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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 396) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV > Avg Hads Bros
Proud MaryPinglehead Brewing Co. / Brewer's Pizza5.503.882-
California CommonPecan Street Brewing5.503.521-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.503.067-
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 Company5.503.855-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.4920-
Lorton CommonsForge Brew Works5.50-0-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.342-
Tashmoo SteamerHarsens Island Brewery5.50-2-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.8911-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.8525-
Olt Koenig Holiday AleHighlands Hollow Brewhouse5.502.972-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.38127-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8265-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.8911-
Mal Du PaysBrooklyn Brewery5.50-4-
SF LagerLocal Brewing Co.5.50-0-
CalifornicationTwisted Rail Brewing Company5.503.252-
California GoldCrooked Spider5.50-1-
American Common LagerFullsteam Brewery5.503.762-
Concrete Common LagerConcrete Beach Brewery5.504.172-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-3-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8970-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.674-
Kimmy GibblerLineage Brewing5.40-1-
The CompanyBarley Mow Brewing Company5.403.133-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.3668-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.635-
Bankrupt StateConner Fields Brewing5.40-1-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.346-
Hearthstone Common ManHearthstone Brewery5.303.572-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.6221280
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.30-2-
Golda CampuPhantom Canyon Brewing Company5.30-0-
A Beer Name SueFall Brewing Co.5.30-0-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83220-
Rådanäs California CommonRådanäs Bryggeri5.303.173-
Cellar SteamTimber Creek Tap & Table5.303.561-
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.304.091-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.76164-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.8220-
Smoked Paprika & Lemon California CommonQuantum Brewing Co5.304.121-
Steamy BlondeSquare One Brewery & Distillery5.253.631-
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