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Schooners Steamin Mad at Fritz

Schooners Steamin Mad at Fritz
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
This is a California Common Lager and can essentially be thought of as a "Pale Ale" Lager. Although lager yeast are used, it is brewed at warmer ale like temperatures and showcases Northern Brewer Hops and a distinct caramel malt character. This style of beer was popularized by Anchor Steam of San Francisco. The owner of Anchor Steam, Fritz Maytag, subsequently trademarked the use of the word "steam" to describe this style of beer. Now the rest of the world must refer to their versions as a "California Common".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Thanks Craig. Poured golden amber, malty, caramel, hops, bready, little lager yeast flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 22, 2009
A really good clone of anchor steam. Sweet malt aroma and taste. An eminently drinkable lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (22493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2009
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours an amber color with small off-white head. Has a malty caramel aroma with some hoppy hints. Sweetish malty caramel flavor with some grainy hints. Has a malty caramel finish with some hoppy hints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2008
On tap @ Schooners. Amber with a thin, broken off-white head. Lightly grainy nose backed some grassy earthy hops. Mild sweet malts on the taste, accented nicely by a lightly floral hop component. A nice take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Pours a decent caramel golden color with a nose of malt and doughy biscuits. The flavor is the same, with a caramel influence as well sweetening it a bit more. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Tasted from fresh growler. This California Common pours a dark copper gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, toffee and bready. Medium bodied common. Malts are fruity and sweet. It has that fruity estery flavor of a steam beer. Hops are floral and earthy. Soft malt flavors that kind of just fade away. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (12942) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2007
On tap @ Hopyard Pleasanton poured a clear copper with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of carmel, bread and light fruitiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of bread, light carmel and a hint of fruitiness with a crisp lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Can you say very good Steam Beer. Too bad Fritz copyrighted the name. Malt forward with caramel and biscuit notes. Perfect balanced hopping that compliments the wonderful mouthfell. Well done Craig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Draft at the brew pub. Dark copper color. Malty aroma with some darker fruit notes. Almost fruity with a toasted malt flavor. Dry cereal aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
While admittedly, lagers really aren’t my favorite beer this is very, very drinkable and it has a unique angle on a lager beer. A bit darker than the "normal" beer, but not as dark as a dunkel. I think Craig (brewer) was going for a unique California style and hits the mark squarely. Aroma is lightly hopped, clean but with a very enjoyable, flicker of roastyness to it. Appearance is like a dark copper in color, very nice head. Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, finishes very crisp and clean. Flavors were slightly grassy, a good amount of malty sweetness and incredibly balanced. Another one please!

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