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Summer Of Lager - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Summer Of LagerSummer Of Lager

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very good

96 Reviews

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 293
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 20.42%
Wants: 11
Gots: 53 | 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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Photo of MarkQ617
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have to say really liked this offering from Cisco as an alternative to wheat and kolschs that seem to rule the summer beer scene. Poured out of the can into a pilsner glass. The color is a dark golden with a fluffy head. Crisp flavor with slight fruit hints. Easy aroma that's good for day drinking. Good stuff.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
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!

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Photo of JMD
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, I love German Beers and I love summertime. Unfortunately, I'm often very underwhelmed by both American interpretation of German beers, and summer brews in general. I've been to Munich several times and have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed many liters of fantastic helles lager from all of the big Munich breweries. So obviously this beer intrigues me. Now on to the review.

A: Light golden orange color with thick frothy head that lingers for quite a while. Looks nice, but a bit darker than most Helles I've seen.

S: Nice clean aroma. Some faint hops.

T: While this is a tasty summer brew, it misses the mark as a helles. Bready malt upfront with a light hop bite. Good, but not a whole lot going on here. Certainly not much in common with a german helles. Compare this with a Hofbrau or Augustiner and the differences are quite obvious.

S: Light with moderate carbonation

O: I applaud Cisco for attempting to make a style that is not very popular with American brewers. But that said, this is not close to a traditional Helles lager that you would get at a beer hall or beer garden in Munich. Certainly tasty enough to have more than a few on a hot summer day at the beach though.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass. With the abundance of IPA's and other types of ale's, it's tough to find a quality lager for the summer. Was lucky enough to find this at a local store, and it just happened to be a Munich Helles Lager, one of my favorite styles.

A - Darker than most Munch Helles'. A light orange-brown. Not much of a head, but it stuck around for the duration.

S - Quite a bit going on. Hops, Euro dankness, and even a pinch of lemon peel. When warmed, some orange noted, as well.

T - Very unique for a Munich Helles. There is A LOT of quality hop taste. Almost a Munich Helles / IPA hybrid. Very interesting, but very good. Has the dankness and bitterness of a Munich Helles, but it takes the hops level they usually have and probably triple's it. Lemon peel also noted slightly.

F - Does the trick of a quality lager. Light, crisp, refreshing. Carbonation is felt very nicely.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a glimmering golden hue. Thin, frothy white head pops away. Stingy with its lacing. Body is a bit hazy.

S-Lager yeast is aggressive. Crackery malt. Doughy too. Complemented by a grassy and flower stemmy hoppiness.

T-The yeastiness is quite coercive. It does play quite well with the grassy hops and baker's blend of malts.

M-Crisp despite the fact that I find the yeast to be too strong. Lively carbonation.

O/D-A nice lager but its quite expensive. Good move putting it in a 12 pack of cans. The older, large format bottles were far too pricey for a good, yet fairly simple Lager.

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Photo of avalon07
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus, malt, and some esters. Not quite what I expected considering the style, but good nonetheless.

T: Tasted of malt (quite a bit as you might expect), a tinge of citrus (but not too much), and a slight estery quality as well. Like the aroma, this wasn't what I expected, but not bad otherwise. Not particularly complex but pretty tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not your typical Munich Helles Lager, but worth a shot. A good summer beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. dated 0803 13:19

A: golden, bright golden body. good clarity. lots of carb can be seen going to the top. head is frothy and bright white.

S: some pils malt and some fantastic lager esters. smells pretty clean and I am digging the strong yeast component.

T: slightly metallic, minerally. finish gets some more corn/pils-like flavor. virtually no hop flavor, bitterness is minimal as well. the metal flavor is a bit of a turn-off, but otherwise not too shabby.

M: moderate amount of carb. I expected more from how much I saw in the glass. light bodied.

D: nice to have a little more balls on this munich hellles, but still needs a little refining imo. worth trying however and nice to see an American craft brewing this style.

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Photo of shand
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Summer of Lager offers nice grainy malt and citrus aroma on the nose. The taste is extremely well-balanced, with a citrus and herbal hop punch just strong enough to be thirst quenching over the well-composed grainy pilsner-esque malt base. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, and the drinkability is good. A very good lager.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Bright orange color, not typical of the helles style. Very little head that doesn't really stick at all to the glass. After a sip, there is very little of the head left. a few columns of activity

S: Butter and skunk typical of the helles style. Very floral and spicy

T: Big bavarian style malt with bitter czech hops Almost like a mild czech pilsener, very very nice

M: Big bitter bite keeps the palate really well balanced and refreshed

O: A little early in the season, but this is a really good beer for the summer

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Photo of VoodooBear
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
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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Photo of grittybrews
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich orange with a finger of white head. Aroma of lemon, hints of orange, and grain.

Moderate carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. Light caramel up front with mild floral notes followed by biscuit and a bit of lemon bitterness on the tail end.

Nice overall, pretty dry and refreshing without being overly thin.

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Photo of Steverus
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured for a bottle into pint glass. Nice tawny straw color looks a colorful for a lager.

Smell is pretty standard, a bit strong on caramel to help it remain distinguished from other standard lagers.

Quite frankly taste is not much better than your standard lager. If you're looking for something that lingers a bit on your pallet and presents a bit more robustly, this is your lager.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can into pint glass.

Slightly hazy yellowish gold body with a fizzy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells of some crystal and Munich malt with a grassy, lemony, and floral hop note. Nice crisp finish with a pleasant bitterness.
This beer is well-balanced, and a surprisingly tasty summer lager. This could be the beer that wins over many a BMC drinker!

Body is spot on. Medium, well-carbonated, and a light scrubbing effervescent feel.

Overall-- this is a very good canned lager. I like it. Better than its rating.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw color with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is mostly cereal grains and a clean grassy aroma. A light citrusy note comes through on the end of the nose. This is all goes into a pretty nice flavor on the taste, with a clean grassy brightness that makes way to a lime zest like finish, all the while being anchored by a cereal grain like maltiness. Very solid lager here. Easy to pound these without thinking about it.

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Photo of Kendo
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner-type glass. Body is clear but dark golden with a half-finger foamy white head.

S: Bready malt and cereal grains with a touch of fruity yeast. Surprised by the fruitiness in a lager.

T: Light grainy malt with a grassy hop bitterness at the finish. Fairly pilsner-like in a lot of ways. An easy drinker for the summer.

M: Light in heft, though not watery or thin. Good for the style, as is the slightly prickly carbonation.

O: Good stuff.

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Photo of fx20736
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Cisco Pint Glass.

Old Gold with a grayish white head, carbonation not visible, very nice lacing.

Aroma is muted, a faint whiff of Noble Hops, not much else.

mouthfeel is nice and soft up front with a faint tickle of carbonation.

taste: balanced malt and hops bitterness. Beer finishes nicely that leaves me wanting more.

Notes: this is a fine beer, balanced good looking (the old gold color is dark for the style). It has a pleasant taste and mouthfeell. My only issue is that the ABV is a bit high as this is such a sessionable beer and 5.6% is too high for this. Overall, a top notch lager.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a crisp, orange-gold color with a filmy white head. Aromas of toasted oats and butter blended along the nose. The beer's flavors are light and smooth, with a dry hopped bitterness at the end of the palate. Honey and toasted oats throughout, as well. The aftertaste is slgihtly resiny, with a roasted character. Smooth bodied finish, making this a tasty, very easy drinking brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of confer
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright yellow and a bit dark for a helles. Nice bright white fluffy head.
Great classic lager smell and taste. Sweet with a touch of lemon in the aftertaste. Very refreshing.
The feel is a little thick seems to be missing some on the carbonation.
Overall a tasty beer with great lager characteristics.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a good Helles lager. Bright crisp yellow with a 1/2 inch of sticky white good stuff.

S - Mild German malts, toasty and good with a great deal of herbal hop balance.

T - Straight up this beer is crisp. Hops are sharp yet subtle with flavors of bready and toast malts.

M - Light and crisp a great beer.

Overall a pretty exceptional Helles lager. Would buy again if given the chance.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, transparent straw colored body beneath the foamy off white head which dissolves to leave a clean yet sticky lacing.

The aroma is a nice clean combination of German malt and spicy hops.

The flavor again offers German malt with bread like qualities and a light spicy or herbal hop presence.

Lighter in body and carbonation with a tasty crip finish.

A nice Helles Lager, true to the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a golden color with a good two fingers of head. As the head thins out thick lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Citrus hops and some floral hops with traces of orange and lemon peel. Light maltiness that's on the biscuity side.

Taste: Crispy mouthfeel with a nice biscuity dryness on the palate. Lemon and some orange peel. Malts are bready with twinge of rye.

Notes: Good and drinkable with a good dry finish with a wisp buttery texture. Cheers.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Three finger head, yellow/orange clear body with lots of bubbles.

S: Kind of smells like detergent =) Wheat, citrus, orange maybe.

T: Lemon, orange, malt, wheat, slight funk.

M: Crisp and refreshing!

O: I didn't care for the smell much, but it was a decent!

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Summer Of Lager from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.