Sankaty Light | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Sankaty LightSankaty Light

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

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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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 279
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 Domingo
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had never seen this before and ordered one without really even knowing what it was. Something about Whale's in a red can. A light lager...egads!
Pours an ultra-pale straw color that even has that fain greenish tinge most light beers do. Lots of foam though.
Smell's like a full-flavored American lager, though. No issues there.
Wow - it has some flavor, too! Mild pale malts, a faint hop note, and a clean, but not too abrupt finish. While fairly mild, it doesn't really ever come across as watered down.
Super drinkable and extra mild. I might get some of these for summer.
Probably the best light beer I've ever had, or at least on par with Skinny Dip. Better than a lot of Int'll. macro lagers and a fair number of US "premium" macros, too.
While my score isn't that high, it just comes down to reviewing to style in this case. Still, this isn't not bad at all!

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Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into a shaker pint. Light straw in color with an impressively thick frothy cap of foam; I actually had to shake the can to get some of it out. Decent retention and light crackly lacing.

Lightly sweet grainy nose with subtle noble hopping. The grain flavors are rather husky, almost a bit stale, but it ends up with a touch of citrus and a very dry finish. Pretty refreshing actually; the attenuation seems to be key here. A tangier hop presence than you might expect, and a much tastier experience than your average light lager delivers.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

from a single into a pokal: not bad with a particularly nice substantial feel to it given the low abv, that is also quite refreshing. The nose has some zesty but nondescript citrus, some grainy notes, and is promising...the taste starts out nice but then the back end has something a little off and almost metallic.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pale yellow with lots of visible carbonation and a nice creamy inch of white head and some soapy lace.

Light grainy aroma with a little bit of lemon in the background and little bit of grassy hops. Similar to the aroma this has a nice grainy flavor to start and a little bit of bitter hops to finish. It's actually pretty tasty.

The body is nice and light with good carbonation. I can't help to compare this to the big boys. Yes, this is a light lager but there's a heck of a lot more flavor to it. Not a world class beer, but one I'm sure I'll enjoy around campfires in the summer.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this as a single, due to the previous review. It pours an off golden color, a little cloudy. small to no head consistent with lighter beers. It smelled like a domstic light beer to me, but after sampling, it had more taste and mouthfeel that I thought. The drinkability of this beer is ok. Has a very faint taste, a bit fruity, with a tad of a bitter afterataste. I'm not a huge fan of the "lighter" beers, so this beer was just ok to medicore. As the previous reviewer stated, it does taste a bit towards the Sam light spectrum.

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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 kmo1030
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

somewhat hazed gold with a thick white head.
it's got a nice slightly fruity lemony herbal hop aroma, some breadiness, with some slightly grainy maltiness.
the taste has got a good amount of bitterness up front, with a lemongrass flavor in there. it ends up with a little yeasty twang, lending a faintly belgian quality, some grainy malts can be found towards the middle. very pleasant tasting for what it is.
it has an appropriately light medium body, with relatively active carbonation.
good drinkability, might be a little better in the summer months. not lager-like though.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz Bottle - Oct 7, 2007. Aroma is a gentle, light sudsy barley kernel and toasted almond. Subtle, soapy and with leaf. Pours a heavily opalescent pale gold, straw inflected, with rocky white head above. Flavor has three nice movements, first a bubbly fresh plain, clean malt, mingled with some Cascade hops and general resin and sugar. Then a faint whiff of bready yeast, doughy and creamy. Good middle body. Finishes off with a long, unexpected draw of hops, in good tones of Cascade and other west coasters. All around I was impressed by the body, drinkability and flavor of this beer. The hops are very enjoyable, the yeast character desirable and helping and the smack and body full and refreshing. Good stuff!

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Photo of jondeelee
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I admit: part of the reason I bought this brew was because, as the label says, "A portion of the proceeds...[help] to save Sankaty Head Lighthouse from falling off the bluff." I've never seen this lighthouse, but I'm apparently a sucker for a good story. A quick whiff of the brew luckily tells me that my heart didn't lead me wrong, as the lager is thickly malty (despite being "light"), bearing strong caramel and brown sugar notes, with hints of maple syrup and a touch of hops.

On the tongue the brew comes across lighter than the nose would belie, relying mainly on cereal-like flavors such as Grape Nuts and toasted wheat. A few fruit flavors swim in the background, but never manage to make the beach. Hops are quite light as well, providing a quiet bitter buzz that mostly fades in the surf. Mouthfeel is light--near the viscosity of water--and the aftertaste is a combination of grains and hops that fades quickly.

Overall, it's a good light lager--definitely better than anything Anheuser-Busch manufactures--but could use a bit more liveliness.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured from the can into a pint glass. The beer is a pale golden with lively carbonation. The head overflowed the glass, which was surprising considering I wasn't really pouring that hard, and retained quite well. There is a small amount of lacing left on the glass.

S - Mostly grassy in nature, with a faint floral gesture.

T - Hints of a nice pilsner here. Grassy up front, with a hint of spice on the tip of the tongue. It slowly mellows into a calming bitterness.

M - Light-bodied for sure, which is to be expected. Still, there is a nice tingle on the tongue and a very refreshing finish.

O - Combine all of the above with a 3.7 ABV and I could easily drink a 12-pack over the course of a hot weekend. I wish I could, but the price tag is a little steep to allow for this on a regular basis. Very enjoyable, but since I normally limit myself to a beer a night, this one doesn't really fit into my regular rotation.

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Photo of horshack7
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden and clear with a bright white head that is a good two fingers thick.

Aroma: Floral hops that have a dryness in the nose. Grassy, grainy, lemon zest, biscuity.

Taste: Light bodied with crisp mouthfeel. Lemon, grainy, grassy notes. Some dryness on the palate. Minor notes of pear.

Notes: This is a great summer beer light bodied for a warm day and very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid light beer that drinks best cold on a hot day. Like most light lagers the biggest flavors are cereal, corn, bread and water. Always the water. Doesn't bring anything new to the table but does the light beer thing right. When you're in the mood for a few cans of light lager you can't go wrong with this.

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Photo of illpass78
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. from the bottle. Poured a small amount in a plastic cup first.

Appearance: Very light straw with a soapy white head.

Aroma: Some citrus along with grain and faint grass.

Taste: Follows nose. Sort of a citrusy light lager. Refreshing. Pleasant. Mostly inoffensive.

Mouthfeel: Thin and easy, unsurprisingly.

Overall: Craft light lager is still weird, but this is a pleasant little number.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden/yellow with a large amount of head but it drops quickly and leaves nothing. The nose contains hay and grass. A lot of freshly ground pale malt as well. Flavor is grainy malt almost like eating malt out of the bag. Finishes grassy with some subtle lemon. Bitterness is light but gets extremely dry after a while. Smooth drinking beer. Crisp and refreshing at first but it makes me want to keep drinking it to stop the dryness.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: It pours a clear light yellow color with a finger of white head.

S: Light citrus, pale grainy malts, and some grassiness.

T: Grass, light citrus, and cereal malts.

M: It has a very light body with strong carbonation.

O: This tastes okay and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great summer beer - nothing special, but hits the spot when it is a lazy summer day and you're on the beach. Or sitting in your basement crying. Whatever this situation

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Photo of nukem5
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with nice clarity and some light lacing clinging to glass, very odd for a light beer.

S: Smells grainy and citrusy nice balance in aromas.

T: Grainy and crisp with slightly citrusy hopped feel in the finish.

M: Very odd again for a light beer to be so full of flavor and body it has a medium body to it and with a light swirl of the glass the foamy head comes back to life.

O: Very drinkable overall and sadly have never seen this in the Pittsburgh area and so thanks to Okey for bringing this one to my attention.

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Photo of gfreed
1.94/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Looks good... smells like feet... tastes like fish... nice and fizzy... tastes like socks... I give up on Cisco. Either their beer erupts uncontrollably from the bottle, is over-hopped, is over-yeasted or tastes like fish that have rotted in somebody's running shoes. With all that money on Nantucket you'd think they could produce a decent beer. Feh.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into pilsner glass

A - fairly clear straw yellow body under 3 fingers of white foam, high visible carbonation

S - honey sweetness and grain

T - honey-sweetened grain; light lemony fruitiness, grassy hops

M - light body, high carbonation, very refreshing

O - wouldn't buy again, but not bad for a light

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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 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 jmerloni
2.06/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - murky, hazy yellow. Not a real big head and pretty pathetic lacing here.

S - Kinda gross. Yeasty but musky at the same time. Smells kinda like yeast, lemon, citrus, and smelly boots. Or pond water. Not very pleasant.

T - Yeasty as ever, but musty as indicated on the nose.

M - Pretty separated. Hoppy and yeasty up front and dead on the swallow. Not real dry either, and overcarbonated.

D - Not impressed. In the least. One of the worst craft beers I've tried. I never thought I'd drink something this poor from Cisco, which has become one of the best breweries in the New England in just a couple years. This is BAD, though. Enough to turn me away from the brewery as a whole, for quite a while. There's no reason a brewery of this quality should produce a beer this bad.

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Photo of JasonA
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber, basically yellow. Little to no head, plenty of lacing for the style.

Fruit then floral. Very floral. No ABV obviously

Little hoppy, floral. Maybe biscut. Litle barley, light bitter.

Sits basic. Smooth carbonation.

Not a bad beer. Not my favorite style. Though IMHO opinion I will never again spend 8.5 a 4 on a 3.8 per 1. Do the math ;)

Good to try, maybe have on draft. Prolly wont drink again because not my pref style.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale cloudy gold with a small head that dropped quickly. Mild honey and malt aroma, with a hint of floral hops. Taste is light and lemony, hopped but not overly so. A very easy drinking beer, and a nice alternative to macro, if it's available.

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Sankaty Light from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.49 out of 5 based on 279 ratings.
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