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 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 bjohnson
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this as a single, due to the previous review. It pours an off golden color, a little cloudy. small to no head consistent with lighter beers. It smelled like a domstic light beer to me, but after sampling, it had more taste and mouthfeel that I thought. The drinkability of this beer is ok. Has a very faint taste, a bit fruity, with a tad of a bitter afterataste. I'm not a huge fan of the "lighter" beers, so this beer was just ok to medicore. As the previous reviewer stated, it does taste a bit towards the Sam light spectrum. (536 characters)

Photo of nebula1999
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

somewhat hazed gold with a thick white head.
it's got a nice slightly fruity lemony herbal hop aroma, some breadiness, with some slightly grainy maltiness.
the taste has got a good amount of bitterness up front, with a lemongrass flavor in there. it ends up with a little yeasty twang, lending a faintly belgian quality, some grainy malts can be found towards the middle. very pleasant tasting for what it is.
it has an appropriately light medium body, with relatively active carbonation.
good drinkability, might be a little better in the summer months. not lager-like though. (581 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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! (717 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm going to rate this above many of the top raters here. Reason: It's packed with easy going flavor for a < 4% Abv, and it's a great example of pilsner. Blows away any mass light lager. Has a great nose for a lager. This brewer is good.

A: Very light straw pale body, like a pilsner, dotty lace.
S: Excellent - as good as any pilsner in memory: floral, honey, orange blossom, fresh baked bread, lemon. Neat, full, abundant for a light beer, great appetizer (in this case with champagne cheddar and pretzels).

T: Follows smell, just as rich. Sweet fruit (honey-lemon-pear) teams with baked bread, which then is dried by the long, lemony, grassy hops.

F: Mineral, dry, finish. Light, but not thin.

I wish this came in cans - contender for my summer go-to beer. (765 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (1,059 characters)

Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured from the can into a pint glass. The beer is a pale golden with lively carbonation. The head overflowed the glass, which was surprising considering I wasn't really pouring that hard, and retained quite well. There is a small amount of lacing left on the glass.

S - Mostly grassy in nature, with a faint floral gesture.

T - Hints of a nice pilsner here. Grassy up front, with a hint of spice on the tip of the tongue. It slowly mellows into a calming bitterness.

M - Light-bodied for sure, which is to be expected. Still, there is a nice tingle on the tongue and a very refreshing finish.

O - Combine all of the above with a 3.7 ABV and I could easily drink a 12-pack over the course of a hot weekend. I wish I could, but the price tag is a little steep to allow for this on a regular basis. Very enjoyable, but since I normally limit myself to a beer a night, this one doesn't really fit into my regular rotation. (927 characters)

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden/yellow with a large amount of head but it drops quickly and leaves nothing. The nose contains hay and grass. A lot of freshly ground pale malt as well. Flavor is grainy malt almost like eating malt out of the bag. Finishes grassy with some subtle lemon. Bitterness is light but gets extremely dry after a while. Smooth drinking beer. Crisp and refreshing at first but it makes me want to keep drinking it to stop the dryness. (432 characters)

Photo of horshack7
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden and clear with a bright white head that is a good two fingers thick.

Aroma: Floral hops that have a dryness in the nose. Grassy, grainy, lemon zest, biscuity.

Taste: Light bodied with crisp mouthfeel. Lemon, grainy, grassy notes. Some dryness on the palate. Minor notes of pear.

Notes: This is a great summer beer light bodied for a warm day and very drinkable. Cheers. (396 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with nice clarity and some light lacing clinging to glass, very odd for a light beer.

S: Smells grainy and citrusy nice balance in aromas.

T: Grainy and crisp with slightly citrusy hopped feel in the finish.

M: Very odd again for a light beer to be so full of flavor and body it has a medium body to it and with a light swirl of the glass the foamy head comes back to life.

O: Very drinkable overall and sadly have never seen this in the Pittsburgh area and so thanks to Okey for bringing this one to my attention. (542 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 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 Taybeh
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

from a single into a pilsner glass: not bad with a particularly nice substantial feel to it given the low abv, that is also quite refreshing. The nose has some zesty but nondescript citrus, some grainy notes, and is promising...the taste starts out nice but then the back end has something a little off and almost metallic. (325 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 corey0212
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light golden color, rapidly diminishing soapy white head, clingy lacing left in the glass. Smell is clean, malty, slightly bready, some citric hops. Taste is crisp, grainy, faint lemon rind, mildly bitter hop presence. Really crisp and refreshing, but does not skimp on flavor. This is a light beer? Can't believe I ignored this one for so long, considering how much Cisco I've drank these last couple years. Drinkability is off the charts here..3.80%?!?! Love it. (478 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 MarkQ617
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured from a can into a pint glass. My ratings are in comparison to other light lagers, not beers in general (I think that this is how most reviews on this site are supposed to be, but it's easy to compare lagers to other lagers when you've had a bunch of different varieties, as opposed to comparing something like milk stouts where maybe you've only had a handful). I think this is one of the few light lagers that I actually enjoy drinking. Very refreshing and not too heavy, crisp and fruity, excellent on a summer day. Smell is bolder and fruitier than most lagers as well. Solid offering from the incredibly consistent Cisco. (641 characters)

Photo of JasonA
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of alexskovan
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale cloudy gold with a small head that dropped quickly. Mild honey and malt aroma, with a hint of floral hops. Taste is light and lemony, hopped but not overly so. A very easy drinking beer, and a nice alternative to macro, if it's available. (252 characters)

Photo of bigone4
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a slight hazy yellowish straw color with a clean white head. A light lace was left down the pint glass. The inviting presentation gives way to an equally impressive taste. This beer smells floral with malt sweetness. There is a nice pale malt smell mixed with some fruit and citrus. You can certainly pick up the hop under tones. Good carbonation and mouth feel. Rather light but not watery it certainly has a good balance of flavors. Nice pale malt balanced out with the mild tone of hops. The hops leave a nice bitter tone in the back of my mouth. This is a smooth and very drinkable beer. No freshness date to be found on the bottle but it tasted perfect. This one is a very easy drinking session brew. I am glad I found this one and I am looking forward to enjoying more Cisco brewery products. (814 characters)

Photo of potownbill
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Is this really a "light" beer? The alcohol content is fairly low, so, indirectly, the calorie content should also be low. but this beer is surprisingly good.
Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a thin head that dows not leave a lot of lacing
Smell: Grainy, but with a hint of citrus.
Taste: Some grain, a hint of orange rind, enjoyable aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, but some decent carbonation
Drinkability: If I was at a BBQ, and was planning on drinking a few, I would gladly consume a few of these! (504 characters)

Photo of msolar
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber, a bit clouded, and with a good head to it. Definitely had strong citrus undertones. I’m not a big fan of White beers but this seemed pretty balanced. It reminded me a lot of Harpoon’s UFO. This beer was nice – I’d buy it again but wouldn’t go hunting for it. I’ll try it as a ‘summer beer’ next time. (330 characters)

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