Monday, May 16, 2011

2011 ACBW Day #1: Cisco Brewers - Summer of Lager

Cisco Brewers – Nantucket, MA
Summer of Lager
5.6% ABV, 12 oz or 22 oz, also available on draught

This summer lager is brewed in the fall, aged all winter, sampled in the spring, and released right around now!

The Summer of Lager pours a hazy golden orange brew, which gives the appearance of being unfiltered (although I couldn’t find anything saying it was/wasn’t filtered). It also includes a moderate carbonation level. There is virtually no sustainable head, although it was light, white, and fluffy while it was around.

The nose of the beer picks up floral and citrusy tones, and has a slightly malty backbone. It also has nice notes of flagrant hops.

The flavor of the Summer of Love Lager is slightly bitter, but you can pick up the floral and citrus flavors from the hops. The lager is still clean, and nicely refreshing. The citrus aspect really shines through on this offering from Cisco Brewers. I can’t quite compare this with the citrus levels of a Belgian or summer brew, but it’s surprisingly citrusy. In a good way though.

The mouth feel on this beer is mild. It has a nice spiciness that lasts on your tongue after a few sips, and goes down smooth and easy. With that, I give this Summer Lager a fairly high drinkability level. It’s a really nice late spring/early summer lager. I found this beer in six packs, but it is also available (according to the Cisco Brewers website) in 22oz and draught beer. If you get a six pack, you could drink a few of these, and definitely share them with a friend!

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