Max California Common Ale

Brewed by Max Lager’s
Atlanta, Georgia USA
- California Common | 6 Ratings | Winter Seasonal |
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.

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Beer Rating Assistance


Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
pale golden amber orange red brown black

Liquid
clear hazy cloudy sparkling

Head
rocky frothy minimal white tan brown
Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
light medium heavy

Bitter
light medium heavy

Sour
light medium heavy

Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
light medium full

Texture
thin oily creamy sticky slick thick

Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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