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Fullsteam - Fullsteam Brewery

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: atsprings on 07-06-2010)
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1.75/5  rDev -53%

abernethyj, Jul 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

JohnnyK, Apr 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

SmellsofMahagony, May 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Canada_Dan, Jul 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

IPAchris, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of beer2day
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint pour at the Saucer in Raleigh.

Solid gold pour with two finger light head. Faint retention. Weak lace.

Nose is faint and slightly sour. Light malt with a touch of Belgian candy sugar.

Slightly sour hit. Moderate malt profile. Bready and chewy. Crisp finish, with a decent dose of earthy hops.

Decent session drinker, but just not my style.

beer2day, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of ghowehattrick
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ghowehattrick, Aug 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

dvmin98, Apr 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

robebo44, Nov 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

aranton, Mar 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

nmann08, Apr 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

mikeincharleston, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Brewsed, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

OldhouseRecs, Apr 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

kvgomps, Apr 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

carrollmel7, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jak, Apr 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

kylehay2004, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

commune, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is between amber and straw. Somewhat near Yuengling actually. Light white head, but their beer never has a head.

Smell is Steam beer to a T. Phenols from the ale yeast, but smoothness from the lagering.

Taste is better than Anchor Steam. Hints of banana, but its really lost in the background to the malt. Its really just a adjunct lager brewed at ale temperature. Good beer, but not going to blow your mind.

VncentLIFE, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ 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...

wedge, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of devilben02
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

devilben02, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of TheRabidBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheRabidBrewer, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap

Pours a red amber color with a whitish head.

Rich hop and copper malt nose.

Flavor is bready and copper malts with a hint of hop.

Medium body with a light carbonation.

A decent lager that is drinkable enough and has a good flavor. Seems like a session candidate. I am not personally crazy about it but I can't fault it for anything really.

Cylinsier, May 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

FUwolfpacker, May 06, 2013
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Fullsteam from Fullsteam Brewery
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