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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2006
25 oz bottle. Pours a clear bright gold with a creamy one finger white head that faded to a thin film. Very nice lacing left. Crisp bready malt nose with a soft light lemony hop overtone. A little bit of a general lemony citrus character and on the second glass some dry yeast character. Flavor is spicy with some lemony citrus and bready malt. On the second glass, the high amount of yeast overtook the lemon notes. Very light on the palate and pretty crisp on the finish, quite refreshing. An interesting beer for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2006
Chalky green grapefruit aroma is bursting with citrus character and a faint acidity. Opaque blonde body is topped by a fair but fizzy, white head that recedes rapidly to partial cover. Strong unripe citrus and chalky, leafy, green hop flavour that is somewhat sharp. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Citrus and acidity stick in the throat. Strong carbonation with a very dry texture and somewhat prickly carbonation. Bottle (State Line Liquors, MD, Oct-05) sampled with GonZoBeeR, MartinT, Rastacouere and Siroy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Murky, cloudy dark yellow body with barely a head. Strikingly citrus and lemony flavor - mixed with a strange bitter hoppiness that tastes a little "off", maybe similar to a spicy tea. Wheaty and yeasty aroma. Its very dry and is definetely more for the summertime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5637) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2006
[Winter Vintage] First of all, it is really friggin’ lame to repackage your summer beer as a winter beer - that said, this is an interesting lager - cloudy golden pour, with a bready, almost tart aroma - a tiny bit sour, which makes it interesting, complimenting the light, lemony character - nice hop bite at the end - not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2006
[ Bottled ; chilled ; dates are unknown ]
A mostly diminishing thin fizzy off-white head tops up a clear medium orange body. Moderate lacing. No particles. Few small bubbles. Aroma presents malt being medium bread and biscuit.. hops are moderate citrusy ... Yeast character is moderate dough. Also, there are evocations of pears. Initial flavor is moderate pils like malt while development is getting more bitter. Finish is long . medium body... oily texture... Fizzy carbonation... Wonderful and expressive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (3040) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
this beer looks more like a saison than a helles beer.. Aroma:Honey,light citrus,light acid,fruity.... Appearance:hazy orange,small head... Flavor:acid,fruity,citrus,orange....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2006
"Poured a golden color with nice size head which left great lacing. Aroma was citrusy and a little spice. Flavor was refreshing would be a great summer beer. lemony malts and a slight hop to it. Great beer."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11899) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2006
25 oz bottle ink stamped on bottom 174 19:44 1122-pours a foamy, four finger+ reducing to rocky with patches clinging to the side of the glass offwhite head. Color is hazy yellow with effervescence. Aroma is musty, grain. Taste is sweet, fruity, musty, a muted tanginess. Different than the standard for a lager style. A mellow, fruity Duvel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5214) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2015 2005 bottle consumed on 12/22/05 with Rastacouere and Siroy, as Winter Vintage. 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. 8/5/8/4/17

Draught at Publick House, 5/20/15
Always loved this beer so I figured it was high time to revisit. I don’t follow much of what Cisco’s doing anymore, but I know this used to be a helles. It certainly is different than it used to be, though I’m not sure it’s quite a Czech Pils. That being said, it dosent matter. The beer is dry, very hoppy but a bit lacking in the maltiness. This used to have supportive, comforting, honeyed malts that helped balance and really set this apart from a lot of others (and made it quite authentic, almost as if it was decoction mashed). Seems a bit more stark and with a good deal more hop resin than I remember. Hops are heavily floral, lightly citric and well-done, but the beer just seems a bit bland. I always love Cisco’s bottle conditioning, so maybe I’ll revisit the bottle. Score is for this current sample.

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