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Columbia Common - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: welldigger888 on 12-29-2012)
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Reviews by Murrhey:
Photo of Murrhey
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Paired with a ham sandwich. Expectations are low. Reviewed live.

A- Two and a half finger foamy white head. Thick and fluffy. Decent retention. Peaked white lacing that clings high on the glass. Light brown with very high clarity. Looks like a typical California Common but with a nice head.

S- Light grains, the malts are subtle. Grassy. Hoppiness is slight, but rather inviting. Not a very pungent or complex smell at all.

T- Flavor is slightly hoppier than the nose lets on. Some toasted malts and floral, grassy hoppiness. Earthy and richer than the nose.

M- Smooth and well balanced. Wet with a moderately dry finish.

O- Above average. Cool and refreshing with a nice spring hop taste to it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of TTripp725
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Guden
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Brilliantly clear copper with a one finger head of tight bubbles that slowly fade to a small ring. Pretty looking beer.

S- Some earthiness, some strawberry/banana fruitiness giving a taffy smell. Just a little minty herbal character and a touch of sulfur as it warms.

T- Up front the fruity esters (again strawberry) dominate with a woody, herbal, minty hop balance in the middle and a slightly sweet toffee/taffy sweet finish.

M- Light body with low carbonation that gives some similarities to an English bitter and makes for a very mouth filling beer.

O- I liked this one a lot. Not dominated by any single characteristic but the herbal hops are balanced well by everything else going on. Seems to have held up even greater than 4 months after bottling.

Photo of awalsh
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of moundbz
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Easy drinking and refreshing, really tasty

Photo of valkyre65
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Oelschlager
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mahanson08
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is just shy of amber, a nice yellow-orange. It's nearly clear with maybe just a touch of haziness in the middle. An off-white head grows to sit at around 3/4 of a finger. Dissipation is fairly quick, though a sturdy island of foam remains. Lacing is left on the glass by way of light, thin patching and some spotting.
All said, this is a nice beer overall and, as I understand, a very nice example of a Common. There's some dryness to it and some toast in the nose lends itself to a cereal grains note, but over all of that is a solid, sturdy aspect of what really comes out in the flavor: a predominantly floral note complemented by grass and a bit of perfume. It's got sweetness as well, which really rounds it out nicely as well as creating an added complexity. Pear and apple flesh, a lightly herbal note, and even a touch of woodiness make for a very well-rounded flavor profile.
The carbonation works for this beer; it doesn't go crazy, doesn't get too spritzy or bite too hard. It does, however, provide this beer with a good nip and a creaminess in a light-medium body.
All in all, this was a pleasant surprise for me.

Photo of switzer
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of m0unds
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of manlybrian
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of hsus0225
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark golden amber with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention. Leaves a broken layer of microbubbles on the surface, while lacing is spotty at best.

Smell - Lightly toasted bread, hints of caramel, light pepper, subdued hops coming across as floral.

Taste - Strong overtones of caramel sweetness met by an addition of toasted bread, touches of honey and moderate grass hop character . Bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice bite. Goes down with near buttery smoothness.

Overall - Nice take on the style, though I'm not big on the style to begin with. Much like the Ninkasi Spring Reign I had last night, this does well as a spring seasonal release. Easy drinker. Downright sessionable.

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - pale, see through orangish amber with a thin cap of soft, white head that has little retention

S - very faint nose; citrus, toast, caramel

T - caramel, some sweetness, lagery taste, very faint bitterness in the finish

M - light bodied, well carbonated

This is a disappointing beer. The nose offers very little. The flavor follows. There isn't much here. It's a simple, subtle flavor profile. The mouthfeel is also a bit thin. This just isn't for me. I need something a little more bold and flavorful.

Photo of secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely, rich amber, with fine a tri-finger head. Lovely spoke-style lace, as well.

Nose is crisp grains and grassy hops. Perfect aroma for a proper lager, so points here, too!

Taste is very palate-pleasing, with a light body but full of flavor. I get enough citrus hops and bready malts to be an ideal balance for a session-style spring lager. Very enjoyable and well-done!

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger of head on a medium straw colored body.
The aroma smells like a sack of grain, which is nice enough.
A light, dry bitterness; with a mild sweet note and a medium dry, grain finish.
The texture is crisp and light with moderate carbonation.
A flavorful but still light ale.

Photo of trocketsauced
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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Columbia Common from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.