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-
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.804.751-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.472-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.454-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.392-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.204.252-
DescomunalLúdica Artesanal Cervecería5.004.221-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.212-
California CommonTree Brewing Beer Intitute ? 4.191-
Concrete Common LagerConcrete Beach Brewery ? 4.172-
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-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.984.083-
Steam BeerSisyphus Brewing ? 4.062-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.052-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Proud MaryPinglehead Brewing Co. / Brewer's Pizza5.5041-
Steam Punk! Cali LagerBube's Brewery5.7041-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0041-
San Andreas Beachfront Batch Brewing Company4.2041-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604295
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-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.503.994-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.971-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.713.968-
California Common Rye4204 Main St. Brewing Co.4.403.965-
National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.965-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.954-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.953-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.9511-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.944-
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-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.922-
California CommonMexitaly5.203.921-
Commack CommonThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC ? 3.911-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.912-
Frontier AmberOl' Republic Brewery6.403.911-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
Maisel's DampfbierBrauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.4.903.892-
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