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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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Name Brewery ABV Avg < Hads Bros
​Calrissian CommonHigh Hops Brewery ? -0-
Croydon SteamerNeshaminy Creek Brewing Company5.80-2-
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
California CommonSan Francisco Brewing Company4.60-0-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.50-13-
Railyard Rust California CommonBosque Brewing Co.5.20-1-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
North Country CommonAusable Brewing Co.5.20-0-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-3-
Brewmasters Collection California Steam BeerCarlsberg Danmark A/S4.70-0-
Indie Ale House/ The DerbyIndie Ale House Brewing Company4.00-1-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
UncommonWander Brewing5.50-3-
Qui Pro QuommonPogue Mahone Craft Beer4.80-1-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Monterey CommonAlvarado Street Brewery4.80-0-
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.30-2-
Engine 13The Brewerie At Union Station ? -1-
Oral PleasureReckless Brewing Company7.50-0-
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.00-0-
Common Harvest LagerHoots Roller Bar & Beer Co.5.50-1-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.50-6-
Ghost Pepper Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.50-1-
CalabriforniaBirra Bellazzi6.00-0-
California CommonSalty Nut Brewery ? -0-
Coffee Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.00-3-
Amber SteamSteel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall5.00-0-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? -3-
Golda CampuPhantom Canyon Brewing Company5.30-0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Catahoula Common W/ RaspberryGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.70-0-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.60-0-
Shenango Valley SteamerBrewtus Brewing Company5.10-1-
53207Enlightened Brewing Company5.00-0-
A Beer Name SueFall Brewing Co.5.30-0-
Very Nice Groben BartThe Very Nice Brewing Company6.50-0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.50-0-
Fully Inflated Amber Lager5 Rights Brewing Co.4.70-0-
Kentucky CommonHellbender Brewing Company5.10-0-
Pin SetterIron Bird Brewing Co.5.20-0-
Colorado ImmigrantGrist Brewing Company5.00-2-
California LagerBrygghuset Finn5.00-0-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
Kichesippi Dartmouth CommonKichesippi Beer Co.5.10-0-
Uncommonly CommonAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.00-0-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.00-5-
Going Back To Cali CommonMcMenamins4.77-0-
Duke City LagerBoese Brothers Brewery5.00-1-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
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