Boston Common
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Style:
California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #37
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,932
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 14.52%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
41
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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  7
Gots
  5
SCORE
83
Good
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 41 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color. Clear. Good ring of lace on the initial sip, spots thereafter.

Very mild smell--quite neutral.

Semi dry base that leaves a lip smacking aftertaste. The hop is present but not excessive. Moderate but lasting aftertaste. Good body with low carbonation.

Nov 23, 2014
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a surprisingly vigorous head that is bubbly and foamy and white. The beer itself is a deep and dark copper to a dark ruby. The beer is clear. The beer has a strong malty smell that has a bit of hops. The taste of the beer is similar to the small. The beer has a strong malty taste but the taste is.closer to a sweet taste aith ander taste of toast. Hops are there but they are minimal. Hoppy aftertaste. The feel is medium bodied and smooth with a clean finish. Overall, a pretty fantastic commons and worth it.

Nov 12, 2013
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Received a glass of very pale brew. Not amber, not gold, somewhere in between. Slight head. No lace.

Some very light fruit aromas. Moderate malty note.

Very thin beer. Lean, almost watery. Some caramel and fruit, mingled with grain and bread, with a moderate bitter finish.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

I want to like this one. Has alot of great elements, and still misses. Too watery, too lean.

Oct 06, 2013
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flagmantho from Washington

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap in a big pint glass at the Beer Works in Logan airport.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam.

Smell: malty with a slightly sour grainy character. Overall it's a bit muted; OK but not great.

Taste: quite sweet malt with a very light fruity character and just a hint of graininess. Hop presence is minimal but there's a little balancing bitterness at the end. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a light, prickly effervescence. Refreshing enough!

Overall: this is a straight middle of the road California common; maybe not a destination beer but it will do in a pinch.

Jun 10, 2013
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brokensail from California

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Works Fenway

A: This one pours amber in color with a smallish off-white head.

S: Sweet malt in the form of toffee and bread to begin with. There's a bit of yeast and very faint hops. A few mild fruit esters and some straw and grass notes.

T: Bready malt along with some toast and toffee. Like the aroma, the hops are fairly mild, though there is a bit of grass and straw, maybe a few floral notes. Just a light bitterness to it.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: The more steam beers I try, the less I like them.

Oct 04, 2011
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belgiumbud from Hawaii

2.17/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow...A East Coast intepretation of the California Common...High Expectations Here!

Wow...Disappointed! I am not sure if the brewmasters have ever tried a Steam Beer because they totally missed on this beer...

Nice golden amber color with no head whatsoever...I think the problem with the head derived from the fact that the beer was poured into a glass that was just washed and still had warm dish water on it...

Lots of carbonation here...That was a bad sign...Smelled alot of hop character also...Another bad sign...What are we brewing here? I tried it and then asked if I was poured an IPA or an ESB...Got a wierd look from the bartender...Extremely bitter and dry with no maltiness body with too much carbonation

Not a Steam Beer at all...Being that I have shared many Anchor Steam beers and brewed a common homebrew I was so upset at how far this beer really missed the mark...

Aug 09, 2010
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IBUnit63 from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Beer Works Terminal C

Clear mahogany body, tight head with decent lacing-nothin' special but not bad.

Grassy hop texture with bitter malt-pretty tame

Malt comes forward with a sweeter taste than aroma-hops become a little more piney.

Nice mouthfeel - strong malt depth, backbone and finish.

Definitely sessionable but hopefully not here since it's an airport

Aug 11, 2008
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a fully hazed amber brown. Nice white head. Nose is slight hops anda touch of wood. Flavor is smooth with a slight wood tone and somewhat firm hops. Feel is a bit thin on the liquid aspect, but it starts off pretty silky. Heavily drinkable at first. My first sip turned out to be a few seconds long and became a long swig. But as time went on, it seemed to lose it’s luster and I had a hard time finishing it. I had to force the latter bit down.

Dec 31, 2007
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a medium amber colored beer with modest off-white head.
Semll is so light as to be almost non-existant. Some very subtle tones of caramel can be found.
Taste is pleasant. Some rich caramel notes are present along with a litlle bitterness.
A nice easy drinking beer, would be a good session beer.

Oct 10, 2007
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bruachan from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i think this is my favorite of the 4 i tried, though its score may not be the highest. it came to my table a tall 16 oz. dull copper color. the head was short but consistent. aromas fight a tough battle to free themselves from the slim head

prominent pilsner malt flavor, with a Euro hop flavor. more lively, fruity flavors come from the brew—evidence of higher fermentation temps (actually, sometimes big wafts of fruitiness meet my tongue (and my nose))

Aug 03, 2007
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Backer2004 from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

sitting right @ the bar here, writing the review. about 100 ft. from home plate of Fenway. Anyway, this is on cask tonight. $4.50 a pint. Creamy head & mouthfeel. Amber color, little bit of hoppy smell and aftertaste. Set at room temp. but it's a bit hot for this tonight. Wish I could try other choices,

May 09, 2007
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Gavage from Nevada

3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a one finger head. Light lacing developed. Carbonation levels were low.

Aroma: most disappointing as nothing was discernable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, mild fruit sweetness, and soft bitterness. Simple and straight forward but nothing overly exciting.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium bodied. Very brief caramel aftertaste. Lightly refreshing.

Drinkability: easy to quaff and could be a session beer. Nothing to right home about, but this beer is one of those you drink and don't over-analyze it.

Aug 02, 2006
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MuddyFeet from North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an orange brown and was extremely hazy. Just a thin head which would form spotted lace around the glass. The nose was malts and lemon. The flavor was a bit disappointing. It was really sweet and I could not find the hops. The malts were very present and their sweetness was mellowed thanks to a nice woody background. The overall flavor of this beer is best described as iced tea. The mouthfeel was very watery. Shadowy body: At first is was pleasantly full, but it finished quite thin. The iced tea flavor detracted from the experience and did not leave me wanting a second beer.

Apr 29, 2005
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mschofield from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber, topped with a one finger off-white to tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Fruity and creamy aroma, a touch of snappy lemons and citrus.
Butterscotch taste, tea, herb, lots of citrus and flowers. Malty with a good hop balance, almost like bread with some hops thrown in.
Medium bodied, to the light side, its a very good session beer, it's not hard to drink a few of these.

Mar 18, 2005
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper, the haze is probably from the semi excessive use of hops in many ways and the yeast flavours are at a minimum … so this cask has dropped properly. Nice creamy tiny bubbled sticky lace. Very aromatic of fruity esters, raw hops and bready malt. Real smooth with a good malt foundation, fruitiness perks with flavours of melon, pear and peach. Big wave of hops both in bitterness and flavour hit the palate and seems to linger for a while with the fruitiness trailing along. Certainly a bold and expressive cask ale.

May 23, 2002
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Todd from California

4.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A cloudy copper offering, thin white natural-looking head with decent stay. Very aromatic with fruity esters, grain, yeast, biscuit and floral in the nose.

Ultra-smooth, thin, light-bodied. Rindy melon (real mellow) flavours, and sweet, but not overpowering. Floral hops and more yeast in the finish.

A solid session beer. Its consistency is of water with flavour, making it dangerously easy to drink. Nice job on this cask ...

May 21, 2002
Boston Common from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 41 ratings