1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Steamy Windows - Liberty Street Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Steamy WindowsSteamy Windows

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

44 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Liberty Street Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A "Steam" style beer made with a lager yeast and fermented at ale temperatures and then aged at lager temperatures for a smooth, clean finish.

(Beer added by: h00dak on 02-05-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mcgovern1010
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%

mcgovern1010, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

L - It is golden in color and slightly hazy. It is topped with several inches of thick, creamy, off-white head.

S - The smell is not strong. I get some floral and grain notes.

T - It starts out sweet. Then some grain and malt come through. It finishes mildly bitter.

F - It is pretty thin.

O - I not not have much experience with this style. I think Anchor is the only other that I have tried. After reading the description it seems to follow the guidelines. It just seems like a boring style to me. It is easy drinking. It kind of reminds me of a Euro lager.

buschbeer, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

WoodBrew, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of DMarlinJ
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DMarlinJ, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of km02600
3/5  rDev -8.5%

km02600, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of David89james
4/5  rDev +22%

David89james, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Dave2234
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Dave2234, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of DanGeo
3/5  rDev -8.5%

DanGeo, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Badger6
4.39/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz into a pint glass.

A: Golden amber body, slightly hazy. Some visible carbonation. HUGE, billowy head, decent retention, recedes to a layer of froth on the surface that has shape and size!

S: Light malts dominate; hints of spices and fruit.

T: Sweet malts, but not too sweet, NOT cloying at all. Spice and fruit, maybe banana, come through ever so slightly. No happiness, but slightly bitter at the end to cut off the sweetness for a crisp finish.

M: Light to medium body, nicely carbonated, not sharp, prickly or overwhelming. Nearly perfect. Slight astringency on the palate, slight.

O: Holy Shit, Batman! This is amazing beer. It is definitely California Common, aka 'Steam Beer.' But the added bonus of the light spicing and fruit esters make this really refreshing. The sweet to bitter balance could not be more perfect. I will go back to this again and again....when I am in Michigan. #pureMichigan

Badger6, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Zone_Fighter
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Zone_Fighter, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of ktlthrashers
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

ktlthrashers, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Givemebeer
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Givemebeer, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of maviola
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

maviola, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Drk93TT
1.5/5  rDev -54.3%

Drk93TT, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of leadahmer
3/5  rDev -8.5%

leadahmer, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Morakaton
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Morakaton, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Granted I've not had very many, but Steamy Windows is the palest of all the Steam beers I've tried; it lacks the solid copper tone that comes to mind with all the others (including the style's grandaddy, Anchor Steam). This is yellow as a summer's sun and only get's paler against the light. It can hardly support its haggard head. Should I be concerned?

Perhaps... Steamy Windows has an unusual bouquet, one that is again not necessarily what I recall from other examples of the style. There's more fruitiness than anticipated, all credited to esters brought about by fermentation (not the hops). It has a slight apple cider-like tang.

This beer should offer broad appeal but it's not because it has a great flavour - the exact opposite: it has little flavour. As indicated in the appearance, there really isn't much substance to this ale (which actually uses lager yeast). The fruity esters continue on the palate, along with a very slight woodiness and next to no malt flavour.

Steam beer is an excellent option for brewers looking to attain sessionability without losing mouthfeel; it necessitates both caramelly maltiness as well as a pronounced hop bitterness. This example, however, delivers only the bare minimum of each and makes for a beer too dull to bother with more than one of. It's rare that a 12oz bottle doesn't leave me wanting more.

Craft beer has a certain quality that cannot be replicated by industrial, multinational breweries nor by homebrewers and starter kits. As a microbrewery, you never want your beer to resemble either of those extremes; Steamy Windows, the only beer I've yet to try from Liberty Street Brewing, seems like it could have been made by either. That's not a good first impression.

biegaman, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of buddha5050
3/5  rDev -8.5%

buddha5050, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of tommy5
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

tommy5, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of kynap55
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

kynap55, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of lilmul123
2/5  rDev -39%

lilmul123, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of hashiru
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

hashiru, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of shamrock071521
4/5  rDev +22%

shamrock071521, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of radiofish
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

radiofish, Jul 09, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Steamy Windows from Liberty Street Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.