White Birch Apprentice Series AKU | White Birch Brewing

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White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The California Common style is a hybrid of a German Lager and an American Ale. For Geoff’s beer he’s honored that tradition by uniting the best of each style. The result is a flavorful ale that is nicely hopped and sessionable. AKU = All Kinds United.

As Geoff moves on, we raise a toast and hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do.

Added by johnnnniee on 06-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 5
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a stingy off white head that dissipates quickly, but manages to stick some lace to the sides. The smell is rich dark caramel, burnt sugars, and melanoidin with a toffee like sweetness. Nice dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes in there as well with a bit of a floral earthy edge. Honestly this smells more like a nice scotch ale than a cal common. The taste is sweet and malty with lots of bready and dark sugar flavor. There's a bit of prune and raisin in there as well as some earthy bitterness to balance some of the sweet. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet smokey mouthfeel. I did enjoy this beer, its very flavorful and well made. Cal common is a stretch for what is in my glass.

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Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2012
Batch One
Bottle count 1296

This beer was a murky tarnished copper color with a thin tan head.

A fresh, grassy aroma. Some sweet fruit. Caramel. Not that aromatic.

Fruity. Grassy hops. A bit of caramel malt.

Pleasant to drink. More fruity than I expected it to be.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7.50 for a 22 oz bottle.

A: mahogany color, clear, poured with almost no head
S: roasted malt, woody, earthy
T: mild taste overall, a bit on the sweeter side, some decent hop finish that is well balanced for style
M: rounded
O: decent enough but nothing overly special for style

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Photo of tpauer
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mountdew1
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint. Color was a dark reddish/brown that almost perfectly matched the glass color. Poured with next to no head to speak of, but left a thin small layer with a few bits clung to the sides. Aroma was a nice fruity sweetness, almost like a sweet mellow wine. Definite subtle hints of grape with a tad of alcohol in the back. Taste was similar to the smell. A bit sweet, a bit malty, with a tad of dry wine bite at the end. Felt overly dry in the mouth. Actually seemed to leave my mouth drier than before I took a sip. A strange bit of bitterness tapped the tongue as well. Overall not a bad beer. The feeling in the mouth definitely knocked it down a bit, and made me think twice about it. Outside of that, it was a great beer.

Not bad at the $5.50 I paid, but if it was closer to $7.50 or higher it would have a been a bit pricy in my mind.

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Photo of lozz123
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of beermeright
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I did the tour at White Birch sometime in September. Loved all of the beers and this one especially. Sampled an extra one the day we stopped in. Great color and a striking flavor there is something about it that was created just right. We loved the creativity and the thought put into the ingredients and the brewing company.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

White Birch Apprentice Series AKU from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 11 ratings