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California Common / Steam Beer

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager. It's usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800's in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. So in a way the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. Today's examples are light amber to tawny in color, medium bodied with a malty character. Mildly fruity with an assertive hop bitterness.

Anchor Brewing Co. trademarked the term "Steam Beer" and as such all other beers must be legally referred to as "California Common."

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-6.0%   [ ? ] 

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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.851,92394
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.85146-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3494-
2X SteamSouthern Tier Brewing Company8.003.529283
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.7273-
Barbary Coast Gold RushMinhas Craft Brewery ? 2.970-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.8348-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.5948-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.7446-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.8534-
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.503.3433-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.853288
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.582680
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.9120-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7619-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.4418-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8918-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.361784
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.4317-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.7216-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7716-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.902.8416-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.631696
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.7316-
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.6114-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.8513-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.081376
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.9613-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.9211-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8710-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.7110-
Counterculture CommonShort's Brewing Company4.253.1510-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.7310-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.69-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.839-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.648-
Winter HazeDale Bros. Brewery7.103.268-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.717-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.967-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.867-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.103.767-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.877-
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.677-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.897-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.626-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.96-
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.003.936-
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.403.576-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.935-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.65-
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