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Cisk Lager - Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

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Cisk LagerCisk Lager

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BA SCORE
71
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2004)
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Photo of Andrej70
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%

Andrej70, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Redrover
3.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one seems to be the national beer of Malta. I had in bars, cafes, restaurants, on the waterfront, etc.

16oz can poured into a pint glass, the beer is mid yellow with a huge white head.

It has a nose of grass and grains. Fresh with no off or skunk notes.

Taste is a combination of sweet and grainy. Not a ton going on, but again no off or odd flavors. There is definitely a hint of corn on the finish. Minimal hoping but it is there.

The mouth is crisp and overall, the beer is an easy drinker for those hot days and nights in Malta.

Redrover, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Notacraftdrinker, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Jetulio
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Jetulio, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of mizx
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

mizx, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +2%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
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 Oakenator
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Oakenator, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
3.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

wordemupg, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Schmoog
3/5  rDev +2%

Schmoog, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Jah_Json
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Jah_Json, Feb 05, 2014
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 Rumlibeers
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Rumlibeers, Jan 04, 2014
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
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 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 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
Photo of rvdoorn
2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
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…

rvdoorn, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of xylophonica
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

xylophonica, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

AgentMunky, Feb 20, 2011
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 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 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
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Cisk Lager from Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
71 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.