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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Our first Lager beer! A deep gold “California Common”. Hoppy, refreshing and perfect for summer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Woodman’s West Madison. Pours a clear reddish copper color with a thin white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of corn and toasted grain. The taste is sweet malts, caramel, grainy notes. candy corn. Medium bodied. Interesting enough...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Really dark amber beer. Kind of a wonky color. The flavor isn’t bad, maybe the best Lake Louie that I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7184) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottled. Poured a healthy shade of medium amber with a tall, dense beige head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up bread and nutty notes with accents of honey and dark fruit.. airy berries surrounded.. I really enjoyed it. The flavor found more of the fruit and berries at the core, paired with nutty and biscuity support.. light earth and berry skin bitterness surrounded.. finished with great balance between the components. Light-medium bodied with rolling carbonation through the palate.. very good feel and flow.. this caught me totally off guard!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2011
12 oz bottle
It’s a California common so if you buy this expecting some rich and complex beer you will be greatly disappointed. If you find yourself wanting a solid session beer from a regional brewery which sells only in a limited market then prepare to be a happy customer. This is the sort of thing I’d stock in the fridge for warm summer afternoons when it was too hot for big stouts and I was not in the mood for an IPA.

Aroma / Appearance - The translucent body was the color of rusty tap water. Tufts of bubbly head sprang to life as it settled. Sweet dark fruit and malt are a mixture of generic cola and Sprite (poured 50/50). Easy on the senses this soft nose draws you in over time.

Flavor / Palate - The malt, light hops, and flat cola sooth the palate. Wth a mellow bitterness that does not wear down the senses it provides just enough flavor to remain interesting to the end of the bottle. Unlike other lawnmower beers though it doesn’t leave you hanging at the end. Congratulations to Lake Louie for another local winner.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1178) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2011
12oz bottle from Discount Liquor Milwaukee. Pours a light brown color with an off-white head. Aroma nutty, caramel. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, nutty, caramel, with a dry, bitter finish. Interesting. Darker than I would expect for a steam beer, but pretty tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 7, 2011
On tap at the Sugar Maple in Milwaukee. Slightly cloudy brownish in color with a one finger light beige head.  Caramel aroma with some earthiness and wet leaves, maybe a bit of diacetyl.  Butter comes out on the flavor a bit more, but besides that the beer is not bad, with caramel malt, earth, and herbal/leafy notes.  Medium-bodied with semi-sluggish carbonation, which I sort of expect from this style.  Overall I’d score this one about average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle pours copper with an off-white head. Aroma of toasted malt, nuts, and floral/earthy hops. Flavor shows pretty much the same with additional notes of milk chocolate. Overall body is moderate and creamy with a light sweetness and lightly bitter finish. A pretty straightforward brew but it is extremely well made. This is probably my favorite offering from LL so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Pours a reddish amber into the glass with a smallish creamy tan head, mostly lasting. Malty on the nose. Very creamy on the palate, taste is roasted malt with a nice subtle hops finish. Very satisfying beer that pairs well with deli sandwiches and pretzels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Nice to see Tom Porter introducing a new beer after five years. Sampled on draught during the 2011 Wisconsin Craft Brewers Festival in Chilton, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear dark copper colored brew with a thick and creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some nice lacing. Aroma of toasted caramel malt, some fruity mild hop character and some roasted nuts. Taste is quite smooth, some toasted caramel malt floral hops and a touch of toffee. Finish is semi-sweet with a hint of chocolate, toffee with a mild bitterness. A surprisingly excellent common.

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