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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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Style Examples - 1 to 50 (out of 374) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg < Hads Bros
Croydon SteamerNeshaminy Creek Brewing Company5.80-1-
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
North Country CommonAusable Brewing Co.5.20-0-
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-
Qui Pro QuommonPogue Mahone Craft Beer4.80-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Monterey CommonAlvarado Street Brewery & Grill4.80-0-
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-
Ghost Pepper Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.50-1-
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-
Mash AppealOskar Blues Grill & Brew5.00-2-
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 Brewing5.40-1-
Texas Uncommon AleSoutherleigh Fine Food & Brewery5.64-1-
Common Get ItRussian River Brewing Company5.00-12-
Dry Hopped Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.50-2-
California Common Rye4204 Main Street Brewing Co.4.40-7-
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.6.00-9-
Cutthroat CommonBarnhouse Brewery5.00-0-
Personas West Coast CommonFuggles & Warlock Craftworks5.10-0-
Twisted SteamTwisted Rail Brewing Company6.20-3-
SteamerBrass Castle Brewery ? -1-
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