Urban People's Common Lager
Linden Street Brewery

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California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #18
Ranked #28,012
3.78 | pDev: 14.29%
Linden Street Brewery
California, United States
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 23
Photo of AgentMunky
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Kingfish in Oakland. From notes. Reviewed 23 June 2015.

A pretty straightforward lager, but roundly unobjectionable. Maybe it's the months of rice lagers, but this drinks pretty good.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was described to me as Linden St.’s take on the California common. If I hadn’t had it direct from the source I would have never guessed that.

Sampled direct from the tank (as the keg wasn’t flowing). How fresh is fresh indeed!

This pours a bright golden straw color with great foaming. I get notes of toasted corn, cereal, and a fresh cut grassy aroma. It’s fresh and vibrant and that continues on the flavor with a sharply focused lemony bitterness. There’s a strong grassy note which runs through, along with lemony citrus and some lemongrass as well, more of an earthy vs. fruity hop profile, and it ends with a dry finish. While it is not one I would rate as accurate to the style it is a tasty brew indeed.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange-golden with a soapy white head. Asymmetrical lacing around the edges as the head dissipates. Some green grape and unripe banana. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Clean flavor with some tart fruit that gets accentuated by the hop character at the finish.

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Photo of berkey
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a gravity firkin at The Trappist in Oakland, CA 10/08/10, served in a mug several times throughout the evening. I can't be certain, but this may be the first time I've had a cask conditioned beer that wasn't an ale.

This beer is capped by a very thin but surprisingly persistent head that leaves its lacey remnants on the mug walls as it slowly settles. Body is a clean amber color.

There tends to be some batch variation on this beer so can't blame or credit the firkin but, while still noticeable, the hoppy aromas are just slightly muted compared to what I recall from the last batch I tried. Creamy sweet malt notes come through along with a subtle honey character.

Hops are definitely back to the forefront on the flavor in a fresh, leafy, herbal way with a nice bitter finish. A little closer to the beer I remember than I experienced on the aroma. Malts are at the same time creamy sweet and crackery. In the midst of it all the honey notes from the aroma persist but after several sips the lingering grassy herbal bitterness becomes the most dominant characteristic on this one.

Because of the previously mentioned batch variation it's difficult to really gauge how much the firkin serving type affected the flavor but it's clear on the feel. Lower carbonation and higher temperature treat this beer very well and seem to enhance both the silky feel and push the drinkability through the roof. The easy drinking nature of cask beer may be one of the main attractions of that presentation in my book.

Anyone who knows me knows I'm a big fan of this style and this brewery and this offering is no exception. I really enjoy how the ante is upped (for the style) on the hops but in an herbal and grassy way and not in a C-hop, citrusy, American IPA type way. If you'll excuse me I'm off to get another pour. Highly recommended both on cask and on draft.

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Photo of mjl21
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Antica Mill Valley. Poured into a large pilsner glass. No abv info is given.

A-A really nice looking lager. Pours a crystal clear amber with a two finger off white head that has some good retention. Does not leave much lace.

S-Lots of earthy, grassy noble style hops start it off. It has a definite breadiness to it along with some grain. A little sweet malt is evident. I get a touch of fruit every few sips.

T-The earthy, grassy hops are very upfront and work well. It is a lot more hopped than most common/steam beers that I have tried. Midsip the sweet malt and pale malt flavors come out giving it a sweet and bready flavor.

M-Medium bodied and smooth due to a nice level of carbonation.

D-A good session beer. I enjoyed how hoppy it was as compared to Anchor.

This was my first beer from this brewery. It worked well with the pizza I had that night. A good take on the style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at The Trappist in Oakland. I've listed this as year-round as it seems to be one of their staple beers. Pretty nice beer of a style that is rarely done. Good job with this one- I look forward to seeing more from this brewery. 33cl pour for $5. Pours a hazy darker golden with a head that fades fairly quickly. In the nose there is lots of graininess, and quite a lot of bitter, earthy hops as well. Personally I think the two work well together here. Tastes very interesting. The typical yeastiness of the California Common runs throughout, with a good deal of grassy and herbal flavors as top notes. Lots of grain, grass, and earthy hops on the finish. Quite substantial in flavor for the style, but then again the style is so rarely made and somewhat loosly defined, so lets just say this is a flavorful contribution to the style. Smooth, and thicker than other California Commons I've had. Really quite nice, and very nice to have fresh and on-tap on a lazy late afternoon.

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Urban People's Common Lager from Linden Street Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 23 ratings