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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 Avg > Hads Bros
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.751-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.462-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.44-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.342-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.204.252-
BB15 Bay SteamBaird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom5.004.241-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.239-
DescomunalLúdica Artesanal Cervecería5.004.221-
California CommonTree Brewing Beer Intitute ? 4.191-
Concrete Common LagerConcrete Beach Brewery5.504.172-
Epic Steam BikeBrasserie Artisanale La Souche5.004.121-
Wood County CommonNorth End Tavern & Brewery4.704.121-
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.104.11-
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.304.091-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.404.083-
Steam BeerSisyphus Brewing ? 4.062-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.052-
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.004.034-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.032-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.034-
Common AroundSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.204.023-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Steam Punk! Cali LagerBube's Brewery5.7041-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0041-
San Andreas Beachfront Batch Brewing Company4.2041-
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.0041-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
California CommonRapp Brewing Company6.4041-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.503.9910-
Homie BrewFour Corners Brewing Company4.803.991-
Twisted SteamTwisted Rail Brewing Company6.203.992-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.982-
Batch_2Innocente Brewing Company5.103.971-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.971-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.9716-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.954-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.952-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.944-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.943-
SteamerOslo Mikrobryggeri4.503.941-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.927-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.924-
Commack CommonThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC ? 3.911-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.912-
Frontier AmberOl' Republic Brewery6.403.911-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.91104-
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