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Columbia Common - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Columbia CommonColumbia Common

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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

01-05-2013 01:16:49 | More by Rhettroactive
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South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 22:17:21 | More by avalon07
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3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 23:27:23 | More by flagmantho
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

04-28-2013 00:55:35 | More by Haybeerman
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New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 19:41:11 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Brenden


4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 13:16:48 | More by Brenden
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3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 11:30:36 | More by clayrock81
Photo of wrightst


2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 01:06:12 | More by wrightst
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

03-16-2013 16:24:14 | More by twelveinches
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3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 01:32:36 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

06-26-2013 23:04:44 | More by Gagnonsux
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3/5  rDev -14%

03-26-2013 22:15:05 | More by Whiskeydeez
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-15-2013 01:04:08 | More by jera1350
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-13-2014 20:03:04 | More by buckyp
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2/5  rDev -42.7%

10-07-2013 19:27:46 | More by brez8791
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-24-2013 05:10:40 | More by cliff1066
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

03-10-2014 22:08:34 | More by Smarty_Pints
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-19-2013 06:40:59 | More by shelby415
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3/5  rDev -14%

03-07-2014 00:44:15 | More by jheezee
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

03-18-2013 22:03:23 | More by Falcone
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 12:56:06 | More by KTCamm
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

01-02-2013 16:02:01 | More by CoryR
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

03-25-2014 23:05:05 | More by bumchilly25
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

06-09-2014 22:06:13 | More by TX-Badger
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

01-11-2013 04:57:23 | More by Kopfschuss
Columbia Common from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.