Cisk Lager | Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

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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
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
45
Avg:
2.9
pDev:
21.03%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of dcmchew
3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev +10.7%
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

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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 WoodBrew
3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Who put the Pils Urquel into my Cisk bottle!! Does Malta have a stolen IP reputation!!! I swear I was drinking a typical czech pils style beer. American Adjuct Lager...WTF is that?? Never hear of it. Is that english for "our beer tastes like czech style beer??? I don't know...but lets cut through this....The color is a fine clear golden color...typical head an lacing that one would expect. Smells and tastes like pils urquel....to me. Bottom line is I like this beer just like I like pils urquel. So feel free to suck these down like no-bodies biz. And no I am not endorsed by Pils Urquel!

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Photo of tone77
2.95/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather skunky. Taste is crisp, malts and grains, a bit of a hop presence, not a lot going on. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a very ordinary beer.

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Photo of liamt07
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

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 Latarnik
3/5  rDev +3.4%

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 Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev +26.9%
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!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.07/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear pale straw color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head with fair retention. Lacing had medium thickness. Decanted lightly throughout.

S: Prominent skunky aroma but it dissipated quickly. Settled into a sweet grain and citrus aroma with some bitterness at the end.

T: Skunk was not int he taste (but I was ready). Some slightly sweet bready malt, light citrus. Nicely bittered finish

M: Medium light body. Ample carbonation. Past the smell, crip, clean and refreshing.

D: Maybe if I let it sit for a while to let the skunky nose dissipate, I would have enjoyed it more. Once past that, its an easily drinkable refreshing beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a crystal clear golden-brass with an impressive 2 finger creamy dull white head that showed an equally impressive retention rate. Visible carbonation was very faint with but a single bubble or two witnessed at any given moment.

S: nice with fresh grains and a delicate soft flowery hop aroma of lemon peels. Per style was well hopped and very nice.

T: A really nice start with a spicy lemony zest, with some fresh grains. Fresh citrus and soft flowers combine with a fresh grainy palate delivering a fine example bursting with sweet grains and a generous amount of lemon flowery hopping.

M: extremely light, incredibly smooth and softly carbonated. Could hardly tell of its presence, slick with a nice flowery and citrus hop fade.

D: Goes down effortlessly, a sure fire quaffer that is nicely hopped and one that I found surprisingly good. Case worthy and one that I could easily drink in multiples. Drinks more like a amply hopped pilsner then a lager but was good none the less.

end note: was really surprised by the wide varied ratings this beer got. definitly worth a try and solid by example.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.36/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 20/3/14

A clear golden yellow with small fast bubbles, a few random bits of sediment being pushed by the bubbles throughout, well sustained finger of bone white foam leaves a few partial rings down the glass

S sweet malt, honey lemon cough drop, some dried hay, faint grassy hops, better then I was expecting

T not that far from the smell really just a little less of it, again there's nothing offensive but nothing special

M light airy, fairly clean finish, suits the style I suppose

O I was expecting something worse then this, I could drink this on a beach if I had to but not something I'd go searching for

I'm pretty sure this's a country tic for me, I'd take this over macros from North America any day of the week but I hope they have better beer then this in Malta.

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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 scruffwhor
4.11/5  rDev +41.7%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

CAN
Clingy creamy snow cap over bright gold. 4
Sweet dough and grass. 4
Cracker, some husk, then mild grass. 3.75
Halfway to medium, snappy, slight cling. 4

This is… decent. Helles-sytle, mostly; sweet and low hops. But no flaws - that's something, considering it's an adjunct lager. Hurrah for British brewing culture. 3.75

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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 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 AgentMunky
3.09/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 250mL bottle into a plain water glass. Best before 11 June (2011, presumably).

A: A stark white head is short-lived. Golden colour. Light bubbles. Veeery clear with decent lacing.

S: Neutral. Some grain. What is present isn't very pleasant.

T: Not bad. Lagery -- moderate grain sweetness balanced by light hops. Aftertaste is *slightly* dry and pleasantly bitter. Not a lot going on.

M: Carbonation and good balance create a nice mouthfeel.

D: A good lager, I suppose. Quite drinkable. Ubiquitous in Malta. By no means a "must-drink," but worth trying if you're here.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.4/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of buzzy
2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 Oakenator
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of bostonryan
2/5  rDev -31%

Photo of allengarvin
3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Cisk Lager from Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
2.9 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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