Cisk Lager | Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

Cisk LagerCisk Lager
BA SCORE
2.9/5
66 Ratings
Cisk LagerCisk Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
Malta
farsons.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,409
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
66
pDev:
21.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Crosling
1/5  rDev -65.5%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
1.77/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

33cl Can from Jeremy. New country tick. all else, a cheap, grainy euro lager, watery, wet paper smell and taste. Not horrendous, but not that good either.

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Photo of SoPeL
1.9/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of drpimento
1.9/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

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Photo of bostonryan
2/5  rDev -31%

Photo of bark
2.11/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of stcules
2.15/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle. Lager glass. Golden color, crystal clear appearance. White froth & thin crown. Slight sulfury, honey & grassy aromas. Crispy & bitter upfront. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Watery texture. Malty sweetness, harsh grainy & rough bitterness resolve in a dry sweet finish with light acidic touch. Unbalanced & boring.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Taste: Mild, citrus, grainy, thin, with a mellow nose. Pale gold semi clear with large foamy head. Lite body with a bit salty notes. Not a real robust lager

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Photo of newbeeraday
2.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of boatshoes
2.26/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a six pack of cans of this on a whim with a buddy of mine. It was really cheap...so I wasn't really going into this one expecting a whole lot...

Appearance- The usual adjunct lager. Not a whole lot to describe here or be impressed by. Light golden body with two fingers of fizzy white head that dies fairly quickly. Not really off for the style, but not great looking.

Smell- Not great. Very musty smelling and it can't be skunk because of the can. Metallic, corn, and adjunct. Smells about what I would have expected and not particularly good.

Taste- More of the same. Very metallic tasting and almost sickly sweet taste of corn and adjunct. Lots of sweetness and metallic sharpness that overwhelm the palette. A touch of musty hay as well perhaps but lost to the other flavors.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel I found to be a little aggressively carbonated even for the style. Drinkability, needless to say for me was pretty low. I had one of these and didn't go back for anymore.

Overall, not good. Better adjunct lagers and better beers around to be drinking.

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Photo of Jetulio
2.4/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

330 ml. bottle poured into a lager glass

Appearance... Golden beer with foamy head colour white of 2 fingers aprox (not lasting)

Aroma...   Hay, wet straw smell, Grain aroma predominance

Taste... Some citric notes and acid too, sweetness and poor bitterness

Mouthfeel... medium body and carbonation

Overall... a not impressive lager, poor balance, not refreshing. To forget.

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Photo of TerryW
2.41/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This Maltese lager pours a completely clear golden color, topped with at least two finger of white foamy head with short retention.
The aroma is mild, just some hopps and perhaps a little grains.
The taste naturally follows the nose - light, slightly watery, with initial sweetness, but lacking a bit of that bitterness in the end.
Not much to it, could be better, but it's damn good on one of Malta's sunny beaches.

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Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
2.43/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Very light golden colour, very clear, white fluffly head, head does not last long, little lacing.

S: Weak but typical lager smell, nothing special.

T: Strong malt flavours, a bit of sweetness, minimal hops, easy to drink! The beer does not have any strong flavours in any direction, just a malty aroma, little hops, otherwise no special characterisitics.

M: Average Lager mouthfeel, nothing special.

O: Nothing Special is probably the best term for this beer, no special flavour characteristics, easy to drink, I guess it's nice and refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.49/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can as a gift from Malta:
Clear and light straw colour but is topped with a huge, very foamy looking head that is bone white and holds better than you would expected. It does gradually reduce and leaves a slight trace of lacing on the glass too.

Sweet and quite basic with a lot of corn and adjuncts as well as a slightly astringent aroma with some cereal and wheat as well. Pretty much standard for a basic macro lager and it's not great sadly.

Lager malts and some adjuncts kick things off but the taste is a little bland with some cereal and a hint of grassy hops. A few malts make an appearance and there is a touch bitterness too.

Smooth and fairly crisp too with a light, almost watery body and a very clean taste. The finish has some bitterness and doesn't seem overly dry.

What I expected from this one really, a fairly bland but certainly drinkable pale lager. There is nothing much in the way of taste or aroma to this one and it's pretty inoffensive.

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Photo of chubenzino
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Rumlibeers
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.58/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Andrej70
2.6/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of woodychandler
2.62/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
2.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brilliant brass, with a fair amount of carbonation. A nice sized rocky white cap has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Musty, with aromas of cut grass and hay.

T: When cold, this beer is dominated by a harsh metallic bitterness that masks the other flavors. As it warms, the harshness subsides to make way for a pleasant dry malt flavor. The harsh metallic flavor remains through the finish, plus a mild lemon tartness.

M: Light body feels a touch overly carbonated.

D: This one of the few beers I've had that starts out terrible cold, but then gets better as it warms. I was almost liking it by the end of the glass, but the harsh beginning pretty much ruined it. Not worth a revisit.

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Photo of Rennpferd
2.66/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of torwart94
2.69/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pmcadamis
2.71/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Cisk Lager from Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
Beer rating: 2.9 out of 5 with 66 ratings
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