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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Name Brewery ABV rAvg < Revs Bros
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-0-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
CalicoBenelux Brasserie Artisanale4.90-0-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
Little ChickenHenHouse Brewing5.10-0-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.50-0-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.00-0-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Out On The WeekendBig Dawg Brewhaus ? -0-
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.10-0-
Red Rye LagerIron John's Brewing Company5.00-0-
Groß Lechen Dampf BierBig Lick Brewing Company5.20-0-
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-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 1.88250
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.914-
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.702.132-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.627-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.652-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.712-
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.302.751-
Boom Clang SteamRiver's Edge Brewing Co4.902.751-
The Citizen (With Blueberries)Cismontane Brewing Company6.002.751-
Steamers Lane Uncommon LagerUncommon Brewers4.502.751-
Barbary Coast Gold RushMinhas Craft Brewery ? 2.8582-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.864-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.942.910-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.502.918-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.502.934-
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.702.966-
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.102.981-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.002.996-
California Common BeerMcCoy's Public House5.2031-
Choo Choo SteamerBig River Grille & Brewing Works5.2031-
SteampunkBarley Mow Brewing Company5.0031-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? 31-
LongShot 8-Stitch SteamerBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) ? 32-
Inland EmpressDale Bros. Brewery5.203.031-
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.503.053-
Cask Conditioned Common With GingerBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.503.051-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.903.0845-
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