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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 297) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV > rAvg Revs Bros
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.547-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6728-
California CommonOl' Republic Brewery5.803.323-
Steam BeerHigh Desert Brewing Company5.803.51-
Jamesport Amber SteamJamesport Brewing Company Inc.5.703.531-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.75100-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.630-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6118-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.6116-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.892-
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.603.153-
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.2845-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.454-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.865-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.603.673-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.8341-
'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 Company5.603.677-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.68-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.71339-
Sturgeon Bay Steam BeerLily's Seafood & B.C.5.503.51-
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 Brewing5.503.3445-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.503.994-
Derby LagerPike Pub & Brewery5.503.5514-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6889-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8617-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.814-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.746-
No Pants PilsnerPontoon Brewing Company5.503.388-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.502.934-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.503.711-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8121-
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.914-
National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.52-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.503.974-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.4818-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.212-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.9710-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.7320-
Olt Koenig Holiday AleHighlands Hollow Brewhouse5.5031-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3512080
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.7159-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.910-
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