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Columbia Common - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

UltimateLivewire, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

beerman73, May 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

johnnyboy76, May 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

The_Craft_Deviant_Rob, May 22, 2014
Photo of Mises85
4.34/5  rDev +24.7%

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 21, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

Slatetank, May 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

bckayaalp, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

dpgoblejr, May 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

LarryMyers, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

MarvinSnyder, May 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

BeenTired, May 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

ascags, May 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

TheFlern, May 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

tjcamm, May 03, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev 0%

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.

puboflyons, May 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

mikerieder, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

jlindros, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Maltyduo, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

podes, Apr 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

kdivers, Apr 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

illinidg, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of hudsonskunk
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%

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.

hudsonskunk, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

buckyp, Apr 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

BESTIALEX, Apr 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Amedlin18, Apr 09, 2014
Columbia Common from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.