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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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Style Examples - 1 to 50 (out of 373) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.855,56294
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.78465-
2X SteamSouthern Tier Brewing Company8.003.5442983
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.61232-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83219-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.620580
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.8116688
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.75161-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.37125-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.69106-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.91104-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6989-
Barbary Coast Gold RushMinhas Craft Brewery ? 2.8583-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.7479-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.103.6672-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7368-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.3668-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8966-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.764-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8564-
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.503.3461-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.8959-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.902.9352-
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.3949-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.294884
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.5246-
Counterculture CommonShort's Brewing Company4.253.242-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.634196
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7640-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.8637-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.6429-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.5729-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.8228-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.8525-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.724-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.203.423-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.3623-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8321-
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.403.5421-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.8420-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8719-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.7419-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.519-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.8219-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.718-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6818-
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.103.11786
Derby LagerThe Pike Brewing Company5.503.4816-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.9716-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.415-
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