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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 - 251 to 300 (out of 396) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV > Avg Hads Bros
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.733-
California Common (Batch 33)Franciscan Well Micro Brewery5.003.531-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.867-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.983.694-
Cali GirlFifty West Brewing Co4.903.441-
Maisel's DampfbierBrauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.4.903.522-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.902.9352-
Colorado CommonPlatt Park Brewing Company4.903.592-
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.855,65894
CalicoBenelux Brasserie Artisanale4.903.883-
California LagerSchooner's Grille & Brewery4.903.621-
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.534-
7B California CommonBig Rock Brewery4.903.610-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.7683-
Qui Pro QuommonPogue Mahone Craft Beer4.80-1-
Monterey CommonAlvarado Street Brewery4.80-0-
Burdock California CommonBurdock4.803.783-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.7319-
Homie BrewFour Corners Brewing Company4.803.991-
DampfbierDESTIHL Brewery4.803.512-
Florida CommonDunedin Brewery4.803.341-
SteamyO.H.S.O. Eatery & Nano-Brewery4.80-1-
Cali RareMikkeller ApS4.803.747-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.80-2-
RJ's Steam TrunkChain O'Lakes Brewing Company4.80-0-
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngö Kvartersbryggeri4.803.417-
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.803.477-
California CommonKey Brewing Co.4.80-2-
Going Back To Cali CommonMcMenamins4.77-0-
Old ReliableCheaha Brewing Company4.703.51-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.752-
Brewmasters Collection California Steam BeerCarlsberg Danmark A/S4.70-0-
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.703.036-
Nikolai Brewmaster’s Collection California Steam Beer Oy Sinebrychoff Ab4.702.677-
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.703.832-
Fully Inflated Amber Lager5 Rights Brewing Co.4.70-0-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.952-
Common KaziF-Town Brewing Co.4.703.521-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.61233-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.549-
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.702.132-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.69107-
Wood County CommonNorth End Tavern & Brewery4.704.121-
California CommonSan Francisco Brewing Company4.60-0-
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.603.576-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.726-
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.503.3462-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.503.258-
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