Fullsteam - Fullsteam Brewery
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TheRabidBrewer:
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
Interesting beer given I come from the land of Anchor California Common: San Francisco. ;-) Got this beer as a bonus from a trade. It was a bottle fill from a growler.
This is Fullsteam's take on the Cal Common style using the same hops and (I strongly suspect) the same yeast. The Fullsteam version has a deeper, richer caramel malt character. Anchor's version has more emphasis on the Northern Brewer hops and just enough malt to balance.
Fullsteam also has more fermentation character. The Cal Common yeast is a hybrid: a lager strain selected to ferment at ale temps. As such, it likes to throw more esters than a typical lager yeast mostly in the form of isoamyl acetate or banana. In Fullsteam, it yields an interesting aroma most reminiscent of banana bread.
Aroma: Sweet banana bread with woody mustiness from the Northern Brewer hops.
Appearance: Light copper and mostly clear. Some fine suspension, but no chill haze. Thin white head that persists only along side of glass.
Flavor: Initially malt forward, then quickly moves to a fairly bitter finish that is somewhat balanced by the malty caramel sweetness. The banana bread carries over into the flavor as well, but although quite unusual, is not unpleasant. The woody hop flavor adds a dimension that helps balance the caramel.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with mod/low carb. Smooth with no astringency.
Overall: An interesting take on a regional style. The additional caramel malt sweetness with the elevated fermentation character adds a dimension to the beer that takes it in a completely different direction than Anchor's Steam Beer. Fairly firm bitterness but with some residual sweetness in the finish that competes for dominance. A good solid beer.
10-17-2010 03:06:09 | More by TheRabidBrewer
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3.98/5 rDev +7%
Carolina Common, Southern Lager whatever its called its very good.Poured into a becker a slight chill hazed amber/bronze with a large fluffy crown atop that left broken lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Toasty and bready in the nose,quite yeasty as well with light fruity esters.A little sharp in the mouth but not anything to hindering going on,flavors are yeasty and toasted,some caramel sweetness thruought,a decent drying earthy finish.A full flavored steam beer wich I think is an under appreciated style,a very nice lager beer.
02-16-2011 21:39:43 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
Pours a pale brownish amber with a half inch of head with good retention. The smell is nondescript. There's really nothing going on there. The taste is smooth caramel malt with floral, piny hops. There's just a hint of toasty, nutty malt as well. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and refreshing.
This is a nice beer. A great take on the style. This is probably one of the hoppiest lagers I've ever had, and it was balanced and delicious.
09-25-2011 15:43:07 | More by tdm168
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
@ Tobacco Road (Raleigh)
Clear, dark copper color with a big, rich-looking, creamy head on top. Spicy, leafy hop aromas balanced by toast and cracker-like malts. Leafy/earthy hops continue into the flavor, lightly oily and mild overall, and some nutty, caramel malt. Medium bodied with a moderate bitterness. A nice beverage to start out with...
06-06-2012 16:19:15 | More by wedge
4.35/5 rDev +16.9%
a: served in a tall Fullsteam logo glass, something of a pecan amber in color, with a coating of off-white carbonation that retains well
s: nose of biscuit, toast, and subtle caramel, bright in a lager kinda way but plenty aromatic, woody/earthy hop aromas, like this
m: carbonation appropriately lively, both carrying flavor and scrubbing the palate with each sip, body crisp and refreshing without being "light"
t: clean lager-y base of toasted biscuit and a brushing of caramel sweetness, earthy hop tones, woody and a touch minty in the finish, crisp with a balanced bitter, nicely flavorful
d: great drinkability, not many of this style floating around for comparison, but this is obviously well done, for my taste this beats out "the" CC
draft at Tyler's, Durham - coincidentally review #1500, whatever the hell that means, might as well be from the home state
01-03-2011 04:13:03 | More by blackie
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a rich, deep amber color with a substantial, creamy, medium-tan head. The aroma is faint but pleasant, with a combination of cereal grains, a light woodsy mustiness, and a little caramel sweetness. The flavor is much more pronounced, with a predominant character of sweet brown bread and a little butterscotch, although there is a substantial pine and floral hop bitterness that balances and even takes over at times. The fine, light carbonation is active yet unobtrusive, but it allows the bready sweetness to linger a bit more than I would have liked.
Overall, this one is not my favorite offering from Fullsteam, but it is an accessible, easy-drinking beer that serves as a fine flagship for the brewery.
06-28-2011 13:40:47 | More by devilben02
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
Growler shared by drabmuh at a recent tasting.
Pours a medium copper color with a nice off white head and a good deal of lacing down the side of my tulip. Nose is pretty faint, but brings forward some caramel malt as well as some slight herbal and floral hops. The taste takes it up a bit. The malt is the center of the show, but there are some faint hops making there way through, although not adding too much bitterness. Not particularly sweet. Moderate body with good carbonation. Drinkability was really nice, and I enjoyed the crispness of this one to start the tasting off.
Also of note was the growler glass itself, which was quite cool.
10-06-2010 02:29:55 | More by Thorpe429
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, amber-brown coloring with a foamy, dense, clingy, off-white head. Nose of sweet nut, roasted notes, and hints of caramel. Sweet malty forward, with caramel and toffee notes throughout. Roasty and sweet, on a smooth, light body. Sweet, roasted in the aftertaste, as well, with a smooth, slightly lingering finish. Well put together, balanced, and tasty.
06-15-2014 01:50:35 | More by GarthDanielson
Fullsteam from Fullsteam Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.