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Columbia Common - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

03-25-2014 23:05:05 | More by bumchilly25
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woodchipper

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -13.8%

03-09-2013 22:17:28 | More by woodchipper
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

04-28-2013 05:03:47 | More by TTripp725
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

03-10-2014 04:36:08 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Guden

Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

10-22-2013 03:52:15 | More by Guden
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awalsh

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-26-2013 02:46:26 | More by awalsh
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valkyre65

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

03-11-2014 02:19:13 | More by valkyre65
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Oelschlager

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

07-26-2013 03:13:33 | More by Oelschlager
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

03-09-2013 01:58:40 | More by sgttibbs
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mahanson08

Oregon

3/5  rDev -13.8%

04-05-2014 03:07:38 | More by mahanson08
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

04-07-2014 19:22:48 | More by LXIXME
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Brenden

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

03-12-2013 13:16:48 | More by Brenden
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switzer

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

06-22-2013 23:39:27 | More by switzer
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m0unds

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

06-15-2014 01:53:59 | More by m0unds
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manlybrian

Washington

3.64/5  rDev +4.6%

08-25-2014 21:52:59 | More by manlybrian
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hsus0225

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-01-2013 16:28:20 | More by hsus0225
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TheSixthRing

California

3.71/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

04-06-2013 01:54:15 | More by TheSixthRing
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

03-19-2013 22:10:50 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

02-10-2013 01:44:03 | More by tdm168
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.11/5  rDev +18.1%

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!

03-31-2013 22:04:01 | More by secondtooth
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

03-17-2013 03:06:51 | More by avisong
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-24-2013 05:10:40 | More by cliff1066
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-01-2013 02:24:02 | More by Fatehunter
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trocketsauced

New York

3/5  rDev -13.8%

03-06-2014 02:51:32 | More by trocketsauced
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jheezee

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.8%

03-07-2014 00:44:15 | More by jheezee
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Columbia Common from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.