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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 279) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV > rAvg Revs Bros
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8544-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.2562-
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.5.303.56135-
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.302.751-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.303.467-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83212-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.62133-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.77-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.323785
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 Company5.203.546-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.051-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.6713-
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-
Uncommon SweetheartGrimm Brothers Brewhouse5.203.51-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.203.844-
California SteamVillage Idiot Brewing Company5.203.341-
White SteamBrasserie Saint James5.203.51-
Groß Lechen Dampf BierBig Lick Brewing Company5.20-0-
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.203.145-
Little ChickenHenHouse Brewing5.10-0-
Miner's RuinDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works5.103.474-
SteamrollerMaui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)5.103.492-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.103.753-
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.10-0-
Belgo/Cali CommonBlack Market Brewing Co.5.103.431-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.4310-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.51-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.812-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.711-
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.003.522-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.652-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
IbisRamses Bier5.003.592-
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.003.523-
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.003.446-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.528-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.723-
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