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Steamy Windows - Liberty Street Brewing Company

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.99%
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)
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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 h00dak
4.35/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a pint of this last night at Liberty Street and then promptly ordered another one. I don't know why they call it an Amber Ale, when for one, it isn't Amber, it is creamy yellow in appearance, and for two, it doesn't taste like an Amber Ale.

Anyways, I don't usually judge how much I like a beer or how I rate it based on style guidelines so I won't start now. It has an interesting color to it. Yellow, coppery, and hazy. Not a lot of activity as far as carbonation apparent in the pint.

The smell is citrusy, orange and lemony. Slight buttery aroma. My mouth is watering by now. A really good smelling pint.

Taste is hoppy, smooth, wet. Great tasting. Not overly complex or challenging but really good. It seems to me that Liberty Street just brews solid gold. I had no idea what I was ordering when I said I wanted a "Steamy Window" but I'm willing to do that here because I know they don't brew garbage. Another great brew. I just wish more people could experience these brews instead of just people in southeast Michigan!

h00dak, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liberty Street Plymouth MI.

A_Dark gold. Thin bone white head. Lacing coasts the glass.

S_Very earthy nose. Grainy,hops and honey.

T_Same as the nose.Earthy grain.grassy hops and a touch of honey in the finish. Bit of sweetness. Mildly bitter.

M_Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very crisp.

D_Very easy drinking. Quite flavorful too.

nickadams2, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of schmidtn
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beverage is golden and lightly cloudy in

appearance. Looks very nice

Citrusy smell with a malty backdrop.

Bitter taste with a sour hint, nice.

I would like a bit more carbonation to match the style better.

I could have another, this is tasty

schmidtn, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of David89james
4/5  rDev +22%

David89james, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of shamrock071521
4/5  rDev +22%

shamrock071521, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Phinner
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice take on California Common, although not necessarily a bad thing, its characteristics didn't quite measure-up to the style.

It's much lighter in color and flavor than one would expect with a Cal. Common. Little maltiness and the hops were not very pronounced, but the balance was good.

Overall, nice flavor and easy drinking. But if I wasn't told it was in the Cal. Common style, I would have though it was simply another amber lager.

Phinner, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of alphaacid9000
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was a hazy yellow-gold with a thin white head

Aromas of sourdough, grain, grass with a subtle citrus note

Flavor was very pleasant. Nicely balanced between malt sweetness and bitterness.

Overall, Very easy drinking and approachable. Very well balanced.

alphaacid9000, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

DruC4, May 22, 2013
Photo of mzeld
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

mzeld, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Morakaton
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Morakaton, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of hashiru
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

hashiru, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at the Liberty Street brewery. Pours a golden-yellow color with pretty high clairty. The almost stark-white head had decent retention before settling to a thin skin and leaves some foamy lace near the top of the glass. Appearance-wise, this one looks very similar to their Blonde Ale, perhaps just a bit lighter in color.

Very mild aroma, but it was almost expected from this one. Faint grains and light malt structure pave the way for the hop bill, which is pretty tame itself. Damp, musty hops, most likely some sort of Noble hop. Aside from maybe a light hint of yeast on the tail end, there really isn't much more to the aroma. It's very conservative and laid-back. Nothing too exciting or attention-grabbing, but nothing off-putting, either. Relaxed and easy-going.

The taste follows through, hand-in-hand with the aroma. A mouth full of grain and a slight hint of corn opens things up. The hops trudge back in, musky and only contributing a small dash of bitterness - they seem a bit more quiet on the palate, even quieter than they were in the aroma. The finish contains a very light dusting of citrus and lemon zest, just enough to spruce the aftertaste up a bit. Noticeable lager yeast gives this beer a crisp and refreshing feel all the way through. Thin bodied with medium carbonation.

Nothing mind blowing, here, but it was certainly something you could kick back and drink a bunch of without getting fatigued (or drunk, for that matter). Mellow and contempt, I think I may actually prefer this one to Anchor Steam, although it's been a while since I've had that one, maybe too long to compare. Not something I would actively seek out, but something I'd get from time to time at the brewpub for a relaxing change of pace.

tectactoe, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of bobbyr5
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

bobbyr5, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Zone_Fighter
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Zone_Fighter, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of maviola
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

maviola, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like every other beer. Little to no head and a dark amber color.
S: Not really any smell. A little malty I guess.
T: Nice with subtle apple fruitiness. Some hops in there with lingering fruit flavors on the palate.
M: Carbonation is good and some of the lingering flavors are pleasant.

Overall this beer did not bring a lot to the table but it certainly wasn't bad. I'd probably pass on it for something else though.

Jamesthebrit, Apr 24, 2012
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 radiofish
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

radiofish, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of DMarlinJ
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DMarlinJ, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Zaphog, Dec 28, 2012
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 Alextricity
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My sister lives over in Plymouth and has told me several times to go with her over to the Liberty Street Brewery and have their Punkin Pie. Well, I didn't see that bottled, but they did have this and their signature beer, Red Glare. Note, this is my first ever "Steam Beer".

Appearance: Pours with what I expected to see -- a mostly yellow beer, with a bit of haze at the top. A very thin head with no lacing.

Smell: Wow. Really not much here. Then again, I didn't expect much smell OR taste out of a steam beer. Maybe some malts and hops, but it's really rather light. It's difficult to pick up a distinct aroma here.

Taste/feel: With a steam beer and understanding the style, I wasn't expecting much flavor. At the same time, I feel like this is a very mediocre example of the style. The flavor is much too light for the amount of bitterness I'm getting, and it's just not something I find enjoyable. The feel is middle-of-the-road as well.

Overall, this just isn't a beer I see myself seeking out again. It's the definition of an average brew.

Alextricity, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of jsisko01
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright yellow color with a half inch head that dissipates instantly. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Smell - Sweet with corn, grains, and bread.

Taste - It's quite spicy from the earthy and floral hops used. It's very grassy and skunky as well. A strong sweetness and bitterness follow through to the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is nothing like the steam beer I tried by Anchor Brewing.. I don't particularly like it.

jsisko01, Jan 01, 2013
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Steamy Windows from Liberty Street Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.