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Sankaty Light - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Sankaty LightSankaty Light

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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 15
Gots: 19 | 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 CHickman
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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 Cr0wBait
1/5  rDev -71.2%

Cr0wBait, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Bilco, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of mbs11
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

mbs11, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Winslow
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Winslow, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of chasmandocharles
4/5  rDev +15.3%

chasmandocharles, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of seanh99
3/5  rDev -13.5%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Domingo
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had never seen this before and ordered one without really even knowing what it was. Something about Whale's in a red can. A light lager...egads!
Pours an ultra-pale straw color that even has that fain greenish tinge most light beers do. Lots of foam though.
Smell's like a full-flavored American lager, though. No issues there.
Wow - it has some flavor, too! Mild pale malts, a faint hop note, and a clean, but not too abrupt finish. While fairly mild, it doesn't really ever come across as watered down.
Super drinkable and extra mild. I might get some of these for summer.
Probably the best light beer I've ever had, or at least on par with Skinny Dip. Better than a lot of Int'll. macro lagers and a fair number of US "premium" macros, too.
While my score isn't that high, it just comes down to reviewing to style in this case. Still, this isn't not bad at all!

Domingo, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of jongullotti
4/5  rDev +15.3%

jongullotti, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pale yellow with lots of visible carbonation and a nice creamy inch of white head and some soapy lace.

Light grainy aroma with a little bit of lemon in the background and little bit of grassy hops. Similar to the aroma this has a nice grainy flavor to start and a little bit of bitter hops to finish. It's actually pretty tasty.

The body is nice and light with good carbonation. I can't help to compare this to the big boys. Yes, this is a light lager but there's a heck of a lot more flavor to it. Not a world class beer, but one I'm sure I'll enjoy around campfires in the summer.

Bendurgin, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starts with a near white head which leaves some slippery lace. It settles to a single layer of bubbles. The liquid is light gold and nearly clear.

A blend of raw grain and light malted barley. Nearly no hop.

Tastes like the smell but with a good dose of bittering hop. More grainy than I like. The body is rich for the style--carbonation is low. One of the best light beers I've ever had, but it's still a light beer.

smcolw, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills a pilsner glass with a clear, pale straw and nice, creamy half-inch, white head that settles quickly, leaving little lacing. Thin streams of carbonation add interest.

The aroma is sweet and yet very clean with some hay and honey tones.

Sankaty Light is clean and crisp, with a mild orchard fruit undertone. Pears and some honey come to mind. The finish is short and mild.

A light body and watery texture with prickly carbonation, this one meets the style rather well.

While light lagers are not my staple, this one gives me reason to reconsider. Sankaty Light far surpasses the ubiquitous alternatives typically found at a tailgate party. A perfect sessionable beer for a long afternoon. Far and away the best “lite” anything I have ever had.

The first time I had this was in Sconset during an unexpected, and much needed, weekend of relaxation with close friends.

SLeffler27, Jan 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -42.4%

disemgrowler, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

RIbeaz, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of jeanphony
3/5  rDev -13.5%

jeanphony, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into a shaker pint. Light straw in color with an impressively thick frothy cap of foam; I actually had to shake the can to get some of it out. Decent retention and light crackly lacing.

Lightly sweet grainy nose with subtle noble hopping. The grain flavors are rather husky, almost a bit stale, but it ends up with a touch of citrus and a very dry finish. Pretty refreshing actually; the attenuation seems to be key here. A tangier hop presence than you might expect, and a much tastier experience than your average light lager delivers.

PDXHops, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Kegatron, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

j89de, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +44.1%

jilly425, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

ChrisPro, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +15.3%

KenC, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

CharlesDarwin, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -13.5%

waiting4lunch, Nov 22, 2011
Sankaty Light from Cisco Brewers Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.