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Common Man Special Lager - Three Heads Brewing

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78
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.05/5  rDev -9%
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.

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.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Photo of yesyouam
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of chefduff2
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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..

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.

Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of nh2032
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Stunmai
4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

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Common Man Special Lager from Three Heads Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.