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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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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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 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 Flounder57
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, bready, and sweet grains and malts followed by lager yeast and herbal and grassy hops.

Taste: Same as above with a bit more malty sweetness yj as needed I would like. A little bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light bodied, a little chewy, and

Overall: Nice helles lager. Would have like more toasted than sweet notes.

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Photo of Damian
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 3/4 pint/12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass

The liquid poured a crystal-clear, pale golden-amber. A frothy, one-finger tall, bright white crown topped the liquid but it quickly faded to a thin film. Droplets of lacing cascaded down the glass.

Bready, biscuity malts dominated the aroma. Somewhat musky and distinctly German. I definitely picked up some lager yeast notes as well. Clean, grassy hops were detectible as the beer warmed. The hops became more prominent with time and the malts faded into the background.

The flavor profile was initially quite similar to the nose. Crisp and bright. There was a strong biscuity malt presence. Fairly hoppy. As in the nose, grassy hops were quite apparent. The hops crescendoed on the back end and intensified with time. Some tart, lemony hop notes came through in the finish.

The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of the beer. It was incredibly fluffy and creamy. A super fine, moderate effervescence gave the liquid a pillowy soft quality.

Summer of Lager is rather authentic tasting version of a Munich helles lager. Kudos to Cisco Brewers for making a summer beer that bucks the norm.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep brass yellow, with hints of orange bronze. Some good rising carbonation, kind of minimal for a pils. Head is soapy bleach white with minimal retention, some soapy small lacing too. Pretty solid.

What a unique nose. This is woody! Hints of deep doughy malt, and bread. Some faint herbal hop spicy quality as well. This very nice and unique, loving this.

What a surprisingly neutral mid palate, with a good finish that slowly builds to flavor. Mid palate fills with virtually nothing except maybe some sudsy thick carbonation. Finish comes with some dough malt, orange and apricot weak juice aromatics. Much of the character hinted on the nose seems to be lost. Some honey like malt thickness for coating, but missing lots of the matched flavors hinted from the aroma.

Overall it's a fine beer, but doesn't really impress me, and comes off slightly disappointing than anything. Warmth really brings the honey and sweetness out more too. Maybe 3.78 isn't so bad after all.

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Photo of Act25
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've gotta find this in a can, this could be an everyday lager. Fantastic and perhaps their best beer.

A: crystal clear golden, moderate amounts of visible carbonation and good lacing. Tall white head that remains well for a lager.

S: Lemony without being sweet, crackery and inviting. caramel malts, yeast, wheat, grass, and hops

T: Follows the smell, there is a biscuit, caramel malt, layered with grassy and lemony hop flavors - plus a luscious laid back spice and dry finish. I'm really finding it appetizing and want another.

M: Light with moderate carbonation. Clean, crisp, and smooth.

O: I wish this came in cans around here. Would be my summer daily.

CAME BACK TO THIS AFTER HARD INDIAN SUMMER PADDLE. Liked it even more. Great with scallops, crabcakes, summer veggies over peppers. Hard to imagine a better treatment of this style. I wish it would come in cans!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 avalon07
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus, malt, and some esters. Not quite what I expected considering the style, but good nonetheless.

T: Tasted of malt (quite a bit as you might expect), a tinge of citrus (but not too much), and a slight estery quality as well. Like the aroma, this wasn't what I expected, but not bad otherwise. Not particularly complex but pretty tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not your typical Munich Helles Lager, but worth a shot. A good summer beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. dated 0803 13:19

A: golden, bright golden body. good clarity. lots of carb can be seen going to the top. head is frothy and bright white.

S: some pils malt and some fantastic lager esters. smells pretty clean and I am digging the strong yeast component.

T: slightly metallic, minerally. finish gets some more corn/pils-like flavor. virtually no hop flavor, bitterness is minimal as well. the metal flavor is a bit of a turn-off, but otherwise not too shabby.

M: moderate amount of carb. I expected more from how much I saw in the glass. light bodied.

D: nice to have a little more balls on this munich hellles, but still needs a little refining imo. worth trying however and nice to see an American craft brewing this style.

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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 DrewSnyc667
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Bright orange color, not typical of the helles style. Very little head that doesn't really stick at all to the glass. After a sip, there is very little of the head left. a few columns of activity

S: Butter and skunk typical of the helles style. Very floral and spicy

T: Big bavarian style malt with bitter czech hops Almost like a mild czech pilsener, very very nice

M: Big bitter bite keeps the palate really well balanced and refreshed

O: A little early in the season, but this is a really good beer for the summer

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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 grittybrews
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich orange with a finger of white head. Aroma of lemon, hints of orange, and grain.

Moderate carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. Light caramel up front with mild floral notes followed by biscuit and a bit of lemon bitterness on the tail end.

Nice overall, pretty dry and refreshing without being overly thin.

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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 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 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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3.77 out of 5 based on 309 ratings.
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