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Common Man Special Lager - Three Heads Brewing

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Common Man Special LagerCommon Man Special Lager

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BA SCORE
78
okay

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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: 44 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by wizo:
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

wizo, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

mjtiernan, May 02, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jefferey's Bar, Henrietta, NY.

A: Pours a golden amber with a 1 finger creamy white head. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Some good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: A nice hoppy aroma on first sniff. Smooth malt in there. A little grassy yeast in there as well.

T: Mild roasty malt with a decent hop backing. Had the steam beer sweetness to it.

M: Fairly light body, on the low end with carbonation. A little sticky on the mouth. Pretty drinkable.

Overall a good addition to the Three Heads lineup. A sessionable beer I would never turn down.

CloudStrife, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Sammy
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Recent bottle from Village Beer Merchant. Foaming yellow coloured body. Mildly cheesy. Average mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation. Neutral taste, nothing special. So-so drinkability for what it is. Better than a macro. I would certainly drink this again if only hot tapwater was available and I was thirsty.

Sammy, Aug 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

MarkJBurch, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of obninsk23
3.65/5  rDev +9%
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.

obninsk23, Jan 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired on sale at the local beer store for something like $3.99. It's been way too long since I last had a beer from this brewery, thus this is my first beer review of a beer from Three Heads Brewing.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a hazy cloudy honeyed orange colored body with two fingers of frothy off-white head with nice staying power. Leaves behind some good thick webbed lacing behind on the glass. Looks nice for what it is.

S - The aroma is of faded herbal / twiggy/ earthy / grassy presence, with some light citrus pith buried underneath. A light herbally horseradish type note is noticeable, but not off-putting.

T - Taste follows the nose - dry, herbal, grainy, grassy, with some bready honeyed malt and lemony citrus pith buried in the background.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, & easy-drinking. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Mildly bitter & dry on the finish.

Overall, I rather enjoyed it, and I would definitely say it deserves a little bit better of a rating than it's current 78. A fine re-introduction to Three Heads Brewing for me; I look forward to revisiting more of their beers.

Three Heads Brewing Common Man Special Lager -----3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Nov 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +49.3%

beermark10, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
2.88/5  rDev -14%
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.

ppoitras, Nov 17, 2012
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3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

jlindros, Feb 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

csparace, Feb 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

nh2032, May 06, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

My local priced this stuff down to make room on the shelf for other things, so I finally pounced on it. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises barley, wild rice, grass, and a touch of sweet vinyl. The taste holds note of wild rice, vinyl, sharp grass, flowers, and Indian corn. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this stuff just didn't jive with my tastebuds. Straight up.

TMoney2591, May 01, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

TheBigBoy, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

chefduff2, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of solid gold. The one finger white head is composed of big bubbles, but this shows poor retention, leaving only a rind of bubbles around our glasses. No sediment or haze is noted, and carbonation appears moderate. The nose fills with notes of adjuncty, pale malts, with a nice toast. Sesame seed, white corn, and grassy hops mix for the balance. Metallics also seep in, with an interesting metallic pseudo-Belgian yeast quality to them. Our first impression was that this tastes more like an adjuncty IPA or APA. The flavoring opens with big metallic bite that is further bittered by grassy hops, and barnyard malts, thick barley, and bright yeasts. The peak is a continuation of the grassy hops, and even paler malts. This makes for a simple yet hearty mix. We finish with sweeter notes of white sugar, apricot, and strawberry. These effectively cut the initial bitterness, allowing or the malts to really blossom by the end here. The aftertaste breathes of metallics, adjuncty grain, corn, and a residual grassy hop bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is standard. With each sip comes a bubbly, creamy slurp and smack, with a nice following pop. There is slight metallic astringency. The abv is easy and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the light, even flavoring. The hoppy inclusions are light enough to not be off-putting for someone who doesn’t like hops, but at the same time the malts were overly adjuncty, and lacked the quality of flavoring we were expecting.

TheBrewo, Aug 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

kell50, Jun 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

tobelerone, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

superspak, Feb 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

ejimhof, Jul 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

firedwarftj, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

ShepardCommander, Sep 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

erlenmeyer, Jun 03, 2012
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3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Brad007, Feb 22, 2013
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Common Man Special Lager from Three Heads Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.