Sankaty Light - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 17
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 06-21-2005

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Ratings: 257 | Reviews: 94
Reviews by billybob:
Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a not quite clear golden color just over a one finger head that faded to a thin cover over the beer and a fair amount of lace. smells like a pilner and has a better taste than any light beer i have tried but did leave a little after taste. light body which i expected and carbonation was good. easy to drink and on the dry side. but a little high priced at 10.99 for a light beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but somewhat thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is refreshing and tasty for what it is.

Photo of AlaskanYoung
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Says review optional. It is not

Photo of JasonA
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Bingja18
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Typical light lager. Nothing special but not terrible. Would probably not buy again given the choice.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sankaty Light

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.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Similar tastes to grey lady. Nice and crisp.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of tempest
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of jmerloni
2.06/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and grains. Taste is crisp, malts, a touch of hops, more flavor than just about any light lagers. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a cut above for this style.

Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on May 29, 2011. It has a straw yellow pour with a bit of a fizzy, white head that settles down in typical light lager fashion. Lots of sweet malts, corn, and grain on the nose. The body is better than many lights. The taste has this vague bitterness with a weird mixture of sweetness and grains. A decent enough light lager.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden orange color, creamy white head.

S: Spicy aroma with some citrus.

T: Spicy hops, saaz, with some lemon hints. Faint caramel, bread, hoppiness and drinks like a lager/pils hybrid. Finishes very clean and crisp.

M: Starts out thin and a little watery for mouthful and body.

D: Very smooth drinkability and nice flavor. Would make a good lawnmower beer though flavor is nothing outstanding it still good for what it is.

Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB NOV 2012 printed on bottom of the can.

Poured into a half liter mug, it has a fluffy souffle cap of foam that rises above the rim in a momentary gravity defying episode. Plenty of clinging lacing, clear gold straw body. Lasting retention, head sticks around for a good 15 mInutes.

Lightly grassy with wet straw, malty biscuit and tea aromas.

Watery and thin feel, to be expected I guess. Clean and malty with some expressive noble hop character. Wisps of bready biscuit and herbal tea. Little sweetness, more of a dry coarse finish. Not a bad lager, certainly has more flavor than most light beers on the market.

Photo of nebula1999
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours clear into mug, straw colored with a thick white head.

Aroma is initially of cold cereal (Life?) with some surprising maltiness. I get some hops in there too.

Taste is rather smooth. There is a sharpness followed by a dry bitterness. There's some nice malt coming through too.

Mouthfeel is smooth, and somewhat bitter with a lasting dryness. Not full in the mouth or heavy, and it shouldn't be. It's light but with a nice flavor and character. Quaffable.

This is a light beer? Wow. I'm pleasantly surprised. Blows away most micro lights including the much touted Sam Adams Light. I'd buy a case of this as a summer brew. I highly recommend this, and at 3.8 percent ABV it's highly sessionable.

Photo of jsanford
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold with a white head that settles to a dense 1/4 inch cap, leaving slight sheets of lacing. Mild aromas of doughy malt, grassy hops, and sweet grain. Not bad for a Light beer. Taste is similarly impressive, with more bready malt, sweet toasted grain, and faintly herbal hops. Not watered-down in the least, and easily the most full-flavored Light Beer I've had (edging Sam Adams only slightly). Mouthfeel is very crisp and drinkable, with a medium-thin body and excellent carbonation. Overall a superb Light Lager, probably the best on the shelves.

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that faded away and left a bit of lacing in the center of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are faint aromas of bready malts and citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts and hints of sweetness; it finishes with a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to quaff because it isn't very filling and has a low amount of alcohol.

Photo of beersnoop
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I give an average rating to this one, but I see where they're going with it. I likes it better as I got to the bottom of the glass, in fact. Still, though, the only thing light about the beer is the feel, which is fine, but the flavor is quite strong and maybe too bitter for such a light feel. Strong taste of salt air and steamed clams, and I'm actually not just saying that because it's brewed in Nantucket. It really tastes that way. Probably would be delicious with steamers, but I don't have any to hand.

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Sankaty Light from Cisco Brewers Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.