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Cisk LagerCisk Lager

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Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2004

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 63
Photo of KeefD
3.14/5  rDev +9%
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 +44.1%
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 +42.7%
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 Haybeerman
3.07/5  rDev +6.6%
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 pmcadamis
2.71/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Crosling
1/5  rDev -65.3%
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 drpimento
1.9/5  rDev -34%
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 -25.3%
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 TerryW
2.41/5  rDev -16.3%
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 russpowell
3.21/5  rDev +11.5%
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 mwalters
3.45/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of Polidmar
3.93/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden European Lager/Pils with estery/floral notes on the nose. Nice white foamy head with hanging lace on emptying. Bitterness together with carbonation give a very refreshing mouthfeel especially on hot days which are very typical of the island.

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Photo of Greggy
2.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a clear straw color with a thick billowing head that very slowly recedes down into some lacing.

Smell- After popping the bottle it smells like the room had just been sprayed with skunk. I am not sure if this was due to heavy light damage or what. The skunk seems to recede after a short while, however. In addition to the overbearing skunk, there is a fresh lemon or lime scent.

Taste- Crisp taste with some very light skunky taste as well as some very light refreshing lemon esque notes. There isn't a whole lot to this beer but it's pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel- A bit of medium carbonation on the mouthfeel. The finish of the brew has a touch of residual skunkiness which hurts the mouthfeel a bit.

Drinkability- If it wasn't for the skunkiness of this, it would be a nice session beer in my book.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
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 petemoss14
3.31/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of xdant
3.48/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of Tang07
3.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.27/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of swamiswamu
3.63/5  rDev +26%
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.

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