Summer Of Lager - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Summer Of LagerSummer Of Lager

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2001

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Ratings: 272 | Reviews: 97
Reviews by Thads324:
Photo of Thads324
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a slightly hazy and bubbly golden yellow. A little bit of tight bubbled white head with super serious lacing everywhere.

S : crisp bready malt and german yeast. a bit of grassy aroma with a hint of musty hop. slightly sweet.

T : starts nicely with a good solid malt that is crisp and clean. A slight hop bitterness in the middle that carries through to the end, where there is a weird grassy taste. finishes clean and crisp with a nice hop lingering. Can't tell if the vegetal/grass flavor is from the hops or not, but it is no cool. Everything else is however.

M : a full body and nice drinkability. highly carbonated which is nice for a hot day like today.

Overall a great beer if the weird grassiness was toned down. still pretty good stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

The "lightest" of their beers, it's brewed in October with Belgian lager malt, German Munich malt, some wheat malt, Mt. Hood hops and Hallertau hybrid hops, lagered and then sold the following summer.

Pours a hazy golden color with tons of carbonation that creates a billowy and tight foam that seeks to escape the glass. The nose is soft and bready, with a slight musty and husky character, faint vinous and herbal notes. Body is thicker than expected--full and round and a bit viscous, very creamy and smooth on the palate too. More bready malt characters--bready dominates the brew--followed by a light sweetness, grape note from the Munich malt and herbal hop flavor that's got a slight spicy kick to it. Sweet cereal grains toward the finish, which turn a bit coarse, dry and grainy ... oh, and moreish--Cisco was right.

Summer of Lager is a fantastic lager that comes in at just under 6 percent alcohol by volume and is full of flavor, while maintaining its balance and subtleties--as a good lager should. Definitely a must try for lagerheads or anyone wanting to try a solid interpretation of a German Munich Helles.

Photo of JasonA
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is going to be a tough review. I dont know this style at all, what I do know is what I have is what I read in the BA explanation. Lets just say, I dont know where to begin.

Ive decided to give this beer a 4.15. Im going to try and average it out this way. This intro is in hindsight, as I have no concept of this style. However, as you (if you) read my review, you hopefully will appreciate the ranking of a style I know nothing about.

Looks unfiltered, though not exactly. Some head, typical stayingu power of an ale, much more than an expected lager. Is that grapefruit I smell? Dont get me wrong, but do I smell sea water? Not sea water in a bad way, but in a good way that I cant explain.

Citrus, wheat lager. Thats what I got. Biting of a lager, sweet citrus, and that unfiltered aspect of a wheat. Very interesting. No ale in this brew. No real hops to speak of.

Alcoholic for a lager. Im drinking this colder that most brews, I think it was a good choice. Im not the biggest lager fan, but this may be the funnest lager Ive tried.

Makes me think of a seasonal lager. Do you know a seasonal lager not named a winter? Maybe marzen like but not of the same kin.

Very drinkable. I would love to find this on draft, however unlikely that would be. I highly recommend one of these bombers to any one who considers themselves a true beer fan.

drink on

Photo of Jcorn
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As summer beers go this is simply ok.

Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. One can only assume that if it is still summer the summer seasonals are still good.

Pale yellow color glows in the light, chunky white lace. Smells of fresh animal feed grain, thick grassy nose with some fresh herbs in the back. Smooth with a crisp snap. Very grainy but not too rough and certainly not astringent. Mouthful of fresh grass, hint of apple skin ... mealy. A lot of flavor packed into this lager, lots of grassy flavor. Semi-dry finish.

Not too shabby, perhaps not rough but still pretty raw tasting. Worth a try though one was good enough for me.

Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold with a very slight haze under a 2” off white foam cap that dissipates to a thin film. Smell: Malty, light grain nose. Taste: rich malt with a bitter hop finish, a touch of fruit, very faint apple. Mouthfeel: crisp and clean and smooth, above average carbonation, medium to a little less on the body.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an SA perfect pint glass. no freshness date to be found.

pours out a slightly cloudy deep golden/ light copper color with a small head that quickly faded leaving just some patchy foam. no lace to speak of.

a nicely balanced aroma of biscuit malt, herbal earthy hops and mineral water. nothing to really write home about, but definatly no flaws.

what i really enjoy right off the first sip is the great tasting biscuit malt. fresh slightly buttery, toasty, biscuits with some toffee caramel towards the finish. hops are there and lend a nice sense of balance with still a little bitterness, light citrus, more fruity herbal. a bit of mineral water taste reminds you its a lager.

lighter bodied, almost medium. lots of carbonation, but nothing fizzy, makes for a refreshing beer. very easily drinkable.

overall, i was very pleased with this beer. not usually a huge fan of lagers, but this delivers tastes everyone can love, enough complexity to suit a beer geek such as myself, but still easily pounded by someone who enjoys swill. im definatly intrigued with what this brewery has to offer and hopefully i can find more of their beers.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.Had a few of these at a BBQ over Memorial Day Weekend.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a nice two finger white head on top. Pretty good retention, lasting for a few minutes, leaving behind some streaky lacing.

S: Faint citrus and grassy hops, some grain, and a little bit of spice comes forward. Pretty clean.

T: Some grain and bready malt upfront with some grassy hops that balance the malt nicely. There is some faint fruit, mostly lemon and a little apple.

M: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and easy drinking.

O: Was quite enjoyable, perfect for the BBQ and sipping around the pool, especially in cans. At the time did not realize it was 6.25%, very nice for that abv.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep golden amber color and slight, white head, classic look.

Very intense yeast aroma, strange sourness, very malty sweet in the middle, like honey. Musky, herbal and sour.

A very pure and clean effect right off, lager flavor's galore, yummy sour/bready/herbal yeast, dry and refreshing effect. Golden wheat in the malt, again, very crisp. grand balance for this style and hops are not out-of-control!! A subtle woody, bready malt effect later on with a nice hit of herbs and spices.

This one is just a classic lager!

Photo of jmz62565
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a golden cloudy straw color with a huge foamy head. The smell is foral ,but very faint,just an average aroma. The taste is very crisp and refreshing.The flavors include fruit,some lemon,a slight hoppiness,with some malt.The m/f is light and well balanced.This is a nice beer for the summer,I only wish I had mine then.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured from a longstanding 750ml bottle, the Summer of Lager is a crystal-clear deep-gold with an orange-ish cast. It's frothy bright-white head holds exceptionally well, no doubt buoyed by the steadily streaming effervescent carbonation from below; and it leaves wide sheets of thin but solid lace about the glass. The nose is clean, bright and fresh just like summer, with notes of malt, cut-grass, and flowers. The body is medium with a dextrinous edge; and it's zesty and then creamy across the palate with a very fine-bubbled, natural (it's bottle-conditioned), effervescent carbonation. The flavor reveals a sweetish, slightly toasty and "juicy" malt (typical of Munich malt) that's laced with grassy, floral, and subtly spicy hops; and balanced by a low-key bitterness that's just enough to dry it in the finish leaving the palate refreshed and ready for another sip. It's rich without being satiating, and it's immensely drinkable. It's very well done, and the 6.25% alcohol is never noticeable! It's certainly worth trying, and probably one of Cisco's best beers!

Photo of WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale malt scent with a slight lemony zest and a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a light and fruity pale malt flavor with a tart finish. It is lemony and quite refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an excellent lager and a real summer time treat.

Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pale malts, fresh citrus notes (lemon), and hops. 

T- The taste is light and crisp but has a really nice refreshing flavor. Pale malts, citrus and spicy hops in the finish make up the flavor profile. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a fantastic summer beer. It is light bodied and highly drinkable, but has enough flavor to make a very nice session beer without getting bored. Did not know this was over 6% ABV, that surprised me! It is very drinkable! Recommended!

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Liberty St Tavern. I assumed this was a pilsner, based on the strong, spicy hop character. It's not overpowering, but provide a tasty balance to the mild toasty grains. The beer didn't have soft bready feel of a classic helles, but that doesn't really matter, this is a fine lager worth enjoying over the summer.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pourer from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener- pours a clear Goldman straw color; visibly effervescent with 2 fingers plus head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell is appropriate for the style- nice light balance of pale Munich malt, yeast and noble hops.

Taste is exactly the same as the smell.

Mouthfeel is good- light body, good crisp carbonation. This is a very nice beer, but it can't stand up to the flavors of summer food (flavor was stomped out by a burger). For this style just get weihenstephaner.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The little yellow flower says it all, too bad it wasn't around in '69. A nice golden lager, with steady carbonation. A little hoppy with a very complex taste. Crisp would be an understatement. This is by far the best beer Cisco puts out in the summer, but I could not find it on tap on the island. I'll have to go back and continue my search....

Photo of Hobbz
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep but very clear golden color that sits nicely in my pilsner glass. Not too much foam after a very aggressive pour, with large co2 packletts quickly subsiding. The lasting tinge of effervescence-bubbles rising to the top did retain a whiver of white.

Clean aroma -- not at all grassy and not too much by way of hops either. Would characterize as malty and sweet.

Taste was definitely a pilsner style in the broad sense, with malt contributing and hops in balance (Note: my beer was retained for three months in my refrigerator prior to sampling). Overall, I noted just the right amount of carbonation.

Generally an admirable American, craft "light" lager/pilsner, and nice to come across one that is not in the elevated-hop category.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on June 2, 2006. 750 mL Bottle. Rich aroma as lemons and watermelons. Nice slightly tinged metallic floral hops. Tart and sweet aromaticity. Pour of elysian gold, with a rim of white. Flavor is heavily herbed, sweet golden malts, with sweet phenolics on the rested grains. Deliciate and lightly floral. Having trouble digging out the characters, but this is rich and nicely bodied for a generally lighter styled beer. Nice and clean, and exemplary for the style. Hints of lemon juice. White pepper cracked over. Wafts of epazote. Some light dryness, but hops really don’t play too much. Great body. Light tinge of indiscriminate hops and a good fresh malt sweetness in the end. Corn syrup smack. Great.

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy translucent light amber, with quick foam. Some residual light malty smell. Some yeastiness. Clean helles taste, firm hop throughout. Light bitter close. Fruit hints.

Everything in moderation here, good drinkable beer.

Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woodychandler comes through again with yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts and grains. Taste is crisp, malty, a touch of lemon, some light hops, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a thirst quenching beer on a hot day.

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on July 17, 2011. It has a pale yellow pour which is a little cloudy and there is virtually no head or lacing. The aroma is moderately malty with a citrus zing backing it up. The overall weught of the body is around medium but there is a nice smooth feel to it. The taste tends to be on the bitter side with a light hopped balance. Likeable.

Photo of Murph
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent bone white head that sinks too quickly but does leave a nice lasting lace. The aromas are all biscuity and toasted malt with just the barest hint of hops in the background. Greaty toasty malt starts off the brew and pretty much carries it all the way through. There is a decent hop presence that balances things very nicely without really showcasing the hops at all. The toasty/biscuity malt of this brew gives it some good body but allows it to stay rather crisp and nicely refreshing as a summer beer should be. This is one of the best summer brews that I have had, nicely complex without going to far, no lame lemony/wheat mix and very refreshing, all of these characteristics combine to make this brew very drinkable and very desireable.

Photo of smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep brass yellow, with hints of orange bronze. Some good rising carbonation, kind of minimal for a pils. Head is soapy bleach white with minimal retention, some soapy small lacing too. Pretty solid.

What a unique nose. This is woody! Hints of deep doughy malt, and bread. Some faint herbal hop spicy quality as well. This very nice and unique, loving this.

What a surprisingly neutral mid palate, with a good finish that slowly builds to flavor. Mid palate fills with virtually nothing except maybe some sudsy thick carbonation. Finish comes with some dough malt, orange and apricot weak juice aromatics. Much of the character hinted on the nose seems to be lost. Some honey like malt thickness for coating, but missing lots of the matched flavors hinted from the aroma.

Overall it's a fine beer, but doesn't really impress me, and comes off slightly disappointing than anything. Warmth really brings the honey and sweetness out more too. Maybe 3.78 isn't so bad after all.

Photo of jsanford
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light copper with a dense white head that settles to a nice cap. Aromas of grainy malt, faintly herbal hops, and a touch of buttered popcorn and sweet caramel. Taste consists of more lightly grainy malt, caramel, and herbal, grassy hops with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Quite easy-drinking. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Really nice Lager overall, perfect for...the Summer. They should name it that or something.

Photo of VoodooBear
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. green can, served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Two finger white colored head. Cloudy yellow color.

Smell: It has a complex, earthy and musky smell. Malts and hops are the dominant scents. There are grain and herbal notes in there too.

Taste: There's a good balance between the malt sweetness and hop bitterness (which are the main flavors), with a herbal touch in the background.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, light, and easy to drink. There's not a lot of carbonation and it finishes dry.

Overall: It's a very flavorful and complex beer. While it is refreshing and easy to drink, this lager is way more complicated than the horde of ales that define the summer season. This is either good or bad, depending on what you're expecting from the brew. If you're tired of the typical summer ale and thirst for something different, it's a good thing. If you just want something simple, quenching and refreshing for the summer months, it's bad. Either way, no one who appreciates beer would have a hard time enjoying it all the same.

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Summer Of Lager from Cisco Brewers Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.