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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 - 101 to 150 (out of 342) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV > rAvg Revs Bros
Tashmoo SteamerHarsens Island Brewery5.50-0-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.504.252-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.9211-
Olt Koenig Holiday AleHighlands Hollow Brewhouse5.502.961-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3494-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8918-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.897-
CalifornicationTwisted Rail Brewing Company5.50-0-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-0-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.967-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.631-
The CompanyBarley Mow Brewing Company5.40-0-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.4418-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.573-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.40-0-
Hearthstone Common ManHearthstone Brewery5.303.611-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.582680
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.30-0-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.30-0-
A Beer Name SueFall Brewing Co.5.30-0-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.85146-
Rådanäs California CommonRådanäs Bryggeri5.303.061-
Cellar SteamTimber Creek Tap & Table5.30-0-
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.30-0-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.30-0-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.8534-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.3041-
Steamy BlondeSquare One Brewery & Distillery5.253.631-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.361784
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
GoldrushWagner Valley Brewery5.20-0-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.081376
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.202.512-
California Common BeerMcCoy's Public House5.20-0-
Common EileenBarley Mow Brewing Company5.20-0-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.20-0-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.882-
Choo Choo SteamerBig River Grille & Brewing Works5.2031-
Pour Man's BrooCB Craft Brewers5.203.511-
Firehole SteamSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.203.531-
Inland EmpressDale Bros. Brewery5.203.031-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.9613-
Uncommon SweetheartGrimm Brothers Brewhouse5.20-0-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.11-
California SteamVillage Idiot Brewing Company5.203.341-
ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
Common AroundSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.204.11-
White SteamBrasserie Saint James5.20-0-
Groß Lechen Dampf BierBig Lick Brewing Company5.20-0-
Harvest ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
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