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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 > Avg Hads Bros
California UnCommonMcCoy's Public House10.203.731-
Honey California CommonNorth High Brewing Company8.20-0-
New England CommonSons of Liberty Aleworks7.703.691-
Oral PleasureReckless Brewing Company7.50-0-
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4021-
Smuttynose East Coast CommonSmuttynose Brewing Company7.404.237186
The Usual SuspectsVice District Brewing Company7.40-2-
Sourdough CommonSalty Nut Brewery7.303.671-
Boss Flamingo Bronze AleNeighborhood Beer Co.7.203.73890
Winter HazeDale Bros. Brewery7.103.2813-
Let’s Ceaux MesjokkeCeaux7.003.521-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.943.0911-
Surfline UncommonBig Storm Brewing Company6.90-0-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.583-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.239-
Chicago CommonKinslahger Brewing Company6.70-0-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.9716-
Coffee Sloth StoutMoon Tower Inn6.6631-
Bee's SleazeRude Hippo Brewing Company6.503.442-
Finga Lickin' GoodGigantic Brewing Company6.50-0-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.504.0216-
Very Nice Groben BartThe Very Nice Brewing Company6.50-0-
GlobalevandeStreek Bier6.503.751-
Pale GribbleMoon Tower Inn6.503.51-
Frontier AmberOl' Republic Brewery6.403.653-
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.403.5623-
Land Of Fruit And NutsAscension Brewing Company6.40-2-
California CommonRapp Brewing Company6.4041-
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.303.51-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.971-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.699-
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.203.751-
Twisted SteamTwisted Rail Brewing Company6.204.023-
Cali' CommonThe Beer Company6.203.131-
Harbor #2 LagerGreenport Harbor Brewing Company6.20-0-
CommonwealthCaboose Brewing Co.6.20-2-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.676-
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.102.981-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Colorado CommonDry Dock Brewing Co.6.10-1-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.881-
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.004.088-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.003.423-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.032-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.6512-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7640-
CalabriforniaBirra Bellazzi6.00-0-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.943-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.4824-
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