Best Of Beer Camp: California Common - Beer Camp #8 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Brent on 05-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of ZAP
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Looks the part. Clear gold color..nice lacing on glass.

A-Toasty malts..light caramel...some woody hop notes...

T-Great toasted of the best malt flavors in a beer of this style I have ever tasted...hops are secondary and lend a light woodiness. Just a hint of fruitiness

M-Medium bodied...crisp..great session beer.

O-Kicks the shit out of Anchor steam. One of the best beers of this style I have had. Would buy this by the case if made available. Great summer BBQ beer.

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Photo of Popp24
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer and it was my favorite of the Beer Camp choices. This beer has a nice creaminess to it that makes it an easy beer to drink. I really feell like this should be a year round beer for Sierra Nevada or at least a beer that comes out in the Summer or Spring.

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Photo of russpowell
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Slight floral hop notes mix with breadyness & grassy/hay notes

T: Grassy & lemony hop notes up front along with a touch of pear & faint biscuitty malt notes. Dryness mixes in as this warms along with more grassyness, slight bready notes & lemony hops. Finishes crisp, slightly dry with nice lemony notes, could be a touch fruitier though, but that's a nitpick

MF: Light/medium bodied with firm carbonation & great balance

A stellar example of a Cali Common IMO, This one I wish this would turn to a year rounder or seasonal. The best of the four hands down

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of titosupertramp
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful golden amber color, clear. Thick, white, frothy head. Lots of big bubbles and texture. After the head is gone, you're left with a film with carbonation bubbles poking through. Lots of sticking lacing. Wonderful look to this beer.

S: Clean and refreshing. Lemon citrus, grass, pale, sweet malt.

T: Follows the nose. Getting a tea flavor again with lemon, grass and the sweet malt. Just a little peppery towards the end.

M: Medium bodied and buttery.

O: Wow. I really like this beer. If this gets packaged by itself down the line, I will buy a lot of it. Would make a terrific transition to craft beer and it would also satisfy seasoned beer geeks.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The yeast strain used for "steam" beer or "California Common" is the Christian Schmidt strain from Philadelphia. Does that really fit with the true history of the style? We don't know. (Possibly, yes, there are some thing that would point to something along those lines considering that John Wagner brewed the first lager beer in American in Philadelphia in 1840). But what we do know for sure is that the current ideal of "steam" beer was created by Anchor Brewing Company and that's the strain that they're using. So, what about that? Well, it gives the beer a bit of sulphur along with some fruitiness. It has a bit of a bite to it, and a touch of character. That's what distinguishes it from either a straight-forward ale or lager. The question then is, does Sierra's "Beer Camp California Common" have it? And the answer is yes. There's a touch of sulphur and a nice, wide fruitiness that's mainly reminiscent of juicy apple. (If you don't find the sulphur at first, you should find it in the burp - it should remind you of a lager). The rest is easy: pulling together the malt bill with a little bit of caramel; and focusing the bitterness level - both achieved! Overall it's quite pleasant, and it's got a lot of character to it despite its being basically a malt and yeast beer as the hops are kept in check. It's nicely done; and well worth checking out given the fact that the other beers in the "Beer Camp" 12-pack are quite nice as well.

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4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour yielded a fairly small but foamy head. But holy shit! This beer is bubbly as champagne! It looks like a volcano. Hope that isn't a bad sign. Body is a very clean shade of light orange. Smell is very sweet, citrusy and somewhat floral. Has a bit of a wheat texture to it. Has a good clean somewhat hoppy scent. Taste is a pleasantly surprising hoppy. Very grassy with hints earthy tones. Great thirst quenching taste and could be great for converting non beer drinkers. Carbonation is nicely aggressive but in a good way. Overall I will simply say I enjoyed the hell out of this beer!

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Photo of dcook11
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper hue with decent lacing at the start that fades into nothingness after ten minutes or so. Smeels of light hops and sweet malt, some caramel as well. Balanced. The taste is similiar to the smell, with just a touch more hop presence. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Overall a very enjoyable and balanced offering.

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Photo of klewis
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright golden with a moderate frothy head. Light lacing.

S: Inviting aroma with honey and light citrus.

T: Malty with a candy-like sweetness. Full, thick flavors of honey, brown sugar, and tropical fruit. Almost a dessert beer.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Unusually chewy and sticky for the style, but I like it.

D: A solid offering and certainly one of the best commons that I've had. Well done!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Dark straw color, lots of carbonation nice half-inch white head. Very lively and refreshing-looking.

s: light bready malts with a decent dry/floral hop character followed by some citrus and lager yeast.

t: Initially this beer comes off as very well-hopped. Lots of floral and citric flavor but it doesn't overshadow the great caramel and nougat flavor. Finishes clean.

m: Light-medium in thickness with a clean and crispness in the mouth.

o: A lot of flavor for a California Common, I like this a lot.

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4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsh420
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours clear bright golden orange with a 1.5 finger white head that covers the glass with lacing

smells of sweet bready malts apples pears - hint of grassy hops

taste is very similar to the nose but with a good deal of hop bitterness to help balance the sweet bready malts

mouthfeel - medium body with great carbonation that gives this lager life without being too harsh

overall - very impressed with this offering - reminds me of a heavier SN summerfest with the bitterness of the SN esb

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured a light copper with about 1 finger of a pillowy white head. The head dissolved quickly leaving a thin film. Lacing was already forming as the head receded. The body looked rather thin during the pour. Also minimal carbonation was present.

Smell: Sweet notes with a bready lager aroma in the background. I hate to make comparisons – but it sort of reminded me of a Sam Adams Boston Lager. I also got a fruitiness with a little spice at the end. Very nice so far.

Taste: I immediately noticed some pit fruit infused with a spicy bite. Carbonation then kicked in somewhere towards the back of the tongue. The finish was a clean hoppiness that I really didn’t notice until the beer left the palate. A warming alcohol sensation with some nutty notes incorporated into the aftertaste.

Although this is a very thin bodied beer, it is still very well balanced with some interesting complexity. I have to be honest - this is only my second 'Steam Beer' ever so I may be completely off track with this review. It is a very enjoyable beer though.

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Best Of Beer Camp: California Common - Beer Camp #8 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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