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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
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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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

nmann08, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

kylehay2004, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Random growler pulled in for a recent tasting. Overall the beer was pretty good but I've had so pathetically few examples of a steam beer that its hard to determine what the style actually is.

Beer poured into a tulip. Beer is golden / amber to orange with a nice head of off white bubbles, small, that leaves lacing on the glass. The cap is really nice on this growler and sealed in the carbonation well. Moderate carbonation, small bubbles.

Aroma is a little weak, its mostly malt, mild caramel, not much to talk about.

Beer is medium to light in body with a nice forward presence, not much in the middle and a mild bitterness with a mild dry finish to the whole thing. I like it. The dryness isn't distracting or palate wrecking, its a decent beer. I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

dbrauneis, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tdm168, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

GarthDanielson, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear caramel copper color with a decent fluffy white head and great lacing. The aroma says wheat and yeast with some spiciness. The flavor is unique. A bitter leafy hop over biscuity fruit sweetness. I get apple, melon and bright toasted pumpkin. It's a crispy feel with tingly carbonation and medium bodied. Definitely quite drinkable, as well. Recommended for a try and something I would quench my thirst on any time.

Durge, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

IPAchris, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

blackie, Jan 03, 2011
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 atsprings
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rockfish Grill served in an 18oz schooner a crisp amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice amount of sweet malts with slight earthy hops. The taste is a very nice balance of crisp earthy citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. The beer is very smooth, crisp and refreshing. This is another great beer from Fullsteam, while it's not my personal favorite of theirs, I can see it as worthy of being their flagship.

atsprings, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jak, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of mikeincharleston
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

mikeincharleston, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Canada_Dan, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

dvmin98, Apr 23, 2013
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 28, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

SmellsofMahagony, May 04, 2013
Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

kvgomps, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

FUwolfpacker, May 06, 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 Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Brewsed, Jun 18, 2013
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 carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

carrollmel7, Mar 04, 2012
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