District Common
Atlas Brew Works

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California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #50
Ranked #45,042
3.58 | pDev: 11.45%
Atlas Brew Works
District of Columbia, United States
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GarrettB from Colorado

2.01/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

April 12th, 2016 - I've never heard of a "Common Style Lager" and I don't think it's in the most recent BJCP but my best guess is that this belongs to some category or another of pale lager. And that initial sweetness upon opening the can of Corn Pops (do they still sell it in the cereal aisle?). The flavor is heavier, but still sweet and syrupy that, like a traveling carnival, ruins the cleanliness of the style. And the aftertaste accents this, with just a touch of hops to remind me this is a beer and not a soda.

Aug 20, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As I CANtinue with New DELMARVA (+ DC) Beer Sunday (Week 774), I'd like to give a shout-out to my local, in-person beer trader, @tone77 who dropped this CAN off for me a while back. Actually, I think that I also scored one while visiting my aunt & uncle at one point, but credit where credit is due. The CANQuest (tm) is an awesome thing!

From the CAN: "Beer Brewed In the District"; "Science of District Common[:] Pair With[:] * Lemon Chicken * Local Oysters * Pork Medallions[;] 12° P[,] 20 IBU[,] 8 SRM"; "Hancock Fountain Pen[:] Uncovered in the catacombs of Beacon Hill, the Hancock estate of Boston, this pen scratched the first signature of a new nation, and forever transformed our forefathers from British Heretics to Brave Heroes."

I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent, followed by a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was deeply heartened as it foamed up to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was VERY malty, more bready than biscuity, with a pronounced nuttiness, like almonds. Think almond cake! Mmm. Mouthfeel was rather full, almost syrupy, HUGE for a Lager! The taste had a nutty sweetness, more like a Vienna Lager than whatever I was expecting from the nose. I'd like to revise to almond biscotti as opposed to almond cake. The almond flavor remained prevalent throughout, but the maltiness was drier and more biscuity than the nose had led me to expect. Finish was semi-dry & still rather malty. This seemed to cry out for a pretzel acCANpaniment. YMMV.

Dec 23, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can to shaker pint. Golden and cloudy. Soapy lacing. Bready, peppery, crackery, with some lemony goodness peeking through. Dryish finish, clean.

May 24, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, about 2 months old (freshest I could find in DC). Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly opaque, cloudy darker golden-copper body, one finger white head, good retention and no lacing. Smell is crisp bready malt, mineral, floral notes, a bit grainy. Flavour follows, very drinkable and approachable bready sweetness, touch of floral, a bit of lemon zest, but ultimately mineral and malt sweetness dominates. Although, it's not cloying or too sweet, given the grassy/floral bite the hops provide. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good depth, easy to drink and appropriately carbonated. Good summer beer for sure, an appropriately balanced lager with a good malt character in the background.

Mar 21, 2018
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MrOH from Malta

3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, orangish gold with a big just-off white head. Good retention, nice lace
Smells like bready malt, a bit herbal, a bit citrusy
Soft, bready malt flavor, hint of herbs and citrus, nice slightly bitter finish with a whiff of sulphur
Medium bodied
Drinkable enough, but with enough heft to let you know you had a beer.

Dec 23, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another underappreciated style, in my opinion. Pours light amber with golden highlights. Head poofs down to nothing almost instantlt. Nose is citrus, ciscuit and caramel.

Malt driven, obviously, with a thin texture and lots of carbonation. Simple but interesting, with lemon lezt in the aftertaste. I can see this going nicely with seafood or chicken, in place of white wine. Also, this would fit well in very hot weather. Unfortunately, there is snow on the ground at the moment. Worth a try.

Mar 14, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of toasted malts, some citrus hops. Taste is toasted malts, light hops, crackers. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and highly refreshing beer that I could easily drink several of.

Jul 23, 2016
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MattXT from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can, poured into a 4oz sampling glass. Orange-toned, with a fluffy white head, not exceptionally long lasting. Nose is bready malts with not much in the way of a hop aroma. Taste is similar with a simple hop character, perhaps just Saaz? This is a pretty simple, straight forward beer, however I feel it could benefit from some stronger hop additions to balance out the malts.

Sep 14, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 2/10/15.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus juice, and perfume like aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus juice, black tea, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting perfume and black tea aspects that I am getting.

Serving type: can.

Sep 07, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, golden, amber, color, with a finger and a half of white-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting aromas of biscuits and freshly-baked sourdough bread. There are also aromas of caramel, black pepper and hits of orange peel. Quite nice.

Taste: Tasty! Lots of toasted malt up front, followed by some brown sugar and caramel-like sweetness, some spices of black pepper and thyme. Finally, the beer finishes with some pronounced, but, balanced, piney, slightly resin-like hops. It’s a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and nicely effervescent as there’s quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.1%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is quite a tasty beer. Malty, bready, with hints of spice and sweetness, and easy to drink. A very nice beer. Looking forward to trying other Atlas Brew Works beers. Recommended.

Jun 12, 2015
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delta490 from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangey-amber with a nice creamy white head, that leaves just a smidge of lacing. The aroma is bready and earthy, as is the taste. The body is lightly carbonated with a little hops bite on the finish.

Apr 29, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Deep and slightly muddy orange/red body, slightly cloudy, but looking fairly alright if a bit murky on the body color. Forms an off tan almost orange/yellow tinge head, at a simple three fingers with a flat top styro puck. Minimal retention, a bit creamy, but otherwise fine.

Nice mild bread notes on the aroma, with some good toasty to match. Faint hint of sticky lager like pasty yeast quality, with a clean sensation. Mild hints of citrus fruit but very small but noticeable. Pretty basic but solid.

Palate washes a little wet, but manages some of the basics. Real interesting notes of fruit on this, almost comes like an ale yeast esters flavor but has to be from some sort of fruit forward American hop variety. Slightly juicy but washes a bit to wet off the palate with some fruit orange, mild spice, and lemon tropics in the mid palate. Malt angle manages a bit of sweetness but fairly subdued, but aftertaste brings some toast. Some warmth seems to bring out some interesting banana as well. Crispness seems a bit downsided, with carbonation being fairly middle of the road but gives some good sticky lager yeast on the finish as well.

It's an interesting take on a steam brew, but is missing I think some of the toasty notes and classic bready character I like from the style. It's still a very solid enjoyable brew though. Hope someday they can NSFW.

Dec 21, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

On draft at the brewery, pours a clear light amber with a good head and excellent retention, lots of lacing on the glass.

The nose is bread, malt, flowers, and biscuits. A little straw and grain. The flavor is moderately sweet, cracker, bread dough, lots of yeast mixed with floral hops. The finish is clean, dry. This is good, but nothing amazing. Standard, unoffensive, but forgettable.

Sep 09, 2014
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gabrielsyme from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Brixton. The appearance is a very cloudy amber color, with light foam. Smelling, I find little to no aroma. The flavor is surprisingly wheat-like, something like a wheat/lager hybrid. It's definitely an easy drinker but something about the flavor did not make me want more than one. I haven't had a anchor steam in a while so I can't compare.

May 07, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Thunderburger in D.C.

The beer is mostly clear and golden hued with a soft white head. Malt, biscuits and some mild hoppiness in the aroma. Easy drinking and clean. Refreshing with a dry finish. Light in body with zesty carbonation. A decent beer. I enjoyed my pint.

Dec 07, 2013
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mpyle from Maryland

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt it was the most drinkable of Atlas' current offerings, though all were nicely made. Going from memory.

Bright and clear with a nice white head, pale gold in color. A bit of spice hop in the aroma (Saaz hops). Fairly clean flavor profile with a bit of hop flavor, and definitely fairly assertive with the hop bitterness. Dries out a bit in the finish and definitely invites another swallow. Overall nicely done and incredibly drinkable. Kicking myself for not grabbing a growler of it when I visited today.

Sep 28, 2013
District Common from Atlas Brew Works
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