Summer Of Lager | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Summer Of LagerSummer Of Lager

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2001

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Photo of BogleHill
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all-time favorite Cisco product! - I nice frothy white head greets you as you sip this golden colored brew with nice carbonation. Sweet bready-fruit aromas. Flavor is of sweet and tart grapefruit and biscuit malts. Wonderfully refreshing and delicious on a hot summer night!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why did I have to come all of the way out to CANorado to find this beer in a CAN? Am I slipping or have people forgotten about The CANQuest (TM)? If that is the case (of beer), then I need to increase people's awareness.

From the CAN: "The Summer of Love was fun, they say but now we're living THE SUMMER OF LAGER! 'Lager' means 'to wait a wicked long time until it's ready.' We brewed it in the fall, aged it all winter, then sampled it in the spring. Then again, and again, until finally we decided to share. Hope you like it."

I got a spritz during the Crack, so it got a few minutes to CANtemplate what was going to happen next before I initiated the Glug. As any simpleton, like me, might have deduced, an inverted aggro Glug was going to be nothing but trouble, so even with a gentle Glug, I was still getting foaming. It all worked out, however, as I ended up with two dense, foamy fingers of bone-white head that resembled to top of a swirly vanilla ice cream cone. Color was a deep sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. SRM = 4/5. Nose smelled like the interior of a malt room at a brewery! Mouthfeel was medium-to full, big for a lager and the taste was biscuit malt and maybe some Noble hops to lend a grassiness to it. Mmmm. This was very dry, especially on the finish and I found myself longing for some pretzels to go with it. Would this go in my cooler? Heck, yes!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured from a longstanding 750ml bottle, the Summer of Lager is a crystal-clear deep-gold with an orange-ish cast. It's frothy bright-white head holds exceptionally well, no doubt buoyed by the steadily streaming effervescent carbonation from below; and it leaves wide sheets of thin but solid lace about the glass. The nose is clean, bright and fresh just like summer, with notes of malt, cut-grass, and flowers. The body is medium with a dextrinous edge; and it's zesty and then creamy across the palate with a very fine-bubbled, natural (it's bottle-conditioned), effervescent carbonation. The flavor reveals a sweetish, slightly toasty and "juicy" malt (typical of Munich malt) that's laced with grassy, floral, and subtly spicy hops; and balanced by a low-key bitterness that's just enough to dry it in the finish leaving the palate refreshed and ready for another sip. It's rich without being satiating, and it's immensely drinkable. It's very well done, and the 6.25% alcohol is never noticeable! It's certainly worth trying, and probably one of Cisco's best beers!

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden pour with a massive white head that sticks around forever leaving lace all over the glass. The aroma is very floral and grassy. It smells like summer with hops and malts coming along for the party.

The malts are a little bready and definitely do not make up the flavor of this beer. The seller on this one is the excellent selection of hops they chose. Very grassy and earthy, mmmmm. It is crisp and refreshing, perfect for summer. I wish I had a full brewery full of this beer so I could have a summer of lager, and a winter, and... It is simply a wonderful brew for any season, but especially summer.

Danke sehr VENOM for this wonderful sample.

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Photo of nelnutter
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz. into SA pint glass.

A: Golden/slight copper color. Forms a huge pillowy head that sticks around for a while, and leaves nice lacing everywhere.

S: Mostly earthy and piney hops coming through, with bready maltiness in the background.

T: Tasty earthy/piney hops definitely take charge, but there's a nice malt backbone, and then a last minute kick of citrus bitterness. Not as clean as you'd expect, but I'm fine with it.

M: Lighter-side of medium. Nicely carbonated.

D: Great beer to have at a barbecue, and definitely easy to have a few. Very tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep golden amber color and slight, white head, classic look.

Very intense yeast aroma, strange sourness, very malty sweet in the middle, like honey. Musky, herbal and sour.

A very pure and clean effect right off, lager flavor's galore, yummy sour/bready/herbal yeast, dry and refreshing effect. Golden wheat in the malt, again, very crisp. grand balance for this style and hops are not out-of-control!! A subtle woody, bready malt effect later on with a nice hit of herbs and spices.

This one is just a classic lager!

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Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a two-finger head into my glass. Good presentation/color for this example.

Sweet, grainy, buttered bread greets the nose. Fresh. Very inviting. I do think it reminds me a lot of a cream ale, even if they are not related.

A light hop grassiness greets the taste buds, followed by more of that sweet, buttery malt. Mmmmm. Just the right balance of hops and malt here.

Lingering buttered bread and hops on the palate. Finishes very clean.

This is a winner for the style. Easy to drink and highly enjoyable. I'd prefer this over a macro.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber brought home by a friend direct from the brewery-- really fresh!

Pours a hazy and rich light amber, with some silty sediment and a huge, foamy head. Great lacing.

Aroma is of grassy hops and sweet grain.

This is an excellent lager. At first it's quite grainy, bready and sweet, but the finish is dry, clean and bitter. Well-balanced and very smooth. Doughy malts combine with earthy noble hop varieties to create a very pleasant lager. Not rich or heavy though, and the alcohol is not even noticeable. This is a beer that is best fresh, and I'm lucky to have sampled it in such a state.

More than happy with this beer, my first from Cisco. Not a textbook Helles, but still delicious, almost like a lighter Maibock.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have to say really liked this offering from Cisco as an alternative to wheat and kolschs that seem to rule the summer beer scene. Poured out of the can into a pilsner glass. The color is a dark golden with a fluffy head. Crisp flavor with slight fruit hints. Easy aroma that's good for day drinking. Good stuff.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The little yellow flower says it all, too bad it wasn't around in '69. A nice golden lager, with steady carbonation. A little hoppy with a very complex taste. Crisp would be an understatement. This is by far the best beer Cisco puts out in the summer, but I could not find it on tap on the island. I'll have to go back and continue my search....

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler of this stuff last time I was on Island. At the ACBF after telling the Cisco rep that this was one of my favorites, he told me that this years was their best batch ever, lets see if they're right. Lager smell comes rushing out as soon as the growler is opened. Clear gold in color, with a finger of white heading. Husky, fresh grain and red grape skin become apparent in the nose. More fresh grains in the taste, with the malt showing a lot of character. The balance is quite nice between the malts and hops, though the malts come out on top, as they should. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and makes for a perfect Summer session lager. After having had this beer numerous times since I first reviewed it, I am certain that the original review was of a bad bottle. That being said, this is a brew that should be had fresh, so drink your bottle soon, or go to the brewery and enjoy.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can into pint glass.

Slightly hazy yellowish gold body with a fizzy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells of some crystal and Munich malt with a grassy, lemony, and floral hop note. Nice crisp finish with a pleasant bitterness.
This beer is well-balanced, and a surprisingly tasty summer lager. This could be the beer that wins over many a BMC drinker!

Body is spot on. Medium, well-carbonated, and a light scrubbing effervescent feel.

Overall-- this is a very good canned lager. I like it. Better than its rating.

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold with a very slight haze under a 2” off white foam cap that dissipates to a thin film. Smell: Malty, light grain nose. Taste: rich malt with a bitter hop finish, a touch of fruit, very faint apple. Mouthfeel: crisp and clean and smooth, above average carbonation, medium to a little less on the body.

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Photo of JasonA
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is going to be a tough review. I dont know this style at all, what I do know is what I have is what I read in the BA explanation. Lets just say, I dont know where to begin.

Ive decided to give this beer a 4.15. Im going to try and average it out this way. This intro is in hindsight, as I have no concept of this style. However, as you (if you) read my review, you hopefully will appreciate the ranking of a style I know nothing about.

Looks unfiltered, though not exactly. Some head, typical stayingu power of an ale, much more than an expected lager. Is that grapefruit I smell? Dont get me wrong, but do I smell sea water? Not sea water in a bad way, but in a good way that I cant explain.

Citrus, wheat lager. Thats what I got. Biting of a lager, sweet citrus, and that unfiltered aspect of a wheat. Very interesting. No ale in this brew. No real hops to speak of.

Alcoholic for a lager. Im drinking this colder that most brews, I think it was a good choice. Im not the biggest lager fan, but this may be the funnest lager Ive tried.

Makes me think of a seasonal lager. Do you know a seasonal lager not named a winter? Maybe marzen like but not of the same kin.

Very drinkable. I would love to find this on draft, however unlikely that would be. I highly recommend one of these bombers to any one who considers themselves a true beer fan.

drink on

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden with a huge fluffy white head. Smells of lager yeast and wildflower honey as well as a hint of some Belgian yeast notes as well. The taste is quite interesting, with a lager yeast background but then strong notes of the wildflower honey as well. Floral, sweet, and slightly waxy. Some bitterneess at the end. Still picking up some Belgian notes of clove, banana, and candi sugar but it is only relatively faint. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. This was given to me by a bouncer after being confiscated at a concert, and it was quite a bit better than I thought it would be.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crazy uneven, hilly head, off-white in color. Overall looks are raw and fresh, with the wildly active dark orange unfiltered body leaving bubble streams sticking all up the sides. Head is ever-lasting. Nose is highly yeasty, raw and wild. Light sour malts showing lots of lime juice and something alcoholic too.

Taste is very much citric, and a little salty, too. Squeezed lemon is dominant and almost too acidic for my liking. I wondered if perhaps my bottle had gone bad as I searched for a bottling date (none to be found)--but other reviews support the citric character. The body is nice and thick, smooth, with some powdery wheat flour touches--which add alot to the overall goodness of the brew. Some light afternotes of sweet wheat develop as it warms.

Interesting raw beer here--and certainly the most un-lager-like lager I've had. However, they are clearly referring to their having "lagered" it over the winter bla bla bla..

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been looking for this beer for a while and the fact that it came in 750s had somehow always eluded me, an helles in 750s? Ain’t that the way to go? Anyway, it is particularly beautiful to look at, the full carbonation is not as agressive as your average Cisco, but it obviously raises a mamooth of a white head with mountainous lacing and rockiness. The body is fully hazy, golden. Surprising sourdough and angel cake (first time I use this describor and coincidentally, I see my buddy Clark mentions it also) maltiness dancing up the nostrils along with strong lemony, grassy and floral saazy hops. Whereas the bready toasted malts are drier than you’d expect despite slight honeyish hints, the hops kick in gracefully, unagressively. Medium bodied, rather crisp high carbonation. It doesn’t get much more refreshing, could actually be world-class if it were not of the overly attenuative Cisco yeast strain that procures such high carbonation (though that’s really okay here) and almost metallic (or more so battery alkalinity) dryness. It’s too bad, because it is one of the rare strains I can think of that brings a natural acidity that I enjoy, it just gets a bit overdone most of the time. Drink it when you’re in the mood for a tart, yeasty, sourdoughy lager and you’re in for a treat.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale malt scent with a slight lemony zest and a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a light and fruity pale malt flavor with a tart finish. It is lemony and quite refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an excellent lager and a real summer time treat. It's the first beer I've had from these guys. I hope they're all this good.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass. With the abundance of IPA's and other types of ale's, it's tough to find a quality lager for the summer. Was lucky enough to find this at a local store, and it just happened to be a Munich Helles Lager, one of my favorite styles.

A - Darker than most Munch Helles'. A light orange-brown. Not much of a head, but it stuck around for the duration.

S - Quite a bit going on. Hops, Euro dankness, and even a pinch of lemon peel. When warmed, some orange noted, as well.

T - Very unique for a Munich Helles. There is A LOT of quality hop taste. Almost a Munich Helles / IPA hybrid. Very interesting, but very good. Has the dankness and bitterness of a Munich Helles, but it takes the hops level they usually have and probably triple's it. Lemon peel also noted slightly.

F - Does the trick of a quality lager. Light, crisp, refreshing. Carbonation is felt very nicely.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy gold with high carbonation rising to a 2+ finger white head

S: lemon, grassy, lightly toasted grain and faint pepper

T: follows the aroma. grains, husk and a hop bite

M: very crisp, refreshing with a light-moderate body and fantastic carbonation. ends a little dry

D: I could drink this all day. A helluva lager.

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Photo of Murph
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent bone white head that sinks too quickly but does leave a nice lasting lace. The aromas are all biscuity and toasted malt with just the barest hint of hops in the background. Greaty toasty malt starts off the brew and pretty much carries it all the way through. There is a decent hop presence that balances things very nicely without really showcasing the hops at all. The toasty/biscuity malt of this brew gives it some good body but allows it to stay rather crisp and nicely refreshing as a summer beer should be. This is one of the best summer brews that I have had, nicely complex without going to far, no lame lemony/wheat mix and very refreshing, all of these characteristics combine to make this brew very drinkable and very desireable.

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Photo of shand
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Summer of Lager offers nice grainy malt and citrus aroma on the nose. The taste is extremely well-balanced, with a citrus and herbal hop punch just strong enough to be thirst quenching over the well-composed grainy pilsner-esque malt base. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, and the drinkability is good. A very good lager.

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Photo of fx20736
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Cisco Pint Glass.

Old Gold with a grayish white head, carbonation not visible, very nice lacing.

Aroma is muted, a faint whiff of Noble Hops, not much else.

mouthfeel is nice and soft up front with a faint tickle of carbonation.

taste: balanced malt and hops bitterness. Beer finishes nicely that leaves me wanting more.

Notes: this is a fine beer, balanced good looking (the old gold color is dark for the style). It has a pleasant taste and mouthfeell. My only issue is that the ABV is a bit high as this is such a sessionable beer and 5.6% is too high for this. Overall, a top notch lager.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with corey0212. Thanks Corey!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy, golden yellow color with a big head of white foam bubbles that left a sheeting of lace behind.

S - earthy, malty sweetness.

T - heavy malt flavor most of the way with a gentle touch of bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a good carbonation feel.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

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Photo of bminor7
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 from Blanchard's in Hyannis MA.

A - nice cloudy amber, insane carbonation leaved nice rocky head. probably one of the best i've seen in that regard.

S - really bitter, light citrus.

T - bitter, but a nice refreshing summertime pilsner/hefe flavor hybrid.

M - light

D - good. very refreshing. waited a while to have this one (picked up in July '09 and drank on 1/4/10) but it was still in good shape. would recommend getting after this soon after you pick it up.

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