Sierra Nevada – Beer Camp #8 California Common

Tasting: June 26, 2011
Style: Lager (Steam)

California lends their own twist to many things and they have certainly left their impression on the craft beer market. Nothing is really common — so the name might throw you a bit. California common is a name synonymous with steam beer. It’s a lager and everyone has an explanation of the word “steam”. Anchor brewing produces the most notable steam beer from its brewery in San Francisco. This one in particular is from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp summer release — my third tasting out of four beers.

This one is really a common orange in color, with little or no head, it does have quite the carbonation activity. Effervescent you might say. Surprisingly, I get yeast ethers on the nose. I say surprising – because as you may know from previous posts, lager yeast don’t lend any flavor to beer. I’m going to assume that instead of yeast, it may be heavy on grain. I also don’t detect much in the way of hops. Aha, my first sip reveals that bread. Really chewy — then just when you’d expect the hops to kick in…nothing. This beer is all up front. I’m not all that crazy about this one. I’ll call it eh – 81.

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