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The Citizen - Cismontane Brewing Company

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The Citizen
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86
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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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Chaz33187
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

?A- yellowy amber
S- slight yeasty smell
T- full balanced taste with friendly malts, hoppy aromas in your mouth and a straight sugar aftertaste
M- very thin, drinkable feel
O- balanced and smooth- great if you aren't sure whether you want a pale ale or sweet lager

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of lsummers
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange with a frothy two finger bone white head. Smells fantastic, creamy slightly earthy almond like malts with hints of the grassy, piney hops.

Taste is crisp and refreshing with notes of creamy nuttyness and caramel malts. Hops are more in the backend with some piney, herbal notes. Hint of banana/pear/clove.

Mouthfeel is good, it's light and crisp on the tongue. Hint of viscosity could help at the end of the taste.

Overall this is a definite favorite of the style. I have had this before and will probably have it again.

Photo of lauras231279
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

Photo of BLACKENEDPLAGUE
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of timc100
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, slightly hazy vivid copper gold. Nice foamy white head. Smells very good - crisp citrus hops, grain, and lager yeast. Tastes very refreshing, clean and fresh - citrus hops and lager. The body is light and fits well with the other components. Active carbonation that doesn't get in the way. A nice surprise extra in a trade. Paired well with a steak teriyaki dinner.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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.

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!

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

Photo of Charlottini
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I recently had this on tap at the Tam O' Shanter in Los Feliz, LA, CA. It all started with the "jackpot ringer", ok, the handle. A tree branch with a metal plate on it? We are off to a great start!!! I tasted it and thought it sublime. It was nice and strong, smooth, had plenty of alcohol and over the course of the several that followed, just got better and better. This is not true for every beer. Some you might not be able to drink all night and enjoy as much as your first. This was not the case with this beer, it paired as perfectly at the bar with conversation as it did with beef sliders! Fantastic! I contacted the brewery to find out where to buy it, they suggested Whole Foods might have some left. One bottle indeed, all mine! Can't wait to try it!!

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.

The Citizen from Cismontane Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.