Sankaty Light - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 259
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 17
Gots: 35 | 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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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 259
Photo of WestmontStorm
1.42/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I may have to re-try this one. I see all the favorable reviews. I thought it tasted awful. Did I just get a bad or outdated sixer or what? I've tried a lot of beers and this one is the worst. (191 characters)

Photo of gfreed
1.94/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Looks good... smells like feet... tastes like fish... nice and fizzy... tastes like socks... I give up on Cisco. Either their beer erupts uncontrollably from the bottle, is over-hopped, is over-yeasted or tastes like fish that have rotted in somebody's running shoes. With all that money on Nantucket you'd think they could produce a decent beer. Feh. (351 characters)

Photo of jmerloni
2.06/5  rDev -41.1%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.22/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nearly clear light amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Skunky nose. Starts mellow but hops increase to finish with some bitterness. Not your usual light. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH. (311 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Can poured into tulip thanks to Cisco rep who happened to be eating at Beachwood BBQ Seal Beach. Pours slightly hazy gold with thin white cap. Aroma is cereal grain and floral hop. Flavor is slightly more hoppy but is uninspired. Light bodied with a thin mouthfeel, crisp finish, and moderate to high carbonation. Overall, not memorable, even as a BMC replacement light beer. (375 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.66/5  rDev -24%
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. (1,070 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, thought it was a new style for me but I just realized that it is re-named from Adjunct Lager.

A- Golden hue with a white head. Frothy white cap gets to about two fingers but dies down pretty quickly. A few spots of lace down the glass.

S- Not much going on, a bit of light malt, fruit, bread and earthy hints.

T- A bit of a plastic hint in sort of throws me off at first but it fades in the finish which brings light caramel malt, bread, grassy/earthy and fruit notes. A bit of citrus zest.

MF- Highly carbonated with a light body, somewhat creamy overall.

I suppose it is pretty nice for a light lager. The plastic hint off-flavor bothers me at first but it seems to fade with time. (693 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer review from 4/6/2012, on tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY: pours a cloudy piss yellow color with a foamy 1 finger white head that faded quickly and left decent spotty lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, light caramel, grains, floral hops, lemon and herbs; sweet and grainy overall, but the aroma just doesn't have any major accents or highlights to it...it's pretty dull.

Flavor is also pretty dull, with sweet malt, corn, light caramel, grains, light floral hops, lemon and herbs; typical lager flavor, but if this is from a "craft brewer" then it's a failure as it is just blah and almost devoid of hops that the craft movement is known for.

Mouthfeel is light, creamy and smooth, with very mild carbonation, a medium body and a grainy finish; extremely drinkable, this flows down like a 7-UP.

To me this beer basically sucked as a “beer experience” as I don’t see the point of a micro-brewery creating competition for Coors Light, Bud Light and Amstel Light; this was on par with a macro brewed light beer, and while the flavor was above average I just don’t understand why this beer exists. If you like this style then go for a Budweiser or another beer that you can find in a 7-11 or any gas station across America. This may seem like a harsh review, but it based on principal more than flavor. Perhaps this is helping Cisco fund it’s other beers as that’s the only reason I can think of for producing this drink. (1,441 characters)

Photo of brochamb
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with small white head but very clear. Well carbonated. Not too much smell to it, but you get a light larger smell. Taste is a bit bitter (high on the bittering hops?). I get a hint of Heineken with the taste. You can really feel the carbonation in the mouth feel.

Overall this is an okay American lager. (331 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head and a ton of yeast floaties. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale malt scent that seems a bit earthy (maybe the yeast) along with a mild hop aroma. The taste is average. It has a light pale malt flavor that is overpowered with citrus hops. It goes down slow, because of it's bitterness and finishes dry and a bit earthy. I like the use of hops, but I think this is a little too much. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an average beer at best. Please leave the light lagers for the big three. This is one for the scrap heap. (645 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This summery offering poured a yellowish amber with a fair white head and good lacing. It smells like wonder bread and it sort of tastes like white bread with a touch of citrusy hops. A little peppery. Nice for a light beer. Refreshing and not too watery. Very easy drinking, of course. Better than most any light beer I would say but not something I would go out of my way for if I was looking for flavor. (406 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.22/5  rDev -8%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Norwalk, Connecticut.

The appearance is a yellow tone with a two finger sized white head. It had a smell of yeast and light sweetness. The taste was light and easy, nice to go along with the warmer spring weather here in new england. Mouthfeel is basic, not complex, but solid for the style. Due to abv and consistency, it would work well as a session beer. (368 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of grain, cereal, lightly fruity, and a pinch of spices. Interesting aroma that, for me, teetered between enjoyable and not so good. Tastes of a general fruitiness, spices, and had a grassy finish. Fizzy and thin body.

Notes from: 3/17/07 (335 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Served from the can in a taster glass.

You know it's a solid birthday when you spend it at a beer distributor's trade show, right? Here at the Cisco table, we've got Sankaty Light. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light white bread, mild flowers, mild grass, and a kiss of what seems to me to be tangelo rind. The taste brings in more of the same, the lightness in the name and the smell underlined here on my tongue. In addition, the bread from earlier appears to have taken on a slight sweetness, though it's not much to speak of. The body is appropriately light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, this isn't a bad beer by any stretch, especially considering how overwhelmingly underwhelming the light lager style has become over the years, but it's overt mildness borders far too much on boring for its own good. I could see myself drinking another at some point in the future, but it's unlikely I'll have paid for it. (1,025 characters)

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of the best light beers I've had. Luckily for me I grew up in RI and traveled in MV and Nantucket a lot since 2000. I first came across this place and come whenever I return. What a combo of beautiful island with great beaches and great beer. (249 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of beersnoop
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Logan Airport Cisco Brew Pub 2/20
Beer was served a darker hazy straw color, with a filmy white head. Decent head retention and a slight bit of lacing. There wasn't much to the nose other yeast - perhaps some slight hops but I really had to look for it. Taste is definitely heavy on the yeast. There was a biscuity flavoring to the beer though on the finish you could pick up some hops. Light on the tongue, decent carbonation. It goes down easily, though I felt this beer fell a little flat. (499 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap the the Corner Tavern in Boston. Served in a sharp looking glass, looked to be more than a pint. Thin white head. Slight peppery smell. Overall nice flavor, not very hoppy, but with enough malt to satisfy. I found it to a bit thin, but since it's a Light beer, I would assume such. Very low abv made this brew extremely easy to drink. Could easily be a nice session beer. One of the better "light" beers I've had in a while. (431 characters)

Photo of rdacey
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: corn-like sweetness, slight grain, clean yeast characteristics, little to no diacetyl, no hop aroma or esters

Appearance: Thin, white, lasting head, great clarity, golden color

Flavor: Slight spicy hop flavor, malts are grainy, slight diacetyl slickness on the back on the tongue. Tastes slightly watery, could benefit from increased carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Thin, slight diacetyl slickness on the tongue, finish is slightly dry although the carbonation is lacking for the style.

Overall: Aroma and appearance are appropriate to style, but the flavor was slightly watery and could have benefited from a more dextrinious wort (634 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into pilsner glass

A - fairly clear straw yellow body under 3 fingers of white foam, high visible carbonation

S - honey sweetness and grain

T - honey-sweetened grain; light lemony fruitiness, grassy hops

M - light body, high carbonation, very refreshing

O - wouldn't buy again, but not bad for a light (319 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

The color is a clear yellow gold with two fingers of foamy white and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is earthy with a slight fruit aroma that comes out here and there. There is a light wheat aroma in nose that does meld well with the some citrus notes found in the back that is sweet and inviting.

The taste is fruity with berry flavor that light with a slight strawberry flavor checking in towards the end. There is a light malt flavor that seems to spread throughout this beer and gets into every aspect of the flavor. There is a dryness that is present here through most of this beer that helps some of the light citrus flavor that is present way in the back.

This beer has a light feel that goes easy and has a nice crisp feel to it. There is a really great drinkable feel that is pretty smooth and makes for a great hot weather beer. (923 characters)

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Sankaty Light from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.