Cisk Lager
Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #140
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
68
Ranked #49,928
Avg:
2.91 | pDev: 21.31%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
73
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Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
 
Malta
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  7
SCORE
68
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Notes: The original Cisk Lager Beer is a golden-coloured, bottom-fermented lager with a distinctive and well-balanced character. Its rich hop aroma and pleasant bitterness has made it the natural choice and thirst quencher for beer drinkers who want to savour the original brew which has remained faithful to its recipe of 1929.

Recipient of a number of international awards since its launch in 1929, Cisk Lager Beer is popular any time of the year and consumed across the Maltese Islands, holding a strong presence at Malta’s traditional social band clubs, known as ”kazini”. On a hot summer day, it is best enjoyed chilled by the sea with friends. Just add a barbecue banquet or a selection of fresh shellfish and Cisk will be the perfect companion.
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scruffwhor from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml can.

Great column of bubbles i the middle of a clear, straw yellow hued beer. Great two finger head though, plus a thick foam and lacing. Just a great looking beer. Straight up, dried grass on a baseball field hits the nostrils like a bomb. Very dry malt aromas as well. The grassy hops take over the nose with no resistance. Very clean, grassy hops and bone dry pilsner like malts. Very smooth and quenching plate. A little watery, but still pretty tasty for a macro style lager.

Dec 08, 2008
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travelguy from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 04, 2021
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stcules from Italy

2.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow color, clean, low carbonation. White foam, average creamy.
The smell is malty, with a very low hop presence.
At the taste malt, with a very light hop hint.
In the end, a macro lager, low quality, one.
In the aftertaste a very thin bit of hop bitterness.
Macro lager.

Aug 15, 2008
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this in a mixed six pack.

It pours a clear bright yellow with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is of grain and some sweet malty tones. If it's a good taster, the smell is hiding that possibility.

The taste starts off on the grainy side but has a nice malty undertone and a bit of a lemon citrus zip. Hmm...not bad at all and quite refreshing. I can taste more of the hops the further I get into the session and the beer is starting to remind me of of a Pilsener. Ok, I like this one and I'd drink more if I had more.

Bottom line: What a pleasant surprise!

May 10, 2009
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one seems to be the national beer of Malta. I had in bars, cafes, restaurants, on the waterfront, etc.

16oz can poured into a pint glass, the beer is mid yellow with a huge white head.

It has a nose of grass and grains. Fresh with no off or skunk notes.

Taste is a combination of sweet and grainy. Not a ton going on, but again no off or odd flavors. There is definitely a hint of corn on the finish. Minimal hoping but it is there.

The mouth is crisp and overall, the beer is an easy drinker for those hot days and nights in Malta.

Oct 06, 2014
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Globetrotter from Virginia

3.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had visited Malta twice before becoming a BA, and had pleasant memories of this brew from those trips. Recently a colleague went there for a conference, and brought back a bottle to try. Thanks, Dr. Mark! 30cl brown bottle with a yellow and white label featuring a rearing white horse on a shield above the name of the brewery in big red letters. No useful ingredient information. Best before January 2006, I opened it on 9/4/05.

Pours a slightly pale clear gold under a thin 1/2 finger white head that fades quite quickly, leaving just a bit of film and collar, but no lace. The nose is tinny, with a touch of grass - very different, but neither good nor bad. The mouth is light and extremely prickly. The taste is OK, from the smooth malt opening to a hint of sweet raspberry on the edges and a decent hop bite in the finish. The dry, slightly metallic bitter lasts well in the aftertaste, inviting another sip. Not great by any means, but a decent quaffer.

Sep 04, 2005
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

2.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A good looking beer. Pours up a mountainous head if you're not careful (so be careful). That quickly settles down to a thin layer of foam, but leaves behind some pretty impressive lace. Crisp, clear gold colour with lots of bubble action.

Now my sample came from a can, so I can't really go with the rest of the flow here, because this beer tastes mostly like, well – can. Very metallic. I think there is a decent beer lurking back there, but the thin blood-like smack of it just won't let the rest of it through. Kind of a shame, because it looks fine and has a decent mouthfeel.

Not recommended out of a can. Gotta see if I can find a bottle.

Jul 10, 2008
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Crosling from Colorado

1/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sampled side by side with Cisk Extra Strength Lager. A very light yellow/golden colored beer with a small white colored head, nearly identical in appearance to the XS. Nose smells of grain, corn, husk with a bit of herb, seaweed and ocean water. Just horrendous, but better than having no aroma, I suppose. Flavor is incredibly awful and undrinkable. Dirty, unclean and awful tasting. What a terrible beer.

Aug 23, 2008
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bark from Sweden

2.11/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is yellow (6 EBC), the liquid got some dust-like residue floating around. The finger thick airy head is two fingers high. No lacing.

The smell is dusty and a bit frowsy. Some sharp sweetness, hints of cereals and dough. Spicy hints and a mild chemical bitterness.

The taste is sweet with dough-like flavours of unfermented cereals. Odd weak notes of Christmas spices. Mild aftertaste with dusty sweet notes, chemical alcohol and a hint of raisin.

Medium to strong carbonation. The bubbles are rather strong. The liquid is sticky.

I am not impressed.

Jan 06, 2012
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Clembo1957 from England

3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm working in Malta for six weeks and to be honest there's not a lot else to drink in Malta except Cisk unless to want to drink imported English Nitro Keg beers or Guiness.

Most of the bars in Malta tend to stock it, either on tap or in bottle, the beer is also available in cans.

Given that there's not a lot of alternatives Cisk lager is an innoffensive bland lager, nothing wrong with it and drinkable.

The beer has a light pleasant appearance, and a slightly hoppy aftertast. Bland but innoffensive.

Feb 01, 2011
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

CAN you dig it? A major trade came off this past weekend and this is one of the beers that I received. CANQuest, onward!

It could not wait to get out of the CAN and began foaming up as soon as I cracked the top. An expeditious pour created two fingers' worth of fluffy bone-white head with medium retention. Nose had a decent admixture of Saaz hops along with a cereal sweetness. I CAN dig it, having had many of these types of beers during the quest. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Mouthfeel was slightly thin and there was a honey/lager sweetness on the tongue, too sweet for my taste. Finish had a perfume-y taste, way too sweet to be worth revisiting.

Dec 10, 2009
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drpimento from Wisconsin

1.9/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

whooo put the skunk in the bottle? Poured with a huge thick foamy white head. Plenty of lace. Flavor wasn't quite as bad. Not saying a lot. Decent body. pale gold color. Think this one was light struck and woulda been a whole lot better before the dastardly deed. Too bad as this is a sample and therefore won't be carried.

Aug 20, 2008
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allengarvin from Texas

3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a pale, bright gold color with a decent sized head on top. The nose is grainy and sweet. The flavor has some light hints of hops, but otherwise is clean, lightly malty (though grain-like) and not too sweet. Very light bodied but well-carbonated. Not too bad, unlike the absolute awful XS I just tried.

Mar 15, 2009
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Tang07 from California

3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This local Maltesian brew was surprisingly good.

Being that the island/country only had 5000 people and has two brewaries I was not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised.

the beer pours a very pale yellow but had a nice thick head.

this is a Very good lager. Great hot weather brew.
It smells like lager, nothing particularly unique about it.
The taste was surprisingly good.
It has a very crisp clean taste and is easy to drink. I know that sounds like a Coors Light ad, but it actually tasted like beer, where as Coors does not.

It had a very nice mouthfeel. It was perfectly carbonated, lots of very fine bubbles.

It has a nice delicate hop finish. It was very easy to drink a few pints of this stuff.

May 29, 2006
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swamiswamu from Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I spent a month in Malta last summer. The island is pretty much a dry spit of land in the middle of the Med. It was a British colony for much of the 20th century, so the beer culture is pretty good. Cisk is everywhere. There were as many Cisk signs hanging in storefronts as Guinness in Ireland or Budweiser in the states. It is a pretty simple lager. Straight forward in taste and immensely thrist quenching on the beach. It had a great golden color and average head. I'll always have fond memories of Cisk, but I'd chose a Blue Label by Farson's over it any day.

Oct 18, 2004
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is large, fluffy, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of light bready malt with a faint hint of nobles hops. The taste is a bit more bold than the aroma. There is a nice soft bready malt flavor which goes away quickly. The mouthfeel is a little fuller than light bodied, with a nice velvety texture. Overall, this is a pretty good macro lager. This could make a good lawnmower beer.

Mar 12, 2008
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.21/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Lukas in Lone Tree, figured I'd give this a whirl while I'm watching some euro football

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of eggshell white head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Soapy & lemony hops, some crackers

T: Grassy & lemony hops, plus herbal hops & crackers up front. Metallic hops & a bit of grainyness follows as this warms. Finishes lemony, soapy. metallic (hops, all three) & wet, plus slightly astringent

MF: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation & alright balance. I'd take this over BMC any day

Drinks okay, more malt heft is needed to make me happy

Jun 25, 2008
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can from Buckeyeboy... Clear golden.... Standard grainy lager nose... Nothing really wrong with it, just un-inspired... Still better than most BMC standards... Perhaps an older can. Cool to try... Thanks Jeremy!!! Another country tick is another country tick.

Sep 14, 2015
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blakesell from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz can into a huge 1 liter stein. I figured that would be suitable for an easy drinking lager.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear urine yellow with a healthy two and a half finger head that dies down slowly, about average for what I was expecting for this beer. Lacing is fairly thick and clings to the sides of the glass well.

Smell- Very light German pilsner malts and a stronger hop aroma than the average light lager. A hint of skunkiness but for what this is it actually smells pretty good. A light sweetness and going closer to the Czech variety of pilsner than the German variety.

Taste- Surprise, surprise.. It tastes pretty nice. It goes down smooth, has that slight Czech pilsner sweetness and a crisp hop balance more on the German end. Lightly grainy, but I only think this benefits the beer in the end. Very clean and dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Lightly bitter, drying, somewhat oxidized, medium high in carbonation and very light bodied.

Drinkability- Given the choice of this or any other macro lager that was handed my way, I would take this and enjoy it for the swilling needs. Easy drinking and worth the whopping $1.20 I paid for it.

Dec 29, 2008
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petemoss14 from Germany

3.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is all over the place on Malta, and is on tap nearly any place you go.

Pours a pale gold with a moderately sticky white head that leaves pretty good lacing down the sides of the pint.

As far as aroma and taste go, this is pretty standard macro lager. Decent carbonation and mouthfeel though. Not overly watery. Drinkable, and would do the job if you are looking for an escape from the heat. Not much grass to speak of on the island, but this would make a better than average lawnmower beer.

Feb 18, 2007
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mwalters from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This, to me, seems like a nice solid lager. Nothing out of the ordinary or spectacular, but solid.
The color was a nice straw color with a decent head retention. The smell had a faint hop characteristic. Very easy to drink but nothing out of this world. I'd pick it a hundred times over a BMC. Give it a try.

Jun 10, 2008
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3/5  rDev +3.1%

May 26, 2014
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xdant from Florida

3.48/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought this back from a recent trip to Malta. Poured pale yellow with a nice fluffy white head.

Aroma was nothing special, but the taste was clean and refreshing. Nice and crisp with good carbonation. If youre in the area this is definetly worth a try...basic but good.

Aug 11, 2006
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pmcadamis from Illinois

2.71/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

First things first. Why is this listed as an American Macro when it's from Malta which is off the coast of Spain? Shouldn't it be a "Euro Lager?" It's definitely more flavorful than most water American crap.

A - Clear and bright yellow with a nice big fluffy white head. A decent amount of powdery white lace is left on the glass.

S - Pale malt aromas remind me of a "wheat crisp" ...whatever that is. That's just what comes to mind. No real hop component to be found, the lack of hops is what separates this from the nose of a German pils.

T - Tasty, fresh, and clean malt flavors with a twinge of hops to keep it honest. This is like an airy snack chip or wheat crisp like I noted in the nose.

M - Light bodied with a level of carbonation that, while still high, is much less aggressive than bubbly American Macro Lagers.

D - This is not bad at all, but it's pretty boring and forgettable. Just your basic refreshing lager with a tad more character than BMC. This is a beer than I could down a few of with no complaints.

Aug 29, 2008
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Rennpferd from Wisconsin

2.66/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured very nice with moderate carbonation and a nice clingy three finger head that shrank down to about 1 finger and held.

It had an average smell. A lite mix between malt and rice.

A slightly bitter malt-less flavor. It had medium body and a slightly dry hop alcohol finish.

Overall, the beer was average. I'm not traveling to Malta to get more, but I wouldn't turn this down on a hot day in the sun.

Mar 19, 2010
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Beer rating: 68 out of 100 with 73 ratings