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Best Of Beer Camp: California Common - Beer Camp #8 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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85
very good

465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brent on 05-11-2011)
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Reviews by Wadsey:
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Wadsey

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

Hard-poured into a New Belgium tulip.

A: Deep, clear gold beer with lackadaisical bubbles. Eggshell white head that lacks retention and leaves little lacing behind.

S: Light caramel, toasted and grainy malts, with some citrus (lemon) and woody hop notes. Multi-grain characteristics seem to be in charge.

T: Touch of light sweetness kicks off taste, followed by big grainy malts, some toast and a bit of caramel. The lemony and woody hop notes are present, too, but once the bitterness asserts itself, and it does, they take on more of a grassy quality.

M: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. A little drying.

D: Damned drinkable. SN Beer Camp is an attractive beer that is quite quaffable.

05-19-2011 00:34:18 | More by Wadsey
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

I actually poured a bottle and a half into a 1/2 liter stein,a brilliant bronze color with a large fluffy white top,great definition and great lasting power to the head.The hoppiest steam beer I have come across at least aroma wise,to go along with herbal/grassy hops came a big sweet caramel base.Herbal hops again make a presence on the palate but the sweeter side kinda wins out,caramel and drunken fruit with an iron tinge overtop of herbal hops.This a brash steam beer with big sweetness and a healthy dose of hops,its brash,would you expect anything from this series?

05-18-2011 21:50:30 | More by oberon
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.8%

This beer was a golden color with a thick white head. A tiny bit of lace.

Sweet malt aroma. A good deal of fruit.

Caramel malt. Fruity orange taste. Some light hops.

A crisp, refreshing beer.

Easy to drink and very enjoyable. I would drink this again.

08-06-2011 21:43:14 | More by lordofthewiens
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -14%

12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a smallish white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued - slightly sweet grains with some fruits.

The flavor is crisp grains with some sweet fruitiness and a dry noble hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, not my favorite style, but a good representation of it.

08-20-2011 00:14:31 | More by Beaver13
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generallee

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-29-2012 11:30:46 | More by generallee
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

12 ounce bottle, from the box, which I believe I paid about $20. No freshness info to be had.

Pours typical almond amber, tan head, tiny bubble film. Lemony hop nose, with earthy hops.

Easy drinking, hoppy ale. Balance in full force. Some more lemons, maybe earth, subtle spice. SESSION beer....in a very good way. Nice summer quaffer. Fine with all sorts of food. Well worth enjoying...This is the way the good stuff tasted 30 years...

05-29-2011 17:31:38 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of bread and graham cracker. I also get a little bit of honey in the aroma. The flavor has the same malt component as the aroma, with the addition of some toffee and grass from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I am not usually a huge fan of this style but this beer was pretty good.

10-31-2011 00:42:41 | More by Mora2000
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Skye1024

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

05-12-2012 19:45:35 | More by Skye1024
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Note: I reviewed this on 5/8/11 under the old listing for this beer before everything was fixed.

Best of Beer Camp #8: California Common (Nothin in Common)

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on 1091 (April 1, 2011)

Appearance: Clear golden-amber with initial frothy white head, leaving slight lacing behind.

Smell: Biscuit, cherry and citrus (lemon and orange) predominately. Light caramel and spiciness.

Taste: Somewhat sweet malt backbone of cherry, toast and caramel. Tastes like a German lager, but fruitier and with more citrusy hops on top of the malt backbone. Not much bitterness; just a spicy (noble?) hop kick.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish. Really smooth but somehow slightly boozy.

Overall: Overall, it seems a little too malty and boozy for a California Common. As a result, it comes across like a bigger, fruitier German lager. This is not really a bad thing, as it is quite tasty, but I expected more.

07-15-2012 13:47:35 | More by bsp77
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-15-2011 04:28:39 | More by mjtiernan
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ehammond1


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

Bottle (2011)

BevMo!
Oceanside, CA

Clear copper and golden with a pillowing nearly white head. Lots of spiderweb lacing down the glass.

Toasted and bready malt aromas with a touch of lemon along with some old dishrag.

More toasted malt and a hint of lemon sweetness. This beer is also somewhat bitter and earthy. Simple, yet flavorful, and a great example of the style.

Medium to full bodied. A pleasure to drink.

A unique steam beer with lots of flavor and a touch of sweetness and bitterness--a nice combination. A good beer for the summer.

07-23-2011 00:05:16 | More by ehammond1
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts and caramel giving a good amount of biscuit smell. Hints of a mesquite like spice and some earthy hops. Also a little yeast.

Taste: Bready caramel and toffee malts with biscuit back up a surprisingly strong hop bitterness from earthy, floral hops. Also some hints of citrus. Somewhat dry and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very solid version of a California Common that is fairly full bodied and hopped.

06-27-2011 05:12:16 | More by MattyG85
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RyanPS

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-16-2011 00:41:50 | More by RyanPS
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Gold colored pour, plenty of clarity to it, small white head fades, but clings to the glass. Aroma was sweet.

Sweet be thy name in the taste, really delivers on the sweet lager yeast mouthfeel, mildly hoppy. Was amazed to see how high the alcohol (6.5%) was on this, must be hidden by the appreciable sweetness from this one, didn't taste it, a really easy drinking beer, kinda similar to Weinhard's lager's sweetness, but better hopping, sturdier body.

Anchor Steam ain't got nuthin' on this beer, other than longevity. Gonna try and hold on to a bottle of this until summer weather comes around to this part of the country (hasn't been above 70 in weeks, raining right now). Eh screw it, I'll just buy another variety pack, all the beers are good in it.

06-02-2011 17:25:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

Crystal clear amber color pours with a beautiful thicket of off white head, forms fine even speckled lacing. Aroma has a hint of citrus hops with a nice fruity caramelized malt profile. Fairly sweet wave of malts with barely any noticeable balancing hops, really one dimensional that actually finishes with a bit of booze. There's not much besides the malts to cover up the 6.5% abv, overall not my favorite California brewed steam beer but a solid effort from a mixed 12 pack with such a diverse group of beers. I really wouldn't want this beer in number, overall I'm happy with it but it lacks the great thing that Anchor Steam has going...drinkability.

06-16-2011 01:49:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

2011 12oz bottle served in pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a durable and dense bone head. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Aroma of a relatively strong Pils; hops with a touch of sweet malt. Higher ABV all too evident after warming.

T - Some sweetness initially, but bitter in the end. Finishes mildly bitter and sour with hoppy aftertaste.

M- Medium-high carbonation; crisp with a semi-dry finish

O - Decent, mildly hoppy beer, and rather refreshing. Slightly bolder but not as good as Anchor Steam. Changes complexion with warming.

06-07-2011 00:25:23 | More by chinchill
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glid02

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Bottle from the mixed 12-pack purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a white heading leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with solid amounts of light citrus and floral hops. Also present are slight amounts of breadiness and spicy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light pale malts up front are joined by bright citrus and slight leafy hops. Slight bready flavors come into play before fading out and allowing the hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is OK, with a light thickness and decent carbonation.

Overall this was a nice beer, a significantly lighter take on the APA due to the yeast. It could use a bit more body but a good beer nonetheless. Very similar to the first release from the original beer camp.

07-04-2011 03:12:08 | More by glid02
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dsauter

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-24-2011 13:34:39 | More by dsauter
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear brassy amber with ample carbonation and a thick white head that has wonderful retention. It does not leave much lacing.

S: Malt, sour apple, bread, and some bubblegum.

T: Fruity malt, bread, mild roasted malt, some bitter citrus grapefruit, and some warming alcohol.

M: Medium and smooth with dry finish.

O: Nice fruity flavors balance of the slight roast and bitterness of the hops. It is pretty light thanks to lots of carbonation. The finish is strong and creates a slight off balance in flavor profile.

07-10-2011 19:21:53 | More by ianjsullivan
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a clear deep orange body with a swirl of microbubbles supporting and off-white head that sticks to the glass with each sip and last for a good bit.

S- This beer has a woody green hop aroma with some pale biscuit malt underneath but is overall really clean.

T- The pale malt is dry with a green woody hop flavor to follow and some citrus hops notes in the finish. The soft green hop pellet flavor grows a bit to balance the citrus notes and there is a green bitter hop note that lingers after the dry finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight carbonation and a crisp texture.

O- This beer has a nice smooth Northern brewers hop character with a good biscuit/pale malt blend and it is very crisp and light with a subtle depth. Great beer for warm weather.

06-24-2011 18:44:20 | More by rhoadsrage
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-28-2014 17:21:36 | More by LXIXME
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lnashsig

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured into my DFH snifter- pours a transparent orange color, visible small carbonation bubbles. Smell- light fruits, maybe apricot? bready malt, sweet floral smell. Taste- sweet apricot up front, the carbonation makes the sweet flavor a bit dry, some sort of green apple, light fruit flavor on the end. Mouthfeel- I love the carbonation on this- it is perfect. Drinkablity- this is highly drinkable, if it wasnt 6.5%, it would be the perfect session beer.

05-14-2011 19:32:22 | More by lnashsig
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured this Beer Camp series beer into my favorite pint glass

A- This beer pours a very clear orange hued color There is quite the carbonation action going on with a 1/2 finger white head on top of the pint glass. Plenty of lacing on the glass which hangs around.

S- This beer has a steam beer like aroma with hints of hops and pale bready malt. Very clean smell to this beer.

T- Beer starts off with a dry taste profile with a bit of hop flavor and some nice citrus notes to finish which is quite crisp and dry atypical of traditional sierra nevada beers. Nice taste profile though!

M- This beer has medium carbonation footprint that is crisp and clean in the delivery.

O- Nice character to this beer and a nice change-up from the norm of IPA and Pale Ale style of beers. If you like "steam beers" in particular Anchor Steam you will very much enjoy this offering from Sierra Nevada. It is great to feature the best of the "Beer Camp" experiments.

I would recommend that Sierra Nevada consider this as an all year round beer for their portfolio. Very nice beer!

06-24-2011 22:33:46 | More by racer2k
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

Review from notes:

A: Poured a clear golden color with a one finger bone white head on top. Nice retention with little bits of lacing.

S: Not a lot going on in the aroma, some light fruit and citrus hops, pale/grainy malt, and a little bit of doughy malt.

T: On the sweeter side, not as much floral/fruit/hops as expected based on the aroma. Heavy malt base with some bread/dough, a little bit of toffee, and some lemon peel.

M: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, but there are some small bubbles that roll across when drinking.

O: Nothing really stood out, but it wasn't bad. Not a ton in the style to compare it to, but it works.

05-31-2011 18:21:28 | More by mdaschaf
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prdstmnky

Vermont

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%

Poured into a pint glass, 1 finger of quickly fading frothy head, and very little (if any) lacing. The body is very clear, golden in color with some rising bubbles. Faint aromas, all I'm really picking up are some caramel malts when I get my nose an inch from the surface.

The flavors are much more pronounced than my nose led me to believe. Fairly sweet - caramel / honey are predominant upfront and through the finish. Also picking up on some fruity hops making their way through this sweet, bready beer. Light to medium bodied with a nice dose of carbonation, a bit of alcohol comes through as it warms which I didn't expect or care for with the style.

Not a style I'm extremely experienced with, but just cant get over the lack of aromatics, kinda bland appearance, and alcohol heat in a beer of its abv.

06-05-2011 02:41:30 | More by prdstmnky
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Best Of Beer Camp: California Common - Beer Camp #8 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.