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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. ? 4.613-
Common KnowledgeBottle Logic Brewing5.504.554-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.462-
Mal Du PaysBrooklyn Brewery5.504.425-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.44-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.342-
BB15 Bay SteamBaird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom5.004.241-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.239-
Smuttynose East Coast CommonSmuttynose Brewing Company7.404.227486
Epic Steam BikeBrasserie Artisanale La Souche5.004.121-
Wood County CommonNorth End Tavern & Brewery4.704.121-
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.004.088-
DescomunalLúdica Artesanal Cervecería5.004.082-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.404.083-
Steamy!Beachwood BBQ & Brewing5.504.051-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.052-
Dampf PunkSwitchback Brewing Company5.804.043-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.032-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.504.0318-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.034-
Twisted SteamTwisted Rail Brewing Company6.204.023-
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-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.5041-
San Andreas Beachfront Batch Brewing Company4.2041-
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.0041-
Common AroundSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.2044-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
California CommonRapp Brewing Company6.4041-
Uncommonly CommonAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.003.995-
Personas West Coast CommonFuggles & Warlock Craftworks5.103.982-
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-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.952-
California Common Rye4204 Main Street Brewing Co.4.403.958-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.945-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.943-
VaporFaction Brewing6.003.948-
SteamerOslo Mikrobryggeri4.503.941-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.924-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.9262-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.917-
Commack CommonThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC ? 3.911-
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