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 - 251 to 300 (out of 328) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV > rAvg Revs Bros
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.821-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.912-
Counterculture CommonShort's Brewing Company4.253.1510-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.203.474-
La VéroniqueBrasserie Dieu Du Ciel4.20-0-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.761-
San Andreas Beachfront Batch Brewing Company4.20-0-
Kentucky CommonDeep Cove Brewers and Distillers4.20-0-
Blue Collar Common AleMoon Tower Inn4.20-0-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.20-0-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.531-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.653-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.982-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.935-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.543-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.003.054-
Red Rock SteamerRed Rock Brewing Company4.003.421-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.867-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.592-
Aztec Steam BeerOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.00-0-
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.60-0-
Right To StrikeSouth Plains Brewing Company3.50-0-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.648-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.877-
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.503.081-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.762-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.184-
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
SF LagerSouthern Pacific Brewing ? -0-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.923-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 4.021-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.751-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.881-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.762-
Commack CommonThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC ? -0-
California CommonTrailhead Brewing Co ? -0-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.551-
Steam BeerSisyphus Brewing ? 4.061-
Ricochet RedBuffalo Bill's Brewery ? 2.931-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? -0-
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? -0-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.831-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? -0-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.652-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
Benny's Brass AssNano 108 Brewing Company ? -0-
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