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Sankaty Light - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Sankaty LightSankaty Light

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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | 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)
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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold with a bubbly white head that disappears. No true lacing but the head reduces to a skim.

Light malt and bready aromas. Ok.

Biscuits here. Plain and simple. Light toasted malt, light bitterness, some raw dough and biscuit in the flavor. Light bitter in the finish. A little too light.

Lighter bodied, but appropriate.

Thinner in flavor, but watery. Flavors continue throughout the drinking process. It is ok, and very different from others in the style. Pizza beer, maybe grilling beer, but that is about it. Not bad, but why go here? Buy a single, not a 4 pack/6-pack.

OtherShoe2, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

KTCamm, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of mltobin
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

mltobin, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Zach136
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Zach136, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Jayli
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Jayli, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Kmlund
3/5  rDev -14%

Kmlund, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -14%

waiting4lunch, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +14.6%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of doremite
3/5  rDev -14%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of CHickman
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

CHickman, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%

mychalg9, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of CTJman
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

CTJman, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a light yellow color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemon and grassy hops followed by biscuity malts. Hard to notice anything past this with all the hops and the low ABV.

Taste: Lemony, biscuity, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, low to medium carbonation, and some lingering and tingly bitterness.

Overall: Really hoppy and light. Is this right? Nice hop profile and simplistic.

Flounder57, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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.

morebeergood, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

KYGunner, May 03, 2014
Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +14.6%

bubseymour, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Resuin
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Resuin, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev -14%

Gregwa, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -14%

LJWalker, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

AnitaBrewski, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

paulish, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of grittybrews
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, pale gold with a finger of bright white head. Not much aroma, just some light grain.

Moderate carbonation and a light, crisp mouthfeel. Mild grainy sweetness followed by a touch of lemon with biscuit and grass on the tail end.

Clean and refreshing. Nice lager!

grittybrews, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of SkinniePost
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

SkinniePost, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of garuda
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

garuda, Jul 08, 2013
Sankaty Light from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.