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Summer Of Lager - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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BA SCORE
83
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199 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%


Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2001)
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 01:56:40 | More by Jason
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 13:42:43 | More by BeerAdvocate
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I've gotta find this in a can, this could be an everyday lager. Fantastic and perhaps their best beer.

A: crystal clear golden, moderate amounts of visible carbonation and good lacing. Tall white head that remains well for a lager.

S: Lemony without being sweet, crackery and inviting. caramel malts, yeast, wheat, grass, and hops

T: Follows the smell, there is a biscuit, caramel malt, layered with grassy and lemony hop flavors - plus a luscious laid back spice and dry finish. I'm really finding it appetizing and want another.

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O: I wish this came in cans around here. Would be my summer daily.

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Summer Of Lager from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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