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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 - 51 to 100 (out of 290) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV > rAvg Revs Bros
Cape Cod CommonCape Cod Beer5.903.563-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.881-
Brewers' Cut California CommonReal Ale Brewing Company5.903.9247-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.71-
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.547-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6726-
California CommonOl' Republic Brewery5.803.333-
Steam BeerHigh Desert Brewing Company5.803.51-
Chrome SatanHilliard's Beer5.703.4525-
Jamesport Amber SteamJamesport Brewing Company Inc.5.703.531-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.7683-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.7121-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6717-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.548-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.892-
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.603.153-
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.2840-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.533-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.914-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.603.673-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.583-
Cease & Desist Black LagerBog Iron Brewing5.603.7311-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604295
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.687-
Carolina CommonPort Jeff Brewing Company5.603.833-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.618-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.72235-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.6912-
Goldminer's Daughter Pre-Prohibition Common AleThree Creeks Brewing Co.5.503.711-
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.342-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.5042-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6885-
Bozone MT CommonBozeman Brewing Company5.5042-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.9114-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.851-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.736-
DampfbierRapp Brewing Company5.503.882-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.502.913-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8319-
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.914-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.516-
House Ales / Erica Grahom Glaskasten DampfbierbarVolo5.503.922-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.222-
California RouteNew Belgium Brewing5.503.9153-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.885-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.7218-
Tickle The TubaAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse5.503.681-
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