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RATINGS: 186   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (567) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Somewhere between straw and copper. Bone white head. Aroma of pear, malt and a bit of corn. Not too far off a pale lager. Light noble hop spice. Flavor is slightly sweet malt, and that's about it. No hops or any complexity really. Maybe a touch of noble spice in the back. Crisp and spotless. He more I drink the more I feel the bitterness lingering on my palate. I would love the malt to be a bit dryer. Not bad for the style though.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ContemplateBeer (1531) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2014 Aroma: Lightly honeyed malts with cereal; hops are more herbal and lightly lemony. Appearance: Royal gold, mostly transparent pour with a foamy white head that settles into a slightly sticky skin; visible carbonation is very minimal. Flavor: Herbal/ lemon character is most apparent with malts coming in a bit more midway; dries out thoroughly with some lingering semi-sweet malts. Palate: Full body, creamy texture, very soft carbonation, lingering finish. Overall: Thought this was pretty good; in the top 1% of Czech Pils? I have my doubts.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Frank (2832) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2014
This is sort of pale ale-ish I guess. It does not really strike me as a traditional lager style at all. It is cloudy orange golden w/ a huge head and lots of sticky lace. It smells of nutty malts and fruity hops. This is a rather thick and full bodied beer w/ creamy carbonation, definitely heavy for the proclaimed style but pleasant enough. The hop character here is sort of dusty and earthy w/ a bit of resinous pine. This is not outright terrible but not at all what I was expecting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1950) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle from my sister’s trip to the US. Served in a lager glass, it is a crystal clear deep gold with a foamy off-white head. Bready light malts with a touch of lemon. A nice full bodied beer with lemon and bready light malts. A nice lager.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NallePalle (103) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2014 Bottle. Overall a good representative of the lager type, well balanced. Had this with lobster.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1163) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2014 I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. It was bottled on 4/2/14 and cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Perfectly golden hue over a crystal clear body with plenty of carbonation visible. Pours to a small, bright white, frothy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Grassy hops, hay, a hint of lemon peel or citrus character.

Taste: We can’t get fresh Czech and German pilsners over here, so having an American take on the style that’s fresh and available is a nice alternative, like Cisco Summer of Lager for example. This is a no frills/by-the-book pilsner and it works because it is exactly what it’s supposed to be. A tasty beer of authentic all-malt base, some mineral character, and the hops aren’t skimped on, either.

Up front there’s a light sweetness from the golden malts. Some notes of light bread, crackers, and honey. The Noble hops impart some earthy/herbal bitterness as well as a mild spicy flavor, especially through the middle. Additionally sweetness on the finish with a touch of caramel. I’m genuinely surprised and impressed by not only how good this beer is, but by how much I enjoyed it.

Drinkability: Pale lagers and pilsners have their place in the beer world, especially in the summer, and as a seasonal, Cisco Summer of Lager does exactly what it’s supposed to do. The mouthfeel is thin, crisp, wet and refreshing with a clean aftertaste. It’s almost too easy to drink as I really like to savor the nuances here. At 5.5% ABV it’s just a tad heavier than I’d prefer, though it does seem quite efficient for its weight as there’s plenty of taste here. Extremely tempting to session.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsnicholas (119) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle (12oz): Pours clear golden. This is a nice lager, but not my favorite type.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontape (279) - Valley Village, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Can. Really nice summer lager, a great day drinker (hope they say the Sam about me one day...)

Pours clear amber with substantial white head. Bready malt comes through foremost on the nose while the subtle hop kick comes through on the back end. Smooth and relatively full-bodied. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2014
transparent gold, thin white head, wispy white head good lacing. Grainy nose, tons of toast, strong bitterness. Flavor is buttered crust, tons of toasty grass bitterness mid before lightly milky finish, thin and sticky with a bone dry finish, lightly papery.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewBoxer (1982) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours a tan color. Taste is crisp light and session able. Flavorful and fuityish for the summer

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryrpat (111) - Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Very light and refreshing. Perfect summertime lager. Nice smooth with little aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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