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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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The Summer of Love was fun they say, but now we’re living in 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 Also sampled as the Winter ’06 Vintage, with similar description and rating.

Sampled at the Milwaukee YEHa!05 courtesy of JPDIPSO: Pours a pale hazy golden with a thin white head. Aroma of light pale malt and a touch of grain and subtle hops. Starts light and thin with some grainy mild sweetness and a lightly bitter finish. Smooth, but uninteresting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 2005 bottle consumed on 12/22/05 with Rastacouere and Siroy. Pours a lightly hazy (sediment on bottom) golden-copper color (though rather light on the copper) with a mountainous white head that is well-retained and creates plenty of lacing. Aroma of distinct yet tastefully done English hops (viney, leafy, soily almost). Thick house yeast is dusty and quite mineralesque and layered well on top of a rich dough and honey, with warm bready notes. Hops are dry in the nose, not spicy or sweaty and quite subtle. Flavor is immensely yeasty, with a thick dough sweetness, chewy and redolent of well water. But a light tanginess grows on the end, dry hops but yet a bit of floral or herbal character from them. Baked bread cooling on the stone hearth. Rustic as always, no wateriness and quite drinkable. Carbonation is actually quite low (for a Cisco beer!) but relative to other breweries, it is still a good dose of it. Natural, however, and rather expansive, but not obnoxiously so. Chewy, soft and playful texture. Perhaps some tart nectarine/peach skins linger on as interpretation of the hops. Perhaps the yeast gets in the way, a tad too much of this delicate style. I appreciate the fresh house character, but it dosent quite compare to a classic German example (or the Summer of Lager). Though, I don’t think this is supposed to be quite the same thing.
Earlier Rating: 6/18/2004 Total Score: 4.5
04 bottling, 750mL. Bottle conditioned bright burnished gold, hazy, fiery peach. Just amazing pour. The head begins dark, deep yellow and then mellows out to a beige. Aroma of lovely pilsener style malt, fresh lightly piney hops, some light citrus notes (lemon and tangerine). Wonderful flavor that is full bodied, hugely malty (cookie dough, light yeast, angel food cake) light but refreshing hops, juicy and fresh. Lots of honey, and orange blossom. Mouthfeel, true to cisco starts out hugely carbonated, but if you let it breathe, it mellows out some and really works for the style adding a zesty punch. Good moderate spice on the finish. Torn between giving this a perfect palate, but it came off just a tad bit too sweet for me. Still a wonderful flavor, aroma and appearance. I’d give this one a 6 for appearance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Thanks John! Cloudy yellow body. Mandarin orange and grahm cracker aroma. Lightly spicy flavor over clean pale malt. Green finish. I really enjoyed this guy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Typical Cisco charming looks. A light golden, gently hazy body covered by a delicately laced, gigantic white well shaped head. Delicious soft pilsner malt showdown bringing one layers of doughy yeastiness in abundance. Growing likeable biscuity character, almost chewy despite the general airiness. Approachable tartness akin to summer of lager, gently lemony with stoney, closing onto mineral Cisco house character. Very floral finish, hay-like and as refreshing as it gets. Tartish yet not so crisp citric bite. Light-medium bodied, saturated carbonation. Plain good.
Earlier Rating: 9/9/2005 Total Score: 4
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Malty, lemon citrus aroma with just a hint of what I will call "funkiness." Pale, cloudy yellow with a thinning white head. Nice and tart lemon flavor with noticable malt. Watery, crisp and dry finish. An interesting lager. Thanks JPDIPSO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Lightly hazed straw colored liquid. Fluffy off white head. Light aromas of white grapes that are slightly acidic. Hints of pale grainy malt in the background. Flavors match with the aromas. A quenching summer brew. Has some landbier qualities. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Milwaukee YEHa!05, provided by JPDIPSO. Apricoty body, thin off-white head. Fruity aroma, with white grape and pear, quite phenolic, with lemon notes as well. Lemony body with earthy hops, biscuity and bready, with white grapes. Carbonation was a bit strong; this would have been better with softer carbonation, as the lemony, creamy body would have been emphasized. Still, this was a pretty nice lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Hazy, unfiltered and muted pale gold in color with melting ice sheets as the head. Light lemon shortbread aroma, along with cream cheese, crescent rolls and lemon Jolly Ranchers. Sweet, succinct and inviting. Interesting first quaff. Bready, to say the least, enforced by low fat crescent rolls and herbal lemon tea. Soft malt footsteps pitter-patter to a beat that’s synchronized with my heart’s content. Lemon capers and summer coolers. Such an enjoyable and excellently executed lager. Thanks for bringing this one, JPDIPSO!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours to a light straw colored murky body with a thin white head. The aroma is light. Citrusy and fruity/perfumey/grainy. The flavor is light with some citrus and hay. Light grains. Not really that impressive, but great for the style. The palate is tart and malty. Light and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
pours a straw hazy color w/ a whispy white head and some light lacing. Smells of perfume hop lightyly grainy some straw. Even palate some decent coating. yeast and light fruit some light grain

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