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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
Steam Engine CommonFiretrucker Brewery4.90-0-
​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-
Finga Lickin' GoodGigantic Brewing Company6.50-1-
Kentucky CommonSt. Petersburg Brewing Company4.60-0-
Railyard Rust California CommonBosque Brewing Co.5.20-1-
Steam MachineKuhnhenn Brewing Company4.50-1-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
North Country CommonAusable Brewing Co.5.20-1-
C'Mon Man!El Segundo Brewing Company5.40-0-
Cowcatcher AleRoundhouse Brewery4.50-0-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-5-
Islington Unfiltered Steam LagerHammerton4.70-1-
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 Brewing5.50-4-
Qui Pro QuommonPogue Mahone Craft Beer4.80-1-
Kiss Yer Cousin Kentucky CommonCannery Brewing Company5.00-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.30-2-
Engine 13The Brewerie At Union Station ? -1-
Steel CityThe Walter Brewing Company ? -0-
Oral PleasureReckless Brewing Company7.50-0-
Gold RushWild Card Brewing Company4.30-0-
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.00-0-
Rauch Tot SteampunkRedlight Redlight5.00-0-
Common Harvest LagerHoots Roller Bar & Beer Co.5.50-1-
Corliss California CommonWarped Wing Brewing Company5.25-0-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.50-6-
Ghost Pepper Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.50-1-
CalabriforniaBirra Bellazzi6.00-0-
California CommonGrasslands Brewing Company5.60-0-
California CommonSalty Nut Brewery ? -0-
Off The HookRochester Mills Beer Co.6.60-1-
Topeka Beermuda TriangleNorsemen Brewing Company5.80-0-
Coffee Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.00-3-
Amber SteamSteel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall5.00-1-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? -4-
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 Company5.60-2-
DampfbierInbound BrewCo5.40-2-
Shenango Valley SteamerBrewtus Brewing Company5.10-1-
Steampunk AleAbnormal Beer Company5.10-0-
NYCommonCrossroads Brewing Company5.50-0-
53207Enlightened Brewing Company5.00-0-
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