thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Poured into a 12oz shaker glass. Pours dark copper and very clear. Aroma is slightly hoppy, and malty. Flavour is very clean and slightly bitter. Overall one of the best California commons I’ve had. stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Pours a deep amber with a one finger cream head. Smells bready and lightly hoppy. Caramel and bread dominate the taste with a bit of hops in the finish. Smooth, light bodied, well carbonated, and very drinkable. Great example of the style, but the aroma could be hoppier. beerdawg (13) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Very nice steam beer. Good texture and flavor, great color. Could be a go to beer if more available in the midwest. jsmerig (1590) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Pours golden orange. Aroma of red licorice. Taste of licorice sweet, very sweet with a subtle yet cleansing bitterness nicely blended. bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2011
Wow. Malt richness like you wouldn’t believe. Balanced hop character and flavours. Chewy, caramel and significantly drinkable. Not a style I’ve had a lot of but a real find.
J_man (1002) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 12, 2011
On tap at the SN taproom and in 12 oz. bottle from Beer Camp case. Pours an absolutely beautiful crystal clear copper with a foamy white head. Fresh, clean toasted cereal malt aroma mixed with an earthy, vineyard-like scent. I would have guessed from this aroma that the beer was aged in wine barrels, but I don’t think that’s the case. Light caramel sweetness followed by a nice, sharp earthy bitterness that sticks to the tongue. The hop profile here is really interesting. Slightly creamy texture with a medium body. Finishes clean and dry with a light residual sweetness. Great balance of malt and hops, and a very interesting style. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Very,very well done. Though I have not had many of this style, considering their is another California beer that dominates the market for the style, this was highly, highly well done and more complex then the Steam. adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a honey amber with a 2 finger frothy egg-shell colored head. Nice lacing.
Smell: Sweet malt and grains with a hint of hops in the background.
Taste: Bready malt and a hint of citrus up front followed by grains and sweet malt in the middle and ending with a nice hoppy bitterness that isn’t overpowering at all. Aftertaste is a nice blend of malt and hops. Very well-balanced.
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.
Drinkability: You could knock back several without much trouble. The slightly elevated ABV is very well masked.
Overall: Excellent beer overall. While this is only my second California Common/Steam Beer, I’ve always loved Anchor Steam. I dare say that this is may be better than Anchor Steam, which is quite a statement. I would love to see this in six packs year round. barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
355ml bottle shared by jsprime. clear shimmering light golden with a white head. lean malt body with ample hopping. extremely well done. best of this style ive had. beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Pours into pint glass a deep golden yellow witih half-finger thick foamy cloud-white head,some bubbles
Grassiness, slight toasted malted barley ,little to no hops present. Has a typical but good lager aroma. Actually good aroma for a lager style.
Nice mouthwash of lager-type maltiness,some nuttiness,faint fruits and a good but faint trace of hops in the background.Carbonation is at the above-medium gassy/burpy level,but not overdone.Lightly medium body,average for a beer of this style.
Very good, light yet still has some good palate without being too sweet.