Sankaty Light - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
2.66/5 rDev -23.8%
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.
07-06-2014 01:53:02 | More by DoubleJ
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3.58/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours a light amber, basically yellow. Little to no head, plenty of lacing for the style.
Fruit then floral. Very floral. No ABV obviously
Little hoppy, floral. Maybe biscut. Litle barley, light bitter.
Sits basic. Smooth carbonation.
Not a bad beer. Not my favorite style. Though IMHO opinion I will never again spend 8.5 a 4 on a 3.8 per 1. Do the math ;)
Good to try, maybe have on draft. Prolly wont drink again because not my pref style.
04-01-2007 22:45:12 | More by JasonA
3.5/5 rDev +0.3%
I admit: part of the reason I bought this brew was because, as the label says, "A portion of the proceeds...[help] to save Sankaty Head Lighthouse from falling off the bluff." I've never seen this lighthouse, but I'm apparently a sucker for a good story. A quick whiff of the brew luckily tells me that my heart didn't lead me wrong, as the lager is thickly malty (despite being "light"), bearing strong caramel and brown sugar notes, with hints of maple syrup and a touch of hops.
On the tongue the brew comes across lighter than the nose would belie, relying mainly on cereal-like flavors such as Grape Nuts and toasted wheat. A few fruit flavors swim in the background, but never manage to make the beach. Hops are quite light as well, providing a quiet bitter buzz that mostly fades in the surf. Mouthfeel is light--near the viscosity of water--and the aftertaste is a combination of grains and hops that fades quickly.
Overall, it's a good light lager--definitely better than anything Anheuser-Busch manufactures--but could use a bit more liveliness.
08-06-2011 20:04:42 | More by jondeelee
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
Appearance- Light orange brown with a thick foamy head.
Smell- Huge malt, straw, and earthy hops. The aroma hit me immediately after popping the cap.
Taste- Light crisp straw like earthy hops with a sweet touch of malt.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front and becoming drier and earthier in the end.
Overall- A very pleasent lager. A good, sitting at the bar during the summer, beer.
07-26-2007 20:44:14 | More by NJpadreFan
3.73/5 rDev +6.9%
Notes from a bottle at Eastern Standard in Boston:
A: Golden body. Average head of frothy white. Standard retention and lacing.
S: Grainy malt and mild grassy/leafy hops.
T: Straightforward malt, just a slight touch grainy/toasty. The hops appear more citrusy with a hint of lemon zest. Solid bitterness. Dry finish. Basic, but pleasant.
M: Medium bodied and gently crisp.
D: Easy to drink with some character. Accessible, but basic. A good BBQ beer, or for sporting events in the hot summer sun. An easy cross-over beer for friends who drink macros.
06-16-2009 22:20:59 | More by NeroFiddled
3.23/5 rDev -7.4%
The Sankaty Light Lager is a decent american style lager. The beer poured a pale yellow clear color with white head that is leaving some lace. There isnt much to the scent...maybe some wet grain and mild malt. The taste is well balance with subtle hint of lemony citrus. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent lager and would be best drank on warm summer days.
12-01-2013 21:29:36 | More by WoodBrew
2.73/5 rDev -21.8%
Ordered a pint at Pour Judgment in Newport out of curiosity. Man I was disappointed. This beer was all Ringwood character with a bit of diacetyl and oxidation. There was a mild bitter kick, but this beer was also a touch acidic and without much actual malt character. I'd avoid this in the future.
08-22-2010 14:12:24 | More by tempest
3.88/5 rDev +11.2%
12 oz can into a pint glass.
Pours a crystal clear pale gold, with a couple fingers of billowy bright-white head. This retains with a ¾ finger of robust froth, leaving back a good bit of creamy lacing that sticks in swathes to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells grassy, citric, and a touch spicy, with a rather supportive feeling sweet graininess underneath. The hops give this a nice airy crispness in the nose.
The taste mirrors the nose, with a moderate citric hop bite to it that is set against a backbone of sweet grains that thankfully isn’t coming off as overly grainy. The finish is dry, crisp, and spicy and the overall profile has a nice clean feel to it. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a soft crispness that does have a bit of sharpness to it up front but then gets much more creamy feeling along the back. This is very easy drinking stuff.
This was a surprisingly flavorful and very quaffable Light Lager and seems like it would make a super sessionable selection for the spring and summer months. This beer was a great choice to put in cans.
12-15-2011 19:47:27 | More by Kegatron
3.63/5 rDev +4%
12 Oz Bottle - Oct 7, 2007. Aroma is a gentle, light sudsy barley kernel and toasted almond. Subtle, soapy and with leaf. Pours a heavily opalescent pale gold, straw inflected, with rocky white head above. Flavor has three nice movements, first a bubbly fresh plain, clean malt, mingled with some Cascade hops and general resin and sugar. Then a faint whiff of bready yeast, doughy and creamy. Good middle body. Finishes off with a long, unexpected draw of hops, in good tones of Cascade and other west coasters. All around I was impressed by the body, drinkability and flavor of this beer. The hops are very enjoyable, the yeast character desirable and helping and the smack and body full and refreshing. Good stuff!
11-23-2011 15:01:27 | More by CharlesDarwin
2.05/5 rDev -41.3%
A - murky, hazy yellow. Not a real big head and pretty pathetic lacing here.
S - Kinda gross. Yeasty but musky at the same time. Smells kinda like yeast, lemon, citrus, and smelly boots. Or pond water. Not very pleasant.
T - Yeasty as ever, but musty as indicated on the nose.
M - Pretty separated. Hoppy and yeasty up front and dead on the swallow. Not real dry either, and overcarbonated.
D - Not impressed. In the least. One of the worst craft beers I've tried. I never thought I'd drink something this poor from Cisco, which has become one of the best breweries in the New England in just a couple years. This is BAD, though. Enough to turn me away from the brewery as a whole, for quite a while. There's no reason a brewery of this quality should produce a beer this bad.
07-21-2011 03:06:44 | More by jmerloni
4.08/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Pours cloudy dark yellow with minimal white foam. Little bit of lacing.
Light malty sweet smell but very minimal.
Taste is clean crisp with mild hop throughout that strikes a perfect balance. Quite refreshing.
Moderate carbonation - light mouthfeel.
Very drinkable,nice beer.
02-20-2010 12:54:39 | More by KTCamm
3.5/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-02-2014 23:25:04 | More by KYGunner
3.48/5 rDev -0.3%
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: It pours a clear light yellow color with a finger of white head.
S: Light citrus, pale grainy malts, and some grassiness.
T: Grass, light citrus, and cereal malts.
M: It has a very light body with strong carbonation.
O: This tastes okay and is very easy to drink.
06-08-2011 13:28:32 | More by bucklemyshoe
Sankaty Light from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.