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-
Finga Lickin' GoodGigantic Brewing Company6.50-0-
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.5.20-0-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-4-
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-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Monterey CommonAlvarado Street Brewery4.80-1-
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-
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.00-0-
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-
Coffee Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.00-3-
Amber SteamSteel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall5.00-1-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? -3-
Carolina CommonBhramari Brewhouse5.80-5-
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 Company5.60-1-
DampfbierInbound BrewCo5.40-1-
Shenango Valley SteamerBrewtus Brewing Company5.10-1-
NYCommonCrossroads Brewing Company5.50-0-
53207Enlightened Brewing Company5.00-0-
A Beer Name SueFall Brewing Co.5.30-0-
Very Nice Groben BartThe Very Nice Brewing Company6.50-0-
Glory DaysJackson Street Brewing ? -0-
Everybody Wants SomeAustin Beerworks4.50-1-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.50-0-
Plow To Pint: Maple California CommonUrban Growler5.50-2-
Fully Inflated Amber Lager5 Rights Brewing Co.4.70-0-
Kentucky CommonHellbender Brewing Company5.10-0-
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