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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
California Common (also called “steam”) is a beer style developed in Northern California by German immigrants about the time of the Gold Rush. The German brewers had brought their lager yeast with them, but California’s climate (there was no refrigeration) was too warm for proper lager fermentation. The result was a beer fermented with lager yeast at ale temperatures. This method combines the smooth, crisp character of a lager with the fruitiness of an ale.

Max Common has a Medium/full body with a caramel-like malt character and a complex hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Looks just like the IPA, but the smell and flavor differ. Light fruit on the notes with a thin caramel in the flavor, but perhaps a little hoppy by the style standards. Clean malt in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Clear golden with a creamy white head. Caramel and grain aroma and taste with earthy citrus notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (2000) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Pour was lager brown no head, little lacing. No aroma...I tried. Flavor was malty but with a crisp lager bite. Smooth, rich mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
chrisv10 (15528) - DENMARK - JUN 1, 2010
Sample. Amber/orange with off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, dry, fruit and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2003
Amber yellow with an okay head and medium body. Fruity, nutty, and carmel aroma. Good balance between malt and hops. Not overly hoppy which is a good thing with this beer. Clean aftertaste. Not like an Anchor Steam (the beer menu compares this brew to those steam beers in California). A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2002
Aroma was an interesting mix of whiskey, rock candy and must. Very smooth, somewhat wood/nutty, and not hoppy compared to the other heavily-hopped brews that Max Lagers serves up. A very bronze brew.

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