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Columbia Common - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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79
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224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 6
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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5/5  rDev +44.5%

DakotaD, Nov 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

ejmvet, Jun 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

TTripp725, Apr 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Rhettroactive, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Mises85
4.34/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Mises85, May 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

illinidg, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

bubseymour, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

cutout, Jan 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

foghornleghorn22, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

beerman73, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Weekiwachee, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

mrmitsui29, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

kickerofelves, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

woodychandler, May 25, 2013
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!

secondtooth, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of anarchia
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Translucent orange with a large head, excellent retention. Aroma is fruity, grapefruit & orange hops with some floral notes. Very crisp beer with strong fruitiness, some grassy notes, honey-like sweetness but finishes very dry. Strong carbonation, but not so strong that it interferes with drinkability. Fantastic session ale, it'd be nice to see more stuff like this on the shelves.

anarchia, Jan 15, 2014
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.

Brenden, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of welldigger888
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brilliantly crystal clear garnet hued amber gold color that has an off white head leaving some lacing as the head went rather quickly.

Wonderful earthy hoppiness seems to dominate a rather grainy malty goodness that has some caramel sweetness. Good stuff here for sure.

Very earthy spicy noble like hop that has a firm bitterness and a nice sweet caramel malty graininess that screams to be consumed.

Nice and solid medium mouth feel here that is nice and sessionable .

Solid brew from a solid brewer, I enjoyed and will buy all I can get.

welldigger888, Dec 29, 2012
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4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

constantine_272, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

ninaturner, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Maltyduo, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

bluntedboywonder, Jun 16, 2014
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Columbia Common from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.