Cisco Brewers Summer of Lager – Beer Review

Cisco Summer of Lager beer review - it's good!

Back in April I tried my hand at a beer review. The beer was Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale, the weather was crisp, and a young Ryan Braun was preparing for six months of whacking a spheroid with a club.

Three months later, the Blue Moon review has grown stale, my work ethic has been called into question, and our Mr. Braun has become the mightiest of mighty Caseys.

Now that that’s out of the way, my Second Beer Review ™! This time, it’s Summer of Lager by a local brewery, Cisco Brewers of Nantucket. No more Coors Fancy, this is a craft beer for beer-loving hippies. They use the word “groovy” in the beer’s web description and probably ride bicycles and wear bandannas as hats.

Cisco Summer of Lager beer review - it's good!

The beer is a Munich Helles Lager (thank you BeerAdvocate, as I had never heard of this particular style).

On first sip, it’s tasty – there’s more flavor than I’m used to expecting out of a lager (damn my St. Louis upbringing and Anheuser-Busch). It’s mildly hoppy, which is always up my alley – not exactly a Troeg’s HopBack, but certainly enough to make it interesting. It’s not too heavy, although if the day is particularly hot, as it has been in Boston these past two weeks, I do find myself wishing for a sweeter, lighter Hefeweizen. There’s a little hint of citrus to it.

Pork steaks in Boston - who knew

Cisco suggests you pair this beer with lobster. I paired it with an old St. Louis specialty, the pork steak. Yes, as you can see, I had them cut way too thick… but after pouring some beer in a Pyrex container, covering them and sticking them in the oven for half an hour, they turned out a-freaking-mazing. Pork steaks in Boston. Might be a first.

But I digress… the Cisco Summer of Lager tasted wonderful with the pork steaks. More importantly, the second Summer of Lager tasted as good as – if not better than – the first. As I said, they’re a little heavier than what I usually go for on really hot days, but they’re also more flavorful. I like hops. I also love lamp.

If you’re somewhere that sells them, Cisco’s Summer of Lager beers are quite good. Not my favorite by any stretch, but a worthy alternative on a hot summer’s day to a Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat (my favorite beer, incidentally) or a Harpoon UFO White (a close 3rd).

Try them yourself, and let me know in the comments what you think – I’m just a beer drinker who likes tasty beer, so please add your own expertise and experience to the mix!

Beer Name: Summer of Lager
Brewed By: Cisco Brewers – Massachusetts
Subsidiary Of: Independent
Alcohol By Volume: 5.6%
Beer Type: Munich Helles Lager
Cap Type: Pry-off
Dan’s Score: 8/10
  • Steve

    I’m a huge fan of the Cisco brand. I’m having a Summer of Lager tonight. It’s missing that bold hoppy punch that a craft lager should have. Still a nice finish.

    Thanks for the post.