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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. ? 4.781-
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-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.404.21-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.984.132-
DampfmaschineLos Angeles Ale Works5.004.132-
PrevAleCentral City Brewing7.004.117-
Rock IslandVino's Brewpub ? 4.111-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.11-
California CommonBroad Ripple Brew Pub5.004.093-
Common GroundPeekskill Brewery ? 4.086-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.051-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
508 Galaxy Common508 Gastrobrewery4.7041-
KirbyRowland's Calumet Brewery ? 41-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.5042-
Bozone MT CommonBozeman Brewing Company5.5042-
Traditional California CommonBrimmer Brewing5.0042-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0041-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604295
C'mon LagerTriple Rock Brewery & Alehouse5.3041-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
Rhinemaiden DämpfbierMetropolitan Brewing ? 3.981-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.981-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.713.975-
SF-SD Bay To BayMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery5.403.966-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.963-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.9615-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.954-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
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-
Gordon Biersch California CommonGordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant ? 3.931-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.9330-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.934-
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.203.9269-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.922-
House Ales / Erica Grahom Glaskasten DampfbierbarVolo5.503.922-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.922-
Brewers' Cut California CommonReal Ale Brewing Company5.903.9247-
The Citizen (Barrel Aged)Cismontane Brewing Company6.003.916-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.913-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.9114-
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