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Common Man Special Lager - Three Heads Brewing

Common Man Special LagerCommon Man Special Lager

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 13.21%


Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Citizens, your cries for common ground have been heard! In an effort to bridge the gap between beer connoisseurs and weekend warriors, we at 3HB present the Common Man. This beer delivers intriguing hops with a smooth finish. Finally, a craft beer for all of us.
36 IBUs

(Beer added by: John on 03-24-2012)
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

11-12-2012 03:09:43 | More by TheBigBoy
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Brendog9

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.9%

04-04-2014 22:02:44 | More by Brendog9
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been in the fridge for a couple months as it's hard to crack something like this in the middle of winter, but finally decided to just do it. No date.

Slow rise up the neck after opening makes me a little worried, pours a nice head though, creamy fluffy 1 finger that fades slowly, with lots of sticky lacing, a hazy slight sediment laden nectar orange color.

Nose has some mild creamy malts, little toasty lager notes, soft malt notes as well, and mild lager yeast aroma. However, there is also a mild bacterial infection, soured infection, wah-wah.

Taste doesn't seem to have the infection at first... it has a big toasty grainy husky malt, little corn like corn mash and husk, with a big straw toasty grainy malt, bit of a soft lager and crisp feel, more mild steam beer like mineral mixed soft lager notes. then some mild grassy earthy like hops, a touch spicy but fair bitterness. Somehow I don't get any of the infection flavor but it's almost definite and pretty strong on the nose, but I do get a some sulfur, weird. Finish is dry and fairly bitter, nice grassy slight spicy hop bitterness, little sticky feeling, mild sweetness but crisp and soft, maybe the slightest hint of infection.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft feeling, crisp and nice carb.

Overall not bad, other than the obvious big infection on the nose, but somehow not affecting the taste really, just the slightest touch on the finish. Fairly decent taste, adn could have been a better nose, but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:40:46 | More by jlindros
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.9%

02-15-2014 00:53:29 | More by AndrewMichael
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superspak

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Loud crack upon opening, probably infected. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that last. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lightly tart lemon zest, green apple, pear, cracker, bread, light honey, hay, straw, grass, herbal, light pepper, funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with balanced malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, green apple, pear, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, straw, floral, grass, pepper, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, pear, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of malt and fruity yeast flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall, despite obvious infection, this was a nicely enjoyable brew. Obviously not to style, but was tasty for what was there. Very smooth and crisp to drink as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:57:48 | More by superspak
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firedwarftj

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -9.9%

12-05-2013 03:08:37 | More by firedwarftj
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Beardcore

Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

09-16-2013 18:22:19 | More by Beardcore
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.9%

07-27-2013 12:26:24 | More by ejimhof
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kell50

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

06-25-2013 18:08:42 | More by kell50
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MarkJBurch

New York

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

06-14-2013 03:19:38 | More by MarkJBurch
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utopiajane

New York

3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a honey gold with a good head of foam from a vigorous pour that fell to some crags and really great lace. Nose is fruity hops, a little sour, a little skunk. Malt is caramel and grain. Good lager nose but starts to fall apart as it warms. The hops go grassy and catty and the spice character which is very faint goes sour in the nose. Malt gets breaddier but like sourdough. Taste is breaddy malt with a try at some sweet citrus in back. It puckers from bitter fruit because the lemon got pithy. Husky, grainy malt this is no girlie beer. Finished dry with plenty of full bodied malt. Drank ok but not great because of hops going sour and a taste of corn on the back palate. It was mildly astringent and even a little metallic. Can live without this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 10:12:56 | More by utopiajane
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-02-2013 01:00:53 | More by mattparsons
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pilsener:

A: hazy golden colored body with a one finger white foamy head, some carbonation is seen rising, some light lacing is left

S: sweet, somewhat grainy, light hops, some light fruit coming through as it warms

T: sweet and grainy through previously mentioned flavors

M: light to medium, sessionable, weird grainy aftertaste and finish

O: well, though not much of a fan of the style, still good for it, but for me, unsure if I'd come back to ... ???

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 17:10:18 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Brad007

Vermont

3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice golden color with a frothy white head into my glass. Closer to a pilsener color. The category baffles me though.

Sweet and grainy with a tad bit of hop character. Also "fruity" like an ale.

Taste is pretty much the same. A mix of fruitiness and grainy malt. Something just doesn't sit right with me. Then again, I don't think I'm the biggest fan of this style.

Lingering malt/hop characteristics. Nothing much else.

Worth a try. I've just never been able to get into this style but I review anyway.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 16:34:32 | More by Brad007
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csparace

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

02-09-2013 17:35:15 | More by csparace
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DmanGTR

New York

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-31-2013 21:48:23 | More by DmanGTR
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.9%

01-27-2013 21:25:10 | More by Gregwa
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-25-2013 23:54:29 | More by imperialking
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obninsk23

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$7.00 for 1 pint 6 oz bottle in MA. After pour the foam took over the glass for 10 minutes (red flag - not finished fermentation). Foam is amateur and annoying. Nice honey color. Smells nice - fresh hops, like cascades (the cheap ones). Tastes surprisingly good - nice fresh crisp, may be honey with bitter (perhaps a bit too bitter) finish. Overall slightly above average. Not worth $7.00. May be $3.85 is a fare deal.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 22:53:28 | More by obninsk23
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-07-2012 05:06:49 | More by tobelerone
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-30-2012 03:43:02 | More by wizo
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle share by argo0. Thanks!

The beer is pale golden with a subtle haze. Small white head with decent retention. The aroma brings lager scents, grain, some yeast, light floral hops. Some citrus and sourdough bread in the flavor. Earthy with some bitterness in the finish. Mediocre smell and aroma. Light in body with crisp carbonation. Overall, this was just OK.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 16:11:17 | More by Huhzubendah
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3" blonde head over the clear golden amber brew. Meringuey head snow-cones above the rim before eventually settling down some. Lacing is chunky and prevalent. Aroma points toward unwanted sour.

Taste starts with a peek of sweet, ample citrus in the middle, and a lot of rounded bitterness in the close. Aftertaste a bit off, but nowhere near what the nose was hinting. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay. Not all I hoped, but not as bad as feared either.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 19:42:23 | More by ppoitras
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Dirtinabottle

New York

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-02-2012 03:30:13 | More by Dirtinabottle
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw golden color with a fingers worth of head

S: Lager yeast, some light malts, and graininess. Possibly some earthy hops

T: Follows the nose. Clearly a lager. Has some light fruity notes, husky and grainy malts, and some grassy hops

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drying towards the end

O: I haven't had too many Cali Commons, but this matches up fairly well with the few I have had. Easy to drink and would appeal very well to any beer drinker, craft or not. Solid

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 21:47:46 | More by BEERMILER12
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Common Man Special Lager from Three Heads Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.