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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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An organic pale ale brewed with yerba maté, source of the ancient South American tea prized for its energizing and nutritional properties. Mateveza showcases the pairing of organic yerba maté and cascade hops. Yerba maté’s earthy, herbal notes are the perfect compliment to the crisp, citrusy character of the cascade hops. Mateveza is brewed and bottled by Butte Creek Brewing Company, a gold medal winner at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival® that has been brewing organic since 1997.


1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cavie (3796) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle that was opened by Swalden28 provided by a very reluctant ericandersnavy. Very clouded yellow pour. Large amount of hops, but they are all soft hops. There is some amount of spicy citrus in this as well. Not very tasty. Earthy and bitter. The guys I tried this with kept talking about cardboard and now that’s all I can taste! Dry dry dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
From the Bottle at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 10/10/2008 Fruity aroma. Golden coloured fruity and a little hazy in appearance. Crisp and slightly dry refreshing tea flavoured finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stchloe (793) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2009
A wonderful beer. The addition of Mate is not only a nice addition but the orginaltiy is welcome as well. Very bubbly, and a spicy bitter. Its almost like you can taste the caffiene, and it seems to churn a little in you mouth. I can’t wait to try the IPA.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VertBaconStrips (2083) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2009
***review from June 2, 2008***
Will I ever sleep again? Poured out weak dark gold / orange brew with a small white crown and weak lacing. The aroma is pretty heavy on the citrus hops with the standard grapefruit and apricot smell to go along with the wackiness that is yerba mate - sharp veggies and herbal hints both are very odd. The taste is wacky. DO NOT TAKE BIG SWIGS! Wow. What a bizarre mouth full of grapefruit and herb... can’t describe flavor. Like eating a tree. I don’t drink tea so I have no idea if this is tea like. There is a bit of caramel I think. Somehow I have not vomited yet and find myself consuming the entire bottle. The odd herb / veggie taste just gets more and more prominent. Finely carbonated, sort of smooth despite the growing, overwhelming flavor. We will see where I’m at in an hour after pretty much chugging 650ml of this stuff. I’ve had more offensive spiced beers that much better tasting but not as easy to slam.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5831) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 3, 2009
smell of fresh lychee and empty white wine bottle .. . quite dry .. . great mouthfeel .. . well balanced .. . when i pulled this outta my fridge i forgot why i would have ordered such a beer, i don’t care now... damn fine stuff!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
22 oz bottle Bevmo Burbank. Hazy orange amber with tiny white head that dissapated to a slick. Smell is of oranges and spice. Can barely smell the mate up front. Huge mate taste though. Mate seems to cover most everything else. Bit of lemon hidden in there. The PCVs from South America will enjoy the flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
<i>Ale brewed with Yerba Maté...</i>

<b>12/12/2007</b>: Mateveza is a cloudy golden orange color with a thin, crackly white head. The aroma and flavor are floral, herbal, and very earthy (saplings and dried grass). Some light malt and fruit are also present, but are a bit overwhelmed by herbal, earthy, and twig-like. There is a decent level of bitterness that starts up near the finish. The finish is floral soap and perfume with some Pine-Sol like flavors. The body of this beer is medium. This is an interesting beer, but somewhat disconnected. It really isn’t my cup of Maté!

<i>22 fl. oz. bottle from 5000. Thanks! Rating #98 for this beer...</i>

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2610) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2008
650ml brown bottle. Bright yellow in colour, sizeable fluffy and rocky white head on top. Aroma is citrusy, trace of pear and peppery spice. Earthy malt base, fruity notes. Herbal, drying finish with some lingering grass and lemon/grapefruit notes. Light bodied, high carbonation.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Getting my notebook online. Bottle. Pours a fairly clear golden hue. Taste not good at all, nothing is wrong with organic but this taste a little to earthy. Couldn’t make it all the way through.

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - AUG 10, 2008
Taste: 8/8 Bottle. Looks: Very heady pour. Cloudy yellow body. Aroma: Candy sugar, a little green/herbal. Hops spice. Taste: Bitter/astringent, dry and lacking much body. A little spice and a metallic tinge. Medicinal, like powdered asprin.


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