts, some sweet white grapes and quite some hop presence for a lager.
Taste: Very light taste, not something that I expected after the smell. Malts and a somewhat hoppy dry aftertaste. That’s all….
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, watery body
Overall: Average lager. Not unpleasant, but just almost no taste… (389 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of xylophonica
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer was obviously quite excited when I poured it.. good 2.5 fingers of head. Very clear yellow colour - not much going on.

S - Plenty of crisp malts/cereals and wheat.

T - Good level of creaminess from the head. Initial it's all wheaty cereal flavours with plenty of bitter hops. There's an underlying layer of malt hiding in there as well.

M - Somewhat bitter on the palate but this is mainly offset by the malt which does well to coat the mouth quite quickly.

O - Pretty bland overall. It does have a nice malt coating which helps, as does the creaminess of the head.
Really though this is nothing special - note I bumped the appearance up from 2.5 to 3.0 due to some nice lacing forming late. (711 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.07/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (639 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
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! (592 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (315 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.09/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (586 characters)

Photo of KeefD
3.14/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev +8.1%
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 (606 characters)

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72 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.