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The Citizen - Cismontane Brewing Company

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The Citizen
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BA SCORE
85
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beagle75 on 12-21-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some grassy aromas. Taste is of malt/grain flavors up front with an herbal and grassy hop finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, it's always good to try another beer of this particular style and this one is pretty good but nothing all that special.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Texasfan549, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing to assist this one to get a score.

Pours gold with a super short white head that disappears with a flash. Crystal clear but no head to speak of.

Nose is medium light esters that's pleasant but a bit faint.

Mouthfeel is medium full with nice balance and medium to elegant carbonation.

Flavor profile is the strength of this beer. Big assertive and mouthfilling flavors of ripe fruit, salt, celery, green herbs and pine bitter.

Actually pretty complex and layered. There is almost a fruity burned toast character that gives way to a finish of big pine bitter.

While I'm no expert on this style, it is classically true to the style. This is actually a really nice effort.

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

kjkinsey, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

SocalKicks, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

drewone, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +5.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a goldenrod to light amber with a light white head, some lace.

S: Sweet treacly malt, mandarin orange, hint of honeycomb, blind I'd say it smells almost Belgian.

T: Direct upfront bitterness, pine for sure with secondary kumquat and mango flavours. The 45 IBUs are there and they let you know it. Nice malt character, the flavour for me in the end in pilsner meets American Pale Ale. Kind of an imaginary blend of Prima Pils and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

M: Medium-bodied, firm carbonation, strong aftertaste especially in a steam beer, but it works.

O: This is like Anchor Steam on steriods, but really it's nowhere near Anchor Steam, it doesn't use Anchor Steam as a template. This is a lager that takes its influence from modern CA brewing, it's not looking to the past. Well made and quite tasty.

Halcyondays, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle purchased from Whole Foods Los Altos, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich.

Pours a slightly hazed amber hue with a frothy crest of brittle white that settles to a pack of pocked pancake bubbles.

Nose is pretty bland. Slightly weedy vegetative character above a neutral malt sweetness that gives some rounded characters to the aroma. Mostly though, it's par for the course, even if it's not actively dull.

Caramel on the palate, with a slightly salty edge, giving it some pleasant savoury overtones. A hint of copper comes through, with a slight peppery back palate that it mostly lost in a wash of apathetic malt. I don't have a lot to say about the beer just because it doesn't have a lot to say about itself.

Feel is smooth enough, but slightly gassy. It's decent without being anything beyond that.

I found this beer to be exceptionally lacking in style or imagination. It's not even particularly well crafted for what it is. I'd say that it feels by-the-numbers, but I think it even falls short of that. I was pretty unimpressed.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Tap Shack, on to the beer:

This is the Cismontane that I hoped for from the time I first tasted them. Its copper color and good head retention leave a good first impression on The Citizen. Sourbdough bread and a floral note in the nose. Good tasting stuff, sourdough at first, softer notes of pine, floral, and citrus. Medium bodied and easy to drink. The California Common is anything but common to find, so it's great to see Cismontane doing a style other brewers shy away from.

DoubleJ, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.5%

dmorgan310, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A soft pale amber color, The Citizen develops a small, fluffy white head with [retty good retention and leaves a modicum of both spotting and patches of lacing with just a bit of legging.
I'm a little surprised given that I'm supposed to be expecting a Steam or Common ale and I'm getting more of a Hefeweizen. Fruits, a light dustiness, and banana are the prominent notes with a bit of dryness coming out. There's a sweetness like honey and citrus (orange, not grapefruit or lemon). Tropical fruits? There's a very, very gentle bitterness as well, mostly of the floral variety. It's not too light on flavor and altogether very bright, with pale malts pulling through it all underneath. I have no idea how to regard it in terms of style, though. There's something marring it a tad in a note something like a mix of herb and sulfur, though I couldn't describe it in much detail beyond that.
The feel is bright, fluffy and creamy. This is a very light-bodied brew, though by no means thin. It's got enough of a crisp edge and smooth flow to keep it from being boring.

Brenden, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep burnt orange colour, a bit flat. Head is just a film of cloudy off-white. Looks like a beer. Congrats.

Smells fruity, with tropical notes. Passion, paw-paw, banana and some exotic spice. Pepper, Szechuan even maybe, some vanilla and peach. Intriguing.

Taste is more pedestrian. Bit of peach fruit, some notes of banana, apricot and some hop on the back. Pretty dry, though, and not bursting with flavour. I like the subtlety, it adds to drinkability but it seems like a lot of other beers without much special or unique to recommend it.

Bit of body, but no texture. Bit bland to be honest.

Nice enough flavours, could definitely drink all night. But just doesn't interest me that much.

laituegonflable, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1167th Review on BA
Bottle to Triple Karmelit
750 Ml

2012 Bottle

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing

Shared with GuruDel, JazzPatel, MrHirschybar & BdubleEdubleRUN

App- A lighter yellow with some golden mixed in. No real head but more of a 1/4" of bubbles. Again another beer without a lot of cling or lace either.

Smell- Well there was a few things going on in the glass. It wasn't overly aromatic but had some lager notes with some bitter hops and some lemon. I got none of the barrel. Really suprising.

Taste- I hate to say this because Vince is my boy but this really was like a AAL to me. Had a good malty backbone with some lemon and then moved to a lager note on the finish.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation level. Residual lager notes mixed with some lemon.

Drink- It was just okay. The style isnt my favorite and if you barrel age it, I want the chardonnay notes to really shine through. Just a bit lacking to me.

FosterJM, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ste5venla, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head, The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and grainy malts with citrus and floral hops with a bit of lager yeast.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel and grainy malts with some citrus hops and a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, some light pine hops with some more bitterness comes through some more bready and biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy and caramel malts with citrus hops, light bitterness, and a touch of lager yeast.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice California common with a good malt and hop balance.

ngeunit1, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Smarty_Pints, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a toasted straw-tan color with nice creamy foam and a lingering hint of tartness on the nose. It has an almost biscuity-tart flavor which makes it much more interesting than your typical California common or steam beer, at least in my experience. There’s a lightly lemony hop aroma with some sweetish biscuit notes on the flavor. The Citizen reminded me in some aspects of the tartness from a Berliner weiss beer, combined with a lighter Anchor Steam.

elNopalero, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bostonryan, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of jeff1973
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

jeff1973, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Gregwa, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of pkalix
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap at (where else?) THE TAPHOUSE in Huntington Beach.
nice pint of golden/ruby colored fare, virtually no head, no carbonation.
smell was almost non-existent, but there was some taste. malts and hops were evident ( i gotta learn my malts better!) with a little hop bitterness.
kind of an unremarkable flavor to me and, overall, just another average, hoppy product from another 'craft' brewery trying to make a name for itself. stronger flavors than need be, but it seems to be the norm for the breweries trying to make a name for themselves.
HOWEVER(!), the girl running bartender at this establishment was FAR MORE FLAVORFUL than the brew. blonde, beautiful, (bountiful!), and with a smile on her face. what a treat. almost any beer is certain to be delectable in her presence!

pkalix, Sep 21, 2012
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The Citizen from Cismontane Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.