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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
California UnCommonMcCoy's Public House10.203.731-
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.203.85114-
2X SteamSouthern Tier Brewing Company8.003.51423-
New England CommonSons of Liberty Aleworks7.703.691-
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4021-
Winter HazeDale Bros. Brewery7.103.2913-
PrevAleCentral City Brewing7.004.128-
VCBW 2014 Collaboration Prev AlePhillips Brewing Company7.003.753-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.942.910-
The Golden SpruceIron John's Brewing Company6.903.751-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.573-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.713.968-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
Boulder CommonSanitas Brewing Company6.603.51-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.5048-
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.403.4720-
The Citizen W/ Dried Avocado Leaves, Purple Corn And French OakCismontane Brewing Company6.40-0-
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 Company6.203.619-
Cali' CommonThe Beer Company6.203.131-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.766-
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.102.981-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.881-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.003.423-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.392-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.7112-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Heavy Seas - Davy Jones' LagerHeavy Seas Beer6.003.5524-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7539-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.953-
Effingham Steam BeerParadox Brewery6.003.882-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.720-
VaporFaction Brewing6.003.423-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7960-
Nettle Mint And GingerR & B Brewing Co.6.003.52-
Gold Rush LagerEl Dorado Brewing Company6.00-0-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.922-
Stalin's OrganTo Øl6.003.638-
The Citizen (With Apricots)Cismontane Brewing Company6.003.251-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7726-
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.903.132-
Steaming Cascade California CommonNew Old Lompoc Brewery5.903.61-
Cape Cod CommonCape Cod Beer5.903.573-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.851-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.721-
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.547-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6627-
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