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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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Photo of leedorham


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

03-06-2013 18:38:21 | More by leedorham
Photo of bubseymour


4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

03-06-2013 01:58:53 | More by bubseymour
Photo of RJLarse


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

I bought a six-pack of Columbia Common in a grocery store. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a medium gold color, clear, with a thin bubbly white head. A few bubbles are rising in the glass.

Smell is faint, a light grain aroma perhaps.

The taste is good. A cereal flavor up front, with a mild bitter fruit flavor on the finish and a dry bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and clean.

Overall a nice beer, and very timely for the coming of spring.

03-03-2013 23:50:29 | More by RJLarse
Photo of TaylorK


3/5  rDev -13.8%

03-03-2013 01:59:16 | More by TaylorK
Photo of jamiecoppin

North Dakota

2.48/5  rDev -28.7%

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

03-02-2013 22:08:07 | More by jamiecoppin
Photo of coldriver


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

03-02-2013 19:17:11 | More by coldriver
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

a style of beer id like to see come around a little more, this is a great spring seasonal with all the necessary attributes. it pours an amber to copper color, clean and neat, with an inch of lasting white head. the nose is pretty well hopped, a little citrusy, with a fairly big malt profile for such a light and crisp beer. there isn't rye in this, but is has a certain spice element to the smell as well. the flavor is really well balanced. plenty of grain happening, some caramel sweetness, a little tannic thing going on, and a good size body. the hops are exclusively in the finish, hardly bitter at all, but of a neutral fruity feel to them, good compliment to the bigger malt flavors. the finish is super crisp and refreshing, and this is an easy beer to drink quite a few of. I like it in early spring here because its got the clean satisfying drinkability and summery hop complexion, but it also has enough body to be useful when its still cold out. a well made example of a style that I am finding I really enjoy.

03-01-2013 18:22:06 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of lsummers


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

02-28-2013 23:50:14 | More by lsummers
Photo of shand


3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

02-28-2013 19:02:40 | More by shand
Photo of russpowell


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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

02-28-2013 05:19:26 | More by russpowell
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North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-22-2013 07:45:54 | More by Cramerican
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-19-2013 06:40:59 | More by shelby415
Photo of Zorro


3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

02-17-2013 22:30:15 | More by Zorro
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

02-17-2013 16:32:48 | More by nasastrums
Photo of mactrail


3.49/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-10-2013 01:46:28 | More by mactrail
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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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South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

02-09-2013 12:26:04 | More by mattkoon
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-06-2013 02:00:44 | More by ToMakeEndsMeet
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South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

02-05-2013 04:18:08 | More by Chucker17
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-01-2013 16:28:20 | More by hsus0225
Photo of Fatehunter


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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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

01-31-2013 04:19:19 | More by cutout
Photo of flagmantho


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Apperance: medium orange hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam with moderate retention. Not too bad.

Smell: toasty malt aroma with a very yeasty/bready character. There's a resiny twist at the end which may be the hops. Mostly clean, but a little bit raw if you're not expecting it.

Taste: much like the aroma, but a little bit rounder and more finished in general. Creamy, yeasty flavor to which the toasty malt provides a little contrast; the hops are kind of minty and resiny, and bitterness is on the low side but still balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a well-integrated carbonation and a pretty big, satisfying creaminess. I like it.

Overall: while this beer seems a little rough around the edges, it's actually not a bad example of the style. This beer is worth a try if you are into the style and want to expand beyond Anchor Steam Beer.

01-30-2013 23:27:23 | More by flagmantho
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +13.2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: An okay, if somewhat underwhelming, aroma of malt and light hops.

T: More than anything else, malt was the centerpiece of the flavor. It's not overbearing, but certainly very present. Also had light malt and a citrus element as well. A solid, light flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a lively, yet smooth, finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this beer won't win any points for originality or complexity, it is refreshing and easy to like. Drinkable.

01-26-2013 22:17:21 | More by avalon07
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-26-2013 02:46:26 | More by awalsh
Columbia Common from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.