Columbia Common - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: welldigger888 on 12-29-2012

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Reviews by Slatetank:
Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this from the 12oz brown bottle in a teku chilled, purchased at Brass Rail bottled on Feb 3 2014.

The color is deep amber bordering on bronze with light chill haze, but thick proud head of white with very fine bead with great retention, the lace sticks in a web formation. The smell is very herbal from the hops with slight grainy odor with earthy yeast element adding a light spice ester. The feel is moderately carbonated with gentle bitterness and mild sweetness with a toasted grain texure and light hint of yeast fruitiness with semi-dry finish.

The flavor starts peppery and herbal from the hops which bring out a sort of earthy complimentary malt element with lager-like yeast flavors bringin some mineral elements along with toastiness in the malt and a light almond-like nutty sweetness with a subtle caramel or vienna flavor which compliments the yeast and adds a bit of depth. Overall I would not say this is the best example of the style, but it is better than average in most regards including drinkability...I would try this on draft.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Guden
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
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 moundbz
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking and refreshing, really tasty

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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 TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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 tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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
4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
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 Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev 0%
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 russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/12/12

Pours an effervescent honey /bronze color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Good lacing & alright head retention

S: Green apple skins, some dry cereal scent, pear notes, a bit of toastyness

T: Pears, a touch of herbal hops & some lemon zest up front. Fruittyness & a touch of lemons as this warms, plus a some dryness & golden delcious apple. Finishes fruity & crisp

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation, crispness picks up as this warms, nicely balanced

This started a little shakey, but improved as it warmed. Very drinkable, would love to get some fresher just to see if it is any better

Photo of Mises85
4.32/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap in standard pint glass at perfect temperature 48-50 degrees

Appearance: beautiful amber color with 1.5-2 finger head.

Smell: Dry hopped, floral, touch of citrus, wheat malt

Taste: touch of mango, with a dry spicy finish. hoppy but very flavorful

Mouthfeel: nice carbonation, good balance.

Overall; definitely a nice spring beer that has a lively taste and a surprising hoppy note.

Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Mix a six pick up.

Pours dark amber with thick 1/2 inch foam. Heavy blackish tint. Malty nose. Bready. Light flavorful malt, backed by a flowery hop. Thin body. Not much carbonation. Quite good.

Nice job on a Cali Common brew.

Photo of hudsonskunk
2.59/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance on this beer is extremely clear and crisp. I wish this beer was as satisfying as its looks. Head was light and barely present even directly after pour. Color resided somewhere inbetween a light to medium amber hue.

Smell gave off a slight sour note, with lots of malt. The main components I picked out were an aromatic, or biscuit malt attached with a wandering earthy stench, this was mainly experienced when smelling, not while drinking.

Taste was about as boring as a newcastle that has been sitting out in the fridge for a few weeks. The beer was carbonated properly and extremely fresh, but there was just absolutely nothing redeeming about the taste of this beer. When taking a sip, the bitterness of the malt and hops are paired extremely well, only to be let down with the faint taste of acidity and absolutely no lingering aroma of hops.

The mouthfeel of this beer was light, and barely present. I struggled to not drink this beer extremely quickly as it went down like a glass of carbonated spring water.

Overall for 3.25 a pint, I don't feel let down, but I will not be trying this beer again unless it is in a bottle and it is free.

Photo of fuhkyou
2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a complete bore. Tastes like something one would find in a case of Kirkland generic beer from Costco. I can't believe this sells for the same price as Deschutes offerings in the supermarket. Widmer was on my no no list for years... they just hit the reset button.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thin white head, minimal lace and copper color. Aroma is malty, sweet and spicy hops. Flavor is biscuity malt and spicy hops and balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is appropriate to style. Overall, this is a good tasting beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 15:48-DEC 03 13. Sampled on May 3, 2014.

It is a handsome looking mahogany amber pour with a modest off-white head that settles back shortly into a ring.

The aroma emits roasted caramel malts and perhaps some butterscotch but little in the way of hops. They must be well integrated into the mix.

Light to medium body and smooth.

The rich roasted caramel malts play up a bit more in the taste and the bitterness is must by it finishes clean and balanced. Not sure how often I would have this. Not a "go out of my way to get it" kind of beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up tonight at the COOP... Poured into my slim tulip glass.. clear light amber/orange... short lasting eggshell head really doesn't leave much in the way of lacing or a cap.

Nose is pale malt with a nice toast punch... hoppiness is an odd but inviting mix of floral and grassy elements.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose with a decent finish of toasted malt and the above hop notes that weigh heavier on the grassy side of things.

Body is a solid medium, especially for such a low ABV beer... carbonation is light/medium.

Tasty and very drinkable.. I will buy it again.

3.5/3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass and a thick layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of toasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of toasted malts plus earthy and grassy hops along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and quite dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness persists through the finish.
O: This beer may not appeal to mainstream beer drinkers, but it's very good considering the style. I really enjoyed the aromas and flavors imparted by the Columbus hops and the dryness.

Photo of Zorro
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper colored ale with a medium sized off-white colored head. Darker than expected.

Smells malty with a strong caramel scent. Herbal and fruity hop with some grass. Toasted grain an a faint scent of melon and roasted chile pepper. Smells woody and very faintly smoky.

Starts out mildly sweet and woody with a strong caramel syrup on wheat biscuit taste. Bitterness is about medium and perfectly matched the the malt. Some mineral water taste. Faint wood and smoke. Not real complex but it is quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a surprisingly tasty beer. Wasn't expecting much here but this is an excellent mild ale.

Photo of shand
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's been a while since I've had a steam beer. Columbia Common is a beautiful beer, it pours out a brilliant copper color capped with a lovely head. The aroma is a little weak and what's there of the toasted malts is a bit. It ticks the flavor marks just right though, with that whole "not a lager, not yet an ale" thing going on, with a wonderful slight malty nuttiness. A bit of hops hang out with a grainy finish. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of light and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is solid. A solid attempt at a under-brewed style.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, lager yeast, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid sessionable beer to drink for a while.

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising...very hoppy but balanced. I really liked this, but it had a strangely metallic aftertaste that I couldn't account for...

Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium orangish amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation along with some orange and copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium to large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with earthy hops.

T: Upfront there a light to moderate flavors of toasted malts with light to moderate flavors of grassy and earthy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Fairly dry throughout.

O: A style that I do not come across very often but I do enjoy trying when I get the chance - a little dryer than I would have expected for the style but enjoyable and sessionable.

Photo of constantine_272
4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light brown with a redish tint. Extremely low white head. Highly carbonated.

S: Malt. Slightly bready. A hint of yeast and a tiny bit of warm spice, maybe nutmeg.

T: Initial taste is of wheat and rye which fades fast to a tingle of mellow hops. I detect a hint of tangy grapefruit which adds an understated brightness. A spice flavor lingers on the finish.

M: Full consistency at first from the malts, but the hop finish wipes the slate mostly clean.

O: I bought a six pack of this. The first one I didn't like so much. I had another a few weeks later and it really is starting to work for me. At first I thought there wasn't enough hop to balance out the flavor but I changed my mind. Though not ad hoppy as some of my more usual beers, it is actually quite balanced. It would make a good session beer. It's a tasty beer but its missing something to really make it pop.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Need to switch up from IPAs for the moment, so a Common/Steam should do nicely.

Pours a small fizzy airy bubbly head covering, kinda pathetic head actually, fades at a med pace, what's actually there of it that is, touches of lacing, very clear iced-tea brown colored.

Nose brings some typical steam beer aromas, smooth soft malty note, a little mineral water and herbal tea, actually quite a bit of tea and more like iced tea, hint of grainy, mild caramely note too.

Taste brings malts at first, a strange malt character though, it does have the mild grainy toasty with soft steam beer notes, but also sweeteners without much sweetness, caramel, toffee, touch of candy crunch nutty sugar daddy like, then that weird iced tea flavor again, just like a strong Lipton iced tea and herbal as well, with mild grassy herbal hop kick on the back end. Soft minerals and crisp lager like notes although it's listed as a "spring ale". Finish is soft and a bit crisp, mildly sticky but dry still, bit more iced tea, mild herbal hop bitterness, bit more of the soft minerals but also caramel and more candy without the sweetness.

Mouth is lighter bod, soft, decent carb.

Overall OK, but nothing too special, it has the nice soft feel, soft minerals, that iced tea is really different, and the candy notes are also off for a steam beer, but an interesting twist on it. I wouldn't say I didn't enjoy this a bit, it was a pretty good beer, just not what I expected.

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I plucked this from the cooler at the Knickerbocker Hotel last weekend, a story in and of itself. That said, this is the Bros.' Spring Ale, following closely on the heels of Penn Brewery's Winter Ale. What day/season is it today? I have no idea after sitting through a bone-chilling baseball game yesterday.

I know/understand the style and I am not going to even touch the in-fighting of some of the previous reviews. Please, look at the style descriptor(s) and do some reading before launching into one another.

I went with a fairly aggro pour which resulted in a surprisingly brief finger of light-tan head with relatively low retention. It is a cool day and there is little to no humidity and the lack of head retention was surprising. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity and if there was a way to cash it in at my local recycling center, I would be on my way there now. I had a babe of a g/f in the early 1990's and her hair was both copper-colored and coarse as wire. I wonder if she braids it up and sells it as scrap? Man, what a beauty! Both the g/f and the beer. Nose was solidly malty with a slightly minty/grassy scent underneath. I was vaguely reminded of Girl Scout mint cookies. Taste was semi-sweet and quite tasty. It occurred to me, in writing this review, that I have never reviewed Anchor Steam, despite it being one of the first micros I ever put up to my lips, I wonder how the two will compare. This was worthwhile.

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Columbia Common from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.