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:
#43,372
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 Jah_Json
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

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 Rumlibeers
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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 liamt07
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of bostonryan
2/5  rDev -31%

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 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 rvdoorn
2.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Look: pours very clear golden-yellow with a nice white head.
Smell: Grain, malts, some sweet white grapes and quite some hop presence for a lager.
Taste: Very light taste, not something that I expected after the smell. Malts and a somewhat hoppy dry aftertaste. That’s all….
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, watery body
Overall: Average lager. Not unpleasant, but just almost no taste…

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

A - This beer was obviously quite excited when I poured it.. good 2.5 fingers of head. Very clear yellow colour - not much going on.

S - Plenty of crisp malts/cereals and wheat.

T - Good level of creaminess from the head. Initial it's all wheaty cereal flavours with plenty of bitter hops. There's an underlying layer of malt hiding in there as well.

M - Somewhat bitter on the palate but this is mainly offset by the malt which does well to coat the mouth quite quickly.

O - Pretty bland overall. It does have a nice malt coating which helps, as does the creaminess of the head.
Really though this is nothing special - note I bumped the appearance up from 2.5 to 3.0 due to some nice lacing forming late.

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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 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 Clembo1957
3.23/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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 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 kegger22
3.58/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cisk Lager is a golden color with a one inch, fluffy white head that displays good retention. The aroma is a little musty to me. But that aroma was no indication of the taste however. Malty sweet, but as Cisk warms there are some hops too. There is another taste lingering at the back of the throat; it may be metallic, but if so, it's not offensive. Feel is light bodied with sufficient carbonation. Drinkability is very good, I could polish off a six pack under the right circumstances.

I am a sucker for a respectable lager and I would have this one again and again.

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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 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 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 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 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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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 KeefD
3.14/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with little floaties hanging around, lots of carbonation, and a big fluffy white head that left some very nice lacing. Aroma is grainy and husky. Light skunk, but not overpowering. Crisp, clean flavors. Very light hopping, lots of grainy malts, very light flavored bordering on watery. Mouthfeel is crisp, finishes clean. Nothing spectacular about this one. A little more hop flavor than most adjunct lagers, but it's nothing I would seek out again. A fresh bottle might taste much better.

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Photo of blakesell
4.15/5  rDev +43.1%
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.

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