1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sankaty Light - Cisco Brewers Inc.

Not Rated.
Sankaty LightSankaty Light

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 196
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-21-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 196 | Reviews: 77 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Cr0wBait:
Photo of Cr0wBait
Cr0wBait

Florida

1/5  rDev -71.6%

04-08-2012 20:41:43 | More by Cr0wBait
More User Reviews:
Photo of Chris_S
Chris_S

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-12-2014 23:06:13 | More by Chris_S
Photo of fitz284
fitz284

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-12-2014 18:04:25 | More by fitz284
Photo of LJWalker
LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-08-2014 05:00:41 | More by LJWalker
Photo of Pat_McWilliams
Pat_McWilliams

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-07-2014 22:01:09 | More by Pat_McWilliams
Photo of DoubleJ
DoubleJ

California

2.66/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So here's 12 ounces of lager which I am ab...wait, it is a LIGHT lager?! But I don't like this style, you see. Have you ever tried Bud Light, Corona Light, or any others of the like? Well, I think I have shot myself here, but at least it's a one and out. So, here's 12 ounces of light lager, and on to the beer:

A heady beer at the pour, which drops away to a soapy lace and top, while beneath is a pale gold beer with lots of visible sparking bubbles. There is aroma fortunately, but there is a strong scent of diacetyl which does not belong. Slightly citrusy with a bang of butterscotch. Is this lager or bitter I'm about to drink?

Very light in flavor, which means that even a small flaw can wreck its balance. It was doing okay until a modest burst of esters and kiss of diacetyl came to the scene. Otherwise, it would be a light wave of grain and hops. Despite a lackluster overall flavor, the beer is very easy to drink. The beer is light bodied, but surprisingly sturdy for its low alcohol level.

Next time I want a light beer, I'll go with a Sam Adams Light.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 01:53:02 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Brianedonovan
Brianedonovan

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-02-2014 00:01:10 | More by Brianedonovan
Photo of 302BeerGuy
302BeerGuy

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-17-2014 23:58:18 | More by 302BeerGuy
Photo of rdooley
rdooley

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-02-2014 12:50:15 | More by rdooley
Photo of ejh06752
ejh06752

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-27-2014 06:13:32 | More by ejh06752
Photo of Latarnik
Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

05-25-2014 02:43:37 | More by Latarnik
Photo of bckayaalp
bckayaalp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-21-2014 20:07:25 | More by bckayaalp
Photo of Davepoolesque
Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.8%

05-08-2014 14:31:41 | More by Davepoolesque
Photo of KYGunner
KYGunner

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All things are relative and this light lager pours with nice body, significant aroma and great taste...for a light lager. The body is clean pale straw with a sizable bright white head. The aroma is lemony with nice cereal malts and a Pilsner like scent. The taste is crisp, light and lemony with tea leaf malts, cereal grains and an almost wheat like body. This is a hugely sessionable lager with significant personality and very well done....for a light lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2014 23:25:04 | More by KYGunner
Photo of MyauFroto
MyauFroto

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

04-28-2014 00:13:14 | More by MyauFroto
Photo of Screper
Screper

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-24-2014 12:05:34 | More by Screper
Photo of SkinniePost
SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-17-2014 22:16:49 | More by SkinniePost
Photo of Ken_P
Ken_P

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-12-2014 13:38:02 | More by Ken_P
Photo of lwbyrne
lwbyrne

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-11-2014 05:49:54 | More by lwbyrne
Photo of jbeervt
jbeervt

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-10-2014 14:01:15 | More by jbeervt
Photo of mattslike
mattslike

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-03-2014 15:29:26 | More by mattslike
Photo of sparx1100
sparx1100

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

04-03-2014 02:35:41 | More by sparx1100
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With a whole lott'a flavor for a "light" lager, The Cisco brewers link up that light and low-cal body with a a lavish pilsner-esque taste with savory impressions of sweetness, elegance and savory flavor without the much of its associated weight. How'd they do that?

With the pour of the beer bringing about richer tones than is expected from light lager, its goldenrod appearance is laced with a tightly woven haze that scatters light and allows the beer to glow inside the glass. As I hear the bubbles pop, I fear the worst but the beer retains solidly enough to offer islands of retention with impressive decoration of lace with every sip.

Its delicately floral bouquet opens with the scent of honey, orange blossom, fresh baking bread, toasted grain and a light savory note with a sun-kissed flare. A background of apple, pear and something of near-orange is off-citrus but playfully acidic to the nose. A slim sulfur note crispens the scent as the taste draws close.

Mostly malty, yet partly grainy, the beer's early sweetness inherently links up with the husken taste of whole grain bread and that elegant bread crust savory flavor. Its supportive honey sweetness unveils a bready-sweet character that's similar to angel-food cake before the hoppy spices settle in its middle palate. That growing spice of straw and grass turns bitter and dryly resinous as the sweetness fades and its refreshing bite concludes its quick taste.

With that heightened character and complexity for its style, Sankaty Light Lager shrugs all that off when it comes to its middle where the taste dries considerably and that slight sulfur character offers a crispness to highlight a mineral-rich finish. With just enough dry malt lingering on, it hides much of the beer's would-be astringency and bite. Only a minty-cool evaporation feel extends from alcohol and makes this ale one hell of a refreshing choice!

Sankaty is in most actuality a Vienna Lager but in the shell of a light lager. As a Vienna-style beer, the ale sorely misses its mark in body and hops. But as a unique American light lager, it's marketing might just be ingenious.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 03:39:32 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of AnitaBrewski
AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-23-2014 15:22:03 | More by AnitaBrewski
Photo of WarEagleJeep
WarEagleJeep

Alabama

3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw color, half inch white head that recedes to a thin film and ring.

S: Mellow sweet grains and lemon grass.

T: Light tart citrus notes and subtle bitterness up front with a nice crisp finish. Rather simple but still enjoyable

M: Light, bubbly carbonation, crisp, and refreshing.

O: Great drinkable lager, more flavor then your run of the mill domestic lager but still very accessible to non-craft beer drinkers. Add that it is comes in a can and is 3.8% ABV and this is a perfect pool/beach beer.

Serving type: can

02-28-2014 20:48:51 | More by WarEagleJeep
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sankaty Light from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.