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RATINGS: 1330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Ideal for the Lager drinker who prefers amber beers, the "Scratch" is a smooth, malt-accentuated lager. Brewed in the "Steam-Style" tradition, scratch is a so-called hybrid beer that is fermented at medium temperatures to develop some ale and lager characteristics.
Ingredients: Water; Malted barley; Malted wheat; Hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Once again art lures me into buying a bad beer. Well, not bad but not good either. This was a bizarre amber (I'm not familiar with the "California Common" labeling) that trades any and all hops for water - on top of all this you've got a very pervasive malt presence that does little more than sit around trying to be productive, but only lets you know what isn't there rather than what is. I can list a hundred things this beer is lacking, but little it has. This is not what beer should do. I'm not a lager drinker so this isn't tailored to me anyhow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Watery. Looks like it would taste awesome, nice head and beautiful amber color. Sadly, this is not the case.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Not much to offer in means of flavor. Good carbonation, mmmmmm fizzy. Overall pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2003 quite pale for an amber. Nice white head. Faint hops aroma. Starts like a lager, finishes with a hint of citrus and very light hops. I'm not sure why it's classified as a California Common--the Flying Dog site calls it a Kölsch, which seems more like it (I upgraded my ratings when I saw that, because it 'fits' that style). This would be a good "step-up" beer for American Lager drinkers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6272) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted light bread), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a hint of acetone. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, metallic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Slight chemical waft and metallic finish means no fun for Ernest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4921) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2003
A decent, mildly sweet lager with a pleasant, wheaty finish, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Not a bad beer, very similar to an Octoberfest. Some spices and a touch of citrus in the flavor, but it is not very memorable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Nice beer was just OK. Amber in color, not much aroma, not much of anything. Not too rememberable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2002
The only thing true about this beer style was the "common" part--nothing interesting at all. Watery and not at all presenting the punch that a true steam beer should have. Yes, this is blah, and I’m glad I drank it at the end of the session so I wont remember the experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Lightly carbonated. Copper amber color. Mostly diminishing head. In my friend’s, Jskendzel, words this one was very "blah".

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