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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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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 1
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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Stunmai

New York

4.38/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Lovin' Cup in Rochester, in late March. The bartender recommenced it, I had never heard of it before. It had some hops to it, but lightly done so you could get the full taste of it. Yet it was also really smooth - hence the name special lager I guess. Either way it was an awesome beer. I'd recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 01:25:36 | More by Stunmai
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +22%

05-02-2012 01:11:40 | More by mjtiernan
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chefduff2

New York

4/5  rDev +22%

09-25-2012 12:52:19 | More by chefduff2
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
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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yesyouam

New York

3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Heads Common Man is a cloudy, golden lager with a very generous, cream colored foam that lasts in huge lumps. It leaves a great ring of foamy lacing. It has an aroma of light grain, fruit and caramel. It smells fresh. It's soft and pretty full bodied. The finish is sharp, dry and acidic. There's a bitter lemon peel aftertaste. It's quite top-heavy with bitterness. It is a lot like an ale, maybe an IPA or an ESB. It's a very simple, well-blended flavor that keeps my attention.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 15:37:41 | More by yesyouam
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Dirtinabottle

New York

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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

New York

3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 22:27:34 | More by CloudStrife
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obninsk23

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
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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mdfb79

New York

3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 07/28/12 notes. Had this on tap at Jimmy's #43 on the LES in New York. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, bready malts, light fruity malts, and some floral hops. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of spices, bready malts, grains, wheat, fruit, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is super smooth and creamy, and crazy easy to drink. Awesome mouthfeel; best part of the beer.

o - Overall I thought this was a decent California common; a nice refreshing summer beer. Very easy to drink, would probably have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 15:55:19 | More by mdfb79
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear dark amber with a thin white head and modest lacing. The nose is bitter and hoppy, but it seems like they used that completely wrong hop...one which doesn't complement the lager yeastiness. The taste is equally disappointing with an average lager malt followed by a lingering and intense bitterness. Even as it warms it's still very bitter, but starts to balance out substantially. Not terrible, but not desirable either..

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 20:11:58 | More by ThePorterSorter
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superspak

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
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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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 15:27:52 | More by TheBrewo
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nh2032

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

05-06-2012 19:00:51 | More by nh2032
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

08-20-2012 01:46:35 | More by bluntedboywonder
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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

New York

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-09-2013 17:35:15 | More by csparace
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kell50

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-22-2014 16:00:59 | More by costanzo_mike
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 10:12:56 | More by utopiajane
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Common Man Special Lager from Three Heads Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.