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Fullsteam - Fullsteam Brewery

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: atsprings on 07-06-2010

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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 18
Photo of blackie
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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

Photo of tharper
4.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap -Tyler's Taproom - Carrboro NC

I was very surprised by the fullness, aroma and taste of this lager. It is almost a marzen in the viscosity and fullness of maltiness.

The appearance was very bright with a 1" head that lingered and laced well. Overall I highly recommend it and am proud that it is produced in my home town of Durham, NC.

***

Photo of skeeordye11
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: crystal clear ruby in color. Faint film on the surface of the beer with no lace.
S: crystal sweet maltiness with a woody hop presence as well.
T: earthy. Caramel sweetness with a good balance of earthy bitterness in the finish. Very nice. Love those NB hops.
M: medium. The flavors dance across the tongue in beautiful harmony.
D: very high. I'll drink a growler of this right next to the carber anyday.

Photo of TheRabidBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of beer2day
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of atsprings
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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