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The Citizen | Cismontane Brewing Company

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The CitizenThe Citizen

Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beagle75 on 12-21-2010

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 73
Reviews by Chaz33187:
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3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of aquazr1
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of timc100
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Loved this fine lager from Cismontane. This fine brew pours a light amber color
with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and spotty lacing.
Nose of honey malts and light grains. Flavors exceed the nose with honey and caramel malts
dancing on light grain notes and laced on the rear with a nice spicy herbal hop character. Great
mouth feel, crisp, medium carbonation, and a subtle wheat smoothness with a lightly bitter hop finish.

Love this brewery! One of the best that deserves more attention.


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Photo of PawG
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jonbonfon
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Gregvg
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of AleHunter805
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Booner818
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of evbro
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of togarmah
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of hopsputin
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: golden amber straw color - very clear. 2 finger frothy head that dies down pretty quickly

s: sweet clean caramel malts, some yellow grains, straw, and a hint of berries

t: follows the nose pretty closely. immediately there is an abundance of sweet caramel, bready dough, some of that earthy straw. at the end of the mouth there is a faint bitterness - rom something like an earthy tea bag

m: its a medium mouthfeel - a little fuller than i expected. there is a small amount of carbonation, but not much

o: its a sweet and rich beer that has just enough bitterness to cut it. a good beer to drink and enjoy without having to think too much

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Charlottini
4.72/5  rDev +26.9%
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!!

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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jaygrant1387
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light look with a slight amber color
not a lot of smell, but slightly malty
crisp malty flavor, with nice citrus hop flavor
light body
Great lager with a great taste. With so many bad lagers out there this one is really good

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The Citizen from Cismontane Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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