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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 rAvg > Revs Bros
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.751-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.104.751-
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.804.751-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.472-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.454-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.392-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.204.252-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.212-
PrevAleCentral City Brewing7.004.128-
Wood County CommonNorth End Tavern & Brewery6.904.121-
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.104.11-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.984.083-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.051-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.5048-
Traditional California CommonBrimmer Brewing5.0042-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0041-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604295
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.0041-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
California CommonRapp Brewing Company6.4041-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.503.994-
California Common Rye4204 Main St. Brewing Co.4.403.984-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.503.974-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.971-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.9710-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.713.968-
Rhinemaiden DämpfbierMetropolitan Brewing ? 3.961-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.953-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.944-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.927-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.924-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.922-
VCBW 2014 Collaboration Prev AlePhillips Brewing Company7.003.913-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.912-
Frontier AmberOl' Republic Brewery6.403.911-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
Bee's SleazeRude Hippo Brewing Company6.503.91-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.910-
Maisel's DampfbierBrauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.4.903.892-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.892-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.881-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.881-
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 3.882-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.882-
Effingham Steam BeerParadox Brewery6.003.882-
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