apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
notalush (5448) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[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.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[ 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.
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
this beer looks more like a saison than a helles beer..
Aroma:Honey,light citrus,light acid,fruity....
Appearance:hazy orange,small head...
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"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."
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
ClarkVV (4425) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.