MateVeza Organic Golden Ale - Cervecería de MateVeza
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2.23/5 rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
I had never seen this beer before, so after coming across it at my local beer store, I decided to give it a shot. On the bottle is a map of South American, which is a little deceiving, because it says that is it brewed at the "California Organic Brewery" in Chico, Ca. That doesn't exist on BeerFly. Then I noticed a url printed on the bottle - www.mateveza.com. Ah, so this is a Butte Creek offering, as I suspected by the two words "organic" and "Chico".
Anyway this is brewed with Yerba Mate herb, which is described in detail on the website. It's a caffeinated beverage, equal to a cup of coffee, or so they claim. They also claim that it is a "Naturally Caffeinated Pale Ale", but I'm calling this thing a herb/spiced beer. I think anyone who tries it will agree. Too bad I can't classify it with that tag officially.
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an imperial pint glass.
A - Pours a golden brown color that is transparent and clean in look. Nice two finger head foams up after an aggressive pour, but recedes fairly quickly leaving not much lace behind.
S - Errr, odd. I'm hesitant to say that it smells bad, just strange. More like tea than beer. A sweet spice starts things off with a little bit of malt and honey. Not much in the hop department that I could descern, though the website says that they used cascade.
T - Again, not what I was expecting. This is like tea with a bit of hop bite. Starts with a bit of dirty charcoal and moves into the an herbal presense that isn't too offensive and rounds it with a healthy dose of tap water.
M - Very, very thin. Carbonation is lacking.
D - Not a fan. I hate to trash a new beer, but this needs a bit of work. Maybe some will like it, but this isn't my cup of tea. Then again, I'm not a tea fan.
I'll give these guys some credit though. In the crowded world of craft brews where similarities between styles and makers abound, this is truley unique. I have never had anything quite like this.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2007 00:29:10 | More by SethB2
MateVeza Organic Golden Ale from Cervecería de MateVeza
76 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.