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Steamy Windows | Liberty Street Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Liberty Street Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
libertystreetbeer.com

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A "Steam" style beer made with a lager yeast and fermented at ale temperatures and then aged at lager temperatures for a smooth, clean finish.

Added by h00dak on 02-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,042
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
50
pDev:
17.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
Trade:
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Photo of Tracker83
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 6/18/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, pear, honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness/carbonation as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.6%. Overall this is a nice California common style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Botulizard
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandongoblue24
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Pale yellow color, slightly clouded. Mild head which didn't last very long.

S: Light grass/floral notes, with definitive grainy malt smell.

T: Initially quite sweet, though not overpowering. A quick transition to a slightly bitter finish leaves a nice, crisp feeling with a possible lemon/citrus taste.

F: Medium-light body, but the carbonation was quite soft.

O: A crisp, refreshing drink. The name is also a clever nod back at it's origins.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaysmittyland
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of buschbeer
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

L - It is golden in color and slightly hazy. It is topped with several inches of thick, creamy, off-white head.

S - The smell is not strong. I get some floral and grain notes.

T - It starts out sweet. Then some grain and malt come through. It finishes mildly bitter.

F - It is pretty thin.

O - I not not have much experience with this style. I think Anchor is the only other that I have tried. After reading the description it seems to follow the guidelines. It just seems like a boring style to me. It is easy drinking. It kind of reminds me of a Euro lager.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

The Steamy Windows is decent not spectacular. The beer I had was overprimed which I'm sure affected the taste and scent. The beer poured a golden color with huge white fizzy head that left some lacing. The scent was grassy like. The taste was crisp and clean. Overall it was ok,

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of km02600
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of David89james
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Dave2234
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of DanGeo
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Badger6
4.38/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz into a pint glass.

A: Golden amber body, slightly hazy. Some visible carbonation. HUGE, billowy head, decent retention, recedes to a layer of froth on the surface that has shape and size!

S: Light malts dominate; hints of spices and fruit.

T: Sweet malts, but not too sweet, NOT cloying at all. Spice and fruit, maybe banana, come through ever so slightly. No happiness, but slightly bitter at the end to cut off the sweetness for a crisp finish.

M: Light to medium body, nicely carbonated, not sharp, prickly or overwhelming. Nearly perfect. Slight astringency on the palate, slight.

O: Holy Shit, Batman! This is amazing beer. It is definitely California Common, aka 'Steam Beer.' But the added bonus of the light spicing and fruit esters make this really refreshing. The sweet to bitter balance could not be more perfect. I will go back to this again and again....when I am in Michigan. #pureMichigan

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Photo of Zone_Fighter
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ktlthrashers
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Givemebeer
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of TurboBrew
1.5/5  rDev -55%

Photo of leadahmer
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Morakaton
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Granted I've not had very many, but Steamy Windows is the palest of all the Steam beers I've tried; it lacks the solid copper tone that comes to mind with all the others (including the style's grandaddy, Anchor Steam). This is yellow as a summer's sun and only get's paler against the light. It can hardly support its haggard head. Should I be concerned?

Perhaps... Steamy Windows has an unusual bouquet, one that is again not necessarily what I recall from other examples of the style. There's more fruitiness than anticipated, all credited to esters brought about by fermentation (not the hops). It has a slight apple cider-like tang.

This beer should offer broad appeal but it's not because it has a great flavour - the exact opposite: it has little flavour. As indicated in the appearance, there really isn't much substance to this ale (which actually uses lager yeast). The fruity esters continue on the palate, along with a very slight woodiness and next to no malt flavour.

Steam beer is an excellent option for brewers looking to attain sessionability without losing mouthfeel; it necessitates both caramelly maltiness as well as a pronounced hop bitterness. This example, however, delivers only the bare minimum of each and makes for a beer too dull to bother with more than one of. It's rare that a 12oz bottle doesn't leave me wanting more.

Craft beer has a certain quality that cannot be replicated by industrial, multinational breweries nor by homebrewers and starter kits. As a microbrewery, you never want your beer to resemble either of those extremes; Steamy Windows, the only beer I've yet to try from Liberty Street Brewing, seems like it could have been made by either. That's not a good first impression.

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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Steamy Windows from Liberty Street Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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