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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2001

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden in the light and on the verge of copper just looking at it on the table. A decent amount of light fluffy head at the start but dwindles down to just a thick ring around the edges. The aroma is earth and hay with a solid backbone of fresh milled grain. Flavor is light and tangy sweet, subtly toasted malt flavors and a earthy/grassy hop finish. A lot of carbonation on the back of your throat along with a slight metallic tingle right after you swallow. However, that gets covered up by the grassy hops. The finish is has a bitterness that creeps on you but is pleasant. Some lemon flavors are present right as finish begins. Smooth and light body with a strong hop/bitter finish.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no date, poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Bright golden pour with a finger's worth of white head. Retention is minimal and leaves a loose lace.

S - Malty nose, somewhat bready with a light, fruity edge.

T&M - Roasted malts abound, with a decent dose of a spicy hop presence that provides some balance, but seems to mostly make itself known in the otherwise clean finish. Lighter bodied, with just a hint of fruitiness that adds a bit to the lighter feel.

O - An overall decent offering. Clean flavors, easy to drink, and pretty tasty. Nothing that's going to knock your socks off, but well done.

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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 micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A well carbonated beer thats very clear, and has a nice deeper straw color.
The head cap is under developed and fades to just a thick foam collar.

Nicely aromatic with bready malt tones. Hops are very light and sutle.

A good tasting beer rich in bready, grainy malts. It has a pilsner type taste due to the use of pilsner malts.
There is really no hop taste but the beer does have a slight bitterness to balance out the malt bill.

Sharp and semi dry with a little astringency in the aftertaste.

A good summer beer perfect for thrist quenching.

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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 Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I get what this beer's all about - what it has "going on". Friends with me thought it was skunked or off in some way. If you've had a couple of Cisco's brews, there's is a strange funkiness to them - I call it "character".

But I've tasted a few not ubiquitously known German pils that have a comparable woody hop coupled with staling bread crust-y malt flavor and stewing in mineral-rich waters thing about them. Could be an issue with the yeast not being the best fit, I don't know. Not appropriate to put it in that context.

For what it is, a definite German-inspired recipe, it's alright. The crooked, soft-spiky green (hop, grain-grass) qualities fit the crown of the mid-level, clean bread-roll malt foundation like a tad-too-tight, tad-over-sized straw farm hat.

Clean-drinking, light-medium bodied (a definite helles lager trait, not pils) but strikes you with a delightful, uncommon dissonance.

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Photo of gfreed
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent stab at a lighter beer from a overhyped brewery that usually overstuffs its brews with fat Belgian traits whether they are appropriate or not. For a lager this is heavier, denser and maltier than I expected but it still felt buoyant. Not much aroma but decent flavors that are dominated by malt and a bit of bread. Not your average helles by any means.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest starting head that settles quickly to a single layer of bubbles which leave a handful of spots. Light gold color and clear.

Grassy and grainy aromas. Some pale malted barley aroma and faint, faint hop.

Fresh summer beer with little of the malt showing up on the taste. Mature hop bitterness in the swallow, lingers well. The body is quite light, naturally. Lots of spritz. A good beer for a hot day.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Liberty St Tavern. I assumed this was a pilsner, based on the strong, spicy hop character. It's not overpowering, but provide a tasty balance to the mild toasty grains. The beer didn't have soft bready feel of a classic helles, but that doesn't really matter, this is a fine lager worth enjoying over the summer.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer of Lager pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a small, fizzy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin sheet on the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is light with notes of bread and hints of lemon and a touch of grass.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is dry on the palate with an effervescent fizz. The flavor is a blend between toasted malt and light fruit. It starts bready, followed by hints of peach and a touch of lemon. It finishes slightly tart with lingering fruity notes.

This is an easy drinking, refreshing beer. Great for a hot summer day.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

The "lightest" of their beers, it's brewed in October with Belgian lager malt, German Munich malt, some wheat malt, Mt. Hood hops and Hallertau hybrid hops, lagered and then sold the following summer.

Pours a hazy golden color with tons of carbonation that creates a billowy and tight foam that seeks to escape the glass. The nose is soft and bready, with a slight musty and husky character, faint vinous and herbal notes. Body is thicker than expected--full and round and a bit viscous, very creamy and smooth on the palate too. More bready malt characters--bready dominates the brew--followed by a light sweetness, grape note from the Munich malt and herbal hop flavor that's got a slight spicy kick to it. Sweet cereal grains toward the finish, which turn a bit coarse, dry and grainy ... oh, and moreish--Cisco was right.

Summer of Lager is a fantastic lager that comes in at just under 6 percent alcohol by volume and is full of flavor, while maintaining its balance and subtleties--as a good lager should. Definitely a must try for lagerheads or anyone wanting to try a solid interpretation of a German Munich Helles.

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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 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 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 KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy translucent light amber, with quick foam. Some residual light malty smell. Some yeastiness. Clean helles taste, firm hop throughout. Light bitter close. Fruit hints.

Everything in moderation here, good drinkable beer.

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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 ksimons
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-a medium orange with carbonation bubbles and a light covering of lace

S-fruity and sweet, some malts come through

T-bitter hops come out the most with a small taste of sweetness and malts

M-medium carbonation, smooth, bitter mouthfeel

D-good for a summer day, not what I was expecting but glad I tried it

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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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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 jonziefle
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy, dark honey color. Monster head with the pour (possibly from a shaken bottle). Head is foamy and billowy with very good retention and lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell: A nose of hops and wheat beer spices – cinnamon and cloves; not at all like a lager I was thinking. Definitely “bright” in the smell, but maltier than a wheat.

Taste: Tastes like a wheat lager, definitely “bright”. Malty enough to be a lager, but with gentle hops and wheat-like smoothness. The spices also come through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a bit of a carbonation bite.

Drinkability: A very nice summer lager. Tastes very light in flavor like a wheat, but definitely a lager. Not for a hardcore lager lover, but great for a lighter wheatier taste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a big, rocky head that quickly fades without a trace of lace

Smell: A hint of cracked wheat

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing fruity character; after the swallow, the fruit and the herbal hop flavors emerge; there is an underlying sweetness that is surprising

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting at all, as this tastes more like an ale rather than a lager; very unusual, but I rather enjoyed it

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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 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 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 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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Summer Of Lager from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.77 out of 5 based on 309 ratings.
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