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
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
DodoOedipus Brewing5.00-0-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company ? -0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.50-0-
Cherrywood CaliSmylie Brothers Brewing Co. ? -0-
California LagerBrygghuset Finn5.00-0-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
Going Back To Cali CommonMcMenamins4.77-0-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.00-0-
Gold Rush LagerEl Dorado Brewing Company6.00-0-
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.10-0-
Honey California CommonNorth High Brewing Company8.20-0-
Cutthroat CommonBarnhouse Brewery5.00-0-
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.60-0-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
80,000 Electron VoltsDryHop Brewers5.00-0-
ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
Out On The WeekendNoble Order Brewing Company ? -0-
Common AroundSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.20-0-
Groß Lechen Dampf BierBig Lick Brewing Company5.20-0-
Harvest ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
RJ's Steam TrunkChain O'Lakes Brewing Company4.80-0-
Aztec Steam BeerOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.00-0-
Kiwi ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
Harbor #2 LagerGreenport Harbor Brewing Company6.20-0-
Right To StrikeSouth Plains Brewing Company3.501.061-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 1.88250
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.914-
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4021-
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.702.132-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.65-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.7112-
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.302.751-
Boom Clang SteamRiver's Edge Brewing Co4.902.751-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.769-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.845-
Barbary Coast Gold RushMinhas Craft Brewery ? 2.8683-
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-
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