Mesa | Cismontane Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No. 2 - A blend of 15% Riesling and 15% Viognier from Mer Soleil Vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands with 70% pilsner malt. The beer is brewed with Summit hops that have been aged for 5 years and fermented with a blend of wine yeast.

Added by mookihouse on 04-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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Photo of aquazr1
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass from a 75ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice golden amber with little no head and minor lacing.

S - I get a lot of the sweetness of the Riesling.

T - Doesn't taste like any beer I've had before. Being a wine drinker also I really get a lot of the wine. It's an interesting balance of flavors between the beer and the wine, but too wine forward for me.

M - A light to medium bodied beer

I've got mixed emotions over this one. I like the idea and was looking forward to trying it, but probably has too much expectations.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.59/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale orange amber with a hint of a white "head" for lack of a better word. There is a "whisp" of white before it fades.

Nose is off-putting from a beer standpoint; just simply "curious" from a wine standpoint. I'm not sure if this is meant to be a "beer" or a "winebeer" (a word I just made up). Nose to me is skunky cactus with undertones of bad orange juice. Then, when you realize that there is 25% Reisling wine in this bottle, all evaluation and judgment fails. There IS a sweet/fruity reisling character to the nose. But, am I now supposed to be evaluating and drinking the 75% beer or the 25% wine? Very difficult "beer." I'm choosing to evaluate it as a beer and a weird one it is! There is a "sweet" tone to the nose that is not attractive or inviting.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery with a super light champagne carbonation.

Flavors are just plain weird. The overwhelming flavor profile for me is "old orange juice." This is like old canned orange juice where there is a sweet undertone but more of an old orange kind of "green" unripe orange character. There is a sweet reisling undertone but the juxstaposition of the beer and the wine just don't work in my opinion. It's very sweet in the mouth; and then it isn't! There is also the almost sickly sweet character here that tastes like almost melted hard orange candy mixed with old orange crush. Just not appealing to me.

Finish is tart old dull orange juice, citrus finish but not in an appealing way.

Simply put, perhaps I just don't "get" this brew. However, I can't imagine what foods or food profile you would drink it with because of the overwhelming (and unattractive) huge sweet profile. I further can't imagine why you would drink it on its own.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, No. 2, 12/19/13:B2 printed on the label. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a clear gold with about an inch white head that fizzled away very quickly. Pretty much no lacing at all. Minutes after pouring the beer, it's still easy to see a bunch of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to the top. The brew smells like sweet and doughy malt, white grapes/wine, apples, and pilsner malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some tart green apple, orange peel and pear flavors noticeable. It's sweeter tasting than I expected it to be. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and well carbonated. I'm still not sure what I think of this, too bad I only had this one bottle. I do know that I enjoyed it, and it's definitely worth a try! $9.99 a bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this to taste much better on the warmer side of cold.

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Photo of Maillard
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing The Mesa No. 2, a blend of 70% pilsner, 15% riesling and 15% viognier wines from Mer Soleil winery.

Pours with what seems to be a foamy pilsner head, but then, poof, in 30 seconds, it just completely disappears. First pour was clear gold, second pour a little hazy from the yeast precipitate in the bottle.

Bouquet of pilsner and white wine, and pilsner malt. A little funky yeast that smells Belgian
in character, and some wood spice.

White wine is forward and prominent, with sweet and sour notes, perhaps from the riesling and viognier. This is supported by a definite but light taste of malt. The yeast (described as a blend of wine yeast) is tasty and more Belgian in character than pilsner yeast, with a slight hint of copper penny and slight bitterness in the long and tasty, spicy finish. This unusual combination of beer and wine goes together seamlessly and is nicely crafted, a smooth tasting blend with some complexity. I like the slightly sweet taste of the riesling which kind of unites it all, taking it in the direction of a Belgian tripel.

Has a smooth, soft mouthfeel with a slight prickly carbonation.

Well, I have to say I like this beer/wine quite a bit. For a rare blend of beer and wine, it works out nicely, yielding a beverage that is light, fruity, spicy and quaffable. At 6%, it is a beer that you can really enjoy on a warm day. If you enjoy the intersection of beer and wine, this is a significant effort.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, yeast, and white wine aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, white wine, pickle juice, and jalapeno flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a solid aroma, but the pickle juice and jalapeno flavors I am getting are really odd.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of mookihouse
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

25% Santa Lucia highland Riesling and 75% Pilsner from Cismontane. This sounds interesting enough for me to get a bottle to try.

Color is deep yellow like a white wine. Medium carbonation.

Larger/Pilsner smell with a little sweet grape aroma.

Taste is mild and delicate. It is pretty much dead on part Riesling and part Pilsner taste. In a way Riesling is a good choice in this blend. Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc would introduce too much tannin to the beer.

Mouth feel is slightly closer to white wine than beer. Quite nice.

This beer is most enjoyable to be paired with food. I had it at dinner with cheese and halibut. It works better than any IPAs or stouts. I would buy another bottle if it is half the price.

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3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this beer is simply fantastic.

I have been a big fan of Cismonte beers when I can find them in Arizona. and when I saw the Cismonte Mesa at Whole Foods yesterday I picked up a bottle. It calls itself a table beer and so I drank it with dinner last night. I guess it's a Saison style, brewed with 30% wine grapes, two varieties, and 70% pilsner malt. It's a hybrid of a beer and a wine, maybe leaning to wine, or at least seeming to lean towards wine if you are a habitual beer drinker, though I like wine too. I liked it a lot, especially as a sort of a change of pace from all the extreme beers. this one is subtle and worthy of attention.

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Mesa from Cismontane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 37 ratings