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