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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
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
DodoOedipus Brewing5.00-2-
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-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Engine 13The Brewerie At Union Station ? -1-
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.00-0-
California CommonSalty Nut Brewery ? -0-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.30-13-
Amber SteamSteel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall5.00-0-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? -3-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Catahoula Common W/ RaspberryGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.70-0-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.60-0-
A Beer Name SueFall Brewing Co.5.30-0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.50-0-
Kentucky CommonHellbender Brewing Company5.10-0-
Colorado ImmigrantGrist Brewing Company5.00-2-
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-
Kimmy GibblerLineage Brewing5.40-0-
SteamyO.H.S.O. Eatery & Nano-Brewery4.80-1-
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.10-0-
Honey California CommonNorth High Brewing Company8.20-0-
Coffee MustacheBell's Brewery, Inc.6.00-8-
Cutthroat CommonBarnhouse Brewery5.00-0-
Personas West Coast CommonFuggles & Warlock Craftworks5.10-0-
SteamerBrass Castle Brewery ? -1-
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.60-0-
Wildcat Kentucky CommonJ. Wakefield Brewing ? -0-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
80,000 Electron VoltsDryHop Brewers5.00-0-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.60-4-
100s Of PeachcotsBeryl's Beer Company ? -2-
Lorton CommonsForge Brew Works5.50-0-
Good DogDenali Brewing Company / Twister Creek Restaurant ? -0-
Tashmoo SteamerHarsens Island Brewery5.50-0-
ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
Out On The WeekendNoble Order Brewing Company ? -0-
Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.20-2-
Groß Lechen Dampf BierBig Lick Brewing Company5.20-0-
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