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California Common / Steam Beer

Description:
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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Name Brewery ABV rAvg < Revs Bros
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.30-0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.00-0-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? -0-
Flying Monkeys Chimaera OneFlying Monkeys Craft Brewery ? -0-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.00-0-
Out On The WeekendBig Dawg Brewhaus ? -0-
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.80-0-
Red Rye LagerIron John's Brewing Company5.00-0-
RJ's Steam TrunkChain O'Lakes Brewing Company4.80-0-
The Citizen W/ Dried Avocado Leaves, Purple Corn And French OakCismontane Brewing Company6.40-0-
Camino Real CommonSolvang Brewing Company6.001.781-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 1.88250
Gov't Shutdown AleAtlas Brew Works7.001.882-
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.914-
Aotearoa Smash!Boatrocker Brewing Company4.701.942-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.083-
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.702.132-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.6311-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.652-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.942.686-
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.302.751-
The Citizen (With Blueberries)Cismontane Brewing Company6.002.751-
Steamers Lane Uncommon LagerUncommon Brewers4.502.751-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.002.844-
Barbary Coast Gold RushMinhas Craft Brewery ? 2.8582-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.502.897-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.93-
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.702.966-
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.102.981-
California Common BeerMcCoy's Public House5.2031-
Choo Choo SteamerBig River Grille & Brewing Works5.2031-
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.9031-
LongShot 8-Stitch SteamerBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) ? 31-
California CommonOl' Republic Brewery5.8032-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.903.0139-
Inland EmpressDale Bros. Brewery5.203.031-
Cask Conditioned Common With GingerBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.503.051-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091577
Cali' CommonThe Beer Company6.203.111-
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.903.132-
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