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Boston Common - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Common
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37 Ratings

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-21-2002)
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Photo of belgiumbud


2.13/5  rDev -41.6%

Wow...A East Coast intepretation of the California Common...High Expectations Here!

Wow...Disappointed! I am not sure if the brewmasters have ever tried a Steam Beer because they totally missed on this beer...

Nice golden amber color with no head whatsoever...I think the problem with the head derived from the fact that the beer was poured into a glass that was just washed and still had warm dish water on it...

Lots of carbonation here...That was a bad sign...Smelled alot of hop character also...Another bad sign...What are we brewing here? I tried it and then asked if I was poured an IPA or an ESB...Got a wierd look from the bartender...Extremely bitter and dry with no maltiness body with too much carbonation

Not a Steam Beer at all...Being that I have shared many Anchor Steam beers and brewed a common homebrew I was so upset at how far this beer really missed the mark...

08-09-2010 20:23:16 | More by belgiumbud
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

06-01-2012 16:40:28 | More by jpd7374
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

04-26-2014 15:58:20 | More by Kelp
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-04-2014 20:45:24 | More by harripat
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

02-10-2012 17:21:42 | More by rusty3335
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-30-2012 06:06:43 | More by Peller80
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North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -17%

Poured an orange brown and was extremely hazy. Just a thin head which would form spotted lace around the glass. The nose was malts and lemon. The flavor was a bit disappointing. It was really sweet and I could not find the hops. The malts were very present and their sweetness was mellowed thanks to a nice woody background. The overall flavor of this beer is best described as iced tea. The mouthfeel was very watery. Shadowy body: At first is was pleasantly full, but it finished quite thin. The iced tea flavor detracted from the experience and did not leave me wanting a second beer.

04-29-2005 03:55:19 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.24/5  rDev -11.2%

Received a glass of very pale brew. Not amber, not gold, somewhere in between. Slight head. No lace.

Some very light fruit aromas. Moderate malty note.

Very thin beer. Lean, almost watery. Some caramel and fruit, mingled with grain and bread, with a moderate bitter finish.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

I want to like this one. Has alot of great elements, and still misses. Too watery, too lean.

10-06-2013 21:41:39 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a one finger head. Light lacing developed. Carbonation levels were low.

Aroma: most disappointing as nothing was discernable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, mild fruit sweetness, and soft bitterness. Simple and straight forward but nothing overly exciting.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium bodied. Very brief caramel aftertaste. Lightly refreshing.

Drinkability: easy to quaff and could be a session beer. Nothing to right home about, but this beer is one of those you drink and don't over-analyze it.

08-01-2006 23:56:42 | More by Gavage
Photo of flagmantho


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

I had this on-tap in a big pint glass at the Beer Works in Logan airport.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam.

Smell: malty with a slightly sour grainy character. Overall it's a bit muted; OK but not great.

Taste: quite sweet malt with a very light fruity character and just a hint of graininess. Hop presence is minimal but there's a little balancing bitterness at the end. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a light, prickly effervescence. Refreshing enough!

Overall: this is a straight middle of the road California common; maybe not a destination beer but it will do in a pinch.

06-10-2013 18:02:36 | More by flagmantho
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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a fully hazed amber brown. Nice white head. Nose is slight hops anda touch of wood. Flavor is smooth with a slight wood tone and somewhat firm hops. Feel is a bit thin on the liquid aspect, but it starts off pretty silky. Heavily drinkable at first. My first sip turned out to be a few seconds long and became a long swig. But as time went on, it seemed to lose it’s luster and I had a hard time finishing it. I had to force the latter bit down.

12-31-2007 01:41:44 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-14-2011 16:22:33 | More by bpfrush
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-21-2012 17:16:18 | More by Aexoonge
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-02-2014 20:51:15 | More by onewitchymom
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-12-2012 23:40:36 | More by anewlanguage
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-27-2013 15:32:18 | More by harpus
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-30-2013 06:11:22 | More by rab53
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

On-tap at Beer Works Fenway

A: This one pours amber in color with a smallish off-white head.

S: Sweet malt in the form of toffee and bread to begin with. There's a bit of yeast and very faint hops. A few mild fruit esters and some straw and grass notes.

T: Bready malt along with some toast and toffee. Like the aroma, the hops are fairly mild, though there is a bit of grass and straw, maybe a few floral notes. Just a light bitterness to it.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: The more steam beers I try, the less I like them.

10-04-2011 21:23:18 | More by womencantsail
Photo of IBUnit63


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

On tap @ Beer Works Terminal C

Clear mahogany body, tight head with decent lacing-nothin' special but not bad.

Grassy hop texture with bitter malt-pretty tame

Malt comes forward with a sweeter taste than aroma-hops become a little more piney.

Nice mouthfeel - strong malt depth, backbone and finish.

Definitely sessionable but hopefully not here since it's an airport

08-11-2008 20:14:09 | More by IBUnit63
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-26-2013 18:38:50 | More by kaelingirl
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-19-2014 19:14:50 | More by Sellen
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District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

i think this is my favorite of the 4 i tried, though its score may not be the highest. it came to my table a tall 16 oz. dull copper color. the head was short but consistent. aromas fight a tough battle to free themselves from the slim head

prominent pilsner malt flavor, with a Euro hop flavor. more lively, fruity flavors come from the brew—evidence of higher fermentation temps (actually, sometimes big wafts of fruitiness meet my tongue (and my nose))

08-03-2007 02:46:12 | More by bruachan
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

sitting right @ the bar here, writing the review. about 100 ft. from home plate of Fenway. Anyway, this is on cask tonight. $4.50 a pint. Creamy head & mouthfeel. Amber color, little bit of hoppy smell and aftertaste. Set at room temp. but it's a bit hot for this tonight. Wish I could try other choices,

05-09-2007 21:13:46 | More by Backer2004
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Served a medium amber colored beer with modest off-white head.
Semll is so light as to be almost non-existant. Some very subtle tones of caramel can be found.
Taste is pleasant. Some rich caramel notes are present along with a litlle bitterness.
A nice easy drinking beer, would be a good session beer.

10-10-2007 11:25:12 | More by tgbljb
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-22-2011 02:13:22 | More by Burt
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Boston Common from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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