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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-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.004.681-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.652-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.451-
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.204.441-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.421-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.31-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.504.252-
BB15 Bay SteamBaird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom5.004.241-
DescomunalLúdica Artesanal Cervecería5.004.221-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.404.21-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.11-
Common AroundSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.204.11-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.004.11-
Steam BeerSisyphus Brewing ? 4.061-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 4.021-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.5041-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.7041-
CalicoBenelux Brasserie Artisanale4.9041-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.3041-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.7044-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.982-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.971-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.967-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.9613-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.943-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.935-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.932-
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.003.936-
Cali RareMikkeller ApS4.803.931-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.923-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.924-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.9211-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.912-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.9120-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.96-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.892-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.891-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8918-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.897-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.881-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.881-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.883-
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