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 KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Mix a six pick up.

Pours dark amber with thick 1/2 inch foam. Heavy blackish tint. Malty nose. Bready. Light flavorful malt, backed by a flowery hop. Thin body. Not much carbonation. Quite good.

Nice job on a Cali Common brew. (268 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 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 secondtooth
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
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! (383 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 shand
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (557 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (766 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Pours a clear, copper color with a craggy, foamy white head. Good retention, and spotty lacing.

Quite grassy, floral spicy hop notes, blends with some weizen yeast notes and biscuit malts.

Biscuity, pale malts upfront in the taste, followed by grassy hops.

Medium body, active, bubbly carbonation.

An enjoyable steam beer, well suited for spring and easy drinking. (382 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 RJLarse
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (457 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 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 constantine_272
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of Guden
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (762 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.02/5  rDev +12%
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. (551 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 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 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 anarchia
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of BrianJohnson
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting almost a Pilsner style color, but this was much darker than a Pilsner. Not a heavy hop smell - very bready and almost lager-ish. Taste was very similar, not quite a smooth, dark, winter ale but also not quite a light, summer ale. Essentially a beer to have around year-round, I think. Very nice taste and mouthfeel. Again, very lager-ish, but extremely pleasant and enjoyable. I very much enjoy this beer. (421 characters)

Photo of Mises85
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (401 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)

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Columbia Common from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.