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. ? 4.781-
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 Company5.604.464-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.42-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.204.252-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.222-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.984.132-
DampfmaschineLos Angeles Ale Works5.004.132-
PrevAleCentral City Brewing7.004.128-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.11-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.051-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.026-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
508 Galaxy Common508 Gastrobrewery4.7041-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.5042-
Bozone MT CommonBozeman Brewing Company5.5042-
Traditional California CommonBrimmer Brewing5.0042-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0041-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.5042-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604295
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.0041-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.5049-
California CommonRapp Brewing Company6.4041-
Rhinemaiden DämpfbierMetropolitan Brewing ? 3.981-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.981-
California Common Rye4204 Main St. Brewing Co.4.403.973-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.963-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.954-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.954-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.941-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.942-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.948-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.937-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.934-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.9317-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.922-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.922-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.9114-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.91-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.91-
Maisel's DampfbierBrauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.4.903.92-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.892-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.892-
Brewers' Cut California CommonReal Ale Brewing Company5.903.8949-
World Cup CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company ? 3.882-
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