Sankaty Light | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-21-2005

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90
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274
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
27.79%
 
 
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 274
Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local trader, tone77, beat me to the punch on this one! I scored a couple during a recent field trip to Pinocchio's in Media and thought that I should include him in my spree. The CANQuest (TM) is all about spreading the wealth and karma since so many have been so good to me so far.

From the CAN: This Ameri[CAN] Golden Lager is the lightest lager we've made so far. It's [sic] drinkability, crisp citrus hop elements, and smooth malty finish make it not too light but just right. Don't fall off the bluff!"

I will never grow tired of the former, auditory portion of the Crack & Glug! Bottles will never have the same cachet unless it is a caged, corked beer, but I do not open those nearly as frequently as I do CANs. For newcomers, the latter half is why I am NOT a ticker - CANs do not "tick", they merely "Glug!".

The Crack & Gllug was up to spec and I managed to produce a finger of bone-white head with limited retention in this oppressive heat and humidity. Color was a beautiful sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity and plenty of fizzy bubbles. Take that, Greg Koch! Nose smelled like all-malt (no adjuncts) and grassy hops and my heart began to go pitty-pat. I CANnot tell you the pain that I have endured at times in this madness, and especially from this style, AALs and AMLs. This actually smelled like real beer, even in a Light Lager version. Mouthfeel was actually pretty big, very foamy with big bubbles and the taste was of light malt and light grassy hops. Zounds! Finish was semi-dry and I was ready for another sip. I CANnot remember the last time that I thought that way of a beer of this style. Now, all of that said, I am not going to pack the cooler full of such CANs, however. I do not care how good it may be, I am not into Light beers. I probably could stand to lose some weight, but not by cutting back on flavorful beer. If you are accompanying me to the beach or elsewhere, I will happily put some in the cooler for you, but that's it.

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Photo of mooner
4.42/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean & crisp, very flavorful for a light beer. Plenty of nose hops some fruity esters mostly pear. Light straw colored. Very drinkable, refreshing. Small batch brewer's flaws usually stick out in lighter offerings. Hats off to Cisco for producing a real winner.

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

expected a light lager, but WOW it was a nice thick lager! Great thick head that stuck, nice aroma, extra flavs not typical of a light lager thats for sure. thick pour for a lager too! Refreshing, and delicious when I was expecting mediocrity. I may have found a new favorite Lager

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured from a can into a pint glass. My ratings are in comparison to other light lagers, not beers in general (I think that this is how most reviews on this site are supposed to be, but it's easy to compare lagers to other lagers when you've had a bunch of different varieties, as opposed to comparing something like milk stouts where maybe you've only had a handful). I think this is one of the few light lagers that I actually enjoy drinking. Very refreshing and not too heavy, crisp and fruity, excellent on a summer day. Smell is bolder and fruitier than most lagers as well. Solid offering from the incredibly consistent Cisco.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts and a pretty strong dose of hops for the style.

T: The taste is light and starts out a little bready with very little sweetness, which is a good thing in this beer’s case. A nice clean burst of mild hops bitterness follows. The malt character is thin as you would expect. Overall, it’s quite refreshing. The after-taste is slightly bready with a small touch of bitterness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, could use a bit more of a kick, but it’s perfect when you want something light. It’s well-worth drinking on a hot day and you’re not looking to get too hammered.

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Photo of corey0212
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light golden color, rapidly diminishing soapy white head, clingy lacing left in the glass. Smell is clean, malty, slightly bready, some citric hops. Taste is crisp, grainy, faint lemon rind, mildly bitter hop presence. Really crisp and refreshing, but does not skimp on flavor. This is a light beer? Can't believe I ignored this one for so long, considering how much Cisco I've drank these last couple years. Drinkability is off the charts here..3.80%?!?! Love it.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; pale straw in color; less than 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a very thin collar; light lacing;

S: pilsner malt, corn, a little DMS;

T: not much flavor up front - a little grain; a blast of lemon at mid-palate that fades toward the finish; very mild bitterness at the end;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: not a beer I would choose, but for the style, it's well done;

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Photo of potownbill
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Is this really a "light" beer? The alcohol content is fairly low, so, indirectly, the calorie content should also be low. but this beer is surprisingly good.
Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a thin head that dows not leave a lot of lacing
Smell: Grainy, but with a hint of citrus.
Taste: Some grain, a hint of orange rind, enjoyable aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, but some decent carbonation
Drinkability: If I was at a BBQ, and was planning on drinking a few, I would gladly consume a few of these!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours cloudy dark yellow with minimal white foam. Little bit of lacing.

Light malty sweet smell but very minimal.

Taste is clean crisp with mild hop throughout that strikes a perfect balance. Quite refreshing.

Moderate carbonation - light mouthfeel.

Very drinkable,nice beer.

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Photo of jvdineen
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer may come the world's smallest tap handle. The darkest "light" beer when it comes to a rich amber color. Much better than Sam Light. A well balanced from Nantucket. Incredibly drinkable. Since it came out of a tap I'm not sure how "light" it is for calorie crunchers. Refreshing and perfect for summer.

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Photo of drjim34
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers in the spring/summer. Very easy to drink, and refreshing. I am more apt to have a summer type beer in the warmer weather, as I am sure most are. This came from the tap at Les Zagomates in Boston, a wine bar with a small selection of beers. The also had Harpoon IPA, but how often do you see Sankaty Light on tap? Not often.

The beer was a nice gold color, nice white head that sank quickly. I barely noticed that it was gone in a matter of 5 minutes, so of course I had another. Nothing major happening with this one, just clean, light taste, very easy, non filling, and no worries getting a buzzz.

I also have this in my fridge at home, and it's nice to have on a warm work night watching the game. Pours, and tastes just as good from the bottle, as it does from the tap. Not easy to find in it's four pack, but worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours clear into mug, straw colored with a thick white head.

Aroma is initially of cold cereal (Life?) with some surprising maltiness. I get some hops in there too.

Taste is rather smooth. There is a sharpness followed by a dry bitterness. There's some nice malt coming through too.

Mouthfeel is smooth, and somewhat bitter with a lasting dryness. Not full in the mouth or heavy, and it shouldn't be. It's light but with a nice flavor and character. Quaffable.

This is a light beer? Wow. I'm pleasantly surprised. Blows away most micro lights including the much touted Sam Adams Light. I'd buy a case of this as a summer brew. I highly recommend this, and at 3.8 percent ABV it's highly sessionable.

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Photo of WarEagleJeep
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw color, half inch white head that recedes to a thin film and ring.

S: Mellow sweet grains and lemon grass.

T: Light tart citrus notes and subtle bitterness up front with a nice crisp finish. Rather simple but still enjoyable

M: Light, bubbly carbonation, crisp, and refreshing.

O: Great drinkable lager, more flavor then your run of the mill domestic lager but still very accessible to non-craft beer drinkers. Add that it is comes in a can and is 3.8% ABV and this is a perfect pool/beach beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle served in a pils glass.
It pours a shiny golden color with a fizzy/spritzy snow-white head. Lots of lacing rims the glass on the way down...and it goes way down fast!
The crisp smell of Noble hops fades somewhat quickly. A nice lingering whiff of wild flowers follows, as does a light smell of pennies. A smell of dried hay and minor whiff of fresh cut oak rolls in behind.
There's surprisingly more to the flavors than in the aromas. In fact, there's quite a bit of flavors for a beer of only 128 calories. This is a hop forward lager and the tastes of citrus zest, resins and slight metallic bite slide in on a somewhat thin, seltzery malt body. And this is not to suggest there's a problem with a beer body being thin. Hell, the German, Belgian and English brewers have been brewing small/light beers forever. And they brew these beers to be more drinkable and refreshing on a hot day, or when you feel in need a short beer break, but have things to do afterward...especially where you need to think coherently or carry out some physical tasks.
Nice beer!

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Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a not quite clear golden color just over a one finger head that faded to a thin cover over the beer and a fair amount of lace. smells like a pilner and has a better taste than any light beer i have tried but did leave a little after taste. light body which i expected and carbonation was good. easy to drink and on the dry side. but a little high priced at 10.99 for a light beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold, with a couple fingers of billowy bright-white head. This retains with a ¾ finger of robust froth, leaving back a good bit of creamy lacing that sticks in swathes to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells grassy, citric, and a touch spicy, with a rather supportive feeling sweet graininess underneath. The hops give this a nice airy crispness in the nose.

The taste mirrors the nose, with a moderate citric hop bite to it that is set against a backbone of sweet grains that thankfully isn’t coming off as overly grainy. The finish is dry, crisp, and spicy and the overall profile has a nice clean feel to it. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a soft crispness that does have a bit of sharpness to it up front but then gets much more creamy feeling along the back. This is very easy drinking stuff.

This was a surprisingly flavorful and very quaffable Light Lager and seems like it would make a super sessionable selection for the spring and summer months. This beer was a great choice to put in cans.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft malt aroma complimented by a light flowery hop aroma.

The taste evidenced a solid pale malt body and slightly spicy and citric hop element.

The mouthfeel was clean and light. Good carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable blonde ale. Light and refreshing. An excellent summer beer.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills a pilsner glass with a clear, pale straw and nice, creamy half-inch, white head that settles quickly, leaving little lacing. Thin streams of carbonation add interest.

The aroma is sweet and yet very clean with some hay and honey tones.

Sankaty Light is clean and crisp, with a mild orchard fruit undertone. Pears and some honey come to mind. The finish is short and mild.

A light body and watery texture with prickly carbonation, this one meets the style rather well.

While light lagers are not my staple, this one gives me reason to reconsider. Sankaty Light far surpasses the ubiquitous alternatives typically found at a tailgate party. A perfect sessionable beer for a long afternoon. Far and away the best “lite” anything I have ever had.

The first time I had this was in Sconset during an unexpected, and much needed, weekend of relaxation with close friends.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1/2" had that lingers a bit. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: hint of lemon zest is all you pick up by the nose.

Taste: light malt base with a hefty lemony flavor. Hints of mild bitterness round it out. Simple and a basic lite beer that has some flavor.

Mouthfeel: crisp and lightly dry throughout. Clean aftertaste. Light bodied beer.

Drinkability: very easy to suck this down as it is light and has a mellow lemony flavor. For a lite beer, this is much better than any macro lite beer you may try.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starts with a near white head which leaves some slippery lace. It settles to a single layer of bubbles. The liquid is light gold and nearly clear.

A blend of raw grain and light malted barley. Nearly no hop.

Tastes like the smell but with a good dose of bittering hop. More grainy than I like. The body is rich for the style--carbonation is low. One of the best light beers I've ever had, but it's still a light beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Cisco brewpub at Logan airport.
I received a biker pour, so only ended up with a thin skim of whitish bubbles topping my pale gold beer. It had a bit of haze and the head left some fine, spotty lacing on the glass. It had a grainy, cereal flavour, fairly sweet, with mild bitterness and a hint of toasted malts. It was also slightly fruity and there was slight citrus to the flavour and aroma. The nose had a grassy, fruity quality with fresh grain character and hints of spice. Light bodied, but not thin, medium to high carbonation, off-dry, decent texture. This was decent for a light beer, much more flavour than you get from a typical BMC light beer. It may have helped that this tasted really fresh as well.

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Photo of msolar
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber, a bit clouded, and with a good head to it. Definitely had strong citrus undertones. I’m not a big fan of White beers but this seemed pretty balanced. It reminded me a lot of Harpoon’s UFO. This beer was nice – I’d buy it again but wouldn’t go hunting for it. I’ll try it as a ‘summer beer’ next time.

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Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm going to rate this above many of the top raters here. Reason: It's packed with easy going flavor for a < 4% Abv, and it's a great example of pilsner. Blows away any mass light lager. Has a great nose for a lager. This brewer is good.

A: Very light straw pale body, like a pilsner, dotty lace.
S: Excellent - as good as any pilsner in memory: floral, honey, orange blossom, fresh baked bread, lemon. Neat, full, abundant for a light beer, great appetizer (in this case with champagne cheddar and pretzels).

T: Follows smell, just as rich. Sweet fruit (honey-lemon-pear) teams with baked bread, which then is dried by the long, lemony, grassy hops.

F: Mineral, dry, finish. Light, but not thin.

I wish this came in cans - contender for my summer go-to beer.

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Photo of erosier
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a light orange-yellow with a small and thin off-white colored head that leaves little lacing down the glass as it fades quickly.
S: Smells of sweet malts, a hint of hops, and that's about it. A very light smelling beer, about what I was expecting.
T: Tastes of sweet malts and a hint of earthy and citrus-y hops. Neither flavor is overwhelming which is nice since it's a light beer.
M: Light feeling, crisp, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, the flavors were not overwhelming and neither was the alcohol. The flavors mixed well and it was a decent light lager.

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Photo of bigone4
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a slight hazy yellowish straw color with a clean white head. A light lace was left down the pint glass. The inviting presentation gives way to an equally impressive taste. This beer smells floral with malt sweetness. There is a nice pale malt smell mixed with some fruit and citrus. You can certainly pick up the hop under tones. Good carbonation and mouth feel. Rather light but not watery it certainly has a good balance of flavors. Nice pale malt balanced out with the mild tone of hops. The hops leave a nice bitter tone in the back of my mouth. This is a smooth and very drinkable beer. No freshness date to be found on the bottle but it tasted perfect. This one is a very easy drinking session brew. I am glad I found this one and I am looking forward to enjoying more Cisco brewery products.

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Sankaty Light from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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