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California Common / Steam Beer

Description:
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 - 251 to 282 (out of 282) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV > rAvg Revs Bros
Ricochet RedBuffalo Bill's Brewery ? 3.245-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 1.88250
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 3.882-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.572-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? 3.51-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.334-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.54-
Kuhnhenn Pure Michigan Steam BeerKuhnhenn Brewing Company ? 3.384-
Steamy Cream California Common AleWhitstran Brewing Company ? 3.752-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.81-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? 31-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery ? 3.682-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.822-
Steam BeerBrewzzi Italian American Bistro & Microbrewery ? 3.41-
LongShot 8-Stitch SteamerBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) ? 32-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? 3.751-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Mike's CamaroLatitude 42 Brewing Company ? 3.298-
Out On The WeekendBig Dawg Brewhaus ? -0-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.922-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.884-
Strawberry SteamApple Blossom Brewing Co. ? 3.251-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
Northern California CommonBrimmer Brewing ? 3.751-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.525-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.472-
King CommonEverybody's Brewing ? 3.51-
The Citizen W/ Pineapple And Citra HopsCismontane Brewing Company ? 3.51-
The Citizen W/ Ginger And Orange BlossomCismontane Brewing Company ? 3.751-
Barbary Coast Gold RushMinhas Craft Brewery ? 2.8582-
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