bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is clear amber with a touch of red. The foam is very high, but it is also quite soft and disappears after a short while.
The smell is fruity with a touch of black coffee and hints of yeast end smoked ham.
The carbon dioxide is medium strong with medium bubbles.
The taste is first on the lighter side with low bitterness. There is a nice body that is not too heavy. The malt is the dominating part, with hints of a burned taste. The aftertaste is filled with malt, white bread and some diacetyl.
This is not my first choice for a session beer, but it is probably a perfect companion to a real American hamburger. Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) Nice orange amber color with an tanish head, has an breadlike yeasty aroma. The flavor is thin and doughy witha bit of hop accent and some toffee notes not bad but I was hoping for more burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2004
deep yellow with a thin white head. muted aromas of nuts and fruit. Flavor a bit skunked pretty sweet. nice quafflable beer, but for the price you can do much better. dthmtldgn (32) - barrington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2004
not bad for all the hype that ive heard for this historic brew. tried in wilwood, n.j. sat on the hotel balcony and drank a few. not bad at all. davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - SEP 27, 2004
This wasn’t a bad beer at all, nothing surprising, but it had a very smooth finish. I would say this would be like an everyday normal beer, but not bad at all.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2004
My first california common - Pours suprisingly dark amber with a tan lasting head. Aroma of floral woody hops with sweet toffee. Smooth medium-thin feel. Nice clean caramel malt start with a balanced bitter finish. Nice beer! SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Although this is a pretty ordinary beer its one of my top ten favorties. Hue is a a dark rich amber and head lasts for moment. Flavour is hard to label but i i taste a dough/bready attributes. Wish this was more affordable for a daily drinking basis cuz then id be a loyal customer. I hope when i Visit San Fran its cheaper than here in San Diego. dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 Dark yellow/orange colour. Thick, long-lasting head that still decorated my glass after I had drunk the beer. Bitter but very well balanced and easily drunk. Refreshing. Certainly one of my favourites. Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 Smells hoppy, wheat, honey. Pours nice gold with golden honey head. Head was nice and frothy. Tasted hoppy, had nice bitter bite and aftertaste. If price lowers would be a staple. MaximumBob1959 (6) - Milpitas, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004 does not count
One of my first beers (when I was legal that is!) and still a favorite. Beautiful orange/brown color. Wonderful first sip. Great balance but with a timid finish. I’d take it over any of the big breweries trash any day. I may be biased by early memories but any Bay Area raised guy (or girl) should love this beer.