Columbia Common - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 229
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 5.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of jamiecoppin
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: pours a beautifully clear copper color with a bountiful head that dissipated quickly

Smell: pretty disappointing aromatics. Not a whole lot going on. Just a generic grainy scent with a hint of citrus

Taste: Crisp and grainy. The taste does not linger for more than a second.

Mouthfeel: very thin

Overall: I'm not a lager guy and this does nothing to convert me. This beer offers me nothing to get excited about. It tastes as about generic and boring as this review.

Serving type: 12oz bottle (561 characters)

Photo of fuhkyou
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of hudsonskunk
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
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. (1,162 characters)

Photo of wrightst
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Good name for this one. Not a bad beer, well above the adjunct axis of evil - you know who I mean. But in the current craft environment, this just blends in. It's even on the label - common.
The look is of any spring ale, maibock, pilsner, etc., which is to say medium to dark, but as I like to say, you don't drink the look.
Smell and taste are indistinct, this beer does not want to stand out. I won't call it lazy, but it certainly is not working very hard. I'm not asking them to put cherry blossoms or grass nibs in the fermentation - I don't need a beer to be so exotic, but a range of flavors would be nice. There is a mild hint of grass, citrus or pine, but not much. More malt than hops, in fact very little hop aroma or flavor at all.
Widmer is in the Redhook Kona Pyramid family of beers and they are starting to seem like the GM of beers to me. Decent, working vehicles, some really good, but there's a whole lot of overlap between them leaving you to wonder, if there wasn't a label on the bottle, could you tell the difference?
Drink Beer, Be Happy!
Cheers! (1,071 characters)

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper with tanish head that foams up pretty good with a hard pour. Head sticks around in a thin film, lacing sticks to the glass ok. Smells like bread, fruity mango or peach maybe no hops really. The taste very much a bread craker taste, not really tasting the fruit I smell. There are no hops just a slight bitterness and not to sweet. Mouthfeel is medium, it has body just not really flavor to match. Overall I would drink this anytime and could problay drink a ton, its easy to drink and has more flavor then ur standard beer i guess. (551 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass

A – Pours a mostly clear russet copper, a small fleeting white head settles into a thin cap.

S – Sweet grain, tangy wheat, cooked corn, slightly toasted,

T – Sweet toasted grains, light orange notes, dull grassiness, multi-grain cereal, sweet biscuit malts, the yeast is more powdery than bready.

M – Stingy carbonation adds some bite on the tip of the tongue, body is full but light around the edges, very light toasted caramel character comes out with some peppery bitterness on the finish. Grassiness only seems to come out on the aftertaste, along with notions of tart fruit skin which is kind of odd.

A quick drinker. Wish this was a little fresher, seems to have faded a bit. Dull components make for an unmemorable beer but some bitterness keeps it alive. An average cream ale that doesn’t stand out in it’s class. (894 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark gold with a one-finger head into my glass. Bog standard. Someone complained that it doesn't look like a pils. That's because it's NOT a pils!

Sweet with a buttery edge. Bit of pine on the nose. The bottle indicates that this was brewed at Redhook's facility in NH.

Pretty much tastes the same as it smells. Light hop flavors/aroma. Tastes close to a bitter for some reason.

Lingering pine and buttery malt make up the mouthfeel. Not bad. Crisp.

If you like the style, you'll like this. I think it's ok. (521 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ive only had a few beers from widmer bros. and theyve all been pretty good, i really like their drifter pale ale... their columbia common is ok, not as good as the drifter.

the color is reall nice...brown with maybe a very slight redish hue. there is a slight hoppiness in the nose- not strong at all. the taste is similar- a weak hoppiness and a watery finish. the mouth feel is pretty good and it seems pretty drinkable. i could drink a few and watch a game, not heavy at all. (479 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a clearish brown body with decent head and lace on top of a slightly fruity but more piney, earthy hop aroma. Beer isn't bad but I just found it bland (boring) and a little toned down for the masses. There is a good hop presence but it's more of just some minor earthy, piney hops that have a little citric to them and help give off an easy, crisp and dry finish. Not much else going on as some fruit and sweet notes are muted and the beer isn't watery but definitely a thinner body helps you pound it. (509 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours out a murky bronze colour with a thin light tan head. sparse lace. sweet maltiness on the nose with a slight butter and herb accent accented by some grassy notes. the grassy and herbal hop profile carries over to the taste, providing a pleasantly bitter bite that easily balances out the residual sweetness. malt base is meekly sweet showing off a touch of burnt sugar and toasted bread. a fair body for a lower ABV steam beer with a unique mouthfeel that teeters back and forth between sugary sweet and coarsely bitter. nice drinkability. has a session aspect to it.

overall, a rather flavourful brew imbedded within a unique style. sublimely balanced and nuanced. i'd like to sample this on tap. (704 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dark amber with golden highlights. Attractive appearance with a nice cap of foam on the tall glass. Modest beer smell with a hint of apricots.

Light body with a faint oily sensation. A little of the biscuity taste. Hops are pretty shy, but there is a nice herbal zing and a little resin in the nose. Just slightly bitter in the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a light and quaffable brew of no real distinction, but I'm always willing to try a lower-alcohol beer from a reputable brewery. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Sprout's Market in San Diego. I've got five more bottles from the sixer, so this will probably end up at DIPA Helper. (651 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lgunitas mason jar.

This style isn't quite as common as the name would suggest... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a short finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises flowers, light wheat, a touch of funky wheat, and a light dusting of powdered sugar. The taste holds notes of mild biscuit, greens, light grass, flowers, and a twinge of nougat (yeah, I'm not sure where that came from, either). The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty nice little steam beer, something I could see seasonal drinkers really digging in the sunshiny months. (635 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which has pretty good retention. The head is pure, cotton-white while the body is a medium amber that appears as a pale to medium amber when held up to the light. Fair amount of lacing.

Nose- Fairly subtle. Light notes of biscuit, faint hints of pine and resin. Some fruitiness around the edges that resembles white grape but nothing very conspicuous. Swirling shows a woody note from the hops and a little more grain.

Taste- Starts off with a good amount of malt that ranges from biscuit to grain to cornflakes. Slight woody bitterness from the hops on the finish. Slight fruit esters but nothing pronounced, just as with the nose. Seems like a good representation of the style but that style is a tad boring. Some pine and resin, even a hint of spice, black pepper. Definitely more assertive that I would expect a 3 month old beer to be. I would place it as above average because it is a rather simplistic beer. Some citrus (orange and lemon) start to come out as it opens up. Some hints toward being a solid, good beer.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with not a lot of carbonation. Some dryness on the finish.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing and quite sessionable. Gets a little boring but is Widmer's standard cheap price. Probably wouldn't buy this again though.

Overall- Above average beer that has glimmers of being good. Worth a try, especially if you want another example of the style. (1,451 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/15/12.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, biscuit, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a distinct grass forward aroma and flavor. (525 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a little weak, little head and almost no lacing, despite a rough pour. Color is copper/tan and clear.

Aroma is toasted, caramel, bready, nutty, with a little bit of hops.

Flavor has a nice maltiness, bready and nutty, some caramel, a little citrus and some light hops.

Carbonation is pretty mild and body is fairly light with a slightly slick finish.

Pretty tasty, not fantastic but once you get past the lack of a head it's not a bad beer. (460 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,456 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a clear amber color with a one finger off white head that has a moderate level of persistence. The head fades after a few minutes of time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of a more grainy smells with some lighter roasted malt and bready smells. With these aromas are some lighter notes of a more citrus and floral hop smell mixed with the lightest amount of a caramel sweetness.

Taste – The taste begins with a more bready flavor mixed with some caramel sweetness. There is a little bit of a roasted malt flavors more toward the middle of the taste along with some hop of a more grapefruit citrus variety. At the end, more hop flavors come to the tongue, this time of a more grassy flavor, which in the end leave a lightly hopped and crisper malty flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are rather nice for making a crisp and rather easy drinking brew as this one is meant to be.

Overall – While not a flavorful powerhouse, it does have a nice easy drinking and refreshing taste with just enough complexity to not be boring, but not too much too take away from its more session like (at 4.7 % abv) and easy drinking qualities. (1,384 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (853 characters)

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Columbia Common from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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