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Summer Of Lager - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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BA SCORE
83
good

239 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

djrn2, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear dark yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacy webs of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of spicy hops in the nose.
T: Flavors of bready malts and spicy hops are present in the taste, which also has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a good balance between malts and hops, neither of which seems to stand out in particular.

metter98, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a big, rocky head that quickly fades without a trace of lace

Smell: A hint of cracked wheat

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing fruity character; after the swallow, the fruit and the herbal hop flavors emerge; there is an underlying sweetness that is surprising

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting at all, as this tastes more like an ale rather than a lager; very unusual, but I rather enjoyed it

brentk56, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -18%

Texasfan549, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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!

NeroFiddled, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Jason, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mild citrus and malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is good for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while when you’re looking for something simple.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Ok, so I waited on this one a bit too long, it being mid-October when I finally got around to cracking it open. Pours into a shaker, a clear bronzed yellow with a slight chill haze, and a nice foamy white head that recedes to a thin layer leaving a bit of lace behind. I really like the aroma: honey and a touch of yeast funk, bready with a touch of hops. Crisp taste of grains and toasted bread, light floral hop bitterness for a dry finish and overall nice balance. Light mouthfeel, a tad metallic in the aftertaste, but definitely refreshing and drinkable overall.

Rifugium, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. It's the first beer I've had from these guys. I hope they're all this good.

WesWes, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of mdfb79
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/17/12 notes. Picked this up in NJ at Oak Tree Discount. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip.

a - Pour a clear golden amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, floral notes, light fruit, and light herbal notes. Pretty nice nose, kind of light.

t - Tastes of wheat, grains, pale malts, floral hops. Even lighter than the nose, a bit average to me.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink body.

o - Overall a decent helles lager. I liked the nose, though the taste was a bit average. Nice for a summer day, would have again but wouldn't seek it out.

mdfb79, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest starting head that settles quickly to a single layer of bubbles which leave a handful of spots. Light gold color and clear.

Grassy and grainy aromas. Some pale malted barley aroma and faint, faint hop.

Fresh summer beer with little of the malt showing up on the taste. Mature hop bitterness in the swallow, lingers well. The body is quite light, naturally. Lots of spritz. A good beer for a hot day.

smcolw, May 30, 2011
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -18%

beernads, May 08, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a golden color with a 1/2" head that lasts a while. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: tart green apples and citrus are detectable.

Taste: bready malt, butter, green apples, honey, light grassiness, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Short malty aftertaste. Light to medium in body.

Drinkability: not bad, but a little too buttery for my tastes. Worth a look.

Gavage, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why did I have to come all of the way out to CANorado to find this beer in a CAN? Am I slipping or have people forgotten about The CANQuest (TM)? If that is the case (of beer), then I need to increase people's awareness.

From the CAN: "The Summer of Love was fun, they say but now we're living THE SUMMER OF LAGER! 'Lager' means 'to wait a wicked long time until it's ready.' We brewed it in the fall, aged it all winter, then sampled it in the spring. Then again, and again, until finally we decided to share. Hope you like it."

I got a spritz during the Crack, so it got a few minutes to CANtemplate what was going to happen next before I initiated the Glug. As any simpleton, like me, might have deduced, an inverted aggro Glug was going to be nothing but trouble, so even with a gentle Glug, I was still getting foaming. It all worked out, however, as I ended up with two dense, foamy fingers of bone-white head that resembled to top of a swirly vanilla ice cream cone. Color was a deep sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. SRM = 4/5. Nose smelled like the interior of a malt room at a brewery! Mouthfeel was medium-to full, big for a lager and the taste was biscuit malt and maybe some Noble hops to lend a grassiness to it. Mmmm. This was very dry, especially on the finish and I found myself longing for some pretzels to go with it. Would this go in my cooler? Heck, yes!

woodychandler, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a can at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy white head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts, lager yeast, wheat, and hops (citrus/orange + lemon and floral).

T: Flavor is similar to the smell, there is a biscuit and caramel malt body with just a subtle hint of wheat. On top of that malt body, there is a fairly strong presence of hop flavors - citrus/orange/lemon and floral. There are also some light hints of lager yeast spice.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean, crisp, and smooth.

O: Very enjoyable and quite easy to drink - very refreshing and one I would gladly have again.

dbrauneis, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

tempest, May 23, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden with a huge fluffy white head. Smells of lager yeast and wildflower honey as well as a hint of some Belgian yeast notes as well. The taste is quite interesting, with a lager yeast background but then strong notes of the wildflower honey as well. Floral, sweet, and slightly waxy. Some bitterneess at the end. Still picking up some Belgian notes of clove, banana, and candi sugar but it is only relatively faint. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. This was given to me by a bouncer after being confiscated at a concert, and it was quite a bit better than I thought it would be.

Georgiabeer, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18%

ejimhof, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

mdaschaf, May 29, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

smakawhat, May 21, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a two and a half finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a spicy aromatic noble hop and a soft husky grain aroma.

The taste consisted of an upfront hop spiciness but quickly soften by virtue of the creamy doughy malts.

The mouthfeel was light yet creamy.

Overall a very nice Munich Helles. Solid ABV and very drinkable. Not the ideal summer beer, but tasty nonetheless.

plaid75, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

sendbeer, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +9.3%

PEIhop, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

rolltide8425, Jul 12, 2012
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Summer Of Lager from Cisco Brewers Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.