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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 353) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV > Avg Hads Bros
Nikolai Brewmaster’s Collection California Steam Beer Oy Sinebrychoff Ab4.702.677-
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.703.832-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.952-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.61232-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.549-
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.702.132-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.69105-
Wood County CommonNorth End Tavern & Brewery4.704.121-
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 Ltd4.503.3461-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.503.258-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.924-
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.50-0-
Gadds' Common ConspiracyRamsgate Brewery4.503.292-
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.503.813-
SteamerOslo Mikrobryggeri4.503.941-
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.5213-
The Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.503.5112-
Steamers Lane Uncommon LagerUncommon Brewers4.503.273-
California Common Rye4204 Main Street Brewing Co.4.403.756-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.404.083-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.698-
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.821-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.912-
Counterculture CommonShort's Brewing Company4.253.241-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.203.423-
La VéroniqueBrasserie Dieu Du Ciel4.203.382-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.7513-
San Andreas Beachfront Batch Brewing Company4.2041-
Blue Collar Common AleMoon Tower Inn4.203.51-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.204.252-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.531-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.596-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.944-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.927-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.544-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.003.037-
Indie Ale House/ The DerbyIndie Ale House Brewing Company4.00-1-
Red Rock SteamerRed Rock Brewing Company4.003.542-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.788-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.673-
Aztec Steam BeerOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.00-0-
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.60-0-
Right To StrikeSouth Plains Brewing Company3.501.061-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.718-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.7813-
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.503.074-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.844-
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