Island Reserve: Lager (Oak Aged Bohemian-Vienna Style Lager) - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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3.94/5 rDev +1.8%
i am amazed how good this is, it has been wasting away on shelves for some time, and i had no idea what it even was. real glad i finally took the plunge on this, i didnt even know it was done on oak, nowhere on the label does it indicate that. also, not as malty and heavy as most vienna lager, and in fact is a refreshingly summery take on the style. pale orange in color with an inch of white foam that fades after a few minutes. the nose is decidedly sweet, but not malty sweet or nutty sweet, its fruity sweet. i pick up mango and papaya, maybe dried mango too, and a little bit of hops on the finish. the flavor is quite similar, with a ton of fruit right in the middle where the heavy malt usually sets in in the style. the lager yeast cleans up what would be residual sugar, and the oak, which seems to enhance feel more than flavor, smooths the beer out wonderfully. love the full body and creaminess of it, and i like that its not such a filling malty brew, i could drink this all day, and hope it sticks around a little longer. way underrated.
05-07-2014 13:53:28 | More by StonedTrippin
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
Good head that settles slowly in a lumpy fashion. It sticks around throughout the tasting leaving thick rings of lace. The liquid is dirty cold and quite cloudy.
Creamy pale to amber styled malts. Nice balance comes in about a second when some earthy hops show up...lightly. Slightly sweet.
Overly hoppy for Vienna style lager. Starts with a round, dryish malt flavor with a healthy level of crystal malt. I think there may be some rye in this beer. Rich bodied with a decent level of bubbles. There's a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.
03-14-2014 01:21:09 | More by smcolw
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, but I know this beer is acquiring some age to it since I've been eyeing it for over a year now. Finally decided to give it a shot. I haven't drank anything from Cisco Brewers in quite some time, so I have no idea what to expect. No abv listed on the bottle.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours a pale straw yellow color, but appears a nice honeyed orange in the glass. Three big fluffy sudsy fingers of off-white head. Head has some very nice staying power, and leaves behind some nice fat bubbly rings of lacing. Looks good.
S - Smell is of musty yeast funk, some tart sour green apple, some cidery qualities, and maybe just a hint of earthiness. Hints of pepper emerge as continue to sniff on it. Not really packing a whole lot of punch on the aroma, but what's there is nice.
T - Taste is much more grainier than I expected based on the aroma. Very dry grassy qualities. Green apple skin. Some musty / funky yeast. Grainy, with some of the classical dry German pilsener malt present. Subtle dry oak wood / earthiness / caramel / vanilla is definitely present, and continues to emerge as the beer warms. The abv feels a bit higher than the 5.00% abv listed here, but I don't know.
M - Feel is extremely dry. Mildly sticky. Bready. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation.
Overall, an interesting beer. Definitely glad I finally got around to trying this one, but it isn't something I would want again. The concept was nice, but it could have probably been more intense. Still, what's there is good. The oak aged qualities really begin to come out as you let the beer sit. I look forward to trying more from Cisco Brewers.
Cisco Brewers Island Reserve Lager ---3.5/5
02-07-2014 23:36:49 | More by mfnmbvp
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
On this discount table, 750 ml, into a pint glass. This is a very nice looking beer: golden orange, slightly hazy, interesting patterns and shapes on the white head. Some spiciness aromas: white pepper, coriander; lavender and basil; a touch of pine and citrus. This tastes more like an IPA-lager hybrid, and the oak is there, which definitely makes this a sharp, clean drink. More citrus flavors - orange peel especially - and some grassy flavors; a bit of rosemary, too. There's an oily-ness to it, like citrus oil, on the finish. So wow, for a lager, maybe there's too much going on. The hops themselves seem to want to battle it out over the oak flavors. They carbonation's a bit over the top for me, but it's not too syrupy, as I was worried it might be. Overall, a confusing creation, but not objectionable and quite tasty.
11-16-2013 03:44:49 | More by kaufmaal
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
A - Slightly hazy rosy pale gold. This beer has a magnificent head. It is big and thick and rich and creamy and enduring, even on a very gentle pour. This is one of the most enduring heads I've seen. It's like there's a baseball floating in my beer. Interesting, the second pour from the bottle made a different kind of head, very diffuse, not creamy at all - very textured - but just as enduring.
S - Gentle malty sweetness of a fresh sort.
T - I'm getting a taste element and matching aftertaste that is more bitter than a lot of golden lagers. Some German pilsners can leave me with this kind of bitter aftertaste. Underneath that is a malty sweetness of a type I don't quite recognize. I swear there's some spice in there, like when you exhale after eating a gumdrop. There's an almost fruity note along with that. At first I thought it was a bit odd, but it's just a little unfamiliar. It kind of works and is original. There are some other tastes in here I can't place. You know how some cheap lagers can get a cardboard taste? Well if that taste had a classier cousin that lived in a nice part of town, this would be that, and it leaves a kind of dry slightly abraded texture on my tongue like wood notes sometimes do. Tasty burps.
M - Thicker than expected. Medium body. I wondered if it was an imperial but this site says 5%. Finishes just barely dry.
O - My eye usually slides right over lagers unless they are some of the special varieties like doppelbocks and whatnot, but I'm trying to find and explore good simple golden lagers by good breweries. This one qualifies. It comes across to me kind of like an imperial and has some really interesting notes I haven't experienced in a lager before. Another site I just looked at says it's aged in oak. That could explain some of the tastes I was noting, obviously the wood-esque note and maybe the interesting spice note, which I suppose could be a sort of cousin to sap. Interesting and enjoyable and a bit original. Well done.
09-12-2013 01:54:57 | More by BrownNut
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
Hazy orange with a voluminous head of foam that rises above the rim of the glass in a convex dome. Plenty of chunky lace all around the glass.
Clean grassy aroma, fairly nondescript. Some malt sweetness and vague oak traces.
Big woody oak in the taste, vanilla and light bitterness. Firm grassy hop bitterness that lingers long into the finish. Light bodied and smooth, medium carbonation. Light toast and grassy botanicals. Really nicely melded together.
09-02-2012 00:49:55 | More by emerge077
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, orange-gold coloring with a thin, white filmy coating on the surface. The nose has some caramel and buttery blending throughout, with a hoppy presence highlighting. The flavors are typical of a Lager, both light and toasty in the backbone, but with an earthy and woody overtone imparted on the crisp mouthfeel. Toasty aftertaste with a crisp, slightly filmy finish. Not my favorite style, but the beer is good. More conspicuous use of hops than other Lagers.
08-12-2012 18:51:23 | More by GarthDanielson
Island Reserve: Lager (Oak Aged Bohemian-Vienna Style Lager) from Cisco Brewers Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.