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Steamy Windows - Liberty Street Brewing Company

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77
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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)
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

08-24-2014 18:10:43 | More by DMarlinJ
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km02600

Michigan

3/5  rDev -8.5%

08-17-2014 02:11:45 | More by km02600
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David89james


4/5  rDev +22%

08-07-2014 23:20:38 | More by David89james
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Dave2234

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -8.5%

08-03-2014 02:16:03 | More by Dave2234
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DanGeo

Michigan

3/5  rDev -8.5%

07-27-2014 16:23:00 | More by DanGeo
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Badger6

Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +33.8%

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

07-21-2014 00:25:28 | More by Badger6
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Zone_Fighter

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

04-26-2014 00:57:22 | More by Zone_Fighter
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ktlthrashers

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

04-16-2014 16:05:27 | More by ktlthrashers
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3/5  rDev -8.5%

03-25-2014 01:22:46 | More by Givemebeer
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maviola

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

03-07-2014 07:16:31 | More by maviola
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Drk93TT

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -54.3%

01-08-2014 04:22:05 | More by Drk93TT
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leadahmer

Michigan

3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-12-2013 05:15:21 | More by leadahmer
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Morakaton

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

11-19-2013 05:16:14 | More by Morakaton
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

11-17-2013 01:32:23 | More by biegaman
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buddha5050

Michigan

3/5  rDev -8.5%

09-29-2013 05:06:20 | More by buddha5050
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tommy5

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

08-31-2013 23:10:05 | More by tommy5
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kynap55

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

08-22-2013 15:26:12 | More by kynap55
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lilmul123

Michigan

2/5  rDev -39%

08-07-2013 14:22:24 | More by lilmul123
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hashiru

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

08-06-2013 19:33:20 | More by hashiru
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shamrock071521

Michigan

4/5  rDev +22%

07-19-2013 05:11:17 | More by shamrock071521
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radiofish

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-09-2013 01:34:48 | More by radiofish
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bobbyr5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

06-13-2013 14:36:27 | More by bobbyr5
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TypsiYpsi

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

06-04-2013 03:17:45 | More by TypsiYpsi
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

05-22-2013 17:20:53 | More by DruC4
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rjcoy06

Michigan

3/5  rDev -8.5%

04-23-2013 10:38:23 | More by rjcoy06
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Steamy Windows from Liberty Street Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.