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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2001

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.54/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Surprisingly cloudy yellow-gold body, like pulpy orange juice. Huge white head fills half of my hourglass pilsner glass, with a whip cream finish above the rim. Looks like its going to lace extremely well.

Bready, yeasty aroma, with a hint of pepper ?

Taste begins lighty sweet, but finishes with a strong dash of lemon-orange sour twang, with a mild hop bite in-between.

Suitable light/medium mouthfeel. Drinkability suffers from the finishing citrus sour note.

It seems more ale-ish than lager-ish. Maybe an alright summer beer, but if you're looking for a classic helles, this is not it.

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Photo of Jwaks
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving 750ml bottle

Summer of Lager exhibits a pale golden body sporting a churing column of medium sized bubbles that slowly march toward a thin bone-white foamy cap resting just below an abundant collection of sticky white late.

The highly aromatic nose is reminiscent of a belgian pale ale more than a summer lager boasting redolences of spicy yeast, restrained sour apple, heady pale malts, acidic citrus rind, mild floral hops and a hint of tannic white wine.

Spicy yeast, sour citrus fruit, and white grape tannins dominate through to the off-dry finish revealing bready pale malt and dry spice.

Overall mouthfeel is quite fine for a summer seasonal displaying a light to medium body and light finish and refreshing character.

Overpowering sour and acid flavors as well as a higher than normal alcohol content dash any hopes of this being a blockbuster summer seasonal or a session beer. Drinkability is average at best. Overall, this is a solid brew good for a one time experience, though it could be closer to the attempted style with a bit more depth and character.


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Photo of VoodooBear
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. green can, served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Two finger white colored head. Cloudy yellow color.

Smell: It has a complex, earthy and musky smell. Malts and hops are the dominant scents. There are grain and herbal notes in there too.

Taste: There's a good balance between the malt sweetness and hop bitterness (which are the main flavors), with a herbal touch in the background.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, light, and easy to drink. There's not a lot of carbonation and it finishes dry.

Overall: It's a very flavorful and complex beer. While it is refreshing and easy to drink, this lager is way more complicated than the horde of ales that define the summer season. This is either good or bad, depending on what you're expecting from the brew. If you're tired of the typical summer ale and thirst for something different, it's a good thing. If you just want something simple, quenching and refreshing for the summer months, it's bad. Either way, no one who appreciates beer would have a hard time enjoying it all the same.

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Photo of wobblynoggin
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This one needed to be savored a bit before understsnding some of it's complexities. The beer changes drastically from first cold sip, to second sip, and then changes again after it warms up a little (not warm, just not ice cold as it was when I first poured it), where it tastes best.

The appearance is impressive. Best part of the beer in my opinion. It is orange/gold in color, noticeable carbonation, and a lacey head that takes a few minutes to die down. Even after the head clears there is a couple millimeter foam left on the top. I like that.

The smell is a bit musky for a lager...grassy, and full. Kind if smells like a good day of little league baseball...dirty, as it was mentioned in another review. That may be the best way to explain it.

Taste - well at first I was immediately reminded of lemons, it's sour...that flavor stays as it warms up, but other overtones pop in, such as the hops, and grassiness. This may be off base but I sense a similarity to the old Matts beer balls out of New York State I drank as a kid...maybe because I drank those in the summer too...but it brought me back to that.

Mouth feel - This I rated high, more because it has a lot of different things going on that impressed me. The sour lemony grassiness stays on the tip of your tongue and lips, while the dryness is noted on the very back of the tongue and roof of your mouth. After drinking it a while there is almost a numbness on the back of the tongue and roof of your mouth, and the flavor lingers in the nose. I like how the mouth feel and smell of this beer worked on the 2 senses.

Drinkability - A little too sour for my liking. Doesn't make me dislike the beer, but doesn't make me want to drink that much of it. That's okay, as not every beer is meant to be enjoyed in quantity, although most lagers have better drinkability than this one.

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Photo of hopdog
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving size: 750ml bottle.

Poured a medium golden color with a large sized white head. Aromas of citrus, yeasty, and grains. Tastes of tart lemons, other citrus, some what fruity, and bready. For me, the body was a little on the thinner side.

Notes from and tasted on: 03/12/08.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours light gold, clear, with about a finger of soda-looking white head that quickly dissipates. Little lacing.

S: Light malts (biscuit) with a hint of sourness, earthy and slightly floral hops.

T: Much more malty than the nose implied. Has a sourness, really almost like a bit of funk, right upfront on the tip of the tongue. It fades rather quickly though to the malty middle. Finish is very light with a touch of sweetness and bitterness.

M: Light bodied, moderate carbonation, very slight bitterness, somewhat of a clean finish.

O: A fairly easy drinking Lager with a slightly strange sour/musty character that I'm really not digging too much.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw color with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is mostly cereal grains and a clean grassy aroma. A light citrusy note comes through on the end of the nose. This is all goes into a pretty nice flavor on the taste, with a clean grassy brightness that makes way to a lime zest like finish, all the while being anchored by a cereal grain like maltiness. Very solid lager here. Easy to pound these without thinking about it.

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Photo of corey0212
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent light gold color, soapy-white head, and lots of sticky lacing. Crazy-active carbonation is putting on a show in the glass. Sort of a lemony/earthy quality to the nose on this beer, a little on the sour side. Taste is nice...a good, clean and moderately bitter hop presence. Maybe a tiny bit of green apple in the taste, too. Really good mouthfeel, bubbles almost feel "cleansing", in a way. Goes down smooth. I like it. Not my favorite Cisco beer at all (and I'm a BIG fan!), but I'm glad I tried it, and it's worth checking out.

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Photo of Steverus
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured for a bottle into pint glass. Nice tawny straw color looks a colorful for a lager.

Smell is pretty standard, a bit strong on caramel to help it remain distinguished from other standard lagers.

Quite frankly taste is not much better than your standard lager. If you're looking for something that lingers a bit on your pallet and presents a bit more robustly, this is your lager.

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Photo of
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opened a 750ml bottle, no information on bottling or drink by dates. Poured a clear gold color with about 1 finger of head. Aroma was malt/yeast then a slight citrus note. I think I also picked up bananas and some other fruit. Starting to get a cold, so ability to smell could be broken at this time. Taste was a whack in the face with an orange. As I drank this moved to a more general citrus flavor, but it was far stronger than the aroma led me to expect. The mouthfeel didn't do a lot for me, in that I thought the carbonation was too much. The "tingle" interfered with the taste. Overall, I felt that this beer was too citrusy. Not bad, but not one I am going to seek out again.

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Photo of Thads324
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a slightly hazy and bubbly golden yellow. A little bit of tight bubbled white head with super serious lacing everywhere.

S : crisp bready malt and german yeast. a bit of grassy aroma with a hint of musty hop. slightly sweet.

T : starts nicely with a good solid malt that is crisp and clean. A slight hop bitterness in the middle that carries through to the end, where there is a weird grassy taste. finishes clean and crisp with a nice hop lingering. Can't tell if the vegetal/grass flavor is from the hops or not, but it is no cool. Everything else is however.

M : a full body and nice drinkability. highly carbonated which is nice for a hot day like today.

Overall a great beer if the weird grassiness was toned down. still pretty good stuff.

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Photo of jsanford
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light copper with a dense white head that settles to a nice cap. Aromas of grainy malt, faintly herbal hops, and a touch of buttered popcorn and sweet caramel. Taste consists of more lightly grainy malt, caramel, and herbal, grassy hops with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Quite easy-drinking. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Really nice Lager overall, perfect for...the Summer. They should name it that or something.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/17/12 notes. Picked this up in NJ at Oak Tree Discount. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip.

a - Pour a clear golden amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, floral notes, light fruit, and light herbal notes. Pretty nice nose, kind of light.

t - Tastes of wheat, grains, pale malts, floral hops. Even lighter than the nose, a bit average to me.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink body.

o - Overall a decent helles lager. I liked the nose, though the taste was a bit average. Nice for a summer day, would have again but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this on a hazy summer day at The Pony Bar on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Don't expect a summer wheat or kolsch because this beer is clearly a helles lager made to represent the German style. The smell was a bit doughy, like yeast meeting malts. The color was a bright orange. The taste reminded me more of a pilsner but better. Malt grain, a touch of citrus and virtually no hops. Overall it was ok, just not my preferred style.

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woodychandler comes through again with yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts and grains. Taste is crisp, malty, a touch of lemon, some light hops, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a thirst quenching beer on a hot day.

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Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. One can only assume that if it is still summer the summer seasonals are still good.

Pale yellow color glows in the light, chunky white lace. Smells of fresh animal feed grain, thick grassy nose with some fresh herbs in the back. Smooth with a crisp snap. Very grainy but not too rough and certainly not astringent. Mouthful of fresh grass, hint of apple skin ... mealy. A lot of flavor packed into this lager, lots of grassy flavor. Semi-dry finish.

Not too shabby, perhaps not rough but still pretty raw tasting. Worth a try though one was good enough for me.

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Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a golden color with a good two fingers of head. As the head thins out thick lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Citrus hops and some floral hops with traces of orange and lemon peel. Light maltiness that's on the biscuity side.

Taste: Crispy mouthfeel with a nice biscuity dryness on the palate. Lemon and some orange peel. Malts are bready with twinge of rye.

Notes: Good and drinkable with a good dry finish with a wisp buttery texture. Cheers.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

A - Clear pale amber body with fairly dense white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S - Sugary caramel malt profile

T - Slight floral hop upfront with spicy sweet malts.

M - Light body with moderate/light carbonation. Quite thin and no stickiness.

O - This was ok but not really worth revisiting. Maybe a good session beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a honeyed gold with a gigantic towering thick head. This is not a shaken bottle or over-carbonated. Terrific look.

Light bready scents and some citric tart aromas. Maybe some yeast.

Light malt flavors combined with some yeasty-bread like qualities with a tart edge. Some mineral notes and a light bitter finish. This would be good fish and chips brew, for sure.

Lighter bodied, but not thin. Decent carbonation throughout.

Overall, not too bad. the tartness of this one is a bit offsetting, and makes me take smaller sips than expected. I think this is probably a good brew for around the grill, or with hot weather fare. Not sure if I'd have this again. I don't hate it, but not unique or good enough for me to have this instead of something else.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden/straw body. Huge frothy white head that sticks around. Good lacing.

Smell: Slight spicy aroma, light lemon zest. Sweet, but light and refreshing.

Taste/Feel: Nice and crisp in the mouth. Sweet almost tart taste. It's not overpowering, though, very refreshing. Some tart/lemony tastes feel artificial, but this tastes natural and fitting. As it warms, the lemony taste gets a little unbalanced, as does the yeasty/bready flavors. Too bad.

Good summer beer, goes well with some pizza.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a glimmering golden hue. Thin, frothy white head pops away. Stingy with its lacing. Body is a bit hazy.

S-Lager yeast is aggressive. Crackery malt. Doughy too. Complemented by a grassy and flower stemmy hoppiness.

T-The yeastiness is quite coercive. It does play quite well with the grassy hops and baker's blend of malts.

M-Crisp despite the fact that I find the yeast to be too strong. Lively carbonation.

O/D-A nice lager but its quite expensive. Good move putting it in a 12 pack of cans. The older, large format bottles were far too pricey for a good, yet fairly simple Lager.

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Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a golden color with a 1/2" head that lasts a while. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: tart green apples and citrus are detectable.

Taste: bready malt, butter, green apples, honey, light grassiness, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Short malty aftertaste. Light to medium in body.

Drinkability: not bad, but a little too buttery for my tastes. Worth a look.

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Photo of JMD
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, I love German Beers and I love summertime. Unfortunately, I'm often very underwhelmed by both American interpretation of German beers, and summer brews in general. I've been to Munich several times and have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed many liters of fantastic helles lager from all of the big Munich breweries. So obviously this beer intrigues me. Now on to the review.

A: Light golden orange color with thick frothy head that lingers for quite a while. Looks nice, but a bit darker than most Helles I've seen.

S: Nice clean aroma. Some faint hops.

T: While this is a tasty summer brew, it misses the mark as a helles. Bready malt upfront with a light hop bite. Good, but not a whole lot going on here. Certainly not much in common with a german helles. Compare this with a Hofbrau or Augustiner and the differences are quite obvious.

S: Light with moderate carbonation

O: I applaud Cisco for attempting to make a style that is not very popular with American brewers. But that said, this is not close to a traditional Helles lager that you would get at a beer hall or beer garden in Munich. Certainly tasty enough to have more than a few on a hot summer day at the beach though.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: grass, grain, and corn;

T: grass and grain; a spicy hop note in the middle; low to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish;

O: thirst quenching; easy to drink;

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this many a times out of the green can, which fits perfectly in a beach setting. It's a lovely straw colored beer that is super light and easy to drink. Bready malts and a nice kiss of hops at the end keep this one in check. A fantastic canned pilsner for the New England folks.

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