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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 289) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV > rAvg Revs Bros
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.7251-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.948-
Cask Conditioned Common With GingerBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.503.051-
CalifornicationTwisted Rail Brewing Company5.503.252-
Horse Tail AleSanta Cruz Mountain Brewing5.403.451-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.9314-
SF-SD Bay To BayMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery5.403.966-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.2355-
Enthalpy Of VaporizationCigar City Brewing5.403.3613-
Eugene EsteemNinkasi Brewing Company5.403.423-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.75-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.423-
SF-SD Bay To Bay UnCommonAlmanac Beer Co.5.403.251-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.57107-
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.302.751-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.303.253-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83208-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.62123-
Wild Oats Series No. 32 - Dampf PunkBeau's All Natural Brewing Company5.303.54-
C'mon LagerTriple Rock Brewery & Alehouse5.3041-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.333684
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091577
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.173-
California Common BeerMcCoy's Public House5.2031-
Common EileenBarley Mow Brewing Company5.203.355-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.20-0-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.6510-
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 Company5.203.7337-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.203.844-
California SteamVillage Idiot Brewing Company5.203.341-
Low Self-A-Steam CA Common LagerDraught Works5.203.592-
White SteamBrasserie Saint James5.203.51-
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.204.12-
Nordeast CommonDangerous Man Brewing5.103.344-
Miner's RuinDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works5.103.474-
SteamrollerMaui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)5.103.492-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.103.632-
Belgo/Cali CommonBlack Market Brewing Co.5.103.431-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.468-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.51-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.812-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.711-
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