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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 434) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV > Avg Hads Bros
Common Harvest LagerHoots Roller Bar & Beer Co.5.50-1-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.50-6-
Ghost Pepper Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.50-1-
Derby LagerThe Pike Brewing Company5.503.4917-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.790-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8622-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.945-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.556-
NYCommonCrossroads Brewing Company5.50-0-
Plow To Pint: Maple California CommonUrban Growler5.50-2-
No Pants PilsnerPontoon Brewing Company5.503.312-
Proud MaryPinglehead Brewing Co. / Brewer's Pizza5.503.882-
Common KnowledgeBottle Logic Brewing5.504.554-
California CommonPecan Street Brewing5.503.521-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.503.067-
Steam Me Up, Scotty! (w/ Beachwood Brewing)Drake's Brewing Co.5.50-0-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.503.736-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
TouradaWorking Man Brewing Company5.50-0-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8321-
Dry Hopped Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.50-2-
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.724-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.5041-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.50-6-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.4920-
Lorton CommonsForge Brew Works5.50-0-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.342-
Tashmoo SteamerHarsens Island Brewery5.50-3-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.8911-
Calla DoonMacLeod Ale Brewing Company5.50-1-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.8525-
Olt Koenig Holiday AleHighlands Hollow Brewhouse5.502.972-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.38128-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8265-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.8911-
Mal Du PaysBrooklyn Brewery5.504.425-
SF LagerLocal Brewing Co.5.50-1-
CalifornicationTwisted Rail Brewing Company5.503.252-
California GoldCrooked Spider5.50-1-
American Common LagerFullsteam Brewery5.503.653-
Concrete Common LagerConcrete Beach Brewery5.50-3-
C'Mon Man!El Segundo Brewing Company5.40-0-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-5-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8680-
DampfbierInbound BrewCo5.40-2-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.674-
Kimmy GibblerLineage Brewing5.40-3-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.3770-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.635-
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