Table Beer - Mystic Brewery

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Mystic Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hopdaemon39 on 06-01-2013

Mystic Table Beer traces its roots back to a time when water was never an option at the dining table. Beer from 1.2-4.5% ABV was served at the table as well as in the fields in the form of saison. Its flavor and texture are derived from our house yeast strain, ‘Renaud’ as well as traditional bottle-conditioning.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at AndrewK's tasting.

Batch number: 003.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and refreshing.

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, caution light yellow in color, clear

Smell: lemon, funk, hay, and Belgian spices

Taste: lemon, funk, hay, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet and funky, light in body, high carbonation

Overall: Another really good Mystic saison. I love the lightness of this. Great sessionable summer beer. Nice and lemony.

Photo of Chunkah
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light, delicious, nicely carbonated, and refreshing.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip- pours a hazy golden yellow color with two fingers of frothy white head, good retention, some nice little streaks of lacing.

Smell is faint, but appealing- very farm-y. Earthy yeast and pilsener malt are at the forefront. A very slight aroma of dry noble hops.

Taste is subtle but not boring- same flavors are present as in the aroma. A little hops up front, followed by grainy light barley malt, then then finishes with the earthy yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel is very nice- super refreshing. Very light body (but still has that grain backbone unlike, say, the All Day IPA), modest carbonation. This is a really good session beer, not for getting drunk but for drinking with food and for refreshment on a hot summer day. I would highly recommend it, especially since it's only 6.99 a bomber.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of Belgian yeast, although these aren't as strong compared to other beers in the style and there isn't any associated spiciness. Hints of lemons are also noticeable.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. It would pair well with a meal since it doesn’t have any dominant flavors.

Note: Batch Number 13

Serving type: bottle

Photo of N17shelfside
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Important to remember that I am reviewing this according to style. I enjoyed this beer on a nice warm day sitting outside while eating lunch on the porch. For that this beer is perfect. It has a nice pale straw color, deeper in the bottle there is some extra cloudiness from the yeast. Not much head in the pour. There is some nice saisony sweetness with strong lemony tartness to round out the flavor. As an everyday table beer this one has plenty of complexity and a great overall flavor.

Photo of cbutova
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes over the weekend.

A- Split into a few pint glasses with an uber pale straw body. Just slightly hazy and a foamy white head forms to about a finger in height. Retention is decent and lacing is spotty.

S- Apple and fruity esters up front with some farmhouse yeast feel in the background. Light grain but mostly citrus and fruity yeast feel.

T- Apple, pear and citrus fruit notes come in nicely from the yeast strain. Also some good spiciness and an herbal/floral hop feel. Light sweetness and slightly tart.

MF- Ultra light body with a medium dry feel. Carbonation is foamy and on the higher side of things. Just a slight bitterness in the finish.

Flavorful and pleasant despite the lower ABV for a yeast driven style. Feels fruity overall and drinks super easily and refreshing on a 95F+ day. I'll have another bottle and add to these notes but to me it was a simple, sessionable Saison.

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Many of their beer impress me, but they've had a few flukes here and there. However, their saisons seem to be good, and hopefully this being a "table beer" which the idea has been dying out, so this should be interesting. Batch #001

Pours a nice fizzy bubbly 1.5 finger head that starts to fade semi quickly but slows a bit, leaving just small spots of lacing, over slightly hazy lemonade golden yellow color.

Nose has a nice saison aroma, light farmhouse funk but very light, a nice rustic toasty wheat and a light pilsner like malt, nice grassy hay and touch of straw, a bit of a lemony aroma too, and the farmhouse funk brings a nice tart lemony aroma, almost like a good Fantome saison, or even almost like a very light lambic tart lemon, it actually reminds me somewhat of the good HIll Farmstead saisons.

Taste brings more like bready doughy yeast and malt characters, a little chewy wheat like, very light toasty blond malts, some juicy malt flavors, but too bready and doughy, and a little candy sweetness. Plenty of straw and grassy flavors, a light lemongrass, and more tart lemon flavors but not nearly the nice tartness the nose had, with a bit of the farmhouse funk but not a lot, hint of lemon rind, mild esters and touch tannic bitterness. Some bitterness from the saison funk, a bit of lemon rind, and seems like some light grassy lemony hops as well. Cereal grains start to make their way through as well, with the lemon peel starting to really push, like the lemon peel in a bad martini. Finish brings lots more of the lemon peel , more cereal grains, little sweet but dry at the same time, and slightly flemmy somehow, with a little acidic pop and hint of funk remaining.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of carbonation forcing me to constantly burp.

Overall not bad, a nice tart funky aroma that lead me to believe this would be great, but the taste was a little bit of a let down from there. Still a nice rounded table beer with good characters, no real flaws other than the cereal grains and lemon rind getting a little overbearing eventually, but still drinkable, tasty, a nice saison character still there while maintaining a table beer style.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to mattvandyk for knocking this beer off my wants list!

750ml C&C bottle; batch 002. Cork comes out with an assertive pop.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Straw pale yellow bodied beer with moderate haziness. 1 full finger of head that drops down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Lots of wheat malts. Fruity yeast. Hints of banana and clove.

Taste: Slightly sweet wheat and bready malts. Mild lemon tartness. Fruity esters and banana yeastiness. Hint of clove spiciness. Hint of white pepper. Hint of earthiness. Finish has a grassy and floral hops that contribute a lite bitter bite.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate and almost high carbonation levels. Crisp, refreshing, clean, bright, and so very sessionable. Slight creaminess in the carbonation as well. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a great table beer, I wish that more breweries made table beers. Light easy drinking beer with lots of flavor! I am a huge fan of this beer. If I lived on the east coast, I would have this beer as a staple in my fridge! Paired great with cheesy garlic bread and hawiian pizza!

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large, four finger head. Bright white color. Leaves lumpy rings of lace after each sip. The liquid is whitish yellow. Very cloudy.

Mostly sour with a bit of earthiness in the background. True Saison aroma.

Less sour up front, but still present. There's a peppery finish, but it isn't bitter. There's a bit creaminess to the flavor as well. Quite thin body with a highly elevated carbonation level. I'm drinking this with a spicy beef stew and the two go together very well.

Photo of KornWallace
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Date: 4/13/14
Location: Whole Foods Cambridge
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Pours a foggy pale straw in color. Nearly impossible to see through except in light. The head is impressive on this beer as a moderate pour gave me a head about two thumb widths. The head retention in this beer impressive as well.
Aromatics: The beer has the aroma of a very light saison. I'm instantly struck by the wheat which is very grassy. The aroma is very acidic almost like a lemon pulp that has dulled.
Flavor: The flavor is readier then I would have expected given the aromas of the beer and the acids aren't as harsh as I expected. Quite nice actually. The wheat is still very grassy but quite lovely and now I'm starting to pick up the spices that I was expecting. A little coriander and pepper.
Mouthfeel: The body is light to medium with an an effervescent carbonation. The pepper lingers on the tongue and help makes the beer quite enjoyable.
Notes: Probably the most enthusiastic "Pop" from a cork I've ever had in a beer. I'm curiously amused and interested.

Photo of Maxwell
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale, hazy straw-yellow with a huge creamy head of tiny, eggshell white bubbles. The head sticks around at a finger and a half’s length, and leaves a lacing of medium sheets and strings on the side of the glass. In body, the beer is crystal clear and full of bubbles that race to the head of the beer. On the nose, the beer smells fresh and funky, with wonderful herbal notes and a strong grassy scents from the hops. The funk is distinctly from the Renaud strain, bringing some beautiful herbal qualities to the nose, much like Saison Renaud did. A light minty scent is also present in the smell. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and lightly tart with a soft, balancing bitterness from the grassy hops. In flavor, the beer begins lightly herbal with a soft funk that works nicely alongside the herbal flavor. Faint bread malts and bitter grass dance in the middle of the tongue, balancing out the beer in an elegant tug-of-war on the taste buds. Citric lemon notes can also be sensed in the funk, more akin to lemon grass than lemon fruit, but lovely and bright. The finish is clean with light wheat and bread notes, accented by minty hops, and the aftertaste is soft and fresh in the mouth, like bready mint. In the mouth, the beer feels light and airy in body, with a very soft carbonation that fluffs across the tongue. The beer is crisp and soft in mouthfeel. Overall, this is a hugely drinkable beer that is perfectly crisp and refreshing for a summer’s day. It is light, but is has some very nice complexity in flavor. I like this beer a lot, and would love to put it on a dinner table and pair it with foods.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Ball Square.
Pours an incredibly clear deep straw color with a huge fluffy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some stickies on the side of the glass. The aroma holds some nice sweet bready pilsner malt with hints of citrus, flowers, and a restrained yeastiness. The flavor is quite nice, light bready cracker like maltiness with a hint of sweetness. Very light citrus and yeast flavor rounds this out. Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation and a lightly sweet slick mouthfeel. Very light flavorful easy to drink ale! Hell put this in a summer six pack! Great warm weather beer.

Photo of jdejoannis
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Smooth and lighter body

Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is clear pale yellow with a bunch of tight white head. Nose is light, nice grain bill, dusty cob web like yeast, lemon with herbal and citrus hop notes. Taste gets sweeter. Grain bill and dusty yeast is much more light, lemon is sweet, hops are faint and herbal. Light body, well carbonated, semi dry.

Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Za restaurant in Arlington. Very fresh.

A friend had ordered a small tasting glass, and I tried it- initially, the name "table beer" didn't connote a beer with much taste.

Pleasantly surprised.

The beer poured a light lemon-yellow color with a 1/2 finger head. The head could possibly have been larger, depending on how it was poured. Nice lacing.

Aroma- quite good. This is a Saison with pilsner malt and Hallertau hops. Great combo. Smells like a Saison, but the pilsner malt is there with floral spiciness of the Hallertau hops.
Not sure which varietal of Halltertau was brewed in the beer.

Mouth feel- nicely carbonated- not too much- enough to enhance the overall taste.

Taste- Pilsner- Saison combo. The aroma transitions to the taste- not always the case in craft beer.
Bready and spicy.

The finish is quite good- mild bitterness, with a refreshing crispness.

The beer is better fresh- bottle or tap.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a milky yellow with a surprisingly thin head. The skinny head does lace quite well however. Second pour yields a much more impressive, doughy head.

S-A bit musty, grainy and grassy. Light lemon and even a bit of funk. Soft but interesting.

T-Lemony and bright with some grains. A subtle twinge of tartness. Bits of grass and dried biscuit. Perfect intensity with a good amount of intricacy.

M-750 ml disappearing in an alarming fashion. No booze at all, which is expected. Quenching and spritzy.

O/D-The idea of recreating an interpretation of a Table Beer is see cool. This one was pretty damn tasty. Nice price point at just a few cents over $6 for a 750ml. I recommend this one.

Photo of mdfb79
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 07/23/14 notes. Had on tap at Ginger Man in NYC. 12 oz. pour in a chalice-type glass, $7.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy bright yellow color with one to two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, yeast, spice, bananas, cloves, and light floral notes. Nice, little bit weak.

t - Tastes of bananas, apples, fruity malts, Belgian style yeast, grains, wheat, spice, pepper, floral notes, and earthy malts. Taste has a little more fruit and less spice than the nose, better for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. great mouthfeel.

o - Overall this is a nice and refreshing, easy to drink. A good house beer.

Photo of Gatch
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I believe the batch number is 002. Its a bit illegible on the label.

Pretty excited to try this. Low abv and of the saison variety? Sign me up. Cloudy, hazy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head. a bit of lace and retention. Lots of yeast and barn and a bit of funk, earth, and humid summer day if you know what I mean. citrus and other fruit show up in the flavor with plenty of the yeast and barn that was in the nose. Great carbonation and body. Easy drinking, smooth, and perfect for the weather. I will definitely drink this again! Fantastic stuff.

Table Beer from Mystic Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.